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Advocates Rally To Preserve Public Safety Funding Amidst Budget Cuts

Crime victims’ families and victim advocates are calling on California leaders to protect public safety as they balance the budget. Victims and advocates rallied at the Capitol Monday as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a rally for crime victims and their families at th...
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Above: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a rally for crime victims and their families at the State Capitol Monday.

Row by row, family members of crime victims stood for a chaplain’s blessing of their loved ones. Then, emotion turned to politics, as Nina Salarno-Ashford with Crime Victims United addressed potentially deep budget cuts facing the governor and state lawmakers.

“We as victims refuse to allow them to balance the budget on the back of crime victims and in jeopardizing public safety,” Salarno-Ashford said.

Gov. Brown attended the entire ceremony. When it was his turn to speak, he issued what he himself called a “political advertisement.”

“You can’t run a prison, you can’t run rehabilitation, you can’t run parole and you can’t run probation on hot air,” Brown said. “You gotta run it with real money.”

Brown asked the crowd to lobby Republicans for his proposed tax extensions.

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HarryStreet | April 12, 2011 at 1:06 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

Where do you suppose that money comes from? Could it be the taxpayer?

Here's how you can start saving money:

1) Get rid of overtime for cops, firefighters, prison guards, and all other government employees (they should be getting a flat salary anyway)
2) Get rid of the pension (they should get a 401k and opt for mutual funds and Roth IRAs like the rest of their countrymen and women)
3) Start providing performance reviews to see how well they are doing their jobs (the ones who fail to meet expectations should be let go if they do not improve)

This is for starters. But since it's all about them and they deserve whatever they can get out of the taxpayer I guess we'll just have to keep things the way they are until we go bellyup.

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