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On March 27, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued six rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for various unsolved murder cases in California, two from Chula Vista last year.

On November 23, 2007, within minutes of his 18th birthday, Jose Rodriguez was shot and killed in Chula Vista, and then approximately 35 minutes later, 26-year-old Francisco Miranda was also shot and killed in Chula Vista. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by Chula Vista Police Chief Richard P. Emerson.

Under the Governor’s Reward program, 227 rewards have been offered since 1967 and 19 have been paid. The reward process is initiated when the Governor receives a written request from the chief of the law enforcement agency with investigatory jurisdiction over the matter.

This request informs the Governor that (1) those responsible for the investigation have pursued all leads and believe, in their independent judgment, that a reward will help them in their efforts, (2) the crime is one for which a reward may be offered under California law and (3) the victims’ families support the reward.

The Governor’s legal affairs unit processes the request and ensures statutory compliance. The Governor makes the final determination regarding the request.

Rewards may be offered for specified crimes under the California Penal Code and subject to statutory maximums.

Rewards do not expire and are only paid if the information leads to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the individual or individuals charged with the crime.

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