The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously to repeal the city’s residency restrictions during its May 14 meeting. Because the issue was placed on the consent calendar, the vote took place without discussion or debate.
A lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on February 25, 2019, challenging the city’s residency restrictions which prohibited registrants from living within 2,000 feet from schools, parks, public libraries and child care centers. The effect of this restriction was to place off limits virtually all of the city, including hotels, on either a permanent of a temporary basis.
In addition, the city’s restrictions applied to all registrants regardless of whether they were on parole, on probation or beyond both parole and probation. The restrictions also applied to those convicted of non-contact, non-violent offenses.
“The City of Santa Clarita’s decision to repeal its residency restrictions is consistent with both recent California Supreme Court decisions as well as decisions by other cities that have repealed their restrictions,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “It is important to note that crime rates have not increased in cities that have repealed their residency restrictions.”
According to the terms of a Conditional Settlement Agreement reached between the parties,the lawsuit filed in state court will dismissed and the city will reimburse the plaintiff for attorneys’ fees and related court costs.
Video of City Council Meeting