California is no different. Every new year brings new laws to most states. However, California’s liberal trajectory and its governor seem to be heading toward self-destruction. This has spawned a number of laws that appear to be intended to strengthen the progressive agenda, while gently pushing the state toward ruin.
The Washington Examiner, for example, highlighted some of the most interesting bills Gavin Newsom signed last ye which are now in effect.
Police should avoid handing out jaywalking tickets unless the violation creates a danger of a collision. The legislature contends that black pedestrians were disproportionately targeted for jaywalking tickets. To be honest, I didn’t know people still got in trouble for that anymore.
The Safer Streets for All Act removes the prohibition on loitering for prostitution. Newsom made it clear that prostitution was still illegal in the State, but he claimed that the loitering law unfairly targeted transgender women and minorities. They don’t have the right to be on one street corner, since they won’t be ticketed if they jaywalk.
The law that allows children to travel to California to receive gender transition treatment is well-known. The law prohibits doctors from sharing records with patients and out-of-state subpoenas. California judges can decide custody cases in which custody has been revoked by a California parent supporting the child’s transition.
Then there’s SB-960. Here are some excerpts of the introduction
(1) The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training is established by existing law within the Department of Justice. It performs various functions related to the training of peace officers. The law that exists requires peace officers to be at least 18 years old, have good moral character as determined by background investigations, and either be citizens of the United States of America or permanent residents who are eligible for and have applied for citizenship.
The bill would stipulate that these standards will be applied in accordance with federal laws and regulations. The bill would eliminate the requirement that peace officers must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents who are eligible for and have applied for citizenship. Instead, it would require peace officers to be legally authorized to work in America and to make conforming modifications.
(2) The existing law creates the Department of the California Highway Patrol within the Transportation Agency. It is under the control of the California Highway Patrol Commissioner.
With some exceptions, the California Highway Patrol cannot be appointed to any person not a citizen of the United States under existing law.
This bill would repeal that prohibition and make conforming modifications.
You can become a law enforcement officer in California as long as your legal status allows you to work in the U.S. You don’t have to be a U.S. Citizen.
State Senator Nancy Skinner in San Diego, who is the bill’s author, said that it does allow illegal immigrants to join the “thin blue line”. This law applies to those who have “full work authorization under federal law” and are able to legally work in the U.S.
Sgt. Jared Wilson, San Diego Police Officer’s Association spokesperson, told CBS 8 that the San Diego Police Department had lost more than 500 officers since July 2020. That’s drastic. To be a police officer, we need to have as many people as possible. We are against reducing requirements or lowering standards.
Ernesto Moron is a DACA recipient who graduated from UC Davis. Although Moron completed the academy, he failed a background check. He has been denied entry to the UC Police Department because he is not a citizen. It is wonderful to achieve one’s dreams, but if Moron spent all of his college time and did not complete his academy work, what would it take to become a U.S. Citizen? It isn’t an easy process. But, why not show loyalty to the country you live in and desire to be a peace officer?
Why would anyone not want to become a citizen if they wanted to live, work, and enforce the laws of the United States? Non-citizens are being granted the right to enforce American laws. Is there a minimum number of non-U.S. citizens who are involved in police work before calls for defunding cops disappear?
California is home to the same morbid fascination that causes people to slow down and stare at car accidents. The state could make a great petri dish or terrarium to observe the effects of left-wing madness if it was possible to contain the madness. The virus, on the other hand, has long since escaped from the lab and is now spreading all over the U.S.
California is the country’s greatest asset. California is taking away the things that make civilized living possible, one inch at a. time. The consequences of an act are not negated by invoking “equity”. California refuses this lesson.