California Governor Gavin Newson appears to be even further out of left field than previously thought as Los Angeles Police Protective League vice president Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz blasted his recent comment rejecting the fact there has been an increase in statewide crime.
“That’s a fantasy world,” Sandoz explained, obviously bewildered by the false comments made by the governor.
In an interview with FOX 11 earlier this week, Newsom, who has been referred to as the “heavily-lacquered lefty-sun-God mayor of San Francisco,” was pressed on the effects of Proposition 47 and whether or not the once Golden State had become less safe since it was enacted. Prop 47 is a controversial law that downgraded shoplifting from a felony to a misdemeanor if the value of the goods is less than $950.
“The evidence doesn’t back it up… The last three decades, we’ve actually seen a significant decline in the state,” said Newsom.
Fact check: False.
Has Prop. 47 made California less safe?
In 2014, CA voters passed a proposition that reclassified thefts under $950 as a misdemeanor. @CAgovernor @GavinNewsom told me the Prop has allowed for more investment in local communities & “we’re not going to walk away from that.” pic.twitter.com/ymYtt40Rc1
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) July 22, 2021
Even the progressive San Francisco Chronicle published statistics this month showing that homicides are on the rise to the tune of 36 percent in California’s bay area.
Sandoz explained, “That’s a fantasy world. Where are we living in? I mean, you could look at the numbers throughout California and the rest of the country. Crime is increasing. It is surging, and there’s no consequences.”
“There’s no repercussions for these criminals that feel that they could go in and do what they want. And it’s because of these laws. That statement is not true. The numbers don’t lie,” she added.
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In fact, criminals have become so brazen in California that a gunman attempted armed robbery right in front of a ‘crime prevention’ official in front of city hall in Oakland.
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a California gubernatorial candidate in the upcoming Newsom recall election, weighed in on the governor’s mystifying comments on social media and said, “Out-of-touch is an understatement.”
“Prop 47 – a law that has allowed thieves to commit many crimes with zero consequences – is a disaster,” Faulconer wrote on Twitter. “Newsom is in over his head and has no idea how to keep Californians safe.”
Newsom defended Prop 47 to anchor Elex Michaelson and explained that it has “allowed for more community investment,” and “we’re not going to walk away from that.”
“Those initiatives have given us the ability to invest an unprecedented amount of money back into the communities,” he claimed.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told FOX 11 in 2020 that none of that money that has supposedly been “invested” back in the communities has materialized.
“I don’t know where that money is. I’ve been calling for three years for Sacramento to deliver that money. We haven’t seen these dollars. We need to have those dollars that were promised from Sacramento under Prop 47 come to local programs,” Garcetti said last year. It’s unclear if any of those dollars have since turned up.
Maybe Newsom misplaced the money last November when he was busy sucking down a several hundred dollars per plate dinner at the posh French Laundry with his political cronies in defiance of his own lockdown orders.
In addition to shoplifting, Prop 47 applies converts many nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors including drug possession, property crimes, and writing bad checks. The referendum, known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act passed in 2014 by 59 percent of California voters, according to Ballotpedia.
Unlike Newsom, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva faces the hard reality of dealing with the fallout from Prop 47 and explained this week in a Facebook Live event that part of the problem is the “reform-minded” progressives who refuse to prosecute thefts.
“In the past, pre-Prop 47 and pre-these progressive DA’s like George Gascón, they’d [suspects] at least bother to run out, now they don’t even bother to run out. They just casually stroll out with all the time in the world knowing that as long as they keep the tally under $950 it’s perfectly OK,” Villanueva said.
He provided some crime statistics for his sprawling Southern California jurisdiction noting that last week there was a 56 percent in criminal homicide, 10 percent increase in aggravated assault, 29 percent increase in grand theft auto, and a 9 percent increase in arson.
“But according to our politicians, everything ok in the state of California,” Villanueva concluded sarcastically. “We’re a model for criminal justice reform.”
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