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Long Beach Ice Cream Trucks Could Lose Right To Jingle At Will

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Councilman Dee Andrews of the Long Beach City Council is moving forward with his plans to put a ball gag on the very sounds of summer joy, a.k.a. the sprightly music of ice cream trucks. According to City News Service, Andrews is bringing a motion to tonight's city council meeting that will ban trucks from playing music while they're parked and selling ice cream, and will make them be in compliance with the city's noise regulations at all other times.

So, fine. Maybe the noise regulations thing is legit. But what would buying ice cream be like over the summer if you weren't doing it to the sweet sounds of what can only be compared to an amplified, unrelenting xylophone?

Anyway, Andrews first announced that he'd be seeking to put this ordinance into motion last week. According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, the idea comes after ongoing anger about the sounds of ice cream trucks delivering happiness to children:

Andrews advanced the legislation after his office received numerous complaints over a period of years about ice cream truck noise in his Central Long Beach district.
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The Telegram also notes that Santa Clara, Santa Ana, Fullerton and Anaheim have passed similar ordinances.
CBS2 reports that the music is at its loudest around the mid-city area of Long Beach.

If the council passes the motion, the City Attorney's Office will have 30 days to return a draft ordinance.