Pasco Hotel and Motel Owners React to the Latest City Ordinance
PASCO, Wash. - Any high risk sex offender in Pasco that calls a hotel or motel home will now have their picture posted in the lobby, according to police and the city council.
Owners and workers at local motels like the "Vineyard Inn", "Starlight Motel" and "Sage 'n Sun Motel" said they do not have a problem posting the pictures of certain sex offenders if it means keeping their business safer.
All of them said they did not think it would hurt business.
Monday night the city council passed the ordinance that would force hotel or motel owners to post the picture of any high risk sex offender that registers the hotel or motel as their residence. Sex offenders are required by law to notify police of their current address.
Vineyard Inn Owner Mohinder Sohal said, "I think it's safer everyone knows. Some people are scared of sex offenders." He said he would be happy to post their picture.
The owner of the "Starlight Motel", Kishan Mistry and workers at the "Sage 'n Sun Motel" both said they live at the motels with their families and want to feel safe.
The owner of the "Starlight Motel", Mistry said he fully cooperates with authorities but also feels that his business is being portrayed as a haven for sex offenders and he said that is not true. He said right now there is one sex offender living there.
He said in the past the Department of Corrections has arraigned for sex offenders to live at his motel because it is not near any residential community. The Starlight Motel is located on North 4th Street near the railroad tracks in Pasco.
Mistry said they rarely get children or women staying at his motel. He said his clients are mainly males.