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Should Registered Sex Offenders Be Banned From Cerritos Parks?

The Cerritos City Council will discuss the issue during tonight's 7 p.m. council meeting.

After recommendation from the Community Safety Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Cerritos City Council will tonight consider banning registered sex offenders from all city parks. 

The issue was first discussed in depth at the Jan. 18 Community Safety Committee meeting, where the committee voted in favor (8-1) to recommending an ordinance fashioned after the city of Irvine, which narrows the scope to banning only sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors from being on park grounds.

But during a recent Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, a proposal was made to create a blanket ordinance that prohibits all registered sex offenders from entering city parks.

Cerritos is home to more than 20 parks, including , , , and  along with other smaller neighborhood parks scattered throughout residential areas in the city.

"Whatever the decision, I hope the council goes forward with this," local resident Jay Kim told Patch. "I bring my kids to the park all the time, just like all the other parents I see. And it would be good to know our children are safe from known sexual predators at all times."

The 's Special Assignment team conducts periodic sex offender compliance checks. The station also has one detective who deals with the city's registered sex offenders, which currently stands at 26, Mike Yach, the city's community mobile officer said at the Jan. 18 meeting.

WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION

The Cerritos City Council should:

  • ban all registered sex offenders from entering city parks
  • create a park ordinance that applies only to registered sex offenders convicted of crimes involving minors
  • do nothing at all if it hasn't been a problem thus far
Rodger Higgins March 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I would think the Parks department could make an area for them so they could enjoy time with their families. Much like a ball diamond is segregated so should all sex offenders be.
John Q March 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Are you serious or suggesting this as a joke? I hope you're joking because your suggestion makes me think of a dog park only this time instead of pets running around in a special area it would be slimeballs.
Lance Mitaro March 23, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I find it extremely sad that these worrywart parents can't grasp the concept of personal responsibility. I am also sick and tired of hearing this "If it saves one person," crap. NONSENSE!
Kay Begum March 23, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Ban them. They lost their right to be into such places.
Christine March 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I know the law states that sex offenders need to be assimilated back into society but kept away from schools, parks - basically, wherever children are at. Somehow, these predators seem to slip through the cracks & we sadly hear them hanging around these areas scoping for their next victims. If we have to have them back in society, why don't we create a society for them at, let's say, the Mojave Desert?! It's far enough away from schools, they can create their own businesses, etc & they would be assimilated into a society [of their own], install chips inside of them [much like we do with pets] & we just need to install underground sensors just in case they decide to go past their communal 'borders'. I know I would feel much more comfortable knowing these offenders are kept far - very far - away from my kids..
Dennis March 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This is a waste of time. I think sex offenders are already prevented from being in a park. Furthermore, There is an issue of parental responsibility. Banning the registered sex offender does nothing to prevent the unregistered sex offenders or the perverts with whom law enforcement has had no contact. On my trips to regional park I notice a constant law enforcement presence. Good for them. I think that is the answer.
Linda Stauffer March 23, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Is this just another ordinance that will create a false sense of security when there is no realistic way to enforce it?
Rob_Curtis March 24, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I'm registered Ex-sex offender (misdemeanor not involving a child over 12 years ago) I recently received a US Congressional award for community service for helping women with cancer and the homeless. I and people like me that have paid their debt to society can't go to the parks with their children. That's not just a violation of Constitutional law it is a violation for both natural and spiritual law. It is my God give Right as a parent to be with my child! In my case I saved my son's life twice once from drowning and once from choking (I was there). It is my son's right as well to have his parent with him. Just where are we? In Nazi Germany? Many of the people that post on these things state things like, "hey, if you did the deed you deserve the punishment" The problem is it is punishment although the Supreme courts says it's not but considers it regulatory. Well that's BS! Children play in parks, jump around for in water and do silly things (they're kids) they get hurt if a parent is disallow to be with their child due to this ordinance then the city/county takes that liability upon themselves. It is a parent's right to choose to be with their child if they choose wrong it's their burden but it is their choice and no others. How can any governing body have the Right to take that away?
Lance Mitaro March 24, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Should Registered Sex Offenders Be Banned From Cerritos Parks? Not only is this a bad idea, it's incredibly stupid and preposterous to believe that "banning" someone from a park would prevent or avoid an abduction or "save lives." I wouldn't even call this proposed nonsense an "initiative." It would be more like HATE AGENDA.
Lance Mitaro March 24, 2012 at 01:45 AM
No one is going to hurt your children, but you sound like you're ready for a second glass of Kool-aid.
Rob_Curtis March 24, 2012 at 02:01 AM
If you are the hardest Jerk on Earth I doubt you would put that BS punishment on the children of registrant. Well, it's not just the registrants that are being punished. It's their children and families as well and that is simply just wrong. These laws aren't the same as the treatment of the Jews in the holocaust, slaves, Native Americans or the witch hunts of Salem but they're kin to them! Remember these are citizens that have paid their debt to society. Do you know just how easy it is to become a registered sex offender? Go do a little investigation and you'll be shocked Kay. Most people had their first sexual experience before 18 years old well "sex offender," most guys had urinated outside "sex offender". A teen sexting their friends or mooning a friend in a car over. Stupid stuff. Kids do are kids and do stupid stuff. Most sex charges aren't involving a child. Someone in every family (how-be-it not caught) have violated some sex related law in some way, but we are so fast to judge! 90% of new sex crimes will be from people with no criminal history. So it's not the sex offender that is registering you should worry about! It's usually from someone that's known to the child a friend or family member.
Christine March 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
you sound like you need your second glass of Kool-Aid.
Rob_Curtis March 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Slimeballs John? Really? These people like me (Registered sEX-offender) do many things good in society. ie. I've helped not only CHOC hospital, Human options (battered women), PSS (single moms), homeless veterans, women with cancer and many others in my community! Yah, I'm a registered ex-sex offender but I've also recently received a US Congressional award for community service. All of these things were possible because of not just myself, but my staff and also the community at large. Slimeball? Yah, I was once, but what have you done lately?
Fabi March 24, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I choose the second option... Banning offenders involving minors... And if they got a prob w it, its only their problem, they should have thought of that before committing the crime... Y should the rest of society have to worry about them being around when they r the ones who committed the crime?
Resident April 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Let me guess... YOU are a sex offender. I looked you up. All you do is post about how ridiculous it is that sex offenders have to register their whereabouts. That's pretty darn creepy. Don't forget to register, "Lance Mitaro."
Resident April 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@Rob_Curtis: Too bad so sad for their families and friends. They can blame their sex offender relative/friend for their pain and suffering, which pales in comparaison to the pain and suffering of the real victimes.
Rob_Curtis May 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
What is really behind passage of such an ordinance? Has there been a crime spike involving sex offenders chasing children in the park? No, in fact you can't recite one instance where a registered sex offender has attacked a child in a local park. Most abductions are due to children being left unattended. This ordinance mandates parents (registered sex offenders) not to attend to their children (at least in parks). That is just wrong! IT violates the rights of both the parent and their child. It is the parent's God given right to choose to be with their child! If a parent chooses wrong by not being with them then it is their burden, but that right is theirs as a parent. Irvine passed an ordinance that restricts only those registrants that had convictions related to children. That too is wrong, but at least understandable. The city should review Irvine's model before passing the ordinance. I saved my son's life twice because I was there! With these ordinances I would be disallowed to be there to protect my child the next time danger should happen. What about his rights to be with his parent in a public place? In parks kids sometime get hurt. No one is more attentive to a child (or responsibily so) than a parent . Where are we that this kind of thing is even being considered? Nazi Germany?

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