The City of West Covina, located in Los Angeles County, has repealed its residency restrictions which prohibited registrants from living within most of the city. The repeal took place on February 2 during a regularly scheduled meeting of the West Covina City Council.
“We commend the City of West Covina for repealing its residency restrictions,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Registrants and their families can now lawfully reside anywhere in that city.”
The city’s repeal followed the filing of a lawsuit in March 2020 in Los Angeles Superior Court. This lawsuit was the 43rd lawsuit filed in California challenging residency restrictions adopted by a city or county. After repeal of these restrictions, there is only one lawsuit pending against the City of Paso Robles, located in San Luis Obispo County.
The first lawsuit challenging residency restrictions was filed in June 2015 against the City of Grover Beach, located in San Luis Obispo County, after the city expanded its restrictions from 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet. The City of Grover Beach repealed its residency restrictions within 60 days after the lawsuit was filed.
“Registrants in California who are not on parole or probation may live anywhere they wish to live,” stated Bellucci. “No longer will they be kept from living with their families in their family home.”
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