The City of Huntington Beach has declared a moratorium on its sex offender ordinance which prohibits all registrants from visiting public parks and beaches. According to a memo from Police Chief Kenneth Small, the decision was made due to a pending legal challenge against the City. Small stated that he expects “the moratorium to remain in place until the Court of Appeal makes a decision on the pending case of People v. Godinez.” A decision in that case is expected no later than June 2013.
“This is a good decision,” stated Frank Lindsay, California RSOL board member. He noted that the decision, which is dated January 29, was made public after seven people representing California RSOL testified before the Huntington Beach City Council in opposition to the ordinance. He also noted that the City’s decision for a moratorium followed a letter request from California RSOL to repeal the City ordinance.