Fighting City Hall!

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We learned a few months ago that there are no residency restrictions for convicted child molesters in our city. We, of course, subsequently launched a fight, trying to get the city council to enact an ordinance stating convicted child molesters (specifically those who have s*xually assaulted a child under the age of 14) can’t live within 750 feet of a park or school. During our research, we also learned our city has the only homeless shelter in Maine that accepts sex offenders. A source also told us there are rooming houses here that accept sex offenders as well, located right in the middle of neighborhoods. NOBODY KNEW!! Add free food and shelter to no residency restrictions and our city has turned into the sex offender capital of the state. Portland, Maine has double the population yet our town has more sex offenders.

We, along with our attorney, are proposing the ordinance to city council this week. I was interviewed by our local ABC affiliate about it on Monday. If you want to watch the tiny clip I got after a 20-minute interview (doesn’t it always work out that way)?, follow these instructions:

Go to:
http://www.wvii.com/

In the middle of the screen, you can see the male newscaster’s head (look under the weatherman) and under it: “6 pm Newscast, Monday 7/12”

Click on that and then forward to minute 8:33 (you can drag the doohickey across the screen a minute or so after the video starts playing).

Oh, and you can get a good idea of what was cut out of the interview here.

UPDATE: After our presentation and my speech, the council subcommittee voted unananimously last night to send the ordinance to the full council for a first reading. We are thrilled! 🙂

This week’s Maxism:

We were outside in our backyard garden, harvesting a huge batch of blackberries. As we filled up a whole bowl, Max said, “Wow! The bees did a good job!!”

Hugs to all!

Angela

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