from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An authoritative command or order.
- n. A custom or practice established by long usage.
- n. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
- n. A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a local law or regulation.
- n. a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
- n. A rule established by authority; a permanent rule of action; a statute, law, regulation, rescript, or accepted usage; an edict or decree; esp., a local law enacted by a municipal government.
- n. An established rite or ceremony.
- n. Rank; order; station.
- n. Ordnance; cannon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ordering; disposition; arrangement.
- n. Orderly disposition; proper arrangement; regular order; due proportion.
- n. Order; rank; dignity; position.
- n. Preparation; provision; array; arrangement.
- n. An appliance; an appointment; an arrangement; equipment: as, ordinance of war; hence, specifically, cannon; ordnance. See ordnance.
- n. Established state or condition; regular or established mode of action; proceeding as regulated by authority.
- n. Regulation by authority; a command; an appointment; an order; that which is ordained, ordered, or appointed; a rule or law established by authority; edict; decree, as of the Supreme Being or of Fate; law or statute made by human authority; authoritative regulation.
- n. Eccles., a religious ceremony, rite, or practice established by authority: as, the ordinance of baptism.
- n. In architecture, arrangement; system; order: said of a part or detail as well as of an architectural whole.
- n. Synonyms Edict, Decree, etc. See law.
- To arm with ordnance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an authoritative rule
- n. a statute enacted by a city government
- n. the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
[UPDATE: Meant to include this paragraph, but then completely forgot; thanks to David Gerstman (Soccer Dad) for the reminder:] I think this ordinance is also applicable in incorporated towns or cities in the County, since Montgomery County is the same sort of art.
I think this ordinance is addressing a problem that doesn't exist ( "aggressive panhandling" is not my issue downtown) -- unless we're talking about Burgess 'mayoral ambitions (and, hey McGinn, way to set up a preview of the next election by vetoing this).
And this ordinance is about specific behavior that violates the rights of others, especially vulnerable people like women and the elderly to be free from behavior that violates their right to be free from fear as they walk the streets.
Interesting comments about symbolism here. that's really what this ordinance is all about -- stating the City's intent, its belief, that SOMEthing is going to happen to make Seattle streets safer.
Morning Fizzy, you have raised a good point about how this ordinance is a smokescreen for the City of Seattle's neglect of a much bigger problem -- the massive scale on which Seattle residents have been ripped off by excesses of the financial industry.
Critics say the ordinance is a thinly disguised effort to shut down the protests, a notion denied by the church.
If no individuals are harmed, then there can be no "societal" harm, and the ordinance is therefore an abuse of legislative power.
Care Facilities Ordinance, it's worth noting upon what basis the ordinance is constructed:
Fourth Ward Alderman Rick Lawrence said the ordinance is unnecessary because state and local noise and parking laws already address the issues that worry Hart-Burns.
The story explains the micromanagement ordinance is the brainchild of 2nd Ward Alderman Juany Garza who said the reason to knock out lights, reindeer and Santa Claus is because in Aurora "we have so many lazy people."