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Bell Gardens Repeals Section of Sex Offender Law

Faced with the threat of lawsuits, the Bell Gardens City Council Monday voted to repeal an ordinance restricting the movement of registered sex offenders in the southeast city.

The council’s decision comes following recent court rulings striking down local sex offender laws that exceed state regulations.

In 2009, Bell Gardens adopted an ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from being within 300 feet of parks and other locations where children gather.

“We’re not doing it because we want to do it, we’re doing it because we’re forced to do it by state law,” Mayor Daniel Crespo said about the reluctance to vote to repeal a section of the city’s sex offender law. Full Article

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ONE of the main problem is the one-size-fits-all nature of these varius ordinances.

As we all know here, there are indeed RSOs who are a danger to the public and then there is the vast majority who are not. I don’t get how these counties and cities don’t get that. Or mybe they just pretend not to.

So If you feel the need to craft such laws, they should at least be crafted on that bases.

You are quite right. There are RSOs who are a danger to the public. There are also drunk drivers, drug dealers, wife beaters, etc. who are a danger to the public. The way we respond to all of this is by a criminal justice system that arrest suspects, subjects them to a powerful (sometimes overzealous) criminal system and in many cases incarcerates them. We have special “pre-crime” laws for RSOs that are, at their core, wrong. Only the most hideous laws are disappearing and we need much more involvement from the RSO community to shine light on these modern Jim… Read more »

Now you know why FEDERAL LAWSUITS are our ONLY weapon of substance in this battle. The city council members were whining and moaning “oh, we didn’t wanna do it but the state forced us” instead of actually researching the REASON the laws needed to be overturned. One of them could have courageously said the following: “Well, the laws are only feel good laws, but in reality there is far greater danger from family members and friends of the family than registered sex offenders at committing an offense, and we understand that the reoffense rate is negligible for registered sex offenders,… Read more »

They shouldn’t have an iota of code whatsoever that even deals with victims of the registry. Sentencing and punishment in relation to the initial registerable offense was meted out at the state level and any amount of punishment or regulation outside that initial case is not their domain and is in conflict with the state constitution. The recent ruling indicated the state occupies the field exclusively. The only thing local jurisdictions should be doing is complying with existing state laws. It is so hypocritical that virtually all elected and appointed public officials servants have sworn oaths to uphold state and… Read more »

California RSOL applauds the City of Bell Gardens for making the right decision by repealing its sex offender ordinance. Because the City has made the right decision, it will not be sued and taxpayer dollars will be saved. We can only hope that the citizens of Bell Gardens will learn that their fear regarding registered citizens is misplaced. It is NOT registered citizens, but instead family members, teachers, coaches and clergy that are possible perpetrators of sexual assaults upon their children. Perhaps the City of Bell Gardens could pass an ordinance that reflects these facts.

Anyone notice the stab at Janice’s motives and character in this statement? “This attorney realized there’s a market to bring these lawsuits against cities and get attorney fees.” They are starting to hit below the belt. First the remarks on Janice’s motives in Hesperia and now this statement from Bell Gardens. Perhaps if they ever realize a little education would lessen their frustration they wouldn’t feel so sorry for themselves. There has to be some sort of outlet capable of getting the correct facts and statistics to these city counsels. I think this would be a good thing for the… Read more »

I forgot to mention that some people on these city counsels aren’t above simply making things up, (and playing the victim) like the remark about why Janice is fighting for our cause. So it makes sense that if these individuals who are so willing and capable of doing this must also be willing to believe things other people just make up, like all the skewered poor excuses for facts about registrants.

maybe this will encourage other lawyers to step up!
Way to go Janice!!

I wonder what’s up with that attorney Steve Davidson who posted in the Frank and Janice sue Hesperia thread. I wonder if he was just pluggin for business; I wonder if he’ll stand up like Janice, Chance, Frank and everyone else, and put his money where his mouth is and take up the fight or contribute in some way.

“There’s a Market”? Talk about a displaced and distorted reality. There are only about 100,000 people whose rights were stripped away trying to be afforded just a hint of justice and this is turned into an opportunity to make these vitriolic statements about someone like Janice who has the guts to take on unjust and unpopular causes. People that make such statements are ones to never confuse matters (for themselves) by introducing truth into the equation. Without the few courageous individuals like Janice, who will stand up to the rhetoric and status quo, the future would be bleak for victims… Read more »


I really doubt anyone who is actively fighting this fight is getting rich.

The exact problem with a failure ordinance is that its in direct conflict with state and federal Constitutions …period..

This is a good example of why none of these city laws should exist. First, I had no idea Bell Gardens had city ordinances? When I think of Bell Gardens (sorry), I think of illegal immigrants, Hispanic gangs , many of the men I met through prison ministries live there and the city has bigger things to address ! You would literally have to have an iPad in your hand of you travelled from one city to another. Really dumb

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