AN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — There’s a new call for safety from Lakeside school leaders after a series of proposals to place sex offenders in an East County neighborhood.
Frustration and worry have grown in Lakeside over a home that is housing a group of registered sex offenders in a family neighborhood.
Neighbors say they checked the California Megan’s Law website, and were surprised to learn five sex offenders were living in the home.
Last week, neighbors held signs near the home on Sesi Lane. The home is registered as a treatment facility and is legally able to house up to six sex offenders at a time.
The community wants to send a message to the state and Governor Gavin Newsom to enhance community safety by doing the following:
- Sponsor legislation to expand current prohibition of serious sex offenders from being placed within 2,000 feet to one mile of a school and include school bus stops, youth sports fields and parks in this definition.
- Direct CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) to partner with local school districts to create local Sex Offender School Safety and Transparency Committees in each school district made up of PTA members, school board members, district administrators, and at large community members such as youth sports coaches.
- Direct CDCR to create a Sex Offender School Safety rating scale to be used by the Sex Offender School Safety and Transparency Committees to evaluate, rate and determine the appropriateness of proposed sex offender placements based on local conditions.
- Direct CDCR to notify local school districts no less than a month in advance of the proposed placement of serious sex offenders in their district boundaries.