Articles 2000’s

Building Police Trust

Building Police Trust

The Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2001 In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, there is a new found admiration for the bravery, dedication and selfless services of our nation’s police officers.   In Orange County, and other communities across the nation where community-oriented policing approach is used… click here to read more

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Bridges of Understanding

Bridges of Understanding

The Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2001 Orange County has been making substantial efforts to promote understanding locally in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.  None of this comes as a surprise.  It’s a tribute to the groundwork done in the county long before… click here to read more

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Relations Panel Forms Response to Rise in Anti-Muslim Crime

Relations Panel Forms  Response to Rise in Anti-Muslim Crime

The Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2001 Meeting Thursday for the first time since the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, OC Human Relations Commission adopted a plan to respond to a rise in hate-crimes.  Since Sept 11, the commission has taken 24 reports of hate-crimes related to people thought to be of Middle Eastern descent… click here to read

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Awards Presented at Gay Pride Festival

Awards Presented at Gay Pride Festival

The Orange County Register, August 20, 2001 On Sunday, Tina Fernandez, the deputy director of Orange County’s Human Relations Commission was named Woman of the Year at the county’s Gay Pride Festival for spearheading efforts to ensure that gay and lesbian students are protected from discrimination… click here to read more

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Lessons About Racism and Survival

Lessons About Racism and Survival

The Orange County Register, May 24, 2001 As a child Michael Matsuda knew first hand the pain of racism.  Now the high school teacher is helping launch a program he hopes will educate and inspire others to oppose prejudice.  Matsuda this week will begin training 27 teachers in what is believed to be the nation’s first high school program… click here

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Youth, Adults Cross Line to New Awareness

Youth, Adults Cross Line  to New Awareness

The Orange County Register, May 20, 2001 When the program leader asked 85 youth and adults to cross a white line on Saturday it felt more like crossing the Berlin Wall than a strip of tape.  The event, organized by the county’s Human Relations Commission and Newport Beach Youth Council is part of an international program to stop teen violence

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Trying to Replace Fear With Trust

Trying to Replace Fear With Trust

The OC Register, May 18, 2001 Community officials Monday started trying to mend a rift between police and Oak View residents emotionally torn after the May 5 shooting death of 18 year old Antonio Saldiyar.  The city’s Human Relations Task Force and Orange County Human Relations Commission organized meetings.. click here to read more

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Hearing Both Sides and Seeing the Middle

Hearing Both Sides and Seeing the Middle

The Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2001 Last week I got a chance to sit in on one of the mediation-conciliation training session run by the Orange County Human Relations Commission.  The 28-hour courses are run several times a year to help bolster its volunteer force of mediators…click here to read more

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Make Diversity an Asset

Make Diversity an Asset

The Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2000 Orange County’s diversity holds the key to its sense of place in the future. What we make of it says much about ourselves… click here to read more  

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