Rally for Chelsea's Law

By Michelle Wayland
|  Saturday, Apr 24, 2010  |  Updated 6:49 AM PDT
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Images: The Chelsea King Case

Chelsea had applied to 11 colleges and aspired to a career that would combine her interests in writing and the environment. Although her aspirations were cut short, her parents say her light still shines strong.

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Chelsea's Light is inviting you to join them at a “family gathering of change makers” at Lake Poway this weekend.

“The event really is to support Brent and Kelly [King] and Chelsea’s Law as it moves through the legislation,” Susan Wintersteen said.
California would send some child molesters to prison for life for a first offense under the bill named after slain 17-year-old Poway teenager Chelsea King.

The event on Saturday starts at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Speed the Band will be performing the song “Chelsea Runs,” which was played at Chelsea’s memorial.

Participants are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic and wear their running shoes in Chelsea’s honor. There will be a $5 fee for parking.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher will also be at the rally.

“We have several hurdles to get through to make Chelsea’s law a reality. I think it’s really important that we stand together as a community and send a strong message of unity to Sacramento,” Wintersteen said. “Let’s prioritize our children and their safety.”

The bill cleared its first legislative committee Tuesday after Chelsea's father Brent King evoked the memory of his daughter.

He asked members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee to advance the bill that would send some child molesters to prison for life after a first conviction, monitor others with tracking technology until they die and make it illegal for sex offenders to visit parks.

Four committee members approved the bill while three abstained.

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