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‘It’s about the safety of kids’: Dana Point lawmaker’s bill would ban sex offenders from parks

Orange County’s ban on sex offenders in parks, declared illegal by appellate judges last year, has a new backer: a proposed bill in the state Assembly that would allow cities to enforce restrictions on such criminals.

The bill from state Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, aims to prohibit sex offenders from going to parks and beaches without written permission from the sheriff or local police chief. The bill’s co-authors include Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach.

“At the end of the day, it’s about the safety of kids,” said Brough, a former Dana Point city councilman. “The locals know what they need, and they’re on the front lines and they can make the best decisions on what’s best for their community.” Full Article

Related: AB 201

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Wow, as a young man growing up, I always believed that people in high places do the right thing! I was rather disturbed by the DA’s remarks (violent rapists ect). This is nothing more than what people call propaganda! Most of society are unaware that many offenders are or have been convicted of minor offenses that in many cases don’t even involve a victim/internet porn ect. I just thank God my case/20 years ago took place in LA and not OC. OC seems more interested in a hanging them high and high conviction rates! Very disturbing. The most disturbing fact… Read more »

I take issue with the press and politicians continuing to reference people convicted of a sex offense as “Sex Offenders”. Just because you have been convicted of an offense doesn’t mean you are a continuing or lifelong Sex Offender!! How many persons on “the list” were “teenage lovers”, or adult with underage consensual affairs, or people who took a plea deal and were innocent? EVERY article i read gives the tone that all registered sex offenders are rapists or violent criminals that cannot be reformed when in actuality, this is a minority of the registry I am guessing. I am… Read more »

Language is important. That is why we refer to individuals convicted of a sex offense as “registered citizens” and not sex offenders. Other terms that seem to work are “registrants” and “a person required to register”. We encourage others to use these terms as well.

Janice, those euphemisms you suggested are STILL offensive, obnoxious and disparaging. It’s the equivalent of *igger = Negro. You cannot word-smith or re-band a connotation to make it appear more “user-friendly” and less threatening to the public. The term “registrant” – although less colorful than “sex offender” – implies an individual is still perceived as a sub-human and worthy of marginalization.

Lance Mitaro: I have read many of your postings all over the Internet and find them to be intelligent and well-reasoned. Never stop fighting. For me personally, I like to think of this as a war and it won’t be over until I have won. Anyway, what term do you think we should use? “sex offender” is factually incorrect and also a weapon used by the immoral side of this war. I will never say that I am a “sex offender”. “Registered Citizen” is factually accurate. One thing I like about that term is that it alludes to a police… Read more »

Correct!
The label “Sex Offender” (given willy nilly by the courts) carries with it the connotation “dangerous sexual deviate” which may or may not be an accurate description of the persons personality.
In fact, the statistics clearly point the other way as most perpetrators, if allowed,
lead productive lives free from further sexual crimes.
Obviously, it’s time to stop the abuse of those individuals released back into the community with detrimental labels which are usually unfair and inaccurate.

This kind of nonsense is why I feel Janice and Chance should issue a public debate challenge to Assbm. Brough, Carson city Councilman Robles and the OC DA.

Let them (the politicians who are just pandering to keep tier names I the news) justify their positions in the face of the FACTS. A debate would force them to confront the FACTS and not get away with fallacious talking points.

And if they decline the challenge, as there is a good chance they will, well, that too says something.

Nice idea; but it would never happen because all of the people who you listed, as well as all of their kind run from the truth about what’s being done to us because a public debate would expose them for what they really are; liars.

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”-Thomas Paine

Thanks Janice! I just emailed Meagan directly: Meagan, Regarding your article, it would be really nice to see any follow up articles that you may write to be a little more fair to “registered citizens” by calling them such, instead of just using the title “sex offenders”. Please read comments taken from the CA RSOL website regarding your article. My comments are under “FED UP”. As well, mass banning of registrants from parks, beaches etc. is absurd and that is why California needs to get with the times and pass a tiered registry that will allow law enforcement and politicians… Read more »

I sen’t this to MEGHANN M. CUNIFF. The writer of this article. “At the end of the day, it’s about the safety of kids,” said Brough, a former Dana Point city councilman. “The locals know what they need, and they’re on the front lines and they can make the best decisions on what’s best for their community.” ???? Apparently “Brough” and the citizens of that community need to get their facts straight and learn where the real threat to the ” safety of kids” lies; and it’s not with people on the registry. More than likely it’s in their own… Read more »

Its about the kids. I guess they can say that and be positively right. They have to find something that makes sense and something that will instill a mothers love for there offspring. But what about rights. When I blow my nose its all about the tissue paper I use to wipe it. Sometimes I just use my pants. Get the point! People will have any excuse to stop sex offenders as they seem better than the sex offender and are bias and it discriminating to ones ego and one’s character. Just because one is labeled doesn’t mean he is… Read more »

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Especially if it’s not curtailment of their liberty!!!! Q

‘It’s about the safety of kids’

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. By all means, keep laying those bricks of wish-full thinking.

Why?? After CARSOL hammered down on other cities, why do they want to do it?

Perhaps it is time to take the plight of 290 registrants to the people. Obama’s speech on countering terrorism today contained very pointed references to not singling out groups of people for hatred or violence; for the fundamental right of all Americans to justice and equal treatment. Yet, registered citizens are specifically not granted these most basic of protections. Maybe Janice and the other RSOL organizations around the country could start a White House Petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create and encourage Obama to stand behind those ideals to bring justice back to registrants.

OK, since others are posting them, here is the letter I sent to that Register reporter: Meghann: I read with interest the article you wrote about Assemblyman Brough’s effort to allow cities to develop their own sex offender presence restriction ordinances. I’ve also head the story on other media along with the City of Carson desire to fight having to repeal its similar ordinance. But what I have not heard any reporter ask, either Assemblyman Brough or Carson councilman Robles, who seems to be driving that city’s effort, is what actual problem will these ordinances solve? When the parks ordinance… Read more »

I’m pleased to hear 2 of you, “FED UP” and “Q” doing something, Now send out more Emails to other reporters that Are in Competition with the Lady. I’ve always wondered How they would handle A Political Event Held by registered citizens in a park. Could make for some Mighty big Waves. I started out with just Emails, now I go Speak against Bills. Once you do it you’ll find there is nothing to it. Some of the People I have to face are Customers of where I work. I Find Cost of a law can sometimes open Eyes. Stand… Read more »

Hi Stephen:

Where do you speak against bills? Is it locally, or on the state level in Sacramento? And how do you find out when a new bill that goes against the constitution and freedom in general is being considered; Links?

Stephen, thank you for your courage. Maybe some of us should go beyond responding to these hacks, be proactive and start writing our own columns to submit to newspapers. One among us has written a book that spurred the formation of CARSOL. what else is possible? With one word, “sex offender,” a whole class of people is created to be discriminated against. With words based on truth, we can destroy the myths. There are many here that have the gift of writing and have the facts to back up what they say. It takes time to do it well, and… Read more »

I too emailed her and suggest more do the same.

IT IS ABOUT THE STUPIDITY AND SHAMELESS VOTE PANDERING OF LAWMAKERS!

IF THEY EVER BOTHERED TO READ THE DOC RISK ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS, THEY’D KNOW.
BUT THEY ARE TOO WRAPPED IN THEIR OWN POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS TO BOTHER
THEMSELVES WITH THE TRUTH AND WITH THE CONSTITUTION. THESE IDIOTS SHOULD
ALL BE SHOWN THE DOOR.

Keep up the bad work orange county ..keep up the bad public puppet service on wasting more of taxpayers money time after time they will be bankrupt AGAIN …..oc is the biggest showcase as to punitive registry ..their greed under color of law violating peoples Constitutional rights is proof registry is punitive …this can be the greatest HomeRun for everyone ..Whewwwwwwwwwwwww..!

Here is my letter to her… Hello Megan, My name is J. I am 48 and the father of 3 amazing kids, 25, 23 and 21. My oldest recently returned from servicing in Libya, and my other 2 are hard working, productive kids. I have a wonderful relationship with them. I am a business owner, and plan on expanding into Orange County in the next few months as well. I am someone who falls under the “registered citizen” moniker. I was reading your article about the park ban and how, despite the recent State Court rulings, they are yet again… Read more »

Your email to her was great. I believe it will give her something to think about.

Thank you, Jo, for your articulate and well reasoned letter to the reporter who wrote this article. You showed up, stood up and spoke up! Please keep sharing your views with reporters, elected officials and anyone else who needs to hear the truth.

JO, good work. Keep at it. I too have 3 well-adjusted, healthy, happy, productive adult children. All were born years after the completion of my sentence. Additionally over the years I participated in raising several nieces and nephews who lived with us for varying periods of time. All love me and are highly grateful for my influence on their formative years. Imagine if I were starting out now and the community uproar over my involvement with “the children”. I feel so badly for younger RC’s who might “only” be 10 or 12 years past their problems, and for what their… Read more »

FEAR IN AMERICA! BREAKING NEWS!
Headline: Orange County terrorist threaten parents wanting to protect and supervise their innocent young children while they play in public parks.
How can we let this happen? Step up and stand up! Our children deserve this.

And Gerald, I appreciate your sarcasm. You hit the nail on the head. Too often the media and elected officials use fear to control the behavior of individuals.

Thanks Janice. It’s unfortunate that our civic leaders aren’t as astute as you.

Hello This IS very Interesting Ruling In New York about Municipalities NOT being able to rule that which is Federally controlled Already..READ THIS JUST OUT TODAY!:http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150217/News/150219388

“People’s civil rights are being violated extensively, and there’s no increase to public safety,” Bellucci said, citing statistics from the California Sex Offender Management Board that say most sex offenders – 93 percent – victimize children they know, and that few – 1.8 percent – commit sex offenses after paroled from prison.” Hmm, did they quote you correctly Janice, it seems like they spun the statistics to make them sound like the 93% rate directly applies to “most sex offenders” making an implication that this offense rate applies to those already on the registry, rather than “93% of sex offenses… Read more »

Janice,
Do you know if the young female reporter who attended the LA meeting (two meetings ago) ever wrote an article regarding our plight?
Thanks!

Read “Tier it Up” posted today. I believe that’s she who wrote it.

See p.17 of the Mosley decision ‘re: parks as public spaces and traditional public forums, etc. Can these arguments be used to defeat AB201?

So what is the legal/statutory definition of “presence”? If I drive by a school or park, I am technically “present” for that minute or two while driving past. Is the ten minutes that it takes me to walk my dog on a street two blocks away (but still within 2,000 feet) considered “presence”? I had read somewhere on this site that 3 hours is considered “residency” by the County of Los Angeles. So what does L.A. consider “presence”? What a cluster-mess! I’m imagining every county, city, town and hamlet in California having there own definition of “presence”. (Not to mention… Read more »

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