July-September

SEPTEMBER Jose Manuel Campos was allegedly trying to flee in a stolen car on Sept. 7 when the unarmed man was shot in the head by an unidentified officer in Santa Ana. The 28-year-old died the next day. Police reportedly claimed the cop feared for his life because Campos angled his car toward the officer. But members of Santa Ana's Latino community, who believe police could-and should-have handled the incident differently, demanded an investigation, according to Josie Montoya of the countywide service organization Los Amigos. They'll get one, a reassuring Mayor Miguel Pulido, speaking on behalf of the council, said two weeks later; as is routine in police shootings, the district attorney's office investigated the incident (there, don't you feel reassured?). Police Chief Paul Walters advised everyone to await that probe's outcome before pressing forward. Campos' mother, meanwhile, wanted the officer who offed her son to come forward and tell her why he did it. "I want answers," Rosalba Campos reportedly said, "and I want justice." . . . Congressman Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), who would go on two months later to win re-election and briefly throw his hat in the ring for Speaker of the House, on Sept. 16 signed a formal "statement of candidacy" for Dianne Feinstein's U.S. Senate seat in 2000. Federal Elections Commission records showed Cox funneled $900,000 in House campaign funds to the vaguely named "Campaign 2000," an undisclosed account established in connection with an elusive San Diego genetics-company president who once served as Cox's chief of staff (or was that staff's Chief of Cocks?). . . . Instead of prison bars, Irvine slumlord Sherwin Seyrafi got two broken windows to stare out of, thanks to a Phoenix judge. Seyrafi, 38, who operated at least 30 rundown units in Arizona's largest city, was convicted of violating city health codes. On Sept. 30, a judge sentenced him to spend 30 days in one of those flea bags. Seyrafi was forbidden from repairing his temporary residence until he fixed other apartments in the building. Nor could he leave the premises, which-damn! -just happened to be located in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. Meanwhile, a separate Maricopa County indictment alleged Seyrafi collected rental deposits by showing photos of desirable property and then refused to refund the money when the residences turned out to be "virtually uninhabitable." . . . Beverly Hills may be the town everyone equates with Southern California wealth, but Newport Coast actually had the highest percentage of rich folks in SoCal, according to a report released on Sept. 30. The Arkansas data-analysis firm Acxiom Corp. ranked household incomes more than $100,000 yearly by postal ZIP codes. Newport Coast-the phalanx of fortresses that just sorta sprouted when we weren't looking along the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between beaches Newport and Laguna-wound up with 62.9 percent of its inhabitants topping the magic $100,000 mark. Villa Park-the rural outpost the rich are exiled to when they get too uppity for everyone else in Orange or Anaheim-finished sixth. Beverly Hills, meanwhile, came in eighth. Hah! So when are OC landmarks going to work their way into those opening montages that display SoCal's monied by overusing the exteriors of the Beverly Hills Hotel and that rich sheik fuck's goofy mansion? When were we going to get a TV sitcom about bubblin'-crude-accruing hillbillies loading up the truck and moving to Newport-Coast, that is. When would the 92657 ZIP code's well-endowed high schoolers be portrayed by jiggling twentysomethings and a filthy-rich executive producer's horse-faced daughter? The Slums of Villa Park, Down and out in Villa Park, and Eddie Murphy in Villa Park Cop couldn't happen soon enough for us, by cracky! . . . The failure of Dana Point city officials to amend the city's general plan eight years ago came back to bite them on the ass on Sept. 30, when a judge ruled they must consider the landowner's plan to develop the Headlands, one of the last pristine chunks of the Southern California coast. The City Council in June authorized 185 homes for the environmentally sensitive bluff overlooking Dana Point Harbor and a 100- to 150-room hotel on Strands Beach, which is near sea level north of the bluff. But that plan conflicted with the city's overall general plan, which would allow up to 522 homes and a hotel on the bluff. Local activists who had fought Headlands development for eons warned city officials as far back as 1990 that they'd better amend the general plan. That advice was ignored, so Orange County Superior Court Judge John C. Woolley ordered Dana Point to set aside its specific plan and process the landowners' proposal, which fell within the general-plan guidelines.

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