TOP ISSUES

COUNTER ANTI-POLICE POLICIES & BIAS

We support and defend the essential role that peace officers play in a civilized society, where laws function to protect individual rights and freedoms, and officers of the law ensure that these rules are followed. At the same time, we disagree with bias, prejudice and discrimination, which can take many forms. Individuals and “people groups” should not be pre-judged and/or mistreated based on race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or — as in recent movements by some groups — profession, specifically public safety.

COMPEL REAL DIALOGUE ON VIOLENT CRIME

Los Angeles’ murder rate is 25% above last year, and non-fatal shootings are also on the rise. A study by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice indicates this is part of a national trend. And statistics show that violent crimes against women have been increasing over the past 15 years. In fact, 1 out of every 6 women in the U.S. has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape (RAINN), with nearly all experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Regardless of the long-term upward or downward trends, violent crime is happening far too often in our state, and failing to discuss how to better prevent and disincentivize it, not to mention address its devastating consequences, is irresponsible at best and deadly at worst.

GET SERIOUS ABOUT SERIAL THEFT

Prop. 47 changed the dollar threshold for theft to be considered a felony — from $450 to $950 — with no limit on the number of times a person can steal within this amount. As a result, there has been an explosion of serial theft and an inability of the criminal justice system to effectively discourage and/or reduce these crimes. For the sake of businesses, consumers and public safety, policy changes are needed.

TACKLE THE HOMELESS CRISIS

California’s homeless problem is actually a public health and safety crisis, contributing to drug addiction, crime, blight and infectious diseases like measles, TB, typhoid fever and now COVID-19.

We agree with much of what Dr. Drew Pinsky has to say on the subject, including that Prop. 47 has made the matter much worse: “Many drug felonies have been dropped down to misdemeanors that have no other penalty than a ticket…and how do you send a ticket to a homeless person? Not only do the sentencing laws reduce consequences for offenders and embolden open, addictive drug use, they also end up putting more homeless people onto the streets … where they know they can live without fear of arrest or hassle from local authorities and can steal up to $950/day without being arrested.”

Prop. 47 also allows the mentally ill or other addicts to refuse treatment, making California’s highly successful Drug Courts virtually useless. Pinsky points out that when given a choice, nearly 80 percent of addicts refuse help, yet Prop. 47 eliminated any incentive to choose treatment.