Gavin Newsome’s soft on crime approach is causing people to leave Oakland


Important Takeaways:

  • Rising crime risks turning Oakland into a ‘ghost town.’ Newsom is sending in reinforcements
  • Violent crime and other felonies fell in 2023 in America’s biggest cities. They increased in Oakland.
  • Robberies grew 38% last year in Oakland, according to police data. Burglaries increased 23%. Motor vehicle theft jumped 44%. Roughly one of every 30 Oakland residents had a car stolen last year, according to a San Francisco Chronicle analysis.
  • On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he was taking action, deploying 120 California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland and the surrounding area to conduct a law enforcement surge operation. The aim: to crack down on crime, including vehicle theft, retail theft and violent crime.
  • “What’s happening in this beautiful city and surrounding area is alarming and unacceptable,” Newsom said in a statement.
  • Business owners have been pleading for help for months.

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