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Janice’s Journal: SB 267 – Time to step up

***Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on May 12*** – The California legislature yesterday struck a blow against all registered citizens. That blow is passage of Senate Bill 267 (SB 267) by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Despite testimony in opposition to the bill from the ACLU, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Alameda County and California RSOL, the Committee passed the bill unanimously.

If SB 267 becomes law, cities and counties will be authorized to prohibit registered citizens from being present in or even near public places (parks, beached, libraries, museums, etc.) as well as private places (movie theaters, fast food restaurants, bowling alleys, etc.).

If SB 267 becomes law, registered citizens will again be required to navigate a minefield of local laws for which no signs have been posted. If SB 267 becomes law, registered citizens could pay the price of spending up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both for each violation of any one of those laws.

All is not lost. There is hope. We have three opportunities to stop SB 267 from becoming law although each step is increasingly difficult.

First, SB 267 could be stopped at the Senate Public Safety Committee hearing on April 29. California RSOL lobbied this week in the offices of the members of that committee and will testify at that hearing. More needs to be done, however, and it needs to be done by YOU! Yes, you, who are reading this column.

YOU need to write and send a letter to every member of the Senate Public Safety Committee and you need to do it today. After you have written and sent the letter, you need to call the Senators’ offices. There is no time to waste.

Second, SB 267 could be stopped on the floor of the Senate. This is a lot more difficult than sending a letter and making a phone call. In fact, it will require at least 21 Senators to vote in opposition to the bill.

Finally, SB 267 could be stopped in the Governor’s office. This will be the most difficult task as the Governor is not known for his support of registered citizens.

We can do this! There are more than 100,000 registered citizens in this state and each citizen has at least two family members or friends who could join them. Let’s make our voices heard in the State Capitol!!

[Attached is a draft letter (Senate Letter – SB 267 – April 2015) to the Senate Public Safety Committee and below a list of its members including mailing addresses and phone numbers]

– Janice Bellucci
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CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

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Senator Loni Hancock, Chair
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento,  CA  95814
(916) 651-4009

Senator Joel Anderson, Co-Chair
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4038

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Senator Mark Leno
State Capitol, Room 5100
Sacramento,  CA  95814
(916) 651-4011

Senator Carol Liu
State Capitol, Room 5097
Sacramento,  CA  95814
(916) 651-4025

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Senator Mike McGuire
State Capitol, Room 5064
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4002

Senator Bill Monning
State Capitol, Room 313
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4017

Senator Jeff Stone
State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4028

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  1. Catch 22

    I will too !

    • HOOKSCAR

      That’s 400. I will make my donation today. I want to be assured of where it goes to. I want it to go towards fliers. Not a lunch. Lol.

      • HOOKSCAR

        100. Done. Next?

      • Timmr

        I’ll donate if it goes to a special fund earmarked just for outreach. I’m $5000 in the hole this year, been there before and not worried about it, so I can donate towards a better future. Nonetheless, I would like to see a plan and some organization. The better the plan, the bigger the donation. Set up a temporary email, announce it here and get some suggestions on the outreach campaign to forward to CARSOL board.

  2. HOOKSCAR

    If we get 20 RCs to an earmarked fund, we can reach a great number of fellow RCs. Multiply that by 3 as family should be involved as the registry has impacted families also. Janice, what do you think?

  3. NPS

    I am surprised that I actually got a response from Senator Mark Leno; perhaps because I am in his district. I also personalized my comments. He said he would “keep [my] comments in mind when the bill comes before [him] in the Senate,” and not to hesitate to contact him in the future.

    Tomorrow I will be going to the Sacramento Capitol Museum for a research project. I will also be hand delivering my letters to the senators above.

  4. JohnDoeUtah

    Could you argue to the California Supreme Court that this is a blanket ban against registered citizens who committed crimes against minors, thus against its ORDER? Could you file a Motion to Show Cause, why these legislators should not be found in contempt for violating the court’s ORDER? Maybe this would stop this bill in its tracks?

    Way I see it, is that the blanket only got smaller, but it’s still a blanket ban. The Court said such broad strokes were unconstitutional. To pas such a bill would be contempt in my opinion.

  5. VSPSV(S?)

    I’m tired of being OVERWHELMED for others to ENJOY. I do know what it is like and I just want to die.

    • HOOKSCAR

      The only thing that we can do is treat these “laws” as an annoying fly. Live your life as a law abiding citizen and lead by example. Do as you say and say what you do. Actions speak louder than words. Things can be overwhelming if you allow it to be. You have support here.

  6. Harry

    Folks, the only public legacy that the Runner has is Jessica Law. Since Prop. 83 is wobbling under of the weight of truth, they are like angry cats in a corner and they will do anything to keep it out of the toilet so their names will be flushed away.

  7. Craig

    The letter writing might work, they did the same thing in Texas at first, but I do not think the response justified the cost, I Myself mailed 100s of letters, I was happy to do this, the point is for some reason so many did not respond, but you could contact TX voices and ask Mary if it was worth it. Certain cities were covered instead of state wide. If some of you there could speak with some of the treatment providers in your state some might allow information to be passed out, also some registration offices here will pass out cards etc if you have them printed.

  8. NPS

    Well, I just returned from a day trip to Sacramento. I hand delivered letters to each senator on the Committee on Public Safety. Not only did I include the letter, I also included and highlighted parts of U.S. Constitution. One additional thing I included was my own backstory with a photocopy of my picture. I was hesitant at first, but I felt as though I needed to humanize it especially when most politicians and other ignorant sheeple imagine some kind of troll. I don’t mean to sound conceited, but I am good looking, in good shape, and I dress well. No one would ever believe that I am a registrant because I don’t fit their idea of a 290 registrant. I wrote in part:

    I included my current picture because it is my wish that you see the face of a sex offender. It is not the monster hiding behind bushes waiting to snatch a child. It is the face of someone’s child, someone’s sibling, someone’s friend. It is the face of a future parent who wants very much to be a part of their children’s lives. However, with the current blanket restrictions against all 290 registrants, my family and I are barred from enjoying life that other Americans take for granted. Murderers, gang members, violent felons have more rights than I have. Please remember this face and all other registrants like me when you consider legislative bills that unconstitutionally restrict the rights of registrants and their families. Remember this face and all other registrants like me when the legislature decides to listen to their CA-Sex Offender Management Board and considers a tiered registration if not a total elimination of 290 registration.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you, NPS, for your courage and bravery! You showed up, you stood up and spoke up. Congratulations!

    • Timmr

      Thank you, NPS. I personalized my letters also by saying I was a voter and registrant and told them specifically how this law would adversely affect me and my family. I figured they already know the legal issues and rarely hear the other side of how this affects real people.

    • Margaret Moon

      NPS, I sincerely commend you and thank you for the courage you have displayed. I hope others will be inspired to do whatever they find that they are able to do to further our cause!

  9. G

    If this passes I want separate but equal theaters, restaurants, beaches, etc. I’m talking about like a SO AMC 18 Theater and a SO In-N-Out right next to all the other locations. Double it up. And if it isn’t equal bring out the lawsuits.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      Just like like the days of colored people.. forced to use alternate water fountains and restrooms. Their only crime was being a person with darker skin than those with lighter skin. We are taxpayers too. That alone should become a valid lawsuit… forced to pay taxes but not able to be at those places….

  10. someone who cares

    I mailed seven letters yesterday. I added a couple of personal notes and also emphasized the statistics and facts again that are simply left out of the equation each time a bill like this is being introduced. Keeping fingers crossed. I truly hope that these senators will realize the absurdity of these bills. It is so clear that the majority of registered citizens will not re-offend. Who in their right mind would want to come back to all these crazy laws? They have no more interest in re-offending than any other law abiding citizen.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you for writing letters! Please call offices, too. The Senate Public Safety hearing is on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. so please call them first.

  11. K290inCA

    I called the offices to leave my opposition to the bill. Even if you don’t have time to print and mail the letters, CALL the offices. It only took me 2-3 minutes per call and they only asked for Zip Code, City, and for or against. If you are afraid to reveal yourself for this, the very least you can do is call and put the numbers up in opposition of the bill!

  12. John

    Is it ok for me send these letters and make the calls even if I’m on probation? My wife and other family members will be sending letters. I’d hate for this law to pass and not allow us to enjoy and live our lives with our kids like any other normal family.

  13. MJK

    Spread the word! Took 4 minutes and 32 seconds! If you have 5 minutes (and I know you do) call them!! And have your family and friends who are willing do the same!

    – I’m calling regarding SB267
    – I’m opposed to this bill
    – My name is _____
    – I’m calling from (city/zip)

    Some won’t even ask for all the information.

    So easy! Do it now if you haven’t!

  14. Jo

    I encourage everyone to reach out directly to Marc Steinorth, one of the authors of the bill. You can write to him directly on his website. The guy is a businessman, father, and has a heart, apparently, because he responded personally to my email. Be brief and respectful, tell him your story, put a human face on this, we are not monsters. We are people who messed up, paid the price and now society wants to keep heaping on punishments long after our sentences. Please take them time to do this.

  15. Eric Knight

    Just to reiterate: Sending postal mail has PROVEN to be effective! This is how AB 207 was pulled from committee. Since we know it works, hopefully we can DOUBLE the letters sent. Please up your game! Postage may be pricey, but the letters, by law, must be kept on record, and they DO add up. Let’s do it!

  16. someone who cares

    I sent Marc Steinorth a message through his website, and I will let you know if he responds. I agree, letters, calls, and whatever else you can think of will make a difference.

  17. MS

    My letters went out today regarding SB 267 to Senator Leyva and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth. Top that off with had another person call the Senate Committee today opposing SB 267. We have to keep trying to let our voices be heard.

  18. someone who cares

    I have seven letters written and sealed, and I will send this 2nd batch in the morning.

  19. David

    I “came out” (as an RC) to two more friends and both sent letters to the committee, Leyla, and Steinorth. Add those to the letters sent and calls made by me and five other family & friends. I hope our voices are finally getting through.

  20. Molly

    Please everyone who can come to the Senate Committee meeting please, please come. These are your rights and lives SB 267 is threatening. We had a lot of people at the Assembly Committee meeting two weeks ago and it helped Bill Brough see that WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE! But I’m sure Connie heard all about it and if I were her I’d try to stack the room with SB 267 supporters. PLEASE if you can come join us, do it! It’s not hard, it’s actually kind of fun, it’s totally interesting and you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to. Just sit on our side. I bet once you get there you will want to stand up for yourself and if so all you say is “I’m opposed to this bill”. That’s it, 5 words to save your rights, “I’m opposed to this bill”. If we are united we can defeat this bill!

    • Janice Bellucci

      CALL SENATORS ON MONDAY – We have one last chance to stop passage of SB 267 in the Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill would allow cities and counties to restrict the presence of registered citizens in both public (such as parks and libraries) and private places (such as movie theaters and fast food restaurants). If we fail, the bill will be heard by the full Senate and is likely to pass. Please call the seven offices below and let them know that you OPPOSE the bill and want the Senator, who is a member of that committee, to vote NO. I will be in Sacramento on Monday afternoon meeting in the offices of the Senators along side ACLU and Housing California. Let your voice be heard even if you have called before. It will take you less than 15 minutes and could be the most valuable 15 minutes of your life. Thanks!

      Senator Loni Hancock, Chair
      State Capitol, Room 2082
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4009

      Senator Joel Anderson, Co-Chair
      State Capitol, Room 5052
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4038

      Senator Mark Leno
      State Capitol, Room 5100
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4011

      Senator Carol Liu
      State Capitol, Room 5097
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4025

      Senator Mike McGuire
      State Capitol, Room 5064
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4002

      Senator Bill Monning
      State Capitol, Room 313
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4017

      Senator Jeff Stone
      State Capitol, Room 4062
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      (916) 651-4028

      • FEDUP

        I just called and got 9 friends and family to call as well. IT TOOK ME 5 MINUTES TO CALL THE WHOLE LIST.

  21. Clark

    There’s going to be some there in public service that will need to take a step back and be careful for your possible actions against the Constitution …there are numerous issues involved for your taking on the Constitution ….just ask orange county , calif …on one of them…..courts have already told you so you are aware of your possible actions against the Constitution ……..this ain’t an orange county courtroom backhall conference where you can get away of fixing words………open public procedure will have people see this too is recklessly WRONG.

  22. Lake County

    I called today.

  23. NMV

    Phone calls made by myself, my family and my friends.

  24. curiouser

    I just made the calls…and it felt AWESOME!
    Less than five minutes, and the smallest, simplest, easiest thing any of us can do in this fight.
    Stay powerful, everyone.

  25. MS

    More phone calls made this morning also.

  26. CA

    WHAT DOES local agency is not preempted by state law from enacting MEAN?

  27. Bluewall

    Bam… Took 15 minutes total..Some ask for my name, gave it to them… Some ask for my zip code, gave that to them… Some ask for the city… that was fast…

  28. NPS

    All my letters were signed, sealed and hand delivered to the above senators two weeks ago. I just completed my telephone calls a few minutes ago. It sounds like they are certainly busy taking calls and adding opposers to the list.

    • Bluewall

      A few made a mentioning that they are getting alot of calls about opposing SB267 .. so I feel hopeful about it

  29. MM

    Made my calls during lunch today – five minutes!! Some asked what city, some didn’t and only one asked if I wanted to leave my name.

  30. Q

    OK; made my calls to all the senators offices and it took less than 15 min. Had a family member call too. My thoughts and prayers will be with Janice et al for the rest of the day, as well as tonight and tomorrow. I urge everyone to call. It’s quick and painless. If anyone reading this thinks they don’t need to call, I’ll remind you that this is for freedom and truth, as well as what is right. I believe WE CAN make a difference!

  31. vahall

    called, then sat around with four friends while they called. 30 minutes well spent.

    • Harry

      I called, this was the 2nd time against this bill.

      • David

        I called again yesterday. AND I sent a long email to Assemblyman Marc Steinorth asking him to reconsider his support of this bad Bill. I personalized the email with details of my life 20 years post-offense.

  32. CA

    (c) (1) A local agency is not preempted by state law from enacting and enforcing an ordinance that restricts a person required to register pursuant to Section 290 for an offense committed against a minor from being present at schools, parks, day care centers, or other locations where children regularly gather within the local agency’s jurisdiction.

    (2) A local agency may adopt ordinances, rules, or regulations that are more restrictive than state law relating to a person’s ability to be present at schools, parks, day care centers, or other locations where children regularly gather within the local agency’s jurisdiction when the person is required to register pursuant to Section 290 for an offense committed against a minor.

    (3) For purposes of this subdivision, “local agency” means a city, county, or city and county.

    so I guess what this means is a 290 rso, cannot be “PRESENT” at a school, park, day care or place where children are at. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BILL THAT SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT PROXIMITY, JUST PRESENCE!!!!

    • curiouser

      No, that would be up to each individual municipality or county..which is what makes all of this so dangerous…

    • Timmr

      In the previous ordinances, there was some distance, usually 300 feet, around the park, school, etc. that was included in the exclusion zone. There is no measurable criteria in this bill that defines “where children regularly gather”. The route taken by children from their homes to the bus stop could be included in the zone “where children gather”. Whole residential areas fall into the zone, “where children gather.” A street corner, a doctor’s office, it is left up to the imagination of the officials in each jurisdiction.

      • brunello

        Similarly vague and potentially infinitely extensible is the definition of a “gathering” of children.

  33. Someone who cares

    I made all seven calls during my lunch hour, and like some said, they only asked for the Zip Code or City. One did not ask anything, and I asked her if she needed my Zip or city, and she said no since they are only counting the votes. She said “this one is a popular one today” and I replied: “That’s good”. I hope the popular means in our favor. Everyone was polite and thanked me for taking the time to call the Senator’s office. I hope all goes well tomorrow. Fingers crossed, as always.

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