Downtown Santa Ana Is Happening--No Way!

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I'm a bit late on my reading, and I just encountered Adam Elmahrek's 10-years-too-late story on downtown Santa Ana's happening scene for the Voice of OC. I like Elmahrek a lot--his coverage of Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Miguel Pulido is nearly as brutal as ours--but this reads like one of those stories forced down your gullet by a managing editor, not that I've ever commanded something like that. . . .

Anyhoo, you know you're entering a laugher when you read the headline: "Something's Happening In Santa Ana's Downtown." No way!


"But come to Artists Village on Broadway between First and Third streets after dark on a weekday night, and you'll see things you didn't see two years ago: cars filling parking spots, standing-room-only on restaurant patios and groups of youths hanging out on the Second Street Promenade," Elmahrek writes.

. . . Except it's been like this for more than two years now--more like five, if not seven. Young Elhmahrek maybe thinks Lola Gaspar has been there all these years?

Note to Adam: You're a great reporter, but keep the cultural analysis to a minimum. The article reads like something Coast would've published 10 years ago, or a waste of space that The Orange County Register regurgitates every couple of years. Stick to kicking Don Papi's ass, por favor--don't make me rush to finish my book so I can devote my full attention to him again. . . .
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Santaanareader
Santaanareader

I don't think it's really necessary to be skewering this reporter. Indeed there is an uptick of activity. Maybe it's not as noticeable to you because you are always there.

Piolin
Piolin

¡¡¡¡¡¡Manéame la como si tuvieras Parkinson, Gustavo!!!!

Walter Kronkite
Walter Kronkite

Adam ElMahrek is the greatest reporter in the fuckin' world!!!!!!

Whitey
Whitey

I would give him the benefit of a doubt. Maybe he was too scared of being shot or beat up by a gang to go downtown and hadn't been there in years. That's probably what keeps most people away.

bosito
bosito

You have to give him the benefit of the doubt if nothing has ever happened to you in Santa Ana.  I been here all my life and nothing negative has ever happened to me and the people I know. 

Whitey
Whitey

That is because you must never go out after sunset.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Otro pendejo...

Whitey
Whitey

You shouldn't say things like that to Bajamar. Shame on you.

Oh, and another 7 people killed near Acapulco about 10 days ago. Things are really shaping up down in your neck of the woods. Keep flying Mexico's flag to show your proud heritage. LMFAO.

Bajamar_moon
Bajamar_moon

Paren de Mamar!!

Whitey
Whitey

Translation please. I don't speak Mexican. And, sorry if the truth hurts.

Santa Ana Rolls On...
Santa Ana Rolls On...

Speak Mexican? You're ignorant. And gangs are the least of your problems whitey...

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