What can I say that will matter? This subject is so polarizing. People can't see beyond red on this issue. Fellow citizens consider what you're doing by not looking at the opposing side! Remember these people have paid their debt to society and many are parents as well.
This ordinance Attacks their parental RIGHTS and SOVEREIGNTY.
I am a RSO that recently received a US Congressional award of recognition for community service and have given greatly to the community both personally and professionally, but with this ordinance I as a father can't go to the park with my children. My offense was a misdemeanor not involving a child over 12 years ago.
My son (age 11) saved a 4 year old boy from drowning a month ago in Irvine and received a metal from the Irvine Police Dept. I as a parent saved my older son's life twice. Once from choking and once from drowning (I was THERE !). There's more to this than the Constitutionality. An RSO parent is the first line of safety for a child especially in a public park. How can my parental RIGHTS and DUTIES be so easily violated? Exactly where are we?
I'm a US ARMY veteran of 16 years and help cancer patents, the homeless and even ran a "name your own price" for hair salon services in Lake Forest and in Newport for those struggling. All I do is trumped by my status, but the ones that I help it matters to them.
One hurt child is one to many, but if you look real close (and be honest!). They were UNATTENDED in one form or another. Now here's an ordinance that MANDATES parents not to ATTEND to their children (at least in parks)! Don't state, "hire someone or a family member!" No one is more attentive (or responsibly so) to child as the parent! If that boy (my son saved) was my son and you had this ordinance in place disallowing me as a parent to be there for my son? The county/city attorney can answer that question.
Children jump around fall in water and do stupid things (they're kids for Pete's Sake!) They get hurt! I just got my son's hand out of a cast 6 months ago! Are you sure it's wise to disallow any parent to be with their child? Really?
The look on the deputy's face that told me I WAS NOT allowed in the park with my son said it all. City parks under the Sheriff's jurisdiction are off limits as well including Lake Forest (why are we getting this ordinance?).
This should be something the OC Supervisors may want to re-address.