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Gov. Newsom signs bill to help fight retail theft during Southern California visit


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that aims to curb organized retail theft across the state on Wednesday, July 21, during a visit to Long Beach where he also met with local mayors and police chiefs.

The signing of Assembly Bill 331, which bolsters the California Highway Patrol’s property-crimes task force, is among several recent efforts to address an uptick in crime across California, Newsom said during a press conference on Long Beach’s Retro Row, a small business district on Fourth Street.

The bill, which passed 68-0 in the state’s Assembly and 39-0 in the Senate, gives the CHP more leeway in forming such task forces.

“(There) are organized (criminal) efforts, and we want to go after those rings, ” Newsom said of retail theft. “We want to go after those organized teams of folks that are connected not just within communities, but across the state.”

The CHP’s top cop agreed.

L-R Long Beach Mayor, Robert Garcia, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Hangout shop owner Melissa Carpenter chat in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Governor Newsom was in Long Beach for a meeting with mayors and police chiefs from across the state live and virtually to discuss rising crime and public safety issues. After the meeting he met with three business owners along 4th Street in Long Beach and then held a press conference and signed AB-331 to fight organized theft. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Assemblyman Reggie Jones Sawyer, and California Governor Gavin Newsom with the signed bill at a press conference addressing organized theft across the state in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Newsom was in Long Beach for a meeting with mayors and police chiefs from across the state live and virtually to discuss rising crime and public safety issues. After the meeting he met with three business owners along 4th Street in Long Beach and then held a press conference and signed AB-331 to fight organized theft. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

L-R California Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblyman Reggie Jones Sawyer, Long Beach Mayor, Robert Garcia, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock-Dawson, and CHP commissioner Amanda Ray inside the Hangout before their press conference in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Governor Newsom was in Long Beach for a meeting with mayors and police chiefs from across the state live and virtually to discuss rising crime and public safety issues. After the meeting he met with three business owners along 4th Street in Long Beach and then held a press conference and signed AB-331 to fight organized theft. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, speaks at a press conference addressing organized theft across the state in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Governor Gavin Newsom was in Long Beach for a meeting with mayors and police chiefs from across the state live and virtually to discuss rising crime and public safety issues. After the meeting he met with …read more

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