Assemblyman calls on regulatory agency to review Uber background check system
– In response to recent reports that a local ride-sharing employee abused his status as an Uber driver to carry out serious sexual assaults on at least four different young women, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) is calling on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to review Uber’s background check process.
In his letter, Cunningham states: “I respectfully request that the CPUC exercise its discretion to conduct a follow-up inquiry into Uber’s background check program…These shocking allegations have breached public trust in our community and elsewhere in our state. I believe that a CPUC inquiry could help restore that trust. We need to ensure that these companies are adhering to regulations requiring background checks and vetting of drivers. ”
According to reports, Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez used his capacity as an Uber driver to bring young women into his car and take them to their homes, where he would sexually assault them and steal their belongings. There are four known victims at this time, but there may be more that come forward. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow’s office has charged Alarcon-Nunez with ten criminal offenses ranging from forcible rape to first-degree burglary.
Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham is member of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee, which has jurisdiction over the California Public Utilities Commission.