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Monday, August 15, 2005

Fontana put restrictions on parolee homes 4 years ago, Yucaipa could be next

Fontana enacted an ordinance four years ago because some homeowners were renting up to 12 beds to parolees in residential areas.

Fontana's ordinance states that no more than six parolees can live in a single-family house or apartment complex with 25 or fewer units. Larger complexes are limited to 12 parolees. The regulations also set a limit of two parolees per bedroom.

The ordinance limits parolee homes to residential areas but requires a 660-foot separation from schools and parks and a 1,320-foot distance from other parolee homes. It also requires parolee home operators to notify the Police Department weekly if residents move in or move out.

Establishment of a parolee home also requires a use-permit hearing by Fontana's Planning Commission.

Keeping parolee homes at manageable levels has made it easier for police, Fontana police Sgt. William Megenney, said by phone. He said the department has had few problems with parolee homes since the law was passed.

Since the ordinance, no parolee homes have applied to move into Fontana, said Fontana police Capt. Terry Holderness.

Now Yucaipa is looking to adopt a similar ordinance.

The proposed ordinance would require any group operating a home with two or more parolees to acquire a conditional use permit that gives city officials limited control of a facility.

The permits, which the Planning Commission would issue and would cost about $3,400, would dictate where parolee homes could be, how many offenders could live on the premises and would require an on-site manager.

The City Council unanimously approved the concept of the ordinance and asked that a draft be brought back Sept. 12. A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Bart Gray, captain of the sheriff's Yucaipa station, suggested the ordinance to ensure the safety of residents and keep crime rates down.

"A high percentage of offenders re-offend, so if we know where our parolees are living and we have unsolved crimes, it would be stupid for us to not at least pursue the possibility that they might be responsible,'' Gray said. "It could provide investigative leads.''

Councilman Tom Masner said the ordinance is a must.

"Regulating is basically being notified so that we know where it is and knowing where those houses are would be a good tool for the cops,'' the former sheriff's sergeant said. "We've got a lot of parolees in Yucaipa, and every neighborhood has children and potential victims.''

Existing parolee homes would be exempt because they moved in before the ordinance was in place.

Source:

San Bernardino County Sun

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