Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Move out you dirty pervs!

Board of Supervisors crackdown on sex offenders
John Dabkovich, Reporting
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The County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday that will force some registered sex offenders to move out of their homes.
You could call this ground zero for the debate. This section of south Union has two motels that are used by state parole to house convicted rapists, child molesters and other violent sex offenders.
But the Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance that will make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to live at or within 2,000 feet of a child day care facility.
The supervisors moved on the idea after a state audit revealed last week that there are sex offenders living at licensed care facilities around the state.
Eyewitness News has learned that includes some children's facilities in Kern County. Today the Board of Supervisors heard from numerous concerned parents that live near the motels.
But because there are sex offenders living in those facilities, the board was able to pass an emergency ordinance, calling it a health and safety issue.
So what does that mean for the El Don motel and the Bakersfield Lodge down the street.
There is a day care facility less than 500 feet away. The sex offenders already living at these motels get to stay, but no other offenders can move in.
As for the people living at those care facilities, they have to move out immediately.

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