Maybe California needs higher taxes.
On Sunday, a transient in Fontana, CA was shot and killed by police responding to a disturbance call at a park and ride.
From Redlands Daily Facts(Emphasis added):
The 43-year-old transient David Mulder, who was a Post Release Community Supervision offender released from state prison to the supervision of the Probation Department as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Public Safety Realignment Program, died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana as a result of his confrontation with authorities.
After Mulder was transported to the hospital, officers searched the area for the woman involved in the initial call for help and she was discovered in a car with multiple stab wounds. The woman, identified by San Bernardino County coroner’s officials as 49-year-old Elisa Van Cleve of Rialto, was pronounced dead at the scene.
An aside: This blog was supposed to be about Los Angeles, but Jerry Brown is such a bonehead that not writing about this stuff seems almost criminal. No pun intended. C’mon, Jerry. Even Schwarzenegger only threatened to do this kind of thing. Arnold Freaking Schwarzenegger.
I forget who said this, so I apologize if I’m plagiarizing you, but the bigger Government gets, it seems, the worse that it is at performing the most basic functions of government. Like keeping criminals off the streets.
Part of the reason for this, of course, is that we in California have better things to worry about. Like making sure that schools are teaching gay history in the classroom. Or trying to implement an industry destroying cap-and-trade program. Or unionizing people who are paid by the state to sit at home with Grandma (thanks SEIU!)
In Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell quotes (and repeats over and over) this from Lionel Robbins: “Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternate uses.” Taxpayer dollars are a limited resource, whatever Jerry Brown might think to the contrary, and how that limited resource is used tells a lot about what the government of any state, municipality or nation cares about. And in California it sure ain’t public safety.