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City to alter sex offender restrictions

STOCKTON – Seemingly without a say in the matter, and with a lawsuit filed against Stockton, the City Council appears likely tonight to repeal an ordinance that restricts some movements of registered sex offenders in places frequented by children.

According to a staff report included in tonight’s meeting agenda, the city has no choice because recent court decisions have decreed that state law on the movement of registered sex offenders preempts local legislation. Full Article

Agenda: http://www.stocktongov.com/clerk/granicusagendas/citycouncil/20140729.pdf (p. 52)

July 29: Repeal Motion passes 6-1 (Mayor Anthony Silva opposing)

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Hmmm…. “Stockton has embarked on an effort to amend the general plan to better reflect the city’s needs in light of the great recession.” I think that’s a great idea. I also think the state has done Stockton and many other cities a favor by ruling state law preempts local law regarding the movement of registered citizens; especially in light of the fact that the police have not issued one single citation in the last 12 months to anyone for violating the Stockton ordinance, which makes it seem like the ordinance restricting the movement of registered citizens is unnecessary and… Read more »

Section1: Chapter 9.44 of the Stockton City Municipal Code is hereby repealed.
Section 2: This Ordinance shall take effect thirty (30) days from and after its adoption.

Sweet!

The council voted 6-1 in favor of repealing the ordinance. It didn’t take long for those entrusted with the running of the city government to make a decision essentially void of emotion. They clearly can see the courts ruling and the inability and sheer impracticality of a local government to deal with complex criminal justice issues without making a mockery of the constitution.

Well done Janice!

I have to add a rebuttal to my own comment because they couldn’t see it on their own – when it was implemented – without a fire later being lit under their backside by Janice…

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