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Dublin: Gov. Newsom announces proposal of more than $300M to combat retail theft, violent crime

'This moment requires us to do more and to broaden and deepen our efforts throughout the state'

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a proposal Friday to allocate upwards of $300 million over the next three years to curtail organized retail theft and violent crime across the state.

Speaking at the California Highway Patrol's Dublin office, Newsom pledged to infuse local law enforcement agencies and district attorney's offices with funding to crack down on retail, gun and drug crime.

The plan would make $255 million in grants available to law enforcement agencies over three years, enabling them to expand the number of officers they station at retail locations and hone in on organized retail theft.

"We recognize this moment requires us to do more and to broaden and deepen our efforts throughout the state of California," Newsom said, referencing the retail theft operations in recent months in the Bay Area.

Newsom's proposal would make permanent what is currently known as the Organized Retail Crime Task Force within the CHP. Since its inception in 2019, the task force has recovered nearly $20 million in stolen goods.

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The renamed Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit already operates in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, and would expand to include Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley under Newsom's proposal.

It would also provide $20 million in grants to small businesses that have been affected by smash-and-grab operations and organized theft.

State and local prosecutors and investigators would have access to nearly $50 million in combined grants over three years to combat retail crime, with $30 million allocated for district attorneys and $18 million to support the creation of a dedicated investigative team within the state attorney general's office focusing on retail theft.

"The resources and funding announced today, they're a game changer," Attorney General Rob Bonta said. The proposal "provides the (Department of Justice) with additional funding to bolster our existing efforts, taking down the perpetrators at the top of these crime rings and shutting down the pipeline of stolen merchandise, freezing out the illicit market and ensuring serious criminals face serious consequences."

As part of the funding proposal, Newsom also included plans to create a statewide gun buyback program, fund gun violence research at the University of California at Davis and allocate $20 million to the National Guard to target drug smuggling, particularly internationally via the state's southern border.

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"I've traveled across the state as attorney general ... to rural, to urban, coastal and inland communities," Bonta said. "I have yet to meet a single Californian who does not want to be protected from crime."

Newsom is expected to include the crime prevention funding in his 2022-2023 budget proposal to the state legislature, which he is set to fully unveil next month.

"I hope people will feel more confidence that the state is doing its part to help support local government and local agencies address this very, very serious issue of crime and retail theft here in the state of California," he said.

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Dublin: Gov. Newsom announces proposal of more than $300M to combat retail theft, violent crime

'This moment requires us to do more and to broaden and deepen our efforts throughout the state'

by Eli Walsh / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Mon, Dec 20, 2021, 5:33 pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a proposal Friday to allocate upwards of $300 million over the next three years to curtail organized retail theft and violent crime across the state.

Speaking at the California Highway Patrol's Dublin office, Newsom pledged to infuse local law enforcement agencies and district attorney's offices with funding to crack down on retail, gun and drug crime.

The plan would make $255 million in grants available to law enforcement agencies over three years, enabling them to expand the number of officers they station at retail locations and hone in on organized retail theft.

"We recognize this moment requires us to do more and to broaden and deepen our efforts throughout the state of California," Newsom said, referencing the retail theft operations in recent months in the Bay Area.

Newsom's proposal would make permanent what is currently known as the Organized Retail Crime Task Force within the CHP. Since its inception in 2019, the task force has recovered nearly $20 million in stolen goods.

The renamed Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit already operates in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, and would expand to include Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley under Newsom's proposal.

It would also provide $20 million in grants to small businesses that have been affected by smash-and-grab operations and organized theft.

State and local prosecutors and investigators would have access to nearly $50 million in combined grants over three years to combat retail crime, with $30 million allocated for district attorneys and $18 million to support the creation of a dedicated investigative team within the state attorney general's office focusing on retail theft.

"The resources and funding announced today, they're a game changer," Attorney General Rob Bonta said. The proposal "provides the (Department of Justice) with additional funding to bolster our existing efforts, taking down the perpetrators at the top of these crime rings and shutting down the pipeline of stolen merchandise, freezing out the illicit market and ensuring serious criminals face serious consequences."

As part of the funding proposal, Newsom also included plans to create a statewide gun buyback program, fund gun violence research at the University of California at Davis and allocate $20 million to the National Guard to target drug smuggling, particularly internationally via the state's southern border.

"I've traveled across the state as attorney general ... to rural, to urban, coastal and inland communities," Bonta said. "I have yet to meet a single Californian who does not want to be protected from crime."

Newsom is expected to include the crime prevention funding in his 2022-2023 budget proposal to the state legislature, which he is set to fully unveil next month.

"I hope people will feel more confidence that the state is doing its part to help support local government and local agencies address this very, very serious issue of crime and retail theft here in the state of California," he said.

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MichaelB
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 20, 2021 at 9:20 pm
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Dec 20, 2021 at 9:20 pm

"As part of the funding proposal, Newsom also included plans to create a statewide gun buyback program, fund gun violence research at the University of California at Davis..."

Thanks Gavin. Are the bad guys on the streets just waiting to change their violent ways and going straight by having the opportunity to "sell" their guns back to the state? "Gun violence" research? Sounds like more people with MDs or PhDs after their names trying to legitimize propaganda from the political left that guns are "germs" that cause "disease"(and the people who abuse them are "victims") - so you can justify passing even more gun laws/bans that the criminals will just ignore. Just what we don't need to be spending more taxpayer money on.

Does everyone now feel "safer" as a result of this? Nothing will change as it relates to violent crime until the bail "reform", defund the police, open borders, social justice, and "systemic racism" crowd (members of Newsom's own political party) are discredited, voted out, recalled, and replaced. "Progressive" DAs in LA and SF have already been lax in holding criminals accountable and state gun laws make self-defense difficult (if not prohibitive). Looks like the polls were not looking good for Democrats on this issue and something had to be done.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 20, 2021 at 11:01 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Dec 20, 2021 at 11:01 pm

aaaaahhhhh ha ha ha ha.....ya'll had the chance and decided to wait it out. And now you get more of the same.

more covid restrictions

more school dumbing down
(by the way, the private school track his kids are on won't be adopting the math limitations on AP courses public schools have to), nor the radical version of critical race theory being proposed....or even the "equal outcomes" approach public schools are mandating. Believe it or not, but they actually will get full A, B, C, D, and F grades......and assignments are due when scheduled.

Apparently we are re-funding the CHP for crimes committed in neighborhoods typically under the local police jurisdictions (way to avoid saying he funded the Police after saying defund the police earlier).

This guy is an absolute waste of air.

Uses state resources to create fire barriers for his winery that he apparently has no influence over......ha.

Crime is apparently down....yet we're having to increase funding because....its down?

Please stop voting these jokers in office, find a moderate Republican or Democrat. Vote for the Republican that other Republicans call a socialist. Vote for the Democrat that other Democrats call a Trump supporter.

Stop voting down party lines. Stop buying the lie.


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