Community News - Crime and CourtsMobile car washer case delayed

A Malibu Municipal Court judge on Wednesday postponed for a third time the arraignment of two women cited July 30 for washing cars from a mobile truck unit in the City of Westlake Village.

The case was continued to Monday morning to allow the court time for further review of information from the city about its zoning law.

City officials contend the city's zoning ordinance allows only fixed car washes that are attached to gas stations to operate in Westlake Village.  Attorneys for the two women have asked that the case be thrown out of court, saying the city's law is ambiguous and does not rule out mobiles.

The women, Leslie Nims, 26, of Newbury Park, owner of Car Wash Gals, and Maria Nuno-Lopez, 23, of Thousand Oaks, were arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and immediately released after they ignored City Manager Ray Taylor's request that they stop washing a vehicle in a business parking lot.

Reprinted from News Chronicle, September 9, 1993.

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