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CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinance

With two weeks until Halloween, the Simi Valley City Council on Monday night may repeal a controversial law that says registered sex offenders listed on the Megan’s Law website can’t open their doors to trick-or-treating children. Full Article

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So does that mean that if you are in the rest of the state and not on probation or parole you can participate in Halloween at your home?

Probably, but even if we were lawyers it is doubtful we would know all the laws in all the counties and cities. If you aren’t told you have restrictions I would assume you do not, but check you local papers and see if they say there are restrictions.

My son has these restrictions in No.Cal, and while it isn’t worth arguing for one night of the year, we’re told this is a DOJ rule, not a city or county rule. What are others being told???

Let me guess; he’s in Santa Clara county. They’re practically the OC of the Bay Area.
No restrictions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda or Contra Costa Counties.

San Mateo County. Parole.

NPS, can you elaborate on this “They’re practically the OC of the Bay Area”?

Have you had your share of bad experience with LEs in Sta Clara Co?

Not with LEs but with Sharper Future and their “therapists”. About 5 years ago when I had one of my therapy sessions, she emphatically stated that I was to stay home on Halloween because that’s what the laws are in Santa Clara county. I only stated, “well it’s a good thing I live in San Francisco county because there is no such ordinance there.” Then she stated she just needed to warn me (and her other clients) that Santa Clara county does enforce its ordinances. She was very by the book and the type of person who would report anything to probation. I ended up getting a new therapist who was actually very good and she was helpful in terminating my probation early. She ended up leaving Sharper Future (long after I terminated probation) and is now doing her own private practice.

I also recall other RCs on this site posting about how tough Santa Clara county is. I’ve actually never experienced any problems with LEs, but this may be due to the fact that I have an expunged case, I’m very low risk, I’m not on the website, and I’m a woman.

From my past experience (I have long finished Sharper Future [without any violation]), I can say that most of the competent/skilled therapists leave — while the incompetent/unskilled/abusive “therapists” stay and rise the Sharper Future ranks. In fact, most of the “by the book” Sharper Future ‘therapists’ tend to only be so if it involves easily reporting a violation to a P.O. or overseeing one of their pseudo polygraph sessions. However, when it comes to Sharper Future’s use of unlicensed “clinicians,” or compliance (or lack thereof) with the HIPAA Act, they dubiously operate in a gray area — or some might even argue outside — of the law.

Forget all the other junk sciences (Static-99R, polygraph, ABEL) that they use. Even disregard the fact Sharper Future CEO Tom Tobin is in conflict-of-interest when he is also CASOMB’s co-chair. Or the fact that nothing you say to a Sharper Future ‘therapist’ is covered under client-therapist privilege/confidentiality. The use of unlicensed clinicians alone should be enough to at least change Sharper Future’s ways so that they only use licensed clinicians. But yet they keep chugging along, seemingly immune from the very same laws that they claim to uphold.

By the way, it probably helped that you are a female offender. From what I saw, men were “treated” like sh**. Appointments weren’t kept, “clients” were forced to commute up to five hours each way [ten hours total via-bus], and sometimes “classes” were cancelled without even notifying the ‘clients.’ Not to mention, ‘classes’ often consisted of simply watching movies. It was a big joke. And they don’t even give any type of completion certificate at the end. So when the tiered registry is enacted, how are we supposed to prove “successful completion” of a CASOMB approved program when we want to petition off?

@Edie: Is your son on probation or parole?

If not, then I would think that these restrictions are unconstitutional and should be fought in court.

This is so clearly balant punishment in the form of public shaming that I am amazed in a free society which the USofA professes to be that this sort of stupidity and abuse of power is allowed!

Fight about transgender bathrooms and the kneeling during the sacred Star Spangled Banner…what year is this? When did the constitution become a forgotten old relic? I THOUGHT it was still the law of the land…

“Simi Valley Police Chief Dave Livingstone says the city has never enforced the 2012 ordinance.” Therefore, the ordinance remains on the books merely for selective enforcement and persecution?? Livingstone further states that they sent out notification of the ordinance to all registrants but “no threat of arrest was ever given.” Seriously??!! When you are a Registered Citizen and you receive a notice from the Police Department, that is certainly an implied threat of arrest! It’s not a greeting card from Hallmark!

Amazing how they can camouflage their lies.

“When you are a Registered Citizen and you receive a notice from the Police Department, that is certainly an implied threat of arrest! It’s not a greeting card from Hallmark!”

Best laugh I’ve had all month!!!! Thank you, David.

In my humble opinion, no more of this “we promise not to enforce” crap! Repeal or we’ll see you in court is the only solution.

Oh wow. Surreal. This is about the most retarded law I’ve ever heard of!

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