Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham seeks review of Uber's background check policies

This comes after several sexual assaults by driver

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - It's a crime that's sparking outrage across California. Investigators say 39 year old Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez used his status as an Uber driver to pick up young women in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County.

They believe he sexually assaulted at least four women over the course of several months.

"These are young women ages 19-22. My daughters a little younger than that but I think about them riding around and having horrible things done to them.. I mean it boils your blood. I think these events have really scared and worried people. I think everyone wants to trust and make sure that they're safe," explained 35th District Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham. 

To solidify that trust, Assemblyman Cunningham is now calling for a review of Uber's background check policies.

The California Public Utilties Commission (CPUC) has regulatory authority over Uber and other ride sharing apps.

"So I'm simply asking the CPUC to verify that they're properly doing its oversight job and get information from Uber and give it to us so we can figure out whether there's something that needs to change or not," Cunningham said. 

But are young women okay with how the policies are now? Uber user Nikki Poindexter says yes, telling us: "I think Uber does a good job of doing background checks and it's up to the female discretion if they feel comfortable whether to choose Uber or not. I think it's up to you if you want to get in an Uber."

Other users question if there's even more that can be done. "If someone's not gonna text me cause obviously I know now they're gonna text me if they're gonna pick me up alright well that's a random car, you know? Cause if not Uber's gonna verify if they're gonna pick you up," said Uber user Alexandria Bradley. 

Nunez is charged with 10 counts of various felony crimes against four separate victims. He's also in the country illegally. 

The San Luis Obispo Police Department and District Attorney's office are asking anyone who may have been victimized by him to come forward. 

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