Santa Clara Co. opposes state ballot measures

September 24, 2008 12:41:15 PM PDT
Santa Clara County supervisors Tuesday voted to oppose two state proposals, arguing policy and budget concerns.

Supervisors oppose Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act because the measure could divert crucial funding for existing programs and put at risk current treatment resources, because the proposition does not identify a new revenue source for the funding.

Though the county agrees with the goals and intent of Proposition 9, or Victim's Rights, also called Marsy's Law, it opposes the measure because it could significantly impact county and jail operations by disallowing the early release of prisoners due to overcrowding. It would also impose unfounded mandates on the district attorney and public defenders offices.