The El Monte City Council agreed to repeal the city’s residency restrictions for registered citizens during its meeting on June 2. This was the second of three steps necessary to rid the city of its residency restrictions. The repeal will go into effect on July 1 unless it is contested in court.
The City of El Monte is the second city to repeal its residency restrictions following a decision by the California Supreme Court earlier this year. The first city to repeal its residency restrictions is the City of Downey. In addition to the two cities, the County of Riverside repealed its residency restrictions in April.
“We expect additional cities and counties to repeal their residency restrictions following the Supreme Court’s decision,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “Those who do not repeal their residency restrictions face possible legal challenges.”
California RSOL has identified the 12 cities and counties with the most restrictive residency restrictions and has sent letters to them regarding the recent Supreme Court decision. That decision stated that the constitutional rights of registered citizens on parole were being violated by CDCR in San Diego County. After the decision, CDCR announced they would apply the Court’s decision statewide.
“Although the Court did not address the issue of whether residency restrictions also violate the constitutional rights of registered citizens not on parole, the logical conclusion is that they do because individuals on parole have fewer rights than those not on parole,” stated Bellucci.