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    Fullerton - We have a real-life barrio

    It could have had the Norton Simon Museum. It still might get the Leo Fender Museum. Fullerton may be smack-dab in the center of conservative North Orange County, but it has a progressive independent newspaper (Fullerton Observer), a real-life barri...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Fountain Valley - Few fountains, no valley

    Photo by Jack GouldLet's just get this out of the way: there are few fountains in Fountain Valley. City lore says the word "fountain" in Fountain Valley is derived from the many artesian wells and abundant local water supply. Abundant B.S., more lik...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Garden Grove - Those were the days

    It hasn't always been easy living in Garden Grove. Heavy flooding gutted the city in 1916, and an earthquake did severe damage to buildings in 1933. But after World War II, hordes of veterans and their families moved here, making it the fastest-grow...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Huntington Beach - Look hard

    Photo by Keith MayThere's nothing quaint about Huntington Beach, which has a mostly working-class population of 190,000. In fact, it's a pretty ugly city. Except for the old residential neighborhoods surrounding Lake Park in the downtown area, the c...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Irvine - You can plan cities, but you cant plan people

    Irvine proves you can plan cities, you can't plan people. Consider the Irvinian who worked for more than a decade to transform his bland tract home into a mighty gothic castle and was subdued only by the combined power of City Hall, a homeowners ass...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Laguna Beach - Mayberry with art on the walls

    You know you've reached paradise when the most contentious debate in town is whether one man's palm tree blocks a fraction of another man's view of the vast Pacific. Such is the case in Laguna Beach, a small mountainous seaside resort located three ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Laguna Hills - Nice offramps

    Photo by Keith MayAhhh, Laguna Hills: where sapphire-blue waves gently massage miles of rocky coastline. Wait--that's Laguna Beach. Laguna Hills: where tens of thousands of wizened retirees relax during their golden years . . . that's actually Lag...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Laguna Niguel - Cul-de-sacs and soccer fields

    Photo by Keith MayMuch has changed during the past 20 years in Laguna Niguel. In 1981, new residents were so new that Angie's Pizza treated them to a bottle of celebratory champagne. A Carl's Jr. played country music and had a place to tie up horses...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Laguna Woods - The city no one really knows

    Photo by Keith MayMyth: Laguna Woods consists solely of the Leisure World retirement community formerly contained in Laguna Hills. Fact: While Leisure World makes up the huge majority of Laguna Woods proper--and Leisure World residents make up 100...

    on September 27, 2001
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    La Habra - Discount capital of OC

    Photo by Jack GouldLa Habra has been evolving into the discount capital of OC. A Wal-Mart will open soon on Beach Boulevard, joining the Target and the 24-hour Super Kmart to form the Holy Trinity of massive discount shopping (or Holy Quartet, if yo...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Lake Forest - We used to be El Toro!

    Photo by Keith MayIf Lake Forest feels sprawling and lacking in any central downtown area, that's because it is and does. Incorporated in 1991, the city called Lake Forest--once known as El Toro--now includes the annexed Foothill Ranch and Portola H...

    on September 27, 2001
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    La Palma - Cypress writ small

    Photo by Jack GouldBuilt in the heart of Moo Valley on the site of dairies that once stretched clear to Santa Fe Springs, La Palma today is another of the county's numerous bedroom communities. While virtually all of La Palma's residents live in tra...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Long Beach - Much more than tourist traps

    When they say, "Long Beach is a great place to live, but you wouldn't want to visit there" (well, actually, they don't say it--we do), it's not meant as a clever insult so much as a startlingly vicious backhanded compliment born from years of pent-u...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Gas Bag

    Illustration by Bob AulYour ignorance was astounding. The entire nation was still in shock without a specific group or person to finger for the attack. I had finished fueling up the tow truck I drive for a living. As I went inside to sign the receip...

    by ANONYMOUS on September 20, 2001
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    DNRStat!

    Patient: Hardball Profile: Hateful, hateful, hateful movie about degenerate gambler who turns a ragtag bunch of African-American kids into a championship baseball team. Ostensibly about the courage of inner-city children but actually about how lam...

    by Steve Lowery on September 20, 2001
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    Champagne Wishes - And lesbian dreams!

    Commie Mom and I were once having a sun-drenched, sea-breezed, General Foods International Coffees' Cafe Vienna, morning-patio, Massengill moment, when I asked her, "Mom, do you think I'm a lesbian?" It was the only reason I could think of to explai...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 20, 2001
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    No Shelter - Vengeance isnt justice

    Photo by Jack Gould "This may be the day America's luck ran out." --Unnamed newscaster on KCAL, as New York City and the Pentagon were wrapped in smoke "BEWITCHED: Darrin finds an envelope containing $100,000" --Onscreen info box of what was sch...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 20, 2001
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    Fear the smoking police!

    Illustration by Bob AulMaybe it's true what they say about former smokers being the most militantly intolerant of those still sucking away on paper tubes packed with nicotine-soaked tobacco. That would be the most obvious explanation for how pissed ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Feminazis vs. Regular Old Nazis

    UC Irvine announced on Sept. 6 that it's again tied for 10th place among the nation's best public universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of America's leading institutions of higher learning. However, UCI was mute on the school ear...

    by Matt Coker on September 20, 2001
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    Highway Robbery - Newport Coast - It cost $500,000, but Newport Coasts roadside distractions are still there!

    Photo by Vu NguyenTake Irvine's Bonita Canyon Drive, turn south on Newport Coast Drive toward the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy the scenery up to the San Joaquin Hills toll road. It's a dump. The overgrown, weed-infested medians and roadsides are lit...

    by R. Scott Moxley on September 20, 2001
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