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La Canada City Safety Commission Holds Community Forum on Public Safety

During a recent La Canada City Safety Commission Meeting (comprised of 5 Commissioners, City Liaison Deputy, and the City Management Analyst) the possibility of a City Forum was raised. The purpose would be to keep the community informed on the city's crime trends, ways community members can protect themselves, and the broader ramifications of how an increase in crime could point to state laws in need of reform.

The City of La Cañada Flintridge and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, put on a city forum on crime prevention, which was attended by over 150 residents and aired over Facbook Live.

Attendees gave various perspectives on crime, not just in the city of La Canada Flintridge but the state of California.

Present from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department were Chief Parra, Commander Scroggin and Captain Blasnek.  Their presentations (crime statistics, crime prevention, enforcement being done and services provided by the LASD) were well-received and their availability afterwards to answer questions was greatly appreciated.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County also gave a presentation and talked about various laws and measures including AB-109, which addresses overcrowding at state prisons by shifting the responsibility of supervising released nonviolent felons and parolees from state parole officers to county probation officers. Proposition 47, which reduced criminal penalties for certain drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, such as thefts resulting in a loss of less than $950, was also discussed and finally, Proposition 57, which allows certain “nonviolent” felons to become eligible for parole and created good behavior credits for early release was also examined.

The Monrovia City Manager, Oliver Chi, talked about 37 local municipalities, including La Cañada Flintridge, which formed the Taking Back Our Community Coalition in order to raise awareness of the adverse effects of the state's crime laws and help lobby for changes.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) explained legislative efforts in progress and discussed Senate Bill 1266 which addresses mandatory sentencing and monitoring of burglars.

We also appreciated presentations from Stephanie English from Supervisor Kathryn Bargers’ office and Blake Dellinger from Laura Friedman’s Office.

La Cañada Mayor Mike Davitt moderated the Q&A segment, during which the audience members asked questions about sheriff's response times, school safety, and how to make their homes and vehicles more unattractive to burglars.