Here is Donald C. LaVoie's interpretation of the events regarding mobile car washing businesses and the City of Thousand Oaks. Notice, he left off any mention that all the complaints rose for the "fixed-site" car wash operators. Nor did he mention that this posed any kind of conflict - an attempt to get rid of a competitor through bureaucracy.
City of Thousand Oaks
September 10, 1992
Subject: An Open Letter To All Mobile Car Washing and Detailing Businesses Operating in the City of Thousand Oaks
Gentlemen, The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the operation of your businesses within the City of Thousand Oaks. It is being written because of continuing questions and concerns that we have been receiving from private citizens, business owners and property owners who live and work in our city.
In 1990, a new mobile car washing business began operations within the City. It had been reported that soap was being used to wash cars in private parking lots. The California Water Code prohibits contaminated water to puddle and/or otherwise accumulate on the ground. The matter came to the attention of the City in January of 1991 and a public meeting was held to discuss the issues. After receiving public testimony, the Council voted to allow the use to continue subject to several conditions as follows:
The operators of the mobile car wash decided to terminate the use of soap in their operation which prompted the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board to issue a letter stating that the use of domestic water in the operation of a mobile car washing business would not require a waste water discharge permit.
In September of 1991, the matter again came to the attention of the City and the Council heard from both sides on the issue. As a result of that meeting the Council voted as follows.
The first meeting of the Committee was held in June, 1992 and recommendations were made as follows.
In an effort to fully inform all businesses involved in these activities, the City recommends the following.
We hope that this information has been helpful and has answered some of your questions. When the Committee completes its work, the results will be submitted to the full Council for review and appropriate action. We will advise you in advance of this meeting so that you may have an opportunity to participate as you desire. Meanwhile, please feel free to call us if you have any questions or comments.
Donald C. LaVoie