Los Alamitos Bans Sex Offenders In Parks

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) — Los Alamitos has become the latest Orange County city to enact an ordinance that keeps registered sex offenders out of parks and playgrounds where children gather.

The Los Alamitos City Council unanimously approved the ordinance on a first reading Monday. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after a second reading by the council on Nov. 7.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement that Los Alamitos has just five registered sex offenders, but the city is surrounded by dangerous sex offenders who could enter its parks, including 766 in nearby Long Beach.

The cities of Westminster, La Habra and Irvine have enacted similar laws. The ordinances are modeled after one approved for unincorporated county areas in April.

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  • Alan Di

    Again, a knee jerk reaction to a non-problem. Sex offender does not equal child molester. Many people are registered sex offenders because a judge thought his or her crime rose to that level. Unfortunately, there is no appeal and no end to the registration. By banning these people from public places, they have to settle into more private places like next door to you!!!

    • Robert C.

      Here Lies the problem. Children in parks run, jump around, do silly things (they’re kids for Pete’s Sake!) and often they get hurt. If a Registered person (parent) is disallowed in parks with their child as their first line of safety it violates both the parent and child’s rights! If their child gets hurt the city may then be liable for that child’s lack of parental supervision. Why? Because it’s the parent’s RIGHT of CHOICE to be with their child. If they CHOOSE wrong then sadly it’s their burden. If the City or County (by virtue of ordinance) takes that God given RIGHT of CHOICE from that parent then it becomes the City or County’s burden! This is a very slippery slope. I haven’t see any of these cities address this issue from that perspective. The Constitutionally of these ordinances at best is very shaky, but from the parental rights perspective? IT’s plain WRONG!

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