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An attorney went door to door Tuesday in Harbor Gateway to warn registered sex offenders that a small park will be built near them, effectively forcing them to move. By law, registered sex offenders can’t live within 2,000 feet of a park or school — and city officials are using that law to push them out of the neighborhood. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on March 5, 2013.

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Attorney-Warns-Sex-Offenders-of-New-Pocket-Park/195490961

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  1. J

    Thank you Janice for having the guts to go against the status-quo and compel people to think about the global implications. The news media again chooses to confuse matter by addressing this beleaguered group at large, rather than saying “certain registrants on parole” etc. Misinformation, hate and fear mongering, and subterfuge are the tools of Buscaino and those who thrive in the bliss of ignorance and arrogance. NIMBY is always the easy solution inferring that it should be someone else’s problem, just not mine. That’s OK for a private citizen to opine on but when demonic officials like Buscaino say things like that, he shows blatant disregard for the constitution and the inherent constitutional rights of any and every American citizen.

  2. C

    I am beginning to get confused about residency restrictions for RSOs. I have been off parole since 1997. Am I not allowed to live within 2000′ of a park or school?

    I am pretty sure this crap does not apply to me as I am not on parole – George Runner told me so personally so it must be true.

    • Joe

      Even if State Law does not apply – and no one, including law enforcement, is NOT confused by it – there are plenty of municipal ordinances that would, and attach a penalty to a violation. Check the Ordinances List on this site.

      What a hot mess all of this is….

  3. Joe

    Janice et al – as always, thank you for your time, dedication and most of all – COURAGE!!!

  4. Tired of hiding

    Thank you Janice!

    I am sickened to hear that uneducated “average” residence thinking that they can pick and choose who they are going to allow to live in “their” neighborhood.

    To those bigots I say this – Hey numbnuts…last time I checked a map your neighborhood was in a country called the United States of America and all American citizens are legally allowed to live anywhere they wish (even “your” neighborhood)!

    Hey you don’t like it then leave!

    • C

      That’s a good point, TOH.
      Given the demographics of the area, I wonder how many of these concerned “citizens” are actually in this country legally?
      And of the reported crimes in that neighborhood between 2/27 and 3/2, none were sex crimes, despite all those creepy RSOs they want to run out of town. Now, if anyone had an ounce of sense, they would be more concerned about the aggravated assaults and rampant theft!

      This area is made up of gangs, the working and under class, groups who typically feel they have been held down by The Man and this is their chance to ****3 on someone else for a change.

      By the way, I’d wager that a lot of RSOs don’t just live there for the lack of schools and parks, but because they are close to family and friends. Many families will be broken up or have to move because of this soon-to-be graffiti magnet, I mean “park.”.

      [Edited by moderator for language. Lets keep it civil, please]

      • anon

        Good point. If that’s the case, then the neighborhood has a lot more problems than a few sex offenders living there. Perhaps the gang leaders will send the city council a thank you card for giving them a new drug dealing location.

      • Tired of hiding

        TO THE MODERATOR:

        I really think that we are all adults and over the age of 18. Is there really a need to censor the free expression that many might only have on this forum? I am not afraid of words even the 4 letter ones.

        Just my thought.

        • http404

          We are all adults and I openly admit I drop the occasional “poo-poo” words into my writings… at the same time I can respect the moderators’ desire to keep the decorum here to appeal to the broadest audience possible of those who are affected by RSO issues, which includes registrants’ mothers, fathers, spouses, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc. who may be alienated by the use of colorful language by some of us, even when such language certainly seems most apt for expressing.

        • Tired of hiding

          Well all of those people you mention are still adults so unless they never attend an R rated movie they certainly have heard anything that might be said here.

          When I think of the stupidity of this entire topic of RSO pretty much the only thing that comes to my mind are 4 letter words actually.

          So having said that, since freedom of expression is censored here I shall refrain from posting again. I am sure that some of you will be pleased about that actually and I am sorry for you since it is actions like this that have put us in this situation to start with.

        • Moderator

          @Tired of hiding – thank you for your comment.

          While I am all for colorful language at the right time and place, this web site is not the place. Surely you realize that this site is not a typical support forum for 290 registrants, but the PR vehicle and organizing tool of an organization committed to achieving legislative change for a group of citizens not held in the highest regard by many in this country. What is published here will live on forever for everyone to see, unlike comments made verbally to a controlled audience.

          Just so as to not violate the commenting rules (staying on post topic) please view the video in this post and pay special attention to Janice’s appearance. Traveling for hours to Harbor Gate, California, to represent CA RSOL and in the hopes of getting on TV for a few seconds she puts on her lawyer suit and heels. Perhaps she just likes to dress up, but more likely it is all about projecting a professional image and being taken seriously.

          If this site does not support and extend this serious and professional image it is not doing its job and is a disservice to the cause and just rude to the efforts of those involved.

          So, when California RSOL is in the media or communicates with legislators – from the smallest cities’ Council Members to the State Capital – and beyond – the hope is that regular citizens and lawmakers will visit this site (which is increasingly linked in on-line publications) to educate themselves about the issue. What they should find is facts, links to media reports, testimony to the realities of living with this issue and an intelligent, rational discourse about change. As opposed to ranting and raving, under the mantle of anonymity no less.

          We are, indeed, all adults, and as such should possess a vocabulary capable of expressing our views without resorting to language that is not appropriate for, say, print in a large newspaper.

          Beyond that we can agree to disagree.

          Moderator

  5. USA

    I’ve never heard of such a terrible story! We have gang members, killers, drug dealers and prostitutes walking the streets with more rights than sex offenders! We have rso’s with misdemeanors from years back treated like America’s most wanted? Now, the state of California’s cities are one by ons passing ordinances that differ from one another? I mean, how could anyone go from city to city and even know what the laws are? Sex offenders (many are tax payers) can’t visit parks, beaches, public swimming pools and libraries? I’m still hoping to wake up and hope this is just a bad dream. Furthermore, sex offenders in many cities are banned from living next to schools are parks? This is surreal? I’m in complete and utter shock! What’s next? Maybe all sex offenders have to live in a gated commune? Barred from driving? Not allowed to have children/what if their offspring is a sex offender ? Barred from taking the bus? Designated seating in airplanes? This article or story says it all! It’s hatred and misunderstanding! The state of California needs to get with the program. Could you even imagine the unconstitutional laws being passed 10 years ago? 20 years ago? People would laugh at you? The next step will be marked cars for sex offenders or computer chip implantation? These laws/actions create hysteria and hatred? I’m just praying for both the sex offenders and their families. If this continues, one of two things will occur. A sex offender will be pushed over the edge or an innocent bystander will be hurt. I truly feel sorry for the politician who pushed for this park to be built.

  6. MM

    @Tired of hiring … Let me ask you.

    Whether we are over 18 or not what difference would a few colorful four letter words add to our discussion? Do you think the random F&$@ word would carry more weight? Or the random S?$& word? Really?! I think that the MODERATOR chooses to veto unnecessary words is fine. Lets continue to be above reproach … Why give anyone any reason to believe any differently of us?

    From what I’ve read you are a very angry person with not much to hope for … and maybe justifiably so because I don’t know your story, or where you are … but In the end, you are only painting yourself as a hater of all things. Step back and breathe … We are ALL suffering the same fate.

    Let us be positive vs. you, the angry, the depressant, the one who no one will want to hear from again? I’m sure you have some redeeming qualities to add to this issue we are all living with. Peace to you &your heart.

  7. mch

    My dream is to hit the lottery and move into an upscale “pristine and secure” gated community! Ha, then who would the prisoners be? The’yd get all freaked out because there is one of those people among us…might as well dream big, costs no more than a little dream.

    • C

      Ha!
      I had a similar dream, but I would not need the lottery to do it, just nerve. I move in next door to George Runner and wave to him with a big Cheshire grin each morning as I pick up the paper from the driveway in my bathrobe and slippers a la Tony Soprano.

  8. Guest

    Saw this discussion about this topic – might be of interest.
    http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/pocket-park-sex-offender/513f66932b8c2a0bc000009c

    • C

      Thank you for sharing this video. Very interesting but very frustrating as well as the HufffPo host never really forces the coucilman to answer the questions asked of him. I laughed out loud when he said he avoided arresting people when he could, that he prayed with them and found them resources. What a lying sack.
      The title Former LAPD pretty much discredits anything that comes from this politicans mouth.
      I walk away encouraged, however, that more balanaced discussions are taking place and people are beginnging to understand just how unfair and down right abusive these laws have become.

  9. J

    After the long drawn out discussion where Buscaino bathes in the glorious tears of a woman who’s hysteria he fostered, he gives a politician’s smile to the camera. If that isn’t plasticity defined… Any objective analysis shows that he dances atop the issue while pretty much showing that he is the definition of chaos when he seems clearly to be in the business of creating problems to solve problems. He has figured out that he can have his cake and eat it to thanks to the misinformation he is force feeding his constituents. Like many crafty politicians, he relies on a substantial amount of passive aggression by not lifting a finger to bring overall truths, other than the fear he has instilled in his community, to the discussion. Good job for the people trying to bring some sense of balance into this situation but a somewhat mediocre job of the moderator to balance the air time. When you have a big hammer, all the problems look like small nails. That is Buscaino’s implicit message and one that conveniently keeps him from living in the world of truth – other than that of his own megalomania.

  10. Pam

    Dear Tired of Hiding,

    The moderator is right. The public already sees us as low-lifes, and the use of profanity only serves to perpetuate that view. Profanity is the attempt of a lazy and feeble mind to express itself forcefully. We will all be better served by using a higher, more universally accepted level of the English language to get the point across. We are all angry and frustrated when we read stories like this. Cuss under your breath, beat a pillow, stomp around the house, then settle down and write something that will be taken seriously by the general public.

    Janice–you are a blessing. Thank you for your tireless efforts at promoting our cause.

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