|For Immediate Release
March 13, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WHO: Seal Beach City Council including Mayor Michael P. Levitt, Mayor pro tempore Gary A. Miller, and Council Members Ellery A. Deaton, Gordon A. Shanks, and David W. Sloan.
WHAT: Had a second reading yesterday of the City Ordinance, which was enacted by a unanimous vote Feb. 27, 2011, to create a child safety zone in city parks to further protect children from registered sex offenders. The Seal Beach City Ordinance was modeled after the County Ordinance, establishing city parks as “Child Safety Zones,” and bans registered sex offenders from entering their parks, beaches, jetties, piers and adjacent city parking lots. 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, without written permission from the Orange County Sheriff or her designee. The City Ordinance goes into effect 30 days from March 12, 2012.
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 www.orangecountyda.com.
To read the full Seal Beach City Ordinance, please select the Feb. 28, 2012, press release titled “Orange County District Attorney Applauds Seal Beach for Adopting New Law to Keep Registered Sex Offenders Out of City Parks and Playgrounds,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories at www.orangecountyda.com.
The City of Seal Beach will post the Ordinance on their website www.sealbeachca.gov/ at a later date.