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Los Alamitos bans sex offenders from parks and playgrounds

October 17, 2011 |  8:14 pm

Los Alamitos enacted a law Monday night to ban registered sex offenders from parks and playgrounds where children gather, becoming the latest municipality in Orange County to pass such an ordinance.

The ordinance will take effect 30 days after a second reading by the City Council  on Nov. 7, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement that Los Alamitos has just five registered sex offenders but added that 766 are registered in neighboring Long Beach.

"They are surrounded by dangerous sex offenders," he said of Los Alamitos.

Similar laws have been enacted by Westminster, La Habra and Irvine. The ordinances are modeled after one approved for unincorporated county areas in April by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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