In a post on the right-wing-nut RedCounty/OCBlog Matt Cunningham/Jubal criticizes the Orange County Board of Supervisors for their tentative decision to continue funding for the Orange County Human Relations Commission (HRC).
The Board of Supervisors this week decided in a 4-1 straw vote to continue tapping OC taxpayers to bankroll the HRC. Only Supervisor John Moorlach voted “no.”
This vote isn’t just maintaining the status quo. This is a step backward.
Cunningham went on to sayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
There was an expectation among OC conservatives that Moorlach would continue Silva’s opposition to funding the HRC, and new Supervisor Pat Bates’ would provide the third vote to finally scrape this barnacle off the S.S. Taxpayer. Pat campaigned as the conservative in the 5th District race last year. What is conservative about funding the HRC, I don’t know.
Well, let me clear up the first bit of B.S. that Cunningham threw into the middle of the room.Ã‚Â The Board of Supervisors hardly bankrolls the Human Relations Commission.Ã‚Â The Board provides a small percentage of the funding for the Commissions projects.Ã‚Â The vast majority of the funding for the HRC programs comes from private donations.Ã‚Â Far from bankrolling the Commission, the Board through their limited funding of the commission, facilitates the public/private partnership that conservatives have touted as a model role for Orange County government for years.
It is interesting that Matt brings up MoorlachÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no vote on funding.Ã‚Â Moorlach had no problem showing up for his free meal at the recent Human Relations Commission Awards Banquet.
In his post Matt misrepresents the programs offered by the Human Relations Commission by trying to pick out what he felt was the weakest program of the Commission.Ã‚Â That program happens to be the Mediation Program. This program, staffed by 50 volunteer mediators, helped over 1200 people resolve their disputes rather than pursue litigation.
Matt goes on to rantÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
If Rusty Kennedy and the rest of the HRC crew want to hold Living Room Dialogues and implement other touchy-feely programs, do it with money freely donated by people who want more touchy-feely program. But they should ask the Board of Supervisors to pick taxpayers pockets on their behalf, and the Board of Supervisors should oblige them.
Do we really need government officials managing our human relations? Obviously not. So why is the county continuing to fund the Human Relations Commission? The commission is run with a decidedly left-wing political agendaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Furthermore, the commission gets plenty of private funding. And the commission has some totalitarian tendencies — once, commission members monitored the Web site of a council candidate. We don’t need government-funded censors or thought police.
Perhaps the real reason these guys oppose funding for the Human Relations Commission is because they really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want anyone to monitor such things as hate crimes in Orange County.Ã‚Â They would rather be able to say Ã¢â‚¬Å“There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t any hate crimes in Orange County, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a myth promoted by left-wing do-gooders.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Or maybe they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want police departments to understand the diversity of the communities they secure.Ã‚Â From GreenhutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective, everyone knows that all Muslims are fanatics and/or terrorists, so why should we take time to understand our cultural differences.
The Board of Supervisors is wise to continue support for the good work that is facilitated by the public/private partnership they have helped foster through the Human Relations Commission.Ã‚Â They should not listen to those, like Cunningham and Greenhut, who believe that societyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s problems should not be addressed with the support of government and are best solved by not addressing them at all.Ã‚Â Here is the link to the 2006 Human Relations Commission Annual Report.
I think Cunningham and Greenhut still believe that the County should provide the Boy Scouts with free use of public lands for their activities.
The Newport Sea Base is located on 400 feet of beautiful waterfront in Newport Beach, California. The site is provided courtesy of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America.Ã‚Â A shining example of what a privately funded and publicly accessible facility can do, the Newport Sea Base counts an overall attendance of more than 20,000 per year.
Why arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they demanding that the Board of Supervisors ask for market rate rent for this facility?Ã‚Â We know they have the money, they can spend thousands of dollars for their chief executive to travel to Key West for 8 days of golfing and fishing Okay, whereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the outrage?.
That reminds me Matt and StevenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦