In the past even our Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors feared abuse was possible with the labeling such as the term Gang Activity stating; a very broad and subjective redefinition of the concept of ‘gang activity’ or ‘gang related; allowing any public offense to be deemed a felony if it is deemed ‘gang related’;
TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: Human Relations Commission
STAFF Mary E. O'Gorman, Human Relations Commission Administrator
SUBJECT: Opposition to Propositions 21 and 22
That the Board of Supervisors: a) take a position opposing Proposition 21, the ‘Juvenile Crime Initiative’; b) take a position opposing Proposition 22, the ‘Limits on Marriage’ Initiative
Alignment with Board Strategic Plan: The recommendation(s) are primarily aligned with: Goal No. 2. A Safe and Healthy Community in Which to Live, Work, and Visit; Goal No. 5.A High Quality of Life for All Residents; Goal No. 7. A Community that Fosters the Safety and Well-Being of Families and Children.
Executive Summary and Discussion:
At its January 20, 2000 meeting the Human Relations Commission voted to oppose Proposition 21, by a vote of 8-3, and to oppose Proposition 22 by a vote of 6-5.
a)Proposition 21, the ‘Juvenile Crime Initiative’ would, if passed, result in significant changes to the
Juvenile Justice system. The entire proposed law is 48 pages in length [ATTACHMENT 1]. Summaries and comparison charts prepared by the Legislative Analyst for the State of California, League of Women Voters,
Secretary of State and Chief Probation Officer Association are also attached. A list of individuals and
organizations opposed to Proposition 21 is attached [ATTACHMENT 6].
The most significant changes, and those which concerned the Human Relations Commission, include: a)the elimination of informal probation as an option for any juvenile arrested for any felony; mandating the filing of charges in adult court for certain offenses for offenders as young as 14, thus eliminating the review, evaluation, and recommendation by Probation Officers or the Juvenile Court Judge; b) a very broad and subjective redefinition of the concept of ‘gang activity’ or ‘gang related; allowing any public offense to be deemed a felony if it is deemed ‘gang related’;