Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced new measures to fight a statewide rise in property and violent crimes, including a rash of smash-and-grab robberies targeting retailers and follow-home attacks in the Los Angeles area.
In unveiling his “Real Public Safety Plan,” Newsom said he will ask for $255 million in competitive grants for law enforcement to address organized shoplifting attacks, and $30 million to help prosecutors fight retail, auto and rail theft crime.
Newsom said his plan would create a new program to help small businesses that have been the victims of smash-and-grab heists.
Additionally, Newsom announced grants for small retailers that have been hit by crowds of shoplifters, and promised to propose a new law that would allow citizens to sue sellers of homemade “ghost guns” and makers of unlawful assault weapons.
“We’re doubling down on our public safety investments and partnerships with law enforcement officials up and down the state to ensure Californians and small businesses, said Newsom, who made the announcement from the California Highway Patrol’s Dublin Area office in Alameda County.
Newsom announced the plan alongside Attorney General Rob Bonta, CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray and other state and local leaders.
“Through robust new investments and ongoing coordination with local agencies, this plan will bolster our prevention, deterrence and enforcement efforts to aggressively curb crime, hold bad actors to account and protect Californians from the devastating gun violence epidemic,” Newsom said.
The California Retailers Association applauded the Democratic governor’s attention to organized retail crime.
“There is no simple solution for reversing this trend, but the governor’s retail theft budget package is a big first step toward eliminating (organized retail crime) that has victimized our employees, customers, and the communities we serve,” said Rachel Michelin, president and CEO of the association.
But several Republican lawmakers reacted by saying Newsom’s proposal is too little, too late.
“While Democrats around the state are scrambling to evade the fallout from a decade of pro-criminal policies, they can’t hide from their record of zero bail, defunding the police and pathetically light sentences for criminals who repeatedly prey on innocent Californians,” said Assembly Public Safety Committee Vice-Chair Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale.
“More funding for law enforcement is a good thing, but it won’t make a dent in the crime wave if radical prosecutors let criminals out as they’re caught and state lawmakers continue watering down penalties for breaking the law.”
Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said the “Democrats’ relentless push for their `criminals first’ agenda has turned this once-majestic state into a sanctuary for criminals. It shouldn’t have taken increasing homicide rates, widespread news reports of smash-and-grabs, and pleas from Californians for Democrats to come to this realization.”
While long-term crime trends in California are down in almost every category, there has been an apparent recent uptick in organized retail theft and follow-home robberies involving firearms.
“Every family in every neighborhood in California deserves to feel safe and be safe as they live, work and play in their communities,” Bonta said.
“That’s what the Real Public Safety Plan is about — keeping Californians safe by doubling down and allocating additional resources to fight and prevent crime. My office is proud to partner with the governor in this effort, and build upon our existing work to combat organized retail crime, dismantle gangs, defend our commonsense gun laws, and hold those who commit crime accountable.”
Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, commended the plan for focusing on stores still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic but now facing the impacts of retail theft during the holiday season.
The plan “strengthens law enforcement’s presence to prevent retail theft, while also providing support for small businesses who have been victim of these crimes,” Bradford said.
This is laughable. No bail, no enforcement of petty crimes, light sentences, more sympathy for the people that perpetuate the crimes than the victims. Now that the democrats failed policies of light on crime is coming back to bite them they’re scrambling to look like they’re actually coming in and saving the day. What a joke. How about not defunding the police in the first place. How about supporting the police that are out there doing the toughest job. How about handing out sentences that actually fit the crimes. How about not letting repeat offenders out again to commit more… Read more »
bad actors? Does he mean criminals? Well, there’s part of the problem I mean really! Call them whatever you want but it doesn’t change anything. And if he wants to give me a call I’ll give him a really really quick easy solution to the crime problem . Get ready, here it comes . arrest, convict, and then lock them up . That’s how you deter crime
What crime wave?
Go outside sometime.
Are you crazy, I don’t leave The beach unless I have to, and then it’s usually straight to Beverly Hills and home again.
Lol, ok Kathy
Californian’s be like: Let’s pass Prop 47 and elect ultra-liberal, activist social-justice warrior Judges and District Attorneys, because PROGRESS!
Also Californian’s: where did all this crime come from? why aren’t the cops doing anything? let’s throw MORE MONEY at the problem. that’ll do it!
when will these people realize that bad people have been doing bad things for a very, very long time, and will CONTINUE to do bad things if left unchecked, especially if there are ZERO repercussions for their actions.
LAW AND ORDER is the means to a fair, just and DECENT society.
Since the beginning of civilization, you’d think they would get it by now.
Sen. Bradford is one of the reasons crime is on the uptick. Just take a look at the bills he writes and how he votes. If a bill will help criminals get off, he will vote for it. If it helps victims, he votes against it. Case in point: last year he voted for SB 82 which would have turned violent strong arm robberies into misdemeanors. Talk about stupid and tone deaf. Thankfully, that bill died in another committee. But it passed through his committee where to add insult to injury, this creep is the head of the Senate Public… Read more »
The only way you going to get political leaders who are reasonable and thoughtful is if you vote Republican . Those qualities among so very very very many others simply do not exist in Democrats. They just don’t
Maybe if the Republican Party wasn’t hell bent on overturning Roe v Wade, denying climate change, pushing for anti-LGBT laws, mishandling the Pandemic through anti-science and highly politicized messaging, pandering to the religious right…I could go on…more people in CA would vote Republican. I agree that the Democratic Party of today is incredibly stupid when it comes to crime, and stupid is dangerous as proven by the massive increase in violent crime caused by Democratic Party policies… But…the mean-spirited and divisive Republican Party platform leaves many reasonable centrists no choice but to vote Democratic. In the end, these days, the… Read more »
I wish Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento would just shut up with the partisan rhetoric and just work for Californians. This ‘you did you didn’t’ bullsh-t