Sacramento Votes To Begin Paying Criminals Not To Harm Them – That’s Called the Mafia

Lemme guess. If Trump condemned this practice it would make him a racist, right?


After a violent weekend of suspected gang-related shootings, Tuesday the Sacramento City Council took action to reduce the bloodshed.

It approved a controversial program called Advance Peace, which offers cash stipends to gang members who remain peaceful.

The program is already in use in Richmond and is also being considered in Stockton. Some believes it can help curve violent crime.

The vote came the same night as a vigil for the latest victim of gun violence in South Sacramento.

“He was a wonderful father, and he was a soon-to-be father,” said Aliseah Cadena, the victim’s daughter. “And I wish I could have him back.

Aliseah Cadena is still in shock after her father, 49-year-old Ernie Cadena was gunned down along with four others at Meadowview Park on Sunday, where a group had gathered to film a music video.

“It was his only day off from work, and he just came to the wrong place at the wrong time,” Aliseah Cadena said.

Ernie Cadena didn’t survive the shooting.

“I truly miss him, a lot,” his daughter said.

“Five people were shot in Meadowview on Sunday,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said.

The homicide prompted Steinberg to push up a vote on the controversial Advance Peace program by two weeks.

“Let’s get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives,” Steinberg said.

The program targets key gang agitators, offering them cash stipends to graduate school and remain peaceful. It already claims success in dropping crime rates in Richmond. But the city would still have to pay half the cost of the program, $1.5 million out of the city’s general fund.

“In multiple places in the resolution, we say it’s a four-year contract, in the contract, we call it a three-year contract, those are key critical terms, they don’t agree,” said Councilwoman Angelique Ashby.

During the discussion leading up to the vote, Ashby criticized the Advance Peace contract’s language — often butting heads with the mayor.

But in the end, the council agreed to the program, voting 9-0 in favor.


ht/ tsunami

36 Comments on Sacramento Votes To Begin Paying Criminals Not To Harm Them – That’s Called the Mafia

  1. Judges, Cops, Mayors and State’s Attorneys have been paid by the mafia/gangs for decades.
    I guess it’s payback time where criminal elements get a rebate for all the bribes they’ve paid.

  2. It’s just the old organized crime “Protection” racket.
    These people are truly stupid! When someone commits a crime you lock them up or shoot them. You don’t pay them!!

  3. Rat Fink… It’s what democrats do today… Pay more money or we don’t fire or policemen

    oh no we can’t pay social security…..

    It’s what they want to do with healthcare…

    Welfare checks will always be on time however…

  4. Actually, this is NOT the Mafia. If you paid your Mafia taxes, they actually would PROTECT you. And their enforcement tactics to ensure you paid were NO WORSE than what official “government” uses today.

  5. Tantamount to negotiating with terrorists…i.e., NK or Iran. How’s that worked out so far? Very slippery slope with virtually no upside once you show weakness…only more extortion can result.

  6. Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why don’t they stop doing that “Sanctuary City” thing and then they won’t be attracting vermin to their cities in the first place!

    Are you wondering why these people think it’s okay to pay off murdering, violent offenders? It’s because if they incarcerate them, that is tantamount to admitting all their New Age psychologizing, all their Enlightened Parenting, all their Empathy for Childhood Victims of Sexual Abuse, and all their belief structures (Hegel’s Dialectic is at the center of those beliefs), ARE FALSE. To the “good citizens” who vote to pay off criminals, everybody is a victim! The criminals were abused or disadvantaged children who can’t be held accountable because it wasn’t their fault they turned out this way. It was the “System’s” fault. It was because of “Unfairness” and “Inequality”.

    Progressives would have to admit they are wrong, that people are not born good and perfect and it is “Society” and “Social Constructs” to blame, that all it takes is one more turn of the Hegelian screw to achieve Utopia.

    For the real victim to declare “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” is pathetic. They’ve even got the real victims believing in the Justice of the Random Universe, and not California’s constitutional duty to protect and serve its citizens.

  7. There will now be an endless supply of gangsters lining up for their money. The price of peace will accelerate as they demand more and more to suppress their urges. This will virtually guarantee the election and reelection of pols supporting this as community outreach. Anyone objecting is a phobe and a racist.

  8. So is there some form I have to fill out? Is there a web site I can go to to register?

    You see, I planning on moving to Sacramento to become a violent gang member, but if they start sending me checks, I guess I won’t.

    Reminds me of Jimmy Carter years when the government paid farmers not to farm.

  9. Take that money, put it into an account.
    Put out a bounty of fifty dollars for gang members with tattoos on the face.
    Pay promptly

  10. “And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.”

    Danegeld – Kipling

  11. Fruit & Nut State just doesn’t cover it anymore. It should say something about Bat Shit Crazy on the Caliphornia state flag …

  12. you don’t have to be a clairvoyant to see where this will end.

    have fun citizens of sacramento.

    “if subsidize something you will have more of it”
    “if you tax it you will have less of it”

    they should tax the gang bangers not pay them, friggin progressive idiots always get economics principals wrong.

  13. Effin states is bankrupt and they’re wasting money on this stuff? Bad decision. As others have advised, there is no better deterrent than a bounty. What it costs to prosecute and house one gang member would probably pay for the entire bounty program.

  14. This will probably work for a little while. The Mayor and the city council will take bows and boast on the approach they took to solving the violence problem. Then after awhile the Mayor will be quietly approached by the bangers demanding more money. The press won’t get a hint of it but money will start to disappear from other budgets and the books tidied up and the bangers will get a raise because the Mayor and the councillers can’t admit that the program that they took credit for was a shakedown and rather then exhibit courage they took cowardly route. Oh, and you can bet the cops have been told to lay off the drug busts as that would upset the bangers who are Sacramento’s new city government partners.

  15. Sheriff Scott Jones, Sac County. Wasn’t he running for congress as a staunch law & order republican when fatally decided to disavow Trump over the p***y grab tape?

    Tom Homan, ICE Dir, recently appeared with Sheriff Jones at a public hearing wherein Jones attempted to explain to the illegal mobs why his sanctuary city policy isn’t a sanctuary city policy.

    Homan appeared so disgusted with nad-less Jones, he was conflicted whether to join the mobs in their taunts & demands.

  16. Didn’t they used to call this taking a bribe? The democrap party makes victims out of everyone and everything it touches, nothing escapes it’s ravenous claws unless you refuse to be a victim or play their blame game. It’s always someone else’s fault. And doesn’t the Bible also say that God hates bribes and that those who make bribes and take bribes will be held accountable for their actions?

  17. Doug
    The term relates to a very great warlord/merchant from Copenhagen. He controlled most of the NE of England (built a great fort a JORVIK – now York). He also captured Paris and held it for ransom; paid by the French. But his sons came back time and again to France. RAGNAR

  18. So are they going to pay terrorists as well? If not why not!

    Illegal aliens should get paid double, because feelings.


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