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Los Alamitos Bans Sex Offenders In Parks

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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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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