Supervisor adds his name to list of State Senate hopefuls

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone will take another stab at trying to win a state Senate seat because he believes he can ”do some good” as a state lawmaker, his right-hand man said today.

”Jeff has thought for a long time that the state is totally dysfunctional,” Verne Laurtizen, Stone’s chief of staff said. ”When he tried running back in 2010, he received a good reaction. But there wasn’t enough time and money to really get the message out.”

Stone will round out a field of three candidates vying for the 2014 Republican nomination in the newly drawn 28th Senate District. Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia and former Indio Mayor Glenn Miller announced their candidacies earlier this year.

Garcia has received endorsements from all of Stone’s colleagues on the Board of Supervisors.

Stone said his main focus is fiscal reform and rolling back state laws that have increased burdens on local governments.

”He wants to bring some common sense to Sacramento,” Lauritzen said. ”The Legislature and governor have been robbing and stealing from local jurisdictions, taking whatever they can, and we’re feeling the effects.”

Lauritzen referred to Assembly Bill 109 and Senate Bill 89 as examples.

Under AB 109 — the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 — so-called ”non-serious, non-violent” offenders convicted of felonies that do not stem from a sex crime are to serve their sentences in local detention facilities. Proponents of realignment suggested that jail sentences would be capped at three years, but some convicts in local jails are serving terms in excess of 10 years.

AB 109 also made counties responsible for prosecuting and, often, incarcerating parole violators. In 2012, the sheriff released nearly 7,000 ”low-level” inmates early for lack of space. Regional public safety officials blame the law for a surge in criminal activity.

SB 89 took $15 million in vehicle license fee revenue that was supposed to go to Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Menifee and Wildomar and instead placed it into a ”Law Enforcement Services Account” established to assist agencies statewide impacted by public safety realignment. The four cities all incorporated in the last five years and were counting on the funds to cover basic services.

Jurupa Valley, where Lauritzen serves as a city councilman, is facing the possibility of disincorporation due to its dire financial condition.

”Jeff believes it really makes sense for him to go for a legislative seat and get to Sacramento to see if his personality can do some good up there,” Lauritzen told CNS.

Stone, a pharmacist and real estate investor, lost a 2010 bid for the GOP nomination in the 36th Senate District, which then encompassed a large part of San Diego County and most of southwest Riverside County. Joel Anderson, R- Alpine, won the four-way primary election.

A year after losing the race, Stone proposed splitting California in half and having 13 counties form a new state of South California, which would have a part-time legislature, with lawmakers earning half what they do now, as well as fewer regulations and lower property and sales taxes.

The idea had early traction but fizzled when Stone’s board colleagues rejected using any county revenue to promote the proposal, and representatives from other counties didn’t rally to it.

The 28th Senate District, which was formed as part of redistricting that followed the 2010 census and becomes active next year, stretches from the Temecula Valley all the way east to the Arizona state line, encompassing the entire Coachella Valley.

The primary election is June 3, 2014.

12 Responses to "Supervisor adds his name to list of State Senate hopefuls"

  1. Carla   July 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Yes, let’s divide California into two parts. Maybe we can split off San Miguel Island from the rest of the state and place the former Riverside Supervisor out there.

  2. John   July 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Wish I lived in his district. Sure would get my vote.

  3. Me   July 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    "A year after losing the race, Stone proposed splitting California in half and having 13 counties form a new state of South California, which would have a part-time legislature, with lawmakers earning half what they do now, as well as fewer regulations and lower property and sales taxes."

    Sounds good to me. (And also Joel Anderson is a good Senator as well).

  4. Reality Checker   July 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    He has a hard battle ahead with the dim’ocrats raiding the personal, private records like health, financial, tax records, and plastering all his private info all over the media. If they cant find anything that they can twist to thier liking, they will simply make it up and plaster that as if it were the truth. Everyone on the planet know thats true. The problem is people dont care enough to force honest elections. People are too comfortable in thier place. It wont be that way forever though. Ask the East Germans.

  5. May B Wright   July 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    He need to go to another planet and take his staff with him.

  6. voter   July 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    He and his staff may as well be from another planet given how inaccessible they are!

  7. Another voter   July 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I am in his district and he has my vote.

  8. Curious   July 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Isn’t Stone the Scientologist guy?

  9. May B Wright   July 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    What has he done his staff cant return a simple phone call and if they do their miss informed, he cant get the roads fixed in East Hemet, thats just a basic task. If being useless is a requirement for higher office, then he should run for President

  10. BonsallGayGuy   July 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Regarding comment #8. I don’t know if Stone is or is not a member of the Church of Scientology but it is very clear that he does their bidding and receives significant campaign contributions from them. Several years ago at the behest of the Church, he wrote an ordinance that would effectively prevent protest on the public sidewalks adjacent to a Scientology facility. At that time I wrote a comment about it and Stone’s disingenuous explanation as to why he wrote the ordinance.

  11. Pink   July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    There is absolutely no way I would ever vote for Stone. I agree with Bonsall Gay Guy. I don’t know if Stone is a member of the Church of Scientology or not, but the fact that he does their "bidding" scares me. We have enough politicians on the take as it is.

  12. Wilby   July 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

    As far as I’m concerned there are no politicians that are above reproach. They all stink in their own way.


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