OC Board of Supervisors Working with Sheriff’s Department to Prevent Hate Crimes Against Minorities and Religious Groups

(Santa Ana, CA) – At the request of Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes  will present a report to the Board of Supervisors on the County’s efforts to protect minorities and religious institutions from targeted hate-crimes, including anti-Semitism, at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020.

“Following the horrific recent attacks on Jews in New York and on Christian parishioners in Texas, I have requested that the Orange County Sheriff’s update the Board of Supervisors, and the public, on protections for minorities and religious groups to ensure their safety amid an increase in attacks on religious institutions and an alarming increase in anti-Semitism and in our nation,” said Vice Chair Michelle Steel.

“This will be an opportunity for the public to hear the latest information on what the county is doing to protect our residents, and for the Board to discuss the matter and provide additional direction,” Steel added.

“There is no room for hate in Orange County,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. “The Sheriff’s Department is committed to protecting all members of our community.  The national rise in attacks against the faith community is alarming.  Ensuring the freedom to safely worship is a top priority.  Our partnerships and innovative policing strategies are aimed at identifying and addressing threats before they materialize.”

“Orange County is a beautiful place to live, filled with people from various backgrounds and faiths,” added Steel. “I will continue working with Sheriff Barnes to make sure that our Orange County communities are safe.”


First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.