Santa Ana Repeals Sex Offender Ordinance

The Santa Ana City Council took the final step necessary to repeal its entire sex offender ordinance on June 17. The first step toward repeal took place on June 3.

“This is an important victory for all registered citizens,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “More than 105,000 individuals and their families are no longer prohibited from visiting public places including the public library.”

“The City of Santa foolishly followed the path of the Orange County District Attorney in its passage of a law that violated both the state and federal constitutions,” stated CA RSOL vice president Chance Oberstein.

The City Council’s actions follow the filing of a lawsuit on May 7 in federal district court that challenged the city’s ordinance. A settlement of that case is pending and will be finalized soon.

California RSOL testified before the Santa Ana City Council during its consideration of the ordinance. California RSOL warned the city both verbally and in writing at that time that the ordinance, if passed, would violate the state and federal constitutions and could result in a legal challenge. Despite the warnings, the City Council passed the ordinance unanimously.

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Good for the people in Santa Ana that are forced to be on the registry. It’s too bad the city of Orange is turning out to be such a huge disappointment.

This is a big step. Many cities were removing parts of their ordinances when they should be removed entirely as did Santa Ana.

Something is wrong with the city of Orange to stand with their arms crossed in light of this – the largest city in Orange county – repealing its ordinance entirely.

Did anything ever happen with Santa Ana’s procedure to make registrants change into jail clothing and effectively be booked and incarcerated for the registration process?