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
HB POLICE NEED SERIOUS REFORM, CANTO XXXIX
At first glance, James Roberts III appears to be an asshole of the first magnitude [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Shield From Justice," March 9]. I am wondering why the ambulance-chasing litigation lawyers are not all over it like a big dog on a bone? Looks as though the Huntington Beach Police Department is complicit in "negligent retention" and would be the deep pocket in court. One can only hope this guy will get his ass handed to him in the criminal case. A little time in lockup might do him some good. Looks as though HBPD needs to shore up both its hiring and Internal Affairs units?
Itpar, via ocweekly.com
"She said multiple lawyers have declined to represent her."
That could be because Shannon Roberts' case (and/or credibility) is weaker than this article suggests, or because they think it will cost too much given the adversary, or because they're afraid of taking on the HBPD, or various other reasons. There are a lot of lawyers in Orange County, though, and more in LA County, and the charges of a battered woman are not generally unsympathetic. How many lawyers has she talked to? That's sort of a strange place for the article to end.
There are a lot of political groups who would love to tout a credible case along these lines. This is the sort of cause for which a group can raise funds—if it is a credible case.
Greg Diamond, via ocweekly.com
Gotta love all the lame "F the police" comments. How typical. Nothing like stereotyping the entire profession.
At face value, this case is very disturbing. I'd be curious to hear from HBPD why Roberts wasn't immediately suspended. The argument that he was just destroying his own property is pretty weak. No amount of rationalization can justify HBPD's approach to this case. Clearly, this guy was out of control. The fact HBPD allowed this guy to remain on duty is disturbing. I'd love to hear the department's version of this, but of course the city attorney will not let anyone comment.
Chip Douglas, via ocweekly.com
WE DON'T NEED NO OVERPOPULATION
A-HEM there, mister [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! March 9]. Yes, it DOES matter to the rest of us if someone is making a habit of creating excess children. We all have this planet to share, and we all have a stake if someone is putting undue strain on the environment and precious resources . . . whether it's through an individual's greed and shortsighted, wasteful behavior OR through too many new mouths to feed.
Rod O'Riley, via ocweekly.com
So what is so wrong with going through rubbish? We save plastic and make about $30 sometimes, and we take ourselves out to lunch. I remember watching TV and seeing this Mexican couple getting up early in the morning to recycle, and they sent their son to Harvard on the money. More power to them, and this young woman has too much time on her hands. She needs to get off her @#% and get a job!
Listen2, via ocweekly.com
I think I know where Ms. Pocha lives, as it's one of two "low-income" options in the city. Take a look for yourself, and you'll probably think it's laughable anyone who lives here is complaining.
I live a mile from there, and a family member lives there. . . . They are nice places, and yes, there is a disproportionate number of nice vehicles for it to be a "low-income" area, which I have always thought was odd. The majority of people I see living there appear to be first-time renters in their mid- to late 20s and a fairly diverse demographic.
To be fair, the other low-income place is Villa Del Sol, and yeah, that place is a shithole, but as she describes it as "big" with six trash bins, it has to be Meadow Square.
From the city of Chino's website: "Meadow Square Apartments, newly constructed in 2008, is a privately owned and operated, 250-unit, affordable-housing community located in the new Preserve master-planned community. All 250 units are available at monthly rents affordable to very-low-income (53 units), low-income (53 units) and moderate-income (144 units) households."
909Jeff, via ocweekly.com