Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CA - Fountain Valley seeks to ban sex offenders from parks

Original Article



FOUNTAIN VALLEY – Registered sex offenders who have committed crimes against children will be prohibited from entering parks in Fountain Valley, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance, modeled after a county ban, but defines "park" to include other recreational areas where children may be. The city's ordinance also differs from the county's in that it specifically targets sex offenders who have committed crimes against children.
- WTF?  We have the federal government making laws, states, cities and counties as well?  No wonder all these laws are hard to understand!  Everybody wants to do it their own way.

The vote was 4-0 with Councilman Larry Crandall absent.

The Orange County District Attorney had recommended that cities adopt an ordinance that prohibits all registered sex offenders from being in parks where children may be present. Bans have already been adopted in Westminster, Irvine, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Yorba Linda, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Costa Mesa and Seal Beach.

The Fountain Valley council conducted a study session on April 17 to discuss concerns about sex offenders frequenting parks and preying on children. At the study session, council members were briefed about recent sex offender incidents, including at Mile Square Park on May 5, 2011, when a registered sex offender entered that park in violation of the terms of his probation.
- So you are making a law to punish all ex-offenders due to the deeds of a few?  And how many incidents can you tell us about, that occurred in a park?  I am sure it's less than 5.

Susan Kang Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office thanked the council for addressing the issue, but urged council members to delete the portion of the ordinance that refers to sex offenders who have committed crimes against minors, noting that the county ordinance prevents all sex offenders from entering county parks.
- It should be only for those who committed their crime in a park, not all ex-offenders.  If we made all laws affect everybody the way sex offender laws do, we'd all be in prison.

The first reading of the ordinance approved Tuesday applies to all parks in the city and the portion of Mile Square Park known as the Fountain Valley Sports Park and Recreation Center.

"It's the right thing for us to do for the people in our community," Mayor John Collins said. "It's a positive step. You have to be proactive in life to make sure we don't have a problem later on."
- So lets just ban all guns, and anyone who owns one, throw them in prison!  Many criminals have killed people using guns, so why not be proactive and ban guns from existence?  Might as well!

In California, convicted sex offenders have been required to register with the state since 1947. According to, there were 19 registered sex offenders living in Fountain Valley as of August 2011.
- Yep, the registry came to be about the time Hitler was in power, and he had registries as well.

The City Council is expected to vote on final approval of the ban at its Oct. 16 meeting.


g4change said...

I hope Janice Bellucci and RSOL- CA will file a lawsuit against this one too. This is absolute insanity!!!

Randy said...

I think that they should also have a law that anyone ever arrested for drugs be prohibited from Dr. office and hospital cause there may be drugs there.
and next law, anyone ever been convicted for anything with alcohol not be allowed in stores, bars, restaurant's as they sell alcohol.

NJ45143112 said...

I occurred to me last night that with all the furor about sex offenders, new laws and definitions and the new trend for lawyers to reap a windfall from representing the "victims" of child porn, that a new breed of attorney that cares more for the law than money would arise and stem the tide of oppression...
Janice Belluci may be just such a person...
for those of us who have been crushed under the wheel of oppression, it is quite obvious that the government we were raised to respect has lost it's way. When laws, power and personal advancement become more important than supporting the needs of the community and not pandering to it's fears, then the whole should be disbanded and a new order should start...
Taking a line from Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the lawmakers of today could be referred to as "a bunch of mindless jerks that will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes..."

And even if they somehow manage to survive the next generation, it is less than likely that they will be able to answer for themselves in the final judgement... My opinion, of course, but it seems to me that oppression and abuse of authority are less than acceptable...