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Oxnard Police Chief advances public safety initiative; public comments on recall; Earth Day this Saturday

Oxnard Police Chief advances public safety initiative; public comments on recall; Earth Day this Saturday

By George Miller On 4-10-18, the Oxnard City Council heard and approved a resolution supporting Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 to reverse past loosening of crime classification and penalties; adopted a resolution supporting State Propositions 68 (drought water, park, drought funding. Includes acquiring coastal power plants) and 69 (public transit) in the […]

CA confronts a Prop. 47 crime wave

CA confronts a Prop. 47 crime wave

By James Poulos . Nearly a year after California voters overwhelmingly agreed to lessen sentences and release inmates convicted of minor crimes, statistical and anecdotal evidence has cast doubt on the wisdom of Proposition 47. A souring trend Change has been swift, but results have been mixed, with little to suggest the dynamic is soon to […]

Board of Supervisors Off-Site Meeting: AB 109 Public Safety Realignment

Board of Supervisors Off-Site Meeting: AB 109 Public Safety Realignment

By Sheryl Hamlin The October 13, 2015 Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting was held off-site in the council chambers of Santa Paula. This is the fourth installment in a series about this meeting. Previous installments covered: Public Comments, County Health and Santa Paula Creek. Item 17, the Public Safety Realignment Implementation Update report, was […]

California continues tussle with ex-offender employment

California continues tussle with ex-offender employment

Oxnard crime situation

Oxnard crime situation

By George Miller Oxnard crime has risen significantly since 2011 and is up 26% just in the last year. Police Chief Jeri Williams and staff will present the attached report at the Tuesday April 7 City Council meeting. There will be discussion of crime statistics, possible causes and what to do about it. Download/read report: Oxnard […]

CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

by John Seiler   Federal court orders forced California to cut its number of prisoners. That resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 “realignment” program, drugs which mainly shifted prisoners to local jails. Yet overall state prison-guard compensation is up sharply. Reported the San Diego U-T: Overtime hit a six-year high last year, allowing hundreds of prison […]

Prop. 47’s drug-law reforms inject controversy

Prop. 47’s drug-law reforms inject controversy

by John Hrabe   California’s decision to reduce sentences for some drug and property crimes has been heralded as a much needed reform of the criminal justice system. While it’s too soon to know what effect the measure is having on crime, critics charge it could jeopardize progress in the state’s drug courts and a widespread drop in […]

Oxnard Assistant Chief of Police’s remarks on the passage of Prop 47

Oxnard Assistant Chief of Police’s remarks on the passage of Prop 47

Editor’s Note: Our Oxnard reporter/publisher, George Miller asked Jason Benites, Assistant Police Chief, Oxnard Police Department if Benites had any thoughts on the passage of Prop. 47 in the recent election.  Here is Assistant Police Chief Benites’ reply: The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) took an open stance against Prop 47.  I believe that Proposition […]