The Problem: California’s politicians treat criminals far better than law-abiding citizens – with the result being increased crime and homelessness in our neighborhoods.
Strategy 1: Restore Law Enforcement Powers to Prosecute and Punish Criminals
California politicians have promoted misguided measures such as Prop 47, Prop 57, and prison realignment that have taken law enforcement’s tools away and resulted in early release of dangerous individuals.
In addition, Prop 47 has virtually eliminated all enforcement of most property crimes. The cost of property crime has become a fiscal issue to businesses and homeowners who must bear losses without any hope of remedy. Those increased costs are then passed on to all Californians in the form of higher cost-of-living.
It’s time to repeal Props 47 and 57 before more Californians are hurt by these reckless policies.
Strategy 2: Allow Local Law Enforcement to Work with Federal Law Enforcement to Improve Safety
The so-called Sanctuary State (SB54) and associated laws makes it a crime for local law enforcement, or a private business for that matter, to cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies to identify, detain, and process criminals. If state politicians do not like federal laws, they have a right to advocate for changes in those laws. We must repeal these unconstitutional sanctuary laws as state politicians should not be able to threaten to prosecute individuals who simply seek to comply with federal law enforcement.
Strategy 3: Compassionate – and Accountable – Intervention with Homeless Individuals
The homeless crisis has reached epidemic proportions – figuratively and literally. Homelessness is not an economic issue, it is a public health and social service issue as three-quarters of homeless individuals suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems. These individuals are homeless by choice.
With political cover from ACLU lawsuits, politicians have opted to coddle these troubled individuals and suspend enforcement of vagrancy, loitering, pan-handling, and other laws. Without these tools, law enforcement has no leverage to get people the help they need to change their lives.
Compassion should be linked to accountability. No more funds for failing homeless services until we restore full enforcement of our laws.