What Others Are Saying

“Retail theft disproportionately affects communities of color, exacerbating economic disparities and hindering progress. This initiative is about restoring commonsense accountability measures that will make our streets safer and stop the rampant theft that has plagued too many neighborhoods across California.”

Joe Coto, President of United Latinos Action and former Democrat Assembly Member

“Small businesses are some of the biggest victims of rampant retail theft, driving community businesses out of neighborhoods across California. We need common sense reforms to ensure repeat criminals are held accountable, and small businesses do not continue to pay the price for inaction,”

Julian Canete, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

"The Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act will make targeted but impactful changes to our laws around fentanyl and help us tackle the chronic retail theft that hurts our retailers, our workers, and our cities. I fully support this measure and know it will make a meaningful difference for cities across California."

Mayor London Breed, San Francisco

“Repeat retail theft erodes my ability to stay in business and threatens the safety of my employees. Without accountability, the cycle of theft continues. It's time for action. That’s why I support this commonsense initiative"

Jim Relles, Owner of Relles Florists

“We cannot be afraid to challenge the status quo when it is clearly not working for our residents. We need reform that doesn’t take us back to the era of mass incarceration but allows judges to mandate treatment for those struggling with severe addiction, hold repeat offenders accountable, and treat fentanyl like the killer it is.”

Mayor Matt Mahan, San Jose

“We have witnessed firsthand the detrimental impact of retail theft on underserved communities. When businesses are forced to shut their doors due to rampant theft, it results in lost opportunities, lost jobs, and lost hope. Our neighborhoods deserve to have thriving businesses that provide essential goods and employment opportunities. We are proud to support the Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act.”

Rev. Jonathan Mosely, Western Region Director of the National Action Network

“When there are no consequences for retail theft, especially for repeat offenders, family-owned businesses and their employees must be concerned about their safety and ability to keep their doors open. The Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act will enact the vital reforms needed to ensure our communities are safe again.”

Robert Rivinius, Executive Director of the Family Business Association of California

“I am proud to lend my support to this public safety initiative that would make changes to Prop 47 which would address serious spikes in drug and theft crimes since the pandemic. Local law enforcement and my constituents are saying enough is enough.”

Assemblymember James Ramos, (D-Highland)