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More Cities Repealing Bans Against Sex Offenders in Parks

Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda this week join the list of Orange County cities pulling back from local bans on sex offenders in parks in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that said they didn’t comply with state laws. Full Article

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  1. Janice Bellucci

    It is great news that three (3) cities in Orange County are considering in the same week the repeal of their sex offender ordinances! They join other cities including Anaheim in this effort. And they join the cities of Laguna Hills and Lake Forest who have already made the right choice — by repealing their ordinances. All of these cities could have spared themselves of this hard work by NOT following the Pied Piper, that is, the Orange County District Attorney, who assured them that their ordinances were constitutional and instead listening to California RSOL who warned them that they were not.

    • Q

      The pied piper; that’s good. I like it. What I saw was one of the “pied piper’s” staff, Schroder telling the Laguna Niguel city counsel that they were “confident” these presence restrictions were constitutional. In other words it was said they weren’t 100% sure it was constitutional. This is irresponsible to enact a law on the premise of “confident it’s constitutional.”

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-613838-parks-laguna.html

    • Anonymous

      Janice, I would like to propose that since the Sex Offender Registry is a Civil regulatory law, people on it are entitled to civil protection under the law, and that discrimination against people on the list for purposes of employment should be illegal.

      What are the chances of this kind of argument holding up in court?

  2. Michael

    Pressured to pass SOMETHING, or be painted by the OCDAs office as looking like they loved RSOs, The Irvine City council passed their version of the ordinance, which was less then the one-size-fits-all of the county ordinance. But as one councilmember said, even so, such an ordinance was a solution looking for a problem.

  3. Jim

    I can’t wait for the day to come when I ask my parole agent to go fishing at any of the Los Angeles beachs and he says I can’t stop you!

    • cool rso guy!

      Ill go fishing with you.
      Just let us know and we as a RSO can go!!

  4. Tim

    I think it was inevitable these cities developed park bans or something equally bad, given the hysteria over sex crimes embedded in our modern culture and the recent legislative history, since the nineties, and the lack of any successful challenge to the Megan:s laws. Extreme legislation is against the Constitutions, but seems like the evils will have to run their course before our rights are restored.
    “All the poisons in the mud will hatch out.” I Cladius, BBC Television series.

    • mike

      I smoked cigarettes in the 80’s-90’s and seeing all of these presence restrictions seemed like a bad Deja vu to me. Back then it was all about “Save the children” from second-hand smoke. All the municipalities were trying to see who could be the most creative with their restrictions and zoning. After the fun wore out of persecuting smokers they set their sites on registrants having developed a blueprint for a proper procedure for discrimination that the masses wont question.

      • Tim

        Yes. It’s like people never grow out of the elementary school yard, everyone getting in on the act of bullying the guy or gal with the label. Fell into it myself a few times both bullier and bullied and wonder, are we still in the jungle swinging from trees and throwing crap at each other? It’s still in our DNA, that desire to find someone to pound on?

      • Q

        This society has been plied with all manner of BS for decades. Do you remember global cooling in the 70s? Apparently since that didn’t work we now have global warming, which has given us what the pundits were after in the first place, carbon tax. Before that there was the communist “scare” that spawned McCarthyism and with this came the persecution of people based on what they believed, or what people suspected they believed. Many innocents were swept up in this witch hunt (sound familiar?) that didn’t end until the press started exposing it for what it was.

        Then the one everybody loved to hate and the new favorite crusade for lackluster public officials was the drunk driver; this spawned groups like madd, gladd, dadd, etc. And of course the cigarette crusade already mentioned. The common denominator here is the only thing all these crusades achieved was they cost allot of money because people listened to the crusader/politician and not the experts, or those with experience. Today we have things like the court ordered drug/alcohol treatment mills that cost these people allot of money for very negligible results. Because of what I do I see this first hand and I can tell you these programs and their counselors are about as qualified to treat drug addiction and alcoholism as a monkey trying to perform brain surgery. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the traffic school scam.

  5. J C

    Well….Fullerton’s going to try and re-write the ordinance….Lawsuit. Swiftly.

    • cool rso guy!

      I think they are AFRAID to do anything with RSO at this point..

    • Q

      If that’s the case I hope they shoot themselves in the foot again.

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