Board Repeals Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to nullify an ordinance prohibiting convicted sex offenders from living in close proximity to schools and parks.

On a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor John Tavaglione absent, the board followed a recommendation from Riverside County Counsel Greg Priamos that Ordinance 902 be invalidated effective May 7.

Priamos proposed the repeal based on a California Supreme Court finding that residency restrictions were no longer enforceable, except in narrowly defined circumstances. Full Article

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I still find it amazing that no one ever asks for proof when some public official makes irresponsible statements like this.

“Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, denounced the court’s decision as “judicial activism” that would inevitably endanger children.”

All segments of society should stop just believing everything they hear and start asking questions. I believe Melissa Melendez couldn’t possibly know this; that is unless she can somehow see into the future and knows something nobody else knows. The last time I checked humans still lacked the ability to see into the future, so I think Melissa Melendez and her kind should stop exercising their mouth so much and start using their eyes to do a little research into the facts instead of spouting off on a subject they seemingly know little about.

Riverside County is the first local government to repeal its residency restrictions following the March 2 decision of the CA Supreme Court. For that they are to be commended. We can only hope that other local governments will follow their lead. If they do not, they could face a legal challenge.