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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
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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