Cal­i­for­nia may­ors join fight to dis­man­tle law that low­ered penal­ties in effort to com­bat crime

Two Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cal­i­for­nia may­ors have endorsed a new bal­lot ini­tia­tive to hold repeat offend­ers account­able in an effort to tack­le the grow­ing crime epi­dem­ic in the state.
San Fran­cis­co May­or Lon­don Breed and San Jose May­or Matt Mahan threw their sup­port behind The Home­less­ness, Drug Addic­tion, and Theft Reduc­tion Act, which takes aim at the fail­ures of California’s Propo­si­tion 47. The propo­si­tion was adopt­ed in 2014 and recat­e­go­rized a num­ber of felonies as mis­de­meanors.
“Some peo­ple want to call this [a] Repub­li­can cause,” Anne Marie Schu­bert, co-chair of the cam­paign, said in an inter­view with the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “It’s a Cal­i­for­nia cause. It’s a cause that touch­es every demo­graph­ic in this state, and we not only see that in the polling, we see it by the momen­tum.”
“We can­not be afraid to chal­lenge the sta­tus quo when it is clear­ly not work­ing for our res­i­dents,” Mahan said upon endors­ing the mea­sure. “Prop 47 was well-intend­ed but what real­ly mat­ters is its impact — and unfor­tu­nate­ly, it’s hurt­ing far too many fam­i­lies and small busi­ness­es across the state. …