Huntington Beach

Battling bias is on council agenda

HUNTINGTON BEACH CIVIC CENTER (Orange County Tribune photo).

Two items on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council are concerned with the city’s growing reputation as a focus for white supremacist activity and hate crimes.

Mayor Kim Carr and Councilmember Dan Kalmick are proposing a declaration stating “The City of Huntington Beach denounces all hate crimes and reaffirms its commitment to safety and inclusivity for all.”


A second proposed declaration, submitted by Kalmick, would read, “The City of Huntington Beach denounces all movements promoting white supremacy within its community.”

Recent press accounts have suggested that the city has become an attractive place for right-wing extremists and racists. The focus became sharper recently when unknown persons distributed literature – some of it adorned with Confederate flags – to neighborhoods in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

A “White Lives Matter” rally has been proposed for Sunday, April 11 at the Huntington Beach Pier, located at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

Also on the agenda is a proposal by Vice Mayor Tito Ortiz for city staff to “develop procedures to facilitate ticketed, stand-alone musical entertainment events at appropriate city venues.”

The meeting will be held in a virtual session via teleconference, with a closed session beginning at 5 p.m. and the regular session commencing at 6 p.m.

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