Hate crimes perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation appear to be on the rise in California, with significant increases reported in Palm Springs and San Francisco last year.
California Watch reports:
"In Palm Springs, hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation jumped from three cases in 2009 to 14 in 2010. San Francisco recorded six incidents in 2009 and 24 in 2010.
"Rhonda Long, administrative services officer for the Palm Springs Police Department, said she could not explain the uptick in cases without looking at them individually. Long said the department was taking steps to prevent hate crimes in the community."