Human Relations Task Force

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The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) is creating a cookbook for Huntington Beach to celebrate our many cultures and ethnicities and we need your help!
Recipes from local restaurants *and* residents are welcome!

Do you have a restaurant in Huntington Beach?
Know an owner that would like to share a recipe?
Are you a resident that has an incredible dish your friends always ask about?
We would love to hear from you!

Food is a universal language and what better way to bring our community together than to share the flavors from our diverse heritage! The recipe(s) you submit can be from any category; appetizers, breakfast, breads, main dishes, sides, salads, holiday favorites, beverages and sweets. We are looking for your best or favorite recipe *and* a personal story to go with it.

For more information, please contact Elaine Kuhnke, Huntington Beach Community Services Department, at 714-374-5307 or email

Thank you for your support and sharing! Proceeds from the cookbook will be used to support programs of the HRTF.

The mission of the HRTF is to promote and celebrate diversity in our community through education and understanding.


"…everyone should be treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of their racial background, their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their sexual orientation, gender or disability status. It is the right of all citizens to pursue their daily lives with the knowledge that they will not be physically harmed or verbally abused."

     Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, City of Huntington Beach, 1996


The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) promotes and celebrates diversity in our community through education and understanding.


On May 6, 1996, the City of Huntington Beach City Council unanimously adopted a Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, which prompted the creation of the HRTF in 1997. Ten years later, at the February 6, 2006, City Council meeting, the City Council reaffirmed the Declaration and recognized the work of the HRTF by publicly signing a new proclamation.

The Huntington Beach community-wide effort to promote human dignity is an important element in building a better community. Today, the HRTF works closely with the Police Department to strictly enforce and monitor all incidents that could be classified as hate crimes. Huntington Beach places a high priority on investigating and reporting these types of crimes immediately to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The HRTF discusses preventative actions and develops programs to encourage community education, interaction and relationship building.

HRTF meetings are publicly noticed per the California public meeting law (the Brown Act). Two City Council members also serve as liaisons to HRTF to facilitate council-task force communications and updates.



The HRTF works with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) to review and follow up on reported hate incidents and hate crimes within the City of Huntington Beach. The HRTF reviews reports by the HBPD on incident and crime investigation, and tracks the progress of hate crimes filed by the HBPD with the Orange County District Attorney’s office.


The HRTF works with student representatives from seven high schools in the Huntington Beach Union High School District and local middle schools to facilitate cultural programs, education and activities in the schools. Student representatives conduct or participate in cultural awareness activities, such as the District-Wide dialogue, leadership training, and diversity weeks.

Partnerships with Orange County Human Relations have enabled the development of student human relations leadership training and diversity programming at local High Schools. Two of these programs include BRIDGES and the Parent Leadership Institute.

The mission of the BRIDGES program is to improve inter-group relations by partnering with schools and communities to create, advocate for, and sustain a safe, inclusive and equitable campus climate that respects society's diversity. Students acquire the skills to work with a diversity of people while improving the human relations climate on campus.

This is a program designed to assist parents for whom English is a second language. The program assists parents in understanding the school system to better guide their children to success. Parents learn how to participate in school and community activities.

At the request of the Huntington Beach City Council, the Human Relations Task Force completed a study on bullying, entitled Bullying: A Report from the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (May 2012). The objective was to evaluate the findings and make a recommendation to the City Council as to whether an ordinance was needed to address the issue specifically. After careful consideration of all of the factors involved, the HRTF concluded that a specific anti-bullying ordinance was not needed. However, the task force identified a number of interventions related to bullying, including the adoption of a citywide proclamation.

On October 15, 2012, in celebration of National Bullying Prevention month, the City Council signed a Proclamation Against Bullying proclaiming its ongoing commitment to address bullying in all its forms and encourage schools, students, parents, community organizations, and religious institutions to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our community safer for all students and all citizens.

The HRTF has provided grants to high schools and middle schools for student field trips to the Museum of Tolerance, after which students report back to the HRTF regarding their experience.


HB Reads began as a committee of the HRTF. Now, a volunteer committee of the Library Services Department, HB Reads brings the community together to read and discuss books that illustrate the diversity and humanity found in all people and cultures. Adults, students from seven local high schools, book clubs and families read the selected annual book and participate in a variety of discussions and events that bring the book to life. The program culminates with a visit by the author at a multi-school assembly and a meet-the-author program for the community. Read more at

Donations for HRTF programs made payable to the City of Huntington Beach may be sent to:

  Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force
  c/o Community Services, City of Huntington Beach
  P.O. Box 190
  Huntington Beach, CA 92648-2702

The HRTF meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Central Library - 7111 Talbert Avenue.


In the event a member retires or is unable to complete his term, an appointment shall be made to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The Human Relations Task Force is accepting applications to fill current vacancies. Top applicants will be invited to an interview with City Council members. To apply to become a member, please complete the Boards & Commission Application.

Presidential Service Award Progam 

HRTF Agenda

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
12/5/2017-Draft Visioning Program Listing Agenda
December 5, 2017 Agenda
November 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes
October 3, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 1, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2017 - Cancellation Agenda
July 4, 2017 - Cancellation Agenda
June 6, 2017 - Cancellation Agenda
May 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2017 Cancellation Agenda
March 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes
January 3, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 6, 2016 Agenda
November 01, 2016 Agenda
October 4, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 6, 2016-Cancellation Agenda
August 2, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 5, 2016 Cancellation Agenda
June 7, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 3, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 5, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 1, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 2, 2016 Agenda Minutes
January 5, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 1, 2015 - Cancellation Agenda
November 3, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 6, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 1, 2015 Agenda Minutes
August 4, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 7, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 2, 2015 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 7, 2015 Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2015 Agenda Minutes
February 3, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 5, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Attachments
December 2, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 7, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 2, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 5, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 1, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 3, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 6, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 1, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
February 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2014-Revised Agenda Minutes

Archived Agendas and Minutes

Council Liaisons
Jill Hardy
Lyn Semeta

Task Force Members

Don Garrick
Janice Tyler
Sunny Lee-Goodman
Linda MacDonell
Angie Dahman
Michelle Gale-Nelson
Natalie Moser
Dawn Hansen

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