Articles About OC Human Relations

Orange County Sees Spike in Hate Crimes and Incidents

Orange County Sees Spike in Hate Crimes and Incidents

Last year, there were 165 hate incidents, “which is an alarming 37% increase from last year,” the report said. By City News Service Published Sep 26, 2019 Hate crimes jumped 12% last year over 2017, part of a five-year trend of rising hate crimes, according to the OC Human Relations Commission’s annual report released Thursday. There were 67 reported hate crimes

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Alison Edwards Helps Lead OC Human Relations Into New Era

Alison Edwards Helps Lead OC Human Relations Into New Era

“When I think about the opportunities I see in the county, there’s some really exciting things happening,” Edwards adds. She wants to see how government institutions can better respond to the work of a nexus of nonprofits to ensure that progress made with individuals and communities doesn’t become undone. “Our vision moving forward is to continue to try and create an equitable county,” she says.

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After four decades of service, CEO announces retirement

After four decades of service, CEO announces retirement

On Dec. 20, CEO Rusty Kennedy will hand over the reins of OC Human Relations, the nonprofit he has shepherded for the last 20 years, to Alison Edwards, who has worked beside Kennedy at the organization for about 19 of those years. “During these years, I’ve been both vilified and celebrated,” Kennedy said. “But the one thing I can say with confidence is I’ve never been through uninteresting times.”

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OC Human Relations CEO retiring after 40 years

OC Human Relations CEO retiring after 40 years

Rusty Kennedy, a fixture for four decades in Orange County’s human relations services, announced Wednesday he will retire as chief executive of OC Human Relations next month. Deputy Director Alison Edwards will succeed Kennedy on Jan. 1. Kennedy’s last day on the job will be Dec. 22 when the offices will close for the holidays.

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OC Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise

OC Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise

The Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 last week, with Supervisor Michelle Steel as the lone dissenter, to continue funding the council for at least another year. But the panel also urged the council and commission to stop “co-mingling,” with one supervisor noting that some commission staff members report to the council’s director.

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