On Sunday, July 17, 2016, The Orange County Register published an opinion piece by Lauren Krisai, “Consider parole for nonviolent offenders.” The article begins, “Californians will have yet another opportunity to dramatically improve the way the criminal justice system works.” In reality, what Californians have the opportunity to do is to save State money used to house violent offenders, by calling them nonviolent, while foisting on local governments additional responsibility for social programs such as reentry and homelessness, all while increasing crime in our local neighborhoods. This is another veiled and falsely labeled attempt to reverse public safety measures that have proven to keep our communities safe.
Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors acted to bring a legal close to the civil proceedings involving the criminal acts of a now disgraced former County manager, Carlos Bustamante. While our actions cannot erase the damage caused to his innocent victims, we hope the monetary settlement will ease the pain of the damage he caused. We offer our sincerest sympathies to those who suffered at the hands of this former County manager’s criminal conduct.
The voters of Orange County have approved Measure A by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent. The results of the Measure A election show the people of Orange County have overwhelmingly seen the need for an ethics commission in Orange County.
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