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Ordinance Would Ban Amplified Music From Ice Cream Trucks In Long Beach

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LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The days of amplified music on ice cream trucks that attract children seeking a cool, creamy treat may be over in the city of Long Beach.

Councilman Dee Andrews Tuesday is expected to ask his colleagues to back his ban on the loud music that is synonymous with the trucks.

Andrews wants the city attorney to draft an ordinance requiring ice cream truck operators to comply with the city’s noise ordinance and prevent the playing of any music when trucks are parked and the operator is selling ice cream.

“We want to promote peace and quiet in our neighborhoods,” Andrews told KNX 1070.

He says the trucks’ music can be heard throughout the day in the mid-city area of Long Beach and that it becomes more of a nuisance as the number of trucks increases in the evening.

But some local residents say the music is not a problem.

“I don’t really think it’s too loud, because it’s really during the daytime. It shouldn’t really be that much of an issue ‘cause most people are at work,” one Long Beach man told KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz.

Santa Ana, Fullerton, Anaheim and other cities have passed laws restricting music from ice cream trucks, while Costa Mesa has completely banned amplified music from the vehicles, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

If Andrews’ ban passes, the City Attorney’s office would have 30 days to return with a draft ordinance.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard.

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