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Monday, August 31, 2009

Krekorian & Assembly unleash 27,000 prisoners

Was CD 2 candidate Frank Sheftel correct when he suggested at a forum just a few days ago that Paul Krekorian was about to vote with his fellow State Assembly Members to turn loose tens of thousands of prisoners from the overcrowded California prison system?

Newspapers like the New York Times are saying that is exactly what is about to happen.

You can read it here, also in the OC Register , where posters warn that this fact , when combined with budget cuts in law enforcement, could make our streets much more deadly.

Republicans, as usual, had much more common sense than the Democrats and refused to vote for this.
The Democrats, however, had the numbers and simply outvoted them.

(I didn't think it was possible for me to think any less of Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, yet she always somehow manages to surprise me. )

In other news... Phillip Garrido was arraigned on more than two dozen counts of kidnapping, rape, and false imprisonment in the abduction of 11 year old Jaycee Duggard in 1991.

Garrido was free to commit this crime because he had been released from the California Correctional system, even though he had a previous record of kidnapping and rape dating back to the 1970's.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bit of a stretch Phil. But you got bounced from law school right?

August 31, 2009 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil will smear Democrats at every opportunity.

August 31, 2009 11:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian at it to make our street unsafe for our kids. There is NO way I want him representing my district!

August 31, 2009 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love Phil. Do NOT agree with him but admire his committment.

August 31, 2009 11:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Show me where it says prisoners will be released early in this bill. This is not the same bill Sheftel was referring to and the proof of that can be easily found by anyone who has three brain cells. Phil, ask someone for help next time. It's OK, we all need a little help from our friends some time.

September 01, 2009 12:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Democrats don't need any help from Phil, they do a good enough job of smearing each other - Tamar and E$$el going at it like a pair of street hookers pimped by Krackorian. It's a sorry state of affairs when the party is held hostage by these creeps. Why is it that lib dems are so impressed by big money?

September 01, 2009 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil's smear will work this time; Kerkorian might just as well withdraw from CD 2 race after he cast his vote, because Tamar and Chris will swamp him and th district with flyers highlighting it and Paul will not recover in time to even get in the runoff.

Say "goodbye" Paul. Great thinking. You really know us here in CD 2, don't you?

September 01, 2009 3:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well It would seem that Krekorian owes Sheftel a public apology. The Carpetbagging-job-hopping-say-anything-to-get-elected-professional-politician was caught in his own deceptive spin. LETS RECALL PAUL !! Send him back to Glendale.

September 01, 2009 6:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The assembly did not vote to release 27,000 prisoners/criminals it was only 17,000. Have not seen the vote tally yet and do not know if Paul voted yes or no. As he has only voted no once in 2 years with a few Nvs or no vote at all, he probabily took the safe route again an did a nv.

But isn't not taking a stand the same as allowing it to happen. The vote was very close.

I could be wrong, he could of voted yes and figured he can talk his way around it just like he did on the Kevin James Show last friday night.

There is a candidates forum tonight at Adat Ari El 12020 Burbank Bl, Valley Village. Maybe someone will ask him just how or why he did or did not vote.

September 01, 2009 6:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil since you're so quick to quote the OC Register, how come you haven't mentioned that IT FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY YESTERDAY?

September 01, 2009 6:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kerkorian has a death wish; his vote will do it for him.

September 01, 2009 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C'mon Phil, everybody knows the prison system sucks. We harden more criminals there than the streets do. We spend more on prisons than on schools, and throw more of our people in than any other country- including those dreaded socialist ones.

But even I must admit, for a good spin and some ol' fashioned fear-mongering, your choice of the word "unleash" is brilliant!

But if you read the facts, your headline could just as well have read "Krekorian vote trumps liberal senate-11,000 prisoners remain leashed."

September 01, 2009 7:32 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Krekorian was very demonstrative at the Valley Village forum when he talked about Sheftels criticism... and that the vote hadn't taken place, yet.

Correct me if I'm wrong...but I VERY CLEARLY remember Krekorian saying he wouldn't vote for it. As the second highest ranking member in the Assembly...if he wanted this legislation killed, he could have done that easily...just tell a few of your fellow Democrats to vote "No".

He didn't do that.

And now, there will be hell to pay with the voters. There is a family here in L.A. that just lost their daughter to a dangerous convict who was out on parole.

The primary job of a government is to keep its citizens safe from harm. Democrats are more interested in rewarding people who break our laws.

September 01, 2009 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a piece of trash headline. Talk about fear mongering. And who's to be released? It's not rapists or murderers, but prisoners for non violent crimes. Please check the facts before such stupid ass reporting. For those of you laying in wait for Paul, get over it. Like it or not, get used to Councilman Paul Krekorian.

September 01, 2009 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian would be a disaster for CD2. Is it getting through to you people yet??? Higby, I can't believe you endorse this creep. Vote Benson!

September 01, 2009 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is no prisoner release in this bill, that is why it was not opposed by law enforcement.

The rest is just Republican fear mongering.

September 01, 2009 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Paul Krekorian Staffer @ 9:01,

BURGLARY is classified as non-violent. That's OK with you? Hundreds, if not thousands of burglars released to the streets, breaking into homes?

Is that your boss Paul Krekorian's official position as well? Tell us.

September 01, 2009 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:15. Nice try but I do not work for Paul Krekorian. You may play those games (who do you work for asshole?) but I don't. I think you should read the bill before your stupid rants about who will be released.

September 01, 2009 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bull, 9:29

You are too concerned about the rights of "non-violent" criminals to NOT be Krekorian's staffer. You've read the bill, little guy, so tell us CD-2 voters exactly how Paul justifies releasing burglars into our communities? Go on.

September 01, 2009 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you're worse at spin then Matt Szabo. I agree with you on most policy items, probably 7 out of 10 times, but on this one you are way wrong.

It was our Republican governor and liberal senate that approved a plan to release prisoners. this assembly bill does NOT release prisoners, and that is why NO law enforcement group, whether the PPL or the Sheriff, opposed to this bill.

I really think you are disingenuous when you claim to be a man of the people and working on reform when you make cheap, dirty attacks like this. either you are a political hack, like the Mayor and his spinnsters, or you are an ethical and fair person who talks about facts, not fear-mongering sound bites. Pick one and own up to it, dont pretend to be something you are not.

September 01, 2009 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:00, look at 10:04. Like 9:29 said, read the bill. How can you make such a claim about Paul K. when that's not what the bill is about? Answer 10:04 if you have such proof of Paul's position on releasing burglars. Or are you one of the other candidates spinmeisters?

September 01, 2009 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Phil fumbled this one pretty badly. That's the problem in L.A., the conservatives ain't too bright, marginalizing themselves by jumping on board with Sarah Palin and the pro-life, Prop 8 wingnuts, giving progressives a pass to spoil the City and State, virtually unopposed. Sad, because guys like Garcetti and Villaraigosa are NOT exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer.

September 01, 2009 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone should ask what Phil and Sheftel are smoking. Oh wait a minute, we know.

September 01, 2009 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After listening to cavemen like Phil and Higby we can say no to Republicans Sheftel, Essavi and Mary Benson.

September 01, 2009 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This article says the Assembly voted for this.
That is the only point which is germane.

Let's try be responsible here!!
We are not journalists, but we don't need to be like the established politicians who bury the facts.

I am not a Krekorian supporter, but I read NOTHING in this report which should indite him or give the Candy man any thing.

September 01, 2009 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Apparently aside from this, the latest bit of gossip is that if elected, Krekorian will eat your children.

September 01, 2009 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

would it be to presumptive to expect that Krekorian would be in the pocket of DWP like the rest of the council?

September 01, 2009 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Senate plan would reduce the average daily prison population by about 27,300 this year, compared with about 17,000 in the Assembly plan.
This is the last part of the story in the Sacramento Bee.Look it up!

Yes, the bill does release 17,000 prisoners from State Prison!

Together with the 10,000 who get out each month, that adds up to 27,000. I stand corrected, you are right Phil.

The bill also transferes many to county custody. Guess what Baca, who endorsed Paul is going to start crying the blues for more money or he will have to release thousands more criminals into your communities.

At some point we have to say enough is enough and not reward poor judgment and politics as usual.

September 01, 2009 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To all you dumb shits! It isn't the state Assembly or Senate's fault about reducing the prison population. The state is under court order to have a plan by Sept. 18 to reduce the inmates in state prisons by 40,000 over two years. The Governor has asked for a delay pending an appeal to be filed in the Supreme Court. So cool your heals you Krekorian bashers.

September 02, 2009 10:03 AM  

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