California

Newsom calls out mayors amid Calif.’s growing brazen burglary crisis

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said he had “no sympathy or empathy” for people involved in recent organized retail thefts in the San Francisco Bay Area that have made national headlines.

He said he planned to include an “exponential level of support” in his upcoming budget to help cities address retail theft rings and other quality of life issues.

But Newsom did not detail what he planned to propose and a spokesperson for the governor said that the office did not have new numbers to share yet.

“We want people prosecuted and we want people to feel safe,” Newsom told reporters from a vaccine clinic in the Bay Area to promote COVID-19 booster shots. “They must be held to account.”

On Friday, thieves smashed windows and looted the Louis Vuitton store as well as Burberry, Bloomingdale’s and Yves Saint Laurent in San Francisco’s Union Square. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the next day that the city would restrict access to cars in the area.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.