The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved methods intended to increase public notification about people listed on the registry and placement of people labeled as “sexually violent predators”.
One way, according to Supervisor Joel Anderson’s office, would be advance notification of the district attorney, supervisors and other community leaders before people convicted of a sex offense are placed in or move into a neighborhood.
Based on a recommendation by Supervisor Jim Desmond, the board also approved better notification for Native American tribes, if people lebeled as “sexual predators” are moved to their communities.
Anderson said his office also found that:
— The public notification process is dysfunctional, lacks transparency and has inadequate public notification;
— There can be increased notification to the public regarding the location of people listed on the registry, and;
— There is the ability for a local process, or committee to be directly involved in giving input on the housing of people labeled as “sexual violent predators” such as ____.
Anderson said on Tuesday many residents of his district were outraged over people with a past sex offense conviction moving into their neighborhoods.
“What procedures can be utilized?” said Anderson, who introduced the motion. “It’s a very trying process.”
Anderson said his district is the county’s second poorest, and “we’ve actually been targeted for dumping ‘pedophiles’ into our district.”
At an April 28 news conference, Anderson said residents “have the right to the same level of safety as anybody does in any other rich neighborhood.”