Jannise Johnson, Staff Writer
Created: 08/26/2011 07:28:16 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – About 20 people showed up Friday to voice opposition to a new ordinance requiring organizers of rallies, protests and picket lines to get a city permit six days before the event.

Activists who gathered at the corner of Foothill and Day Creek boulevards Friday ran the political gamut from tea party members to Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians.

Jeane Ensley-Rositter of Rialto is an organizer for the Inland Valley Patriots, a local chapter of the tea party. Ensley-Rositter said the six-day waiting period does not allow concerned residents to immediately assemble and express their opinion publicly about a political or world event.

“The problem is it does not allow you to address issues in a
Residents and members of political parties protest a new city ordinance. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer)
timely manner,” she explained.

The ordinance stipulates that starting Sept. 16, organizers planning to hold rallies and protests in this city will need to obtain a permit. Organizers will need to give six days of notice when gatherings of 75 people or more are to take place along streets such as Foothill Boulevard, Base Line Road and 11 other major streets in the city.

The permitting process will apply to demonstrations, picket lines, rallies, motorcades and processions. Funeral processions will be exempt.

During an earlier interview, Mayor Dennis Michael said the process is not meant to hinder protests.

However, that is exactly what Friday’s protesters believe may happen.

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