The City of Wasco was sued today in federal district court challenging its sex offender ordinance. This lawsuit is the eighth in a series of lawsuits filed during an 8-week period.
“Despite a series of letter warnings starting on January 20, the City of Wasco has failed to repeal its sex offender ordinance which violates both the state and federal constitutions,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “The Wasco ordinance denies the constitutionally protected right to public information through its prohibition of visiting the city’s public library. In addition, the ordinance prohibits registered citizens from visiting schools, bus stops and commercial establishments that have playgrounds.”
The first lawsuit in this series was filed on March 24 against the City of Pomona. Subsequent lawsuits have been filed against South Lake Tahoe (March 31), National City (April 8), Lompoc (April 21), Sacramento County (April 30) and Santa Ana (May 7).
“The California Court of Appeal has determined that ordinances which prohibit the presence of registered citizens in public and private places are preempted by state law,” stated CA RSOL Board Member Chance Oberstein. “Those decisions were upheld on April 23 when the California Supreme Court denied review.”