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Long Beach is considering outlawing panhandling, with a proposed ordinance to "make it unlawful to 'aggressively' coerce another person for money or an item of value on a public street, sidewalk or place. Additionally, the law prohibits soliciting altogether on buses and at bus stops, in outdoor dining locations, near automated teller machines next to a public way, from people driving a vehicle on a public street, in a city-owned parking area and within 20 feet of a freeway entrance or exit." Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco have passed similar ordinances--such laws have been found to be constitutional. [PT]