Prop. 20 — True Justice Sees Beyond Race

Proposition 20 fixes very specific flaws contained in Props 47 and 57 and AB 109, without "overturning" any of them, as the opponents claim. Nor does it target black and brown people or communities, as their ads imply. Here's...

Exposing the Opponent’s “Prison Scam” Flim-Flam

Opponents of Proposition 20 claim it will "waste millions on prisons." They rail that it will lock up teenagers for low-level, non-violent crimes for years in state prison. But they're making it up. Prop. 20 was actually carefully and specifically written to...

Sexual assault isn’t a violent crime. Seriously.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we're here to raise awareness. Be forewarned, not all learning is fun. Rape is another word for sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. Sexual assault also includes unwanted sexual touching, forcing a victim...

Theft – The “Serial Killer” of Small Business

Typically, consumers think of businesses in two categories — small/mom-and-pop shops and large/big box retailers. And while those classifications are not necessarily incorrect, they leave a large grey area in between. While California defines a "small business" as...

Talk Isn’t Cheap

Political communication has always been central to the electoral and policymaking process, but since the early 1990s certain important developments have fundamentally altered this process, with "mass media" moving from the traditional world of newspapers, radio,...

Crimes and Consequences

By Investigator Tom Dominguez and Mayor Joe Vinatieri  This summer, a documented gang member went on a violent stabbing spree — fatally attacking four people and wounding two others. One victim was so badly slashed that his nose was nearly severed. The crime itself...

Releasing sex offenders early isn’t what voters intended

Assemblyman Jim Cooper  California voters were promised that violent sex offenders wouldn’t be released from prison early if they passed Proposition 57, the sweeping ballot initiative approved two years ago allowing the early release of inmates convicted of...

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