The Huntington Beach City Council voted 6 to 1 in favor of continuing the city’s sex offender ordinance which bans all registrants from entering all city parks. The sole vote against the ordinance was cast by Councilwoman Jill Hardy.
A total of eight representatives of California RSOL spoke in opposition to the revised ordinance which, in theory, would allow registrants an opportunity to obtain written permission to enter a city park. No one spoke in favor of the revised ordinance, including no members of the City Council, because the ordinance was considered as part of the consent calendar.
“The City of Huntington Beach ignored the facts presented to them in a letter and in testimony, including the fact that only 1.9 percent of registrants commit a second sex-related offense, and passed a revised ordinance which violates both the state and federal constitutions,” stated Janice Bellucci, President of California RSOL. “The City has already been sued once and may be sued again based upon the decision they have just made. There are now more than 100,000 registrants in the state who have standing to sue the City.”
The revised ordinance adopted by Huntington Beach is similar to the Orange County ordinance which was declared unconstitutional and preempted by state law by a three-judge panel in November 2012. That decision is on appeal and a final decision is expected in June 2013.