Public Safety

Our safety is a concern to all of us. The ongoing erosion of our laws is placing that safety in jeopardy, beginning with AB 109 in 2011, and followed by Propositions 47 and 57 in 2014 and 2016.

Each of these laws was designed to reduce the state prison population to comply with a federal mandate. Hardly unforeseeable, this “trifecta” of laws resulted in increases in crime and homelessness on our streets. Some efforts at rolling back some of these changes have been successful, but there is still much work to be done. My work on the League of California Cities Public Safety Committee has been responsible for some of the corrections to these recently enacted laws.

While the proponents of these bills and initiatives presumably have the same desire for safe cities, the results have had direct negative impacts on cities throughout the state.

As your councilmember, I will continue to work to restore common sense reforms to our laws. While Thousand Oaks remains one of the safest cities in the nation, we must remain vigilant and make certain that we continue our focus on public safety.

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