The Tustin City Council, in a vote of 4 to 1, voted yesterday in favor of repealing the city’s residency restrictions which prohibit registered citizens from living in most of that city. The only “no” vote was cast by Mayor John Nielsen who did not explain his vote.
This is the first of two steps required by the City Council to repeal the restrictions. The second step is expected to be taken at the next City Council meeting which is scheduled for September 6.
“This is a significant victory for registrants in the state of California,” stated attorney Janice Bellucci. “No longer will families be torn apart by a law that violates the Constitution.”
The City Council’s vote followed the filing of a lawsuit in federal district court challenging the city’s residency restrictions. It is the tenth lawsuit filed in which a city’s residency restrictions were challenged. Of that total, four cities have repealed their restrictions and a fifth city significantly revised their restrictions.