“Mocking racist references to COVID-19 have inflamed anti-AAPI sentiments. The reporting center Stop AAPI Hate has chronicled more than 3,800 hate incidents against Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic a year ago. We must take action to stem this violence against our community members.
“We stand in solidarity with our AAPI community and allies engaged in anti-racist action. We express our deepest sympathy to the families of the most recent victims and our support to the AAPI community in the Tri-Valley. We are with you, and we are here for you. We call upon everyone in our community to take a stand against hate and bigotry.”
The public letter was signed by council members Dave Fong (Danville), Sherry Hu (Dublin), Shawn Kumagai (Dublin), Sridhar Verose (San Ramon) and Sabina Zafar (San Ramon); school board members Catherine Kuo (Dublin), Susanna Wong Ordway (San Ramon Valley) and Kristie Wang (Livermore Valley); community college board members Andy Li (Contra Costa) and Ed Maduli (Chabot-Las Positas); and special district board members Arun Goel (DSRSD), Michelle Lee (SRVFPD) and Olivia Sanwong (Zone 7).
The city of Pleasanton has been among the other public agencies to release statements in recent days showing support for Asian American residents and denouncing acts of hate and violence against them.
“The city of Pleasanton condemns any acts of violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander community, and opposes all forms of racism and discrimination now and at all times. We are a city that continues to strive for equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout our community,” city officials said in a statement.
Pleasanton itself hasn’t recorded any hate crimes over the past year, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Marty Billdt, who said that “fortunately, we haven’t had anything specific that has been reported as a hate crime or had the elements to support one.”