Sen. Joel Anderson has become the de facto voice for California Republicans’ opposition to sanctuary policies. He voted against Attorney General Xavier Becerra because of his support for city-level sanctuary policies. His latest target is a bill by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from working with the federal government on immigration enforcement.
He told KUSI it’s untrue that he believes all undocumented residents are criminals, but said SB 54 would prevent California from deporting violent criminals.
Anderson took his criticisms national on “Fox and Friends,” where he made the same case, saying the bill would shield “child molester(s), rapist(s) or murderer(s).”
Anderson also suggested undocumented immigrants might be using stolen identities to vote illegally.
Speaking of which, in an interview with the Union-Tribune this week, Secretary of State Alex Padilla reiterated that there is no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud in California:
“There’s absolutely no proof, no evidence of massive voter fraud in California or anywhere across the country. … We have procedures in place to investigate allegations of voter fraud, prosecute when the evidence is there, but as of now we have no evidence of noncitizens voting in November or voter impersonation at the polls. If somebody has information we’ll pursue it, but the invitation was extended then, we haven’t heard from them, but with now President Trump making those same allegations [recently] reminded folks of that offer. We haven’t heard from anybody in his team.”
• Assemlywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher this week announced a bill to fund legal services for U.S. military veterans who’ve been deported.
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It’s hard to understand the time and efforts being extended on the subject of “sanctuary” and the use of public monies to fund protection of illegals when California has many other challenges on its plate such as our growing population of the financially challenged that includes:
1.Nearly 25% of Californians 38 million live below the poverty line.
2.California has more than 33% of the nation’s welfare recipients.
3.California is home to 12% of the nation’s population, but startlingly 21% of the nation’s homeless population.
4.The majority of California renters: Nearly 3 million households – pay more than 30% of their income toward rent.
5.Roughly – 1.5 million households pay more than 50% of their income toward rent.
A few other problems that should have some priority time and action from our legislatures are:
·Affordable housing continues to be out of the reach of most citizens.
·California’s energy costs for transportation fuels and electricity continue to be the most expensive in the country.
·The emissions crusade that began in 2006 has failed to reduce California’s 1 per cent contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases, all while cap-and-trade has raised $7 billion in fees from our citizens’ pocketbooks that are appropriated to more than 20 government pet projects. In the decade from 2006, California’s population has grown 1.077% to 38.8 million and we have less manufacturing jobs today than we had in 2006.
·The mid ‘70s pioneering California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has created a nightmare for those seeking affordable, conveniently located housing, workplaces and shopping centers.
·Unfunded pension liabilities. It’s unfortunate that future generations, unable to vote today, will bear the costs of many enacted entitlements and boondoggle projects. Even before those young folks can vote, our Golden State schools are on track to force substantial budgetary cutbacks on core education spending, as public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars.
We would appreciate our representatives to stop pursuing discretionary causes and pet projects and come to grips with the real problems facing all Californians.
Re: "Pension Problems Rear Their Heads Across the State."
Unfortunately sometime Ashly McGlone is lazy with her reporting. Lumping State, multiple cities & counties pension status together as though they are the same may read authoritative, but it is inaccurate and dishonest.
The County's SDCERA performance and financial status is different than others. San Diego County never had the scandal the City did. It has over 10 billion in assets, has earned 8.25 percent over 25 years, and has a triple A rating. Contributions are: 15 cents from members, 15 cents from County and 70 cents from earnings for every dollar. In my opinion that is fantastic. The manager is just plain outstanding.
I believe McGlone is one of those "hater" reports!
In August 2002, the San Diego City Council declared a state of emergency due to a shortage of affordable housing and laid out steps to address the issue. The Council terminated the emergency declaration in December 2015 and replaced it with a resolution that declared a “commitment to affordable housing programs and services in the City of San Diego,” but did not specify any actions.
Hiw is legislation passed without "any specific actions" unless it was an attmept to defund the fed money and syaye and city money used for low income housing projects creating a tax credit system...which now is no longer as sexy as it was..but still 95 cents on the dollar- not such a bad deal to do good!
Re:Anderson's comments: he is likely looking ahead to his run for Dianne Jacob's District 2 seat, since she terms out in 2020.
That district has the majority of the county land adjacent to the US/MX border, from east of Otay Mesa out to Jacumba.