By John Crandall
Seal Beach City Council will meet in closed session Monday to talk about possibly dismantling the ban on sex offenders at parks and beaches. Los Alamitos has no plans to end its ban, mayor says.
The Lake Forest City Council voted to reverse its ban on sex offenders in city parks on last week, and Seal Beach might do the same.
The Seal Beach City Council will meet in closed sessions Monday to discuss the possibility of ending a city law that prohibits sex offenders from Seal Beach recreation areas: parks, the pier, the jetties, the beach and beach parking lots.
In March, the Council created the ordinance, which made the act a misdemeanor, on the urging of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
“We followed along with the very strong suggestion of the County D.A.’s Office that we impose a ban on sex offenders,” said Mayor Mike Levitt in a phone interview with Patch Wednesday. “On Monday, we’re going to consider whether we were a little premature in doing it.”
According to Levitt, proponents of the ordinance told Seal Beach officials that if all cities along the coast created similar legislation, “it would be a safer beach for everyone.”
“At the time, I thought it was a good idea,” Levitt said. “It would be safer for the majority of the citizens of Seal Beach and the visitors."
Levitt said he wanted to reserve judgment on possibly dismantling the law until the Monday meeting.
“I’m not going to be really saying anything (on the reversal) at this point," he said. "I don’t want to prejudge."
The Los Alamitos City Council has no plans at this point to reverse its ordinance banning sex offenders in city parks, according to Los Al Mayor Troy Edgar.