Elk Grove Mayor takes a 'get-tough' stance on retail crime speaking as a gas station convenience store representative

Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen speaking at a news conference addressing retail theft and shoplifting. | 

As part of Sacramento District Attorney Thien Ho and Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper's get-tough stance on the statewide proliferation of retail shoplifting, a news conference was held yesterday to discuss the topic.

Among the people speaking at the news conference was Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen. Although she noted her elected position, Singh-Allen spoke as the representative of the American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association, which KCRA said she is president of.

Retail shoplifting has become a hot topic for elected law enforcement officials like Cooper and Ho and several Republican legislators. Singh-Allen, formerly a Republican and now a Democrat, has joined the chorus calling for stricter enforcement and the repeal of laws such as 2014's Proposition 47, which has become a scapegoat for law and order politicians. 

For Singh-Allen, speaking in favor of tougher law enforcement on behalf of APCSA members, many of whose stores have been repeatedly targets for hold-ups, is politically perilous. Support of Proposition 47 criminal justice reforms is a touchstone for California Democratic officeholders seeking higher office and could inhibit the mayor as she seeks to ascend the political ladder.  

The video of yesterday's new conference is queued to Singh-Allen's comments. 

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