On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Supervisor Shawn Nelson presented an idea to cut the OC Human Relations Commission (OCHRC) by $200,000 of our $302,000 budget, according to an email message the OCHRC sent me today.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson said he proposed the $200,000 reduction because OCHRC Director Rusty Kennedy is a county retiree who is drawing a salary from a nonprofit that is contracting with the county, according to the LA Times.
“Retirement is supposed to be retirement,” he said. “It looks a little suspicious.”
Nelson also told the LA Times that he was disappointed in the OCHRC’s initial lack of reaction when a bunch of Fullerton cops beat and killed Kelly Thomas, a homeless man in Fullerton, setting on motion a revolution that recently saw three Fullerton Council members recalled, including a former OCHRC Board Member, Pat McKinley.
As you might imagine, the liberals are having a cow over this. I do agree with them that fighting hate crimes and racism is important, but hate crimes are already illegal. We already have city attorneys, the Orange County District Attorney, the California Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice, plus non-profits like the ACLU. Not to mention a plethora of local elected officials on city councils and school boards. It is their job to deal with these issues, if they are under their direct jurisdiction.
And we bloggers are here to bring these activities to light as well. But we don’t make the money that Kennedy does!
The OCHRC should continue to serve the community, but we the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it.
Nelson and Supervisor John Moorlach are on the right side of this issue. It is hilarious that Supervisor Janet Nguyen wants to keep spending tax money on the OCHRC, when she can’t even stay seated when gay supporters of Harvey Milk Day address the OC Supervisors! And she backed gay basher Robert Hammond for the OC Board of Education in last week’s Primary Election. What a hypocrite!
We can’t count on Supervisor Bill Campbell, who as usual is a major squish when it comes to wasting our money (you can bet that Todd Spitzer will follow in his squishy footsteps!). But Supervisor Pat Bates is on the fence. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to do the right thing and side with Nelson and Moorlach. Don’t bother contacting Nguyen, she is a lost cause.
This matter will be decided at 9:30am on Tuesday, June 19 (this coming Tuesday). Let’s hope Bates sees the light.