For Immediate Release

December 22, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

*Lake Forest creates child safety zones and bans sex offenders

WHO: Lake Forest City Council Mayor Peter Herzog, Mayor pro tem Mark Tettemer, and Council Members Kathryn McCullough, Marcia Rudolph, and Scott Voigts.

WHAT: Had a second reading Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, of the City Ordinance, which was enacted by a unanimous vote Nov. 22, 2011, to create a child safety zone in city parks to further protect children from registered sex offenders. The Lake Forest City Ordinance was modeled after the County Ordinance, establishing city parks as “Child Safety Zones” where registered sex offenders are prohibited from entering without written permission from the Orange County Sheriff or her designee. The County Ordinance, proposed by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Supervisor Shawn Nelson (Fourth District), was passed unanimously by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2011. The County Ordinance makes it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to enter County recreational areas where children regularly gather. The City Ordinance goes into effect 30 days from Dec. 20, 2011. 

To read the full County Ordinance, please select the April 5, 2011, press release titled “Orange County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Votes to Adopt New Law to Keep Registered Sex Offenders Out of Parks, Harbors, Beaches and Playgrounds,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories at

To read the Ordinance, please select “Agendas,” under City Services on the homepage Select “Current Agendas,” and click on the agenda for Dec. 20, 2011.