CaribWorldNews, SACRAMENTO, CA, Thurs. Jan. 6, 2011: New California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, began her work week vowing to seek out innovative new approaches in tackling the state`s toughest problems.
Harris, whose father was born in Jamaica, insists that in the coming four years, she is going to do whatever it takes in the cause of protecting and defending the lives and livelihoods of all Californians, by moving beyond the status quo.
`To do this, we are going to need to get smart on crime – tougher and smarter – about making California the undisputed national leader in innovation in crime fighting,` she said during her swearing in Monday.
Harris, the state`s first black AG, said she also plans to focus on reducing recidivism and on reforming the state`s revolving door prison system. A major priority of her office will be to lead a renewed collaborative effort against transnational gangs and organized crime, she added while also insisting she is deeply committed to protecting consumers from mortgage fraud and other scams, as well as to preserving the state`s natural resources.
She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections. She is the daughter of a Tamil Indian mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan – a breast cancer specialist who immigrated to the United States from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1960 and a Jamaican father, Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris.
Harris served two terms as District Attorney in San Francisco. First elected in 2003, Harris drew on nearly 20 years of experience as a courtroom prosecutor to fight violent crime. During her tenure, the city increased conviction rates for serious and violent offenses, expanded services to victims of crime and their families, created new prosecution divisions focused on child assault, public integrity and environmental crimes, and launched effective programs to keep parolees from re-offending. To combat one of San Francisco`s biggest challenges, gun violence, she created a gun specialist team and implemented tough gun charging policies.