September 26, 2011 archive

Sep 26 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown’s State Prison Realignment Will Put More Low-Level Criminals on the Streets


What could possibly go wrong?

To trim its bulging prison population and cut costs, California is about to gamble on a strategy no other state has tried — unload the responsibility for punishing and rehabilitating thousands of nonviolent felons from the state prison system to local communities.

The state’s new massive “realignment” plan — which begins Saturday — amounts to a dramatic retreat from California’s costly, tough-on-crime, lock-’em-up approach. No matter how slowly the new strategy unfolds, it will ultimately put more low-level offenders on the streets sooner than they would be under the current rules, either because they are enrolled in rehabilitation programs outside the jail walls, or are serving shorter periods in jail or on post-release supervision.

“It’s the biggest change in the criminal justice system in 35 years,” since the state switched to imposing fixed-term sentences on most crimes, said Judge Phil Pennypacker, who presides over the criminal division of Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Still, the state has been quick to assure the public that switching low-risk convicts from prison blues to county jail jumpsuits will not jeopardize public safety. Killers, robbers and sex offenders like Philip Garrido, who kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and held her in Antioch for 18 years, will remain under the state’s watch. No inmates will be released early from prison and bused home. Instead, the 58 counties will gradually begin housing and supervising nonviolent criminals and parole violators as they are sentenced or released.

Despite such assurances, California’s plan — which comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in May found that the state’s overcrowded prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment — has touched off a fierce debate: Will changing how we punish low-level criminals like meth users and shoplifters make California more dangerous? Or might it actually make the state safer?

Let’s hope it is safer, but I have my doubts.

It will only take one case involving a child and Californians will remember Jerry Brown’s history of being soft on crime.

Voters will have Governor Moonbeam’s head on a platter.

Let’s hope I am wrong.


Sep 26 2011

President 2012: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Speak at Reagan Presidential Library Tomorrow


From the press release:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Reagan Library on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

As this event is sold out, non-ticket holders may watch the entire program from the Reagan Foundation’s livestream feed at from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT.

Per a September 26, 2011 Business Week article, “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is urging Republican presidential candidates to take a harder line on spending and debt, began a national round of speeches and fundraising today as party donors urge him to reconsider a White House run in 2012.”  The national round of speeches includes headlining the Missouri Republican Party’s annual dinner tonight, a breakfast for former Missouri Republican state party chairman Ann Wagner tomorrow morning, delivering the keynote address at the Reagan Library on Tuesday night, and a fundraising dinner Thursday with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

About Governor Christie:

Chris Christie was sworn in as New Jersey’s 55th Governor on January 19, 2010.  Prior to that, Christie was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 2002 to 2008.  In this position, Christie led a widely acclaimed charge against public corruption.  Regardless of party affiliation or political influence, when laws were broken, Christie took action.  His office racked up an astonishing record-winning convictions or guilty pleas from over 130 public officials – both republican and democrat – without losing a single case.

Christie lives in Mendham, New Jersey with his wife of 25 years, Mary Pat, and their four children.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to cover the event, but will be watching on the live stream which is here.


Sep 26 2011

President 2012: President Obama to Address LinkedIn – the Online Professional Network


President Barack Obama arrives at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Obama is scheduled to attend several campaign events and a town hall meeting at LinkedIn

Then, the President is off to Southern California to hit up the Hollywood/Beverly Hills campaign ATM.

Fresh off two weekend fundraisers in Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama talks jobs and the economy today at a town hall sponsored by the online professional network LinkedIn.

Obama will answer questions from a live audience of LinkedIn members and employees and take questions as well from LinkedIn members across the country. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Watch it live at LinkedIn or on the White House’s website.

President Obama’s fundraisers on Sunday included Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Los Angeles is bracing for the massive traffic jam as a result of Obama’s visit. Traffic maps of street closures can be found here.


Sep 26 2011

Dilbert September 25, 2011 – Don’t Over-Think


Dilbert by Scott Adams

Goals, what goals……..?