[UPDATED: Harry Shearer Weighs In] Claudia Alvarez, Santa Ana Councilwoman/Deputy District Attorney, Goes On Anti-Semitic Rant

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Update: August 28, 3:51 p.m. On today's broadcast of KCRW-FM 89.9's Le Show, Harry Shearer referenced Alvarez's stupidity. I don't listen to the show because it conflicts with Breakfast with the Beatles over at KLSX-FM 95.5, but I guess it came out during one of his bits where he reads bullet points about the news.

After cracking a non-Mexican joke at the city ("Yes, Santa Ana has a downtown," Shearer said), the voice of Ned Flanders and many other Simpsons characters summed the story for his Santa Monica listeners, ending with word that Alvarez apologized but that gentrifier Irv Chase had no comment.

"That's almost as much restraint as I had in referring to reading you the story about Ms. Butt Roast," Shearer said.

Um...okay. But, hey: anyone who ridicules Alvarez is a friend of mine! Listen to Le Show here, with the Alvarez mention somewhere around 52:00.

Update: Aug. 26, 2:54 p.m.: The Anti-Defamation League just put out an open letter to Alvarez that not only says her apology last night wasn't good enough, but also questions whether she's fit to serve as a deputy district attorney.

"Your statements also call into question your ability to serve as a Deputy District Attorney for the City of Orange County," wrote Kevin O'Grady, the regional director for the Anti-Defamation League's OC and Long Beach divisions. "While the First Amendment entitles you to your personal beliefs, your conduct raises doubts about your judgment and your ability to enforce California's laws fairly."

See what I told you, Claudia? Once you get the ADL involved, the game is over--at least if you once had some level of respectability

O'Grady also wrote that the mealy-mouthed apology she offered yesterday--which she refused to say to Voice of OC reporter Adam Elmahrek after she uttered them--just isn't good enough.

"Your apology during a television interview last night was inadequate and did not illustrate an understanding of why your statements are so offensive and hurtful," the letter wrote. "We call on you to retract the remarks you made at Wednesday's meeting, and urge you to offer a personal apology to the Chases, to the Jewish community and to the people of Santa Ana."

Here's the video from KCBS-TV Channel 2...and if it doesn't show, click on the link here.

Oy, vey...

Update, Aug. 26, 6:11 a.m.: Late last night, Alvarez apologized for her remarks in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"What I said was inappropriate, and I let my emotions get the best of me," she told reporter Nicole Santa Cruz. "I obviously need to learn how to keep my cool."

Really? WOW...you just learned this?

But why is she apologizing now? Could it have been because the Anti-Defamation League blasted her for her stupidity--and while the ADL doesn't endorse political candidates, the last thing a politician wants is to be on their bad side? Again, Claudia: thanks for nothing. Thanks for now making any charges of gentrification against the Chases nigh-impossible to stick without them crying anti-Semitism when it's totally not the case. Babosa.

Original post, Aug. 25, 5:42 p.m.: Our beloved county has inspired anti-politicians of almost every conceivable stripe--anti-Mexican, anti-gay, anti-logic, anti-black, anti-liberal--almost everything except anti-Jewish (save a couple of choice John Schmitz quotes and the demons who harassed Joel Dvorman to death). You just don't go against the sons of the covenant--not only because it's wrong, but because there's nothing to go against locally: when the most-prominent Jewish politician in recent Orange County memory has been former Supervisor Harriet Wieder, you know a group doesn't have much power (sorry, Jon Fleischman).

It's because of this, and the simple fact of stupidity, that SanTana councilwoman Claudia Alvarez's recent citation of Hitler in a rant against SanTana downtown developer/gentrifier Irv Chase--a member of the Tribe--now deems her the stupidest politician in Orange County history.

The scandal happened last night, at SanTana's city council meeting (which yours truly no longer attends because he likes sending invisible source in his place). Alvarez started going into a rant against Chase (and his son, Ryan), for willfully kicking out wab tenants in favor of hipster ones, following the whispers of Brave New Urbanist Dennis Lluy and others. That's an absolutely legitimate stance, given it's true. But Alvarez--notorious for her temper and lack of tact (more on this in a bit)--blew whatever moral ground she had in two stupid, pendeja mistakes.

First, Alvarez charged the Chases with practicing "ethnic cleasing"--and you know you're on the wrong side if you're using the exact words once used by Nativo "Larry" Lopez. Claudia: what's happening in downtown SanTana is NOT ethnic cleansing; it's class warfare. Chase and others are replacing poor Mexicans with hipster ones, hipster ones with disposable incomes and no politics other than self-serving liberalism. ¿Qué tan pendeja eres que no puedes mirar lo obvious?

But Alvarez's biggest sin is bringing up Hitler during the council meeting to Chase, whose parents are Holocaust survivors. At one point, Alvarez--noting the Chases' generous subsidized rent to their favored children--rhetorically asked, ""So if Hitler rents you a place, gives you a great deal, you take it?."

Hoo boy, where to begin? False dichotomy, Godwin's Law, ad hominen--what other rules of logic did she break? Oh, yeah: DON'T COMPARE A JEW TO HITLER. This allowed Chase to play the victim, even though no one up to Alvarez had ever whispered a ZOG conspiracy in Chase's gentrifying march. Thanks a lot, Claudia, for now making criticism against the Chases nigh-impossible. All they'll do is trot out charges of anti-Semitism, and the conversation is over.

I must say I'm not surprised by Alvarez's stupidity. As I've written before, I used to know Claudia a bit, before she sold out to the dark side. She used to be cool people, until she got high on power and developed a nasty, bitchy temper. Best example: I used to be involved with a non-profit. When I started writing articles critical of Alvarez's ethics, Alvarez went to the non-profit and threatened to withhold city funds if they didn't sever their connections with me. Talk about PETTY and downright immature: Alvarez is actually on the right side of the gentrification battle in downtown SanTana, but she's so damn chillona that she doesn't know when to shut the fuck up.

Oh, and Claudia? Your recent turn as the champion of the proletariat considering your entire career has been funded by mega-developers like Dick O'Neill, Mike Harrah, and Robert Bisno? WEAK SAUCE...


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Susannava1980
Susannava1980

We all must vote for Karina Onofre who is running aginst Alavarez this coming election. To read more about her, you can log in to her website:www.Karinaonofre.com. I met her last week at a fundraiser, she is smart and educated and passionate about meanigfull change in Santa Ana

Richard Espinachio
Richard Espinachio

I decided to look back at this article for hopes of getting additional thoughts and opinions for speaking at Calacas this Friday.  Have to admit there is nothing to gleam here.As always seems the case, exchanging of ideas and thoughts to support your positions deteriorate to name calling, drunken (admittedly) rants, and conversation that reminds me of grade school bantering.  AND I insult Grade Schoolers in the comparison.This is one of the reasons we decided to stay away from the Artist Village and do what we did without the noise from this type pf rhetoric.  None of it which solves any opportunities that face Santa Ana.  Instead it seems to create division between people which is very sad.When we ran the gallery in Santa Ana, we did it all on our own as young people.  There were no tax breaks, no reduced rents, no councilmen cutting red ribbons to open our door, and guess what?  We did fine.  We were responsible for our efforts so our successes were our own.  We exhibited works from great Mexican artists like Emigdio Vasquez to exquisite paintings from South African Daniel du Plessis and many more in between.  We wanted to be something that we could look back on and be proud of without taking sides and listening to people rather than speaking over them.This week many schools are back in school, with students eager to learn and teachers trying to explain why we are leaving them the world we created.  Ask yourself this question:  Has anything you posted here something that can be shared to enlighten our youth.  Can This be shared with an ethics or social studies class?Or is it something left to be written on a bathroom wall?  You decide.

Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith

Irv Chase, quoted previously in the Voice of OC: "I don't know how to respond to it. Do you go to the ADL? Do you start bringing protestors to Santa Ana?" [Irving Chase said.] "I'm not going to do that. I have too much respect for the town and the other council members."I'd like to encourage Mr. Chase to show his respect for the town and the City Council by taking the opposite course: Sue for slander!; Bring protestors to Santa Ana!; Rally public opinion! 

The scourge of anti-semitism cannot be driven from our community solely with outraged remarks from the ADL, especially when a fifth apology "isn't good enough." It isn't good enough because the public needs to support the Chase's and demonstrate that name-calling (and worse) whether against Jews or Latinos, is simply not part of the repertoire of those transacting the public's business effectively.  Like the Chase's and their "business improvement tax."The power to tax, and the public's reaction to that power, helped engender politics in this country. Imagine if those Bostonians had "too much respect" for a certain tea importer to "demonstrate." 

So, I'd encourage Mr. Chase to, literally, demonstrate to Ms. Alvarez that racist remarks are not acceptable to this community, especially given the discrimination Latinos too have faced. It is a foregone and rather unconvincing conclusion that anti-semitic slurs are not acceptable to the ADL!Misters Chase should seize the day and demonstrate popular support for both the anti-defamation movement and the splendid work Downtown Inc. has done for the community.

And the Chase family. And the Baxter family.And the for idiot security guard for American Shield Security and his family, who at the behest of Downtown's management, tried to illegally "evict" a number of homeless mentally-ill people from public property in the Civic Center.Ms. Alvarez, it remains, in my opinion, woefully inappropriate to link Misters Chase metaphorically, and no matter how distantly, with the Nazis.Especially since, insofar as my evidence is correct, a Klan hood would fit so much better.

Rachel
Rachel

"Alvarez...she's so damn chillona that she doesn't know when to shut the fuck up."That sounds more like your drinking 4loco Gustavo and less like a professional. Is this supposed to be considered unbiased reporting when you don't even interview Lluy or his partner from the Yost for any of the stories I have seen written about them. So if there is such a thing as the "the right side of the gentrification" which side are you Gustavo- didn't you have a book party at the Yost and for FREE?

junior
junior

Digi says:Oh please, she was trying to stir up the "us against them" crowd . . .

Okay, first - Claudia Alvarez is an idiot for saying what she did in a Santa Ana city council, taking on one of the commercial landlords - who happens to be Jewish - by comparing him to Adolf Hitler and accusing him of "ethnic cleansing," the latter meaning he wants to bring in new tenants to his buildings that will, in all likelihood, replace the Mexican-owned businesses there with non-Mexicans.  Que lastima, but areas go through changes and a man has the right to do with his private property what he wants.Okay, so Claudia apologized - to practcially all media except Irv Chase personally.  About that, she had this to say:She will not, however, be apologizing personally to Irv Chase and his son, Ryan, both of whom were the target of her caustic statements on Wednesday. "As you know, it's not an amicable relationship, but my apology has been everywhere," Alvarez said. Given "the issues between the personalities involved," she added, "I think it's best for us to stay apart from each other at this point."Oh, well, that's really . . . punk ass.  Really?  Claudia, if you can't be grown up to face an opponent and apologize for poor choice of words, then maybe you're not grown up enough to be a politician.http://digihairshirt.blogspot....

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Breakfast with the Beatles over at KLSX-FM 95.5

Uh, Gustavo: I think you mean Classic Rock KLOS 95.5. KLSX (besides being at 97.1fm) has been a KIIS-style Top 40 station for I think about two years now... :-)

cook
cook

Back in 2000 when I work for the US Census, I was getting information from people who lived in the northern area of Santa Ana. I remember an older white woman complaining to me on how the influx of Mexicans was ruining Santa Ana.

Now we have Mexican’s / Latino’s complaining that the influx of “White” people are ruining Santa Ana.

The city has come full circle. Remember it is not the words that were spoken, but how those words are perceived.

Alex
Alex

I'm a Jew and as tired of race being an issue, I'm sick and tired of everything being construed as anti-semitism. Kevin O'Grady and the ADL won't fight the real battles of hatred and anti-semitism - instead they'll make issue of this nonsense because it's easier to make headlines.

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

Give it up.

First of all she was right.

Second, the only thing this does is give me a chance to post more bullshit against my enemies and confront Chris deteriorating health status.

Never mind I am suing people using Irvines Muslim convert attorney who works as an advocate for the JEW HATING, TERRORIST PROMOTING CAIR. But, that doesn't mtter if it helps Beth Krom stuff more Matza Balls down her fat hatch.

Mel Gibs
Mel Gibs

Gustavo is a white washed lil biotch. That is the stupidest thing said by a politician?

MikeOxweling
MikeOxweling

1.  is it just me or does anyone else think Claudia Alvarez is HOT!!!2.  The Kevin O'Grady (ADL guy) needs to spend more time in the "the City of Orange County".  3. I got to see more of that blond reporter.......

Rabbi Pedro Goldstein
Rabbi Pedro Goldstein

I see the Holocaust Guilt Industry is out in full force. How come every year there are more and more alleged "Survivors" of the so-called Holocaust. Shouldn't the number go DOWN and not UP every year? SCAM! 

mitch young
mitch young

The ADL is just another ethnic grievance lobby, looking for reasons to be 'offended' and then, once they get you to grovel, come after you  for money, or 'community centers' or votes.

junior
junior

This is awesome!  I get to blast Gustavo AND Claudia in the same post - it doesn't get any sweeter than that!

Gustavo - that's your cue to call me a homophobe - since you seem incapable of a rational argument.

junior
junior

On Santa Ana Citizens yahoo M. Kathryn wrote:

I moved out of state in 2006. I lol:) when I heard that your community is still struggling with Claudia. Looks like she hasn't had to suffer the consequences of her actions. Or, Claudia supporters are keeping her as a thorn in your side. Like I have said before on this website, Claudia's education has gone to her head. I have heard that she has been like this since she was in community college. In Mexico, where she and her family come from, educated people, especially doctors and lawyers, demand dominance and respect not normally given to them in the USA. Here, these professionals are used as tools rather than royalty. Moreover, their families derive much status from the educated ones. This family is living the American dream with a Mexican mentality-you all in Calif. have been subjected to it long enough to recognize it. However, there's not much that can be done about her. Someone keeps encouraging her and giving her free reign. Sadly, many of the same Raza that complain about her in private, use her when they need a hammer. She prides herself in that role. M. Kathryn Peralta

junior
junior

We follow the lead of Gustavo.

mitch young
mitch young

LOL... this is the guy that thinks he's an expert on SoCal history. Next he'll be having Piolin DJ-ing on K-RTH.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

What are you—Stephanie's PR agent? She can post her own comments here when she wants...

Theohirsch
Theohirsch

Its the influx of trendy, South O.C. trust fund babies with the fucking depth of a pizza pan that will ultimately fuck up the down town. With your Valet Parking and your fucking wannabe hetero-sexual, gay clothes (no disrespect to the gay community), your stupid lack of cultural tolerance and your asinine mannerisms and lack of introspective abilities; too stupid to handle a real conversation.

Add Irv Chase to the equation... I think this place is going to get fucked by the fucking white man... old news.

 

Hack boy
Hack boy

Does Disney know they hired a racist hater who is an anti-Semite? By your own argument, Lupe Moreno is a holocaust victim too. You are a racist and a hater Pedorza. You defend hate on you blog. How much is Claudia paying you to apologize for her?

Stupidart
Stupidart

How much is Claudia paying you to change your mind yet again. You are such a useless tool. Should have gone through with what you threatened to do last November. World would've been a better place.

Joe Public
Joe Public

Claudia Alvarez' address is 1010 N. Freeman St., Santa Ana, CA 92703 if you would like to pay her a visit and let her know how you feel in person.

Theohirsch
Theohirsch

Thanks for noticing how much he exaggerates. Geez Louis!

mitch young
mitch young

I am so totally fantasizing about a three way with that reporter and Alvarez. The blond needs no explanation, and Alvarez has just right Mestizaje, I'm guessing 3/4 espanyol and 1/4 indigenous. I'd be Cortez to her Malinche any day.

mitch yung
mitch yung

dont disagree or agree with mitch. He could'nt take some shit talking and ran to Gustave to ban people. Lil bitch loves to talk shit, if you talk shit back he has a hissy fit and turns into the lil bitch ass he is. He ran to a mexican guy to save him when all he does is talk shit about them. Typical white sissy boy, run to a minorty for help when shit gets rough. This dude is a major joto. He's probably getting jack hammered as we speak!

Hack boy
Hack boy

Where's Sean Mill on all this? He loves him some Claudia big time if the hair shirt fits

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

Leaves me to wonder, when are you leaving Tardiff?

Your time has come old timer!

Richard Espinachio
Richard Espinachio

We need more leaders than followers right now.  I know you can be one.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, heaven forbid I have a flashback to the days when KLSX played Howard Stern all morning, classic rock all day (and Breakfast with the Beatles with Deidre O'Donahue come Sundays)—and this is one error in my posts, as opposed to the multiple you commit within one comment!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I have no idea who Junior is but he can say whatever he wants, Gustavo.  Me, I'm reading all this and laughing my ass off.

How was New York?  Will it be "Ask a Mexican" or "Axe a Mexican" when they decide it is too ethic?  At least for Boradway.  But there is always off-Broadway.  If they green light it and use Mungioli Theatricals for casting, say hi to Arnold for me.  He and I go way back.

Theohirsch
Theohirsch

I love pussies who try to personally attack without a name behind it. You stupid, stupid, dumb, little, cock sucking, whore-ass bitch.

Now there's some name calling I will never apologize for!

LOL

little bitch... hahahahahahahahaha!

Theohirsch
Theohirsch

Hackboy,

Go crawl back into your maggot infested basement and go fuck that dead chicken you stupid douche bag. OK?

mitch young
mitch young

Dude, say what you want, work through your obviously seriously tangled sexual identity (identities?) here right here on this board -- it can be amusing.

Just stop using other peoples names -- in my case, my actual real name. Shit I don't even mind the 'mitch yung' thing. Just stop using my fucking name, dickwadd.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Gus,im only making a small correction. Hope that Mitch Youngs rancor doesnt transfer to me. :::Hugs:::

Theohirsch
Theohirsch

Wait a minute... You really are doing a show on Broadway? A friend of mine told me that the other day and I didn't believe her... I can't say anything but congrats to Gustavo.

That's some good shit. Not that that automatically makes you legit. But that's a real, live, life dream for any artist or social activist, or what ever figure or person. 

Mitch Young
Mitch Young

my name is also mitch young.. does this mea i cant post on this site? dumb fuck

mitch young
mitch young

Gustavooo! why didnt you ban them.. Mitchie is mad now

mitch young
mitch young

As much as it pains me to say it, thanks for 'banning' this idiot -- at least when he steals other peoples identities.

But how was I supposed to know he is a Mexican? I had him figured for another casper liberal.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Damn, Mitchie: I never figured you so sensitive about a wab!

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