Proven Leadership | Integrity | Balanced Approach
P.O. Box 991051 | Redding, CA 96099-1051 | (530) 524-4719 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Leonard Moty | Shasta County Supervisor, District 2 - 2020 | FPPC #1305552
As the former Police Chief of Redding, public safety has always been my number one priority. More jail beds are needed and recently we added over 100 beds by renovating our existing jail. This was more than a 50% bed increase over the proposed 64 bed Adult Rehabilitation Center and at a savings of 75% of the operating cost. That just makes good financial sense. I continue to support additional resources for our overstretched Sheriff and County Fire Departments.
Mental Health Services
A person with mental health issues deserves direct assistance and support from professionals, instead of just thrusting them into the criminal justice system. They need help from specialists rather than being cycled through the jail and then released onto the streets. I’ve insisted that the county, partnering with non-profits, invest more resources into this area to provide the services these individuals require to become participating members of our community. Continuing these efforts will make a difference.
Drug Addicted Offenders
Approximately 70% of crimes are committed by repeat offenders who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Accountability is crucial, but we have limited space in the jail so we can’t continue to just lock them up. It’s not cost effective, as they’re just released back to the streets and the whole process starts over again. We have an opportunity, with our new sheriff, to make changes in our jail to provide treatment while in custody. These treatments, which can be carried forward with the Probation Department along with services from other community groups, offer a long term solution to addiction. This approach has proven very successful in other jurisdictions in reducing the recidivism rate of these offenders.
Financial responsibility is the key to the long-term health and vitality of the county. With a MBA in finance, I recognize the importance of spending our limited money wisely, forecasting future trends, and preparing for the cyclical impacts of the economy. During my term, Shasta County has cut expenses when needed to stay within our budget and planned carefully for growth of services when required. Just like you, we didn’t spend money we didn’t have; however I have always advocated spending money on public safety first and foremost. This approach has maintained the financial stability of Shasta County and we should continue to seek grant money and other outside sources of funding, whenever possible.
This problem did not just occur overnight. It’s been building for a number of reasons including AB109 state prisoner releases, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues, the recession, and those who are choosing to live outside of social norms. Truly homeless people need assistance. Mental health sufferers need services. Criminals need to be arrested. Addicted offenders need treatment. And Transients need to be held accountable to the same public health standards as the rest of society.
The Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are just not acceptable. I spoke before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) highlighting the terrible impacts these power outages have on our county, in particular, in the rural areas. And I have advocated at the State Capital for dramatic changes in the way that P.G.&E. operates to protect our citizens. I’m now looking into the Community Choice Aggregate program which would allow local agencies like Shasta County, Anderson, and Shasta Lake City to take local control over power service. I would also invite surrounding counties to participate as well.