The League of California Cities has roots dating to the late 1800s as an organization formed to promote the common interests cities in California. Now, the City of Tehachapi's government officials will consider throwing in their hats with the league on a resolution to go into talks with the governor on making changes to Assembly Bill 109.
AB 109 is the “realignment” bill passed in 2011 that affected changes in how convicted felons are held or released.
The resolution states that when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill in 2011, he said "realignment needed to be fully funded with a constitutionally protected source of funds" to succeed. But, the league claims, "local police departments have not received adequate funding to properly address this new population of offenders who are victimizing California communities."
One of the issues the league wants to discuss with the governor is how to remedy the funding problem.
Tehachapi Chief of Police Jeff Kermode will propose that Mayor Phil Smith sign a letter of support for the resolution at the City Council's meeting on Monday. The councilmembers will then vote on whether to approve the recommendation.
The City Council meets next in the Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. View the agenda, including this discussion item and its supporting documents, HERE.