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
‘White, Black, Pink, Blue or Brown Gangs and Their Activities Destroy Cities and the Lives of the People Who Live in Them’
Absolutely awesome article [Gustavo Arellano’s “Tales From the Taco Trucks,” July 24]. My old man was a lonchero who was able to move us out of the gutters of East LA to a new tract home in Fullerton. As far as graduating to a real restaurant, he just kept buying more trucks and routes and leasing them out to new loncheros. He cut out when the business got hyperviolent and corrupt—loncheros beating one another down over routes, bigger bribes to factory foremen, etc., not to mention getting up at 3 a.m. and coming home after 6 p.m. six days a week.
UofSC93, Montebello, via ocweekly.com
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“The sheep are the Mexicans, the eternal meek who shall inherit Aztlán” [Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! Aug. 21]. You mean like the “eternal meek” Mexican cartel members massacring other Mexicans daily? And when you say those meek Mexicans shall “inherit Aztlán,” do you mean inherit the U.S. Southwest, like the wet dream of those Nation of Aztlán racist anti-Semitic Chicano nationalists? And how many of those Jew-hating Aztlanistas are named “Jesus”—a Jewish name? Or does the irony of that escape you?
Jay Jerome, Los Angeles, via ocweekly.com
THE GREAT UNWASHED
My No Doubt connection [Albert Ching’s “Kingdom Come Again,” Aug. 14]: My ex-wife teaches at Magnolia High School, where Adrian Young’s dad used to be one of her colleagues. In 1997, we were invited to a post-gig backstage party at the Pond [now the Honda Center], where I literally rubbed elbows with Gwen Stefani. In other words, we inadvertently bumped elbows when I was stumbling back from the bar. Still haven’t washed that elbow.
CHS, Long Beach, via ocweekly.com
THE GANG GANG’S STILL HERE
I think it was completely over-the-top and inappropriate for the officers to tow Yvonne Elizondo’s vehicle [Daffodil J. Altan’s “Ganged Up,” Aug. 14]. They obviously wanted to cause this lady some cost and inconvenience and, in fact, wound up costing her the vehicle. The cops in OC really do believe they can do anything they want to anyone, and it has gotten out of hand.
ssaworker, Fountain Valley, via ocweekly.com
Stop the harassment, and stop stalking people for no probable cause! That’s against the law! Try coming to a positive solution! Yvonne Elizondo is a gentle, kindhearted yet strong woman who wants the same thing as we all do: a safe environment we can live in and call home! God bless her!
John Doe From Land of the Free, via ocweekly.com
I am one of the two Santa Ana P.D. investigators who created the STEP Notices, and they were done for a good reason. I think you would have a different point of view after being to more than 300 homicides committed by gang members and telling a family that a loved one was not coming home, gangster or otherwise. I also never saw Yvonne Elizondo out helping to reduce gang violence and catch those responsible, or reporting where those who commit gang crime would be found! I feel you would have a different outlook when arriving to find a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, a grandmother or a wife who was just walking along with her husband killed by some jerk defending his “Varrio” against another person from his own culture. Gang members seek confrontation anywhere they go.
I respect your right to say what and think what you want, but the bottom line is, white, black, pink, blue or brown gangs and their activities destroy cities and the lives of the people who live in them.
Rick Reese, Yorba Linda, via ocweekly.com
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