Letters From OC Weekly Readers

'I’m Lucky Not to Be a Racist Like the Guy Writing This Article'

If only those same Huntington Beach residents were as vigilant about driving Hispanic gang members out of town, eh [Gustavo Arellano’s “Slater Slums Smackdown,” Nov. 27]? I guess a handful of j-offs with shaved heads assaulting one guy is more of a problem than thousands of Hispanic criminals roaming the streets of our nation, murdering people, and destroying neighborhoods with drugs and violence? The author should stop by his local clinic and get a prescription for his Reality Deficit and Perspective Disorder. I’d feel a little bit better about this story if it had been about a group of residents banding together and rounding up ALL the scumbags in the neighborhood—skinhead, Hispanic, black and green—if they were committing crime.

Eric, Huntington Beach, via ocweekly.com


Those apartments around Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue were not a “bad” area back in the mid-1970s. In 1989, you had “White Flight,” where a white would move out and a Mexican would move in. Here we are 20 years later with almost 100 percent Mexicans renting from mostly white landlords. Any time you have a high concentration of high-density, multi-unit housing filled with Mexicans, you are going to have problems such as drugs, auto theft, prostitution, shootings, gangs, rape, etc. Try walking those street after dark: Will you get shot, stabbed, offered drugs, yelled at in Spanish, or your car stolen or broken into? All that crime then spills over to the nicer surrounding areas. The good people with money just buy their way out and move to a better area. They say this area was nice once, but now it’s time to move on to a safer place. People with little to no money cannot “buy their way out” and have to live next to these apartments. Many are getting fed up and want action to be taken. There are still nice areas of Orange County, so if you have the money, check out some of the gated communities in H.B. and Newport.

HB Roller, Fountain Valley, via ocweekly.com


I lived in H.B. for seven years during the late ’90s/early 2000s and shopped at stores near that area and never felt at all in danger. I think this is a calm area compared with Compton, Watts and other hoods I’ve visited during church home visits. Of course, the Huntington Beach police are the ones who keep it safe because without their pro-active stance on crime, H.B.’s Slater area could certainly turn to real LA-style slums.

Former HB Resident, via ocweekly.com


When are people going to learn that the term skinhead is not synonymous with neo-Nazis?

Joe, via ocweekly.com


These kids are probably really bad kids, but because Arellano wrote this article and he is just another elitist Latino activist who is completely biased when it comes to his own race/culture, I would consider this article most likely not very honest in its assessment of what really happened.

Michelle Quinn, Orange, via ocweekly.com


After reading Mr. Arellano’s article, it was really disappointing to read the comments from most of the individuals. Whether Caucasian, Anglo-Saxon, Mexican ethnicity or other, most of you were unable to express your thoughts coherently without calling names and being disgusting. Americans have been reading a lot lately about the coarsening of America. Your comments to this article sure do confirm that thought.

Mary, Placentia, via ocweekly.com


“No way a group of gabachos was visiting Oak View late at night unless they wanted trouble.” Maybe that is part of the problem. It’s really so bad in that neighborhood that white people can’t show up at night? Damn, where I live, white and Mexican can show their faces at night and there is no drama. Guess I’m lucky not to be a racist like the guy writing this article or the neo-Nazis—they are one and the same.

Derek, Seattle, via ocweekly.com


I wish those fucking skinheads get what they deserve in prison, and believe me, they will.

Joe Rodriguez, Tustin, via ocweekly.com

Sadly, this place [Crispins] had potential but is a train wreck [Edwin Goei’s “Comfort Shrewd,” Nov. 27].

WG, San Clemente, via ocweekly.com


Three of us ate there Wednesday night: The chicken marsala was like rubber, the salad just okay, and service was lousy due to inexperienced young staff.

Oh really, San Clemente, via ocweekly.com


[Crispins] will soon be frequented by all the corner bums begging for food because the paying unfortunates may soon discover this place is not worthy of their pennies.

Th, San Clemente, via ocweekly.com

You said yourself you were riding in the crosswalk [Hey, You! “Broken Spokes,” Nov. 13]. Bicycles can’t be ridden in the crosswalk and must be WALKED. If you were riding, then you were in violation of the law. You SHOULD have been riding along the right shoulder of the road, with the flow of traffic. That crosswalk is a good 2 or 3 feet beyond the curb line. Cops would have told you the same and found you at fault.

CS, Newport, via ocweekly.com

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