On Nov. 5, Pasadena voters will be asked to decide Propositions F and G. Both are terrible and should be defeated.
Proposition F calls for the diminution of the city prosecutor's office, and Mayor Bogaard, speaking for the Board of City Directors, claims that the action will save $400,000 a year, a figure patently absurd. That is the present cost of the office with six attorneys. It is planned to keep one attorney in the office so a reasonable figure for him and some support people is more like $75,000 to $100,000, a saving of $300,000.
The city prosecutor's office declares in its latest annual report that its conviction rate is 72%, whereas the district attorney's office claims only 133,000 convictions out of 199,000 actions filed, a rate of about 67%. Lacking precise figures we can only say that if a 72% rate produced fines of $1.4 million, a 67% rate will produce only about $1.3 million. Pasadena will lose some part of this $100,000, resulting in a net loss of revenue.
In addition, some percentage (about one-third) of those who are accused of violations against county and state laws will go free, unprosecuted, presumably to sin another day. A poor arrangement.