California Sets Zero Bail for Many Offenses

first_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * California’s Judicial Council has begun moving toward setting bail at zero for most misdemeanor and lower-level felonies in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus in jails statewide by reducing the number of inmates.During a meeting by teleconference, the council Monday approved 11 temporary emergency rules designed to ensure public safety in the courts and jails while preserving civil rights. The rules, which take effect immediately, also allow local courts to set up remote hearings via teleconference technology and for counsel to appear on behalf of defendants in pretrial proceedings — as part of a bid to limit the number of people in courtrooms.The council also adopted rules to prioritize juvenile proceedings and extend the statute of limitations for civil proceedings.Two other changes allow electronic depositions in civil cases and extend time frames for certain temporary restraining orders.As Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye opened the session, she said the group was working swiftly, but deliberately.“(We are) trying our best to preserve rights and ultimately preserve lives,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “We are at this point truly with no guidance in either history, law or precedent.”The council’s first vote was to suspend foreclosures and evictions statewide, as a way to reinforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to delay such actions against California renters and homeowners.All the rules came at the request of Cantil-Sakauye, the council chair, and by recommendation of the chairs of six internal committees.“The Judicial Council should take these temporary actions in order to protect the health and safety of the public, court employees, attorneys, litigants, and judicial officers, as well as staff and inmates in detention facilities, and law enforcement during the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cantil-Sakauye stated in her request.More than 100 comments on the proposals were received from judges, public defenders, prosecutors, law enforcement, unions and members of the news media.Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey praised the move to reduce bail statewide, noting that Los Angeles County implemented a similar measure last week.“I applaud the chief justice and the Judicial Council for adopting a statewide zero bail for people charged with most misdemeanors and low-level felonies,” Lacey said.“In Los Angeles County, we implemented a zero-bail measure last week that allows us to further reduce the number of people in county jails and courthouses. I appreciate the collaboration among criminal justice leaders in Los Angeles County that has resulted in the rapid deployment of new and innovative approaches as we work to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, who will face Lacey in a runoff in November, said the virus has accomplished what criminal justice advocates and research studies could not.“The novel coronavirus has forced our system of justice to confront a not-so-novel question, one that largely defined the criminal justice reform movement even prior to the pandemic: Does keeping huge numbers of people in- custody on small-time offenses pose a greater threat to us all than letting them out?” Gascon asked.“This virus does not care if you’re a prosecutor, victim or a defendant. Innocent or guilty, this virus can still kill you.”The president of the Los Angeles County Public Defender Union, Nikhil Ramnaney, called the change to bail schedules statewide an important step. But he also noted that it applies only to new cases.“It still leaves thousands of people in local custody throughout the state who were arrested and had bail set prior to the amendment,” Ramnaney said. “We need to make sure that these people — charged with identical offenses and who do not pose any risk to public safety — are expedited for release. We believe that cash bail is clearly discriminatory against indigent persons and these discriminatory effects have been especially demonstrated during the emergency.”Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said the council should have allowed pretrial services professionals to do a risk assessment on some zero-bail cases, because some of the defendants may have prior strikes.“They didn’t do any risk assessment here,” Spitzer said. “They should use detention release staff to look at the dangerousness (of some defendants). I think that’s very shortsighted.”This was the second emergency meeting of the Judicial Council in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Even before the earlier meeting, Cantil-Sakauye took action on March 23 to suspend all jury trials in California’s superior courts for 60 days to allow courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic.Also on March 23, Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile signed an order restricting access to all Los Angeles County courthouses to judges, commissioners, court staff and authorized people — including members of the media — until further notice, while also mandating social distancing of at least 6 feet.Two days later, Los Angeles-based unions representing prosecutors, public defenders and city attorneys called for a complete closure of local courts, claiming the mandate was not being followed and blasting the superior court’s failure to accommodate appearances by phone and video conference. Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Abbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissance

first_imgPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement NewsCommunityVideoAbbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissanceBy Rose Rushe – July 19, 2019 597 Linkedin Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat center_img The Rev William Casey memorial, Abbeyfeale.Photo: Cian ReinhardtWHAT Abbeyfeale has as its backbone is ‘the good of the people’ to haul it into this prospering era. The most signal example of this vigour is the Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) which works with a dozen stakeholders – State agencies, voluntary and private enterprise – to advance the town.Maurice O’Connell, a North Kerry native who put his roots down in the town 20 years ago, has served as council chairperson since this voluntary body was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am very clear about being chairperson and not chairman as that brings it home that the  position is open to everyone,” Maurice jokes, hoping to clamber off this lofty perch soon enough.The Council’s hard work has brought immense reward to the hinterland and feeds into many regional bodies.“The town is going through a multi million euro transition with a new traffic plan. As part of that, Limerick City and County  Council (LCCC) have bought the building next to where the E-Hub is going to go. That will be turned into a car park and a new civic space,” he reports.“Then in about five years from now, there is a plan for a ring road from town to Newcastle West. This will take the heavy traffic off and allow people a safer, more enjoyable life.“It won’t be a full blown bypass and that’s important, to distinguish the difference. We are keeping it close to the town if people want to come in.“Last year, we were overall runners up in the JP McManus-sponsored Going for Gold competition and this year, Abbeyfeale has been shortlisted for Pride of Place. We will know later on in the year how we have done in that.”Abbeyfeale is shortlisted by LCCC for one of the categories in this 26-county competition that rewards incentivised communities.“We will go forward to the national awards of Pride of Place.“That follows through then as ACC was closely involved with a project with the City and County Council’s Healthy Limerick initiative. We were shortlisted for a national award there for a project we did around Abbeyfeale health with them.”There’s more ‘best in practice’ to report, evidence of the town’s rising profile and fortunes, with Abbeyfeale Town Park’s win this Wednesday 17 of worldwide status – the Green Flag Award for excellence in presentation.Continue reading below…The International Green Flag Award  sees this park added to a list around the world that are deemed to be of exceptional standard.“It was Abbeyfeale Community Council that helped them with the application and to source some funding to prepare for same,” Maurice confirms.“I am absolutely thrilled with Green Flag win as for me, it represents all the hard work of volunteers over the past 20 years, the committee and obviously those in the Community Employment Scheme, without whom it would not be a success.“Tidy Towns is involved with all the groups, along with ourselves. And the town is a fantastic example of the work and the effort they put in over the last number of years.”“A lot of the progress that is ongoing and planned for Abbeyfeale is down to the very good relationship between ourselves and LCCC, Innovate Limerick and West Limerick Resources. We’ve done quite well.”“Do you know about the Greenway? Because another few million is after being released for the people of Kerry.”The Greenway has been magnetising tourists for a while now. It used to be called the Great Southern railway line, the 40km that used to run from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.“Kerry County Council has now been awarded around €3million to extend it into Listowel, which is the next extension and eventually it will extend back to Tralee. The old railway tracks have been taken up and it is already a major tourist attraction for cyclists and walking groups but the connection to Kerry is important.” WhatsApp TAGSAbbeyfealeabbeyfeale town featureCommunitylimerick city countyNewsSpecial Featurevideo Previous articleNew folk direction for Danny VaughnNext article101 Limerick announced as Finalists for the 2019 Bar of the Year Awards Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

Do credit unions really need marketing? Follow up thoughts…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bo McDonaldI’m not one to jump in on polarizing social conversations for the sake of causing a stir; however one blog post recently caught my eye. Jim Blaine, CEO of State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina is no stranger to controversy. He has opinions on almost any topic in the credit union industry and will readily share them with you.Jim recently penned a blog questioning the need for marketing among credit unions. “Credit union marketing adds no appreciable value to the movement,” Blainesaid in his post. My first thought is: Rubbish! As the leader of a marketing firm serving our industry I should certainly disagree with him. And I do, but only partially. I think marketing is a necessity for any business or organization who seeks to grow and prosper.So, what DO I agree with Jim on?Credit union marketing looks just as good as everyone else’s because it looks just like everyone else’s! Aren’t credit unions different and unique? Or is that just a marketing ploy? continue reading »last_img read more