Lompoc is the fifth city whose sex offender ordinance is being challenged in federal district court. The lawsuit was filed on April 21 in the U.S. District Court Central Division.
“The City of Lompoc was notified in January that its ordinance violates the state and federal constitutions yet the city failed to either repeal or stay enforcement of that ordinance,” stated attorney Janice Bellucci. “Lompoc did not learn the lesson of the first four cities to be sued — Pomona, South Lake Tahoe, National City and Carson — earlier this year.”
The Lompoc ordinance prohibits all California registered citizens from being in or within 300 feet of any public or private school, child care facility, library, park, school bus stop or playground. Violations of the ordinance could lead to up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
“The impact of the Lompoc ordinance is that more than 105,000 registered citizens are not able to join family members and friends for a picnic in the park or to access public information in the library,” stated plaintiff Frank Lindsay. “This unjust law must be stopped.”