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Newsletter – January 23, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Les Gudger

Visitors/Guests: Paul Sorensen who did an Eagle Scout project at Whitney Little League with an update. The bench he did at Whitney Little League is finished and is ready to welcome you to sit. Paul has spent the first semester at BYU Idaho and now is leaving for his 2 year mission is Louisville Kentucky.

Due to Sherriff Jones’ schedule he is going to speak first. Joel introduced him and said he is now running for a third term. He wants to speak about the challenges he sees to public safety.

As he has spoken to previously, the prison realignment act has turned around the crime pic- ture. The realignment came from the state needing to empty the prisons because they were severely overcrowded but the only way was to “open the back door and close the front door.” The result is now the local jails are severely overcrowded and many people who should be in prison are on the streets. There are people in the Sacramento County jail serving 17 yrs when it was designed for stays of 1 year or less.

Proposition 47—the “safe neighborhood and schools act” changed many felony charges to misdemeanors. It was also retroactive which wiped many felonies from the records of habitu- al criminals by changing them to misdemeanors. Now that these have been wiped from their records, many convicted felons are able to apply for jobs they couldn’t have before and there is no way to know they had been convicted of a felony. Along with this the Governor has de- cided there should be elderly parole, and parent (if you have children at home) parole. Charlie Manson was considered under the elderly parole but was denied.

The 3 Strike Law has become ineffective because no it only applies to committing a serious third crime, not just a crime. This law came into being because violent crime was out of con- trol. Now low level offenders often spend only 1/3 to 1/2 of their sentence in jail. The Depart- ment of Corrections has added Rehabilitation to their name to show that rather than incarcer- ating everyone they want to rehabilitate them and give them credit of time for attending pro- grams that are suppose to help them on the outside. What it has done instead is increase re- cidivism to 70%. Violent Crime is up 15% and Property Crime is through the roof. Even shop- lifting has to be over $950 before it is considered a felony. The law is so crazy now that if you have a gun stolen from your car you can be charged with a crime as well as the thief.

Sherriff Jones was asked about the Sanctuary State Act and reacted by saying they never work with ICE to do raids. Often, illegals use false names to keep from being found out by ICE and deported. So the benefit to work with ICE in the jails is to share databases and have a more reliable system to make sure illegal felons don’t return to society.

Sherriff Jones talked about their Intelligence Lead Policing policy where they keep officers in smaller geographic areas so they get to know the area and it’s residents. They also use a very powerful intelligence analytic platform to help combat gang issues and try to disrupt crime before it takes place. This platform helps them predict where things might happen. In 2 years of use, crime has gone down 15% while statewide, crime has gone up 15%.

The great divide—where the media shows law enforcement and where our area values law enforcement. The satisfaction rating is 83% locally where it is 79% nationally. The news media would have us believe something very different. Sherriff Jones likes to share this information

with his officers to help boost their morale. There are 1500 sworn officers in the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department, and 2100 overall employees. It is the 7th largest law enforcement agency in the country covering 1000 square miles.

Sherriff Jones was asked why there is a push to remove the bail bonds system. He explained that bail is not set by ability to pay but it is a constitutional right and the only real purpose is to make sure the per- son shows up in court. In Sacramento County there are over 50,000 failure to appear warrants out- standing. What happens now is someone is picked up for a crime and their outstanding warrants are cleared and then they are given a new court date and the person starts the cycle again by not showing up in court again.

Sherriff Jones talked a little about the conflict between state and federal laws on marijuana, but basi- cally mentioned the crime that surrounds it like home invasions. He also talked about concealed weap- ons permits and how he approves them. There is a person who is pushing for a legislative audit of the CWP, and the fight goes on between the Sherriff and Kevin McCarty who thinks the Sherriff should be prosecuted Another issue brought up in questions was the Homeless population in Sacramento. Sherriff Jones says the homeless should be identified and handled differently. Felons getting out on parole may want to be homeless so no one can find them. Some people just choose to be homeless, while some are mentally ill and need to be provided applicable services. No we have the issue of providing so many ser- vices that out of state homeless people come here to get services.

Thank you, Sherriff Jones for a great presentation.

Bell Ringers: Carroll Cook donated $100 even though he hasn’t received his winnings from the Reverse Raffle yet. Happy Bucks: Carolyn Lewis gave happy bucks because her son set his wedding date and picked the venue. Carolyn wants to know if anyone has an in at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. Al Cady gave $10 for hosting the dictionary labeling party last week. Larry McClure gave Happy Buck to announce his 70th Birthday on January 30th—Happy Birthday, Larry! Howard gave $5 Happy Bucks for spending 5 days in Scottsdale and NOT buying anything at the auction!

Several members were not wearing Rotary pins and were fined $1.

Joe Green was called up to receive a $9000 check for Whitney Little League to help with many of their long term maintenance needs including shade structures at the dugouts. Rotary will be prominently displayed on the Welcome Scoreboard as well as on the side of the snack bar. The check was the result of 4500 from our club and a District matching grant.

Hidden Gems: Matt Ross and Jenny Davini. Turns out they are neighbors! Jenny grew up in the area, attended RIO and Sac State and met he husband there in an accounting class—go figure! Matt grew up in Southern California and then attended UCSB. Matt met his wife through a co-worker and was an hour late to their first date. They have been married 17 years and have 2 children, Andrew and Katy. Jenny has been married 24 years and has 3 children. Jenny recently opened her own accounting firm, Cor- nelius Davini where she can give the personalized attention she wants to give. Matt has worked around the Capital and then opened his own firm, Ross & Associates where he “helps people frame their de- bates so they can win their arguments.” Both Matt and Jenny are devoted to their families and love their work.

Update on the Poker Tournament: The date remain on March 10th—it turned out to be the best date all around but leaves us a shortened planning cycle. The Rocklin Mercedes Show- room will be the venue. First Tee and The Crisis Nursery are our two partners, and Walmart is our Major Sponsor. It is now incumbent on all of us to get involved and pitch in to make it a successful event.

The Arden Arcade Board has decided that the Poker Tournament Proceeds go to the Arden Arcade Foundation to help in local projects while the proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go to the Ray McClure Scholarship Fund.

There are 200 seats for the tournament, we want all seats filled. Last year the tickets were sold but only 160 players showed up.

Les Gudger reminded us to put February 24th on the calendar for Charter Night at Del Paso Country Club. More information to come.

Bill Hambrick will take sign ups next wee for dictionary deliveries to 4 schools.

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