The City of Palmdale has repealed its sex offender ordinance, which included both residency and presence restrictions. The repeal is permanent and therefore registrants are no longer required to meet any of the ordinance’s requirements.
“Palmdale has chosen to follow the path started by Lake Forest in December 2012,” stated Janice Bellucci, President of CA RSOL. “As such, Palmdale is one of many cities that now realize that the ordinances they passed did not increase public safety and denied the civil rights of registrants.”
The Palmdale City Council voted 4 to 1 to repeal its ordinance at their regularly scheduled meeting on May 1. It was believed that a second vote was required to finalize the repeal, however, a call to the office of the City Attorney revealed that a second vote is not necessary.
California RSOL met with an assistant City Attorney of Palmdale in April and requested that the city repeal its sex offender ordinance. California RSOL stated during that meeting that a lawsuit would be filed if the city chose to retain the ordinance.
“The registered citizens of Palmdale are now free to visit the city’s parks and other public places,” stated Frank Lindsay, Treasurer of California RSOL. “It’s time for other cities in California to repeal their ordinances as well.”