Gavin Newsom Tells CA Mayors to ‘Step up’ on Retail Theft

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California Governor Gavin Newsom tells California mayors to step up on retail theft and make an example out of suspects.

Newsom is referring to the uptick in robberies across the Bay Area, including dozens of individuals involved in a ransack of Nordstrom in Walnut creek.

“The level of organized retail theft we are seeing is simply unacceptable,” said Governor Newsom. “Businesses and customers should feel safe while doing their holiday shopping. That’s why California is substantially increasing CHP’s presence, especially near retail areas, and will be investing even more to aggressively curb retail crime. As a small business owner myself, I am resolved to holding these criminals accountable and protecting our local businesses.”

“They’re not just stealing people’s products and impacting their livelihoods, they’re stealing a sense of place and confidence,” Newsom said.

“That’s why you’ve got to get serious about it,” he continued. “I’m not the mayor of California. But I was a mayor. And I know when things like this happen, mayors have to step up. That’s not an indictment. That’s not a cheap shot.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is working to reverse police cuts amid the crime spike. She hopes residents will feel safer in their neighborhood as she is in the process of hiring more officers.

Mayor Schaaf explained:

“Our city needs a comprehensive and holistic approach to public safety, and adequate police staffing is part of it.”

Listen to Pat Thurston talk to callers about California’s crime rate and if more police actually leads to less crime.

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