The year 2012 was a remarkable year! The civil rights of registered citizens were recognized and protected by federal and state judges in a series of cases that (1) declared the Orange County park ban is preempted by state law, (2) stopped temporarily enforcement of Prop. 35’s requirements to disclose online identities, (3) prohibited the City of Simi Valley from requiring registrants to post a sign on the front door of their homes, and (4) blocked parole officers from applying residency restrictions to all parolees in San Diego County. In addition, the City of Lake Forest repealed their park ban after one lawsuit was filed and a second lawsuit was threatened.
And the year 2013 promises to be even more remarkable! Courts will make final decisions in the cases listed above as well as in lawsuits currently pending in three cities in Orange County (Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Seal Beach) as well as one city in Los Angeles County (Lancaster) that challenge sex offender ordinances in those cities. In addition, California RSOL has asked all cities in southern California who have passed sex offender ordinances to repeal their ordinances or they, too, can expect to be sued.
In addition, we are working toward the reintroduction of a tiered registry bill in the state legislature. The goal of our efforts is to provide the automatic termination of the requirement to register for individuals after 10 or 20 years depending upon the current risk assessment and not the original offense for those who have not re-offended.
Further, we will expand education of registrants and family members by meeting in new areas of the state. The first meeting in Bakersfield is already scheduled for February 9 and will be followed by a meeting in Santa Maria on February 23. And we will expand the public’s education of issue, in part, by hosting the national RSOL conference in Los Angeles in September.
Come join the remarkable progress we are making. If you are ready, we ask that you Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up in any way that you feel comfortable. You could let members of your family know that you are a registrant, you could join California RSOL the next time we testify at a City Council meeting or you could write a letter to your state legislators in Sacramento. And if you’re not yet comfortable doing taking these public actions, you can support this worthy cause privately by making a donation. Whether great or small, every donation helps California RSOL continue the uphill climb toward restoration of civil rights for all registrants.
Please know that California RSOL is here for YOU….whether you are a registrant or a family member of a registrant. We Shall Overcome!