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Jeffries' Annual Fundraiser at the Lake Elsinore Storm's Opening Day
 

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GRCCPAC endorses Jeffries' re-election campaign for County Supervisor, District 1
 

Honored to have just received the endorsement from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC).   » read more

JEFFRIES ANNOUNCES FREE RECEPTION BEFORE SWEARING-IN
 

 

JEFFRIES ANNOUNCES FREE RECEPTION BEFORE SWEARING-IN
Supervisor-Elect Jeffries, Supervisor Stone to co-host event at CAC, 8am on January 8th

RiversideSupervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries and Supervisor Jeff Stone are inviting the public to attend a free reception preceding their joint swearing-in ceremony on January 8th.   » read more
Kevin Jeffries Announces Choice for Riverside County Planning Commissioner
 

 

 
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2012                         
Contact: Jeff Greene 714-624-7139 (cell)
 
Kevin Jeffries Announces Choice for Riverside County Planning Commissioner
Charissa Leach will bring new experience and insight to the Commission
 
Riverside: Riverside County Supervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries today announced his selection of Charissa Leach as the new Planning Commissioner for the 1st Supervisorial District.   » read more
SUPERVISOR-ELECT JEFFRIES ANNOUNCES STAFF POSITIONS
 

 SUPERVISOR-ELECT JEFFRIES ANNOUNCES STAFF POSITIONS

List includes Jeffries veterans, existing Board staff, and private sector experience
Riverside: Supervisor-Elect Kevin Jeffries today released his staff roster, along with brief bios and primary responsibilities in the new 1st District Office.   » read more
Election Update: Jeffries to Fight for Jobs
 

VOTE FOR JEFFRIES

Clear The Way For Job Creation - New Direction

Our County is billions in debt.   » read more

Election Update #3: Jeffries' Campaign Surge Makes Halloween Scary for Incumbent
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Election Update #2: Crime Victims Groups Support Jeffries
 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY ELECTION UPDATE #2


CRIME VICTIMS GROUPS ENDORSE JEFFRIES
Befuddled Buster Continues False Attacks – Part 2

 
CRIME VICTIMS GROUPS ENDORSE JEFFRIES!  More good campaign news this week, as two statewide organizations, the Crime Victims Action Alliance and the Citizens for Law and Order, both endorsed Kevin this week, citing his opposition to realignment, among other issues.   » read more
Statewide Crime Victims Organizations Endorse Jeffries
 

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2012

Contact: Stacy Nicola (951) 371-7155

Election Update: Positive Polls for Jeffries, Buster's Attacks Fall Flat, and Voting Deadlines Approach
 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY ELECTION UPDATE

JEFFRIES TAKES LEAD OVER BUSTER IN POLLS
Buster's Attacks On Jeffries Fall Flat
Election Deadlines Ahead


NEW POLL SHOWS JEFFRIES IN THE LEAD! Let’s start with some great news—we got the results from some polling that was done, and it showed Kevin Jeffries ahead of the 20 year incumbent by a margin of 41% to 31%.   » read more

 
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Jeffries' "Strikeable" Offense Bill Dies in Assembly Hearing (04/13/2011)
 
 

Jeffries' 'Strikeable' Offense Bill Dies in Assembly Hearing

It was introduced by Jeffries after the death of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio last November.

A bill proposed by State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, that would have made a felony charge of battery of a peace officer a "strikeable" offense was knocked down today.

Assembly Bill 60 was voted down by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. It was introduced by Jeffries after the death of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio last November, according to a news release from Jeffries' office.

At the age of 27, Officer Bonaminio was a four-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and a U.S. Army war veteran. On November 7 he was brutally beaten, shot and killed, said Jeffries' Chief of Staff, Jeff Greene, in a news release.

The accused, Earl Green, had already been convicted of half a dozen previous felonies including battery of a peace officer where he broke the officer's nose.  He was only given a short sentence for this crime; had AB 60 already been law, Earl Green would not have been free to commit this murder, Greene said.

This case and others like it brought about AB 60 which makes a felony charge of battery on a peace officer a "serious" and "violent" crime, and provides that the offense will count as a "strike, according to Greene.

In the hearing Tuesday, Assemblyman Jeffries stated that "our officers place themselves at risk in order to ensure the safety of our communities. It is our responsibility to do what is in our power to protect them and hold those who commit crimes against them responsible for their actions".

Joe Bonaminio, father of fallen Officer Ryan Bonaminio, was a witness at the hearing where he remarked that "personally speaking there is no way in this world that anyone should ever be able to put a hand on a police officer or peace officer in an offensive manner."

"These officers should be able to go home again, to go home and see their wife or husband, their children, their parents and their loved ones," the elder Bonaminio said.

According to Jeffries' office, all major law enforcement groups were in support of the bill including Police Officers Research Association of California, California State Sheriffs Association and California Professional Firefighters. Local agencies in support of the bill from the city and county of Riverside level included the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Riverside Police Officers Association, the City of Riverside, the Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Sheriffs' Association.

Jeffries' office said opposition argued the bill "would make an unprecedented and unfortunate change to the system" which would allow for abuse; placing more individuals in our already overcrowded prisons.

According to Jeffries' office, former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, who previously served on the Public Safety Committee, flew up to the Capitol to offer his support and testimony in favor of the bill where he rebutted opposition by stating there are many safeguards within the system to protect unnecessary abuse.

AB 60 only makes felony charges of a peace officer eligible to be a strikeable offense, giving prosecutors and judges more discretion when they analyze the entirety of the offense, Greene said.

Spitzer remarked that "going after a man or woman in uniform is a stark statement of blatant disrespect for the law."

Before recommending a "no" vote to the committee, Chairman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, remarked that "it is very distressing to know the right thing to do in this situation. It is emotional and we have to step back...but I have to say I have serious concerns with this bill and I cannot support your bill today." 

AB 60 intended to do what was in the legislature's power to protect our law enforcement officers, Greene said. Unfortunately the committee proceeded to vote the bill down with only three votes in support and four in opposition, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was the only Democrat to support the bill, Greene said.

After the committee's decision, Jeffries issued this statement:

"When we neglect to protect our peace officers it is our communities that suffer the greatest loss.  We lose dedicated public servants like Officer Ryan Bonaminio whose deaths could have been prevented. I am disappointed that the committee did not take the step to learn from this loss and protect our officers who continue to serve and protect our community," Jeffries said.

Jeffries represents Western Riverside County and Northeastern San Diego County, including Jurupa, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Valley Center and Julian. He recently announced his 2012 candidacy for Riverside County Supervisor, First District.

   
 
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