The City of Lomita, which is located in Los Angeles county, has repealed its residency restrictions which prohibited registrants from living permanently or temporarily within 2,000 feet of schools and parks as well as 300 feet from child care centers. As a result of the restrictions, registrants were unable to stay even one night in a hotel or motel in the City of Lomita.
The Lomita City Council repealed the city’s residency restrictions during a regularly scheduled meeting on September 3. The repeal will become effective on October 2.
“Registrants and their families will soon be able to live together in the City of Lomita,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The Lomita City Council is to be commended for deciding to comply with both the state and federal constitutions.”
A lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging residency restrictions in the City of Lomita on July 10, 2019. A letter warning the City that its restrictions violated the state and federal constitutions was sent to the Mayor of that city almost two years earlier, in May 2017.
A total of 39 lawsuits have been filed in California challenging residency restrictions in cities and counties. The most recent lawsuits were filed against the City of Delano and San Bernardino County. Of that total, there are five cases still pending. More than 30 of the lawsuits have been resolved by complete repeal of, or significant revisions to, the residency restrictions.
The oldest lawsuit challenging residency restrictions that is still pending was filed in federal district court against the City of San Diego in August 2017. The City of San Diego filed a Motion to Dismiss that case, however, the court denied that motion in January 2019. Plaintiffs filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in the case on June 27, 2019, however the court has not yet ruled on that motion. A hearing in this case is scheduled for October 7.