Letters From OC Weekly Readers

‘Good Going Again, OC We(a)kly!’

Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Ste. 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Or fax to (714) 550-5908.

Great article [Daffodil J. Altan’s “South Side Story,” Jan. 30]! It is great to see that there is a real newspaper in OC.

Anonymous, San Juan Capistrano, via ocweekly.com

If she’s not a gang member, why does Alma Ponce have gang tats? Why did she admit to being in the gang? This article is so one-sided it makes me sad. The point of the injunction is that each individual might be peaceful (such as the hero of your story), but in a group (or gang), they choose to treat the community like a punching bag. San Juan Capistrano is a better place to live with the injunction, and it is sad you didn’t bother to ask teachers, business owners or residents who favor it. Your conclusion was already reached when you decided to write the article.

Tulip Flower, San Juan Capistrano, via ocweekly.com

Whatever happened to taking responsibility for your actions? They didn’t just pick a name out of the hat to put on this injunction. There has to be documentation to even consider Alma Ponce a gang member. You played, and now you get to live with the consequences of those actions. Injunctions are only enforceable in specific areas. Maybe you should move and let the community have their area back. We don’t tolerate terrorists abroad; we don’t want domestic terrorists in our back yard. I bet if OC Weekly weren’t so one-sided, they might also mention that li’l miss innocent probably has an extensive juvenile history, but the DA’s office cannot discuss it because our society coddles our kids. Good going again, OC We(a)kly!

Jeff Stuart, Corona, via ocweekly.com

Anything that curbs illegal gangs and gang activity is responsible citizenship, including injunctions, stops and searches, and identifying individuals who are gang members, associates or wannabes. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else, or continue your illegal activity and get sent to state prison.

Slo, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com

Did Ms. Altan talk to any other residents who felt the problems were fading, or did she just take Ms. Ponce’s word for it? I’ve lived in SJC for a very long time, and I don’t know anyone who thinks things were getting better before the injunction. But my friends in the Villas say they feel a lot safer now.

Your headline asks whether the injunctions are “putting an end to a 30-year-old gang rivalry in South County, or catching innocent bystanders in its net.” Well, it might be doing both.

If Ms. Ponce or anyone else has been unjustly labeled as a gang member, that’s wrong and it should be remedied. But the possible misidentification of some individuals doesn’t mean that the injunction itself is bad, wrong or unnecessary!

SJC resident, San Juan Capistrano, via ocweekly.com

I don’t live in Mission Viejo, but a friend who does told me he voted for Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Woman on a Mission,” Jan. 30] because “if Cathy is elected, eventually, [Councilman] Lance MacLean’s head will explode.”

Fast Friend, via ocweekly.com

I am prompted to write this letter not as much by the predictable news of the elevation of Cirilo Flores to auxiliary bishop by the stained bishop of the OC diocese, Tod Brown, as by a reaction [Gustavo Arellano’s “Meet the New Bishop . . .” Jan. 16]. My real motivation is a comment I heard by a reader of Gustavo’s article. The coffee drinker in Corona Del Mar said [in the comments under the article online] to all, “How predictable, Gustavo is picking on our Catholic diocese again!” This diocese and their seemingly incurable behavior needs to be picked on, as does the Church that has been blessed with an attitude that it thinks it is above accountability.

As bad as the “blessed attitude” is, which has shown its ugly head with the molesting priests and their enablers, it goes far deeper. And like a rotting fish, it starts at the head. Just go back to the ’30s and ’40s with the building of the Westminster Church in 1947 and ’48 and the Los Angeles Diocese—as there was no Orange County Diocese until the 1980s—and follow the trail.

Don’t expect the bishop of the Orange County diocese or the cardinal of the Los Angeles diocese to shed any tears over past crimes or suddenly institute a house cleaning. The appointment of Flores to auxiliary bishop is more of the same. Cover up, deny, hire attorneys, and call a whitewash/cover story a “house cleaning.” This is an indivisible modus operandi from top to bottom. The cleansing of and often-touted transparency in the Church can never happen until the sheep get out of the pews and demand it.

Tim C. Leedom, via e-mail


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