The Rancho Bernardo Community Council is joining several elected officials in advocating for state-level changes when it comes to placing sexually violent predators in neighborhoods.
At its Oct. 7 meeting the council unanimously approved sending a letter to the San Diego City Council, state Sen. Toni Atkins, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and California’s 57 other counties requesting an amendment to the California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 6608.
The amendment the council seeks would “allow local government entities to fully participate in the process of vetting potential placement of SVPs in their communities, to include voting against such a placement,” according to the letter.
“We further request that the State refrain from any further placement of SVPs until local government agencies can give input and have a vote on the matter,” the council wrote.
The letter and request for change was prompted by the state’s recent attempt to place the now 78-year-old Douglas Badger in a Rancho Bernardo home. He is a convicted sexually violent predator who officials have said admitted to committing at least 500 sexually violent assaults over several decades. He was convicted in 1981 and 1990 for some of his crimes. Following his latest release from prison in 1997 he has been in maximum-security state hospitals to receive sex offender treatments before a potential release back into society.