The current wave of lawlessness is changing our country and not necessarily for the better. It’s our own fault. We voted for this. Yes, it was cleverly slipped into one of those bills we voted for a few years ago called the Safe Schools and Neighborhoods Act. It sounded good, looked good and yet paved the way for lawlessness in our communities. This was the bill that permitted basically free theft up to $950.
Adding to this calamity, we elected a crime-loving district attorney in Jeff Rosen who emptied our jails, turning criminals back on the street to continue their nefarious activities. Imagine this: we now have repeated felons roaming our streets because they have intentionally been set free. Many of these lawbreakers are repeat offenders who have been given a “get out of jail free card” by Rosen.
Now there is apparently an exception in Rosen’s application of the law. If it’s a political opponent, they can be targeted. For example, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Chung. Chung exercised his First Amendment rights to disagree with Rosen, and Rosen demoted him. Chung is currently suing Rosen.
In the case of Anthony Becker, council member in Santa Clara, Rosen wants to put him in jail Why? Well, Becker ran for Santa Clara’s mayor against Rosen’s political ally, Lisa Gillmor. Gillmor won in a very close race by only 700 votes out of the more than 30,000 cast.
You may already know the story. The Grand Jury presented a report, light on facts and based on speculation and hearsay, attacking the five council members who want a businesslike partnership with the 49ers— with whom we are in a 30-year contract. This report was conveniently released a few weeks prior to the election. The report was released privately to the Santa Clara council, yet the media obtained copies “somehow.”
Both The Weekly and SF Chronicle had lengthy stories about the report shortly after its release to the Council. It was also a feature in San Jose Spotlight and the Mercury, which both had their own copies of the report.
Who leaked the report? Maybe a more valid question would be, “Who didn’t leak the report?”
Council Member Becker has been accused of leaking the report. When he was asked by the Grand Jury if he “leaked” the report he reportedly said “no.”
Aha! According to Rosen, Becker lied to the Grand Jury and Rosen wants to put him in jail for four years. Hmmm…free the felons but jail council member Becker?
It seems Rosen has used more resources to get Becker than the worst criminals in the county. Rosen sent teams to ransack Becker’s home and car — not once, but twice.
While the public deserves protection from criminals in our society, they also deserve protection from abuse of power by those elected.