Thursday, March 7, 2019

New IOLERO director's husband is a former Sonoma County prosecutor under Jill Ravitch

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 4:07 PM

SCSO Sheriff Mark Essick
  • SCSO Sheriff Mark Essick
Sonoma County announced this week that it's poised to hire Karlene Navarro, a Petaluma defense attorney, to take over as director of the county police-accountability office, the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach. San Francisco attorney Jerry Threet left the post at the end of February.

Navarro is scheduled to appear before the Sonoma County Supervisors on their March 12 meeting for their approval.

It remains to be seen whether they'll ask her about her husband, a former prosecutor in Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch's office at the time Ravitch exonerated the SCSO officer whose actions helped give rise to the IOLERO.

Sonoma County Supervisor and board chairman David Rabbitt said of the Navarro hire in the Press Democrat today: “We are confident that Ms. Navarro has the qualifications, background and integrity to carry out the difficult responsibilities of this position which the public rightfully deserves.” Rabbit's district includes Petaluma. The story did not mention Navarro's husband.

Christopher Honigsberg, was, until recently, a Sonoma County Assistant District Attorney until he was posted to a Sonoma Superior Court judgeship last February by former Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a Press Democrat report from February of 2018 that identifies Honigsberg as the husband of Karlene Navarro.

Honigsberg was hired by the Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch in 2009, and she sang his praises to the PD upon his 2018 departure: “I think it’s an outstanding appointment. It’s a loss for our office but a real win for the county at large.”

The IOLERO was created in the aftermath of the 2013 shooting of Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County Sheriff's Office deputy. In 2014, while Honigsberg was on her staff, Ravitch elected to not bring charges against the deputy and released a lengthy report of her investigation that cleared the officer of any criminal charges.

The Bohemian has a message in with him at Sonoma Superior Court asking about his time at the D.A.'s office. Gelhaus remains on the SCSO force.

The county settled a federal civil-rights lawsuit with the Lopez family late last year for $3 million even as Rabbitt raised concerns about the budgetary impact of the IOLERO's annual $500k budget, and about Threet's work as the office's first director.

Also late last year, the SCSO pushed the Sonoma County Supervisors to consider eliminating the full-time county position and replace it with a contracted auditor, claiming that the IOLERO under Threet was biased against the SCSO and that he was improperly creating police policy in his role.

The SCSO's attempt to eliminate the IOELRO under Rob Giordano's leadership is a matter of public record, as its written response to Threet's annual report from last year amply demonstrates:

"The Sheriff’s Office feels a more productive model to accomplish this is to hire a truly neutral, independent, and unbiased auditor for a specific, limited period of time. If there is no expectation of employment beyond a specific period of time, there is no pressure or inherent need to justify IOLERO. This would greatly reduce the chances of either intentional or unintentional bias developing in the auditor. It would also afford the Sheriff’s Office the opportunity to get input from a variety of perspectives outside of the County. The Sheriff’s Office looks forward to continuing to work with the Board of Supervisors to fine tune the auditor model."

Rabbitt has echoed those concerns raised in the SCSO report in public remarks, as has supervisor Shirlee Zane.

In January, newly elected Sheriff Mark Essick told the Press Democrat that he was pleased with the county's choice to replace Threet, which then was under wraps as Navarro underwent a background check.

“I’m excited,” Essick told the local paper of record. “I think this person will bring a different perspective to IOLERO than the current director.”
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cal Fire: Tubbs caused by private electric system, not PG&E

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 1:27 PM

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Cal Fire issued a statement and report today identifying a private power system—and not PG&E—as being the culprit in the deadly 2017 wildfire. Sen. Bill Dodd released a statement of his own saying that the Cal Fire finding shows that everyone needs to up their fire-prevention game in the "new normal." For PG&E this is a rare bit of good news; the utility was found to be the culprit in a dozen of the 2017 fires that swept through California and has recently been swept up in bankruptcy talk over its estimated $30 billion insurance exposure associated with the fires. Here's the press release from Cal Fire and a link to their investigation:

Sacramento - After an extensive and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined the Tubbs Fire, which occurred during the October 2017 Fire Siege, was caused by a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure. CAL FIRE investigators did not identify any violations of state law, Public Resources Code, related to the cause of this fire.

The Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County started on the evening of October 8th, 2017 and burned a total of 36,807 acres. Destroying 5,636 structures and resulting in 22 civilian fatalities and one firefighter injury.

In total, the October 2017 Fire Siege involved more than 170 fires and burned at least 245,000 acres in Northern California. Approximately 11,000 firefighters from 17 states and Australia helped battle the blazes.

CAL FIRE investigators are dispatched with the initial attack resources to the wildfires in CAL FIRE jurisdiction and immediately begin working to determine their origin and cause.

Californians must remain vigilant and take on the responsibility to be prepared for wildfire at any time throughout the year. For more information on how to be prepared, visit www.readyforwildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.

Link to the redacted Tubbs Fire Investigation Report here:

http://calfire.ca.gov/fire_protection/fire_protection_2017_siege
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Napa County college student among those killed in Thousand Oaks massacre

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM

The Thousand Oaks shooting hit very close to home for the Housely family of Napa County.
  • The Thousand Oaks shooting hit very close to home for the Housely family of Napa County.
Eighteen-year-old Alaina Housely of Napa County was one of the 12 people who were shot to death in a massacre at a Thousand Oaks bar last night.

Housely was a student at nearby Pepperdine University in Malibu, says Napa State Sen. Bill Dodd in a statement this afternoon. Dodd offered condolences to the Housely family as he also acknowledged the murder of Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus. The officer was killed at the Borderline bar by a former Marine who committed suicide in the Western-style club.

“I’m thankful to law enforcement for their quick response to their heinous shooting," says Dodd, "including Sgt. Helus, who was killed while heroically working to save others.”

The young woman was the daughter of Arik and Hannah Housely, reports Dodd. The Housely family owns the Ranch Markets in Yountville and Napa. They have our condolences too. 
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Tom Steyer and Kamala Harris reportedly latest pipe-bomb targets as U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman tees off on Trump's complicity

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 12:33 PM

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As Sen. Kamala Harris and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer have emerged today as two of the latest targets in a string of bombs sent to prominent Democrats and Trump critics, U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman called in from the road to express his outrage and disgust at the disturbing week of domestic terrorism. "Several people I know and consider friends" have been targeted, says Huffman, citing Harris and Steyer as he called upon  Donald Trump to "basically shut up. He is not a credible messenger when it come to de-escalating this political wildfire. He needs to just tone everything down while others try to set another tone."

Huffman's not convinced that others in the GOP will stand up and denounce the attacks as he accused members of the Republican Party of playing Trump's game and deflecting blame to the media. "I wish I was hearing from a whole bunch of Republicans in a candid and fulsome way." he says, "but unfortunately, too many of them are following Trump's lead on this and suggesting that the media had a role." 

Yesterday the reality-show president tweeted that if it weren't for the media—the enemy of the people, as he's said before—maybe his supporters wouldn't be so angry that they'd be driven to try and murder public officials that Trump himself has vilified using extremist rhetoric.  "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"

Or else?

Steyer, the San Francisco hedge-fund billionaire, has been an out-front proponent of impeaching President Donald Trump. He was identified this afternoon, Huffman says, as another target of the Florida individual, Cesar Stoyoc, who was arrested earlier today in connection with the string of pipe bombs, whose other targets included Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, James Clapper, Barack Obama, John Brennan, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder and others. Huffman says he that he was "sort of waiting" for Steyer to be targeted and wasn't surprised to hear on the radio today that he's another apparent target of the pro-Trump bomber.

"There is a straight line from this deranged bomber to President Donald Trump," says Huffman—who has supported articles of impeachment against the reality-show president, "and there is no way you can separate the bombs from the bombast."

Huffman also pushed back against any argument equating the series of bombings with the shooting last year of Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.

"It's preposterous to attempt at any moral equivalency," he says, noting that no-one—not Bernie Sanders, not Maxine Waters, not Eric Holder, has called for violence against their political opponents. Holder recently quipped at an event, "When they go low, we kick them," and immediately noted that he was joking and that his comment was intended as metaphor. Waters has called for verbal confrontations of Republican enablers of Trump, and while Huffman says he "disagrees with some of the tactics—there is a massive quantum difference and to try and conflate these things is dishonest and dangerous." 
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Report: Catholic church sent sex abusers to Marin County

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Catholic Church clergy members accused of sexually abusing minors have served or retired at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato, a law firm alleges.
  • Catholic Church clergy members accused of sexually abusing minors have served or retired at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato, a law firm alleges.

A report released this week by the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates has identified 17 members of the Roman Catholic clergy assigned to serve the church in Marin County who had demonstrable child sexual-abuse histories that in some cases dated back to the 1960's.

The findings from the law firm lists more than 200 clergy members who served in either the Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose Catholic dioceses and who have been alleged to have committed sexual offenses against minors.

A review of the law firm’s thumbnail sketches of the clergymen gives insight into what Spotlight highlighted—that for decades, the Catholic Church dealt with its pedophilia problems by shuffling sex-abusing clergy from one diocese to another. And it indicates that numerous California Catholic clergy sex abusers got away with their crimes because of a  2003 Supreme Court ruling that rejected a California attempt to retroactively eliminate statutes of limitations for certain sex crimes, including those perpetrated against minors. 

Here are the 17 clergy members of the Roman Catholic church who at one time or another were assigned to schools and churches in Marin County, and who are alleged to have committed sexual assault against children, according to Anderson & Associates, which specializes in clergy sex crimes:


Msgr. Peter Gomez Armstrong, according to the law firm's report, has been accused of sexually abusing at least one child. He worked at the St. Vincent School for Boys in San Rafael between 1975-79 and died in 2009.

Fr. James W Aylward was subject to a civil suit alleging sexual abuse against a minor, which the law firm reports was settled by the San Francisco Archdiocese. After assignments to San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo, Washington D.C., and Pacifica, he arrived at St. Sylvester’s in San Rafael in 1990 and stayed on for five years. Aylward was then sent to Burlingame for a few years and then to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Mill Valley from 1998-2000. His whereabouts are currently unknown, says the law firm report.

Fr. Arthur Manuel Cunha was assigned to Our Lady of Loretto in Novato and served there between 1984 and 1986. He was absent on sick leave in 1986-87, his whereabouts were unknown from 1987-89 according to the law firm, he was absent on leave again from 1989-91 and his whereabouts have been unknown since then. The law firm reports that Cunha was “arrested in 1986, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and four months of counseling in connection with sexually abusing two boys.” He’s been named in multiple civil lawsuits.

Fr. Sidney J. Custodio was assigned to St. Raphael’s Church in San Rafael in 1955; sex-crime allegations against him were lodged while he worked at St. Gregory in San Mateo County. According to the law firm, his whereabouts have been unknown since 1975.

Fr. Pearse P. Donovan was assigned to Marin Catholic High School in San Rafael from 1953-55 and allegations of sexual abuse against him were levied when he later worked at St. Clement in Hayward. He’s been named in at least one civil lawsuit, reports Anderson & Associates. He died in 1986.

Msgr. Charles J. Durkin is reported to have retired in 2002, “a month after the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office requested 75-years-worth of church records related to abuse allegations,” reports Anderson. He worked at St. Sebastian’s in San Rafael in 1962 and lived at the Nazareth House in San Rafael after he retired in 2003. He died in 2006 and was the subject of an accusation of sexual assault that occurred while he was at the Star of the Sea in S.F., where he served from 1956-1961, and again from 1996-2003.

Fr. Arthur Harrison was charged with criminally abusing a 10-year old when he was assigned to Our Lady of Loretto in Novato, in 1960. The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitation but the Diocese of San Jose lists Harrison as a clergy-member “with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children,” according to the law firm report. He died in 2006.

Msgr. John. P. Heaney served from 1971-74 at the Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, and again at St. Rita’s in Fairfax from 1974-79, according to the firm. Allegations against Heaney arose while he was the SFPD chaplain between 1976 and 2002 and he was criminally charged, in 2002, with multiple felony counts of child abuse that were dropped because the statute of limitations had run out. He died in 2010.

Gregory G. Ingels got his start as a clergyman at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield in 1970 and was also assigned to St. Isabella church in San Rafael in 1982. “Multiple survivors have come forward alleging sexual abuse” by Ingels from 1972-77, reports the Anderson law firm, while he was at the Kentfied school. He too was criminally charged with child sexual abuse, but the charges were dropped owing to the 2003 Supreme Court ruling. His whereabouts since 2011 are unknown, says the law firm.

Fr. Daniel T. Keohane was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua, in Novato, from 2006-2009—a sexual-abuse allegation was made against him for activities he allegedly committed while he was at the Epiphany church in S.F. in the 1970’s. The S.F. diocese deemed the allegations credible as it recommended further investigation. He took a leave of absence in 2015 and his whereabouts since then are unknown, reports the law firm.
Fr. Jerome Leach served at St. Patrick’s church in Larkspur from 1980-1983 and the Anderson report notes that he was alleged to have committed sex crimes there and at All Souls in San Francisco. In 2002, he was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse but again—the statute of limitations had run out.

Fr. Guy Anthony Mrunig spent his career as a clergyman at St. Sebastian’s in Kenfield-Greenbrae from 1971-1973; at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield from 1972-1978, and at the Serra Club of Marin County from 1973-1977. The report says that multiple survivors have come forward alleging sexual abuse while he was at Marin Catholic in Kentfield. He reportedly left the priesthood to marry a former student from the High School and his whereabouts since 1979 are unknown, says the law firm.

Msgr. John O’Connor was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2002 “after it received an allegation of improper contact with a boy occurring more than thirty years ago,” the law firm reports. During his career he was mostly assigned to churches in San Francisco but was at St. Isabella’s in San Rafael between 1964 and 1971. He was “absent on leave” between 2005 and his death in 2013.

Fr. Miles O’Brien Riley was assigned to St Raphael’s in San Rafael from 1964-1968 and also worked as a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison during that time. He was accused of sexually abusing a girl when she was 16, and the Anderson & Associates document notes that the Archdiocese of S.F. permitted Riley to retire quietly, in 2003.

Fr. John Schwartz was ordained in 1981 and, after assignments in Oregon, wound up at St. Anselm’s in Ross in 2004-2006. No further information is provided by the Anderson report on allegations against Schwartz, whose whereabouts since 2012 are unknown, says the law firm.

Fr. Kevin F. Tripp was ordained in 1968 and spent much of his career in Massachusetts, where, in 2002 the district attorney in Fall River released a list of priests under investigation for sexual abuse, and Tripp was on the list, according to the law firm. The Massachusetts D.A.’s finding alleged that there were two persons who had been victimized by Tripp. The law firm determined that as of 2003, and according to a San Francisco Faith newsletter, Tripp was the executive director of the Marin Interfaith Council in San Rafael.

Fr. Milton T. Walsh’s first clergy assignment was at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato before heading to Rome to get his doctorate in 1982. He reportedly returned to Novato on a break from his studies, “where he allegedly sexually abused a boy whose family he had grown close with during his time working at Our Lady of Loretto,” reads the law firm report; he was at Loretto between 1978-1980. Walsh was arrested for the sexual assault in 2002 after being caught in a Novato police-department telephone sting where he admitted to the sexual abuse of a minor—but the charges were dropped. Yes, the statute of limitations case, again. His whereabouts since 2015? Unknown, says the law firm.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sonoma D.A. announces pro-tenant resolution in price-gouging case

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 5:16 PM

....and the Sonoma D.A. agreed.
  • ....and the Sonoma D.A. agreed.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that a property-management corporation with business in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park has agreed to a stipulated judgement and will pay $50,000 in penalties, $10,000 in legal fees—and restitution to a dozen tenants who were found to be victimized by rental price-gouging following the 2017 wildfires.

Admiral Callaghan Professional Center, Admiral Callaghan Professional Center II, and other related business entities were named in the suit now concluded. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau found the company had violated state Penal Code 396's price-gouging restrictions put into effect following the declaration of a state of emergency after the October 2017 firestorm.

According to online business resources, Admiral Callaghan Professional Centers is based in Novato and is the property manager at some 60 sites comprising nearly 280 housing units. They were cooperative in the recent price-gouging inquiry.

"The corporations and their counsel cooperated in the investigation and resolution of this matter," Ravitch's office reports via an email this afternoon.

Ravitch reminded local landlords that price-gouging restrictions are in effect through Dec. 4 and could be extended. "The restrictions make it illegal for property owners to increase the price of rental housing by more than 10 percent of the rental price charged prior to the fires," she explains.

Residents are encouraged to report cases of suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Office at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/District-Attorney or call (707) 565-5317.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Report: Santa Rosa roadways among worst in nation

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 8:56 AM

Santa Rosa's roads have gone to pot(hole) according to TRIP report
  • Santa Rosa's roads have gone to pot(hole) according to TRIP report

A report out today from TRIP, the national transportation research group, says that Santa Rosa has some of the worst road conditions in the country. The city's seventh on the list of bad-road cities with populations between 200,000 and 500,000, with 43 percent of Santa Rosa's major roads and highways in woeful shape.

TRIP's research found that Santa Rosa automobile drivers spend an average of $776 a year in vehicle operating costs associated with the poor road conditions; the national average is $599. It also reported that among big cities, San Francisco and San Jose take top honors for their poor roadways.

The TRIP report arrives as Santa Rosa residents are asked to support local Measure 0 this election day—and to consider a repeal of the state gas-tax boost set to go into effect in January under SB1. Gas-tax revenues under SB1 are targeted at rebuilding the state's roadways but Measure 6 would repeal the measure. 

According to the city website, the League of California Cities estimates that Santa Rosa would receive $2,935,933 in fiscal year 2018-2019. SB1 will eventually send $3.9 million annually in road maintenance funds when fully implemented, reports the city.  That's the good news. "Even with this new funding, we are still left with a shortfall of approximately $10 million annually."

Santa Rosa has a $1.1 billion dollar street system with more than 500 miles of roadway and an average annual maintenance budget of around $5.4 million dollars. The city says that because of deferred maintenance, its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) has declined to 60, "at the line between 'good' and 'fair' condition. Recent evaluation with our pavement management program has concluded that we should be spending at least $18 million per year just to maintain the existing pavement conditions at 60."

Measure 6 sets out to repeal SB1 and been heavily pushed by the state Republican party and gubernatorial candidate John Cox. The GOP recently announced it would run anti-SB1 ads on gas station TV screens to whip up support for its repeal.

The local Measure 0,  or "the Vital City Services Measure" sets out to temporarily raise the local sales tax by one-quarter cent and would raise $9 million annually "to help Santa Rosa recover from the recent fires, rebuild our infrastructure, preserve emergency services such as rapid 9-1-1 emergency response times, and address other critical City needs," according to the city website. The tax lapses after six years.

The crumbling-infrastructure question was raised at a recent Santa Rosa City Council candidate's forum for the newly created districts 2 and 4.

District 2 incumbent John Sawyer said that  if Measure O fails and Measure 6 prevails, "I recommend everyone invest in new shocks." 

Here's the TRIP report:

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Prescribed Burns Planned for Salt Point State Park

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Salt Point State Park's got lots of trees, too. - CA STATE PARKS
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  • Salt Point State Park's got lots of trees, too.


California State Parks is reporting today that they're working with Cal Fire to plan prescribed burns in Salt Point State Park that could be set as early as Friday.

The burns are being coordinated with the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control Board to minimize smoke impacts in the region. According to State Parks, the burn will take one day to implement followed by several days of patrolling the burn zone.

The fire won't be set unless weather and air-quality conditions are favorable for smoke dispersal. State Parks says in release that public trails near the burn site will be closed, and that notifications will be posted at camp kiosks, trailheads and the agency's district office in Duncan's Mills. The fires will be set between the hours of 9am and 6pm, and residents are warned that they may smell smoke.

The burn is intended to clear vegetation, conserve the grasslands, reduce hazardous fuel loads from the 6,000-acre park, and improve wildlife habitat. "This treatment will enhance the health of the grassland by removing invading woody species, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic fire."

Sounds like a plan. 
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Cal Fire Ramping Up for High Wind, Low Humidity Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 5:15 PM

It's going to be a Red Flag weekend—stay vigilant.
  • It's going to be a Red Flag weekend—stay vigilant.


Cal Fire says it is increasing staffing this weekend owing to the potential for "extreme fire weather across many parts of California," according to a news release. The warning comes on the heels of a week of remembrance in the North Bay following last October's devastating firestorm.

Cal Fire reports that the National Weather Service is predicting gusty winds and low humidity "in much of Northern California" this weekend. "We have increased our staffing," says Chief Ken Pimlott, "but need the public to remain vigilant.'

The agency is urging weekenders who are otherwise enjoying the great outdoors to "exercise extreme caution when in or near the wild-land or open areas to prevent sparking a fire."

They're asking folks to refrain from mowing or trimming dry grass on windy days; to not park their cars in dry grass; to target shoot in approved areas, with lead ammo only; and to ensure that any campfires are sanctioned by Le Authorities. And: Keep an eye peeled for arsonists.

For more info, head to Cal Fire's handy site offering fire prevention and evacuation tips: www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Jerry Brown: Hero of the 'Pro-Life' Movement?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 7:48 PM

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Now here's a subject line in an email you don't see every day: 'CA Governor Jerry  Brown becomes newest hero of the pro-life movement.'

Today the Alexandria, Virginia–based organization Americans United for Life applauded Brown for his veto Sunday of a bill that "would have required public universities in California to offer abortion bills on campus," said the organization in a statement.

SB 320 was first proposed (and written) by students at UC Berkeley and has been debated over the past year, after a 2017 bill was introduced by Inland Empire Democrat State Sen. Connie Leyva.

A late-August story in the Berkeley student newspaper the Daily Californian, argued that "for thousands of students enrolled in California public universities who could face unwanted pregnancies, SB 320 could be the difference between finishing college and dropping out." It highlighted the challenges for college students seeking an abortion and argued that the on-campus medical-abortion option would ease access to for students seeking their constitutionally protected right to have an abortion.

According to votesmart.com, Brown has been a lifetime champion of reproductive-choice rights for women and has a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Now he's a pro-life hero in the eyes of AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster, who says in a statement that "Governor Brown recognized that in a state where Medicaid already pays for elective abortions, there is no issue of access, since, as he said yesterday, ‘the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from 5 to 7 miles, not an unreasonable distance.’

Foster also argued that "college health clinics are not equipped to handle the very serious risks of chemical abortion drugs, which, as AUL testimony against the bill pointed out, the FDA warns can cause life-threatening hemorrhaging of blood and bacterial infection."

Leyva told the Daily Californian today, “I’m so incredibly disappointed in the Governor, and I think it’s yet just another example of old white guys thinking they know what women need,” Leyva said. “For him to say he doesn’t think (the commute is) inconvenient, he just completely missed the whole point of the bill.”

She vowed to reintroduce the bill again next year, when Brown is no longer governor. 
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