Carlsbad Responds to ACLU’S Free Speech Concerns

At last night’s city council meeting, Carlsbad councilmembers voted unanimously to clarify a vague ordinance on “decorum” at public meetings at the behest of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

The council voted to eliminate a restriction against vulgar or profane speech.

“We are pleased that the Carlsbad City Council has amended the previously unconstitutional ordinance,” said Sarah Abshear, staff attorney for the San Diego ACLU. “This is a victory for free speech. The new ordinance makes it clear that only conduct that substantially disrupts the meetings will be cause for punishment, not pure speech or the words that a speaker uses.”

The San Diego ACLU filed