Los Angeles District Attorneys: Prop 20

As prosecutors who see how changes in the law actually play out in the justice system, we strongly support Proposition 20 which appears on the November ballot. Proposition 20 will make reasonable changes to fix some of the unintended consequences caused by Propositions 47 and 57 and AB 109 to make them comport with that for which the voters were told they were voting. Early Release for Violent Crimes When voters enacted Proposition 57, they were told it provided early release for “nonviolent offenders.”  Unfortunately, due to the way Prop…

The Other Death Toll

During the initial “stay at home” orders, most emergency rooms were eerily quiet.  Patients were not seeing their primary care physicians for preventative visits, and elective preventive procedures, such as colonoscopies or mammograms, were being deferred.  Emergency room visits for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes were abnormally low.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “emergency department visits declined by 23% for heart attacks, 20% for strokes and 10% for uncontrolled high blood sugar in people with diabetes.”  With the high level of stress and fear of…

Vote Now; Here’s How

For the upcoming 2020 November general elections, Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring every registered voter in California to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you have not received a mail-in ballot by October 16, 2020, contact the Ventura County Recorder’s office.  There are multiple other ways to vote. In-person voting is the recommended method of voting.  1. Early in-person voting began October 6 and will continue until October 30.  For registered Ventura County voters, your early voting center is the Ventura County Election Division Office at 800 Victoria Rd,…

California Bills Newsom has Signed into Law

AB 979 (Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena) AB 979 requires quotas based on race, ethnic, sexual preference, and transgender status for publicly held corporations headquartered in California. By the end of 2021 corporations need to have at least one board member from an underrepresented community, such as people of color or LGBT people. Corporations would be fined if they fail to comply, and the target would increase in 2022, requiring at least two or three directors from underrepresented communities, depending on the size of the board. AB 2218 (Miguel Santiago, D-Los…

How do you Handle Your Stress

“If you know the point of balance, you can settle the details.  If you can settle the details, you can stop running around.  Your mind will become calm.  If your mind becomes calm, you can think in front of a tiger.  If you can think in front of a tiger, then you will surely succeed.”  Mencius, Chinese philosopher. Stress happens. These past seven months have probably been the most stressful we, as a nation, have seen in our lifetimes.  The fear of the coronavirus, the shutdown of our world, the…