40 Years of Nudity on Streets of Sacramento Coming to an End


A loophole in a 1975 city of Sacramento ordinance prohibits nudity in parks, waterways, playgrounds and beaches, but  allows for public nudity on the sidewalks and streets.

Randi Knott, the director of governmental affairs with the City of Sacramento said that 22 people have taken advantage of the loophole since 2002. Some of the abusers have been arrested and then let go. “As we get much more urban, there are more people, and sadly, transients. We are seeing (public nudity) occur more often,” he said.

Tuesday the Sacramento Bee reported that the City Law and Legislation Committee voted unanimously, without any debate, to send an ordinance prohibiting public nudity, including sidewalks and streets to the City Council for consideration. The measure would likely be voted on by June.

Bob Morton with the Naturist Action Committee out of Texas told Fox40 that the privacy aspect of the proposed ordinance amendment seems draconian.  “The ordinance would also apply for nudity in your backyard. That’s too far,” he said.


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