State lawmakers get back to work on Monday, and they’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
They left for August recess without taking major action on the housing crisis, and they’ll also weigh in on perhaps the most high-profile bill of the session, the so-called sanctuary state bill.
Many attention-grabbing bills have already died or been shelved so far this session. But there are still plenty of high-profile measures alive in the Legislature, including these ones written by San Diego lawmakers.
AB 90: Reforming the CalGang Database
The CalGang database, which law enforcement agencies use to collect information on documented gang members, is beset with problems. We know this because an explosive state audit, undertaken at the request of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, told us so.
In the wake of the audit, Weber proposed a bill that would overhaul CalGang and attempt to make the processes that land people in the database more transparent. The bill would give oversight of the database to the California Department of Justice, create an advisory panel of law enforcement officers, community members and other stakeholders, require periodic audits of the database and would not allow information to be shared with federal agencies.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
The proposed legislation to fix SANDAG is awesome, make everybody pay union dues and problems go away. After "fixing" SANDAG Mrs, Fletcher should focus on school graduation rates. Lorena could propose legislation to unionize students and collectively bargain for mandatory 4 year graduations at a 4.0 grade, problem solved.
Many of us are tired of the endless immigration debate, help from Mrs. Gonzolas could fix this problem as well. Unionize illegal immigrants and collectively bargain for citizenship, in California lawmakers stand at attention waiting for orders from their puppet masters.
SB-10, the bill to #EndCashBail in California, is pending before State Assembly and is certainly more important than the bill to keep bars open longer!
The Bail Bond Industry profits from cash bail, while taxpayers foot the bill to house poor persons charged but not convicted - all at the expense of public safety. If a person is a flight risk or a danger to the community, then no amount of money they can post will make them less of a danger or less likely to flee. If a person is not a flight risk or danger to the community, then they shouldn't suffer a financial punishment, lose their job, get evicted from their home and have their car impounded simply because they can't pay the upfront surety. Most people could not.
Watch these short (<3 minute) videos explaining the injustices that occur every day under the cash bail system:
The only persons who benefit from our cash bail system are insurance companies, bail bondsman, wealthy criminals and prosecutors who can use the custody as a coercive tool to compel a guilty plea. Didja know that California allows persons to plead guilty not because they are, in fact, guilty, but to take advantage of a plea bargain? (People v. West plea). This is unlawful under the Constitution in federal court, but in state court it's a common and accepted practice. How many people would plead guilty in exchange for a "credit for time served sentence," if it meant not being fired from a job, evicted from a home or having to sell a vehicle?
Disappointed this legislation did not make the cut in this summary of very important bills pending before our state assembly. See the text of the bill here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB10