El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else

The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but its supporters are still crying 'gentrification'

Those extra days are not good enough for the nonprofit's supporters. "El Centro is an organization that has zero administration-salary budget, and all of our programs are headed by volunteers on a weekly basis," says volunteer Benjamín Vázquez, who is also a Santa Ana Unified School District teacher. "It does more with less than any other nonprofit in Santa Ana. A 60-day extension would not be considered a victory for us. We, as volunteers of El Centro and Santa Ana, feel the city can do much more to find a permanent place."

The new date for El Centro Cultural de Mexico to vacate is Sept. 14, just two days shy of Mexican Independence Day, when the city of Santa Ana will be holding its annual "Fiestas Patrias" weekend street festival. "I think an extension was the decent thing to do by the Broadway Improvement Co.," Vázquez says, adding, "In the end, we are still without a space on Sept. 15."

Portions of this story previously appeared on Heard Mentality, the Weekly's music, arts and culture blog.

 

This article appeared in print as "El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else: The nonprofit community center got a last-minute extension, but supporters are still crying 'gentrification.'"

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Sumama
Sumama

I have a great idea! Instead of el centro having to spend so much money on "upgrades" such as rolls of toilet paper. Why not just use el OC Weakly as tp that is all it is good for.

Romance Ab
Romance Ab

"... organized, highly participatory ... meeting ... with a sense of calmness." How do you interpret such statements as "whining"? Oh, the answer is transparent: pendejo. --s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

Realismhurts
Realismhurts

Everyone must choose thier battles

I wish folks like Gabriel San Ramon, who could be influential, would spend some of their energy on things that are truly important. California has a really generous system to help those in need. Unfortunately it is rife with abuse, from the adminstrators (the union backed state & county employees), the vendors (doctors, lawyers, shop keepers etc..) and the supposed benificiaries themselves.

A strong messgae to the community that these progams are in place to help the most needy among us, and a social lash back at the thousands who manipulate the programs is in order. A simple trip through the willard or Delhi neighborhood illistrates the dysfunction.

My point is this: While the cultural center provides some sort of benefit, it's eviction and need to be dynamic is NOTHING compared to the needs of the people.

In other words: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL!

Super Ego
Super Ego

Cultural Centers and Art Galleries, save Downtown Santa Ana from becoming Irvine.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey, no dinero... no meeting-o... thats how it works in the first world.. why dont you peasants join the 21st century... or go back to your beloved mehico and have your meetings in a TJ whorehouse. lol

your padre
your padre

Waaaaahhhh.

Holy crap. My business had to give 60 days notice because our landlord is jacking up our rent to $4/sq foot, which is unheard of. So we move. No biggie. Get over it. Being a tenant isn't a right, it is a privledge and yours is revoked. Move on like the rest of us and stop crying.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hahahaha.. hate to admit it, but thats funny!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

They have the dinero, bullied chinito, and have done more to better humanity than your fake-doctor ass ever will. Betcha you have a bunch of malpractice suits following your pendejo ass haha

Alex
Alex

If that's the smartest thing you can comment from the article, then you are definitely an ignorant fool.

Bill T.
Bill T.

"... organized, highly participatory ... meeting ... with a sense of calmness." How do you interpret such statements as "whining"? Oh, the answer is transparent: pendejo.

Ego
Ego

its not about a business .. its about a community center which helps people and strengthens the people themselves

you sir are an ignorant F@#K

Fred
Fred

Gustavo, when you stoop to calling people "little chinaman" and "fake doctor ass", you are revealing a mentality that has no place in professional journalism. This is why you will be stuck writing taqueria reviews and your (gabacho invented) "column" instead of progressing to working for a real new outlet. Just a word to the wise, check your racism at the door, no matter how hard the commenters prod you.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Can you understand how much harm you do to your cause. When the whites read your comments it makes them ill !!!!........You are not a Mexican hero one little bit!!!

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

tsk, tsk, tsk.. gustavo, you're cholo side is coming out... i guess once a dumb mexican, always a dumb mexican, even if you do have a degree from ucla in chicano studies..lol...

here's a joke for you... where can u go and never find any mexicans?.... the library!!!

ok, here's another one... why didnt the virgin mary come from mexico?.. bc you cant find a virgin in mexico!!

cmon, you know thats funny!!!

Fred
Fred

Its about perpetuating a victimhood mentality amongst the raza.

your padre
your padre

There are things called private property rights, you ignorant F@#k. If a landlord wants you out then you are out. Get over it. My landlord wants someone with more cash in here, so I move. Stop crying. Move. It isn't that difficult and there are TONS of vacancies in Santana... I've looked and they are CHEAP. Look, your illegal brothers have been able to figure out the concept of moving on the fly to Norte for years, why is it that their community center can't take all of that wealth of knowledge and apply it to a truck and a lease agreement?

Moving isn't rocket science it takes simple application of ones abilities. These community clowns don't want to apply themselves and just want to cry about it.

Waaahhhh.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

wth? i read your post twice and i still cant figure out what you are saying... gustavo, is that you in disguise? hahaha

A reasonable voice
A reasonable voice

Hey Fred you should take your own advice unlike you I want be name calling but if you read your post I'm pretty sure you'll feel stupid to know that you to have no place I'm professional journalism because you can't even keep your racism at the door why don't you do us all a favor and stop posting such ignorant comments

Excholo
Excholo

Dont mind racial jokes as long as the are funny Zipperhead!

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

oops, meant your, not you're... i had to point that out before gus gets all worked out with the phony doctor bit....

 
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