Saturday, August 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

CA attorney general talks tech with state press

faison column sig

By
From page A10 | March 02, 2014 |

I had the opportunity a week and a half ago to hear California Attorney General Kamala Harris speak in Sacramento before a group of the state’s journalists.

The occasion was the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Government Affairs Day, which in addition to Harris featured talks by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, Senate GOP Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

The attorney general’s talk was worth the price of admission. I say that with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek because there was no cost to attend, beyond my time – and gas to and from Sacramento.

Harris had a great deal to say, but in a staged interview setting identified four areas – “What we can do and what we should do” – in which to make government better. She talked of government by ROI, one that gets a solid return on investment. She spoke of metrics to gauge government performance. She spoke of employing various technologies – including data – to help meet stated objectives.

In short, she spoke of a government that operates more like a successful business.

First is education. Harris spoke of the intersection of education and crime. She noted that a recent report on elementary school truancy in the state found that 1 million elementary school-age children were truant last year, and that 600,000 missed more than 10 percent of the time. That costs schools across the state a combined $1 billion in lost revenue from the state, revenue which is based in large part on attendance.

California, she said, was one of four states that did not track elementary school truancy. All are big states, she said, in part to explain how this is even possible. Really? We can track high school graduation rates – low though they are in some areas of the state, even here in Solano County – but we don’t know, from a big-picture view, how many kids are missing a day of second grade?

Harris said she’s in the process of bringing schools across the state together to develop a uniform way in which to track and report truancy at the elementary school level. It’s a project that’s overdue.

“There’s a direct relationship between public education and public safety,” she said.

Harris spoke of arming parents with vital information. She said if a child is not reading at grade level by the end of third grade, that child will likely not be successful in school. She said parents need to know that. Likewise, if you improve graduation rates by 10 percent, she said, you see major crime drop 20 percent.

Next is recidivism. Harris said the state has not done enough to address what she described as the revolving door of incarceration. She spoke about the release of low-level offenders to reduce prison overcrowding. She said their release should be no surprise, albeit the timing of their release was accelerated. We know, she said, that low-level offenders will ultimately be released from prison, “and we don’t have a plan to deal with them.”

That must change.

Next was the issue of transnational gangs. Harris spoke of a visit to Imperial County to see the tunnels that cross under our border with Mexico, of how well they were developed, and how they are an indication of the type of money that’s available to criminals through trafficking of all kinds, through cyberattacks, and through theft of intellectual property – modern-day piracy. She has joined the attorneys general of other border states to work collaboratively to help address transnational gang activity that enters through those states and spreads to the rest of the country.

Finally, she spoke of technology. Harris noted that the San Francisco Police Department rolled out email in 2011. The California Department of Justice maintains 20 criminal databases. The trick, she said, is to find ways to get relevant information into the hands of officers on the streets as they make traffic stops and engage with possible criminals.

“We have a real challenge,” she said.

Harris said her office is rolling out mobile applications to help officers in the field – one step toward arming police with the information they need to help keep the rest of us safe.

We see that shift in technology here in Fairfield. Video surveillance cameras are positioned along major roadways and near known high-crime areas. That technology helped police track the movements of Suisun City teenager Genelle Conway-Allen prior to her death in February 2013 – and helped lead to the arrest of her accused killer. Fairfield police just rolled out body cameras, so the interactions officers have up close with people in the community will be caught and recorded.

It was good to hear the attorney general – a Democrat – talk of government operating similar to a business. Her emphasis on the importance of data and technology – at the school level, on the streets and into and out of our prisons – is spot-on.

Reach Managing Editor Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rich GiddensMarch 02, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    She can run her foul mouth all she wants but the fact remains that California's economy and ''society'' are one big stinking mess of business and families fleeing with more of Kamala's rats moving in!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Clarksburg family rolls with times

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Fresh, fruity, summer and fall Delta pitstops

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

Saving the Gakuen: A bit of history tucked away in Clarksburg

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Old, new collide in Freeport

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

Vacaville honors top crossing guards

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
 
 
State lifts Solano moth quarantine

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Gallo subsidiary wins bid for Winterhawk Winery

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B10 | Gallery

Green Valley teachers get wet for a good cause

By Susan Winlow | From Page: B12

 
The Leaven helps reach at-risk kids

By Murray Bass | From Page: B12

No plea as suspect in Suisun slaying appears in court

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Weather for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B13

.

US / World

Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

N. California officer accused of beating woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
California appeals teacher tenure ruling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

California mentally ill inmates get special units

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Manatees may lose endangered species status

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Westerners linked to extremist groups in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 24-30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
Editorial Cartoons: Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Delta-friendly water bond a win for entire state

By Sen. Lois Wolk | From Page: A11

 
Changing election dates: Dems seek more domination

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A11

Zombies are not for fun

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Our irresponsible sister is getting the house and mistreats Mom

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes: Aug. 30, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Fire destroys house on late author Clancy’s estate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Daughter: Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Sports

 
No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Armijo opens its football season with 26-7 win at San Rafael

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JC women’s soccer: Solano kicks off season with 0-0 draw

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Raiders face decisions at QB heading into opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Prep volleyball: Vacaville Christian falls to D-I power Davis

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

I.K. Kim increases Portland Classic lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
A’s fall back in AL West, blanked by Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Posey goes 5 for 5 in 6 innings, Giants rout Brewers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Errani’s ‘cottage cheese’ serve tops Venus at Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Jerry Lee Trammell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Florence Virginia Boes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Darrell D. Stevens

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Lois C. Clark

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Hazel Gertrude Wamsley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Home Seller 08/30/14

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2