The Laguna Niguel City Council unanimously voted to send a letter to state Sen. Kevin De Leon in opposition of SB54, a bill related to data sharing in law enforcement.

In a draft letter, Mayor Jerry Slusiewicz said the bill would hinder local law enforcement agencies from working with federal agencies in relation to immigration enforcement.

The city said the proposed bill could make it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to “fulfill their duties to both the state and the federal government.”

A staff report called the bill “essentially state sanctuary legislation.”

“I don’t have a problem with cities wanting to be a sanctuary city, that’s their right,” Councilwoman Laurie Davies said. “But it’s also our right, at our local level, to decide if we want to be or not.

The letter adds that the city could lose about $2 million in federal funding if the bill passes.

“I encourage you to withdraw SB54 from further consideration,” Slusiewicz wrote in the draft letter.

The council also voted unanimously to keep using services from the government relations firm Federal Advocates through June 2018.

The D.C.-based firm helped the city secure more than $600,000 in federal funds to help pay for Crown Valley Park improvements last year, according to a staff report.

The cost of keeping Federal Advocates is $6,000 per month, according to a staff report.

The city’s partnership with the firm comes as the city is about to embark on almost $90 million of infrastructure projects, including a new community building at Crown Valley Park and a bike and pedestrian undercrossing at Oso Creek.

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2017/03/22/laguna-niguel-council-opposes-state-sanctuary-bill/