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Simi Valley City Council Modifies Proposal To Restrict Halloween Activities Of Registered Sex Offenders

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 7:43pm

A proposed ordinance which would restrict the Halloween related activities of registered sex offenders to try to keep them away from children is moving ahead in Simi Valley, but didn’t get final approval last night.

The ordinance would forbid registered offenders in the city from taking part in “trick or treat” activities.

As originally proposed, it would prohibit them from opening their doors to trick-or-treaters, require them to post signs saying “No candy or treats at this residence,” and restrict them from displaying Halloween decorations. However, last night the council decided the requirement for them to put signs outside of their homes went too far, and eliminated that provision.

The ordinance will be re-introduced at a future council meeting.

Several jurisdictions around the state have similar ordinances, but if passed tonight it would be the first of its kind in Ventura County.

There are just under 120 registered sex offenders living in Simi Valley.

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