City of Los Angeles Takes A Stand on Death Penalty

City of Los Angeles Takes A Stand on Death Penalty

November 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE
City of Los Angeles Takes A Stand on Death Penalty
Passes Resolutions Supporting Yes on Prop 62 and No on Prop 66

Los Angeles—The City Council recently approved two Cedillo-authored resolutions (11 yes-2 no-2 absent), one in support of Proposition 62 and another in opposition to Proposition 66. This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed both resolutions, officially making them part of the City’s State Legislative Program. Prop 62--the Justice Works Act 2016, would repeal the death penalty in the State of California, and replace it with a sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prop 66--the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016, would reform the death penalty process in order to expedite executions.

“The position we’ve taken as a Council is a call to the people of Los Angeles and California to get rid of an archaic death penalty system that does not work, and costs taxpayers an exorbitant amount every year,” stated Councilmember Cedillo. “The polls indicate that people are still divided over this issue. I urge Californians to ask themselves whether it’s worth investing in a broken system that’s cost us $5 billion,” stated Cedillo.

“Prop 62 is the only real solution for California's failed death penalty system. Voting yes on Prop 62 will put an end to the costly and unjust death penalty, save taxpayers $150 million annually and ensure we never execute an innocent person,” states the Yes on 62 Campaign.

“Prop 66 is a dangerous initiative that will increase the risk that California executes an innocent person, cost taxpayers millions, and add layers of bureaucracy leading to more delay. Vote No on this costly and reckless experiment with justice,” states the No on 66 Campaign.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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