ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Today, Orange Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following her remarks at the Driving Out Darkness Summit focused on educating leaders across Orange County on the history of antisemitism and the recent spike in hate crimes against the Jewish, Asian and LGBT community.
“Our discourse has devolved, especially in government, but we must remain vigilant to shine a light on hate wherever it rises,” said Supervisor Foley. “We must continue to engage in our communities and find the places where we share commonalities to prevent the atrocities of future genocides. Today’s summit also highlighted and warned about the weaponization of hate on social media to intimidate for political purpose. Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Orange County and Rose Project for giving the community an opportunity to discuss, dialogue and learn in an effort to prevent hatred and bigotry from taking root here in our own Orange County neighborhoods.”
When Supervisor Foley joined the Board of Supervisors in March 2021, she condemned individuals in attendance of a Board of Supervisors meeting wearing paper Stars of David to compare community health sickness prevention efforts to the genocidal actions of the Holocaust. Following the incident, Supervisor Foley reached out to our Jewish community leaders to reiterate support and continues to work together with community partners since then to reflect her commitment, including voting to fund $1 million to assist in hate crimes investigations, and working to fund a program for field trips to the Chabad Center for Jewish Life’s Holocaust museum in Newport Beach.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2021 to represent Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Following redistricting, the Board appointed her to additionally serve as caretaker for the future District 2, which includes the communities of Santa Ana and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Tustin, and unincorporated North Tustin.
Supervisor Foley serves on the Airport Ad Hoc Committee & Fly Friendly working group, the Sober Living Home Ad Hoc Committee, and boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority, CalOptima, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Law Library, Newport Bay & South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committees & the Santa Ana River Flood Control Protection.