Ruth's Resolutions

The 2015 resolution in the photo above was the first resolution I authored.    It was passed by the California Democratic Party and shortly thereafter, the shuttered justice court was reopened in Needles on a regular monthly basis.  Republicans took the credit for it holding a grand reopening, totally ignoring my effort.   Lots of laughs in Needles, CA, like the time Republican Councilman Tony Frazier laughed out loud in a public meeting when I complained that my large expensive Hillary for President sign had been stolen...he thought it was a good joke and was glad.  Meanwhile, he was trying to take my land by eminent domain, more land than the city needed for its traffic light.  I fought councilmembers Tony Frazier and also Shawn Gudmundsun, who lied that there was no handicap ramp on our corner so they needed to take the land for a ramp.  There was already a ramp there but the council voted to take our land anyway without ever checking to see if what my husband and I said was true.  We got a judgment in our favor from the court 30X what the city was going to pay us and they didn't get as much land.  I wrote the complaint in pro per.  They haven't messed with me for a while but I no longer bother to campaign in Needles where signs get stolen or destroyed on purpose.   I'm glad Frazier is gone.  Gudmundsen still haunts the city though he didn't deny "borrowing" from the city's till and being on a repayment plan.    Tough dealing with this good 'ol boy red district but I do what I can to bring important changes, going around the local Republican city council and going straight to the Democrats in Sacramento for help.  

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OTHER RESOLUTIONS AUTHORED BY RUTH MUSSER-LOPEZCalifonria Democratic Party.

RESOLUTION 18-07.05
Resolution Opposing Trump’s Federal Overreach to Dictate and Control California’s Statewide Water Distribution System.
WHEREAS the DONALD J. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has installed new department heads in most every federal agency whose Republican policy it is to enrich corporations, their executive officers, special interest groups and lobbyists who played a key role in getting Trump elected many of whom are operatives in California’s Central Valley represented by Devin Nunes, Tom McClintock and Kevin McCarthy; and
WHEREAS in a Federal Register Notice dated December 29, 2017 the DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR and its agency, the BUREAU OF RECLAMATION announced the Trump Administration’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a project which is vaguely described as “Revisions” involving a “coordinated” long term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project and related facilities which has the stated objective to the effect of “maximize water supply delivery to the Central Valley” leaving open ended and untethered the amount of water, from whence that water would come from and the means of conveyance and further implying that there is water available for export from others meanwhile failing to identify or disguising whose purpose that the newly conveyed water would serve; and
WHEREAS the State of CALIFORNIA’s own empirical tests are conclusive that the economic security of the Delta estuary and north requires reduced, not increased, water transfers; and that water conservation measures within the central valley and elsewhere such as drip system irrigation, recycling, reuse, pipe replacement, reclamation of brackish, pesticides and fertilizers, and industrially contaminated water and a moratorium on fracking would increase water availability thus alleviating pressure on deliveries AND the people of California have therefore passed Prop 1 with approved funding for state sponsored water projects; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges all statewide officials including the California Attorney General to reject and challenge Reclamation’s “Revision” project as overly vague, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party that this resolution be sent to all of California’s Democratic federal and state Officials.

Author: Ruth Musser-Lopez, Assembly District 33; Mike Smith, Assembly District 1
Sponsored by Ruth Musser-Lopez, Delegate SD16; Ruth Musser-Lopez (DSCC SD16 Top Dem, AD 33), Mike Smith (DSCC AD1) Lowell Young (DSCC AD5), Joy Sterling (DSCC AD2), Craig Innis. Helene Rouvier (DSCC AD2), Michael F. Duran (DSCC AD41), Susan McCall Carrasco (DSCC AD23), Donna Norton, (DSCC AD10), Ralph I. Miller, (DSCC AD 10 Ruthee Goldkorn (DSCC AD61), Diane Kinyon (DSCC AD1), Ron Cohen (DSCC AD42), Caryl Callsen, (DSCC AD5), Glenn Glazer (DSCC AD29), Spencer
Dayton (DSCC AD09), Brodie Hilp (DSCC AD16), Jenna Beck (DSCC AD 05), Carla J. Neal (DSCC AD?), Carolyn Fowler (DSCC AD62), Jamie Beutler (DSCC AD05), Domenic Torchia (DSCC Tuolumne Co DCC), Marvin Sawyer (DSCC AD42), Ryan Greenberg (DSCC AD26), Faith Strailey (DSCC AD 01), Susanne Gundy (DSCC AD26), Itara O’Connell (DSCC AD 01), Renee Zeimer, Robert L. Shearer (DSCC AD 02), Carol Sawyer (DSCC AD 42), Carol Taylor (DSCC AD 04), Jenita Johnson Rodriguez (DSCC AD 01) Mark Bellnap (DSCC SD16, appointed), Carol Taylor (DSCC AD 04), Jenna Beck (DSCC AD 05), Kathryn Murray (DSCC AD 02), Igor Tregub (DSCC AD 15), Susan Rowe (DSCC AD 05), Cheryl McKinley (DSCC CD 01), Sue Hamill (DSCC AD 14), Ruth Carter (DSCC AD 10), Kevin Hendrick (DSCC AD 02), William Monroe (DSCC AD03/RD 1E Director), Dr. Rita Ramirez (DSCC AD33/CD 08 Top Dem), David Welch (DSCC AD 03), Jan Bell (DSCC AD 05), Wilma Wheeler (DSCC AD 05) Chair Mono County Central Committee.

RESOLUTION 17-05.31L
Oppose Trump’s Rescission of Federal Permit Requirements For Cadiz Corporation’s Proposed Water Mine, Pump and Pipe Project
WHEREAS the Cadiz Corporation proposes an unsustainable water mining project of five times more ground water than can be recharged naturally according to federal agency estimates, from a hydrologically connected ground water system underlying the pristine East Mojave Desert, which President Obama said “exemplifies the remarkable ecology of the Mojave Desert, where the hearty insistence of life is scratched out from unrelenting heat and dryness;” and
WHEREAS monitoring and empirical testing have shown that human, animal and plant communities in the East Mojave desert rely upon a residual and connected underground water supply system that is naturally balanced by a relatively low amount of annual rainfall providing scarce natural percolating artesian springs and seeps in exceedingly rare riparian areas sustaining safe refuge to a wide variety of rare and endangered plants and wildlife; and recent monitoring by a small population of area residents indicates that the addition of even one well in the hydrologically connected area causes ground water levels to significantly drop which concern is complicated by global warming, drought and desiccation in recent years; and
WHEREAS despite California State Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proclamation that the Cadiz water mining project poses a grave threat to the California desert and should not be approved and despite the efforts of the State of California’s to provide funding for development of sustainable water supplies for southern California including improved technology for treatment and recycling, salt desalination plants, pipe replacement, new coastal rainwater catchment basins and reservoirs, the Donald J. Trump administration in one of its first acts overturned the Obama Administration’s decision to require a federal project permit and environmental review;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports Senator Dianne Feinstein in her vehement opposition to President Donald J. Trump’s callous disregard for empirical scientific evidence and environmental sustainability, and his administration’s rescission of federal permit requirements to relieve the Cadiz Corporation’s project from federal environmental impact review;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be copied to the White House and the United States Department of the Interior.
Author: Ruth Musser-Lopez, AD33
Sponsored by: Ruth Musser-Lopez, AD33; Desert Bones Democratic Club; Mountain Bears Democratic Club

Resolution 17-11.02
Demand For Humanitarian Intervention In Myanmar (Burma)
WHEREAS the current Government of Myanmar (Burma) operating under the unjust “citizenship” laws passed in 1982, are engaged in serious human rights violations and continue with increasing severity to oppress the fundamental human rights of indigenous ethnic minority groups using such measures as forced relocations into confinement camps, forced labor, restricted movement and access to critical life support including food, water, medical aid and hospitalization; and
WHEREAS according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have already been displaced due to violence in Rakhine State and have sought refuge in Bangladesh and neighboring countries, while over one million Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities continue to live in Myanmar (Burma), mostly in the Rakhine state, and continue to be the target of the Burmese government’s repressive behavior and as a result continue to experience threat to life and security, forced confinement into labor camps, sexual exploitation, denial of the right to healthcare, education and free political and religious expression, and
WHEREAS the United States Department of State in its annual report of Human Rights Practice has regularly expressed since 1999 its particular concerns over the severe legal, economic, and social discrimination, against the Rohingya Muslim and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar (Burma); but international staff members of the UN and international non-governmental organizations are prohibited from entering the areas affected by the conflict, and are unable to deliver humanitarian aid, including food, water, and medicine to the Rohingya and other impacted ethnic minorities in need;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party strongly condemns the Government of Myanmar (Burma) and the increasing scale of inhuman treatment of targeted ethnic and religious minorities in particular the indigenous Muslim Rohingya; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the peaceful non military intervention of the United Nations and other international non-governmental organizations peacefully entering the conflicted Burmese territory with the delivery of food, water and medicine to the Rohingya minorities and others impacted by Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against universal human rights; and a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to the Burmese Government, the United Nations and California’s Congressional Representatives.
Author: Mike Saifie, Assembly District 40; Ruth Musser-Lopez, Assembly District 33

RESOLUTION 18-07.25
Deficit Zone Radio
WHEREAS long stretches of California highways can be characterized as “deficit zones” when it comes to emergency public broadcasts and high quality, educational, free public radio—which “deficit zones” involve underfunded “red” regions where broadcasts are currently largely limited to right wing privately controlled marketing of automatic weapons, ammunition and hate mixed in with extremist religion and xenophobia exemplified in programs such as that presented by Alex Jones, and Rush Limbaugh; and
WHEREAS the State of California through CalTrans manages the right-of-way in deficit zones along I-5 and in the mountain-desert region including I-15 from Cajon to Stateline; I-40 from Barstow to Needles; SR 58 from Barstow to Bakersfield; all of SR95, areas where there is a “car captive” listening audience but a deficit of talk radio programs involving topics such as regional emergencies, road conditions, water, environment and proposed regional projects involving
the Party's coalition of significant numbers of concentration in providing the staff with
important significant dates to be avoided, if possible, when scheduling Democratic Party affairs.
environmental impacts, environmental justice, health, democratic governance, art, history, theatre, music, economics, and science; and
WHEREAS the State of California through CalTrans has the ability to install structures for emergency radio broadcast capability which broadcasts would be to an audience generated by the availability of high quality public educational radio on the same wavelength serving the State of California’s Highway Patrol emergency broadcasts; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the installation of radio broadcasts and facilities required to make emergency and National Public Radio (or similar) educational broadcasts in state and interstate highway deficit zones; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be sent to the California State Legislature for budget consideration, and to CalTrans and the California Highway Patrol for their information. Author: Ruth Musser-Lopez, Assembly District 33
Sponsored by Desert Bones Democratic Club


RESOLUTION 17-05.113L
Mount Baldy Safety Signage
WHEREAS the summit of Mount San Antonio in the Angeles National Forest is LA’s highest peak better known as “Mount Baldy,” is 10,064 feet in elevation boasts spectacular views, it is nonetheless treacherous, with areas such as “Icehouse Canyon” and the seven tenths mile long “Devil’s Backbone” trail along a rocky ridge to the “Notch” and the summit portion of the mountain, often coated with ice, buffeted with strong winds that at times gust to 100 miles per hour, with the trail narrowing to little more than 18 inches across one stretch with a precipitous drop off on one or both sides; and
WHEREAS even the strongest or most skilled of climbers might lose footing in Icehouse Canyon or fall from the parapets of Devil’s Backbone only to be hard pressed to stop the ensuing downward slide and having done so climb the steep icy grade back to the trail at the top of the ridge or climb out of the canyon with highly potential fatal consequences; and
WHEREAS the California Democratic Party is very concerned that at the expense of lives, safety and considerable cost to the state and local agencies in the past 15 months since April 9, 2017, Mount Baldy has claimed the lives of 6 hikers and put at risk of great peril the lives of search and rescue teams and tracking dogs in efforts to recover lost hikers or their corpses;
THEREFORE the California Democratic Party resolves to urge the Angeles National Forest to install signage at the trail head and at the dangerous trail portals which signage would include written language and pictorial icons or ideograms expressing the danger of the trail ahead and what precautions might be taken; with strongly suggested language being “enter at your own risk—you may be liable for costs associated with your rescue or recovery;”
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to the Angeles National Forest administration.
Author: Ruth Musser-Lopez, AD33
Sponsored by Ruth Musser-Lopez, AD33

2015

Equal Access to Justice

This was the first resolution authored by Ruth Musser-Lopez and it was passed by the California Democratic Party.  Shortly there after, the shuttered justice court was reopened in Needles on a regular monthly basis and Republicans took the credit for it, totally ignoring Ruth's effort.  

Equal Access to Justice Resolution by Ruth Musser-Lopez


RESOLUTIONS SPONSORED BY RUTH MUSSER-LOPEZ

Resolution 17-11.16
Increasing Student Voter Engagement
WHEREAS the future of the Democratic Party relies on engaging and empowering young people to have a voice in the political process; and
WHEREAS students at high schools, colleges and universities of near-voting and voting age throughout California should be engaged as early as possible in the party structure, especially as Memorandums of Understanding regarding voter engagement have already been signed and agreed upon by the Secretary of State, multiple community Colleges, CSU, and UC; and
WHEREAS the drive to get more students involved in civic engagement already exists, seen in successful initiatives such as UCLA students peer registering over 10,000 students in 2016; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party recognizes the importance of fostering political engagement and empowering young people on campuses including high schools, trade schools, colleges and universities; and affirms that providing resources to students, including voter engagement trainings, fostering peer-to- peer programs, supporting and advocating for Young Democrats running for office, and encouraging on-campus Democratic clubs to engage young people at the earliest stages of civic engagement is critical for the future of the party; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will distribute a copy of this resolution to the CDP leadership and all Democratic electeds in the state to foster partnerships between the party and campuses across the state.
Author: Victoria Solkovits, Assembly District 45; Susie Shannon, AD 50
Sponsored Jon Katz, AD 50, Larry Gross, AD 46, Region 12 Director, Gregg Solkovits, AD 45, Doris Dent, AD 45, Cary Brown, AD 45/E-Board, Clint Weirick, SLOCDP, Dan McCrory, AD 45, Samuel Sukaton, AD 53, Deana Igelsrud, AD 50, Michelle Elmer, AD 38, Melissa Garcia, AD 38, Andrew Taban, AD 38; Mike Goldman, AD 45;

Karleen Basch, AD 45; Jenna Sutherland, AD 45; Chris Anderson, Appointed Member LACDP; Gilbert Feliciano, AD 46; Micha Liberman, AD 45; Raymond Bishop, AD 45, Chair, Business & Professional Caucus-CDP; Meyer Bendavid, AD 45; Cecile Bendavid, AD 45; Mary Ellen Early, DNC Member; Suzann Reina, AD 36; Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, AD 43; Cara Robin, AD 62; Genise Schnitman, AD 50; Josh Donner, AD 44; Florencio Briones, AD 48; Gabriel Smith, AD 52; Leah Herzberg AD 45, CDP EBoard; Marilyn Grunwald, AD 46; Andrew Lachman, DNC Member ; Spencer Dayton, San Joaquin County DCC; Travis Traber, Riverside County DCC Delegate; Zachary Denny, AD 13David Lyell, AD 54; Caleb Donner, DCCC District 4; David Sonneborn, AD 68; Richard Mathews, AD 45; David Ruelas, AD 38Scott Rafferty, AD 16Rocky Fernandez, Region 5 Director; Marleen Gillespie, AD 74; Ted Vaill, AD 50; Florice Hoffman, AD 68, Region 17 DirectorPatti Sulpizio, LACDP Region 1, Regional Vice Chair; Loraine Lundquist, AD 45 ; Ruth Musser-Lopez, SD 16; Logan Smith, LACDP delegate/AD38; Joseph Hamer Salas, AD 41; Eleanore Rewerts, AD 3; Jeromey Shafer, AD 18 DSCC; Octavia Tuohey, AD 73; Grace Tuohey, AD 73; Norma Alcala, AD 7; Amar Singh Shergill, AD 9 E Board; Tracey Surette, AD 8; Lloyd Dent, AD 45; Michael Thaller, AD 79; Bobbi Jo Chavarria, AD 47

 

More of Ruth's Resolutions

California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California

Proposed Resolution #9030596:
OPPOSE TRUMP PLAN TO EXPORT AND PRIVATIZE EAST MOJAVE DESERT GROUND WATER.

WHEREAS, the Cadiz Corporation proposes to extract and sell an unsustainable amount of desert groundwater, more than five times that which is recharged naturally, according to USGS estimates, 1-2 million acre-feet over the lifetime of the project in the pristine East Mojave desert including the Mojave Preserve, the “Sand to Snow” and “Mojave Trails” National Monuments, described by President Obama as an area that “exemplifies the remarkable ecology of the Mojave Desert, where the hearty insistence of life is scratched out from unrelenting heat and dryness”; AND

WHEREAS studies show that animal and plant communities in the East Mojave desert rely upon a residual and connected underground water supply system that is naturally balanced by a relatively low amount of annual rainfall providing scarce natural percolating artesian springs and seeps in exceedingly rare riparian areas sustaining safe refuge to a wide variety of rare and endangered plants and wildlife; and testimony of the few residents indicates that the addition of even one well in the hydrologically connected area causes ground water levels to significantly drop which situation is complicated by recent global warming, drought and desiccation; AND

WHEREAS, despite Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proclamation that the Cadiz water mining project poses a grave threat to the California desert and should not be approved and despite the efforts of the State of California to provide funding to develop sustainable water supplies for southern California including improved technology, treatment and recycling, desalination plants, pipe replacement, coastal catchment basins and reservoirs, the Donald J. Trump administration in one of his first acts would enable the Cadiz water export and privatization, rescind Obama’s federal permit and environmental review requirements and the national monument status of the lands overlying the Cadiz water aquifer;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party OPPOSES TRUMP’'s disregard for empirical scientific evidence and environmental sustainability, TRUMP’S proposed lifting of Cadiz area “Sand to Snow” and “Mojave Trails” national monument status AND TRUMP’s support of California Republican U. S. Representatives Tom McClintock’s and Paul Cook’s request for rescission of the federal permit requirements of the Cadiz Corporation's water privatization project; AND

BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party shall copy this resolution to the White House, the Department of the Interior and to ALL California U. S. Representatives and Senators AND shall issue a press release to announce this resolve.


Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 12, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization. Endorsed by the CDP Rural Caucus, May 2017. Revised on June 20, 2017 and July 15 and 20, 2017.

 

 


California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California

Proposed Resolution #9033421:
NO TO SAN BERNARDINO REPUBLICAN’S “TAXATION BY ANNEXATION”

WHEREAS, in recent years the County of San Bernardino and its Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) has denied California’s citizens of their constitutional right to vote on new special taxes by engaging in a unique scheme, “taxation by annexation” which reorganizes large territories of incorporated municipalities into a small discontiguous and remote fire district service zone “FP-5” and asserting that the vote of the 1000 citizens in that zone to tax themselves $150.00 per parcel subject to 3% increase per year, represents the voice and vote of tens of thousands of citizens who own parcels in incorporated municipalities that the county’s LAFCO would annex into that zone; AND

WHEREAS, no legal foundation exists for annexing incorporated municipalities into discontiguous, remote, fire district “zones” and further, the people of the State of California have certain protections guaranteed by the constitution of the state including the right to a ballot vote on new special taxes and the protection against new special taxes if not passed by 2/3 of the electors; AND,

WHEREAS, rural communities in Republican dominated and administered San Bernardino County are especially vulnerable to this “taxation by annexation” scheme as they lack the communication devices and resources, legal assistance and local court facilities typically accessible in urban communities, to pursue complaints and protests against callous and government overreach and a flat tax on every parcel no matter the size or value causing the poor living in the most modest of conditions to pay the same tax as Walmart or a sky rise apartment complex, with some on fixed incomes paying as much as 800% more on one property tax bill;

THEREFORE, the California Democratic Party condemns the Republican dominated County of San Bernardino and its Local Agency Formation Commission for its cavalier disregard for the meaning and intent of the California Constitution and will send a copy of this resolution to the California Attorney General for review of potential criminal conduct with regard to purposeful misinterpretation of California code; AND

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party resolves to support and defend the right of the electors to a 2/3 affirmative vote for approval of any new special property tax and that a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to Governor Brown, Democratic state constitutional members, Democratic members of the California Legislature and the Attorney General.


Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Originally Adopted on April 12, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization. Revised June 20, 2017 and July 15, 2017.

 

 

California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California


Proposed Resolution #9044132: GET YOUR KICKS ON RT66

WHEREAS, Route 66 or RT66, otherwise known as “The Mother Road,”  is a historic two-lane highway listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the area of the East Mojave Desert is designated as a National Scenic Byway and includes clusters of historic structures and other scenic values attracting a multi-million dollar tourism industry in California every year; AND

WHEREAS, RT66 also provides an alternative corridor for southern California via 29 Palms and Barstow in the event of an emergency need for evacuation; AND

WHEREAS, a long section of RT66 bearing through the East Mojave Desert is closed to traffic due to washed out bridges which are very gradually being repaired by the County of San Bernardino thus closing off that emergency route out of 29 Palms in particular;

THEREFORE, the California Democratic Party resolves to support the State of California’s acquisition, repair and maintenance of RT66 between Needles and Barstow for historic, recreational and safety purposes; AND

FURTHER let it be resolved that the California Democratic Party shall forward this resolution to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the State Historic Preservation Commission, the State Department of Parks and Recreation and the California Department of Transportation (CALTrans), Governor Brown, Democratic state constitutional members and Democratic members of the California Legislature


Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 25, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization. Revised June 20, 2017 and July 20, 2017 for clarification as to section of RT66 recommended for acquisition.

 


California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California


Proposed Resolution #9044030: EXCESSIVE FORCE REPORTING STANDARDS

WHEREAS, there is no federal oversight regarding use of force in arrests and no national database exists at the citizen level on the use of excessive force and national reporting by local or statewide law enforcement agencies is voluntary with no set of standards or definition of types of force nor a standard definition of “punishable excessive force,” (for example as an outlier, in the Jared Pusok, horseback bandit suspect, taser and handcuffs, followed by taser, hits/kicks, officer using body weight, hit/kicks to the head using batons and taser to punch are types of force used which were defended by San Bernardino County); AND

WHEREAS, California based law enforcement agencies are currently fairly free to describe force in their own best interests, and to collect or not collect data as they please and to categorize “use of force” in as many ways as possible in a convoluted system of "descriptions of force" with sub-categories of lethal force, physical force, passive-aggressive force, allowable force (which may include handcuffs), non-permitted use of force (which may include over tightening of handcuffs) and force by officers on and off duty, number of officers involved and by police division or subdivision, how many times a person is tazed or how many bullets were fired, then also broken down into categories of both the officer and the citizen by gender, race and age and mental illness and whether or not they have tattoos; AND

WHEREAS, while individuals and groups may benefit from reliable data points, the more categories to spread the various types of force and excessive force, the more difficult it is to collect and spot patterns of abuse by excess of force; AND without a trigger point for when an officer will be prosecuted, sanctioned or sued, the legal question becomes “did the incident create enough national outrage?”

THEREFORE, the California Democratic Party resolves to support a statewide mandate for detailed uniform reporting by police, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on specific types of force employed by law officers and specific trigger points at which force would be considered excessive and punishable; AND

FURTHER let it be resolved that the California Democratic Party shall forward this resolution to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff’s Department, the State of California Commission on Peace Officer and Standards Training, Governor Brown, Democratic state constitutional members and Democratic members of the California Legislature.


Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 25, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization.

 

 


California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California

Proposed Resolution #9036338: AUTO ARREST CAMS

WHEREAS, at considerable liability for the arresting agency, officers and deputies making arrests, particularly with arrests for resisting arrest, have with more frequency in recent years, been reported to have been conducted using undue and brutal force where video footage of the arrest is lacking; and

WHEREAS, while law enforcement agencies may require their deputies to wear body cameras, the act of failing to turn cameras on during an arrest is a separate matter, and

WHEREAS, remote activated cameras activated by ultrasonic signal technology already exists that can be adapted to body cameras required to be worn by law enforcement officers;

THEREFORE, the California Democratic Party resolves to support a policy and requirement that all sworn law enforcement officers/deputies in the State of California must wear body cameras to be activated automatically upon 1) an officer being assigned a dispatch response or 2) engaged in an arresting posture without being dispatched; further body cameras shall be outfitted with a cam-serial-number device to remotely-activate by an ultrasonic signal transmitted by the dispatch who shall also monitor and trigger the device from the time of dispatch or response until the suspect is in lock up or released; and

FURTHER let it be resolved that the California Democratic Party shall forward this resolution to the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and Sheriff’s Department, the State of California Commission on Peace Officer and Standards Training, Governor Brown, Democratic state constitutional members and Democratic members of the California Legislature.

 

Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 25, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization.

 

 

 

 


California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California

Proposed Resolution #9032358: EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE VIA TWO-WAY CLOSED CIRCUIT TV

WHEREAS all people have the right to equal access to justice, yet low-income communities, migrants, non-English speakers, tribal members, often live in rural communities far from courthouses, thus there exists a resulting unfair deprivation with unequal access to justice by vulnerable populations; and

WHEREAS the precedence for maximum distance to testify or be heard for the purpose of a judicial proceeding is set by current code, which limits to 75 miles the distance a witness must travel when called to testify in a deposition; and

WHEREAS many rural court houses were decommissioned purportedly as a result of funding cutbacks and now some rural, low income, California residents are required to travel +200 miles, far more than 75 miles, to be heard in the nearest court of law, thus unfairly depriving them of equal access to justice and burdening them with the extra cost in terms of time and travel expenses hoisted upon them;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party opposes incapacity of the state court system and supports efforts and state funding to reopen decommissioned justice court services in rural communities, install two-way closed circuit television for the purpose of remote communication in court rooms and at a minimum of one day a week or more as necessary to relieve the travel burden of the people, schedule remote closed-circuit hearings between judges, judicial counsel and the parties to judicial matters including witnesses at civil and criminal proceedings and depositions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the County of San Bernardino’s Board of Supervisors and Superior Court Administrative Officer, the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance, Governor Brown, Democratic state constitutional members and Democratic members of the California Legislature.


Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 12, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization. Revised July 15, 2017 for frequency of court service.

 

 

 

 

 

California State Democratic E-Board Meeting
August 25-27, 2017, Anaheim, California

Proposed Resolution #9038610: MT. BALDY SAFETY SIGNAGE

WHEREAS, the summit of Mount San Antonio in the Angeles National Forest is LA’s highest peak better known as “Mount Baldy,” is 10,064 feet in elevation boasts spectacular views, it is nonetheless treacherous, with areas such as “Icehouse Canyon” and the seven tenths mile long “Devil’s Backbone” trail along a rocky ridge between the “Notch” and the “Peak” of the mountain, often coated with ice, buffeted with strong winds that at times gust to 100 miles per hour, with the trail narrowing to little more than 18 inches across one stretch with a precipitous drop off on one or both sides; AND

WHEREAS, even the strongest or most skilled of climbers might lose footing in Icehouse Canyon or fall from the parapets of Devil’s Backbone only to be hard pressed to stop the ensuing downward slide and having done so climb the steep icy grade back to the trail at the top of the ridge or climb out of the canyon with highly potential fatal consequences; AND

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party is concerned that at the expense of lives, safety and considerable cost to the state and local agencies in the past 15 months since April 9, 2017, Mount Baldy has claimed the lives of 6 hikers and put at risk of great peril the lives of search and rescue teams and tracking dogs in efforts to recover lost hikers or their corpses;

THEREFORE, the California Democratic Party resolves to urge the Angeles National Forest to install signage at the trail head and at the dangerous trail portals which signage would include written language and pictorial icons or ideograms expressing the danger of the trail ahead and what precautions might be taken; with strongly suggested language being “enter at your own risk—you may be liable for costs associated with your rescue or recovery;”

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to the Angeles National Forest administration.

Author/Sponsor: Ruth Musser-Lopez, (AD33) SD16 Ex-Officio SDCC Delegate; Adopted on April 25, 2017 by the Desert Bones Democratic Club, a chartered Democratic organization. Slightly revised 7-20-17 for location of Devil’s Backbone.