It has been a long, hot summer and we have much to be proud of. We stopped three bills in the state legislature (AB 201, SB 267 and SB 54) and we forced the modification of an additional bill (SB 448). If the legislators who proposed the bills had their way, cities and counties would be allowed to prohibit registered citizens from visiting both public and private places as well as living near those places. In addition, all registered citizens would be required to disclose their internet identifiers.
There is still much to be done with regard to the internet identifier legislation (SB 448) as it is expected to move through the Senate in August and then to the Assembly in September. During that time, there will be several opportunities to stop the bill and/or to require further modifications. Those opportunities will be revealed on this website at a later time, closer to the dates on which the bill will be heard.
We can also be proud of the recent protest in the City of Carson during which we communicated with local residents using banners and placards outside City Hall and then with the City Council during its monthly meeting. The media covered our protest which in turn helped us to educate the public regarding Carson’s unlawful ordinance as well as the truth about registered citizens.
It is important to pause and to take a moment during these dog days of summer to reflect upon our accomplishments this year in order to prepare for our next major challenge — cities and counties that continue to enforce residency restrictions. We took the first step in that direction on June 17 when we challenged the residency restrictions in Grover Beach. There are many more steps to take before we reach the ultimate goal of eliminating all residency restrictions in the state of California. Please stay tuned!
By Janice Bellucci
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