The Cypress City Council unanimously adopted a punitive ordinance that would deny the civil rights of registered citizens despite a recommendation from the City Attorney to delay further consideration in order to conduct further research. The City Attorney’s recommendation was consistent with a request from California RSOL that was submitted in writing as well as addressed during the City Council meeting on March 12.
In its letter and oral testimony, California RSOL questioned the constitutionality of the proposed ordinance as it pertains to residency restrictions, park bans, hotel stays and the celebration of Halloween. The organization also suggested that the ordinance may violate state law. California RSOL delivered copies of four reports to the City Council that provided accurate data on issues such as recidivism. The ordinance, as passed, includes inaccurate data from a report published 18 years ago. The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days unless it is challenged in court.