CSAC, the California State Sheriffs’ Association and the Chief Probation Officers of California have partnered to create a coalition called Californians to Protect Public Safety and Local Services, which has filed a proposed constitutional amendment ballot measure with the Attorney General’s office.

The measure, slated for the November 2012 ballot, would provide counties and other local governments a protected revenue source, out of existing state funds, to support the delivery of public safety, senior and children’s services that were recently realigned from the state to local governments. The content of the measure strongly parallels SCA 1x – the constitutional measure that was negotiated as part of the realignment discussions but which failed to pass the legislature.

Following the direction provided by our Board of Directors, CSAC joined the coalition to file this measure to preserve all options to ensure that voters will have the opportunity to pass a measure to protect funding for local services in November 2012.

At the same time, CSAC continues to work with the Administration and other parties on alternative options for achieving the same goal of constitutional protections. We remain open to alternative approaches, however our primary goal, as stated from the time realignment was first proposed in early 2011, is to secure the needed protections to fund the programs that have been realigned to counties.

Title & Summary for the measure will be issued by the Attorney General’s Office in late December, at which point CSAC will weigh the pros and cons of proceeding with signature gathering on the Californians to Protect Public Safety and Local Services measure or pursuing any viable alternatives to achieving the necessary constitutional protections.

Link to
Text of the measure
Press Release from the coalition