AMERICAN CANYON — While no one expects to see tents surroundingCity Hall anytime soon, American Canyon officials want to beprepared. Council members wrestled with an ordinance Tuesday that wouldrestrict camping in the city before ultimately agreeing the issueneeded more study. As written, the law would have limited camping on public andprivate property with the intent to “avoid an Occupy Oaklandscenario,” as Councilmember Belia Ramos Bennett described it. Councilmember Mark Joseph wondered if the ordinance wasn’t asolution in search of a problem. “I’m pretty sure we don’t have an ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movementbrewing (here),” Joseph said. He wondered if the city wasn’t overstepping its bounds andwhether existing municipal codes on public health and publicnuisance were not sufficient to address any future problem. City Attorney William Ross said other towns have found existinglaw insufficient in the case of the Occupy movement. The NapaValley is a popular tourist destination, Ross said, and as ashipping hub for the wine industry American Canyon with its heavilytraveled roads could be an attractive target. Joseph also had a problem with placing restrictions on privateproperty. “I’m not sure we want to go there,” he said. Councilmember Joan Bennett agreed. “I don’t see a problem with(restricting camping on) public property.” But she said that tryingto say how a property owner could use his or her land was toointrusive. After a number of attempts to revise the law, council membersdecided to schedule a study session on existing codes, curfew onpublic land and camping on residential, commercial and publicproperty. “We’ve tried to rewrite laws on the fly in the past,” Josephsaid. Those attempts never turned out well, he said.