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Feature Commentary March 8th, 2007


Assemblyman Martin Garrick Joins Lawmakers Introducing Comprehensive Gang Bill Package

photoAB 998 Enhances the Penalties for Car Theft

Recently, Assemblyman Martin Garrick joined with six other legislators to unveil a comprehensive legislative package focused on winning the war on street gangs. Gang violence has infiltrated urban, suburban and rural communities, and lawmakers stressed that curbing gangs must be a top priority of the Legislature this year.

“Gangs and the violence they spread through our communities has got to stop. I am proud to be working with my colleagues towards a solution to this terrible problem,” said Garrick.

Eleven lawmakers, dealing with all aspects of gang activities introduced twenty-two bills last Wednesday. The bills will focus on prevention and intervention to stop the cycle of gang recruitment, suppression and intervention of gang activity, and enhance penalties to provide justice for victims.

“Gang involvement in auto theft is increasing in recent years. In part, because the penalty for vehicle theft is not consider a ‘strike’ and doesn’t carry with it the enhanced penalties,” said Assemblyman Garrick

Since 1999, vehicle theft is the fastest growing felony. Between 1999-2004, the number of vehicle thefts in the state increased by 83,000. 2004, saw a 49% increase in number of vehicles stolen.

AB 998 introduced by Assemblyman Garrick, mandates that persons with a prior history of auto theft be charged with a felony, and not a misdemeanor, for auto theft.

Assemblyman Martin Garrick represents north San Diego County and proudly servings the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana, Vista and portions of cities of Escondido, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Marcos, Solana Beach.






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