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Irvine may ban sex offenders from public parks


The Irvine City Council on Tuesday could become the latest Orange County city to consider a citywide ordinance banning sex offenders from going to public parks.

The proposal comes on the heels of the Orange County Board of Supervisors approving an ordinance in April prohibiting registered offenders from county parks. Since then, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and other cities have started researching similar laws at the local level.

Westminster approved such an ordinance in May, making it a misdemeanor for offenders to visit parks there.

Irvine's direction is less clear, according to the council agenda, the Daily Pilot says. City staff made no recommendations but presented the council with three options: introduce an ordinance prohibiting all registered sex offenders from parks, prohibit sex offenders from parks if the crimes were against children, or do nothing and wait to see how it works out with other cities.

--Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot/Times Community News

Photo: Scene at Irvine's Great Park. Credit: L.A. Times

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