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Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Unanimously Opposes Proposition 57

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016: This week, at their regularly scheduled September Board meeting, the Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 57, the Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act of 2016, and strongly urges members and citizens to take note.

Crime rose 4.23% in Chico in 2015, a statistic many have attributed to the passage of AB 109 and Proposition 47 which was voted into law in 2014. Law enforcement specialists believe Proposition 57 will increase these damaging effects, weakening the criminal justice system even further without providing needed rehabilitative services.

As written, Proposition 57 will allow violent, dangerous and adult career criminals to be released from prison early, including crimes related to domestic violence, rape, discharging a firearm on school grounds, and more: http://www.stop57.com/

Prior to opposing Proposition 57, the Chico Chamber of Commerce lobbied the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to take a stance on public safety and oppose the proposition.

In a letter to CalChamber, Katie Simmons, President & CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, stated, “Reducing the overhead of our prison system to lessen the load on taxpayers simply shifts the financial burden to our streets. Our members report spending tens of thousands of dollars on fencing, surveillance, private patrol, and lost customers due to an unsafe environment. The cost of rising crime in Chico is not intangible – it is real and has created an admitted distraction from the issues we’ve traditionally focused on for the protection and preservation of our businesses. If Proposition 57 passes due to its misleading title, we will experience social and economic setbacks that will take decades to recover from if we ever right the ship.”

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