The people of Santa Clara County deserve judges who take violence against women and children seriously. By voting to recall Judge Persky, we are demanding that our justice system provide actual justice, and that elite offenders such as Brock Turner face consequences proportionate to the seriousness of their crimes.
I absolutely plan to vote yes to recall Judge Persky on June 5, and I encourage my neighbors to join me.
Mandatory minimums not the solution
Following Brock Turner's sentencing, legislators instituted a new mandatory minimum for his crime. Judge Persky so abused his discretion that the laws were changed to take that discretionary power away from judges.
But mandatory minimums are not the solution. In 2014, the National Academy of Sciences released a study exploring the causes of mass incarceration and concluded that mandatory minimums are one of its central drivers.
Neither the Recall Persky Campaign nor any members of its leadership team endorsed or lobbied for this change. There is no need to tie the hands of judges who use their judicial discretion justly.
We are not advocating for lengthy prison sentences, mass incarceration, or mandatory minimums. We are asking that people in elected positions of power in our community not abuse that power to perpetuate a culture of impunity for privileged sex offenders.
On June 5, please vote to recall Judge Persky.
Committee to Recall Judge Persky co-chair
Persky unfit to be a judge
Our elected officials should represent their voters' values, and should be held accountable for how they measure up to that task. Judge Persky's sentencing of less than the minimum sentence for Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for attempted rape, because it was an "unusual" case, demonstrates a level of bias that makes him unfit to be a judge. This is only one of several instances where Persky has demonstrated concerningly lenient judgment for serious offenders of sex crimes and gender-based violence, particularly for those of privileged status.
The argument to retain Judge Persky in order to maintain judicial independence does not stand for me because he is an elected official and thus subject to recall. Considering his history, I am exercising my right and voting to recall Judge Persky on June 5.
Enough is enough
Women make up 50 percent of the population of Santa Clara County. When the damage perpetrators do to women is treated as if it pales in comparison to the damage that holding them accountable for their actions might cause them, we must stand up and assert that enough is enough. We do not need to tolerate crimes committed against us being treated as if they don't matter.
Judge Persky has claimed that public confidence in the judiciary will be harmed if we successfully recall him, but I and the nearly 100,000 voters who signed the petition to put his recall on the ballot disagree. The six-month sentence that Judge Persky gave to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for assaulting an unconscious woman has done immeasurable damage to women's confidence in the fairness or efficacy of our judicial system.
Please vote yes to recall Judge Persky.
Phuong Thao Macleod
Women deserve better
In January 2015, Brock Turner was caught in the act of attempting to rape an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.
In March 2016, a 12-person jury unanimously convicted Turner of all three felonies he was charged with — intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
In June 2016, Judge Persky gave Brock Turner a six-month jail sentence and three years of probation. Legally speaking, to dip below the statutory minimum of two years in prison, Persky had to argue that this was an "unusual case where the interest of justice would best be served" by granting probation.
I do not support Persky's recall out of animosity toward Turner or Persky. I support Persky's recall because women deserve better.
The status quo has to change. Please vote yes to recall Persky.
Trinity homeless shelter
A homeless shelter was opened at the Trinity United Methodist Church ("With city shelter closed, for many there's no place to go," May 4) in Mountain View between Christmas and April 15, 2018. This shelter was dedicated for single women and children.
I volunteered there to serve dinners. Most guests shared their horrible stories, (saying) they were abused physically and mentally. A mother and daughter had no place to go — they actually own a condominium here in Mountain View and their tenants refused to move, and thus, the landlady and her daughter had to go to the homeless shelter. They were very appreciative for this safe and warm environment for the winter while it's cold and raining outside.
The staff from HomeFirst is amazing. They not only demonstrated professionalism in their work, they also showed compassion and empathy. They all went above and beyond the call of duty, always listening to the guests and accommodating their needs to their best ability. There was one dinner without vegetables after all dishes were opened; the staff purchased a vegetable dish immediately from a local restaurant to ensure they had vegetables with other foods.
Thank you! The Trinity United Methodist Church was generous enough to provide its space for this good cause. County of Santa Clara provided the necessary funding for this program. This is a very worthwhile project and a valuable lesson for volunteers from all walks of life — corporate sponsors, high school students, regular employees and retired residents. Hopefully, this shelter will open again in winter 2018.
Abusive paid signature gatherers alert! Inform police when they become intimidating!
Our city of Mountain View has become overrun with paid signature gatherers asking people to sign a deceptive petition that is designed to repeal all renter protections in Mountain View. Paid by the California Apartment Association, these signature gatherers are usually aggressive, and even abusive or threatening if you decline to sign their sneaky repeal petition, according to many reports coming in from all areas of our city.
The Mountain View police want you to report these abuses or threats. Call the non-emergency number for the MVPD at 650-903-6395, with a description of the offender and their location or direction that they are moving.
Sierra Vista Avenue
So, what if they were you? There but for the grace of God go I. It, homelessness, can happen to any of us. East Palo Alto is starting a safe park lot and so should Mountain View. That RV dweller could be our mother/father, your sister/brother.
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