You can't please everyone all the time.  Here is a letter from a minor city official in Thousand Oaks, forbidding The Car Wash Guys to work.  Needless to say, The Car Wash Guys enlightened this individual on how environmentally sound our practices are, even safer than washing your own car at home!  We also had to enlighten him on who The Car Wash Guys are...(just who is Mr. Winston?).

m12.jpg (12549 bytes)City of Thousand Oaks
Planning and Community Development
Code Enforcement Section

December 27, 1990

Mr. Cullin Ratelle
741 South B. Street, #330
Oxnard, CA 93030

Mr. Mike Gentile
1777 Aleppo Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Mr. Lance Winston
4012 Santa Monica Court
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Subject: Temporary Car Wash Operations


Our office has received complaints about the operation of temporary portable car wash operations at various locations throughout the City.  As a result of several phone calls, we obtained your names as persons who are associated with a business called "Car Wash Guys".  We are writing this letter to all three of you hoping that it will reach the appropriate person.  Please allow me to explain the city's position regarding this matter.

Essentially, there are two problems with the operation of this type of portable business.  They are zoning and water quality.  With regard to zoning, we must advise you that portable car wash operations in the parking lots of service stations, commercial offices, and retail and industrial centers is not an approved use.  To be specific, car wash operations were not approved as a use then the entitlements (development permits etc.) were approved authorizing the development of those improvements.

The second problem relates to the California Water Code.   According to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, systems requires a discharge permit.  Specifically, Section 13263 of Chapter 3 of the California Water Code states that it is unlawful to discharge wastewater without a permit.  As we understand the Codes, the issuance of discharge permits is not a simple matter.   Additionally, Section 13263 of the California Water Code states that no new discharge of wastewater may occur until a permit has been issued by the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board.

As you can see, we have a serious problem here.   Consequently, we must ask you to suspend all operations conducted within the limits of the City of Thousand Oaks, effective immediately.  I would be happy to meet with any or all of you if you desire.  Call me anytime Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Donald C. LaVoie
Code Enforcement Supervisor


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