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CHP warns California lawmakers after arrest for anti-vaccine threats

Graffiti opposing mandatory child vaccinations appeared on the 10 Freeway in Southern California last week. Authorities have warned lawmakers’ offices to be on the lookout for the person arrested.
Graffiti opposing mandatory child vaccinations appeared on the 10 Freeway in Southern California last week. Authorities have warned lawmakers’ offices to be on the lookout for the person arrested. Instagram

Authorities have warned California legislative offices to be on the lookout for a Southern California man arrested last week and suspected of spraying graffiti that threatened lawmakers for the approval of Senate Bill 277, which outlaws religious and personal belief exemptions for school-required vaccines.

The California Highway Patrol issued a bulletin to sergeants-at-arms’ offices in the Assembly and Senate about Marlon Brian Andrino, who was arrested July 2 in Beverly Hills on a charge of felony vandalism. Police say Andrino spray-painted “4 Every Kid Afflicted A Public Figure Will Die, SB 277” at four locations: the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, West Hollywood City Hall, on an Interstate 10 sound wall in east Los Angeles and a freeway on-ramp in the Baldwin Park area.

“Andrino is unhappy with the passage of SB 277 (mandatory vaccination bill),” the memo reads, and he spray-painted the message “to express his dismay.”

Andrino posted bail and is out of custody. Beverly Hills investigators continue to prepare a case to present to prosecutors. The CHP’s memo urged recipients to call the department’s threat-assessment unit if they see Andrino near the Capitol or at any event where a state official is present.

Debra Gravert, the Assembly chief administrative officer, on Tuesday sent a revised version of the CHP’s memo to the offices of Assembly members who supported the vaccine bill. “The speaker and the Rules Committee felt that the lawmakers who supported the bill should be aware that this guy was out there,” she said.

The Senate declined to comment.

Andrino could not be reached for comment. Voter records from last fall show that Andrino was registered to vote in Ontario.

The Legislature gave final approval to SB 277 in late June and Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure June 30, writing in a signing message that the “science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.”

Former lawmaker Tim Donnelly has filed paperwork seeking to qualify a November 2016 referendum to overturn the legislation.

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