California RSOL led a second protest in Carson to voice opposition to the city ordinance that prohibits all registered citizens from both visiting and residing near public and private places. The protest included a demonstration outside City Hall as well as inside a City Council meeting.
“Carson is the only city in California that continues to prohibit registered citizens from visiting public places such as libraries and swimming pools as well as private places such as fast food restaurants,” stated California RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “These actions are unlawful because they violate the state and federal constitutions.”
Carson’s ordinance is also inconsistent with recent appellate court decisions which determined that ordinances similar to the ordinance in Carson are preempted by stated law. Subsequent to those decisions, more than 75 cities and about 10 counties have repealed or significantly revised similar ordinances.
“The Carson ordinance also prohibits registered citizens from living within virtually all of the City of Carson,” stated Bellucci. “Because Carson is densely populated and there is a lack of affordable housing, the ordinance violates the federal constitution.”
The California Supreme Court determined on March 2, 2015, that a similar ordinance in San Diego violated the federal constitution after it was determined that San Diego is densely populated and there was a lack of affordable housing. The population density in Carson is 4,835 persons per square mile which compares to 3,772 in San Diego.
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