SACRAMENTO, Jan. 17 (NUL) Governor Pete Wilson announced new legislation today that will "put earthquake criminals behind bars for good" in the wake of the 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck the Los Angeles basin early Monday.
The Wilson proposal calls for mandatory life sentences without parole for anyone convicted of starting an earthquake that causes property damage or loss of life. The Wilson "Anti-Quake Act of '94" would allocate $3.3 billion for new prison construction to house the offenders, most of whom would fall under a little-noticed provision making repeat jaywalking a felony.
"I'm proud to once again take advantage of my position as governor, as I did during last November's Topanga/Malibu fires, to demand live access to the media so I can make posturing speeches before a captive audience of citizens who are watching TV mainly to find out if their homes are standing and where they can buy bottled water."
Democratic gubernatorial candidates John Garamendi and Kathleen Brown pledged even higher sentences for quake-related offenders. "Life without parole isn't good enough for a quake-starter," said Garamendi. "Me too," said Brown.