The Arcadia City Council unanimously voted on June 21 to repeal its residency restrictions. This action was the second and final step needed to permanently rid the city of restrictions that prohibited registered citizens from living within 2,000 feet of “residential exclusion zones”, which includes schools, parks, swimming pools and hotels. The repeal will take effect on July 31.
“This is a significant victory for registered citizens and their loved ones,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci. “No longer will families in Arcadia be torn apart.”
Residency restrictions in the City of Arcadia were challenged in federal court in a lawsuit filed in July 2015. Subsequent to filing of the lawsuit, the City filed a Motion to Dismiss this case which was denied.
The original plaintiff in the case was a registered citizen who wished to move to the City of Arcadia, but did not want to face incarceration up to one year and/or a fine of $1,000. A second plaintiff joined the case this year after he and his family were required to move out of a hotel in that city.