A new proposal by Fresno, California would follow other West Coast cities and allocate public funds to pay “former criminals” to refrain from shootings and other acts iv violence.
“Following the lead of Richmond, Sacramento and Stockton, a new proposal would have @CityofFresno pay violent criminals to refrain from shootings or other violent acts. The first step is in discussion with Fresno’s 2020 budget,” posted the San Joaquin Valley Sun.
“Another example why CA is going off the rails- Paying criminals to be nice,” fired-back Rep. Devin Nunes.
Another example why CA is going off the rails- Paying criminals to be nice… https://t.co/VH5jJSZzPv
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 20, 2019
“The proposal to initiate a program that pays stipends to gang members to curb gun violence is getting a formal vetting following Thursday’s Fresno City Council meeting,” writes the Sun. “On a 3-2 vote, the Fresno City Council voted to give City leaders, including Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, 90 days to evaluate the controversial Advance Peace program along with other alternatives to reduce violent crime.”
The proposal comes as Los Angeles residents filed a petition to recall Mayor Garcetti over the region’s exploding homeless population.
“I think we are living in third world conditions that are a threat to public health here in Los Angeles, and we have a mayor who is completely ignorant of that and he is an abysmal failure,” said petition supporter Alexandra Datig.
“We have this position in the city of Los Angeles where our leaders seem to think that it’s okay to leave people on the street to die, just whistling past the graveyard. We have had over 3600 people dying on the streets of Los Angeles in the past five years,” she added.
A new survey published last week showed Los Angeles residents are the “most stressed” in the United States; citing traffic, high-taxes, homelessness, and the city’s growing rat infestation in parks and buildings.
“Los Angeles may be known for year-round sunshine, sand and palm trees but its residents are among the most stressed out in the country, according to a new poll,” reports CBS Las Angeles. “OnePoll, questioning 3,000 residents from Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Miami and Chicago for Canada Dry Ginger Ale, found that 76 percent of Angelenos say they are at least ‘somewhat stressed’ every day.”
New York City and Chicago followed LA in “most stressed” citizens at 72% and 65%.
BERNIE GOES OFF: Sanders Says GOP Opposition to Felons Voting is Attempt to Block ‘People of Color’
Vermont Senator and potential 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his insistence that convicted felons be allowed to vote from prison Wednesday; saying Republican opposition to his policy is simply an attempt to “deny people of color.”
“If you are an American citizen, even if you do something terrible… we cannot take away your right to vote whether you’re in jail, whether you’ve left jail. Clearly what Republicans are doing is trying to deny people of color the right to vote,” said Sanders at the US Capitol.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "If you are an American citizen, even if you do something terrible… we cannot take away your right to vote whether you're in jail, whether you've left jail. Clearly what Republicans are doing is trying to deny people of color the right to vote." pic.twitter.com/LtsZ3emHnQ
— The Hill (@thehill) May 1, 2019
The Senator stunned the audience during a televised town hall debate last week when he said convicted terrorists -like the Boston Marathon bomber- have the right to vote in local and national elections while serving their prison sentences.
CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’: Gavin Newsom ‘PARDONS’ Immigrant Felons to Shield Them from Deportation
California’s far-left Governor Gavin Newsom continued his all-out-war with the Trump administration over immigration this week; pardoning former felons and refugees the White House is seeking to deport.
“Newsom adopted a policy of his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, to use his state constitutional authority to issue pardons to shield immigrants targeted by federal immigration officials,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“The pardons are an unmistakable rebuke to President Trump, whose fiery anti-immigrant rhetoric and demands for a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have been central to the escalating political feud between Newsom and the White House,” adds the article.
“I’m constantly trying to understand the moment we’re living in, the xenophobia, the nativism that marks the populism of this moment,” Newsom said. “Any of us who are students of history know that it’s not without precedent. It’s not novel. It’s hardly new. It’s very familiar.”
One of the refugees -originally from Cambodia- was arrested by federal immigration agents in March.
The man was convicted for solicitation to commit murder in 2001.
The pardons come just months after Newsom vowed to sue the Trump administration for declaring a “national emergency” along the US-Mexico border.
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution,” said Newsom following the President’s press conference. “Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.”
“President Trump got one thing right this morning about his declaration, when he said ‘I didn’t have to do this,’” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “In fact, he can’t do this… This is a president showing his disdain for the rule of law and our U.S. Constitution.”
Read the full report at the Los Angeles Times.