Villa Park is the latest city to join the sanctuary fight in an increasing chorus of dissent against SB54. The Villa Park City Council passed a resolution opposing SB 54, the California Values Act and voted to direct the City Attorney to seek options to join an amicus brief against the State of California in invalidating SB54.
The city council stopped short of passing an ordinance (law) against SB 54 due to concerns over litigation costs. To date, only Los Alamitos has passed an ordinance against SB 54 and are already facing litigation from the ACLU. Los Alamitos legal fees are being funded by a Go Fund Me account.
Approve one or more of the following actions:
1) Conduct a public hearing and approve the first reading of the Draft Ordinance 2018-611 to establish compliance with the United States Constitution and set May 22, 2018 for the second and final reading of said ordinance.
Excerpt of Draft Ordinance 2018-611 (Failed 2 -3)
“The City of Villa Park does hereby exempt the City of Villa Park form the California Values Act, Government Code Title 1, Division 7, Chapter 17.25 and instead will comply with the appropriate Federal Laws and the Constitution of the United States.”
2) Adopt the Draft Resolution supporting compliance with the United States Constitution and opposing SB54, the California Values Act as unconstitutional.
Excerpt of Resolution 2018-3425 (Passed 5 to 0)
“A resolution of the city council of the City of Villa Park, California supporting compliance with United States Constitution and opposing the California values act a unconstitutional.
3) Direct the City Attorney to seek options regarding the City joining an amicus brief in support of the United States Department of Justice’s lawsuit in federal court, or other lawsuit, against the State of California in invalidating SB54. (Passed 4 to 1)
The full Public Hearing Notice, Draft Ordinance and Resolution can be found here.
Villa Park Council Member Votes on SB 54
|Voting Item||Robert Collacott||Diana Fascinelli||Bill Nelson||Robbie Pitts||Vince Rossini|
|Draft Ordinance 2018-611||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Join An Amicus Brief||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
California cities that have taken action against SB 54
- Aliso Viejo
- Dana Point
- Fountain Valley
- Huntington Beach
- Laguna Niguel
- Lake Forest
- Los Alamitos
- Mission Viejo
- Newport Beach
- San Juan Capistrano
- Villa Park
- Yorba Linda
Some Orange County cities have filed an amicus brief in support of the federal lawsuit against the state’s sanctuary laws. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to condemn the California’s sanctuary law and join the DOJ as a plaintiff in the suit.
Santa Ana is the lone OC city to publicly support the sanctuary measure.
California Values Act, SB 54 Bill Summary
- Prohibits state and local officials from voluntarily providing the United States information about the release date from state or local criminal custody of criminal/illegal aliens who may be subject to removal and are subject to detention by the United States.
- Prohibits state and local officials from asking anyone about their immigration status.
- Prohibits state and local officials from allowing federal immigration authorities to use
- space in their facilities.
- Prohibits state and local officials from transferring illegal aliens to the United States when they are scheduled to be released from state or local custody.
Ordinance – An ordinance is a law made by a municipality or other local authority. Ordinances also used when adopting a rule or policy with broad applicability, significant impact and an extended duration.
Resolution – Formal expression of opinion, will or intent voted on by an official body or assembled group. Municipal resolutions are generally adopted in written form to document the opinion, will or intent of a municipal council
Ordinance Vs. Resolution