Council Candidate Wants Sex Offenders Banned From Parks

Offenders could need permission note from police to enter.

18 registered sex offenders live in Menlo Park. Attorney Raymond Mueller wants them to stay out of the places where children play. 

for Menlo Park City Council sent a letter to the city’s attorney and City Council Monday proposing a “Child Safety Zone,” which would ban registered sex offenders from all 15 of the city’s parks.  Mueller said distributors partially inspired this.

“Not long ago an was accused of acting inappropriately towards a minor, and another individual was somehow hired at a despite being accused of acting inappropriately towards children in the past,” Mueller elaborated.

The California Department of Justice requires people convicted of sexual predation to register with the law enforcement agency that governs the place where they live.  However, 25 percent of sex offenders do not have to publicly disclose their status, according to the California Department of Justice’s website. No state law prevents them from entering parks, according to Menlo Park Police Commander Lacey Burt. 

With state agencies receiving more than 3 million reports of child abuse each year, many cities in California are taking matters into their own hands.  Laguna Hills, Huntington Beach and Lake Forest are three municipalities implementing bans. In fact, Mueller modeled his ban after the one from Laguna Hills.  

If adopted, would be tasked with enforcing this ban.  Residents would need to report suspicious activity for the police to take action.

“We can’t just run people through the system randomly,” said Menlo Park Police Spokesperson Nicole Acker.  “Hypothetically, if they’re a known sex offender and an officer could identify that they are, then that’s different.  It depends on the circumstances.”  

Acker said that if something like this were to be ratified by City Council, then Sergeants would brief the officers to train them how to enforce it, as they do any time a new law is passed.

Mueller said he is not advocating that armed policeman patrol the parks; he wants to deter sexual predators from descending into Menlo Park to look for victims.  He said that if they know this city punishes sex offenders harshly, it could repel them.

“I believe this ordinance sets a tone that sexual predators who target children will take notice of, that we in Menlo Park are looking for them, and that they should hunt somewhere else,” he added.

Scroll down to read full text of Mueller's proposed ordinance:




8-53.010    Purpose and intent.

8-53.020    Definitions.

8-53.030    Prohibitions.

8-53.040    Signage posting requirement.

8-53.050    Penalties for violation.

8-53.060    Other prosecution authorized.

8-53.070    Waiver criteria.


8-53.010 Purpose and intent.

It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to protect children from registered sex offenders by restricting sex offenders’ access to locations where children regularly gather. It is also the purpose and intent of this chapter to reduce the risk of harm to children by impacting the ability of sex offenders to be in contact with children. It is further the intent of this chapter to provide additional restrictions beyond those provided for in state law by restricting sex offenders from certain limited locations, and by allowing for criminal penalties for violations of this chapter. It is not the intent of this chapter to allow conduct otherwise prohibited by state law or to contradict state law. City parks and specified private community parks in the City of Menlo Park are recognized by the City Council as locations where children regularly gather.

8-53.020 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms are defined as follows:

“Child,” “children” or “minor(s)” means any person(s) under eighteen (18) years of age.

“Park” means any and all City owned, operated, leased, or maintained land established before or after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter for park, recreation, or open space purposes where children regularly gather, including: (1) Bedwell Bayfront Park; (2) Burgess Park; (3) Fremont Park; (4) Jack W. Lyle Park; (5) Kelly Park; (6) Marketplace Park; (7) Nealon Park; (8) Seminary Oaks Park; (9) Stanford Hills Park; (10) Sharon Hills Park; (11) Sharon Park; (12) Hamilton Park; (13) Tinker Park; and (14) Willow Oaks Park. Records identifying, describing, and depicting the location of these areas shall be maintained on file in the office of the City Clerk for public review and inspection.

 “Menlo Park Police Chief” shall mean the Menlo Park Police Chief or their designee.

8-53.030 Prohibitions.

Any person required to register pursuant to California Penal Code Sections 290 et seq., where such registration is required by reason of an offense for which the person was convicted and in which a minor was the victim, who enters into or upon any park within the City where children regularly gather without written permission from the Menlo Park Police Chief, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Each entry into any such area, regardless of the time period between entries, shall constitute a separate offense under this chapter.

8-53.040 Signage posting requirement.

For all parks, a notice in substantially the following form shall be posted:

Any person required to register pursuant to Penal Code §290  is prohibited from entering into or upon this park without written authorization from the Menlo Park Police Department. (MPMC Chapter8-53)

8-53.050 Penalties for violation.

Punishment for a violation of this chapter shall be as follows:

A.    Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than six months, or by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by both imprisonment and a fine.

B.    Upon a second conviction, by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not less than ten days and not more than six months, or by both imprisonment and a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00). Upon a second conviction, however, the person shall not be released on probation, parole, or any other basis until he or she has served not less than ten days.

C.    Upon a third or subsequent conviction, by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not less than ninety (90) days and not more than six months, or by both imprisonment and a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00). Upon a third or subsequent conviction, however, the person shall not be released on probation, parole, or any other basis until he or she has served not less than ninety (90) days.

8-53.060 Other prosecution authorized.

Nothing in this chapter shall preclude or prohibit prosecution under any other provision of law. This chapter shall not apply to persons already restricted from parks pursuant to California Penal Code Section 3053.8.

8-53.070 Waiver criteria.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a registered sex offender may, by written request made to the Menlo Park Police Chief, which request shall be date, time, and location specific, seek written authorization to enter into or upon a park. The Menlo Park Police Chief shall evaluate each written request to determine whether to grant, conditionally grant, or deny the request. Reasons that may justify the request include:

A.    Accessing the park for the purposes of exercising the rights of free speech or assembly;

B.    Accessing the park for purposes of lawful employment;

C.    Accessing the park for the purposes of voting in any local, state, or federal election; or

D.    Accessing the park for the purposes of attending a religious service.


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Hook September 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ms. Parkhurst.....You would benefit from anger management treatment. This is a forum for intelligent, productive commentary and not an opportunity for blood thirsty people to create their own personal blog...
Valerie Parkhurst September 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The day the public stops getting angry over these crimes? Is the day they will start getting even, remember that when you take a stroll thru the park..
buchanan September 19, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Valerie, My children and grandchild have rights too. But that doesn't stop you from molesting, harrassing, and damaging them with your words and/or actions does it? " Our law states...Anyone who uses a site for information to commit a crime or to harass an offender, or his family members is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability." You might think about that when you make public threats. I actually feel sorry for you Valerie. Something terrible must have happened to you, or someone you love. Wouldn't it be better to sit down and have a conversation about these issues instead of attacking us all? Yes, those people who actually harm children should be punished harshly, but they also need mental help, because clearly they are mentally ill. Who could hurt a child if they were mentally well? However, I do not consider a 16, 17 year old girl who is the agressor a child, nor do I feel it's okay for them to lie about their age. And I do know for a fact that there are too many people accused for offenses that were never committed. In some cases, an accusation is a prison sentence.
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Dont feel sorry for me sweetie. Feel sorry for the thousands of kids and families whose world was torn upside down for no other reason than opportunity. I dont know one person who would disagree with you on the false allegation issue, not one. I have always been a strong advocate for very harsh repercussions that arise from someone lying just to turn someone's world upside down. I have many friends in LE and it has been relayed to me that "false allegations" usually rise to the surface within 24 hours and it is often used way too many times by offenders and their advocates. Does the registry need tweaking? Of course it does. But it gets old hearing every sex offender pee'd on a bush or the girl lied about her age. You people dont even bother to log in and comment about the bad guys, its easier to make people like me the enemy and speculate "something terrible must of have happened" Got news for ya, everyday I get up and read about some freak using the defenseless for his sexual buffet is the definition of terrible to me, and what does your group do? Swear its media fill-in, blame it on the parents or my personal favorite "he only re-offended because the laws are too strict".. someone has to run interference from that crap your minutemen love to spread around.
buchanan September 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Valerie, Again, anyone who harms a child is mentally ill, needs to be removed from society until they are deemed safe to return. They are sick, and hopefully can get the treatment they so need. However, if you think that our hearts don't go out to those who have been harmed, you are sadly mistaken. When someone is hell bent on harming a child in my family I also want protection. And people like you are harming my children for something that they are too close minded about. Yes, I want justice. I want to protect all children, including my own. I am not here to protect those who harm our children, just want a open discussion on this issue. Too many lives are being ruined for minor offenses. Too many are not allowed to find housing, find jobs, support themselves, feed themselves, Some are being murdered. How is this helping? One of those men who was murdered had two young sons. What about those children Valerie? Their father's crime? He was 17 and had a 17 year old girlfriend who was partcially deaf, which landed him on the public registry. I want laws and punishments that will make us safer, not create circumstances that make it worse. I want us to punish and get treatment for those that need it, not punish thousands and thousands for the crimes of a few. Instead of listening to reason Valerie, instead of wanting to be open to what would/could make this better for our children, you just want revenge for something we did not do.
buchanan September 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
correction..."And people like you are harming my children for something that YOU are too close minded about."
buchanan September 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Valerie, You can respond all you want, but I am done. I will not respond to you again.
buchanan September 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
One more thing Valerie, Why aren't you going after those people who committed offenses, but never were punished in anyway? Let me name a few you might have heard of: Arnold Schwarzenegger-had sex with a 16 year old while in his late twenties, Mark Foley, who helped write the Adam Walsh Act. John Walsh who admitted having a relationship with someone under 18. Mark Lunsford who had child pornagraphy on his computer at the time of his daughters murder. The list goes on and on. All of those who had connections, money, or both.
joe September 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Valerie you are just as sick as those you want to crucify.
joe September 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
"Is the day they will start getting even, remember that when you take a stroll thru the park.." are you threatening people now? Something makes me think you were touched inappropriately at some point, however now I believe you need that touching now to relieve some of this anger....
joe September 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Oh an residency restrictions just ruled unconstitutional by a court in California. Parks, beaches, libraries and movies theaters will also be ruled the same. So yeah, they will be able to stroll thru park uncontested from morons like you.
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I thought you were not going to respond again??? Can you spell impulsive compulsive? Textbook sex offender behavor..
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Your the one with RSO status Joe, not me..
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
"Something makes you think Joe"?? obviously "thinking" isnt one of your more valuable assetts Joe now is it?. Of course you probably have had time to fine tune that when you had a "come to Jesus moment" in front of the judge..
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Dont get your panties in a twist Joe if you read the article you'll see where it will most probably be over turned, until then? I wouldnt go looking to push little girls (or boys) at the swing set..if I were you. Having a parent point you out at a park swearing your pants were unzipped is an argument I doubt you will win..
joe September 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Valerie I have tons of friends and probably make three times as much money and don't live in a trailer like you. My life is fine and will be better when psychos like you hide yourself in the double wide because people start realizing you're more psycho than most and that your agenda in manufactured for personal profit. Stay off the meth ...
joe September 19, 2012 at 05:10 PM
It's quite amusing that even the other psychos don't want to be associated with you here..Must be lonely.
joe September 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Here's something to be proud of Valerie. I'm sure all your red neck friends we're high fiving over this. http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/nazigator/Profile?oid=2056257 Manifesto/Bio The mugshot above is of Valerie Parkhurst, who threatened to kill an ex-sex offender for no reason whatsoever.
joe September 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Mr Mueller I think Valerie Parkhurst will vote you in.
Hook September 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Good news! The Menlo Park City Council has no plans to consider an ordinance such as this and that's straight from the Mayor's mouth! Valerie, go find some other city or township to pick on....
joe September 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Supercuts is not doing you justice in that photo...
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen I'd like to remind everyone that this conversation can be seen by anyone, including children and grandparents. I spoke with both Mayor Keith and Mr. Mueller earlier this morning about the status of this proposed ordinance. Mayor Keith confirmed that the City Council does not have this issue on their agenda at this time. Mr. Mueller said he has tabled the issue and is no longer pursuing it. I encourage everyone who is interested in Menlo Park politics to take this poll: http://patch.com/A-xG8d I would like to know which of these issues is important to you, so that Patch can publish more articles about those issues. It is important to note that Patch does not endorse political candidates. If you don't see the issue you hold dear on that list, comment on the article and tell us what should be on our radar.
Valerie Parkhurst September 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
when all fails use the double wide anaolgy and Joe its just what I want when a bunch of pervs hail my good looks. Oh and it never fails for the resident perv (joe) to use the public's version of Hannible Lector with a "No reason what so ever" for good measure. See Joe, thats why your group cant gain any ground numb-nuts, You would rather take pot shots at me for my lack of tolernace against these crimes than put your money where your mouth is , That is to say you would stand arm and arm with a freak who kidnapped, robbed, raped tortured for 6 hours and attempted to chew the genitals off his victim to allow her to bleed to death whose crime was considered so heinous Florida Law was changed due to his crime. But being the "not so bright sex offender that you are, you would rather focus on a Supercut, rather than one of your own, a Superfreak:. oh and Thanks for bringing it up by the way, saves me the trouble. tHE LEGISLATION WONT BE TABLED FOR LONG. Being the impulsive compulsive sex offenders are known for? It wont be long before one of "joes" buddies will troll the parks, libraries etc (where children congregate) and commit another heinous crime and when all is said and done an ordinance banning sex offenders will look like a Christmas present when the city is done bringing the hammer down. Joe perhaps you can start one of those websites talking your buddies down from the next crime they are no doubt contemplating.
joe September 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM
joe September 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM
For more on Valerie Parkhurst: http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/nazigator/Profile?oid=2056257 Manifesto/Bio The mugshot above is of Valerie Parkhurst, who threatened to kill an ex-sex offender for no reason whatsoever.
Valerie Parkhurst September 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
and dont you ever ,ever forget it Joe..
joe September 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Is that a threat?
Valerie Parkhurst September 23, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Try growing a pair Joe, but knowing you, you'll run over like a little girl to the "vigilanti websites" and post the latest "Valerie" sighting..Feel free to copy and paste ..word for word if you like, Take it anyway you want too numb-nuts..or better yet I'll type slower for ya, If the guy would have taken one more step? You would have been reading about his head being blown off, not these little "pisson" contest links you little molestors love to link too. CLEAR ENOUGH???
joe September 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Valerie threatening to kill someone on a message board is not very smart.
Valerie Parkhurst September 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Make ya deal "Joe" you go ahead and what do you guys like to call it? Oh yea Screen shot" this forum to one of your pro-bono lawyers and then slither back here and let us know what he thinks? Somehow the word "smart" and your screen name "Joe" doesnt quite equate with one another.. now is that it? Thats all ya got? cause I am getting real bored with you.


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