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March 23, 2023

California's AG Has a Theory About Who's to Blame For the Skyrocketing Rates of Car Theft That Have Occurred On His Watch

No, it's not his fault, nor California's political class for voting to make "minor" thefts of $950 or less misdemeanors which aren't even prosecuted as misdemeanors. (What's the point?)

Thereby cultivating a Culture of Criminality.

No, California's AG -- the "man" California elected to prosecute crime -- knows who the real culprit is.

The real villain here is auto manufacturers, for making cars that are so tempting, and so easy, to steal.

California attorney general Rob Bonta (D.) is blaming car manufacturers for the spike in car thefts that has occurred on his watch.

In a letter to Hyundai and Kia, Bonta and 22 other attorneys general on Monday claimed the carmakers helped fuel a national car theft epidemic by not installing engine immobilizers to certain vehicle models. The letter notes that over the past two years, carjacking teens launched viral TikTok tutorials on how to override certain Kia and Hyundai security devices.

But Bonta has done little to offset his state's rise in car thefts. The attorney general boasted in 2022 that while homicides, property crime, and violent crime went up during his first year on the job, arrest rates and probation levels declined. Since taking office in 2021, Bonta has focused his efforts on investigating police and suing cities over their zoning policies as car thefts and violent crime mount. As a state legislator, Bonta helped secure softer sentencing laws and reduced jail time for felons.

According to Bonta's office, Kia and Hyundai cars made up about 20 percent of Los Angeles auto thefts last year and 38 percent of those in Berkeley since the end of 2022. He and his fellow attorneys general are demanding Kia and Hyundai speed an update to anti-theft software, as well as develop "free alternative protective measures" for those with vehicle models that do not support the technology.

But California led the nation in car thefts and saw a major spike in 2021, when a vehicle was stolen every three minutes, according to a state report listing Honda Civics as the top target. While the state has yet to compile data for 2022, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that car thefts rose again.

The article notes that thieves have been stealing catalytic converters. Which, if I remember right, contain platinum.

Instead of just increasing the penalties for stealing a catalytic converter, Gavin Newsom restricted the sale and purchase of used catalytic converters. So if you're a car owner and selling your junker for pieces, your right to sell the catalytic converter is restricted, while the criminals are permitted to keep on stealing.

The Democrats know their voter are disproportionately vile parasitic criminals and will countenance absolutely no action against them. They also know that Republicans are largely law-abiding, and so they throw all the impositions on them.

Just as they do with guns, obviously. They won't prosecute felons for felonies -- which would bar them from purchasing guns on the legal market -- instead letting violent drug dealers down to misdemeanors.

Then they demand that lawful gun owners be forced to give up their guns. Just so they have something to say if anyone in the media asks, "Well wait, why aren't you just prosecuting criminals for felonies, which would reduce their access to guns?"

But don't worry -- no one in the media actually ever asks that.

Via David Strom who mentioned it in passing in discussing the San Francisco police commissioner who told citizens emotionally distressed about being victimized by crime to toughen up, and to accept constant theft and threat of violence by Democrat Voters as a "basic city experience" that should be tolerated or even celebrated.

There has been a lot of Democrat/leftist agitation that "real city life" should be filled with hold-ups, hookers, and heroin needles, and that life in 1970s-era crime infested hellholes was the "real [insert city name here]," and that the cleaned up "safe for Disney" cities that Republican policies and stern policing ushered in during the 90s just aren't authentic, hip, and cool.

And how long will Democrat Voters continue accepting that being mugged or burlarized or even r@ped is just part of the "Democrat Cool" vision of cities as dystopian hellholes which will produce great junkie poets?

Many of them will accept it forever.

But Asians, at least, are warning Democrats that they are not going to continue accepting that it's a "basic city experience" that Asians will be hunted by human predators on the streets just because Democrats refuse to lock violent felons up.

John Sexton notes that CNN refuses to use the word "woke" here, but that's what Asians are warning Democrats about.

Supervisor Joel Engardio, a gay married man who by most national standards is a liberal, describes himself as a moderate in San Francisco. And he is quick to criticize the word "progressive."

"To me, progressive is forward thinking, moving into the future and building a better city," said Engardio from his San Francisco City Hall office. "For too long, we have not followed that definition of progressive. Progressive is a city that works and functions and builds toward the future."...

"We should all pay attention that San Francisco, the most liberal place in America, is saying enough. We want safe streets. We want good schools. That should tell anyone -- pay attention," said Engardio.

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