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Hamburger Politics

Making headlines around the country, California’s iconic In-N-Out recently announced closure of its Oakland California location due to high levels of crime in Oakland’s “crime triangle.” This marks the first ever closure of an In-N-Out location in the company’s 75-year history, which is being celebrated this year. But In-N-Out isn’t ...
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When it Comes to Crime Statistics it’s Important to “Mind the Gap”

The Atlantic Monthly, using the work of crime statistician Jeff Asher, have been publishing articles recently putting forth the idea that 2023 homicide statistics indicate that the United States is experiencing the lowest crime rates in “50 years.” On January 19th, Rogé Karma boldly wrote in an article entitled “The ...
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Is Prop. 47 reform in sight?

Prop. 47 Reforms Gain Traction

It doesn’t take a deep understanding of crime statistics to understand that theft is on the increase.  The media and social media  provide almost daily examples of brazen shoplifting and car burglaries. The San Francisco Chronicle’s auto burglary “tracker” shows hundreds of thefts from vehicles every month and KRON 4 ...
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High Crime in Oakland Claims In-N-Out

Why is In-N-Out Closing in Oakland? Out of Control Crime in the “Crime Triangle”

Last month, In-N-Out, California’s iconic purveyor of burgers and fresh cut fries, opened one of its newest locations in Boise, Idaho. Eager Idahoans waited in eight-hour long lines for what for many was their first Double-Double with fries “animal” style, proving perhaps that not everything from California is bad in ...
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Newsom public safety budget shortchanges crime victims

For California’s Crime Victims – Budget Dust

Despite his protestations to the opposite in the recent debate with Governor DeSantis,  California’s violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over their 2021 levels, making California a crime outlier compared to national crime statistics which have dropped. The Governor’s “Real Public Safety Plan” ...
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Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
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Prop 47 Never Stood a Chance

Nine years ago, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 47 – The “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” – and in so doing affirmed and then reaffirmed in later elections their desire that California both reduce crime and rates of incarceration.   This is a tall order for any bureaucracy – and one ...
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Read about rise in crime against seniors

California – It’s No Place for the Old

On Halloween Eve this year a 79-year-old woman was walking along Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica when she was beaten on her head and robbed of her purse by four suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  An alert witness contacted the police and, thanks to a good ...
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Read latest on fight against fentanyl

A Deal with China on Fentanyl?

According to a story in Reuters: . . . The administration is set to remove restrictions on China’s Institute of Forensic Science in a bid to convince Beijing to step up cooperation to halt the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Blocking fentanyl “precursor” chemicals has ...
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Learn about California's rising crime problem

California’s Victim Compensation Board – Helping Victims, or Themselves?

The California crime victimization numbers are staggering.  In 2022, the last full year of statistics, violent crime rose 6.1 percent and property crimes rose 6.2 percent.  In all – 193,019 people were reported victims of violent crime and there were 902,977 reported property crimes for a total of 1,095,496 crimes.  ...
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Hamburger Politics

Making headlines around the country, California’s iconic In-N-Out recently announced closure of its Oakland California location due to high levels of crime in Oakland’s “crime triangle.” This marks the first ever closure of an In-N-Out location in the company’s 75-year history, which is being celebrated this year. But In-N-Out isn’t ...
Blog

When it Comes to Crime Statistics it’s Important to “Mind the Gap”

The Atlantic Monthly, using the work of crime statistician Jeff Asher, have been publishing articles recently putting forth the idea that 2023 homicide statistics indicate that the United States is experiencing the lowest crime rates in “50 years.” On January 19th, Rogé Karma boldly wrote in an article entitled “The ...
Blog

Is Prop. 47 reform in sight?

Prop. 47 Reforms Gain Traction

It doesn’t take a deep understanding of crime statistics to understand that theft is on the increase.  The media and social media  provide almost daily examples of brazen shoplifting and car burglaries. The San Francisco Chronicle’s auto burglary “tracker” shows hundreds of thefts from vehicles every month and KRON 4 ...
Blog

High Crime in Oakland Claims In-N-Out

Why is In-N-Out Closing in Oakland? Out of Control Crime in the “Crime Triangle”

Last month, In-N-Out, California’s iconic purveyor of burgers and fresh cut fries, opened one of its newest locations in Boise, Idaho. Eager Idahoans waited in eight-hour long lines for what for many was their first Double-Double with fries “animal” style, proving perhaps that not everything from California is bad in ...
Blog

Newsom public safety budget shortchanges crime victims

For California’s Crime Victims – Budget Dust

Despite his protestations to the opposite in the recent debate with Governor DeSantis,  California’s violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over their 2021 levels, making California a crime outlier compared to national crime statistics which have dropped. The Governor’s “Real Public Safety Plan” ...
Blog

Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
Blog

Prop 47 Never Stood a Chance

Nine years ago, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 47 – The “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” – and in so doing affirmed and then reaffirmed in later elections their desire that California both reduce crime and rates of incarceration.   This is a tall order for any bureaucracy – and one ...
Blog

Read about rise in crime against seniors

California – It’s No Place for the Old

On Halloween Eve this year a 79-year-old woman was walking along Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica when she was beaten on her head and robbed of her purse by four suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  An alert witness contacted the police and, thanks to a good ...
Blog

Read latest on fight against fentanyl

A Deal with China on Fentanyl?

According to a story in Reuters: . . . The administration is set to remove restrictions on China’s Institute of Forensic Science in a bid to convince Beijing to step up cooperation to halt the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Blocking fentanyl “precursor” chemicals has ...
Blog

Learn about California's rising crime problem

California’s Victim Compensation Board – Helping Victims, or Themselves?

The California crime victimization numbers are staggering.  In 2022, the last full year of statistics, violent crime rose 6.1 percent and property crimes rose 6.2 percent.  In all – 193,019 people were reported victims of violent crime and there were 902,977 reported property crimes for a total of 1,095,496 crimes.  ...
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