Dispatches From Anaheimistan

A week after shootings that roiled the city, Anaheim still looks like a warzone

"We support their cause for justice," Rodarte explained. "We just had a different method."

The protest brought out union workers, religious groups, students and families, as well as Jose Moreno, who sits on Anaheim City School District's board of trustees. He said he's fed up with a City Hall that continually places deep-pocketed special interests over the needs of the community. "There are too many neighborhoods in Anaheim that have felt the indifference of a decade-and-a-half-long developing effort of only one part of our city," he said.

Other protesters say a flawed city election process caused tensions to burst. Currently, City Council races are city-wide, rather than district by district; not one Latino has ever won an election, despite the fact that cultural group makes up more than half of the population. "In my opinion, all of this is a result of a lack of representation," said Martin Lopez, recording secretary of UNITE HERE, which represents hundreds of union workers at the Disneyland resort and nearby hotels. "We need more district council members to provide representation of our communities."

But other protesters seemed more concerned with the recent violence than questions of representation. One marcher, Todd Spitzer, former assemblyman and current Orange County supervisor, represents affluent Anaheim Hills. "I've seen too many communities destroyed," he said, referring to how, as a child, he witnessed the destruction of his family business in East LA and, later, played a role in the 1992 Rodney King riots as a Los Angeles police officer. When asked whether he stood in solidarity with the protesters he was marching with, Spitzer responded, "That's a loaded term. I'm here to show that I'm supportive of the goals exemplified by this group—nonviolent social change."

As the protest came to a close, Rodarte said she felt the group's modest goal was accomplished. "Our goal was to bring all sides together in unity and peace. Step two is to set up small community forums where we can voice those opinions in an appropriate manner." (YN)

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Anaheimijuana is more like it. Such a quaint nice town once. You could go to Disneyland and paddle a canoe before heading over to Melodyland and hear Ralph Wilkerson and his musical theater. Today it is overrun with smelly barrios brimming with Hispanic gangs and their supporters... which led to this situation in the first place, of course.

vivienweisman
vivienweisman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why does it say no arrests were made? there were 11 atleast? but The OC knows that as they have reported it.

cynthia241
cynthia241 like.author.displayName 1 Like

"not one Latino has ever won an election?" are you kidding me?! Current Councilmember Lorri Galloway has repeatedly insisted that she is a Latina, and Richard Chavez and Bob Hernandez just left Council in the last elections. It is this kind of ignorant rant that makes me nuts. If the people of Anaheim want Districts (shown to create conflict, corruption, and financial waste and redundancy) at least base the arguments on FACTS!

swatgunner
swatgunner

That's a lot of grease in the streets. The APD should equip their officers with lots of Simple Green.

BobSqualonero
BobSqualonero

I read "Dispatches from Anaheimistan", and when I saw the picture of the police, SWAT officers, I initally thought it really was a picture of US troops in Afghanistan.  But when I saw the white, picket fence and the tree shrubs in the background, I realized it was Anaheim, CA, USA.

 

By the way, the acronym "SWAT", stands for Special Weapons And Tactics, and it's a good thing too, because if they were initially called Tactical Weapons Assult Team, they're acronym woud be "TW....uh, never mind. ;-)

BobSqualonero
BobSqualonero like.author.displayName 1 Like

I read "Dispatches from Anaheimistan", and when I saw the picture of the police, SWAT officers, I initally thought it really was a picture of US troops in Afghanistan.  But when I saw the white, picket fence and the tree shrubs in the background, I realized it was Anaheim, CA, USA.

 

By the way, the acronym "SWAT", stands for Special Weapons And Tactics, and it's a good thing too, because if they were initially called Tactical Weapons Assult Team, they're acronym woud be "TW....uh, never mind. ;-)

guerro
guerro

"not one Latino has ever won an election, despite the fact that cultural group makes up more than half of the population."

 

How many are eligible to vote?  Illegals and convicted felons must account for much of that "half the population".

RJ_Steelworth
RJ_Steelworth like.author.displayName 1 Like

The horse was just leaving a meal for the occupy meat heads.

Whophantom
Whophantom like.author.displayName 1 Like

 "Despite the massive display of military force". AKA, The Goon Squad. This is how Syria & the Middle East treats their people.  Time for a revolution if Cops can;t talk to the people they are suppose to protect & serve.Or, it's time we shoot back!

 
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