The following statement can be attributed to Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee:
Californians are scared and afraid to go out. That’s no way to live. We must do more to protect businesses and make our communities safer. California must collaborate and assist federal and local law enforcement agencies to address organized retail crime.
I applaud the Governor’s proposals to address the threat and reality of gun violence. I have successfully championed data and information sharing between various state agencies and the UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center, whose cutting edge work is not only critical to understanding and curbing gun violence, but also helpful in guiding us on policy. I look forward to teaming up with the Administration and our law enforcement partners on crafting an effective strategy to stop these sophisticated shoplifting rings.