OCBlog’s Matt Cunningham posted this evening a link to former OCRegister Edtiorial writer John Seiler’s blog where Seiler supports Cunningham’s contention that funding for the Human Relations Commission should be eliminated.
OCBlog is right: Cut tax money going to the Human Relations Commission. Let it be merged into the private Human Relations Council. Both are run by Rusty Kennedy. OCBlog notes:
County government shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be in the business of forcing county taxpayers to shell out for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Living Room DialogsÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Latino-Muslim Community Exchanges.Ã¢â‚¬Â Let the Human Relations Council run such programs on freely given dimes.
I remember going to a presentation Kennedy gave to those attending a local Democratic Party convention a couple of years ago. He put up a bunch of pictures and asked people to identify which was white, Latino, black, man, woman, homosexual, etc. The point was that the pictures sort of could be one or another, so we were supposed to see that appearances often arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the same as reality. It was 1960s-style sensitivity training.
Tax dollars shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fund such nonsense.
In short John, they really aren’t.
The Board of Supervisors since the 1970′s has supported the mission of the Human Relations Commission.Ã‚Â Since 1992, that mission has been implemented by the privately funded Orange County Human Relations Council.
Matt Cunningham has for the past week or so assailed what he calls the left-wing agenda of Commission/Council Executive Director Rusty Kennedy.Ã‚Â As usual, Matt doesn’t have his facts straight.Ã‚Â
The Board of Supervisors, along with the Orange County League of Cities, appoints the members of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.Ã‚Â The members of that Commission set the objectives and goals that are facilitated by the funds raised by the Human Relations Council.Ã‚Â Yes, staff of the Orange County Human Relations Commission do engage in activities that support the mission, goals, and objectives established by the commission.Ã‚Â That support however is a far cry from taxpayer funds being solely responsible for the programs offered by the Human Relations Council.
The Orange County Human Relations Commission fosters community understanding, communication, and partnership.Ã‚Â There is no greater role that government can serve than to support such enhancement of our commmunities. This role is one which has been supported by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for decades, and our community has been well served by their support of the Human Relations Commission.
The Board, should continue its support of the Human Relations Commission.