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DRIVE-IN TO DISTRACTION
Jeebus, Ed, you sound like a prissy little eater who’s afraid to get a mayo stain on your new pink tutu [Edwin Goei’s “Carhopeless,” May 14]. I guess you’re just too young to revel in the nostalgia of skating waitresses at a drive-in. But that’s fine; you go ahead and eat in the faux-Americana tidiness of Ruby’s (or Johnny Rockets, for that matter) and pretend you’re hip—some of us remember the days when such dining establishments weren’t just some faked-up version on Happy Days—you’ll never experience that.
Wm Blackstone, via ocweekly.com
I don’t like to eat in my car, either. I can’t see the attraction. Whenever I drive by the Mission Viejo Sonic restaurant, I wonder why people would bother to go out to eat and just sit in their car. It doesn’t seem fun.
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I read your article on the Alex Bernal case [Gustavo Arellano’s “Mi Casa Es Mi Casa,” May 7]. I didn’t know about the case, either, but in reading about the Rumford Fair Housing Law from the early ’60s, I had a hunch that South Gate was ripe for restrictive racial covenants back then. Sure enough, the tract I live in has restrictive covenants, and I could not have lived in my house except as a servant.
I wrote a bill to wipe away the restrictive covenants because they are still in the county recorder’s offices throughout the state.
My legislation, Assembly Bill 985 (2009) and Assembly Bill 2204 (2008), would proactively remove discriminatory and offensive sections from title documents. Although discriminatory restrictive covenants may remain hidden from the public eye, these former tools of division and segregation continue to sit in public records. There is no justifiable reason for carrying it forward in living title documents.
The realtors and title insurers said they supported what I wanted to do, but they opposed the bill because they did not want to pay for it or change their current practices during property sales. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger heard them and vetoed the bill.
I thought you would want to know that the legacy is not just in a dusty album.
Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), via e-mail
My respects to Alex for standing up for his rights and fighting for what is right, and to David C. Marcus, his attorney, for standing up for the minorities despite whatever negative social consequences he encountered from his peers and others during those years. I hope Joseph Bernal completes his screenplay. What a wonderful story!
Rocio, via ocweekly.com
What a warm and heartfelt story. I’ve lived in Orange County for 14 years, and while I knew that Orange County discriminated against Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans, I had never heard of Mr. Bernal’s case. What a brave and courageous individual he was to stand up for his rights, especially in those times. The memories of that period may have been very painful for him, especially with the loss of his wife to cancer. He did leave his children and family a wonderful legacy, something for them to aspire to. Great article, Gustavo.
Marjorie Kellen, via ocweekly.com
Gustavo, great job on writing about this forgotten part of local history that had far-ranging implications. I was born in Fullerton and have lived there and in Placentia for most of my life. But I had never heard of this case, nor had my parents, who have also lived in this area for most of their lives. Thank you for reporting on this, and thank you to the Bernals for standing up for their rights so long ago.
Joe, via ocweekly.com
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