Newsom outlines anti-crime package

‘These laws will make California safer.’
A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will ask state lawmakers to pass new crackdowns on retail and property crimes in the face of alarming and brazen incidents of retail theft that have plagued the state’s urban areas in recent years.

Newsom this week laid out his proposal to create new penalties for those who commit retail theft and resell stolen property, and for those who steal automobiles. He also asked legislators to make it easier to charge someone with grand theft, altering a ballot measure voters passed a decade ago that decreased penalties for some property crimes.

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