It is the opinion of this blogger that the Chair of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, Jim Holmes, Scheduled the matter for 1PM in order to minimize the crowd. It has been put to me by more than one person that several Placer County bureaucrats were attempting to forestall this even being considered until supervisor Kirk Uhler reviewed the County By-Laws and removed all of the roadblocks.
As of the writing of this blog, I know that Both Republicans on the Board of Supervisors, Robert Weygant and Kirk Uhler support opposing the Sanctuary State. Given Jim Holmes’ game-playing, it seems he either wanted to avoid taking a stand or he was going to join Democrats Jack Duran and Jennifer Montgomery in backing up Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom on their precious Sanctuary State… see the text of an alert sent out by the Placer GOP on this subject:
(The address of the Board of Supervisors Chambers is 175 Fulweiler Ave Auburn, CA 95603)
As we shared with you in our June 26, 2018 Update Memo (click here to read), at the June 26, 2018 meeting of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously agreed to accept a written request from Supervisor Kirk Uhler with the support of Supervisor Robert Weygandt, to schedule a hearing relative to Senate Bill 54; and more specifically to decide if it will join the twelve (12) Counties and forty-two (42) Cities in California (click here to see the list) and adopt a resolution opposing California’s Sanctuary State law and authorize the preparation and filing of an amicus brief in support of the United States of America v. the State of California, Eastern District of California.
While Supervisor Uhler initially requested this hearing be held at the Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting on July 10, 2018, we had respectfully requested that the Chair properly exercise his discretion and either schedule a Special Meeting or an Adjourned Meeting of a Regular Meeting so that this meeting could be held during evening hours, thereby according the largest number of Placer County residents the opportunity to attend and be heard on the subject. In addition, we requested that it be held at a facility that could accommodate more people than the Board of Supervisors Chamber can accommodate, probably something in the range of 500 to 800 people. (Please click here to view the video of the June 26, 2018 hearing on this matter.)
Unfortunately, the Chair chose to go ahead and schedule it for the July 10, 2018, and set a specific hearing time of 1:00 PM in the afternoon, a time when most hard-working Placer County residents would be unable to attend.
It is therefore critical that you and as many like-minded friends and family members attend this meeting and let the Board know that while the term “Sanctuary State” sounds noble, it is not when you are talking about providing a safe haven for dangerous criminals. According to federal statistics, federal authorities in 2017 apprehended more than 20,000 aliens in California – roughly 14% of the aliens apprehended nationwide. Of that number, 90% were “criminal undocumented aliens”, convicted of murder, rape, burglary and other crimes in California after entering the country illegally.
The Board of Supervisors needs to understand that regardless of one’s views of legal versus illegal immigration, the decision before the Board of Supervisors is one of public safety. It is really about our law enforcement agencies being able to effectively fight criminals and coordinate with other agencies that do the same in order to keep our neighborhoods safe. There is no reason a law enforcement officer should be prevented from cooperating with federal officials to remove any deportable “criminal undocumented alien” from our community.