By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
-Donald Rose, Orange
let it ride
Re: the recent article and letters about the Orange County Transportation Authority and rail transit (John Hall's "The Warm Fuzzies," Dec. 11; Letters, Dec. 18 and 25). I am surprised that so many people are opposed to the idea of a light-rail line in the county. Rail lines take up very little space compared to freeways, and if they carry a lot of people, that reduces the pressure to keep expanding the existing freeways. Ridership would depend a lot on the routing, but I think there is good potential in the area. For comparison, the Blue Line in LA carries about 55,000 people per day, and the two light-rail lines in San Diego carry a total of 70,000 people per day. If the OC light rail connected to the Anaheim, Orange and Irvine Metrolink stations, it would provide a fast way for workers coming in from LA and Riverside to get to their jobs.
-Chris Flescher, San Diego
the pressure cooker
I have been reading the OC Weekly for quite some time. I am also fairly up on the music scene in OC, particularly Costa Mesa. And I am a zealous advocate of free speech. However, Rich Kane is one of those people who makes me want to change my beliefs. I have yet to agree with him on any of his so-called "reviews." He reminds me of Rex Reed. Mr. Kane is very sparing with his favorable comments about local bands. I suppose that is fitting for a "critic." However, I have read two of his reviews about my favorite band, the Pressure, and could not disagree with him more. In Mr. Kane's first review, he suggested that perhaps he was not in the right frame of mind to appreciate the band. His Dec. 25 Locals Only review makes it clear that he really doesn't have a clue about what is happening with the OC music scene, particularly with the Pressure. Certainly the Pressure having developed a huge following in a very short time should be some indication of their worth as a band with a sound that pleases, not to mention the thrill of one of their live performances. Although I have heard and enjoyed the Neil Armstrong Band, I would hardly suggest that they are the salvation of rock music. They are beginners at best. Yet Mr. Kane holds them up as the best band in OC.
I don't really know how anyone can suggest that there is a "best" band anywhere, considering the various sounds that are being produced today. It is a shame that Mr. Kane has such a narrow view of music that he has to categorize bands as the best, worst, etc., or ramble on with pseudo-hip innuendoes with the intent of belittling one group or the other. If Mr. Kane truly has an ear for music, I expect that he will not be so concerned with who is best, but rather with what is being expressed by the lyrics and the manipulation of sound that each band projects. Perhaps he should consider another line of work.
-G.W. Smith, Laguna Beach
Rich Kane responds: Sorry, I wasn't adequately blown away by your fave band, but I really didn't think the Pressure were so bad-they just didn't make me wanna turn cartwheels or anything. I never said the Neil Armstrong Band is the best band in OC; I merely raised the possibility that they MIGHT be-thank you for kindly disagreeing. As for your statement about the Pressure's "huge following" being indicative of their worth as a band: if you equate the size of a band's crowd with its level of artistic worthiness, you must really love the Backstreet Boys.
stop the madness
After reading Wyn Hilty's "Millennium Plan Madness" (Machine Age, Dec. 18), I decided to visit Anthony Dragun's Web page. In contrast to Dragun's claim, his site is putting out disinformation. His "News and Update" page claims to host the "inaugural online edition of Project 99's newsletters." Project 99's newsletters, however, have been online for more than two years on the El Toro Airport Info Site. Next, Dragun invites visitors to read a statement from Irvine Mayor Christina Shea but instead introduces them to Councilman Larry Agran. His claim that Agran is a member of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority's board of directors is simply not true-at least not yet.
My concern is not with Dragun's credibility. His page will self-destruct if he continues to channel misinformation into his site. I would, however, have expected the Weekly to point out these half-truths, as well as the fact that the domain name contains "com," not "org," which denotes a not-for-profit site. Had this been any other site, or had another newspaper, say, the Times Orange County, generated this report, the Weekly would have subjected the object and the reporter to derision and mockery. Is the reason for the velvet gloves the presence of a Weekly column in said Project 99's newsletter?
-Hanna Hill, Irvine
Wyn Hilty responds: Does Ms. Hill honestly mean to suggest that wrongly claiming to be the first site to post some newsletters online constitutes "disinformation" about the Millennium Plan? There are probably some inaccuracies on Dragun's site; for that matter, there are probably inaccuracies on the El Toro Airport Information Site and the county's El Toro site. The point of my article was not to nitpick and find fault among the various El Toro sites, but to point out the dangers of infighting among anti-airport forces-exactly the sort of behavior Hill (who fails to mention her own connection to Project 99) demonstrates in her letter. Furthermore, she is simply incorrect in implying that because the site has a ".com" address, it is a for-profit site; ".com" is often registered by individuals who are neither organizations (.org or .net), schools (.edu), nor government agencies (.gov)-individuals like Dragun. Finally, this is the first time in my memory that the Weekly has been accused of being too nice to somebody, and on behalf of the entireWeekly staff, I would like to thank Hill for giving us a good laugh.