Gavin Newsom Accused of ‘Immoral’ Plot That May Worsen Crime

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 21, 2024

Sheriff Chad Bianco of Riverside County has publicly criticized Governor Gavin Newsom’s approach to amending California’s Proposition 47, a law he blames for rising crime rates. 

Proposition 47, which lessened penalties for certain drug and theft offenses, is at the center of this controversy.

The Controversial Proposition 47

Proposition 47 has been controversial since its enactment, as it reduced felonies like simple drug possession and some non-violent property crimes to misdemeanors. 

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Critics argue this has led to an increase in theft and other crimes across California.


Upcoming Ballot Measure to Reform Prop 47

A measure set for the November ballot proposes changes to Proposition 47.

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However, Sheriff Bianco claims Democratic legislators are misleading voters with alternative crime legislation to prevent these reforms.

Sheriff Labels Reform Efforts as ‘Ingenious’ and ‘Immoral’

“Prop 47 is the main contributor to many of the public safety woes that we have in California, from homelessness to drug addiction to theft,” Bianco stated in an interview with Fox News. 

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He described the plans to derail reform efforts as both ‘ingenious’ and ‘immoral’.

Governor’s Position on Negotiations

Governor Newsom has stated that he is open to negotiating changes to Proposition 47 but not until 2026.

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His stance has been to delay any immediate amendments to the proposition.

Misinformation Concerns

The sheriff has expressed concerns about significant misinformation and political maneuvers aimed at derailing the reform initiative. 

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He believes that these tactics complicate the process of making necessary legal changes.


New Crime Legislation Discussions

Following the approval to reform Proposition 47, Democrats in the state legislature have begun discussing new crime legislation.

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Bianco argues that these efforts undermine the reform initiatives by presenting them as unnecessary.


Allegations of Sabotage by the Governor

“The Democratic leadership, particularly our governor, had to come up with a plan of how to sabotage this,” said Sheriff Bianco.

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He accuses state leadership of crafting strategies to hinder the reform of Proposition 47.


Recap of Proposition 47’s Impact

Proposition 47 reclassified certain theft and drug possession offenses as misdemeanors if the involved amounts are below $950. 

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This reclassification has been linked by law enforcement officials to a spike in theft and public disorder.


Crime Trends Post-Proposition 47

The years following the enactment of Proposition 47 have seen a rise in smash-and-grab crimes, particularly highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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These incidents have been widely publicized, showing groups of thieves targeting stores.


Differing Opinions on Public Safety Legislation

While some law enforcement groups support the new public safety bills proposed by Democrats, Sheriff Bianco criticizes these measures.

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He sees them as misleading, offering superficial solutions to deeper criminal issues.


Urgent Message to Voters from Sheriff Bianco

“As the November ballot approaches, I need everyone to be fully aware. It is completely disingenuous. It is not true. They are misrepresenting factual law, and they are trying to fool the voters once again,” Bianco warned.

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He urges Californians to scrutinize the political narratives surrounding Proposition 47 reforms closely.