California State Sheriffs’ Association Endorse the Schools
and Local Public Safety Protection Act
Only solution to protect local law enforcement and provide fiscal stability
SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 14, 2012 – The California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) today announced it has endorsed Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, as it is the only solution that will protect realignment funding for local law enforcement agencies while providing long-term fiscal stability.
"The California State Sheriffs’ Association voted overwhelmingly to support this important public safety initiative. The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act is the only initiative that will stabilize and protect critical public safety programs that allow local law enforcement and sheriffs to protect the citizens of this great state," said Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, President of the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA).
The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act keeps funding local and out of the hands of state politicians by constitutionally protecting local public safety funds. Local public safety funds will stay local and will not go into the state’s General Fund. This protection will help avoid the constant legislative budget battles the public safety sector has to face every year in Sacramento.
“Now is the time for all of us to do our part. This initiative is the only solution that will put the power back in the hands of local communities and closer to the people to meet their local needs,” continued Pazin. “We commend Governor Brown’s leadership and his commitment to prioritizing public safety and creating a fiscal stability that we desperately need in this state,” continued Pazin.
Last year California faced a $26.6 billion shortfall with future estimated annual budget gaps of $20 billion. In one year, Governor Brown drastically reduced California’s deficit by more than half. The Governor’s initiative solution is focused on stabilizing the budget while investing in our schools, public safety, and local communities.
CSSA joins a large group of supporters for the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, which includes teachers, public safety officials, business, and community leaders across the state. A partial list of supporters include: Chief Probation Officers of California, California Teachers Association, California Building and Construction Trades Council, California Medical Association, California Building Industries Association, SEIU State Council, AFSCME, Los Angeles Community College District, and many others.