The City of South Pasadena has agreed not to enforce its presence restrictions which prohibited all registered citizens from “loitering” in the city’s parks, library, school bus stops, restaurants with children’s playground, etc. The City formalized its agreement in a letter from City Manager Sergio Gonzalez dated February 24 (below).
The City’s agreement was reached after California RSOL notified the City that its presence restrictions were in violation of two recent decisions by the California Court of Appeal which stated that similar restrictions in Orange County and the City of Irvine were preempted by state law. California RSOL originally requested that the City repeal its presence restrictions, but agreed to a stay of enforcement while the California Supreme Court decides whether to grant review of the two California Court of Appeal decisions.
“Because of this agreement, registered citizens and their family members are now able to fully utilize the parks, library, bus stops and commercial restaurants within the City of South Pasadena,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “No longer will families be divided by an inability to recreate together such as picnics in the park.”
Despite this agreement, the City of South Pasadena will continue to enforce the residency restrictions within its sex offender ordinance. Those restrictions limit where a registered citizen can reside either on a permanent or a temporary basis.