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City of El Monte Repeals Residency Restrictions

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 In addition to the two cities, the County of Riverside repealed its residency restrictions in April.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.


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We commend the City of El Monte for its repeal of residency restrictions. The city’s action is consistent with the March 2 decision of the CA Supreme Court and both increases public safety and protects the rights of more than 100,000 individuals.

I’m glad El Monte did this for the sake of those forced to register there. It’s not a good place to be homeless. I’m sure their families are relieved and will be glad to have them living at home instead of on the streets.

Hi Janice. Is Fullerton on a list to sue if they don’t repeal their residency restrictions? I am tired of having to fly in and register in Anaheim paying $500.00 for a hotel for a week. I own a house in Fullerton where I could stay with my wife and son for free if not for the restrictions. I was forced to be homeless when I paroled in 2010 because my house was to close to a school. My dad got me a job and an apartment in Minnesota in 2011. I finished with parole in 2013. I want to… Read more »

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