The Temecula City Council, in a vote of 4 to 1, approved the repeal of the city’s residency restrictions during its regularly scheduled meeting on April 11. The repeal is to take effect immediately and no further City Council is required.
According to a city staff report, the city’s decision to repeal was based upon a March 2015 decision by the California Supreme Court which determined that blanket residency restrictions applied to all registrants, regardless of offense or the amount of time passed since the conviction, violated the Constitution.
The City Council’s action followed a lawsuit filed in federal district court on March 3 challenging the city’s residency restrictions which prohibited all registrants from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day care centers. As a result of the restrictions, registrants were banned from living in “virtually all” parts of the city.
A total of 21 lawsuits have been filed challenging residency restrictions in 21 different cities. Of that total, most cities have repealed or significantly revised their residency restrictions.