Governor Gavin Newsom announced new measures to combat the statewide surge in wealth and violent crime, including rampage of robberies and grabs targeted retailers and home tracking attacks in the Los Angeles area.
When Revealing His “Real Public Safety Plan”On Friday, Newsom said he would request $255 million in competitive funding for law enforcement to tackle organized theft attacks and $30 million to help prosecutors fight retail auto, auto and railroad theft.
Newsom said his plan would create a new program to help small businesses that have been victims of robberies.
In addition, Newsom announced grants for small retail stores affected by shopping crowds, and promised to propose a new law that would allow people to sue sellers of homemade “ghost guns”. and illegal offensive weapon makers.
“We are doubling down on our public safety investments and partnerships with officials,” said Newsom, who made the announcement from the Dublin Area office of the California Highway Patrol in Alameda County. in-state and out-of-state law enforcement to protect Californians and small businesses.
Newsom announced the plan alongside Attorney General Rob Bonta, CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray and other state and local leaders.
“Through strong new investments and ongoing coordination with local agencies, this plan will strengthen our prevention, containment and enforcement efforts to actively curb crime.” , hold bad actors accountable, and protect Californians from a devastating epidemic of gun violence,” Newsom said.
The California Retailers Association welcomes the Democratic governor’s interest in organized retail crime.
“There is no simple solution to reverse this trend, but the governor’s retail theft budget package is an important first step towards eliminating (organized retail crime) that has victimized employees, customers and the communities we serve,” Rachel Michelin, president. and the Executive Director of the association.
But some Republican lawmakers have responded by saying Newsom’s proposal is too little and too late.
“While Democrats across the state are trying to evade the consequences of a decade of pro-criminal policies, they can’t hide their record of no bail, take down the police and pathetic light sentences for criminals who continually prey on innocent Californians,” said Assembly Vice President of the Public Safety Committee Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale.
“More funding for law enforcement is a good thing, but it will not create a crime wave if radical prosecutors let criminals out when they are caught and state legislators move on. mitigate the penalties for law violations.”
Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said the Democrats’ “relentless push” for their ‘crime first’ agenda has turned the state’s once grandeur This is a haven for criminals. It should have been the rising murder rate, the rampant reports of murders and robberies, and pleas from Californians for the New Democrats to come true.”
While California’s long-term crime trends are down in almost every category, there’s been a definite increase in organized retail theft and gun-related home robberies lately.
“Every family in every neighborhood in California deserves to feel safe and secure as they live, work, and play in their community,” says Bonta.
“That’s what the Public Safety Plan is really about – keeping Californians safe by doubling down and allocating more resources to fighting and stopping crime,” he said. speak. “My office is proud to partner with the governor in this effort and build on our existing work to combat organized retail crime, bust gangs, uphold gun laws. our routine and hold the offenders accountable.”
Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, commended the plan to focus on stores that are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic but are now facing the effects of retail theft during the holiday season.
The plan “strengthens the presence of law enforcement to prevent retail theft, while supporting small businesses that are victims of these crimes,” Bradford said.
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