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Wary of lawsuits, Downey rolls back restrictions on sex offenders

DOWNEY – The City Council on Tuesday reluctantly but unanimously voted to roll back its residency restrictions on registered sex offenders after the state Supreme Court ruled that similar restrictions in San Diego County are unconstitutional. …

Councilman Sean Ashton instructed Garcia to investigate whether the city can bill sex offenders to cover the costs of police supervision. “I don’t want sex offenders here. I don’t care where else they have to go, I just don’t want them here,” he said.    Full Article

City Council Video     at 1:31:30

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  1. cool california RC

    YOU wanna send sex offenders a “bill for to cover the costs of police supervision.”

    How about we sue and bill YOU for denying our RIGHT after all those years?

    • Michael

      That’s a good point.

      Janice, Can these cites and counties be post sued for having kept us away form parks and such?

  2. j

    You’re right Cool Cal –

    Sounds like the councilman needs to have a bill sent to him by 100,00 registrants for damages. What an outright dunderhead.

  3. Harry

    Sean Ashton said, “…but with the victims who face a lifetime of therapy,” If this is true, I feel sorry for the victims being re-victimized by these so-called, therapists.

  4. Clark

    The comments / questions are valid and to the point these cities counties owe us all money for they have violated our rights under color of law and at the same time has shown registration can be used against you…..not only a money issue but to be OFF registry issue…….public policy has shown registration was used to discriminate ..segregate ..violate…rights of free people …………and is being used against us under color of law.

  5. Vis I Tor

    PC 290.012(d) No entity shall require a person to pay a fee to register or
    update his or her registration pursuant to this section.

  6. Molly

    Sean Ashton’s Facebook page says:
    “Please let me know of any concerns that you might have. I would like to be responsive to the needs of all of the residents of our great city. Thank you.”
    You can find Sean’s Facebook page by typing “Sean Ashton Downey City Councilmember” in your search engine.

  7. Molly

    This is the email I sent to Downey Councilmember Ashton at

    Hi Sean –
    I’m writing to express my concern over your lack of knowledge as to how the police department in Downey is funded. Local police protection is funded in great part by property, business, and sales taxes which are paid by people who own homes, operate businesses and/or have jobs in the community. This means registered citizens on megan’s list who own homes, operate businesses and/or have jobs in Downey are already paying for police surveillance.
    Or perhaps I misunderstood what you meant when you instructed city attorney Yvette Abich Garcia to “investigate whether the city can bill sex offenders to cover the costs of police supervision” and what you really meant is that you are interested in how the city can help registered citizens buy homes, open businesses and/or find good paying jobs in Downey thus increasing the percentage of taxes paid by registered citizens to the city.
    If so I apologize for my misinterpretation of your recent quote in the Downey Registry and I really hope you receive a lot of resumes from citizens on the registry.
    Yours truly –

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