Three more cities took action this week toward the repeal of their sex offender ordinances. Mission Viejo led the group during its City Council meeting on June 2 while Santa Ana and Galt followed that lead on June 3.
“California RSOL commends these three cities for beginning the repeal of ordinances which prohibited registered citizens from visiting public and private places such as parks, libraries and restaurants,” stated California RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “They join a growing number of cities that have eliminated similar laws that violate the state and federal constitutions.”
A total of 28 cities have repealed sex offender ordinances during the past six months, including Anaheim, Costs Mesa, Lake Forest, Santee, Tustin and El Centro. Several of the cities repealed their ordinances after they were challenged in state or federal court.
There are 11 lawsuits currently pending in federal court against ten cities and one county. The cities are Pomona, South Lake Tahoe, National City, Carson, Lompoc, Santa Ana, Wasco, Ontario, Stockton and Taft. The county is Sacramento County. The lawsuits were filed during the period March 24 through May 29.
In addition to the cities that have repealed their ordinances, seven cities have agreed not to enforce their ordinances. It is expected that those cities will soon repeal their ordinances as well.
“Before the end of calendar year 2014, there will be no sex offender ordinances remaining in California which prohibit where a registered sex offender may visit,” stated California RSOL board member Chance Oberstein. “When that occurs, more than 105,000 registered citizens will be able to join family members and friends in a park or at a beach.”