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Antonovich Works To Restrict Sex Offender Relocation In County

County Counsel will be directed to investigate Jessica's Law loopholes, restrictions.

 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is hoping to yank the welcome mat out from under recently paroled sex offenders in Los Angeles County.

At Tuesday’s meeting, he plans to propose a measure directing County Counsel to investigate the specifics of Jessica’s Law, which restricts where released sex offenders can live as well as provide an overview of group homes and existing county codes regarding sex offenders.

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He is especially interested in pending legislation in the city of Long Beach, which is working on its own ordinance to keep offenders away from multi-family apartment houses and day care facilities.

Currently, Jessica’s Law says that sex offenders may live no closer than 2,000 feet from K-12 schools or parks.

Recently, Antonovich was instrumental in evicting six high-risk sex offenders from a group home in Altadena. Homeowners in that neighborhood cited the closeness of a wilderness area as a violation of the recently-passed law.

A check of the Megan’s Law website, which carries a description of each registered sex offender as well as background information on their offenses, revealed 106 sex offenders within an area that includes Castaic, Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall and Stevenson Ranch. There are 11,128 sex offenders living in Los Angeles County.

The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.