On March 19, 2018 the Council considered adopting an ordinance to exempt the City of Los Alamitos from the California Values Act and instead comply with the appropriate Federal Laws and the Constitution of the United States.
The City received an outpouring of resident comments both in support and opposition. Despite the threatened litigation from groups like the ACLU and local non-profits, the Council decided to move forward with adoption of the ordinance. Council adopted the ordinance at its April 16, 2018 Council meeting after hours of public comment and feedback. The City of Los Alamitos was the first and leading city in opposing the “California Values Act” in the state of California.
The City of Los Alamitos is now being sued, with the assistance of the ACLU, by the Los Alamitos Community United, Revered Samuel Pullen and Henry J. Josefberg. In anticipation of this, Mayor Troy D. Edgar started a GoFundMe account to assist with the legal fees in March 2018.
“We are pleased to have established this fund to help offset the City’s legal costs. The financing will be used to fund the City’s continued efforts to opt-out of the California Values Act, which limits cooperation between law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities” said Mayor Edgar. There have been over 350 constituents that have donated to the City. The City of Los Alamitos is the sole beneficiary for the GoFundMe “Mayor Edgar’s – Stop Sanctuary Law” fundraiser.
The donations will be used to fund the City’s continued efforts to opt-out of the California Values Act, which threatens local control and limits cooperation between law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. The money raised on Go-Fund-Me are directly entering the City’s bank account on a weekly basis and are used to pay for the City’s legal defense to support the U.S. Constitution. The fundraiser has raised $28,500 as of August 2018. These donations have paid for all the legal fees that were incurred through July 2018. As of August 2018, there is a remaining balance that will be used to pay for future legal defense. These funds are specifically earmarked for the sole purpose of legal costs relating to the effort.