The purpose of the meeting is for the LNVC to hear public testimony concerning proposed additions to the City’s Municipal Code regarding liability for dog bites. The LNVC will then make a recommendation to the Lancaster City Council regarding the proposed ordinance.
Under current California law, a dog’s owner is liable for damages suffered by a person who is bitten by a dog. In addition, a tenant’s landlord can be held liable if they had prior knowledge that the dog was vicious in time to protect against the dangerous condition on their property. Under the proposed municipal code, the landlord can be held liable “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or knowledge of such viciousness.”
“We welcome local residents to join us on August 21 and share their opinions regarding this important issue,” said LNVC Chairman Steven Derryberry. “Your participation will aid us in thoroughly accessing the impact of the proposed ordinance, so that we will be able to present the City Council with a well-informed recommendation.”
The Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commission Special Meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, in the Lancaster City Council Chambers (located at 44933 N. Fern Ave.)
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)