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Cities grapple with sex-offender code changes

HESPERIA — Reluctant to bow to state-level pressure, councilmen deferred adopting amendments to the city code about the regulation of sex offenders spurred by recent and pending court actions.

With two of the city’s five councilmen on vacation, the motion to approve the amendments died on a split vote (three yes were needed to pass).

Councilman Russ Blewett, who voted no, said after Tuesday’s meeting that he was basically protesting state laws and court decisions dictating what a city must do. Full Article

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Blewitt sure lived up to his name. Why wouldn’t a public official keep the state’s constitution intact? Blew-it drank Tony’s kool-aid and it worked – at least for him…

So they amend the city ordinance to be in line with state law. In other words, they copy the state law, but just attach a city ordinance number to it. So what is the point of that?
I guess so that individual council members could technically say, if they run for higher office, that they passed a law in their city that was tough on sex offenders.

You hit the nail on the head – It’s an election year and time to pad their resumes.

I regret that these elected officials will seemingly do anything to avoid obeying the laws. If I am not exempt from obeying the laws, why are they?

What makes it worse: the laws they so assiduously defend are of little or no value in protecting actual people.

Geez dude…you really blew-it if that’s what taxpayers get for public service…please resign or quit immediately for not supporting and defending the Constitution …you blew-it.

The Hesperia model? Are these stupid people trying to sound smart? It sure does look that way. OK Rachel Molina; go ahead and say – “What distinguishes the ‘Hesperia model’ from action being taken by other cities is that we are not seeking to repeal our existing ordinance but rather seeking to amend it to align with state of California law.” The only way I can imagine they can do that is to repeal their ordinance; then they will “align with state law.” I lived in the Victor Valley for aprox 8 yrs and I can say without a doubt… Read more »

Another City Council Meeting worth watching. Calls to violence, discussion about a certain attorney without naming names, righteous indignation all around. http://hesperia.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1486 (#12, at 1:00:00) In summary, Cowboy Government in the High Desert at its finest… quote Councilmember Blewett (at 1:17:55) “I guess we can’t shoot them…. although that would be a great alternative. But we can combine Items 11 (Animal Control Ordinance) and 12 (RSO Ordinance) and maybe spay and neuter them. That would be a great thing to do”. Response: “You know if we can do that I’ll bring it back now” Chuckle chuckle. It should be noted… Read more »

Joe: Wisdom? Clarity as they seek justice? Peace? Subject themselves to the governing authorities?!?! I really find myself struggling to understand how they expect God to grant them these things when their actions relating to registrants is based on a lie and they are resisting, dishonoring and choosing to rebel instead of obeying the governing authorities. God hates lies. They must be praying to the other god; their god; the father of lies. I take offense these hypocritical vigilantes ask for these things in the name of Jesus; I take equal offense when men and women of their stripe pledge… Read more »

… quote Councilmember Blewett (at 1:17:55)…

What is this idiot doing on any public dole? He should be leading a klan meeting according to his words. He is a danger to anyone who does not see things his way and proceeding should begin immediately to oust this charlatan.

Going past the pompous and borderline criminal platitudes by the city council, there is a troubling development that I picked up on. The presenter, a legal associate working with a firm who is representing many cities who are opponents of Janice Bellucci and RSOL on many suits, stated that Janice has “accepted” Hesperia’s modification to allow for the continued enforcement of restriction registrants’ actions with regard to residency and proximity in the lawsuit because they “align with the state.” I am a bit puzzled, though. If true, doesn’t this essentially endorse the city’s justification for punishing registrants in the first… Read more »

Not sure what you are objecting to – I did not hear any reference to preserving ordinances regarding proximity. Perhaps I need to re-listen. The (successful) law suits are about cities and counties having adopted ordinances that went over and above State Law and, as such, are contrary to the California Constitution. That was the whole and only basis for the law suit. State Law clearly has a 2,000 foot residency restriction with the express permission for cities to expand on that in terms of penalties. It does not have the same leeway regarding presence restrictions (limiting those to people… Read more »

Let me try to be clear here. I don’t want to go transcribe the woman’s presentation cause it will take more than a couple of hourse, but if you go to the 1 hour mark on the video she’s talking there. This woman is an associate or legal person who works for a law firm that is advising several cities, such as Lompoc and Pomona, in defense of Janice’s lawsuits. She is giving the briefing by saying that as long as any ordinance does not exceed the punishment that the state laws provide for, they can have the law on… Read more »

Eric, actually, you have to consider the merits of the case — i.e. standing to sue, ripeness, and legal theories. If there is no law broken, then there is no law to be enforced, which means you don’t have a good case. Unfortunately, since In re Taylor was depublished pursuant to grant or denial of review, it is not citable case law and therefore, the attorney representing these cities is basically saying “let’s just repeal the part of the ordinance that violates State law — People v. Dryg, and wait on the parts that are still pending.” Hence, we CANNOT… Read more »

“…occupies the field…” – this should mean exclusivity protection from any ensnarement and prosecution at the local level.

Could you(ericknight) keep your request as ‘you’ want ….”….leave ‘we’ outta your request …surely you don’t speak for me….just saying own your debbie downer comment as your own.

I just listened to and saw the vid on the July 15th council meeting in Hesperia. What a bunch of knee jerk Neanderthals. Someone needs to send them a fact sheet on just who sex offenders are where most of the offenses against children come from (like relatives and close or trusted family friends). They also seem ignorant of the fact that not all RSO are the same. As if all are sexual predators. I understand that there are well meaning, but ignorant, people out there that are just trying to look out for their kids, but those three jokers… Read more »

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