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ADOPT A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE REDUCING CRIME AND KEEPING CALIFORNIA SAFE ACT OF 2018
Adopt a Resolution entitled: A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE REDUCING CRIME AND KEEPING CALIFORNIA SAFE ACT OF 2018.
At the November 28, 2017 City Council meeting, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the City of Monrovia to join the Taking Back Our Community (TBOC) coalition. The goal of the Coalition is educating the public and improving law enforcement’s ability to address the unintended consequences of Assembly Bill 109, and Proposition 47 and Proposition 57.
City staff became aware of the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act through its involvement in TBOC. The Reducing Crime and Keeping California Act is a Project of the California Public Safety Partnership Issues Committee with major funding from the Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed initiative seeks to:
Reclassify currently “non-violent” crimes like rape of an unconscious person, sex trafficking of a child and 14 other serious crimes as “violent” to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes
Reform the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, and strengthen penalties for parole violations
Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs; and
Expand DNA collection to include those convicted of drug, theft, domestic violence and other serious crimes to help solve rape, murder and other violent crimes, and to exonerate those wrongly accused.
Staff believes that the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act objectives are in alignment with the City’s goal to provide residents and visitors with a safe and family-oriented environment. Additionally, it is in alignment with the City’s legislative platform to support legislation designed to reduce crime related to illicit drugs, burglary, and assault and oppose legislation that expands early release programs for violent offenders.
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This proposed action is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., “CEQA”) and CEQA regulations (14 California Code Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.) because it constitutes an organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. Accordingly, this action does not constitute a “project” that requires environmental review (see specifically 14 CC § 15378 (b)(4-5)).
There is no impact to the General Fund.
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