Friday, November 28, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 38
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Terrible. It will make crime worse.
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Good. Drug possession shouldn't result in jail time.
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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Shifting sentences: Critics fear Proposition 47 will be a danger to public safety

Consider the following scenario: A man walks into a 7-Eleven store and walks out with a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a bar of soap—but without paying. He gets arrested and charged with second-degree commercial burglary. That was a felony. It’s not anymore. Committing this crime two more times would have landed him in prison for life under California’s three-strike rule, implemented in 1994. Even though Proposition 36 changed that rule in 2012, a crime like shoplifting that normally could be considered... [ Read Article ]

 

Santa Maria Sun / Opinion

Commentary

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas and Old Orcutt

No one better exemplifies the pioneer spirit of Old Town Orcutt than this year’s Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Berto VanVeen. The histories of Old Orcutt and La Graciosa, its predecessor, are colorful mosaics of our country’s westward migration and settlement that should strike a note of pride in the Santa Maria Valley’s collective memory. Early historical records show the settling of the Orcutt footh... [ Read More ]