California’s Proposition 47, which was approved in 2014, among other things, has lowered shoplifting penalties involving thefts of less than $950, from felonies to misdemeanors. This, along with the fact that criminals no longer fear incarceration, has led to the rise in theft related crimes to include the smash and grab thefts in our malls and in local retail stores. We have seen these crimes come to our community and I fear, without action, the rate of these crimes will continue to rise.
I fully support the recent efforts to overturn Prop 47 that include lowering the felony threshold back to $400 instead of the $1000. I further support legislation that would increase penalties for any organized retail theft crimes. I will commit to aiding and supporting the police departments in our county in preventing these crimes and apprehending those who commit them.