Governor Signs Bill Requiring Parents of Young Thugs to Attend Anti-Gang Classes

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Legislation that clarifies the intent of the Parental Accountability Act of 2007 to punish parents for certain crimes committed by their children was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown today.

Assembly Bill 177 expands the violations committed by minors that require their parents to attend anti-gang parenting classes. These include acts of vandalism, possession of illegal substances and disorderly conduct.

Democrat Tony Mendoza, whose LA County district includes OC's Buena Park, authored the bill that sailed through the Assembly with a 66-0 vote last month.

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"I couldn't be happier with Governor Brown's decision to sign AB 177 into law," Mendoza says in a statement dispatched by his office this afternoon.

"I authored this bill to provide parents and guardians a place where they can learn about the warning signs of their children's potential involvement with gangs before it is too late. Now Californians have the opportunity to become educated about the tools and resources available to them to keep their children from getting into further trouble."
 
The Weekly first mentioned the legislation here:


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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Excellent point. I'm also dubious about what defines an "illegal substance". Alcohol is perfectly legal but minors are forbidden by law to consume it. I'm expecting some folks to argue that minors who posses alcohol are just "experimenting" while those in possession of other drugs must be on their way to being hard-core criminals. They apply this ridiculous double standard to adults so I can only imagine what kind of nonsense young people will be subjected to.

jessewashere
jessewashere

whats with the black baby all thugged out you racist piece of chit!? White or Asian kids arent considered thugs?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Um, I think you're confusing "minors" with "minorities". Please refer to a dictionary before you start name-calling. I mentioned NOTHING about race.

Doan Bugme
Doan Bugme

Let's start with "Legislation that clarifies the intent of the Parental Accountability Act of 2007 to punish parents ..." as a base. Now we can properly interpret Tony Mendoza's statement:

"I authored this bill to provide parents and guardians a place where they can (are forced to) learn about the warning signs of their children's potential involvement with gangs before it is too late. Now Californians have the opportunity (are forced) to become educated about the tools and resources available to them to keep their children from getting into further trouble."

I hate weaselly politicians who phrase their statement in a way that sounds like they are doing you a favor. And when you consider that "disorderly conduct" is now justification for this new punishment and considering that "disrespect of cop" is *always* a charge of "disorderly conduct", this will not end well.

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