As leftist California descends into bankruptcy and despair, the leftist-run city governments of the state are getting more radical with their liberal schemes to solve the many problems they helped to create in the first place.
The latest mind-boggling trend in California cities plagued with crime is actually paying gang members not to commit violent crimes.
After a 3-2 vote at Thursday’s city council meeting, the local government of Fresno is set to authorize city leaders such as Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer to determine whether the Advance Peace program should be implemented.
If city officials determine that the program is viable, they could be budgeted up to $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to dole out to gang members as a supposed deterrent against committing shootings and other violent crimes. They hope to raise private funding as well to further pay off these thugs.
“I don’t think we should be spending $200,000 or $300,000 over the next five years on a program that certainly has value, but we have a lot of needs in the city of Fresno, it always comes down to priorities,” said Councilmember Garry Bredefeld, who voted against the proposal.
This measure was proposed by Councilmember Miguel Arias, who believes that tax revenue from the increased “cannabis activity” going on within the city following the legalization of marijuana would help pay for the costs of the program.
“In essence, Advanced Peace identifies the most active shooters in Fresno and enrolls them into a prevention program to help them with mentorship and job placement,” Arias said.
Chief Dyer points to the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative and Operation Ceasefire as initiatives that are already in place that make this program unnecessary.
“I am philosophically opposed to giving money to any gang member,” Dyer said.
Fresno would not be the first city in California to implement such a program. The city of Richmond is where the Advance Peace program debuted, and it has since spread to Sacramento and Stockton.
Richmond gives gang members who claim they have given up violence stipends ranging from $300 to $1,000 per month. Sacramento is pumping $1.5 million into their version of the program, with Advance Peace matching that total in privately raised capital.
There is no data showing these programs are effective in combating crime, but that hasn’t stopped liberal cities throughout California from pushing them anyway. Fresno may be the latest city to initiate a program that very well may subsidize violent gang activity in their communities.
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Idaho House Approves Bill Banning Transgender People From Changing Their Sex on Birth Certificates
Idaho is pushing back against the LGBT agenda.
The Idaho state house has approved a bill that would ban transgender individuals from changing their sex on birth certificates, in a rebuke of LGBT insanity.
House Bill 509 maintains that “there is a compelling interest in maintaining accurate, quantitative, biology-based material facts on Idaho certificates of birth that provide material facts fundamental to the performance of government functions that secure the public health and safety.”
The bill also states that “biological sex is an objectively defined category that has obvious, immutable, and distinguishable characteristics” that are God’s design and cannot be changed by man.
Republican Rep. Julianne Young introduced the legislation in an attempt to stop the LGBT war against science and reality.
“It is better to be correct than politically correct where human lives are concerned,” Young said to the Idaho Statesman.
The legislation passed by a 53-16 margin, but may come in conflict with a federal judge’s edict. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale made a ruling in March 2018 that states are not permitted to ban a mentally-ill individual from changing their sex on their birth certificate.
The edict stated that “a rule providing an avenue to obtain a birth certificate with a listed sex that aligns with an individual’s gender identity promotes the health, well-being, and safety of transgender people without impacting the rights of others.”
RINO state lawmaker Linda Hartgen used the ruling as an excuse to vote against the legislation.
“My job here is to protect all of the people of my district and the state of Idaho,” Hartgen said. “Not just those who look like me.”
This Idaho legislation follows other bills that have been filed in state legislatures across the country to push back against the LGBT plague:
Rep. Ben Baker, a legislator from southwestern Missouri, has introduced the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act” to provide criminal sanctions against librarians who permit children to be exposed to drag queen story hour events without parental consent.
“In some places — St. Louis, Kansas City and I think St. (Joseph) — they’ve had these drag queen story hours and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”
The legislation would allow parents to have “recourse” to express that they are “not OK” with drag queen story hour events coming to their community, according to Baker. Libraries would be compelled to create a five-person oversight board to determine whether certain “material,” like pro-tranny books read by cross-dressers at story hour events, is appropriate fr kids.
Library personnel who refused to comply with these rules would be charged with a class B misdemeanor, facing a fine of $500 and up to a year in jail. The bill author is clear that he does not want to ban any type of literature, only protect children from LGBT indoctrination from events like drag queen story hour.
“If we were trying to ban books or censor literature, I would kill the bill, myself,” Baker said.
The Missouri lawmaker is concerned about young children’s minds being poisoned with ideas regarding gender theory at drag queen story hour events. Because of the transgender fad, children are now being dosed with drugs in preparation for gender-mutilation surgery.
As the LGBT agenda becomes more totalitarian and predatory, Republican lawmakers are beginning to push back against the problems this movement is causing throughout society.
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