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    Rancho Santa Margarita - City of the Big Boxes

    Photo by Keith MayRancho Santa Margarita is nothing if not a town that embraces diversity. Well, that and a town that really embraces the name Rancho Santa Margarita. This is nowhere more apparent than in the shopping centers along the city's main d...

    on September 27, 2001
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    San Clemente - Dick Nixon wept here

    San Clemente was founded in the 1920s by a gent named Ole Hanson, who had aspired to the Republican presidential nomination. Tough-talking Ole had gained renown as the mayor of Seattle, where he broke up the nation's first general strike in 1919, wh...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Santa Ana - If OC is a melting pot, Santa Ana is the fire

    Photo by Jack GouldDrive the entire length of Broadway in Santa Ana, and you'll see homes every bit as beautiful and well-kept as those in the snootier Floral Park neighborhoods. But next door to some of those bitchen Broadway homes are what appear ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Seal Beach - Little Dublin

    As you might expect from a town that's home to not only a Leisure World but also a Christian Science Reading Room and a rare-plants nursery just a couple of blocks from its pier, the pace of Seal Beach is decidedly more measured than most beach town...

    on September 27, 2001
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    San Juan Capistrano - Before Disneyland, there was the mission

    Photo by Keith MayBefore there was Disneyland, there was Mission San Juan Capistrano. Before there was Mickey Mouse, there were the swallows. Before there was a Junipero Serra, there were happy Indians. Small, tucked away and sometimes forgotten, ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Stanton - Almost became a sewage farm

    Photo by Keith MayCalifornia adventure? Forget Anaheim and its new amusement park of spit-shined clichs. Stanton's three square miles of callused suburbia represent what the Golden State is really about. Well, don't forget Anaheim completely becaus...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Sunset Beach - American Beauty

    Photo by Keith MaySunset Beach, the roughly 1.5-mile strip of unincorporated county land bordered by Seal Beach (to the north), Huntington Beach (to the south) and Huntington Harbor (to the east), is one of only three U.S. towns without mail-deliver...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Tustin - Not full of hot air

    The idea of putting together a Best of OC issue that would present separate guides to each city came to us five months ago. Since that time, we have compiled lists of cities, pored over those lists, discussed those lists, and assigned cities to writ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Villa Park - Beat it . . . please.

    Photo by Jack GouldVilla Park is so small--just 2.1 miles in area--that you could drive by and not notice, which is how most of its 7,000 residents like it. They are quiet folk, mostly upper-middle class and just plain upper class. The Spanish/ranch...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Westminster - Phuo Loc Tho

    Photo by Jack GouldWedged between the 405 and 22 freeways, Westminster has no great parks, beaches or mansions. It does have dozens of strip malls, tract-housing communities and streets as jammed up as Dick Cheney's black heart. But this small inlan...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Yorba Linda - Richard Nixon was bored here

    Photo by Keith MayLet's not kid ourselves: the only reason anyone has heard of this colorless, 18.6-square-mile collection of strip malls and white-bread housing tracts that bills itself as "The Land of Gracious Living" is because a lying, conniving...

    on September 27, 2001
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    What Would Jesus Do? - Its what George dont

    Illustration by Bob AulRemember when candidate George W. Bush was put on the spot by a reporter asking who his favorite philosopher was? Bush named Jesus, possibly out of utter sincerity or possibly because he couldn't remember those confusing forei...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 27, 2001
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    Sitting Shiva for Us All - First the terrorists hit the U.S., then Riviera hits OC

    I managed to make it out of the house Saturday to attend my 10-year high school reunion. People were bafflingly kind and without attitude--with the exception of the girl who in fifth grade was the not-as-attractive best friend of the prettiest girl ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 27, 2001
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    The End Is Nearer

    Patient: Happy Accidents Profile: Terrifically engaging movie about a man from another world--or is he?--whose appearance in our world makes one think about such big issues as love, trust, identity and fate. Unfortunately, at the last possible mom...

    by Steve Lowery on September 27, 2001
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    Whats an Edmonton?

    Illustration by Bob Aul(Editor's note: Given the events of last week and the bitchy nature of Political Football, we thought it might disturb many readers to read a column that so lustily criticizes U.S. citizens. On the other hand, we know how many...

    by Steve Lowery on September 27, 2001
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    It Slices, It Dices, It Hijacks

    A faithful reader sent us an advertisement on Sept. 13 that appears to have been clipped from Popular Militia Manmagazine. San Diego-based "self-defense/fitness/concealment" company Magills hawks the "CIA Plastic Knife," which is touted as being "un...

    by Matt Coker on September 27, 2001
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly. com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we c...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Steve Lowerys Weekly Investor

    The Dow Jones Industrial suffered a 7 percent loss Monday as panicked investors, nervous about the U.S. economy, sold off in bunches. While some see this as a sign of hard times ahead, we believe the market has rarely looked better for bargain hunte...

    by Steve Lowery on September 27, 2001
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    Their Masters Image - Nixon Librarys Tribute to the Heroic Rescue Workers

    Photo by Joel BeersIt was sometimes hard to figure out who was being remembered at the Sept. 14 Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace's "Tribute to the Heroic Rescue Workers": the approximately 500 fallen rescue workers, or our former president, who...

    by Joel Beers on September 27, 2001
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    Under Suspicion - For Tawfiq Deek, it runs in the family

    Like most Arab-Americans, Tawfiq Deek is shocked and feeling vulnerable in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Unlike most Arab-Americans, though, Deek got a personal visit from two FBI agents within hours of t...

    by Nick Schou on September 27, 2001
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