04.19.21 Community picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park celebrates diversity

Excerpted from the Los Angeles Times

By Matt Szabo

Ample sunshine in Huntington Beach on Sunday provided a pleasant backdrop for hundreds to meet up at Central Park for a community picnic held to promote inclusion and diversity.

Attendees talked to community leaders, watched live music performances and visited a variety of food trucks.

Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said five former mayors — Debbie Cook, Connie Boardman, Shirley Dettloff, Ralph Bauer and Dave Garofolo — attended in support. Others in attendance included Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, state Sen. Dave Min, U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel and state Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris.

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The picnic, along with a virtual “Hate Free HB” event the previous weekend, were designed to show the positive side of Surf City. Huntington Beach was in the national spotlight as a “White Lives Matter” rally was scheduled at the pier on April 11, though it largely fizzled out and featured a majority of peaceful counter-protesters.