Crime in Orange County has risen 23% in the year from 2015 to 2016, The steepest increase is stolen vehicles, aggravated assaults, theft, and burglaries. 32 of 34 Orange County cities reported an increase in crime, with some seeing a 30 to 50 percent increase. Overall the crime levels are down from the peak in 2006, but the increase in crime is concerning.
As your next Orange County Supervisor, while not specifically a function of my job, I plan to be a voice for reducing crime in the entire county. I will lobby the State Legislature to change the laws that law enforcement officers blame for the rise in crime. I will make phone calls to every legislator, explaining why they need to change the laws to make California tougher on crime. I will be an advocate for the citizens as together we fight against the criminals targeting our neighborhoods and businesses.
In 2014, voters approved Proposition 47, which reduced some felony theft and drug offenses to misdemeanors, making it hard for law enforcement to keep low-level offenders in jail. The law was successful at reducing the prison population by 4,500, saving millions in the process, but has had the unintended consequence of increasing crime on the streets. It has tied the hands of law enforcement who used to arrest someone for methamphetamines, keeping them off the streets for quite some time. Now that person receives a citation and in many cases, law enforcement encounters that person again in the same day. This has to change.
Crime is the type of thing that directly affects the citizens of Orange County. Most of us have either been the victims of crime or know people who have. Reducing the crime rate is going to improve the lives of all the citizens of Orange County. It will keep our streets safe.
We must also force the State Legislature to take another look at AB109. While this law was passed in reaction to the federal government’s insistence that we reduce our prison overcrowding, it was short-sighted and has also contributed to an increase in crime in the same manner as Proposition 47. Our citizens want this fixed and I plan to be on the forefront of that battle.
I personally feel that too many elected officials wash their hands of important issues because it is not part of their job description. I will not be that type of Supervisor. I feel it is my job to represent the interests of my constituents and if crime is an issue, my voice will be heard. Criminals should not be running the streets of our county. Police officers should not be forced to allow even the lowest level of criminal to remain on the street. Together we will strengthen the laws and take back our streets.
When you cast your vote for me as your next Orange County Supervisor you will be electing someone who will work hard for all of your rights. You will have a true advocate sitting in the county seat. I will also have an open door policy and will implement a plan where you will have access to me one day a month for 2 hours. Anyone wishing to speak with me will be granted access in 10 minute blocks of time. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the concerns you have.