The once Golden State has devolved into a cesspool of violent crime, lawlessness, homelessness and rampant drug use.
This is just an objective fact as tens of thousands have left for better opportunities elsewhere, but that isn’t stopping the Governor from making a bad situation worse.
Now, this Newsom plan could turn the red light on in this deep blue state.
California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that bans arrests for “loitering with the intent of prostitution.”
This has caused bipartisan concern that the law will attract sex traffickers and other criminals to an already criminal-infested California.
Prostitution is now still illegal in California but SB 357 repeals the provisions that make loitering with the intent to commit, recruit, aid, collect, or receive any act of prostitution a misdemeanor, essentially ensuring more of it will occur.
Additionally, this new law allows those who are convicted of prostitution-related loitering to petition the court for the dismissal and sealing of their case or get re-sentencing.
Far-Left Sen. Scott Wiener (D) wrote the bill.
He thinks it will help minority communities and called it a repeal of the “walking while trans” law.
BREAKING: Gov. Newsom just signed SB 357, our legislation to repeal the crime of loitering with intent to commit prostitution, also known as the “walking while trans" law
This discriminatory law targeted and profiled Black, Brown & trans women. It needed to go.
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) July 1, 2022
Newsom wrote to the California State Senate, “The author brought forth this legislation because the crime of loitering has disproportionately impacted Black and Brown women and members of the LGBTQ community. Black adults accounted for 56.1% of the loitering charges in Los Angeles between 2017-2019, despite making up less than 10% of the city’s population.”
But former Los Angeles Police Department Vice Sergeant Dr. Stephany Powell doesn’t buy that this bill will help marginalized communities and said, “The same people the Bill vows to protect is hurting them and the surrounding community. Because there will be more prostitution related crime in the area, because of a penal code that has been taken away.”
The California bear has a tear in his eye as the Governor signed SB 357. The Black community will be a free place for sex buyers (solicitation) and traffickers (procurement) to loiter and roam. Read 653.22 PC and understand what is now legal. I will continue to fight.
— Dr. Stephany Powell (@stephany_dr) July 2, 2022
Powell especially dislikes that the new law repeals a provision that was relied on for 30 years to detain human traffickers who sometimes had victims in the trunk of their cars.
Powell states, “If I see that same pimp or trafficker that’s circling around the block a few times and I make that traffic stop, guess what? My reason for detention is using that penal code. A police officer can only arrest on a misdemeanor if they witness that misdemeanor occurring. If loitering is no longer a crime, then an officer who witnesses it cannot investigate further, even if the person loitering is suspected of being exploited or underage. They would not have a reason to detain.”
Homicides, robberies, and aggravated assaults increased in all four of California’s major cities in the last year, mirroring trends in other large, Democrat-run cities nationwide.
Unfortunately, this new law is sure to only add to the problems already plaguing the state.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.