4 places in O.C. to avoid when shuttling around out-of-towners

There is only one week left until Christmas, and many of us in Orange County will be hosting out-of-town guests in our homes very soon. And in an effort to make your holidays a little bit brighter, your friends at TheLiberalOC.com wanted to give you a small list of 4 locations that you should avoid when entertaining your visitors.

1. Wal-Mart – They’ve been known for discriminating against women, minorities, and people with disabilities. They’ve straight-up ignored labor laws. Their money has influenced politicians to rewrite tax laws. They show up and dominate small-town economies. They shift the burden of assisting their employees with healthcare costs onto the taxpayers.

And where ever your guests came from, there is probably a Wal-Mart already there not paying employees a family-sustaining wage.

If your guests really want to shop, take them to some of the truly unique shopping opportunities in Orange County.

2. The 22 Freeway – Don’t believe what you read in the newspapers. The 22 Freeway widening project is not done.

There are off-ramps that have yet to be opened—causing detours and ultimately traffic. There are lines that have yet to be re-drawn, or remnants of old lines—causing confusion and ultimately traffic. Five years ago the 22 Freeway was considered to be the ugliest of the O.C. Freeways, and that still holds up today.

Now anytime I start to complain about the progress of the 22 freeway project, OCTA supporters start reminding me that the 22 wasn’t part of the original Measure M goals, and all of this work was done by stretching pennies. Fiscal responsibility.

Well, if you want to continue to boast about the extra freeway that you improved, then you need to actually finish improving it.

3. The Anaheim Football stadium – cause we haven’t one.

4. The City of Costa Mesa – This doesn’t apply if your out-of-town guests are white. The City of Costa Mesa became the first city in the country to publicly state: “we aren’t racist, but…”

Costa Mesa cops now have the authority to begin checking the status of people’s immigration status—opening the door for deputies start racial profiling folks that appear to be Mexican.

If the guests that you are chaperoning do not look white, avoid Costa Mesa…they aren’t welcomed there.

  9 comments for “4 places in O.C. to avoid when shuttling around out-of-towners

  1. December 17, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Nice post Mike. This was a really fun post to read.

  2. December 17, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks Paul!

  3. DZO
    December 17, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Strange. Those are some of my favorite places in OC.

  4. December 18, 2006 at 6:34 am

    BUT Costa Mesa DOES have one of my favorite places to eat, El Chinaco on 19th St., owned by Mirna Burciaga, who ran for CM city council.

    If you haven’t had a pupusa there, it’s heaven.

  5. December 18, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    They make a good cheese enchilada, Joe. Sure, Costa Mesa has some good places to eat, shop, and be merry…but you just got to look white.


  6. Alicia Robinson
    December 19, 2006 at 9:23 am

    Excuse my nitpicking, but to clarify the post on Costa Mesa, the cops actually don’t have the authority to check immigration status – it will only by checked if you’re booked at the city jail, and the checks are performed by a federal immigration agent working in the city jail – not by city police. (I know because I’ve reported on it.)

    Of course, some may theorize that people who fit the profile of suspected illegal immigrants are more likely to be arrested and thus booked at the jail….but the jury’s still out on that.

  7. Thomas Gordon
    December 19, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Come on.

    We have friends who are of hispanic heritage who live in CM and they have NEVER had any problems with the police.

    We also have a friend who lives in Anaheim, who is also a Latina, who drives her old beater car into CM and she has never had problems either.

    Quit scaring people.

  8. Publius
    December 19, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    I have no problem with people’s immigration status checked after they are CONVICTED of a crime.
    But an arrest is merely an accusation. And we live in a society in which one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  9. December 21, 2006 at 11:17 am

    I agree with you on the 22. It’s still a huge mess.

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