Local NewsMobile car washer case delayed

A Malibu Municipal Court judge on Thursday postponed the arraignment of two women cited July 30 for washing cars in the City of Westlake Village.

The hearing, which had already been postponed once, has been rescheduled for Sept. 8; Judge Lawrence Mira is taking the information under advisement.

On Aug. 26, Court Commissioner Robert McIntosh had asked Westlake Village's city attorney to come back to court with specific information on how the city's zoning code prohibits mobile car wash companies from operating in the city.

Leslie Nims, 26, of Newbury Park, owner of Car Wash Gals, and Yojana Maria Nuno-Lopez, 23, of Thousand Oaks, were arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and immediately released.

City officials have maintained that the city's zoning ordinance allows only fixed car washes that are part of service stations.   Attorneys for Nims and Nuno-Lopez say the city is relying on the law's ambiguity, and they want the case thrown out of court.

Reprinted from News Chronicle, September 3, 1993.

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