The passive-aggressive-but-informative Mission Viejo Dispatch blog has been both reporting on and creating a racially tinged mini-scuffle in Mission Viejo. As you might expect from the master-planned South County burg where residents revolted over a city manager's desk, the controversy centers around something important: street names.
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Frankly I liked the initial submission of names [by Lennar], mainly because I can pronounce them. With all the various Spanish names throughout Southern California I believe we need to intersperse some good old common American names for some of our streets, like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Reagan, etc. While Mission Viejo may have been founded on a Spanish theme, that does not preclude in my mind the use of traditional American street names and we need to remember this is an American city in America populated by Americans, isn't it time we started being proud of our American heritage?
Dispatch editor Brad Morton labeled the letter with the question "Is It Racial?" He also posted a snippet from an anti-Muslim email that allegedly Bruchmann circulated last in January. The commissioner pops up in the comments section of the blog to tie the entire thing to Obama. Read up on the fun here.