The Seal Beach City Council voted last night in favor of repealing its residency restrictions. The vote was taken based upon a recommendation to repeal by the City Manager which noted that residency restrictions are ineffective and have been stricken down at the state level. The City Council is expected to consider this issue a second time during its next meeting on March 27 and the repeal would be in effect 30 days later.
“This is a significant victory for registrants and members of their families,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “That is because when the Seal Beach repeal goes into effect, there will be no residency restrictions in all of Orange County.”
The staff report relied upon by the City Council included references to and discussions of two recent court decisions, In re Taylor, and People v. Lynch. In the first decision, the CA Supreme Court determined in March 2015 that the CA Dept. of Corrections could not apply residency restrictions to all registrants on parole. In the second decision, the First Appellate Division decided in October 2016 that Jessica’s Law, which established statewide residency restrictions, was limited only to registrants while on parole.
The City of Seal Beach’s residency restrictions were challenged in a lawsuit filed on January 10, 2017, in Orange County Superior Court. It was the 18th lawsuit filed challenging a city’s residency restrictions. Subsequent to filing of this lawsuit, lawsuits were filed challenging residency restrictions in the City of Monrovia and the City of Temecula.