George Gascon sweeping reforms

George Gascón, PPDC's endorsed candidate for L.A. District Attorney, is sworn in and immediately announces sweeping reforms. From LAist:

George Gascón took the oath of office Monday as Los Angeles County's 43rd district attorney, announcing a dizzying array of policy changes that include vows to lock up fewer people, end cash bail and seek the early release of thousands of state prison inmates whom he said are unfairly serving overly long sentences.

The new DA also made good on his campaign promises to stop seeking the death penalty, stop charging juveniles as adults, and to review hundreds of police shootings.

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August PPDC board actions

PaliDems take action

New Nov. 3 ballot proposal endorsements
(we'll be reviewing them all bit by bit as we approach Election Day, and will add info — and candidate endorsements — regularly)

Proposition 14—Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative

Proposition 15—Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government

Proposition 16—Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment

Proposition 17—Constitutional amendment that would allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote in California


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PPDC signs on to CA Young Democrats resolution on police reform

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club (PPDC) stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and peaceful protests against police brutality. The brutalization and killing of George Floyd, along with many others over the decades, including the 601 people killed by LAPD and LASD in Los Angeles County, cannot stand unchallenged. As a taxpayer-funded service, police departments must treat our communities of color with respect and be accountable for use of excessive force.

PPDC joins the California Young Democrats (CYD) in calling for institutional changes to our criminal justice and legal systems. We also join CYD in calling for the Democratic Party to “cease accepting campaign contributions and financial contributions from organizations that protect the status quo [proactively defending institutional policies within police departments that allow peace officers to avoid accountability for wrongdoing] of policing and seek to disrupt the meaningful work of police and criminal justice reform.”

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