SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Registered sex offenders are no longer required to post signs deterring trick-or-treaters.
This move is a result of a lawsuit filed by a Chula Vista man in September. Sex-offenders still aren't allowed to answer the door or handout candy, but now they no longer have to post a "do-not-disturb" sign.
Attorney Kerry Armstrong has represented a number of offenders over the years and knows this decision won't be popular, but says it's fair for several reasons.
“I've been practicing law for 18 years, not once have I ever heard of someone getting molested on Halloween Night who went to the door of a sex offender. It’s probably happened somewhere some time, but I’ve never heard of it. So my point is it's not common place at all,” explained Armstrong.
He added that the vast majority, more than 90 percent of offenders assault someone in their family, not strangers.
CBS News 8 also spoke with RJ and Wana Bernales about the new changes and they said they aren't fans.
“And Even though the sex offenders are registered a lot of times, people are not informed or don't get to check that website,” she said. “And so it's just another way of being informed. I think the signs would be really useful for parents.”
More than 1,400 fire personnel have the Lilac Fire 60 percent contained Sunday. The acreage burned stands at 4,100.
SDCOE and local school districts will be monitoring fire, winds, and utilities throughout the weekend and make school closure decisions as appropriate.
Three people were injured, one critically, in a structure fire in Clairemont Mesa early Sunday, according to authorities.
Areas of the county are expected to get moderate to strong Santa Ana winds on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
A man was killed in a confrontation with police officers after he broke into a home in Point Loma on Sunday, San Diego police said.
Emergency crews are responding to reports of a small aircraft that crashed into a house causing a fire in Clairemont.
People who remain evacuated from their homes due to the Lilac Fire have been consolidated to two shelters.
The death toll for horses at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center affected by the Lilac Fire rose to 46 Saturday, according to California Horse Racing Board officials.