Beaumont School Board's Orozco Touts 'Public Safety Realignment' Forum 2/15

Beaumont Unified School District board member Mark Orozco, a history teacher in Pomona, is running for the newly-formed State Assembly District 42.

A Beaumont school board member who is running for State Assembly announced on Monday a forum "to discuss the impact on community safety" created by passage of Public Safety Realignment Act AB 109.

The forum is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 15 at Casa Palacios Restaurant, 410 E. 6th St., according to Beaumont Unified School District board member Mark Orozco.

Speakers will include Banning police Chief Leonard Purvis, Beaumont police Chief Frank Coe, Desert Hot Springs police Chief Pat William, and a representative from District Attorney Paul Zellerbach's Office, according to the forum announcement.

The law AB109, enacted by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown last year, took effect in Octobor 2011.

The law "specifies that certain offenders and parole violators can no longer be housed in State prison and will instead be incarcerated in the local County jail," Orozco said Monday in the announcement.

"Under the measure, so-called 'nons' - individuals convicted of crimes that fall into the non-violent, non-serious, non-sexually oriented category and whose principal offense results in a sentence of three years or less - are to be incarcerated in county jail to serve their time."

The state Corrections & Rehabilitation Department web site touts AB 109 as "The Cornerstone of California's Solution to Reduce Overcrowding, Costs, and Recidivism."

Orozco, a history teacher in Pomona, he is running for the newly-formed State Assembly District 42.

Orozco sent out the forum announcement under Beaumont Unified School District letterhead with the following quote:

"Many parents have approached me expressing their worries on early release of inmates due to overcrowding, and lack of funding. On early release they ask: 'will there be a trickle, or will the flood gates open.'

"As we are experiencing high unemployment another question is, the rise on petty crimes, and how vulnerable seniors are to these types of crimes. However, I hope that by working together, through workshops like these, community and law enforcement authorities, we can help ensure the safety of the Pass Area."

Asked for additional comment Monday after the forum was announced, Orozco declined.

Orozco said the event is being hosted by himself and recently-elected Banning Unified School District board member , and it is supported by Beaumont City Council member Nancy Gall and Banning City Council member Debbie Franklin.

Organizers said no tax payers dollars will be used to pay for the event.

"This is why we are working collaboratively with local business," Orozco's announcement said.

For more information contact Edward Nerey at Ednerey@hotmail.com or (951) 663-4763.

A pdf copy of Orozco's announcement is attached to this report.

Lifer in Bmt. January 24, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Is this proper & or legal to use Bmt USD letterhead for this. I don't want my tax money going to promote him for District 42. This is wrong !! The school board should make him explain why he did this. The cause is right but the reason to promote himself is wrong. Didn't he try to make himself the Chairman of the school board?
Bruce Murrill January 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Kinda easy to see through it , isn't it.
Beaumont resident January 25, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I don't understand what the previous two comments are talking about. The press release he wrote does not mention his candidacy for State Assembly. The reporter that wrote this article is responsible for indicating Mark's intent to represent this district. As far as I can see, this is a great cause and we finally have someone that is willing to make a positive change in our community.
ATC January 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree with Lifer...while the cause is good, the fact is that this "forum" has absolutely nothing to do with Beaumont Unified School District. It is being sponsored by Mr Orozco himself, as well as Mr. Cassadas (Banning Unified), Ms. Gall (Beaumont Council), & Ms. Franklin (Banning Council). It is flat out wrong and absurd to use the Beaumont Unified Letterhead, since the Beaumont Unified School District has NOTHING to do with this event. Thank you, Mr. Orozco, for advocating for this cause, but please do it in a "stand up" fashion. Otherwise, it smells of cheap self-promotion.
Russ Russell January 28, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Don't forget he tried to get the school Board to adopt a resolution to Boycott Arizona because of SB1070. He misquoted the Bill and it was obvious he hadn't read the Bill but instead just went by what the Press said. Is that someone you want in Sacramento ? He should read 834b which is already part of California's statues.
Phifer Debbie March 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Sounds like just another politician doing whatever he deems necessary for him to get elected.
Phifer Debbie March 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
No, this is NOT someone we want or need in Sacramento, but I'm afraid that more often than not, this is what we get.


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