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Council may tighten sex offender restrictions

Posted: April 24, 2009 8:52 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Registered sex offenders could essentially be banned from living in Valencia if the Santa Clarita City Council approves an ordinance proposed on Tuesday's agenda.

Valencia, particularly, is characterized by a system of paseos and trails that link neighborhoods and parks.

If the council gives the proposal a green light, newly registered sex offenders would be prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of "child care centers, trails, parks, paseos, open space and other places where children regularly gather within city limits," according to an agenda report.

The ordinance could not be applied retroactively.

The ordinance was reportedly developed at the direction of the City Council after the statewide passage of Proposition 83 in November 2006. Commonly know as Jessica's Law, the proposition prohibited sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools. It also gave cities the authority to enact further restrictions.

Also on the agenda is a request for an additional $1.7 million towards the design of the new library planned for downtown Newhall.

Last June, the city awarded a contract to LPA, Inc. to design the new library, which city officials envision as a central feature of a revitalized Main Street.

Tuesday's requests includes funding to cover library design development, construction plans and specifications, and on-site and off-site public improvements, according to an agenda report on the request.

The new library would be constructed at the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Main Street. It would replace the existing library at the corner of Walnut and 9th streets. The new facility would be owned by the city but operated by the Los Angeles County library system.

The City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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