Side by side: Looking at California’s two crime initiatives, people’s version accomplishes more

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrat lawmakers continued their anti-democratic battle against a citizen-led initiative – the Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Retail Theft Act – by introducing Senate Bill 1381, which would place a weaker crime measure on the ballot this November. After failing to convince proponents to withdraw the people’s initiative by threatening poison pill amendments, Democrats are pursuing a backup plan that undermines our democratic initiative process. Democrats’ election interference is intended to confuse California voters at the ballot box.

Senator Brian W. Jones.

In an opinion piece published recently in the Sacramento Bee and four other McClatchy newspapers in California, Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones wrote, “[Newsom’s new proposal] pays lip service, at best, to the needed reforms in our public safety systems. It will have little impact beyond increasing soft-on-crime judges’ discretion.

“It is an insidious maneuver to split the voters and protect the failed policy that led us to lawlessness in the first place. Newsom’s legislation — Senate Bill 1381 — would do nothing more than confuse voters who want their communities to be safer.”

Senate Republicans did a breakdown of the differences between the citizen-led Homelessness, Drug Addiction & Retail Theft Act and SB 1381.

While the governor’s and Democrat lawmakers’ new proposal includes some aspects advanced in the citizens’ initiative, these aspects are watered-down with significantly softer penalties that are less likely to be imposed because of greater discretion provided to soft-on-crime judges.

About Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator Brian W. Jones represents the 40th Senate District which includes the Cities of Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, San Diego city communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and University City, along with the San Diego County unincorporated communities of 4S Ranch, Alpine, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Rainbow, Ramona and Valley Center.