In police-defunded LA, violent crime is rising – and even leftist business owners are closing up shop


LOS ANGELES, CA – The woke City of Angels has seen a significant increase in violent crime which coincidently corresponds to when city leaders decided to defund their police department.

Violent crime has deterred law-abiding citizens from buying products and stores to lose thousands due to theft.

It should be no surprise to anyone that this has finally taken a toll on the businesses in the city as they are beginning to close down.

If there is any city in the United States in which a Starbucks should be located beyond Seattle, Washington, it is Los Angeles.

The rich and famous people that live and work in the city are known for their love of expensive coffee, pastries, and lattes.

Even though the demand for the product is still high in LA, the rich and famous will have to look harder to get their fix as a total of six Starbucks will be closed in the coming months.

Why, one might ask? The answer is simple, the employees and customers are feeling unsafe due to the unfettered crime at these locations.

Some believe it is exacerbated by the company’s public restroom policies enacted in 2018 which became effective after the company came under scrutiny for a manager refusing two black men use of the bathroom as they were not paying customers in Philadelphia.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering ending the policy citing the mental health epidemic occurring in the country. During a New York Times DealBook event, Schultz said:

“We have to provide a safe environment for our people and our customers. The mental health crisis in the country is severe, acute, and getting worse…We have to harden our stores and provide safety for our people. I don’t know if we can keep our bathrooms open.”

While no one can factually argue that there is not a significant issue throughout the country with mental illness, the facts are that crime of all kinds is increasing in large metropolitan areas.

Something that is gravely apparent when looking at the crime statistics from the Los Angeles Police Department which notes that more people have been killed by guns in the first six months of this year than during the same period of any of the last 15 years.

Since the Los Angeles Police Department has lost a significant number of police officers through attrition and defunding from 2020 to current, crime trends have shown an increase as homicides have increased by over 25 percent, stolen vehicles have increased by over 26 percent, shooting victims increased over 51 percent, and robbery and assaults have increased over 16 percent.

Residents and customers of Starbucks in Los Angeles do not need statistics to know that the area is becoming more dangerous. People like Jorge Tellez, who spoke to CBSLA about the violence and closures said:

“You have to have your head on a swivel because [you] never know what’s going to happen to you.”

Another person, Liz Venz, a Hollywood resident, noted she does not feel safe at all in the area. She said:

“I can’t get coffee. Like, it’s crazy, you can’t walk to work, you can’t live comfortably.”

A former employee of a downtown Starbucks, Julia Lenci, noted not only the safety concerns for the employees and customers but the amount of theft that the stores realized. She said:

“People would come in with duffel bags and take all of our merchandise and run out…It’s gotten progressively worse.”

Los Angeles County citizens have gotten enough signatures to move forward with a recall of liberal prosecutor

LOS ANGELES, CA – Citizens in Los Angeles County have collected enough signatures to start a recall effort to remove embattled District Attorney George Gascon.

The men and women who have been spearheading the project are hoping that voters in the county will remove him from office, much like the successful recall effort of former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.


The effort to get the recall effort on the ballot has been a successful one according to county election officials in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Dean Logan, reported his office had completed the first step of the review of the signatures and is moving forward with the review and verification of them.

Logan’s initial count shows that 715,833 people have agreed that Gascon needs to be removed while only 566,857 are required to force the recall election. Logan’s office reported:

“As authorized in the California Elections Code – 11225 –the RR/CC will use the random sampling technique for the verification of petition signatures. The random sample is 5% of the total number of signatures submitted.

“Based on the random sampling results, the petition will be certified as sufficient, require verification of all signatures submitted, or certified as insufficient…If the petition meets the sufficiency requirement, the RR/CC must certify sufficiency to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at its next regular meeting.”

If all of the signatures are certified by election officials in time, the recall effort could be placed on the November 8th general election ballot. If not, the Registrar’s Office advises that a special election would need to be called which would not take place until this December or January of 2023.

Organizers of the recall effort released a statement on July 5th after the initial results of the recall effort were announced. They said:

“The sheer magnitude of this [recall] effort, and time and investment required to get to this point, show how strong the public desire is to remove George Gascon from office.

From day one, this recall has been led by the very victims who Gascon has abandoned, ignored and dismissed. When the recall qualifies, he will not be able to ignore them any longer.”


Gascon has defended his policies saying that the apparent rise in crime rates in the county has nothing to do with his approach to prosecuting alleged criminals. During a press conference last year, Gascon noted that he is working to change the criminal justice system that has “served no one.” He said:

“We are trying to dramatically change a system that has served no one, not the victims of crime, not those who are accused and not the public.”

Gascon continues to defend his stance despite the number of people in Los Angeles County that believe his approach is causing more people to be victimized. Gascon appeared at an unrelated press conference and spoke to ABC 7 about the effort:

“The recall rules are fairly lax in the State of California, it requires a very low threshold. You don’t have to show criminal intent. You don’t have to show malfeasance. It’s very easy. We don’t like you, boom. We want to start a recall.

“But, be as it may, I understand the process and we’re ready. If they get the signatures, we feel very strongly that we will succeed. If they don’t get the signatures, I’m sure there will be another recall attempt.”

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