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(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council will vote on a law prohibiting demonstrations within 300 feet of the target’s home.
Anti-vaccination protesters take part in a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2021. A Santa Monica police officer clears the street as anti-vaccination protesters take part in a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2021. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
After anti-vaccination protestors showed up at two of city council members’ houses at the end of last month, the policy was created at their request.
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On Aug. 31, Council President Nury Martinez and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell presented the resolution. An anti-vaccination demonstrator at a Santa Monica demonstration two days earlier distributed the addresses of council members, encouraging people to visit them if they vote yes on a proposed law requiring at least partial evidence of immunization before accessing most indoor public places.
Protesters, including gubernatorial recall candidate David Alexander Bramante, turned up to Martinez and O’Farrell’s residences after the event.
People who wish to oppose political politicians should go to their offices, not their residences, according to Martinez.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, speaking at a separate press conference from City Hall on Monday, said it was critical to safeguard the rights of private individuals, including public officials’ neighbors and those who live with them. He went on to say that some of America’s “darkest chapters” include individuals attacking private houses.
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A person who is “aggrieved” by code violations may sue for damages, according to the proposed law. A civil penalty of up to $1,000 per infraction may also be imposed on the offender. Due to the “urgent necessity to safeguard elected officials and their employees from potential intimidation at their homes,” the draft ordinance contains an urgency provision, under which the law would take effect immediately upon publication, rather than after 30 days.
Within 100 feet of a private home, Los Angeles’ municipal ordinance presently bans “targeted demonstrations directed at and at or around a private residence.”
On the move to create the ordinance, Councilwoman Nithya Raman voted no, stating the city should concentrate on implementing its current legislation rather than adopting an ordinance that “would likely have the same same issues in its design and implementation.”
On its first reading, the ordinance needs unanimous support to pass. If it fails, it will be reviewed the following week, with a 12-vote majority required to succeed. Ordinances usually need a majority vote on the second reading, however this law would require 12 votes owing to the urgency provision.
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