Attorney General Rob Bonta was joined by Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento and other local leaders in Santa Ana for an anti-hate roundtable discussion.
The roundtable in Santa Ana is the seventh in a series of discussions being led by the Attorney General across California bringing together local community voices and elected leaders.
“It’s through partnership and dialogue and solution-oriented approaches that we have had throughout this state and, again today, that we will get there,” Bonta said. “I am visiting 13 big cities in the state of California to sit down in community, in a roundtable, in partnership — to address the best ways to solve our hate crime epidemic.”
In 2020, California experienced a 31 percent overall increase in reported hate crimes — the highest reported level in more than a decade, according to the Department of Justice. Crimes motivated by racial bias drove much of that rise, increasing by 67.3 percent.
More information and guidance from the state Department of Justice to help tackle the recent rise in hate crime activity can be found here.