The City of Lake Forest is expected on December 4 to repeal its existing “sex offender” ordinance which prohibits all registrants from entering the city’s parks. City staff have recommended that the City Council repeal that ordinance in an 11-page report from the city manager which states several reasons for its recommendation, including (1) no supporting evidence that the ordinance has had a measurable effect on public safety, (2) no violations of the ordinance since its passage a year ago, and (3) recent court rulings stating that “this type of ordinance” is preempted by state law.
According to the staff recommendation, there are sufficient resources to protect public safety in the absence of the “sex offender” ordinance. The resources cited include the Orange County Sheriff’s Sex Offender Notification and Registration program and existing state law. The report notes that the cost of defending one existing and one threatened lawsuit against the city “will be substantial, potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The staff report also notes that “in 9 out of 10 child sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator is someone familiar to them, in many cases a relative or part of their extended family.” The staff recommends that the City consider devoting resources and/or collaborate with other organizations to educate responsible adults “in order to protect the family character of the community.”
December 4th, 7pm
Lake Forest City Hall
25550 Commercentre Drive, Council Chambers
Lake Forest, California 92630