The City Councils of Fullerton and Desert Hot Springs are scheduled to consider repeal or revision of the residency restrictions in those cities on January 17. The residency restrictions in both cities were challenged in federal lawsuits filed in September 2016.
According to current law in those cities, registrants are prohibited from permanently residing in virtually all parts of the city. In addition, Desert Hot Springs prohibits registrants from residing in that city on a temporary basis.
A total of 18 lawsuits have been filed challenging residency restrictions in the state of California. The first lawsuit was filed against the City of Grover Beach in June 2015 and resulted in repeal of the restrictions in about 30 days. The most recent lawsuit was filed against the City of Seal Beach in January 2017.
“Residency restrictions harm families,” stated attorney Janice Bellucci. “They prevent children from living with their fathers and parents from living with their sons.”
In addition to the 18 cities that have been sued thus far, it is estimated that there are about 50 additional cities that continue to enforce residency restrictions.
“We will continue to challenge residency restrictions until they are eradicated from the state,” commented Bellucci. “The smart cities will repeal their restrictions before they are challenged in court.”