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Huntington Beach will consider banning sex offenders from parks, beaches

May 13, 2011 |  8:32 am

Photo: A surfer walks along the sand in Huntington Beach, which is considering banning sex offenders from beaches and public parks. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times Orange County supervisors have already agreed to ban sex offenders from public parks and beaches -– and now Huntington Beach will consider a similar ordinance.

Huntington Beach Councilman Matthew Harper said he plans to present a similar proposal at Monday's City Council meeting.

"Now Orange County has become a leader by passing a law creating safety zones for children in parks — because these public areas belong to children and families — not to registered sex offenders," Harper wrote in a statement.

Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Supervisor Shawn Nelson have sent letters to each city in Orange County urging passage of an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from entering county parks without written permission from the sheriff.

The city of Irvine is also considering the matter and has asked for a staff review.

Critics of the law have said it could be politically motivated and difficult to enforce.

Read the full story here.

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-- Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News

Photo: A surfer walks along the sand in Huntington Beach, which is considering banning sex offenders from beaches and public parks. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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