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Sacramento Bee on tax breaks to benefit struggling homeowners:

July 12, 2016

California tax collectors should stop rubbing salt in the wounds of homeowners still trying to recover from the mortgage meltdown.

By tax collector we mean Gov. Jerry Brown.

The issue involves the remnants of the mortgage crisis, which struck hardest in the Central Valley. People bought homes they could not afford at inflated prices. When the market tumbled, their mortgages were underwater.

Galgiani bill would offer tax relief

April 01, 2016

STOCKTON — Several constituents in the Central Valley are faced with mounting mortgage debt, and San Joaquin County’s State Senate representative is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that will relieve them of that burden.

Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, was at the Housing Authority of San Joaquin on Friday to discuss SB 907, a bill she co-authored that would extend the tax relief on mortgage forgiveness debt by conforming to the Federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

Jerry Brown gets bill creating new date rape crime

September 04, 2015

Ten months after California voters passed a ballot measure reducing several drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, Gov. Jerry Brown will be asked to consider a bill intended to soften one impact of Proposition 47.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Senate Bill 333, which would create a new felony for the possession of date-rape drugs with the intent to commit a sexual assault, sending it to Brown’s desk for a signature.

State Senator Accuses San Joaquin Sheriff's Office of Deleting Missing Persons Files

March 11, 2015

The San Joaquin Sheriff's Office has been accused by a state senator of deleting or canceling missing person files for at least five cases.

The cases have possible connections to the so-called Speed Freak Killers.

Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog's 15 year killing spree ended when they were arrested in 1999.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani says the department deleted files after she reached out to them in 2010 regarding a letter detailing possible locations of other bodies.

Families accuses authorities of destroying evidence in 'speed freak killers' case

March 11, 2015

A state senator and family members of alleged victims of the so-called "speed freak killers" are accusing the San Joaquin County Sheriff's office of destroying evidence in the case.

Hayward's Michaela Garecht disappeared in 1988 and her mother is among those concerned that authorities deleted missing persons files.

Marie Gillit is among those making the claims, as well. She believes her father was murdered by convicted killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog. The two men suspected of killing as many as 72 people.

Galgiani accuses Sheriff's Office of improperly deleting records

March 10, 2015
STOCKTON — Sen. Cathleen Galgiani said Monday that the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office had improperly deleted records from the national database of missing persons, including suspected victims of the serial killer duo Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, before the victims’ bodies could be recovered.
Sheriff Steve Moore refutes the allegations, but Galgiani says she has emails that prove it.
“It’s disgusting,” Galgiani said in a Monday phone interview.