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Gov. Newsom Abandons Push to Put a Rival "Public Safety" Measure on the 2024 Ballot

The deeply unpopular measure decriminalized theft below $950, and lead to widespread looting of retail.

An effort to amend proposition 47, called the Homelessness, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act, will be on the ballot in November 2024. California Gov. Gavin Newsom wanted to place a rival measure on the ballot which would not have tolled back. On July 2nd, Newsom abandoned such efforts.

Newsom confirmed in a statement that he is scrapping his plan to qualify a competing public safety measure for the upcoming November ballot. He says he had the votes but could not meet the deadline to “secure necessary amendments to ensure this measure’s success.”

“Building on the state’s $1.1 billion investment to hire more police and tackle crime, I will soon sign a robust public safety package that expands criminal penalties, bolsters police & prosecutor tools, and cracks down on retail theft — the most significant reform in decades…”

“I look forward to working with the Legislature and our public safety and retail partners to go even further in the days ahead, without returning to the damaging policies of decades past…”

The deeply unpopular 2018 measure decriminalized theft below $950, and lead to widespread looting of retail. Today, toothpaste in California stores is locked down so no one can steal it.

Proposition 47, also known by its ballot title Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiative Statute, was a referendum passed by voters in the state of California on November 4, 2014. The measure was also referred to by its supporters as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. It recategorized some nonviolent offenses as misdemeanors, rather than felonies, as they had previously been categorized.

Sign in San Francisco gives notice that thieves should not steal more than $950.

The crimes affected were: Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950. 2. Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $9503.

Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $9504. Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950. 5. Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950. 6. Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950. 7. Personal use of most illegal drugs (Below a certain threshold of weight)


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Brad writes:

Newsom: closed Santa Monica schools for over 400 days on directive from smmcta while his children attended private school, mindlessly lost $32 billion taxpayer dollars on fraudulent unemployment during covid, paid his friends for masks that never shipped to the us, built vaccine and drug factories that had to be shut down, lied about fire prevention efforts and spending, closed California prisons and released the inmates without rehabilitation onto our streets, wasted over $27billion without tracking for the homeless industrial complex. Anyone who can continue to support this has no brain.