It is Thursday, March 25, and this is The Sacramento Bee’s AAPI weekly newsletter.
Here’s a recap of the stories I’ve covered and ones I’m following:
Elk Grove leaders on Wednesday emphatically condemned hate against the Asian American Pacific Islander community and promised new plans to help bolster the community’s safety in the wake of racist rhetoric and violent attacks against Asian Americans in California and across the country.
A resolution that condemns and aims to combats hate violence targeting the AAPI community, as well as support state legislation, sits on Elk Grove City Council members desks and was expected to be adopted in council chambers Wednesday night.
“Violence against any one of us is a threat to all of us,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen at a news conference outside Elk Grove City Hall. She introduced a “buddy” program partnering Elk Grove police with local nonprofits that serve the AAPI community and a tip line to report attacks and harassment. The tip line’s number is 916-691-5246.
Nearly a third of the city’s residents — 30% — identify as Asian-American and Pacific Islander. The City Council reflects the community: Singh-Allen is the first directly elected Sikh woman elected mayor in the nation; the city’s vice mayor, Stephanie Nguyen, and Councilman Darren Suen, are of Asian descent.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta will be California’s next attorney general, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, making him…