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City of Orange Gives Final Approval to Repeal of Sex Offender Ordinance

The City Council of the City of Orange, in a vote of 4 to 1, gave final approval on October 8 to repeal a city law that required registered citizens to post a sign in front of their residence on Halloween. The City’s first vote on this issue took place on September 24, only six days after a lawsuit was filed in federal district court challenging the ordinance. Prior to filing the lawsuit, the City was asked on September 3 to repeal the ordinance, but failed to consider the issue at its next meeting on September 10. 

“With the repeal of this ordinance, there are no known ordinances in California that require registered citizens to post a sign on or near their residence on Halloween,” stated California RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “This is a significant victory for more than 100,000 registered citizens in the state of California.”

A similar lawsuit was filed in federal district court in September 2012 challenging a similar Halloween ordinance in Simi Valley. In that case, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson granted a partial Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which prohibited the City of Simi Valley from enforcing an ordinance requiring registered citizens to post a sign on the front door of their residence.

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  1. nk

    I think Tulare, California are required to post sign according to this newspaper.

    http://www.recorderonline.com/articles/-46702–.html

    there are no known ordinances in California that require registered citizens to post a sign on or near their residence on Halloween,” stated California RSOL president Janice Bellucci.

    • Janice Bellucci

      The article for which you posted a link is dated in the year 2010. The County Supervisors may have considered a sign requirement, but they did not adopt such a requirement. Instead, the Supervisors adopted in October 2010 an ordinance that prohibits registered citizens on Halloween from leaving on exterior lights, decorating the exterior of their homes and answering the door to children who are trick or treating. The exact language can be found in the Tulare County Code at Section 5-13-1100.

  2. Brubaker

    @nk …….just curious……what’s the number for that ordinace you have noted….???……..also why didn’t you also note the ordinance number in your comment.. … surely you must have checked to offer the comment you made….did you.?

  3. Anonymous Nobody

    Did Orange actually repeal the entire ordinance or only the parts that required posting the sign? I ask because the information previously was that they were only going to repeal the parts requiring posting of the sign, not the other restrictions.

    I encourage suing over all the restrictions, not only the sign posting.

    • Janice Bellucci

      The City of Orange repealed only the sign requirement. Please be patient. There are more than 300 “sex offender” ordinances passed by cities and counties in California. We are doing what we can today with the resources that we have. As we continue down our path of success, we will attract new resources and be able to challenge more ordinances. In fact, this would be a great time for you and others to donate to the organization by either using the “Donate” button above or sending a check. Thanks!

  4. nk

    yes now I just found it

    http://californiacitynews.typepad.com/california_county_news/2010/10/no-eye-candy-for-sex-offenders-on-halloween-in-tulare-co-supervisors-approve-ban.html

    The first draft of the ordinance also stipulated that a sign would have to be posted that stated, “No candy or treats at this residence.” (But on Halloween, surely that is just asking for trouble; supervisors did ultimately remove that provision.)

    thank you

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