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
THANK YOU VERY MUCH! GOOD NIGHT!
Thank you for providing a respectful and in-depth profile of a karaoke event [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Karaoke Kingdom,” Sept. 10]. I’m a KJ and have been in a few local contests, so I can relate to the ups and downs of a karaoke competition. It’s a valid “subculture” that deserves to be highlighted. Sonia Marie was the icing on the cake! Nice!
Silkysoul, via ocweekly.com
THE SPITZER SPAT
I am neither a fan of [Mike and Susan Kang] Schroeder or Todd Spitzer [R. Scott Moxley’s Moxley Confidential, “Will the Real Todd Spitzer Please Stand Up?” Sept. 10]. One of Spitzer’s last acts as a county supervisor was to approve an earth-raping abomination of Trabuco Hills with some disgusting cookie-cutter-puke housing. He also is a pimp for the toll-road agency.
None of the above!, Capo Beach, via ocweekly.com
Spitzer foolishly threw in with [DA Tony] Rackauckas and the Schroeders—and he got what he deserved. He may well have lost had he challenged Rackauckas, but he’d still have some self-respect. Great article, Scott; your analysis is right on, as usual!
Bill Hunt, via ocweekly.com
Spitzer’s failure to challenge Rackauckas showed an unfortunate lack of moral and political courage. His decision to fall in love with Rackauckas/Schroeder was also doomed to hurt him politically. How can a candidate develop a solid electoral base if the voters who want a maverick view him as afraid to challenge the status quo and if the power brokers who want a sycophant fear he’ll grandstand at their expense after he’s sworn in?
Hopey Changey, Wasilla, via ocweekly.com
OI TO POMONA
I went to the show the Vandals played at the Glass House [Vickie Chang’s “The Never-Ending Story of the Vandals vs. Variety,” Sept. 10]. It was awesome! Worth every penny, especially for the cause. They are a great punk band with such a light-hearted spirit. It is a shame that those [Daily Variety] suits are trying to bully and bring them down just for the sake of doing so.
DMV, Costa Mesa, via ocweekly.com
FAUNA ARE ANIMALS, AND FLORA ARE PLANTS, WEIRDO
It is with much amusement that the peasants attempt to entertain themselves by any means possible, polluting the air with putrid bellowing consistent with a mauling [Hey, You! “Dreading the Noise,” Sept. 10]. Charles and I often have our driver make a turn into some of these areas to view the activities unfolding with much chuckling. Once, we saw our gardener barbecuing in the street with balloons hanging from the fauna. We saw children running like beggars, hoping to catch a glimpse of our car, and the awestruck looks on their faces as we lowered the window just slightly. I say let them do as they wish; their choices are limited and short-lived.
Selma, Beverly Hills, via ocweekly.com
ADDENDUM TO ANNIVERSARY
I’ve been reading the Weekly for about 14 of its 15 years, and it was a nice dose of nostalgia to read this article [OC Weekly Staff’s “Killer Quince,” Sept. 3]. But to pass over mention of Anthony Pignataro’s historic El Toro Airport Watch column is a severe oversight. For what, 100 weeks or more, this feature held a foil to the fatuous OC Board of Supervisors by methodically documenting the foolhardiness of their plan to build a 24-hour, seven-day, year-in, year-out international air terminal at the El Toro location. I am convinced the effectiveness of the Weekly’s muckraking coverage on this issue was pivotal to the passage of Measure W and the defeat of this rancid piece of pork. For the triumph that many of us felt then, I am all the more saddened now at the debacle the Great Park has become. Agran and Co.’s greedy machinations are eclipsing the memory of how close OC came to having an equally expensive and far-more-dangerous alternative shoved down its throat. This is a damn shame.
D. Read, Long Beach, via e-mail
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