February 17th meeting - Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System, Wage Theft and SB100
We will focus on three important issues at this meeting:
1. Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System. Our speaker for this issue is Professor Robert Weisberg, Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center. He works primarily in the field of criminal justice, writing and teaching in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, white collar crime, and sentencing policy. As Founder and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC), he promotes and coordinates research and public policy programs on criminal law and the criminal justice system, including institutional examination of the police and correctional systems.
Professor Weisberg will be discussing the Santa Clara County Criminal Justice System. The Santa Clara County jail has received attention in the past two years after a mentally ill inmate was beaten to death by three guards. The guards were convicted of murder in January. Other issues include the inequities of the current bail system and the backlog of untested rape kits in the County.
We will be voting for County Sheriff in this year's election. Currently, three candidates have filed to run. Since many of us are not familiar with these issues, this will be an opportunity to become more informed about our criminal justice system.
2. Wage Theft. Currently Sunnyvale imposes no penalties or restrictions on businesses which, by refusing to pay wages they have been determined by court judgment to owe, have essentially stolen money from their workers, many of whom are the most vulnerable in our economy. On Feb 27th, after a year-long study (which your Democratic Club is proud to have helped set in motion), City Staff will present its findings to City Council, which in turn will hopefully enact ordinances or policy changes to address this injustice. We will discuss actions our members can take to provide input to the Council regarding their decision.
3. SB100 - 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2017. Dem Club members will explain SB 100 and ask members in good standing to vote to endorse it as currently written--without amendment--which may help get it passed sooner. See details below. Please attend and vote to encourage our elected officials to act with the urgency that this vital challenge to humankind demands.
As always, meetings are free and open to the public.