Transcript of Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan’s statement on public safety realignment
“First and foremost, I want to thank the governor very much. California counties appreciate his steadfast commitment to this reform.
“If local government is going to be asked to do this work, which we are, we need the tools to get it done. In this case, that does mean a constitutional guarantee; it means guaranteeing us the money. This is a superior approach than relying on the state legislature as we’ve had to do year after year, relying on them to get this right and to get their act together.
“This is about public safety, though, in its broadest arrangement – not just law enforcement but all the other components that make our communities safe.
“Realignment shifts greater responsibilities to us in the county level for providing law enforcement and also care for neglected children and seniors and the other social safety net programs that the state government has historically provided.
“However, the state only provided counties with the reliable funding really for only one year. We need to deal with that in future years or else what the legislature gives the legislature will ultimately take away.
“We do count on the governor to protect us during this time but contrary to some beliefs he’s not going to be here forever. We hope he sticks around for a long, long time, but we do need to put these guarantees in place to protect us.
“Counties and law enforcement throughout the state support placing an initiative on the 2012 ballot that would dedicate these ongoing fundings for county and local governments out of existing state funding to provide these vital local services. Under this measure, these funds cannot be raided by the legislature in the future. The measure will also shift control in decision-making power from the state to the local governments, which are more accountable to the public, better understand local needs, and we use our tax dollars more efficiently and effectively. Without this measure, essential local services are at risk including law enforcement and public safety, services for abused and neglected children and seniors, drug treatment and other social services. It is now time for realignment, for constitutional guarantee. It is time for reform.”
- CalChannel.com: Press conference: Gov. Jerry Brown and CA law enforcement officials on realignment (Sept. 29, 2011)
- Office of Gov. Jerry Brown: Gov. Brown pledges state support as local leaders launch realignment
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: 2011 Public Safety Realignment
- WhatTheFolly.com: California presents long-overdue plan to reduce prison overcrowding
- WhatTheFolly.com: Five key facts on California’s prison overcrowding
- California State Association of Counties
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