The Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to enact an ordinance yesterday to expand child safety zones to protect children from registered sex offenders in city parks. The Ordinance, which was originally introduced by Councilwoman Kris Murray, becomes effective in 30 days. The City Council also includes Mayor Tom Tait, Mayor pro tem Harry S Sidhu, P.E., and Council Members Gail E. Eastman and Lorri Galloway.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder, and Erin Runnion, Founder of the Joyful Child Foundation and mother of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, who was murdered in 2002, were present at the City Council meeting to address public concerns and advocate for the passage of the ordinance. State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) also spoke at the meeting and endorsed the Ordinance.
“The City Council put public safety first and stood up for children by creating these child safety zones,” stated District Attorney Rackauckas. “I would like to thank the Anaheim City Council members for their courage and conviction in voting for this Ordinance to make Anaheim a safer place for children and their parents.”
“Public Safety is our primary concern in the City of Anaheim,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “The action taken last night is to protect children from potential offenses, and to reduce the risk of harm to them. We are pleased to stand alongside our neighboring cities in Orange County for the welfare of children.”
“Protecting our children is one of my highest priorities,” said Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu. “With this ordinance, if we can protect even one child, we will have made a meaningful difference in our community.”
- Any law you pass may in fact protect one child, but that doesn't make it right, and do you really think by making a law saying ex-offenders cannot enter parks, that all ex-offenders who are intent on committing a crime, will do so? It won't prevent anything, it just makes politicians look like they are actually doing something besides ruining the country, and to help pad their resume.
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To read the full County Ordinance, please visit www.orangecountyda.com and select the April 5, 2011, press release entitled, “Orange County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Votes to Adopt New Law to Keep Registered Sex Offenders Out of Parks, Harbors, Beaches and Playgrounds,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories.