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Torrico wants statewide license fees raised to pay for cops at 100 high schools

Pleasanton has long paid for uniformed officers at Amador Valley, Foothill high schools

California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, whose district includes most of Pleasanton east of downtown, has introduced legislation that would place a uniformed police officer at 100 high schools with the highest crime rates in the state.

The program would be funded through an increase in the vehicle license fee for vehicles valued at $50,000 or more, which would raise an

estimated $10 million annually.

The city of Pleasanton's Police Department, in cooperation with the Pleasanton school district, has long paid for uniformed officers to be stationed full-time at Amnador Valley and Foothill high schools. They have offices at each high school with police covering most major student events, including football games and dances.

Torrico, D-Fremont, said he proposed the bill in response to increasing violence and gang activity at high schools in California.

Torrico said police reports show crime clusters are typically centered around high school campuses, where gangs recruit new members and sell drugs.

A uniformed police officer on campus would act as a deterrent and would also become a part of the school community, Torrico said. The officer's duties would include teaching a class and serving as an unofficial counselor and role model for students.

"We have to make sure our kids are safe, and we need to provide them with a safe environment to learn," Torrico said. "We need to intervene in kids' lives earlier. Once they get into the criminal justice system, it's too late."

The bill would allow the state Department of Education to establish a grant program allowing schools to apply for funding for an

officer. Torrico said he is still considering other funding sources, and estimated the plan would cost about $100,000 per officer.

The pilot program would be launched in January 2011.

The Department of Education would be charged with selecting the schools, giving priority to campuses with high crime rates. School districts would be responsible for selecting the police officers.

Torrico announced the initiative at Independence High School in San Jose Tuesday, accompanied by his brothers Fabian Torrico, a San Jose police officer, and Cesar Torrico, principal at Franklin Elementary School.

He said he would consider expanding the program to middle schools eventually.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

This guy is another genius. The state is bankrupt so Alberto decides on his own that taxing expensive cars is the way to fund his initiative. Could it be that the policemans union is stuffing his pockets with contributions? We need to vote this idiot out as well.


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Why doesn't the principal of the high school, or the superintendent of the school district pick up the phone and call the chief of police of the area and ask for help in controlling crime on the campus? No need to tax, send money to the government, and create a new agency/process. The school district has a responsibility to create a safe environment and they should just do the job. No need to tax, send money to the government, and create a new agency/process.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm

In the middle of the most serious budget shortfall this state has ever seen, a politician comes up with another program to increase taxes and increase spending.
Earth to Alberto, we are already about $20 billion short, and unemployment is over 12%.
Oh, now we see why. Alberto Torrico is term limited in November, and is running for a new office, Attorney General.
Torrico made news by criticizing the Sacramento County Sheriff for following a new law which authorized an early release for some inmates. Problem is, Torrico helped write the legislation!

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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Well another mystery solved. His brother is a policeman and this from his bio.

"Having won endorsements from the California's two largest public safety organizations - the 62,000-members Peace Officers Research Association of California and the 30,000-member California Professional Firefighters as well as many other law enforcement organizations"


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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Where I live, there are already police officers on the two high schools in my city. They are resource officers from the city police department. The schools here and the police dept. work together to make sure there is no crime. The program has been in place for a few years now. This guy is not coming up with anything new. We don't pay extra for it either. It comes out of city tax dollars. After all, isn't that what our tax dollars should already be paying for?


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Torrico the Carpetbagger comes up with another great idea. If we are stupid enough to elect him to another office, then we get what we deserve. He did a drive-by on the Newark City Council just long enough to move on to the next office...what a slimeball.


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Posted by bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2010 at 8:16 am

Dear Mr Torrico

I for one do not know many people with vehicles that are valued at over 50k but I am assuming that many of those vehicles are probbaly large trucks that curently haul products all over the state and many of which are independently owned and operated. Last I looked those poor guys were taking it in the shorts from fuel costs, enviromental restrictions and generally beign bashed by various tolls,taxes and license fees. Now, of course, I think more police on high school campuses is a good idea-- I also like mandatory military service, school uniforms and limitations on clothing that can be worn on campus ( ie no bagging pants, no backwards/sideways hats/not hoodies/reasonable clothing for the junior misses who look more like sluts that schoolgirls at most schools--ah but I digress.. Just how many more aways to take money from people can you idiots come up with?--Opps sorry not PC-- let me see... Sorry but I disagree with this plan as I think it is not helpful, uses funds inproperly by taking from one segment of society for another and really is not the way to approach what is in fact a true concern. Thank you for your committment to public service!


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Posted by Miguel
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

Just another tax to address a problem largely due to illegal immigration. How about electing people that support putting an end to illegal immigration, instead of yet another tax imposed on us by liberal politicians? For those who say illegal immigration can't be stopped, I submit to you that many other countries seem to be able to do it - such as Mexico. You try to sneek into Mexico illegally you have a very good chance of getting shot.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

DCOT, being that you post as an expert on PUSD, I would assume you would know about the officers on our high school campuses already. This is a program that has been in place for years. A joint project between the police department and the school district.

Sorry, not another thing for you to complain about.


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2010 at 7:53 am

Miguel said it right. These are some of the million ways we pay for illegal immigration


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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

I say we vote all of these idiots out of office. They don't know what they are doing. Do they actually lay awake at night to come up with these stupid ideas? They already have officers at school campus's in most CA high schools. Where is this guy living? Our city tax dollars pay for the police dept. Who voted for you, anyway?


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Posted by another voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

They have cops in areas that can afford it! Areas that are depressed don't have the funds to have school resource officers on campus. Officers serve two important functions. It discourages illegal activity and students have an opportunity to know a police officer in a positive way.


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Posted by I love law enforcers
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

another voter,

Don't be fooled by the "can't afford it" canard. Just relocate the police officers away from the local donut shops to the schools -- wink--wink!


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

To 'Really?' - I am aware of the cooperation between PUSD and the City of Pleasanton Police. It is a good model. Why do we need a state program when these issues can be handled at a local level. Torrico's legislation proposes that school districts write a grant proposal in order to obtain the funds. This means we need districts to have grant writers, state program administrators to review the grants, select the schools and manage the program/funds. Just handle this locally.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

DCoT,

They already have those things for all the mandates and categoricals. And guess what? No one is sure how much money is wasted in those types of administrative costs at the State level. Not even the LAO is certain.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

But do you know why there's so much of that? It shields funds from the collective bargaining process.


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