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A place to call home: Lawsuit filed against Grover Beach by a sex offender was years in the making

Grover Beach is being sued over its residency restrictions on sex-offenders, and there shouldn’t be anyone surprised about it.

Officials with the city, which is one of only two in SLO County that passed restrictions on top of those required by state law, likely knew the ordinance would eventually be challenged in court, but moved forward with its creation and enforcement anyway, according to documents obtained by New Times. Full Article

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  1. Janice Bellucci

    This is a well written and balanced article. The one thing I like about it in particular is that it quotes from a public document statements from the Grover Beach City Attorney knew their ordinance was unconstitutional but recommended the City Council pass it anyway in order to frighten registered citizens from living there. Did the City Council members who voted for the residency restrictions forget that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution? If so, the lawsuit is a reminder of that oath.

    • Allan

      Janice, could you please clarify, for those of us who find ourselves still confused on the issue of residency restrictions, which registrants they do NOT apply to? I ask this because I had thought that if someones crime had been committed, or they had gotten out of prison and off of parole, before the state law had gone into effect (or some arbitrary, earlier date), that they would not be subject to the law. I seem to recall a judicial clarification on this shortly after its enactment. Further, I had thought that it was not simply a matter of being grandfathered in to ones current domicile but of simply being relieved of the 2,000′ rule altogether so that one could move anywhere in the state, regardless of distance to schools, etc. Am I incorrect? Thank you!

      • Janice Bellucci

        The issue of residency restrictions is in the process of changing and there are many answers to your questions depending upon your circumstances. The CA Supreme Court ruled in March 2015 that CDCR could not levy residency restrictions on all sex offender parolees in San Diego. Instead, CDCR must make decisions on a case-by-case basis. CDCR later decided they would apply that decision to sex parolees throughout the state. The important thing to remember is that CDCR supervises about 6,000 sex offender parolees while there are more than 100,000 individuals required to register as sex offenders. We filed this case, in part, to clarify whether a registered citizen who is NOT on parole must comply with residency restrictions.

  2. Doug

    I would like to attend the hearings on this case , Please let us know when and where.

    Doug Enloe

    • Janice Bellucci

      There is no court date yet. Will post the date once it is known.

  3. Q

    I too like the “balance” in the article. I read an article on the same subject here in the lower desert and that was just a soapbox for sharon runner. Completely one sided.

    ” would limit the residency restriction to persons convicted of specific offenses”

    Yea Right!!!! How stupid/lazy does someone have to be to believe this!!!

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