DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON THEM
There is only one (!) corporate-chain location in Sunset Beach* [Michelle Woo's "Sundown for Sunset Beach?" March 4]. The Star&$%*s that services the community's caffeine needs. When Huntington Beach, with its awful Chamber of Commerce, steamrolls through this nice little town, the next thing you'll see is a Johnny Rockets, Mickey D's, Hyatt Hotel, etc. The way H.B. has sold out its mom-and-pop shops by bringing in corporate cash (which no doubt receive huge tax breaks) is despicable. Just look at the Strand and its empty retail shops. Next comes the faux-Fashion Island that's crawling toward completion. Its next move is to knock down the Main Street Library for more mixed-use condos and retail. Huntington Beach used to be a nice beach town (like Sunset is to the core), but city officials continually strive to squeeze every dime out of its citizens and tourists. See DUI prosecution and new credit-card parking meters. Last time I checked, a quarter got me an hour in Belmont Shore, where I'm happy to spend my money.
*There is a Best Western, but I'm pretty sure it's a franchise. And a Ramada Inn that may or may not be. Okay, a 7-Eleven, but its the only place open after midnight—and it can't even sell beer!
D Fresh, via ocweekly.com
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Amen, D Fresh. Here comes eminent domain and the bulldozers. This is a tragedy, and I don't even live in Sunset Beach. We all saw what the city did—and continues to do—to Huntington Beach.
Arum, via ocweekly.com
D Fresh, while I agree with most of what you have to say, there is one part that is incorrect. Starbucks is not in Sunset Beach, nor is anything on the east side of PCH; that is all considered Huntington Beach. Sunset Beach only encompasses what is on the west side of PCH. There is one huge corporate business in Sunset that I can think of, and that's Jack In the Box. Let's hope Sunset doesn't get any more.
AngelHater, via ocweekly.com
I drive through Sunset Beach almost every day, and I love the funkiness and laid-backness of it all. The restaurants. The shops. The quirky water-tower dwelling. The eclectic architecture. Every time I go into a bar or restaurant, people are downright friendly, and we end up visiting like we're long-lost friends. Heaven help them if Huntington Beach swallows the city up. I don't see any benefit (am I missing something?), only the gradual demise of a unique OC community. What is the call to action for non-residents?
Sally Doherty, via e-mail
YUPPIE DOUCHES? IN SOUTH OC? WUT?
As a former professional driver, I know exactly what you mean [Hey, You! "Go Dump Yourself," March 4]. That yuppie douche is just a statistic waiting to happen. I only hope he doesn't take anyone else with him when he meets his well-deserved end.
Judas Peckerwood, via ocweekly.com
Judas Peckerwood: Don't you people get it? The South OC elites are the engine that drives our economy and deserve preferential treatment. You don't look a South OC Elite directly in the eyes. They are better than the rest of us, and we don't deserve to be in their presence. And I'm pretty sure they don't die, but rather transcend to become a higher life form. The sooner the rest of us figure that out, the easier it will be to co-exist with the Elites as they drive down from their majestic hills to grace us with their presence. I beg you to apologize to them for us having to deal with their malfeasance!
909Jeff, via ocweekly.com
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In Michelle Woo's March 4 cover story, "Sundown for Sunset Beach?" we incorrectly reported the name of the group that filed a lawsuit challenging the annexation of the unincorporated beach community. The actual name of the group is the Citizen's Association of Sunset Beach.
In that same issue's review of the film Spooner (Matt Coker's "Local Boy Goes Love Crazy"), a shooting location was identified as director Drake Doremus' "real-life stepbrother's car lot." Actually, it was his real-life half brother's car lot.
And also in the March 4 issue, Dave Barton's art review, "The Personal Is Political," the first name of artist Rick Loomis was given incorrectly.
The Weekly regrets the errors.