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Hey, Margaret! Wait for the tone

Jerry Brown scolds Fresno sheriff in voicemail

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pass a ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release. He scolded Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Sims in a voicemail for what he called a “malicious” mailer opposing the measure. Th
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California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pass a ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release. He scolded Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Sims in a voicemail for what he called a “malicious” mailer opposing the measure. Th

Hey, Margaret!

Sorry to hear about the scolding Gov. Jerry Brown gave you for trying to undercut his Proposition 57. We’re still weighing the governor’s criminal justice initiative, so we don’t know yet if that tough-on-crime mailer you signed as Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is “completely false,” “extremely false” or even “malicious,” as the governor said in that voicemail he left at your office the other day.

Those “meet your new neighbor” rapist baseball cards are certainly catchy. (Isn’t one of those guys, like, 76, now?) Anyway, the recording of the governor’s call got us imagining our own Brown-style law-and-order voicemails.

For instance:

Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t the only one who’d like to tweak a few law-and-order folks via voicemail.

Hey, Kamala!

We get that you’re running for U.S. Senate, but as attorney general, it would be so illuminating if you actually took a position on some of these initiatives.

You say you can’t weigh in because your office writes the official summaries and titles of ballot measures. Really? Because you actually could clear up the matter of whether Proposition 57 will free dangerous criminals on baseball cards or just save on prisons.

Kamala? Kamala? Are you there?

Or:

Hey, Gavin!

No artful dodging on your part, lieutenant governor. You’re all over the November ballot. But aren’t you even a little afraid that your initiative legalizing recreational weed might, in addition to paving your way to higher office, leave the rest of us wondering who in the fast lane might be stoned?

Or:

Hey, Legislature!

Thanks for cracking down on cops who leave their weapons unattended in their cars for thieves to steal, a la the gun that killed Kate Steinle. But we noticed that for yet another session, law enforcement lobbyists have gotten you to block even the most modest regulation of police body cameras.

These are armed public employees who sometimes shoot civilians themselves – sometimes, videos increasingly show, for no good cause. What’s so hard about demanding transparency from them?

Speaking of Sacramento, here’s one for our favorite county sheriff and candidate for Congress:

Hey, Scott!

Are you still on the Trump Train, or what? First you were down with The Donald, then you said you “don’t know,” then your campaign said you would vote for Trump, but “not enthusiastically,” whatever that means. Maybe we’ll see you up at the sheriff’s meeting and you can tell us in propria persona, as the governor might put it. Or call us. Wait for the tone.

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