HATE CRIMES ARE ON THE RISE IN L.A. COUNTY, EXPERTS TELL STATE LEADERS IN SANTA MONICA

A national expert on domestic terrorism groups, Anti-Defamation League investigative researcher Joanna Mendelson has been tracking extremist groups for nearly two decades. As of late, she’s been especially busy at work.

“Things have never been so bad,” Mendelson declared last Thursday during the inaugural meeting of the California Assembly Select Committee on the State of Hate on the campus of Santa Monica College.

Organized by committee chair Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica), the meeting focused on how various institutions and public agencies are using data to inform law enforcement and public policy in response to an upward trend in hate crimes in Los Angeles County and other parts of the state.