More data needed
EDITOR: On Sunday, you reported that the district attorney's prosecution rate is down 12 percent from last year, while referrals by law enforcement are down only 6 percent, and there is a reported uptick in some crimes. What about domestic violence cases? The district attorney needs to disclose, which she has not done, the statistics on domestic violence filings and convictions.
On Thursday, the Family Justice Center, which is an operational responsibility of the district attorney, is celebrating its first anniversary — a great accomplishment for Sonoma County. The center held the promise of a dramatic increase in convictions in domestic violence cases, which was the experience in other family justice centers. Has the district attorney taken advantage of that promise? The public needs those numbers.
Kochs and Prop. 32
EDITOR: The old saying goes, one of the greatest tricks the devil ever played was convincing man he did not exist. The Iowa-based American Future Fund, linked to the Koch brothers, dropped a $4 million check to support union-busting Proposition 32. It's hard to find this group as they file no disclosure forms and only have a P.O. box if you want to find them.
These billionaire carpetbaggers are dumping money into the state for one reason only. They want to win national elections by affecting local races. Unions represent millions in the middle class and tend to support the Democratic Party. The Koch brothers seek to stop the anti-Republican funding at its source.
The most disingenuous aspect to Proposition 32 is how the sponsors exempted themselves from these funding limitations. Corporations, billionaires and super-PACS are all free to dump millions into California elections. But an organized middle-class with only one real chance to fight back — well passing Proposition 32 will take care of that.