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Sex offender law becomes final

The ordinance will apply to newly registered sex offenders

Posted: May 15, 2009 7:10 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

An ordinance effectively barring newly registered sex offenders from living within Santa Clarita city limits passed its last checkpoint this week and will become active June 12.

The City Council approved a second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that expands on the provisions of Proposition 83 — or Jessica’s Law — passed by state voters in 2006.

The ordinance does not apply to the roughly 230 registered offenders who already live in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The restriction includes nearly all of Santa Clarita. It prohibits newly registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of child-care centers, trails, parks, paseos and open space within city limits.

The areas of the city not affected by the ordinance include land just east of the Highway 126-Interstate 5 junction; a swath of land northwest of the intersection of Highway 14 and Placerita Canyon Road; and roughly two square-mile area on either side of Sand Canyon Road just north of Placerita Canyon Road.

There are a handful of small areas on the fringes of the city limits that fall outside the ordinance.

Sex offenders are required to register with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station when they move to the valley, and sheriff’s deputies conduct parole checks several times a year to ensure offenders are in line with the law.



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