Township of Teaneck, NJ
Bergen County
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[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 1.]
The use of air rifles, air pistols, BB guns or similar weapons within the Township is prohibited.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 2.]
No person shall solicit from house to house or in any public street, park or public place gifts of money, clothing or other things for his own use.
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Editor's Note: For state lawauthorizing the Township to restrain and punish beggars, see N.J.R.A. 40:48-1(7). As to beggars, etc., as disorderly persons, see N.J.S.A. 2A:170-4.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 3.]
No person shall conduct, take part in, aid or abet a cockfight.
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Editor's Note: Former§ 26-4, Disorderly assemblage, was repealed 9-19-2006 by Ord. No. 3965, § 1.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 5.]
No person shall maintain, aid, assist or abet the maintenance of a disorderly house.
A disorderly house is any house, store or building or any part thereof which is used for gambling or is frequented by gamblers, prostitutes, vagrants or disorderly persons, or in which the law is habitually violated.
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Editor's Note: Forstate law authorizing Township to prevent vice, see N.J.S.A. 40:48-1.
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Editor's Note: Former§ 26-6, Disorderly persons, was repealed 9-19-2006 by Ord. No. 3965, § 2.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 7.]
No person shall interrupt or disturb any religious services or any meeting, congregation or assembly.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to disturbing assemblies, see N.J.S.A. 2A:170-28.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 8.]
No person shall conduct, take part in, aid or abet a dog fight.
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Editor's Note: Former§ 26-9, Fighting, was repealed 9-19-2006 by Ord. No. 3965, § 3.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 10.]
No person shall knowingly give, send or cause to be given or sent a false fire alarm.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to false alarms, see N.J.S.A. 2A:170-9 and 2A:122-9(b).
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 11.]
No person shall interfere with, deface or mutilate the fire alarm box or fire alarm system or any part thereof, or any apparatus connected therewith.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to interfering with fire alarm system, see N.J.S.A. 2A:122-9.
No person shall discharge any firearms within the Township, except on or in duly authorized ranges. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer discharging firearms in the line of duty.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to weapons generally, see N.J.S.A. 2A:151-1 et seq. As to trespass on lands while carrying a gun, see N.J.S.A. 2A:63-1.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 12.]
Any game, machine, apparatus or device such as is commonly called bagatelle, pinball or roulette, and any game, machine, apparatus or device of a like nature by whatever name known shall be deemed and regarded as a game of chance or gambling device.
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Editor's Note: Forstate law as to gaming generally, see R.S., § 2A:112-1 et seq.
For a decision of the Supreme Court of New Jersey upholding this and the following two sections, see Hunter et al. v. Mayor and Council of Teaneck Tp. et al., 24 A. 2d 553.
As to gambling in poolrooms, dance halls, tennis courts, etc., see § 5-17 of this Code.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 13.]
No person shall have or keep in any store, shop, tavern, restaurant or other place of business within the Township any game, machine, apparatus or device such as is commonly called bagatelle, pinball or roulette or any game, machine, apparatus or device of a like nature by whatever name known.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 14.]
The police of the Township are hereby authorized to seize and hold for such further disposition as is authorized by law any game, machine, apparatus or device such as is commonly called bagatelle, pinball or roulette or any game, machine, apparatus or device of a like nature, by whatever name known, found in any store, shop, tavern, restaurant or other place of business within the Township.
[R.O. 1951, ch, 21, § 15.]
No person shall maintain, aid, assist or abet the maintenance of a house of ill fame.
A house of ill fame is any house or building or any part thereof in which prostitution, lewdness or other immoral or unlawful sexual acts are permitted.
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Editor's Note: For state law authorizing Township to prevent immorality, see R.S., § 40:48-1.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 19.]
No person shall appear in any street or public place in a state of nudity, or in a dress not belonging to his sex, or in any indecent or lewd dress.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to lewdness and indecency generally, see R.S., § 2A:115-1. As to treatment of persons convicted of sexual offenses, see R.S., §§ 2A:164-1 to 2A:164-13.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 20.]
No person shall interfere with any member of the police department or the fire department or any officer of the Township in the performance of his duties, or prevent or attempt to prevent any member of the police department or the fire department or any officer of the Township from performing his duty.
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Editor's Note: As to interference with municipal court, see § 26-20 of this Code.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 21.]
No person shall commit any lewd or immoral act in any house, building, public or private place.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to lewdness and indecency, see R.S., § 2A:115-1.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 22.]
No person shall interfere with the proceedings of the municipal court or use any offensive or abusive language to any magistrate who is holding the municipal court.
A magistrate is any officer invested with jurisdiction to hear complaints or violations of the criminal laws of the state or this Code or other ordinances of the Township, and to either hold the person so charged for action of the grand jury or to hear and determine the complaint and to impose penalties for the violation of any of the provisions of this Code and other ordinances of the Township.
The term "Municipal Court" means any proceeding before a Magistrate.
(a) 
No retailer may display and/or permit to be displayed at his/her business premises any obscene material at a height of less than five feet or without a binder or other covering placed or printed on the front of the material displayed. Any such public display of obscene material shall constitute presumed evidence that the retailer knowingly made or permitted the display. A violation of this section shall be a petty disorderly persons offense.
(b) 
For purposes of this section, the term "obscene material" shall mean any description, narrative account, display, depiction of a specified anatomical area or specified sexual activity contained in, or consisting of, a picture or other representation, publication, sound recording, live performance or film, which by means of posing, composition, format or animated sensual details emits sensuality with sufficient impact to concentrate prurient interest on the area or activity.
(c) 
For purposes of this section, the term "retailer" means any person who operates a store, newsstand, booth, concession or similar business with unimpeded access for persons under 18 years old, who is in the business of making sales of periodicals or other publications at retail containing pictures, drawings or photographs.
[Ord. No. 3863, 3-8-2005, § 1.]
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 24.]
No person shall utter any loud, profane, obscene, indecent, lewd, abusive or offensive language in any public place.
[Ord. No. 1274, § 1; Ord. No. 1801, § 1.]
For the purposes of Sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
ADVISORY BOARD
The Teaneck Advisory Board on Community Relations.
CANVASSING
Door-to-door soliciting or soliciting by the use of circulars, visitations or any other means where the canvasser or his employer has not been invited or requested by the owner, as defined below, to obtain a listing of real property or to confer with the owner regarding a real estate transaction. The term "canvassing" as defined shall not apply when such soliciting is restricted to a specific house on a particular day, nor shall it apply when a property owner has publicly advertised his house or real property for sale.
OWNER
The lessee, sublessee, assignee, managing agent or other person having the right of ownership or possession or the right to sell, rent or lease any real property.
PERSON
Any firm, association, partnership or corporation, as well as a natural person. The term "person," as applied to partnerships or other associations, includes their members, and, as applied to firms and corporations, includes their officers and employees.
PURCHASER
Any occupant, prospective occupant, lessee, prospective lessee, buyer, prospective buyer or any agent of these.
(a) 
Any person who receives or expects to receive pecuniary gain from the sale or lease of real property in the Township must give advance written notification to the Township Clerk in accordance with Subsections (b) and (c) of this section before engaging in any activities to canvass or solicit, as defined in Section 26-22.1, in the Township in an attempt to obtain listings of real property or in an attempt to bring about the sale or purchase of real property.
(b) 
Contents of notice; expiration.
(1) 
The advance written notification required by this section shall contain the following information:
a. 
The name and address of the person or persons who will canvass or solicit.
b. 
The name and address of the person or company by whom such person or persons are employed; and
c. 
A listing of the names of the street or streets in the Township which the person or persons intend to canvass or solicit, setting forth the starting and ending dates on which these streets will be canvassed or solicited.
(2) 
Each such notice of intent to canvass or solicit shall be valid for a period not to exceed 30 days from the intended starting date of the soliciting or canvassing as indicated in the notification. After the expiration of the 30 days, a new notification of intent to canvass or solicit must again be filed with the Township Clerk containing the same or amended information. Canvassing or soliciting, as defined in Section 26-22.1, without prenotification or renewal of an expired notification as required by this section shall be a violation of this ordinance.
(c) 
The written notification of intent to canvass or solicit shall be filed with the Township Clerk not less than two working days prior to the date on which the canvassing or soliciting will take place.
[Ord. No. 1274, § 2; Ord. No. 1563, § 1; Ord. No. 3024, 1-7-1986, § 1.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any one or more of the following acts:
(a) 
To induce directly or indirectly or attempt to induce directly or indirectly the sale or listing for sale of real property by representing that an adverse change has occurred or will or may occur with respect to the racial, religious or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood or area in which the property is located.
(b) 
To induce directly or indirectly or attempt to induce directly or indirectly the sale or listing for sale of real property by representing that the presence or anticipated presence of persons of any particular race, religion or national origin in the area will or may result in:
(1) 
The lowering of property values.
(2) 
An increase in the criminal or antisocial behavior in the area.
(3) 
A decline in the quality of the schools serving the area.
(c) 
To make any misrepresentations concerning the listing for sale or the anticipated listing for sale or the sale of real property in the area for the purpose of inducing or attempting to induce the sale or listing for sale of real property.
(d) 
To make any representation to any prospective purchaser that any block, neighborhood or area has, will or might undergo an adverse change with respect to the religious, racial or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood or area for the purpose of discouraging the purchase of property in a particular area.
(e) 
To place a sign purporting to offer for sale any property that is not in fact offered for sale.
(f) 
To advertise for sale or rental property which is nonexistent or which is not actually for sale or rental.
(g) 
To engage in or hire or conspire with others to commit acts or activities of any nature, the purpose of which is to coerce, cause panic, incite unrest, create or play upon fear with the purpose of inducing or attempting to induce the sale or listing for sale of real property.
(h) 
To solicit a listing from any homeowner who has previously requested in writing that such person refrain from soliciting such homeowner. The Township Clerk shall maintain a list of those persons requesting that they not be solicited.
(i) 
To engage in any economic reprisal or any other form of intimidation against any person because that person has filed a complaint, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in any investigation, proceeding or conference under the terms of Sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5.
(j) 
To aid, abet, incite, compel or coerce any person to engage in any of the practices forbidden by Sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5 or to obstruct or prevent any person from complying with the provisions of Sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5.
[Ord. No. 1274, § 3; Ord. No. 1563, § 2; Ord. No. 3024, 1-7-1986, § 2.]
(a) 
The Township manager shall have the following functions, powers and duties in addition to those provided otherwise by law:
(1) 
To adopt, promulgate, amend and rescind suitable rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5, provided that such rules and regulations shall be approved by the Township council and, upon approval, filed with the Township Clerk.
(2) 
To receive and investigate complaints alleging violations of the provisions of sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5.
(3) 
To hold conferences and make investigations and for this purpose, to call upon Township officials and employees, the advisory board and other bodies to aid and assist him therein.
(4) 
To render each year to the Township council a written report of activities pertaining to sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5.
(b) 
Any person claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged unlawful practice forbidden by sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.5 may by himself or by his attorney at law, make, sign and file with the Township manager a verified complaint in writing which shall state the name and address of the person alleged to have committed the unlawful practice complained of and which shall set forth the particulars thereof and contain such other information as may be reasonably required by the Township manager.
(c) 
After the filing of a complaint by an aggrieved person or by any Township resident, the Township manager shall cause a prompt investigation to be made of the alleged unlawful practice.
(d) 
If, after such investigation, the Township manager shall determine that no probable cause exists for crediting the allegations of the complaint, he shall, within ten days from such determination, cause to be issued and served upon the complainant written notice of such determination.
(e) 
If, after such investigation, the Township manager shall determine that probable cause exists in accordance with the allegations of the complaint, he may elect to take action as set forth in paragraph (f) below, or, in his discretion, he may endeavor to eliminate the unlawful practice complained of by conference and conciliation. Such conference shall be opened to the public unless otherwise requested by one or both of the parties to the conference. He may refer the matter to the Township advisory board or other public board of Township officials or employees to conduct or assist in such conferences.
(f) 
If the practice complained of is not eliminated, the Township manager may:
(1) 
Refer the matter to the real estate commission of the state for such disciplinary action as may seem appropriate and make any records available to the commission as may relate to the matter, notwithstanding any other action which the Township manager may take or may already have taken.
(2) 
Sign a complaint against the alleged offending person for trial before the municipal court.
(3) 
Refer the entire file to the Township prosecutor for such action as he may deem proper or necessary in the circumstances.
(g) 
A person claiming to be aggrieved as set forth in section 26-22.4(b) may elect to file a complaint directly to the municipal court and prosecute same on his own behalf or to pursue any other proper procedure that he may elect.
[Ord. No. 1274, § 4; Ord. No. 1738, §§ 1, 2.]
(a) 
Any person who violates any provision of sections 26-22.1 to 26-22.4 shall, after conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars or by thirty days in jail, or both.
[Ord. No. 1274, § 5.)
(a) 
No person shall loiter, lounge or sleep in or upon any street, park or public place or in any public building or obstruct the access to any public building or any part thereof or obstruct passage through or upon any public street, park or public place.
(b) 
For the purposes of this section, the term "loiter" shall encompass, but shall not necessarily be limited to, one or more of the following acts:
(1) 
Obstruction of the free unhampered passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
(2) 
Obstructing, molesting or interfering with any person lawfully upon any street, park or other public place.
(3) 
Remaining idle in essentially one location without being able to establish having a legitimate business or purpose in so remaining idle or, by conduct, exhibiting the absence of a lawful purpose in so remaining idle.
(4) 
Conduct involving the concept of standing idly by, loafing, walking about aimlessly without purpose and including the colloquial expression of "hanging around."
(5) 
Refusing to move on when so requested by a peace officer, provided that the peace officer has exercised his discretion reasonably under the circumstances in order to preserve or promote public peace and order.
(c) 
For the purpose of this section, the term "other public place" shall be deemed to include the quasi-public area in front of or adjacent to any store, shop, restaurant, luncheonette or other place of business and shall include also any parking lots or other vacant private property not owned or under the dominion of the person charged with a violation of this section.
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Editor's Note: For state law authorizing Township to prevent sleeping in streets, etc., see N.J.S.A. 40:48-1.
(a) 
No person shall consume or offer to another for consumption any alcoholic beverage, as defined by the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, or have in his possession any such alcoholic beverage unless carried in the original sealed container, in, on or upon any public street, sidewalk, public parking place, park, recreation area or any other public or quasi-public place in the Township; or in a public conveyance or private motor vehicle on any public street, land or public parking lot; or on any private property not his own without the express permission of the owner or other person having authority to grant such permission.
(b) 
Any person who fails to comply with this section shall be liable for a penalty for each offense in accordance with Section 1-6 of the Code or, in lieu thereof, may pay a penalty of $25.
[Ord. No. 1635, § 1; Ord. No. 1981, 3-15-1983, § 1.]
[Ord. No. 1635, § 1.]
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the consumption of beer as permitted by Section 27-3 of this Code or to prohibit the proper officials of the Township from granting a permit for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in a designated park or street or other public place at a designated time or times in connection with a specific event, series of events or observance which has been authorized by the governing body.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 28.]
Spitting upon the floor, steps or other portions of any public building or public conveyance or upon sidewalks or cars is hereby prohibited and declared to be a nuisance. Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be fined not more than $25.
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Editor's Note: For state law as to spitting in public, see N.J.S.A. 2A:170-10.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 21, § 29.]
No person shall use any threatening language or commit any act which tends to endanger the public peace.
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for three or more persons to congregate together on the streets, alleys, sidewalks, marketplaces or other public places in the city to the annoyance of persons dwelling near or of persons passing along the public places.
(b) 
It shall be the duty of the Township Manager, the Chief of Police or any police officer, on the complaint of any citizen or upon the knowledge of the fact of such congregating, forthwith to order persons thus congregated to disperse, and upon their refusal or neglect so to do, or if doing so they immediately or within 12 hours thereafter assemble at the same or any other place herein named, it shall be the duty of any of the aforesaid officers, forthwith or as soon as practicable, to arrest the offending parties, and take them before the municipal court or lodge them securely in the police station until a hearing can be had.
(c) 
Every person convicted of a violation of the provisions of this section, either in refusing to disperse when ordered to do so or in reassembling or at any time assembling contrary to the intent and spirit hereof, shall be guilty of a violation of this Code.
[R. O. 1951, ch. 21, § 31.]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for any person within the Township, having no apparent means of subsistence, to neglect to apply himself to some honest calling.
(b) 
Every person wandering abroad and lodging in any outhouse, or in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or in any cart or wagon, not having any means of subsistence and not giving a good account of himself shall be deemed a vagrant and shall be guilty of a violation of this section.
[R. O. 1951, ch. 21, § 32.]
(a) 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
(b) 
Prohibited conduct.
(1) 
No person shall sell or otherwise transfer any spray paint to a minor unless said minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of purchase or transfer. All sales or transfers of any spray paint shall be either from a locked display case or container or shall be from an area under the constant control of a salesperson employed by the seller or transferor of the spray paint. All sales of spray paint from self service displays or displays not controlled as set forth in the preceding sentence are prohibited.
(2) 
No minor shall, at the time of purchase of any spray paint container, furnish fraudulent evidence of majority.
(3) 
No minor shall, except while accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, possess a spray paint container on any public property or any private property except with the express permission of the lawful owner or manager of said private property.
(4) 
In the absence of express permission to the contrary by the owner or other person having control thereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess a spray paint container, liquid paint in a can or other container in any public building or upon any public facility or private property with the intent to use the same to deface said building, facility or property. Any person who possesses a spray paint container, liquid paint in a can or other container in any public building or upon any public facility or private property with no legitimate or lawful purpose therefor shall, prima facie be presumed to have possessed the same with the intention of using such container, can or paint to deface said building, facility or property.
(c) 
Penalty. Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine not to exceed $500 or be subject to imprisonment for not more than 90 days in the county jail, or both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 2089, 6-18-1985, §§ 1, 2, 3; Ord. No. 3483, 1-28-1997, § 1.]
(a) 
Findings.
(1) 
Our laws in New Jersey do not presently ban solicitation or acceptance of political contributions by public office holders and employees while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties.
(2) 
Solicitation and acceptance of political contributions in rooms and buildings occupied in the discharge of official duties threatens the independence of public employees, undermines the efficiency of government by taking officials and employees away from the people's business and leads to the appearance of improper influence of political contributions on government functions.
(3) 
Prohibiting the solicitation and acceptance of political contributions in rooms and buildings occupied in the discharge of official duties will address these harms and leave open ample alternative venues for political fundraising.
(4) 
Our laws in New Jersey do not presently recognize the misuse of public property for political fundraising as a distinct offense.
(5) 
It is accordingly found and determined that the municipality's interests in an independent and efficient government workforce and a government that is undermined by neither the fact nor appearance of improper influence of political contributions on government decisions require the prohibition of political fundraising in rooms or buildings occupied in the discharge of official duties or through the use of public property.
(b) 
Definitions.
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CANDIDATE — Any individual seeking election to a public office of the federal, state, county or municipal government or school district or political party; and any individual who shall have been elected or failed of election to any such office.
POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION — Any loans and transfers of money or other things of value to or by any candidate, elected official or political organization or other commitments or assumptions of liability to make any such transfer. Political contributions shall be deemed to have been made upon the date when such commitment is made or liability assumed.
POLITICAL ORGANIZATION — Any two or more persons acting jointly or any corporation, partnership or other incorporated or unincorporated association which is organized to, or does, aid or promote the nomination, election or defeat of any candidate or candidates for federal, state, county, municipal or school board office or political party office. Political organization includes, but is not limited to, organizations defined in N.J.S.A. 19:44A-3 as a "political committee," "joint candidates committee," "continuing political committee," "political party committee," "candidate committee" or "legislative leadership committee."
MUNICIPALITY — The government of the municipality, including any officer, department, board, commission or agency thereof.
MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL, EMPLOYEE AND APPOINTEE — Any person holding elective municipal office or holding an appointed position in the municipal government or in any agency, commission, board or office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time, compensated or uncompensated, and any employee of municipal government or of any municipal agency, commission, board or office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time.
SOLICIT — To ask for, by oral or written communication, a contribution as that term is defined herein.
PUBLIC PROPERTY — All personal property owned, leased or controlled by the municipal government, including but not limited to vehicles, phones, fax machines, computers, stationery, including municipal letterhead, postage and other office equipment.
(c) 
General regulations.
(1) 
Prohibition against soliciting or accepting political contributions in rooms or buildings occupied in the discharge of public duties. No municipal official, employee or appointee may solicit, commit to pay or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any political contribution for any candidate, elected official or political organization while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties. This section shall include solicitation or acceptance of political contributions made over the telephone or by use of a computer, including private telephones and computers, if the person soliciting or accepting the political contribution or using the telephone or computer for purposes of soliciting or accepting the political contribution is in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties.
(2) 
Prohibition against use of public property for political fundraising. No municipal official, employee or appointee may solicit, commit to pay or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any political contribution for any candidate, elected official or political organization while utilizing public property. This section shall not be construed to prohibit de minimus use of public property, such as a government-owned or leased car, outside of rooms or buildings occupied in the discharge of public duties, in connection with political fundraising, if the public property is not used in such a way as to convey to a reasonable observer that the fundraising activity is officially authorized or endorsed.
(3) 
Violation. Violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[Ord. No. 3630, 4-25-2000, § 1.]