Last chance for three strikes law?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. In order to save California’s “three-strikes” law, it must be reformed, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said Friday. Cooley and Brian Dunn of the Cochran law firm in Los Angeles have proposed limiting the third strike to violent or serious offenses except where previous convictions were for rape, murder or child molestation. “It will ensure that the three strikes law will not be abused because if it is abused someone will take it away,” Cooley said. Cooley spoke before more than 30 people at a Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter breakfast of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs at Pacific Palms Conference Center in Industry. Cooley said the three strikes law, which mandates a 25-years-to-life sentence for someone with three felonies, has been a powerful tool. “I don’t want to lose it,” he said. Those with relatively minor felonies still can be punished effectively under his proposal, he said. COOLEY ON IDENTITY THEFT: “It’s the biggest crime problem in the United States of America.” That was Cooley’s assessment of the identity theft problem. “Law enforcement has to catch up,” he said. “Some agencies do a very good job and some don’t. This is like public enemy number one.” Cooley said that the crime is spreading and involves organized crime down to drug users who see it as an easy way to rob someone. “We need an unwavering commitment from financial institutions and individuals who have information about us to not let us be victimized,” he said. ENDORSEMENTS: Charles Calderon and Owen Newcomer, candidates for the 58th Assembly District, each received key endorsements this week. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez has endorsed Calderon, a former state senator from Whittier. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, has endorsed Newcomer. “Calderon is a skilled and experienced legislator,” said Nu ez. “His leadership and steady hand helped guide the community through two major crises in the ’80s,” Nu ez said, referring to Calderon’s record in closing the Monterey Park dump and Calderon’s pivotal role in recovery efforts after the Whittier Narrows Earthquake. Sanchez will announce her endorsement of Newcomer, a Whittier councilman, at 1:30p.m. Sunday at the home of Joyce Kaufman and Bob Marks, 6056 Friends Ave. “As a college professor of U.S. government and an author of `Governing California and Los Angeles,’ combined with his 16 years of local elected office experience, Owen Newcomer is the most qualified candidate,” Sanchez said. MEET THE CANDIDATE: Alex Moisa, a candidate for Whittier City Council, will hold a free breakfast from 8a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at his home, 14663 La Cuarta St., Whittier. Pancakes and menudo will be served. For more information, call (562) 945-2086. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected]last_img

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