Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CA - Costa Mesa repeals its sex-offender ban

Park Bench
Original Article


By Bradley Zint

Council unanimously agrees after appellate court rulings opposing such ordinances and as city faces its own lawsuit.

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to repeal an ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from city parks without law enforcement permission.

The council's unanimous vote comes after state appellate court rulings against similar ordinances adopted by the Irvine City Council and Orange County Board of Supervisors. Costa Mesa is facing its own lawsuit, John Doe vs. City of Costa Mesa, filed in 2012.

The Orange County district attorney's office has supported a ban and may be appealing the court decisions to the state Supreme Court, according to city staff.

The John Doe suit also targeted Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Lake Forest and their police chiefs, as well as Costa Mesa's chief, Tom Gazsi, and county Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

Costa Mesa's ordinance, approved in 2012, also banned sex offenders from city sports facilities.

1 comment :

Mark said...

This what happened in Ayer, Mass. a while back. A man was released outright, he was deemed a level 3 for just one crime, he and his wife bought a house in Ayer; the local police chief found out, went to the town board, they immediately passed a residence restriction, the police summarily arrested Mr. King, he sued in federal court (D.Mass.), and WON. The goodie-two shoes town fathers and the Chief were not allowed to enforce the new ordnance retrospectively. Now if attorney Lee is worth his salt, he will find the D.Mass. case a a few others for precedent and can walk away with a solid win.