An LA Times Reporter Walks Into a Huntington Beach Bar . . . and Finds the Jersey Shore

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Street fights, bros 'n' hos, toxic surf, free-flowing hooch, corrupt politicians--whatever gave Nicole Santa Cruz the idea that Huntington Beach is the Jersey Shore of Orange County?

Cruz foists that premise in a Los Angeles Times story about Surf Shitty's boisterous bar scene.

MTV is no doubt Mapquesting H.B. for a reality camera crew now.

Cruz's evidence for making the Huntington Beach-Jersey Shore connection came after a late-night weekend ride-along with local cops. Among what she saw:

  • The air is crisp and salty, and despite the cold, women in colorful tube dresses are laughing and men in collared shirts are whistling in appreciation.

  • A 24-year-old man stumbling on the brick sidewalk while answering a cop's question about how much he drank that night: "A Mind Eraser. Two shots of Jack Daniels. A Guinness and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Two Irish Car Bombs, then three Bud Lights."

  • On a typical night, Baja Sharkeez is packed with people who look like they were born in the '80s.

  • Tales from bartenders who say they have tossed naked men and broken up bloody fights.

  • The term cops give drunks who frequently wander into the wrong house, looking for a place to sleep: a "Downtown 459," after the state penal code for burglary because alarmed residents think someone broke in to steal from them.

  • The final tally from enforcement within the three-block downtown while Cruz was hanging out with cops: broke up two brawls, encountered a man passed out in the front seat of a cab, arrested a 21-year-old who voluntarily jumped off a 20-foot building and ushered numerous drunks home.

The Times decided to parachute in a reporter because of Huntington Beach's No. 1 ranking among cities its size in California in victims killed and injured in alcohol-involved traffic accidents. A 22-month police investigation zeroed-in on that stretch of Main Street as causing the most alcohol-related calls.


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Myoung2
Myoung2

And yet, and yet, despite the young and drunk whites, year after year Santa Ana has around triple the rate of violent crime as Surf City. A-fucking-mazing how that works.

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MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Riverside is the Jersey Shore of the Inland Empire. Hermosa Beach is the Jersey Shore of LA County. San Luis Obispo is the Jersey Shore of the central coast. Hollywood is the Jersey Shore of the city of Los Angeles. Old Towne Orange is the Jersey Shore of the city of Orange. Fresno is the Jersey Shore of central inland California. Ventura is the Jersey Shore of Ventura. Ocean Beach is the Jersey Shore of San Diego. Carlsbad and Oceanside are the Jersey Shores of beach towns near a Marine base. South Padre Island is the Jersey Shore of Texas. Florida is the Jersey Shore of Florida. New York is the Jersey Shore of the world.

Turns out, there are enclaves of insufferable douchebags just about everywhere. Now, how much do I get paid for this information? Hopefully more than the guy from the Times did.

Xrtbowman
Xrtbowman

I agree with Cassidy. Huntington Beach is by far a better city than what has been dipicted in the article. The city has a many great things to offer during the day as well as the Nott life, besides the bars. As with any city it has its problems areas and groups. Not all of theout of towners are to blame but they do take up themajority of it.

Carryles
Carryles

I agree with Cassidy... It seems to be all the out-of-towners that come here.... None of my friends are trashy or criminals... I love HB:))

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

More like Jersey Shores is the HB of the East, sans the skinheads of course!

carbonware
carbonware

It's all the bar scene and not really HB. Perhaps we should ex-annex this part of town to some other area or Orange county. The rest of the city is great.

Fitness4life949
Fitness4life949

they is why i moved to monarch bay, tired of all the loud drunk's and stupid people trying to start fight's during the day its nice at nice its shitty

Cait
Cait

Ive been here my whole life. This city is evil. Ive had a knife pulled on me and friends because we were with a guy who was indian. There are drugs EVERYWHERE. The nightlife sucks. I Have really nice friends and we have been harassed numerous times for no reason. Each bar is filled with young, douchey people. EVen the bartendars are douchey. This place would be better off nuked. Seriously the OC makes me sick

Cassidy Summers
Cassidy Summers

all I hear are opinions about what people think are facts. You have substantial proof that drugs are on every corner? Please show me a copy of the police reports proving this... Show me court documents... I love local mainstream media, and the folks who post comments on the articles. Ridicule other cities, unsubstantiated claims, horsecrap if you ask me. Go get your facts right, and take your opinions to the highway, back to where you came from, along with the drunks who frequent our local bars, take them with you.

HB is Dirt
HB is Dirt

HB.... LOL, I lived there for almost 8 years and that place is a joke. Full of people that are full of themselves. Drugs on every corner.... scrum... Thats it just scum....

Cassidy Summers
Cassidy Summers

The Description is spot on for the nightlife scene, but pretty far off the overall picture. People who characterize HB as this story does are ignorant. Try living in HB for 26 years as I have, and you will come to realize that it is actually a great city, with more square footage of parkland than any surrounding city, a great atmosphere downtown during the day, and a great community, which I might add IS NOT FULL OF SKINHEADS AND WHITETRASH FOLKS. I have seen this city grow and change in ways unimaginable. It is sad that drunk out of towner's who come to our city to party, rage, and drink and drive, help in giving our city a bad rap. Although the nightlife is shit, and there are in fact thousands of drunk idiots who attend this nightlife, it is not the overall big picture of our community. So before you go and spew hoarsecrap articles such as this, and the LA times article written by Cruz, try living here for 26 years to get the real rap.

909Jeff
909Jeff

WHOA!!!!

Dont expect Gustavo to respond to facts.. You have to bait him in!

909Jeff
909Jeff

That is actually brilliant!

I think the weekly should pay you for that... I mean if they Paid Coker for this piece of shit article... I'm just saying!

Cassidy Summers
Cassidy Summers

Cait, first of all, you have had a knife pulled on you, because you were with an Indian guy. Did you file a police report? if not, why didn't you? Are you implying that racism only happens in Huntington beach? I have been to palm springs, and was thrown to the ground by an old man because he thought I cut in line on a little circus ride, I was younger at the time, his claims were unsubstantial. Is he racist against young people? Is the entire community of palm springs racist? I think not. So one incident does not give the bigger picture. Racism happens everywhere, not just in HB.

Second, there are drugs everywhere, and when i say that, I mean EVERYWHERE. NOT just HB. Have you done anything to stop the drug problem? have you volunteered to assist drug addicts? have you donated any money to any kind of organization that would prevent drug use in HB? if not, then obviously the drug problems is not that big of a problem to you, because if it were, you would either A) Move away from HB, or B) donate to stop "problem".

Third, the nightlife sucks. Yes you are right, but the nightlife in HB does not define the entire community. It defines exactly what the title says, the NIGHTLIFE.

You call young people douche. Are you racist toward young people, or just young people who frequent bars? You again call bartenders douche, my question to this accusation is, wouldn't you act as the bartenders do, and be douche if you were supposedly dealing with 'douchy young people'? Or would you just be a nice calm little bartender and be so nice to every douch bag that comes into your bar? Exactly.

And finally, your way of thinking is sad. You say we should Nuke innocent little children, women, and men, all because OC makes you sick.

Myoung2
Myoung2

Cassidy, dear girl, non-whites aren't going to like you because you dump on other whites with differing political opinions, hairstyles, or incomes than yours. They hate upper middle class whites for our supposed 'privilege', they hate working class whites because working class whites tell it like it is, stick up for their rights, and are not willing to be swallowed up by mass immigration. They hate rural whites for engaging in 'white flight' and not wanting to be immersed in 'diversity'. They had urban hipster whites for gentrifying neighborhoods and driving up rents.

So, dear Cassidy, just face it, and embrace it. Stop groveling and putting your kinsmen down.

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

True, it is not filled with Skinheads and WT, but it is damn close.

Yeah, HB is a great place to grow up, just be careful at the beach on July 4th, and of course make sure you are white.

Dwayne
Dwayne

They really should have specified "Downtown Huntington Beach." HB is sprawling, with diverse communities.

Cassidy Summers
Cassidy Summers

not to mention, three people 'like' your post, so as to say they agree with your points. even though I just rebutted every single one. pretty much this article is some persons opinion about what Huntington beach is, and the comments are other opinions about what people think HB is. In other words, this is not news, and should not be headlined as news.

Cassidy Summers
Cassidy Summers

Yes and make sure you are black if you go to south central, and make sure you are Chinese if you go to china town in New York, and make sure you are a horse if you go to a horse stable, and make sure you are Indian if you go to an Indian reservation casino, because those oh so nasty Chinese, blacks, horses, and Indians are oh so terrible, and all those places are filled with them... Do you get my point, do you see how retarded I sound? Because that is exactly how you sound.

I made it out of HB at 18!
I made it out of HB at 18!

Cassidy, did you become a cop? You've become awfully passionate about life in Huntington since Dwyer.

That place has declined so much since we were kids. Double stuccoed homes built on single lots, increased property value, increased population, increased tourism, increased crime, increased police force (always at least one chopper in the sky at all times), track homes, popped collars, "brotitude", no skate park, THE STRAND, strip malls, no live music, etc.

Huntington Beach has become the yuppie nexus of the west coast.....it's the typical cycle of the nerdy guy who started a self cleaning toilet business with a twist and made millions, married some blonde broad who moved out from kentucky to pursue a modeling career, bought her a boob job, botox, and a H2 Hummer (she throws cookie lee jewelry parties to do her part). Then he cruised on over to HB Harley and bought the big twin with signature saddle bags (bitchin vest included) for those weekend "rides" up PCH....but only to Harbor House.....and back down through newport congregating with fellow motorcyclists and OC chopper DaWgzz along the way. Meanwhile, his dickless bleached tipped half gallon of dep head son is blasting Bob Marley, or Sublime, while hot boxing his lifted toyota tacoma pick up obnoxiously waiting in line at "Del" for his number 5 with "Mad" del scortcho only to go cruise up and down main street and smoke Pal Malls by the pier and hit on 13 year olds.

Huntington is predictable and boring.

The End.

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist

From Wikipedia; Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt.”[1] Though irony is usually the immediate context,[2] most authorities sharply distinguish sarcasm from irony;[3] however, others argue that sarcasm may or often does involve irony[4] or employs ambivalence.[5] Sarcasm has been suggested as a possible bullying action in some circumstances.[6]

I beleive The guest is employing sarcasm.

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