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The following definitions shall apply in this chapter:

“Aggressively beg” means to beg with the intent to intimidate another person into giving money or goods.

“Beg” means to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs, or other means.

“Intimidate” means to engage in conduct which would make a reasonable person fearful or feel compelled.

“Obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic” means to:

a. Walk, stand, sit, lie, grasp a person, or place an object in such a manner as to block passage by another person or a vehicle, or to require another person or a driver of a vehicle to take evasive action to avoid physical contact; or

b. Sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk, during the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. in a manner which blocks the sidewalk.

c. Provided, however, that no person shall be cited under subsection (b) of this definition unless the person engages in conduct prohibited in subsection (b) of this definition after having been notified by a law enforcement officer that the conduct violates this section.

“Public place” means an area generally visible to public view and/or open to public access and includes alleys, bridges, buildings, driveways, parking lots, parks, plazas, sidewalks, and streets open to the general public including places that serve food or drink or provide entertainment, and the doorways and entrances to such buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them.

“Targeted picketing or protesting” means producing sounds in violation of VMC 7.05.010(A)(1)(c), communicating an intention to inflict imminent bodily harm against the occupant of the residence or dwelling, encouraging immediate acts of violence where the encouragement goes beyond strong rhetoric, or demonstrating against the actions or inactions of the occupant of the residence or dwelling. (Ord. M-4373 § 4, 2022; Ord. M-3624, 2003)