It should come as little surprise that folks in Altadena dont think a group home for sex offenders makes their neighborhood of $500,000 homes desirable.
Just look at the cast of characters living in the halfway house in the 4400 block of Risinghill:
[BULLET]Ernesto Corona Ayala, 51, convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
[BULLET]Gerald Christoph Baca, 56, also convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
[BULLET]Ernest Brian Bradley, 37, convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and convicted of using force.
[BULLET]John Fitzgerald Carter, 43, convicted of forcible rape.
[BULLET]Cedric Parker, 47, convicted of forcible rape and sexual battery.
[BULLET]Anthony Raymond Rayas, 44, convicted of sodomy and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
As many as 150 people who dont want this group of unsavory criminals in their neighborhood demanded the removal of the halfway home from their quiet neighborhood Tuesday night.
Please dont underestimate us, Latrell Cottele-Moore, a longtime Meadows resident told the crowd. We will do whatever is necessary to get them out.
Their pleas received little more than lip service.
A spokesman for state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, essentially told the residents there were no easy solutions to the problem.
According to reporter Elise Kleeman, New Beginnings Sober Living, which operates the home, told residents the matter is being looked into by the company.
Who knows what that means?
The Sheriffs Department assured everyone the offenders were all wearing GPS-equipped anklet bracelets.
Translated, that means detectives will know where an offender has been after a crime has been committed.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the bureaucracies and corporations promoting halfway homes for sex offenders can offer little in the way of solutions for a residential neighborhood in an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County.
What might be surprising though is that clusters of sex offenders are everywhere in the San Gabriel Valley.
Using a simple search of the states Megans Law Web site, I found groups of these men living together in Azusa, Bassett, Pasadena, Montebello and El Monte. They are everywhere even Beverly Hills.
In some cases, they are close to schools and churches. In others they live in residential neighborhoods. Plenty live in trailer parks and motels along Garvey Avenue, and Colorado and Whittier boulevards.
Last August, when the state budget crisis was in full swing, there was a possibility that California would stop paying rent for these guys. Then, instead of being housed and sort of monitored, a lot of sex offenders would have been homeless.
Something in our government is broken. You dont have to look any further than Risinghill Road in Altadena or the Megans Law Web site to see it.