|The Senator Reports
||March 11th, 2010|
Praying for the
By Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad)
Last week brought some of the most horrific news that has ever hit our community: the death of 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was taken from her family at the hands of a dangerous, sick predator. I can’t imagine the loss the King family and friends must be feeling right now. My heart, sympathy and support goes out to all of Chelsea’s loved ones during this unbelievably difficult time.
I want all of the rightfully concerned people who have contacted my office to know that I’ve been hearing your voice and agree with all of your heartfelt words and concerns. I am currently working with the law enforcement community to examine how and why this tragedy occurred, and what we can do to prevent it in the future. Rest assured I will continue working even harder this year in the Legislature to do everything I can to keep disturbed and pathetic sex offenders behind bars where they belong.
Senator Mark Wyland represents the people of the 38th Senate District, which includes cities in north San Diego County and the south Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
Senator Mark Wyland
1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite 105
Carlsbad, California 92008
Assembly Misses Opportunity to Protect Californians from Sex Offenders Intent on Invasions of Privacy
By Assemblyman Martin Garrick
With new technology comes new opportunities for sexual predators to prey on Californians and violate their privacy. A disturbing trend has been the use of cell phone cameras and other such recording devices to capture illicit or sexually suggestive images of unsuspecting children and adults, and post them on the internet for the world to see.
Last week the Assembly had a chance to send a strong message that anyone using hidden cameras to exploit someone sexually for their own gratification would face real consequences. A common-sense bill was heard before the Public Safety Committee that would place criminals convicted of these types invasions of privacy on the state sex offender database. In spite of the fact that the measure was supported by District Attorneys, it was killed by Democrats on a partisan vote.
With high-profile cases of sex offenders constantly in the news, it is absolutely vital that parents and the general public are equipped with information on those who prey on our most vulnerable. Unfortunately, it has became very common for tough on crime measures that protect the public from sex offenders to be quietly killed in committees. My Republican colleagues and I remain committed to advancing a strong public safety agenda that puts the rights of law-abiding citizens before those of convicted criminals.
Assemblyman Martin Garrick serves the communities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Vista, and portions of San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside as the Assemblyman for the 74th District.