+ Councilwoman Price Says She Did -- And Does -- Support Prop 20, Cites Her Record Urging Fix For Props 47/57/AB 109 And Collecting Thousands Of Signatures to Put Prop 20 On Ballot
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Councilwoman Price Says She Did -- And Does -- Support Prop 20, Cites Her Record Urging Fix For Props 47/57/AB 109 And Collecting Thousands Of Signatures to Put Prop 20 On Ballot



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On October 12, LBREPORT.com criticized Councilmembers Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo who initially agendized (2018) but (faced with leftish pusback) dropped and in 2020 failed to agendize a Council item supporting Proposition 20. Prop 20's would fix loopholes and address unintended negative consequences created by portions of some current California laws (AB 109, Props 47 and 57) that, Prop 20's proponents say, have invited thefts and shoplifting and from businesses and thefts and quality of life crimes in LB neighborhoods. Councilwoman Price emailed the following responses below.:

(Oct. 17, 2020) -- Councilwoman Suzie Price says she did -- and does -- support Prop. 20 and chided LBREPORT.com for not citing her efforts to get the measure on the November 2020 ballot..

"Its a shame the story didn't include my efforts on getting this proposition on the ballot. I personally gathered 14,000 signatures to get this on the ballot in both LA County and OC."

Councilwoman Price also forwarded the text of a mass emailing she'd sent urging support for Signature Gathering for Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 to put what is now Prop 20 on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Dear Neighbors,

After the state of California has seen property crime increasing over the past few years I will be working hard to help support the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018.

This initiative seeks to address shortcomings of recently enacted Propositions 47 (2014) and 57 (2016), which allow for early release of dangerous criminals and redefined crimes such as child sex trafficking, rape of an unconscious person, domestic violence, drive-by shootings, exploding an incendiary device with intent to injure, and assault of a police officer as "NON-VIOLENT" crimes.

These initiatives have largely been cited as major contributing factors to the rise in crime statewide. California has seen the second highest increase in theft and property crimes nationwide, with most other states having seen a decline in these crimes.

While the goal of incarcerating fewer individuals and giving people an expanded opportunity for rehabilitation is positive, there have been significant changes to our judicial system which, in fact, work against those goals and endanger public safety.

Every day I hear from angry residents who are shocked and confused to hear that law enforcement's tools to fight crime and promote public safety are severely restricted due to the consequences of the passages of Propositions 47 and 57. As a result we are seeing an increase in thefts and violence in our neighborhoods. Addressing the glaring problems in these propositions will keep our communities safer and enhance the quality of life in our wonderful City.

So, I will be hosting petition signature opportunities to support the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 at the Third District Community Concert at Marina Vista Park on Sunday, March 25 as well as on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Farmer's Market near Marine Stadium...

s/ Sincerely,
Suzie Price
Councilwoman, Third District [Scroll down for further.]







As summarized in the official California Voter Information Guide, a "yes" vote on Prop 20 means "people e who commit certain theft-related crimes (such as repeat shoplifting) could receive increased penalties (such as longer jail terms). Additional factors would be considered for the states process for releasing certain inmates from prison early. Law enforcement would be required to collect DNA samples from adults convicted of certain misdemeanors. It also closes a loophole that now allows the early release from prison of certain convicted child molesters, sexual predators and expands DNA collection to help solve rapes, murders and other serious crimes, and strengthens sanctions against habitual thieves who steal repeatedly.

A "no" vote would maintain the status quo.
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In April 2018, Councilmembers Price and Mungo advanced a Council item to support the ballot measure that is now Prop 20 (LBREPORT.com coverage . They immediately encountered opposition from Council incumbent Jeannine Pearce and allied groups (LBREPORT.com coverage here.

Hours before the April 17 Council meeting, Councilwoman Mungo Tweeted that she pulled the item off that night's Council agenda, writing "Thank you to all who have reached out to our office on the Safe Communities agenda item - I am pulling the item from tomorrow's agenda to allow for more time to meet with individuals who want to be heard."

The agenda item never returned, either during signature gathering or now when Prop 20 is on the ballot. As a result, LA County's second largest city, whose businesses and neighborhoods have arguably been negatively impacted by aspects AB 109, Props 47 and 57, took no position on whether voters should maintain the status quo or change it with Prop 20..

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In contrast, as previously reported by LBREPORT.com, in September the Council voted 6-3 (Price, Supernaw, Mungo dissenting) to approve an agenda item advanced by Councilman Rex Richardson (Mayor Garcia's new chair of the Council's "State Legislation Committee") to have the City of Long Beach endorse Prop 16 (allowing use of race in deciding college admissions and city contracting); endorse Prop 15 (allowing "split roll" tax assessor re-assessment of commercial/industrial properties (that could bring government entities additional revenue and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n opposes as an attack on Prop 13.); endorse Prop 18, a constitutional amendment that would let 17 year olds who'll be 18 at the time of the next general election vote in primary elections and special elections; and endorse Prop 25 to uphold SB 10 (Sac'to enacted in 2018) that replaced cash bail with "risk assessments" to decide if a detained suspect should be granted pretrial release.

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