Thursday, March 07, 2002

Beggars under new regulation

        Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt a stricter ordinance against panhandling.

        The new law would crack down on the more aggressive forms of begging, although “passive” panhandling would still be legal.

        The punishment remains the same: up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

        In other action:

        • Dater Montessori School will get a crossing guard after Westwood parents complained about traffic near the school.

        Councilman David Crowley pushed through a motion that would have the Police Department pay the $6,000 cost out of its budget, though some council members grumbled that the Cincinnati Public Schools should share the cost.

        • City Council voted to allow the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau to use $300,000 in hotel tax receipts for an “emergency marketing program” for the convention center.

        The program would allow grants of about $5,000 for groups booking conventions, a $175,000 marketing campaign, and sponsorship of events such as the Home and Garden Show.


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