Sacramento

Proposed police cuts not popular

South Sacramento residents and Latino business owners are concerned after the Sacramento Police Department announced last week that there will be less street patrolling in the area due to city budget cuts.

Such is the case of Catarino González, who has owned a shoe repair business on Florin road for more than 20 years. He said public safety in the area is becoming more critical.

"Here, assaults to small businesses and robberies on the streets are common. The worst thing is that there is not much surveillance and when you call the police it takes a long time in coming, making it almost impossible to stop the thieves," said González, who has been robbed.

In a news conference last week the Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness said that the situation is very difficult for this department to face a deficit of $55 million.

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