Initiative could protect funds for San Diego, other counties

From the SD Tribune:

An alliance of law enforcement and government officials last week began what’s expected to be tough fight to protect funding for public safety and other services shifted to counties under Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan.

The group filed a ballot measure that, if approved by voters next year, would bar the state from redirecting the money and prohibit lawmakers from shifting more responsibility to local governments unless they provide funding.

San Diego and other counties for months have been grumbling about assuming responsibility for felons convicted of what the state considers nonserious, nonviolent and nonsexual crimes in an effort to save the state money and alleviate prison overcrowding. The state legislation took effect Oct. 1.

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