Ordinance Passed to Prohibit Price Gouging

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors this week passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting price gouging following local emergencies. The move came after the county received complaints from residents about significant price increases for everything from water to gas following the October Public Safety Power Shutoff outages. The ordinance states that charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10%, the price of an item immediately before the declaration of emergency is prohibited. This includes: food, emergency supplies, emergency cleanup services, goods, storage services, building materials, construction services, and housing.