Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox Calls for Community Meeting in Response to Hate Crimes to Reaffirm Irvine’s Commitment to Serve and Protect All Residents

Melissa Fox


IRVINE, CA — Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox has called on the Irvine City Council to hold a community meeting to reaffirm to Irvine’s richly diverse community that the City of lrvine and the Irvine Police Department will serve and protect all of Irvine’s residents with fairness, compassion and understanding.

“Our City has a long and proud tradition of celebrating our great diversity and welcoming everyone to our community,” Councilmember Fox stated. “We are grateful for the many cultures, faiths, and languages that shape the uniqueness of lrvine.  But I’ve recently been contacted by numerous residents expressing their fears that they are experiencing increasing levels of intolerance directed toward them simply because of their religion or their country of origin.  Furthermore, other residents from our immigrant communities have expressed concerns about how the recent increase in hate crimes nationally may affect local policing efforts.  These developments are deeply troubling to me and to many others throughout our wonderfully diverse community,” she added.

Recent events have unsettled many Irvine residents.  Violent threats and assaults based on religion and national origin have increased across the county.  Last week, two Indian Americans were shot in Kansas in a hate crime.  Mosques have been the targets of arson in California, Texas, Washington, and Florida.  Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York. Here in Irvine, the Jewish Community Center, along with more than 20 other Jewish Community Centers across the nation, recently received a bomb threat.  In addition, there have been hate crimes directed toward Irvine’s Muslim residents.

“I believe that now is the time for us to reassure all members of our community that we celebrate diversity, embrace inclusion, and will ensure equal protection under the law.  That’s why I have asked the Irvine City Council to place on the March 14, 2017, City Council agenda my request that City staff coordinate a community meeting, possibly in cooperation with other stakeholders, such as the Orange County Human Relations Commission or members of our faith-based communities, to reassure everyone in our richly diverse community that the City of lrvine will serve and protect all our residents with fairness, compassion, and understanding.”

  21 comments for “Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox Calls for Community Meeting in Response to Hate Crimes to Reaffirm Irvine’s Commitment to Serve and Protect All Residents

  1. Joel Block
    March 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Local community action is the best remedy for racism and hatred. Hopefully, the Irvine City Council can organize a Community Meeting which can serve as a model for other OC cities.

    The meeting needs to be completely inclusive of all cultures, spiritual practices, nationalities, gender identifications, etc. The meeting needs to be centered on participatory discussions by people from all communities, not speeches and lectures.

    The meeting must initiate ongoing community plans for a consistent program of anti-racist, anti-hate events and activities. If the City Council genuinely wants to deal with the problem of hate and the fear it generates, then it must encourage its concerned residents to be a major part of the solution.

  2. junior
    March 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    How do you determine which are “fake” hate crimes? Those perpetrated by the left in order to make the right appear at fault – as often occurs.

  3. Ltpar
    March 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    While I commend Council Member Fox for wanting to keep open communication with te Community Stakeholders, I don’t recall Irvine having much of a “hate crime” problem. looks like an exercise in staff time and cost to play on problems that don’t exist. Irvine Police go above and beyond the norm for working with and maintaining excellent relations with all parts of our diverse community. If you want to have a Town Hall meeting how about picking a useful topic like Domestic Violence or Youth Drug Use.

    • March 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      You’re clueless Pat.

      • Ltpar
        March 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        No Dan, while I am many things clueless is not one of them. Let’s face it, you are a “bloming” liberal and I am a “red neck” Conservative and never the twain shall meet. Fortunately, for both the country and the City of Irvine, Conservatives are running things. The Larry Agran days are just a sad sight in the rear view mirror. Get over it.

    • Ltpar
      March 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      junior, you are “preaching to the choir,” trying to convince liberals of how the real world works. They continue to live in La La Land in hopes of the George Soros Cabal bringing back the days of Democrat control. We just have to take Dan, with a grain of salt.

  4. thelyraplayer
    March 8, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Dan, you see what you have created with the pi(n)g backing to the alt right site of your best friend, the AnaheimtheCatchBlog@.

    Al Bondiga is blog whoring you left and right.

    Him and Dave “Pat” Duke must be rejoicing with the ICE raids splitting families apart.

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    March 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    My best friend is not a blogger. He linked to my story on obstruction by AUHSD and the use of high school kids as props. No paperwork on a CTA grant that paid for the bus trip and no paperwork on the cost of a bus. I have filed a request with the FPPC to track down the union’s grant for this event.

    I don’t know Al Bondiga.

    I’m for Sanctuary city status for cities in Orange County.

    • Ltpar
      March 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for Irvine to be one of them.

      • March 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        Irvine is more than just white people Pat.

      • March 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Ah, Irvine problems… a lot like white people problems

        • Rachel S.
          March 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

          Vern Nelson: How dare you trivialize a bomb threat to the local Irvine Jewish Community Center and hate crimes against Irvine Muslims as “white people problems.” What the hell is wrong with you?

          • March 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

            Okay you’re right, sorry.

            • OCDEM
              March 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm

              As soon as Irvine has a rash of GANG members, stealing cars, shooting at cops and murdering little 9 year old girls, while bigh on METH, we’ll start to take seriously.

              In the meantime stick your bullsh!t crusade crying about people who got killed AS THE RESULT OF THEIR OWN ACTIONS. You did hard time right??????

            • March 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

              If I left a comment like that, Greg would write a 4,000 essay ripping me. That was a dumb thing for you to write. Must have been the booze bravado talking

            • March 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

              hey Vern, a reader let me know about Greg’s headline in this post “since Vern catches every typo…” what’s wrong with this headline? “Jill Stein is Coming to Irvine; As a Democrat, Here’s What I’d Say to Here If I Went (Which I Won’t)” here hear to her!

        • Anonymous
          March 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

          Yeah, unlike your problems with DUIs, jail time, and your wife’s bathroom habits, Irvine resident have it tough

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