SACRAMENTO (KRON) — “After the second synagogue shooting in just six months, many of us are feeling very fearful,” said Sen. Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach.)
California lawmakers and members of the Jewish Caucus grieving the Poway shooting on Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Capitol.
In response to the shooting, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will appropriate $15 million in his updated budget to non-profit organizations that provide security to institutions at risk of hate related acts, like places of worship.
The funding could provide guards — whether they would be armed is to be determined. The shooting in Poway followed a number of allegedly hate-fueled crimes across the state.
“Part of what we’re doing today is not just about protecting any one community or faith communities,” said Assm. Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley.) “It’s about protecting anyone at risk of hate motivated violence. That means Jews are standing up for Muslims, that means Christians are standing up for LGBTQ folks. Anyone at risk, the state of California a going to protect them.”
The Governor also said changes are coming to a task force within the state’s office of emergency services that deals with these types of issues.
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