Long Beach, California
Date Passed: 09/06/05
Legislative Letter: USA PATRIOT Act (SJR 10)
Approved by: Long Beach City Council
On September 6, 2005, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to send a letter in support of a California State resolution urging the government to repeal some recently extended parts of the Patriot Act to “ensure that civil liberties are protected."
Because the state resolution was to be voted on imminently, and because the city council wished to urge local state representatives to vote for it, they determined that a letter would reach the Capitol in one day, whereas a resolution would take three weeks.
City of Long Beach
Office of the City Manager
333 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
FAX (562) 570-6583
Gerald R. Miller
September 7, 2005
The Honorable Alan Lowenthal
California State Senate
State Capitol Rm. #3048
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Support of Senate Joint Resolution 10
Dear Senator Lowenthal:
On behalf of the Long Beach City Council, I would like to express the City of Long Beach’s support for Senate Joint Resolution 10 (SJR 10), a resolution by the State of California that expresses the state concerns regarding the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, also known as the USA PATRIOT Act.
This joint resolution would reaffirm the state’s commitment to protect civil rights and liberties as it pursues greater security from terrorist threats and would call on the state’s congressional delegation to work to repeal any provisions of the Act or future legislation that impinge on constitutional rights and liberties.
This measure would also resolve that the State of California will ensure that no state resources are provided for any action that would violate the United State Constitution and the California Constitution, including specified actions.
On September 6, 2005, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously (9-0) in support of this resolution to ensure that the civil liberties of the citizens of Long Beach are protected under the USA PATRIOT Act.
The City of Long Beach urges you to support SJR 10. Thank you for your consideration.
Gerald R. Miller
Additionally, this letter was send to the following list of Senators and Assemblymembers: Edward Vincent, Debra Bowen, Meryvn Dymally, Betty Karnette, Jenny Oropeza, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Juanita Millender-McDonald, Dana Rohrabacher.
To view the city council meeting and public testimony, click on the link under Jack Engberg's name below, then click on "View Video" for the 5-hour September 6 council meeting. The PATRIOT Act resolution starts at 1 hour and 57 minutes into the video, and ends at 2 hours and 37 minutes.
Community Group / Coalition: Long Beach Civil Liberties Defense Coalition