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November City Council Proposals

The following are the proposals submitted for the City Council meeting scheduled on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. SLT. If you have questions or comments please send to City Hall before the start of the meeting. (Madison Munro)

Proposal 1: Gun Violence Reduction

Presented Jointly by

Under Sheriff Azariah Brentt Mayor Chiara Villanova


Gun violence brings devastating injuries and loss of life, a heavy burden on community quality of life, and heavy costs to the justice system. The most common forms of gun violence—involving gang members, violent conflicts, and other forms of violent crime—occur in this city weekly and the Sheriffs department is relied upon, to place their personnel in increasingly dangerous situations in order to mitigate the risks to the public. That being said the increase in Gun violence is something that effects us all. SRSD is dedicated to reducing gun crime in SRV without infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens and their ability to have and carry guns with a license.

Case studies from Boston, Kansas City and closer to home in LA amongst many others, support the idea that one single focused strategy is NOT going to work. Only by using a multi prong approach which is taken on board not only by ourselves in the SD but by other agencies with the city, the Mayor's office, SRV courts and others can we hope to reduce what is an on going problem.

What we know;

• A small number of criminals commit a hugely disproportionate number of all gun crimes.

• Most of this group have already committed crimes involving guns, which have either not resulted in conviction or as is more often the case where the gun element in the crime had been mitigated with an over lenient plea deal that effectively turns a felony for a gun charge into a misdemeanor or drops it altogether, allowing that person to not only walk free, but to obtain more guns, sometimes usually legally.

• Most gun crimes take place in a relatively small number of geographic areas.

• Enforcement strategies that identify and deter repeat gun offenders have proven effective all over the county.

What we are proposing:

Multi pronged action.

1) Tip reward scheme-this is the about getting the 'illegal' guns off the streets. The tips would be anonymous, the caller does not have to leave their name or contact information, they would drop a completed form into City Hall or to a SRSD Deputy with information regarding the whereabouts of an illegal firearm the more information the better. IF the tip leads to an arrest for possession of firearms, the caller would receive a monetary payment we are suggesting $1000 but that would depend budgets and is open for negation.

2) Zero tolerance of illegal guns- In Santa Ramona shootings are often committed by people who have been arrested or detained multiple times for crimes involving the illegal possession of guns, but who never faced any jail time as a result. This city needs to provide, certain, swift and proportional consequences to deter illegal gun possession. This would include;

• The cessation of giving plea deals for cases involving illegal firearms. Unless the suspect actively gave us information on who supplied them with the guns, that leads to an arrest being made.

• More frequent and lengthy probation/ parole supervision. This not only allows for monitoring of persons on probation/ parole, but makes provision for curfews and/or restrictions on entering particular areas, it also allows the Sheriffs Department and/or the courts to conduct searches of a person and premises associated, whenever it is felt necessary. With the idea of separating these violent criminals from a supply of guns that may be used in subsequent crimes.

3) Direct action- When a person is arrested for violent gun related offenses, the person will ONLY released on bail under Mandatory Special Recognizance Conditions.

These would include some or all of the following;

* that they obey all laws of Santa Ramona Valley * submit to any search of person and seizure of weapons, by the Sheriffs Dept as is deemed necessary. * that they will not leave the state of California without prior knowledge and permission of the Sheriff of SRSD * that they will not posses any unregistered(illegal) firearms or carry in public if they have a carry permit. The arrestee will sign to the effect that they agree to the Special Conditions Recognizance Conditions. Their Surety will also sign if they have one. If the arrestee does not agree to conditions of bail the must either have a lawyer arrange a meeting the Judge to contest them on valid grounds. Or the person remains in jail until their trial.

If they DO NOT follow and uphold these conditions it would be considered breach of bail conditions. And they will be arrested for breach of bail conditions and returned to jail.

They will NOT be granted bail and second time.

We would ONLY at this point talking about using the recognizance's on people who have already come to SRSD attention via incidents that have involved the violent use of fire arms, in any thing other than self defense.

What this allows us to do as a Dept is stop and search these persons who are ALREADY ON BAIL for violent gun offense, to search their person and remove the guns from them in the intention of preventing them from committing any more of these crimes while they wait ON BAIL in the court systems or on our caseload for transfer over. As a good portion of the cases involving the violent use of guns have been by committed by people already in the system and not yet convicted or on parole and ON BAIL.

SRSD would NOT apply for this ALL cases involving guns. We would have to provide reasonable probable cause that the person is threat. This would be done, by the considering all the factors in the case, such as previous usage of firearms, the mitigating and aggravating circumstances( the things that might be considered to excuse or make the situation all the worse), previous strains on the relationship with the other people involved(if there is a history of hostility with