Newsom Unveils Effort To Fight Theft Of LA Railroad Cargo

The governor described a multi-agency effort to clean up the rail lines and recent multi-agency efforts launched to prevent the thievery and hold perpetrators accountable.

Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled into Los Angeles’ Union Pacific railroad Thursday, Jan. 20, to show off rows of unobstructed tracks, having been been swept clean of ravaged shipping boxes and other debris that had littered rail lines in the wake of thieves recently plundering cargo cars.

After spending some time collecting trash off the tracks with CalTrans workers, the governor described a multi-agency effort to continue the rail-line clean-up, and announced expansions to a task force meant to combat retail theft and hold perpetrators accountable.

“Mark my words, this is not a one-off — this organized theft,” Newsom said at a press conference. “These folks are arrested as if they’re not connected to the whole, and we need to change that.”

Expanding the previously established Organized Retail Theft Task Force, Newsom said, is key to properly investigating and prosecuting thieves who target trains.

Bolstering that effort, Newsom said, will be an additional $255 million in grants to local law enforcement over the next three years to increase the police presence in areas where retail theft is high.

Additionally, Newsom said, his plan includes $18 million dollars over the next three years to establish a dedicated unit in the California Attorney General’s office to investigate and prosecute cross-jurisdictional, statewide organized retail theft.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has arrested 280 people for train-robbery related crimes, Newsom said, though he did not provide information on whether any of those arrests have led to convictions; he also did not provide a timeframe for those arrests.

“We must do the investigation work; it’s not just an arrest and walk away,” he said. “And then, present the case and see folks prosecuted. We’re not condoning this behavior.”

To better address the rampant robbery issue, the California Highway Patrol will work with Union Pacific Police, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to patrol the railroad’s tracks and investigate the organized nature of the crimes.

“We’re working more collaboratively,” Newsom said. “We recognize that we need each other in terms of organizing a framework to support our efforts to hold folks to account and to secure these sites, and to hold folks accountable for the long haul.

Charlie Sampson, assistant chief of the CHP, said that while the LAPD and LASD are assisting in the longer-term investigations, those agencies are not currently patrolling any railroads.

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Comments

  1. Robin Itzler says

    Where the hell has Gavin Newsom been for the last few years? He is obviously afraid of a Democrat primary challenge.

  2. Rottweiler says

    Isn’t this the guy that gets rid of the death penalty that the “people” voted for? The same guy that works in cahoots with a progressive DA Gascon to let out 86,600 hard core criminals including murderers, child molesters and rapists? Isn’t this the progressive POS that has no bail, lets thugs steal up to 950.00 worth of food and goods with reckless abandon costing taxpayers more for food? Isn’t this the creep that defunds police and then wonders why crime is up over 200%? Welcome to the progressive Marxist rule who the dumb people of California vote for and endorse. The best part is they complain and move to a red state and then vote that way all over again. Something terribly wrong with the DNA. If Soros is behind it suspect a foul smelling old baggy Hungarian that wants to live like a capitalist but wants us to live like government ruled cattle. Do they ever wonder why the elitists want this stuff but don’t want to live with it? They live in their border-controlled security gated communities with armed guards. If you go to a red state do not vote, there should be a rule that progressive Dems cannot vote in any state other than blue.

  3. Richard Cathcart says

    Newsom actually responded to the Long Beach-Los Angeles seaport cartel, not the consumer who has lost packages along UP’s tracks. “His” State intends to spend billions of $$ to “improve” throughput from China, so naturally he must take steps to ensure such is not lost to Lincoln Heights thieves. Ports in CA regularly feed Democratic Party coffers and publicly back Democratic Party candidates/re-election people.

  4. Aren’t many of the ports in California leased to Chinese entities, or fronts for Chinese entities?
    Newsom needs to be replaced by someone who is not related to Team Pelosi and will fight to improve the conditions in California not just for the poor, the homeless and the rich, but for the forgotten middle class and small business.

    • Although Barack thought it a good idea to lease Long beach to China in 2012, the new Trump administration booted China out.
      Yes, China would like to dominate all trade, by any means possible.
      Below from NewCaliforniaState.com & other sources.
      ———————————————————
      The Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security has forced China’s state-owned Cosco* to sell the Port of Long Beach over security concerns.
      China’s Cosco Shipping Holdings, which bought out its 75 percent–owned Hong Kong–based Orient Overseas International (OOCL), was forced to sell its Port of Long Beach Container Terminal ownership to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for $1.78 billion.

      The Obama administration had no problems with OOCL signing a 40-year lease with the City of Long Beach in 2012 for control of America’s second largest and most automated container handling operation. The sweetheart deal was part of the “Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program” to fund a $1.5-billion expansion through 2020.

      But one of the first major actions of the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security in March 2017 was issuing a “Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.” national security hold on Cosco’s acquisition of a former U.S. Navy port facility.

      China operates six of the world’s ten busiest container ports. The Chinese government has also funded the construction and operations of 43 ports in 35 countries under its “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport.

      As part of its efforts to gain asset dominance, China has directed its state-owned companies to exclusively buy products and services from other Chinese state-owned enterprises. As a result, China International Marine Containers Group has become the world’s largest maker of shipping containers and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries has gained a 70 percent international market share for port cranes, and now exports to 300 ports in 100 countries.

      Under the Macquarie acquisition terms, Orient Overseas International will pocket a $1.29 billion profit and still control vessel and rail traffic at the container facilities for the next twenty years.

      Correction: An earlier version of this piece misspelled the state-owned ‘Cosco’ name.

      The Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security has forced China’s state-owned Cosco* to sell the Port of Long Beach over security concerns.

      China’s Cosco Shipping Holdings, which bought out its 75 percent–owned Hong Kong–based Orient Overseas International (OOCL), was forced to sell its Port of Long Beach Container Terminal ownership to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for $1.78 billion.

      The Obama administration had no problems with OOCL signing a 40-year lease with the City of Long Beach in 2012 for control of America’s second largest and most automated container handling operation. The sweetheart deal was part of the “Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program” to fund a $1.5-billion expansion through 2020.

      But one of the first major actions of the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security in March 2017 was issuing a “Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.” national security hold on Cosco’s acquisition of a former U.S. Navy port facility.

      China operates six of the world’s ten busiest container ports. The Chinese government has also funded the construction and operations of 43 ports in 35 countries under its “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport.

      As part of its efforts to gain asset dominance, China has directed its state-owned companies to exclusively buy products and services from other Chinese state-owned enterprises. As a result, China International Marine Containers Group has become the world’s largest maker of shipping containers and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries has gained a 70 percent international market share for port cranes, and now exports to 300 ports in 100 countries.

      Under the Macquarie acquisition terms, Orient Overseas International will pocket a $1.29 billion profit and still control vessel and rail traffic at the container facilities for the next twenty years.

      Correction: An earlier version of this piece misspelled the state-owned ‘Cosco’ name.

  5. Another Newsom photo op that means nothing. Nothing was done about this for months until Fox put it on the news. This moron was in San Diego last week with his designer khakis and his black mask AND a camera crew cleaning up a homeless encampment that moved to another spot right after the cleanup. He let thousands of outlaws out of prison during Covid and now he’s wondering why these thefts are rampant. And please, Newsom, stop calling us “folks.” You certainly don’t call your buddies in Silicon Valley or Hollywood “folks.” People who rob trains are not “folks” either.

  6. How about getting rid of a DA who lets criminals off with no bail or little bail?

    How about getting rid of a Governor who backs this type DA, wants centralized Soviet Planning in Calif. and now backs $300 Billion socialized health care, and that is just the beginning costs.

    Look in the mirror if you voted Democrat you are the problem.

  7. Spending billions to take care of a problem that could be solved for a few million and enforcement of the law is typical Democratic strategy. It works for them – so why not. California is run by fools that seek to turn us into a controlled population. Socialism IS communism!!!

  8. matthew barone says

    LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis was also present for the photo oportunity. She doesn’t care either. She’s known about these railcar thefts since November but did nothing about it until Newsom called in to apprear like she really cared.

  9. Richard is spot-on, and other responders. Gruesome is responding to Union Pacific (losing money in CA) and covering his agenda to take care of CHINA. When are you going to stop buying out of country products of any kind? Including foods from other countries when we are setting in the largest AG state that CA does not support. Paint the picture??? . Wake up folks and start spreading your concerns. Walk the talk!!

  10. How about tougher penalties for criminals.?

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