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Rick Roberts asks Mark Leno for Debate on Jessica's Law!!


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ATTENTION MARK LENO! DEBATE ME ON JESSICA’S LAW! By Rick January 12th, 2006

Boy. I hate liars. And I especially hate lying, conniving, politicians who lie at the expense of the safety of our children.

You can counter the idiocy of Liberal Mark Leno’s Anti-Jessica Law ideas by gathering signatures for the passage of a strong Jessica’s Law.

And if you feel like giving ol’ Mark a call and telling him I’m waiting to debate him on this important issue that he has ass-backwards…then please do at 1 916 319 2013.
Here are a couple of upcoming Jessica’s Law petition drives:

PETITION DRIVE FRIDAY:

WHAT: San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be collecting signatures for a petition to make Jessica’s Law eligible for California’s November ballot.

The deadline for petitions is in mid-February.

This Sexual Predator Punishment & Control Act would be the toughest sex offender law in the United States if approved by voters.

WHEN: FRIDAY – January 13, 2006 - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Rancho San Diego Town Center(In Front of Albertsons)
2899 Jamacha Road
El Cajon (Rancho San Diego)
Thos. Bros. Guide Pg. 1272-A5

PETITION DRIVE ON SATURDAY
Petition Drive (Rancho Penasquitos)
Hilltop ParkRancho Penasquitos
9711 Oviedo WaySan Diego, CA 92129
Saturday, January 14, 2006

Volunteers from Southern Californians for Jessica’s Law will be at Hilltop Park in Rancho Penasquitos this Saturday, January 14th.

Any one interested in signing a petition or picking-up a petition should come to the park between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

AND NOW… EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARK LENO’S INACTION IN KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM CHILD MOLESTERS….

Thanks to Citizens Community Watch - Crimewatch List for researching Ass. Mark Leno’s pro-child molester / anti-punishment background.

Here are a few spectacularly sad highlights from his career as a public servant:

While helping pass such tough on crime proposals as condoms for convicts (AB 1677) and weaker penalties for crack cocaine (AB 125), Leno, as Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, killed several victims rights bills including:

AB 35 (Spitzer), which would have expanded the information on the Megans Law website to include home addresses, business addresses and vehicle information of all serious sex offenders.

AB 221 (Bogh), which would have denied early release credits to inmates who have committed violent sex offenses.

AB 335 (Walters), which would have required judges to consider child molestation a serious offense for purposes of determining bail and would have required child molesters granted release on bail or their own recognizance to be placed on an electronic monitoring device while in the community.

AB 1109 (S. Horton), which would have allowed additional time for public comment about the placement of a sexually violent predator in the Department of Mental Health¹s conditional release program.

Mr. Leno is often one of a handful of legislators who continue to fight against strong public safety legislation, even after the bills clear his committee.

Mr. Leno was the only member of the committee to vote against SB 33 (Battin), which would close current loopholes in the treatment of child molesters who prey on family members. This bill nonetheless was approved over his opposition.

Mr. Leno was one of only three members of the Assembly to vote against AB 677 (Parra), which would make solicitation to commit murder a serious felony. This bill was approved by the full Assembly, but later was defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee.

But Mr. Leno’s well-deserved reputation as a tough on crime leader did not begin when the sign company owner was appointed to chair the Public Safety Committee. In fact, his crime-fighting days go back to his tenure on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Responding to a proposal to install anti-pornography filters on the computers in public libraries in San Francisco, Mr. Leno stated that ³this is a First Amendment right. Our country is built on the concept of free speech. (ABC World News Tonight, April 4, 2002)

Challenging a sting of Internet sexual predators by San Francisco police officers, Mr. Leno argued that ³this is a waste of taxpayers¹ money, it is completely mean-spirited. (Sacramento Bee, September 26, 1999)

More in regards to Assemblyman Leno¹s voting record:

AB 39 (Runner) ¬ Increase penalty for possession of child pornography - ¬ Lenovoted no on 4/22/03

AB 350 (Bogh)/SB 629 (Dutton) ¬ Track sex offenders through annual renewal DMV -¬ Leno voted no on 4/22/03 and on 06/28/05

AB 730 (Spitzer)/AB 1484 (Wyland) ¬ Strengthens ³Sexually Violent Predator² law by changing designation to be made after one offense ¬- Leno voted no on4/1/03 and 1/13/04 and on 04/05/05

AB 1443 (LaSuer) ¬ Increases types of sexual crimes against a minor to be considered ³one strike² offenses - Leno voted no on 4/8/03

AB 1513 (Nakanishi) ¬ Prohibits convicted sex offenders from having physical contact with minors while in prison - ¬ Leno voted no on 4/29/03

AB 2068 (Bogh) ¬ Prohibits sex offenders from living within 1/4 mile of school regardless of parole -¬ Leno voted no on 3/30/04

SB 43 (Battin)/AB 807 (LaSuer) ¬ Expands the sex crimes that must be on Internet sex offender database (Megan¹s Law)- ¬ Leno voted no on 6/14/05,6/28/05 and 4/26/05

AB 1442 (LaSuer) ¬ The bill first required GPS monitoring of sex offenders on parole ¬ Leno voted no on 04/09/03 ¬ The bill was watered down to a pilot program for San Diego County where he then voted to support it.

Comments from Leno in the media:

The Associated Press State & Local Wire: August 17, 2005, Wednesday, BC cycle, on Jessica¹s Law

Leno said he had not had a chance to read the legislation but said placing all registered sex offenders under satellite surveillance for life would be enormously expensive. He estimated the governor’s total package of proposed changes could cost as much as $500 million a year, a price he said included the satellite surveillance, additional jail time for some offenders and longer parole terms.

Leno said he knew of someone who violated sex laws more than 30 years ago but who was never again in legal trouble. Nevertheless, that person could lose his apartment under the proposed ban on living near schools and parks, Leno said.

“Is this good public policy?” he said. “I think not.”

Ø Although the bill is 52 pages in length, Leno fully understands the provision because he has seen them before in the Public Safety Committee and has consistently voted against any similar bills.

Ø Leno¹s cost estimate for GPS of $500 million accounts for every sex offender in California at a price of $15 per day. The actual cost will account for an initial population of about 12,000 sex offenders with and annual increase of about 1200 per year. All this will start at $5-$10 per day and will become increasingly inexpensive as the technology ages and we update our contract. Furthermore, the provision is designed to pay for itself and the cost saving for reduced recidivism will outweigh any increase in state costs for the GPS tracking.
Sacramento Bee August 17, 2005, Wednesday

Leno called Schwarzenegger’s proposals “not thoughtful,” estimated they could cost at least $500 million a year and said Schwarzenegger “owes every Democrat an apology” for suggesting they’re less interested in public safety than Republicans.

“Of all the reckless, partisan statements he’s made the last couple ofyears, that’s the most egregious,” Leno said. “If they’re going forwardwithout a single Democratic co-sponsor, they either didn’t try or they don’t care.”

Ø The fact remains that the Democrats on the Public Safety Committee have consistently abstained or voted NO on bills designed to strengthen sex offender laws.

Ø 2004-2005 Public Safety Committee Sex Offender Legislation that Democrats Abstained or Voted NO:(AB 221-Bogh; AB 603- Spitzer; AB 807- La Suer; AB 1484- Wyland; AB 1603- Shirley Horton; AB 113- Cohn; SB 864- Poochigian; SB 865- Poochigian; SB 1098- Hollingsworth)

Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) May 26, 2005, Thursday

Stable housing and employment greatly reduce the risk of re-offense, saidAssemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly PublicSafety Committee.

“Sex offenders are the least likely of parolees to re-offend, statistics prove that,” Leno said. “We can banish people but it does not deal with the problem.”

Ø Sex Offenders have shown to have some of the highest recidivism rates of any criminal (Dept. of Corrections) and the nature of the crime is such that the damage cannot be measured in comparison to crimes like drug possession.

Contra Costa Times (California) September 30, 2003 Tuesday

“We could have certain neighborhoods suffer unnecessarily,” said Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. And, he added, “As heinous as the crimes may be, they have served their time in prison.”

Ø Prison sentences are consistently shortened and minimized to allow for a cycle of new inmates. The time they serve will not be efficient until there are stronger ³one strike² laws and the elimination of the ³good time² credit for sex offenders.

Los Angeles Times September 29, 2003 Monday

Leno said he was willing to put the database on the Internet, but not with precise addresses.
“We’re talking about people who have served their time, who have been let out by the parole board,” he said. “If they have a home, I don’t think they’re going to keep a home very long. And if they don’t have a home, I don’t think they’ll get one.”

Los Angeles Times June 17, 2003 Tuesday

Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), chairman of the Assembly public safety committee, said an issue weighty enough to be considered by the nation’s highest court should be navigated carefully by lawmakers.

“We’re trying to balance the needs of the community and the privacy rights of individuals who committed horrible, obnoxious crimes, but who have served their time and have been deemed by a court to be safe enough to be returned to the community,” he said.

Leno said he is willing to support a bill that puts the state’s registry of 100,000 convicted sex offenders on the Internet for all to see. But he does not want addresses published because he fears vigilantism against those registered. “You’ve got to look at the worst-case scenarios,” he said.

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