Assemblymembers Kansen Chu and Rudy Salas Host Hearing to Review the Progress on Addressing Hate Crimes

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Kansen Chu and Assemblymember Rudy Salas hosted a joint oversight hearing on the progress of addressing hate crimes in California. Assemblymember Chu is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, and Assemblymember Salas is the Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Panelists included representatives from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State Auditor, California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The joint oversight hearing will serve as an opportunity to follow up on the 2018 Hate Crimes in California audit recommendations and to discuss current and future efforts to address hate crimes.

“Hate crimes have no place in our community,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose). “No one should be targeted because of who they are and what they believe. California can do better to protect its people, and this hearing gives our state an important update on progress and policy gaps. I appreciate current efforts made by our local and state law enforcement agencies, and I will continue to push for tangible changes to address hate crimes."

“It is alarming to see the growing trend of assaults and hate crimes being committed across multiple groups in our state,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “We need to continue to partner with our state and local law enforcement to ensure our most vulnerable communities are protected. Today’s hearing strengthens our ability to tackle discrimination and improves the tools for law enforcement to report and combat hate crimes.”

Quotes from Panelists:

“This joint oversight hearing spearheaded by the respective Chairs are critical to cast a spotlight on much needed reforms so that the growing numbers of violent hate crimes in California are firmly addressed, particularly for vulnerable groups and in places with an inadequate response,” said Professor Brian Levin with the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “Our research at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and the audit we help requested found not only that hate crimes are a continuing critical problem but also showed that much more has to be done with respect to policies, data collection, legislation, coordination, prevention, and outreach. Special thanks to our Legislators who have gone beyond mere fact finding to taking concrete actions.”

“LAPD is committed to supporting the victims of hate crimes by ensuring that they receive the necessary support,” said Orlando Martinez, Detective Supervisor with the Los Angeles Police Department. We are also making efforts to correct department underreporting and to encourage the public to trust us to investigate each incidents properly. Thank you for the opportunity to address our concerns, and we look forward to working with the Legislature on addressing hate crimes.”

As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, Assemblymember Kansen Chu led the effort in 2017 to request for a statewide audit that resulted in a 2018 Hate Crimes in California report (www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2017-131.pdf) by the California State Auditor, Elaine Howe.  The report yielded policy recommendations, such as trainings for peace officers, better reporting tools, and greater engagement at the state level. In the past few years, Assemblymember Chu worked on legislation to update law enforcement’s reporting system, improve ongoing trainings for peace officers, create a process to address bias-related incidents in schools, and improve coordination between state and local agencies.

In addition to Chairs Kansen Chu and Rudy Salas, other Members in attendance were Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), Steven Choi (R-Irvine), Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino), Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), and Senators Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

Panelists included:

  • Brian Levin, Professor, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Elaine Howle, State Auditor, California State Auditor
  • Aaron Fellner, Senior Auditor, California State Auditor
  • Christine Sun, Special Assistant to the Attorney General, California Department of Justice,
  • Manuel Alvarez Jr., Executive Director, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
  • Orlando Martinez, Detective Supervisor, Los Angeles Police Department

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.

Panelist Biographies.pdf

Prof. Levin Data Supplement.pdf

State Auditor Recommendations Status - 2017-131 Hate Crimes Hearing 01.28.20.pdf

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