The rail hub in East Los Angeles has become the symbolic epicenter of the national increase in crime and lawlessness. Union Pacific has suffered at least 5 million dollars in losses because thieves broke into rail cars to steal some of the massive amounts of freight through the hub.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has done his best to ignore this attack on the supply chain. Still, with a 160 percent increase year-over-year of this type of crime and national attention on empty shelves, he was forced to at least engage in a photo-op. On January 20, 2022, Newsom helped clean up the mess at the trainyard while confirming what everyone already began to suspect about California by saying the tracks were beginning to resemble a third-world country.
After insulting his state, he later managed to offend only his far-left base by actually speaking the truth for once, saying, “This is not one-off. It is organized theft. These are organized gangs of people that are coming out.” Someone on his staff was concerned about the gang vote because he immediately walked it back, saying, “Forgive me for saying ‘gangs,’ that’s not a pejorative,” he said. “They’re organized groups of folks that move from site to site.” Everyone certainly is glad he cleared up the confusion.
It is just groups of wandering minstrels strolling through the train yard just taking what they need who pose no danger to anyone else. Forget the fact that USA Today calls trains the weakest chain in the supply chain. Forget that there are shortages all up and down the coast at every level. Instead of setting up security or enforcement, Gavin Newsom picks up some trash and invents a new way to describe an organized criminal enterprise.
Each day more voters who supported him in the recall election regret their decision to keep Newsom in charge of the Golden State as it slides into chaos.