there is no excuse for not enacting laws to confine shopping carts within their locations.
It is negligent, irresponsible for the L.A. City Council to ignore this public hazard!!!
While I was at Wendy's Safety fair last Thursday in LVT, I had occasion to discuss this very subject with a manager of the Solid Waste Resource Management Department. He acknowledged that this an increasing problem and the city is conferring with Glendale that has a law on the books that does require a system to contain carts to the lot. Thus far - It has not been challenged by the Supermarket association to my knowledge. I'll bet their lobbyists are working hard to get it superseded by another state law.
The best reference that I have found regarding the impact of the state law is a study by the city of Burbank here.http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us/agendas/ag_ ... 007_2.html
It goes into depth, the effect of the state law on city . They are also looking at Glendale's law. Here is Glendale's law. http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/gmc/12.32.asp
Here is a link to their flyer written in four languages http://www.ns.ci.glendale.ca.us/flyer_carts.pdf
On the sad side, there are already "fixes" on the internet that defeats the system but it does take a bit of technical knowhow and that could be mitigated with higher consequences for those caught with devices and carts once the systems are in place.