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News - September 28, 2012

Around Town

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ... The Palo Alto City Council spends most of its time dealing with local issues such as budgets, utility rates and planning developments. But this Monday, the group will have a chance to address a subject with sweeping implications far beyond city borders — California's death penalty. Mayor Yiaway Yeh and Councilwoman Karen Holman have authored a memo urging their colleagues to support Proposition 34, which would repeal the death penalty and establish a $100 million fund to support law-enforcement agencies. The proposition would apply retroactively to prisoners already on death row. In their memo, Yeh and Holman noted that the death penalty has been costing the state $130 million annually. As a result, state grants for capital projects relating to public safety have been dramatically shrinking in recent years. "State Homeland Security Grants, typically used by cities for training, exercises, overtime and equipment projects such as contribution to our Mobile Command Vehicle, are more competitive because fewer funds are available." If the council goes along with the memo, it won't be the first time the city has taken a position against the death penalty. The council asked for a moratorium on the death penalty in 1989, according to the memo, and in 2003 passed another resolution in support of Resolution 8302, which sought to establish a moratorium on the death penalty.

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