COMMUNITY GROUPS HOLD VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO EXPRESS OPPOSITION TO BROWN’S PRISON PLAN
WHAT: Leading community groups in South LA will hold a Virtual Town Hall linking constituents with Democratic, Senate and Assembly Leaders in Sacramento to discuss their opposition to the Governor’s plan to spend over $700 million on prison expansion.
WHEN/WHERE: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90044, and Homeboy Industries, 130 W. Bruno St., LA 90012
WHO: Assembly members Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Holly Mitchell, Jimmy Gomez, Mike Gatto, California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, Community Coalition, Homeboy Industries, and Californian’s for Safety and Justice.
Why: Communities oppose the plan because they view his plan as wasteful and ineffective in solving the prison overcrowding problem. After asking voters to pass Prop 30 and raise taxes on themselves to invest in struggling schools, the Governor proposes to squander the budget surplus created by Prop 30.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office recently reported that California prisons would still be overcrowded in two years and after millions of dollars.
“It raids our budget reserve and wastes money on expanding prisons without doing anything to reduce the prison population. Instead of investing in real solutions to lower California’s prison population, the Governor’s plan only continues to throw money down the drain,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, President and CEO of Community Coalition.
The voters who propelled Prop. 30 to victory are a new generation of California voters who have been deeply affected by fiscal crisis and economic recession. They are tired of short-term ‘fixes,’ Harris-Dawson said. There are smarter more effective proven ways to reduce our prison population and keep our communities safe.
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