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