The Carson City Council failed to repeal or revise its sex offender ordinance during its meeting on August 5 despite recommendations to do so from both the City Manager and City Attorney.
According to a staff report dated August 5, the City’s ordinance is inconsistent with state law due to presence restrictions which limit where registered citizens may visit. The City’s ordinance also includes residency restrictions which limit where registered citizens may live. Residency restrictions are currently under review by the California Supreme Court.
“The City of Carson acted unwisely by failing to repeal or revise its ordinance,” stated CA RSOL President Janice Bellucci. “The City was sued in federal district court on April 11 and it appears that the case will now proceed toward an ultimate victory for plaintiff Frank Lindsay in that court. This will, of course, result in significant legal costs paid by the citizens of Carson.”
In his recommendations, City Attorney Bill Wynder included proposed revisions to the city’s ordinance that would have made it consistent with state law and the recent Court of Appeal decisions which determined that similar ordinances adopted by the City of Irvine and Orange County were preempted by state law.
City Council Meeting Video (@ 3:05)