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CSUSB professor joins FiveThirtyEight for live analysis of Aug. 23 primary elections
Aug. 23, 2022

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, joined the FiveThirtyEight crew’s liveblog as they provided analysis for the Aug. 23 primary elections in Florida, New York and Oklahoma.

Inland Empire experiencing higher inflation rate than Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas
KVCR Radio
Aug. 22, 2022

Daniel MacDonald, chair of the CSUSB Department of Economics, discussed the complexities of the region’s economic inflation.

One of the drivers of inflation in the Inland Empire, MacDonald said, is the region’s relatively affordable housing rent, and the high demand for it. “So, the inflation rate in the Inland Empire in July 2022, which is the most recent data that we have, was 9.2% year over year. So that means that between July 2021 and July 2022, the cost of living increased in the Inland Empire by 9.2%. And the reason for the higher inflation rate out here is primarily rents,” he said.

“Now, we all know that Los Angeles has higher rents than the Inland Empire, but that's precisely the problem. Because people choose to come to the Inland Empire precisely because we have lower rents on average than Los Angeles does. But because of all that demand for apartments out here, that drives up our cost of living faster than in other areas.”

Identify unhealthy patterns in your relationship
News18 (India)
Aug. 24, 2022

Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology and human development at California State University, San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about identifying unhealthy patterns in a relationship. She said that although other differences can be accommodated and tolerated, a difference in fundamental values is particularly problematic if the goal is long-lasting love.

Are Proud Boys growing in Northern California? What to know as one runs for school board
The Sacramento Bee
Aug. 23, 2022

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about white supremacists and extremists running for public offices, what that may imply.

“Extremists running for office who have been associated with the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, QAnon, there’s quite a lengthy list of candidates nationwide,” said Levin. “When you’re getting Proud Boys running for office, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It used to be the Eagle Scout would be the one who runs for office, and now they’re the ones getting run out of office.”

Los Angeles is about to break its annual hate crimes record
Los Angeles Magazine
Aug. 22, 2022

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about the increase in hate crimes in Los Angeles; he says the number could further increase with the upcoming midterm elections and an overall divisive political rhetoric.

US hate crimes rise during first half of 2022
VOA News
Aug. 23, 2022

Hate crimes in major U.S. cities rose moderately during the first half of 2022 after posting double-digit percentage increases over the past two years, according to police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

“There is a bit of a deceleration going on, but events don’t get confined to one year, they can be multi-year trends,” said Brian Levin, executive director of the center.

TBI releases new hate crime report

The Tennessee Tribune
Aug. 23, 2022

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for an article about the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation releasing its latest hate crime report, and he along with other experts said such incidents continue to be underreported.

Levin said there are big issues with hate crime data as a whole, especially in the South. “So, you have to take all of this with a grain of salt. But the bottom line is: we know there is massive under-reporting that is many times what the FBI is finding.”

Hate crimes surge to new highs in California as DOJ looks to combat the issue
KTLA Los Angeles
Aug 23, 2022

Brian Levin, a professor of criminal justice and the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, discussed the rising number of hate crimes California is experiencing.

So far this year, data show police in L.A. have seen hate crimes decline slightly, down 1%, but Levin says that isn’t worth celebrating. “Even if we’re running stable with last year, that’s a decent increase from prior years,” Levin said.

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