Editor,

I see that Gov. Newsom believes that based on state crime statistics, property crimes have dropped significantly. I suspect there might be another interpretation of those statistics. Perhaps the public has lost confidence in the criminal justice system.

Businesses and individuals no longer report “minor” property crimes because it is perceived that the police, the DAs and courts just don’t care and nothing will happen to the criminals. Sometimes I think portions of Proposition 47 was drafted by criminals for criminals. Add in the wholesale release of “nonviolent” criminals from jails and prisons due to COVID and you have a perfect storm for crime. No, Gov. Newsom, there is not a decrease in property crimes. There is a decrease in the reporting of crimes because we no longer have much hope that justice will be done.

Keith Julien

Emerald Hills

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(3) comments

edkahl

Your letter is right on point. It's gotten bad in SF that rental car companies have advised renting a car there. A friend who lives in SF has his struck broken into every two weeks. Police who see a vehicle bering broken into aren't allowed to make an arrest.

Terence Y

Well written, Mr. Julien. Any words out of Gov. Newsom’s mouth should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, CA supposedly has a $30 billion surplus. No mention of the $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities or the $19 billion borrowed to pay unemployment compensation. BTW, I wonder if Newsom is back from his $29,000 per night vacation in Cabo, eschewing masks while mandating Californians mask back up. Who paid the bill – taxpayers or quid pro quo payment from donors, governor himself?

Lou

Mr. Julien - Well said, thank you! Spot on.

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