For a mere $28,500 a month being paid from the pockets of the State of California, residents in a small area can now live in constant fear of their safety and worry about the place down the road that is housing 19 sex offenders. And the owner of the place can continue to cash those big checks.
At 1149 E. 1st St. in Long Beach, where at the same time as many as 19 rapists and child molesters on parole have resided in an apartment building near two licensed day-care centers, the question, and its elusive answer, have become an emotionally charged issue.
The state pays Mile Milivojevic who owns the rentals about $1500 per sex offender- times 19 sex offenders... he must feel like he hit the lottery. Although neighbors aren't feeling so lucky.
Joe Quiniro, 49, said his wife wants to move out of the condominium they bought 3 1/2 years ago for $200,000.
"I don't want to go; I love this place," he said. "But we don't want to live like prisoners in our own home."
With angry residents demanding action, the Long Beach city attorney's office and the parole board of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are weighing the rights of the parolees against residents' concerns. Meanwhile, the Long Beach City Council has unanimously agreed to draft an ordinance that would ban high-risk registered sex offenders from being allowed to live within 2,000 feet of a day-care center.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the urging of Supervisor Mike Antonovich, directed the county counsel to determine if state law allows local governments to restrict the housing of sex offenders in neighborhoods. Under state law, a convicted sex offender released on parole since 2006 may not live within 2,000 feet of parks or primary or secondary schools.
What makes this so interesting is really the math- and not just when you start adding up the amount being raked in by this. See, according to the article:
State law bars more than six registered sex offenders on parole from living together in a residential care facility, unless they are legally related by blood, marriage or adoption. Only one sex offender is allowed to live in a single-family dwelling. The law, however, does not address the number of sex offenders allowed to live in an apartment building, authorities said.
Make note of this line : Only one sex offender is allowed to live in a single-family dwelling. An apartment complex may not be a single family residence, but a single apartment within that complex is. And- it's a 12-unit complex... so just how did 19 sex offenders live there?
The problem surfaced in January when ownership of the building changed hands and tenants began noticing increasing numbers of what they described as scruffy-looking men on the premises. The new owner told renters, including families with children, that the men were "maintenance workers," according to Deputy City Atty. Crystal Meyers.
By the end of the month the building's previous tenants had been replaced by 19 registered sex offenders, some living three and four to a unit.
Last week, the number had dropped to 12, according to postings on the Megan's Law website, which provides detailed information on registered sex offenders.
One has to wonder what happened to the other seven, and just how long the number will stay at 12.
Btw, just to mention- the going rate for apartments in that area is $500 below what is currently being paid- with tax payer money. Nothing like having to fund the living cost of a sexual deviant.