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3:52pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Politics

From high school dropout to District Attorney: George Gascón's journey

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
http://www.sfdistrictattorney.org/

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has had a rapid rise in San Francisco politics. Gascón came into the city as Chief of Police, appointed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in August, 2009. After less than a year and a half, he was sworn in as the city’s first Latino D.A., replacing Kamala Harris. In 2011, voters elected him to the position.

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1:44pm

Mon October 22, 2012
City Visions: October 29, 2012

Propositions 34 and 36

photo courtesy of the Amsterdam News

On November 6, voters will have a chance to weigh in on two proposals that could have a big impact on how criminals are treated in California. Prop 34 would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life in prison, while Prop 36 would alter California's "3 Strikes" law to impose a life sentence only when a new felony conviction is "serious or violent."

Supporters say these propositions are step towards a more cost-effective approach towards incarceration, while opponents claim that these initiatives will cause an increase in crime rates and harm public safety for Californians. City Visions takes up the debate.

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