Santa Ana Cops Launching War on Bicyclists by Targeting Mexicans First

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Do you know anyone who has registered their bike with the local police department? In my 137 years on this planet, I've NEVER heard of such an act--frankly, if I did hear of someone doing it, I'd laugh at their weenie submission to government overreach. Yet that's the law in SanTana, the OC city with perhaps the county's liveliest day-to-day cycling scene--filled not with weekend packs of Lance Armstrong wannabes or scenes of beach cruiser bliss, but with people who rely on bikes, whether they be hippy dippy activists who have forsaken the car, Mexican immigrants who can't afford one, kiddies popping wheelies, or hipsters with their fixed-geared treasures going on a pub, um, cycle.

But in the past couple of weeks, SanTana cops have launched a war on bicyclists in the downtown area, the likes of which I've never seen and which are rather desperate.

Anyone familiar with the city knows that Broadway and Main Street are the city's main thoroughfares for bicyclists--hell, I take Main as often as I can whenever I emerge from my bunker in Anacrime to head out to Weekly world headquarters. It's been a scene like this for years, if not decades, with bicyclists speeding past cops in the past with nary an incident.

That is starting to change. After having never seen a cop ticket a bicyclist, I've seen at least five incidents in the past month alone. In all cases, the incidents were the same--they were riding a bike, and they were Mexican. They weren't ticketed for riding without a helmet; that's not against the city's municipal code. They were targeted because they hadn't registered their license with the city.

Hmm...so since SanTana cops can't take away the cars of unlicensed Mexicans, they're now targeting bicyclists? Or is it because the city is so strapped for cash that they're rather issue tickets at $10 a pop than crack down on cholos? Pathetic.

I've yet to see cops ticket hipsters on their bike, nor do I want to--NO tickets should be issued, because one shouldn't register your bike in the first place. Anaheim, for instance, repealed its bicycle license requirement bullshit back in 2004. There's been talk in the downtown area of uniting wabs and hipsters once and for all to make up for gentrification--here's your uniting cause, cabrones.

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Greg Bonaparte
Greg Bonaparte

They are targeting the Mexicans because they want to check to see if the bikes they're riding are stolen. The majority of bike thefts in Orange County are committed by spicy Latin folk 

Manuel Delgadillo
Manuel Delgadillo

Wow!.... Ignorance or a repressed writer? Mr. Arellano...  the Downtown Merchants have complained for years about the cycling in the downtown area for safety reasons. It does not go any further than that. Try and have a great day Sir. 

John J.
John J.

When I was a kid (like a million years ago) you took your bike to the Fire Department and they stamped the license on the frame with dies. Does anyone remember that?

Jack Hammered
Jack Hammered

Dumb. Like you know what they were stopped for. Bicyclists dont obey the rules of the road, especially Nacho delivering food. And besides, oh, nevermind.

Otribj.
Otribj.

By "targeting Mexicans first." HELLO, Santa Ana = Sanctuary City = Mexicans, legal or illegal!, that's all that lives here who else would they arrest? If his were H.B. it would be a war on whites! If this were Compton, it would be a war on African Americans. Garden Grove or Westminster, it would be a war on the Vietnamese! So what's your point? As an early morning walker, I get tired of these people riding on the sidewalks (where there are bike lanes) w/no lights, no warning they're coming up behind me and zooming by. The next project should be cut off times for the loud banda music i.e. 10:00 p.m. and no loud music EVER before 12:00 noon on the weekends.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Are you gonna prescribe those meds or steal them idiot doltboy? I asked a legitimate question of Gustavo and you answered and started making stupid remarks instead of answering the question so who's the real person that needs to be on meds and I know it is not me. 

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Put it this way, "I AM AN AMERICAN"  I am in America and I was born here but in another state at a local hospital by a doctor in a delivery room with my parents present. Does that make me a German because my dad's father was of German desent, no he was not a Nazi but a German citizen and abhored what the Germans did with hitler. I do to abhor it.Violence creates more violence etc! Violence is not the answer!If this comment gets negative reactions then I may flag it myself for moderator attention.I monitor my own blog postings sometimes including deleting them.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

 your a New Yorker

You're a New Yorker

You are a New Yorker

Spell Check Anyone or just fat fingers?

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

 I'm not on any meds and don't need to be as I graduated with a 3.2 GPA from hIgh school and it isn't the kind of high school that you're thinking about. I'm talking regular high school. Could have graduated in 3 years instead of 4 but the costs were and still are astronomical.Racism clearly exists but racism is against the law?"Discrimination clearly exists but discrimination is against the law". - George W.anker Bush - Ex-President of the United States of America.

Grumpy_gotrilla2u
Grumpy_gotrilla2u

Hey Gustavo: Can you or anyone else tell me if you've heard or seen any reports regarding whether the fire stations unions or the police unions or officers have used bicycle licensing or registration against the persons that actually own the bicycles. I've been hearing that this is going around in some cities.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"I'm a racist, you're a racist, wouldn't you like to be a racist too".

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

 I just found our my neighbors are thieves, it's been suspected because they're messing with cars and car parts, he's building one or two in a garage and he lives in Irvine with his asian girlfriend. One of the other neighbors is either an aquaintence of his or his friend and I've been seeing new faces around there. There was a black kid in my driveway yesterday that had an IPhone or some other sort of device and I saw him put it in his pocket and he was hanging around the fence in the grassy area. He kept looking at me funny as if he was up to something.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

There are simply too many laws on the books for any one person to know fully and that includes the cops/police otherwise I would not have been able to get the ticket dismissed by myself and in person. Over 2000 new laws were put into effect at the beginning of 2012 and others will be passed at the beginning of 2013.http://www.stupidlaws.com

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

There are simply too many laws on the books for any one person to know fully and that inludes the cops/police otherwise I would not have been able to get the ticket dismissed by myself and in person. Over 2000 new laws were put into effect at the beginning of 2012 and others will be passed at the beginning of 2013.

http://www.stupidlaws.com

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

How many time have we told you that we don't speak Spanish here, this is the United States Of America not Mexico. We fought a war with you over this issue and won and beat you in those battles. So why do you have resentment when you lost the war.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

How many time have we told you that we don't speak Spanish here, this is the United States Of America not Mexico. We fought a war with you over this issue and won and beat you in those battles. So why do you have resentment whe you lost the war.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Question: Why is there always a rebuttal to something that I have said in my own mind after I have said it and I know it to be true in my own mind.Very frustrating indeed. Not that I mean to offend anyone but you know when and where you were offended, don't you? By the way "NEVER CONTACT THE COPS/POLICE UNLESS YOU HAVE A REAL DIRE EMERGENCY, LET THEM CONTACT YOU BECAUSE THEY INVESTIGATE YOU NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND". IS THIS SOUND ADVICE? I BELIEVE SO. 

Dtakeda
Dtakeda

You can argue this all you want, but here's one thing that's true about Santa Ana.  They are the most bike unfriendly city in OC.  NEXT to NO bike lanes on their streets, in a city where a large portion of their population depend on bicycles to get around.  Is that racist?  I can't draw that conclusion, but it certainly is unfriendly to their citizens.

Jack Black
Jack Black

I always ride on the sidewalk, I'm very safe, Ive never hit anyone. If I rode on the street I wouldfear for my life  because of the cell phone talking. makeup putting, cheeseburger eating,radio station playing. high while driving nut jobs out there/

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

The average citizen or even a local cop cannot keep up with all the new laws that are passed, there were over 2000 new laws passed at the beginning of 2012.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

The average citizen or evan a local cop cannot keep up with all the new laws that are passed, there were over 2000 new laws passed at the beginning of 2012.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

We kicked the fascist dictators asses in World war 2 and ended their reign in 4 to 5 years the first time, even though Hitler servived for 25 years until he shot himself so what makes you think that we won't do it again, we have much stronger weapons now than back then including depleted uranium and chemical weapons, the band Slayer even wrote a song called Chemical Warfare.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

We kicked the fascit dictators asses in World war 2 and ended their reighn in 4 to 5 years the first time even though Hitler servived for 25 years until he shot himself so what makes you think that we won't do it again, we have much stronger weapons now than back then including depleted uranium and chemical weapons, the band Slayer even wrote a song called Chemical Warfare.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Pee Wee Herman on a bicycle, really?Busted for lude acts in real life. This is not like the movies folks.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

gustavoarellano is a mexican because he hosts "Ask A Mexican" in the paper he runs..

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

For those that were not listening here it is by the Department of Motor Vehicles Bicycle Laws for the State of California.http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/bi...State Law/s supersedes LOCAL Authority pertaining to certain bicycle law/s and issues, if it's a local public situation then the STATE supersedes that and they take it up on a local level. Why would you ride a bicycle drunk in the first place in Newport Beach. We have a hard enough time with the idiots in cars that don't know what a limit line is, let alone a turn signal.Turn off the Android device or cell phone and pay attention to your driving. - "Doh"!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Now they do it with stickers because it's cheaper. But I've heard the fire and police departments can't even keep up or handle thier own records because they've become too pre-occupied. Thier records are in a shambles.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

What a pendejo...did you even read the post, or would you rather stay comfortable in your world of stupidity?

Streets
Streets

Dude,

if your not on meds you should be............

Streets
Streets

Dude,

TAKE YOUR MEDS!

Spokker
Spokker

You might want to let these guys know about the lack of cycling infrastructure in the City of Santa Ana. 

http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/... 

You could also encourage Santa Ana residents to go out and vote for pro-cycling politicians and initiatives.

I cannot draw the conclusion that it's a racist policy, either, partially because of the ethnic makeup of the leadership of the city. The only thing stopping bicycle infrastructure in Santa Ana is apathy.

Gabrielrobeless
Gabrielrobeless

You obviously don't get the point. The facist went underground after ww2 and now are emerging as the scientific dictatorship run by the megabanks and their subsidiarys.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Gustavo, WTF about Otribj's post makes that person a "pendejo?" That post makes complete sense and asks for nothing unreasonable. Perhaps the OC Weakly should just publish in espanol anymore. There is a readership that goes beyond your cousins, just so ya know.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

  I'm not on any meds and don't need to be as I graduated with a 3.2 GPA from hIgh school and it isn't the kind of high school that you're thinking about. I'm talking regular high school. Could have graduated in 3 years instead of 4 but the costs were and still are astronomical.

Racism clearly exists but racism is against the law?

"Discrimination clearly exists but discrimination is against the law". - George W.anker Bush - Ex-President of the United States of America.

Gabrielrobeless
Gabrielrobeless

Depleted uranium and chemical trails are killing us you f.ing moron.

Novajehova
Novajehova

 And what race might that be?  Let me guess?........every race outside of your own!  Or atleast you couldn't give a F~ less about any other race.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Sorry, son: not racist. My record shows I'm only "racist" against morons such as yourself—you can look it up!

Novajehova
Novajehova

 The word was RACIST and yes you are.  I do believe that every bona fide racist refers to the focus of their hatred as "morons".  Nice to see you are no different.

Novajehova
Novajehova

 Atleast you're not disputing that you are a racist, I give you credit for that.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You obviously do, as you're responding to it--DUH...

Novajehova
Novajehova

 Coming from the "Viva La Raza" racist, who gives a rats ass what your skewed opinion is? Sorry, I'm not Mexicano, so screw your opinion!

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

True that Scott Moxley is another amazing journalist. 

Wow, Gus is up early today...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Actually, the greatest thing to happen to the Weekly was Scott Moxley—just shows again how clueless you are about things. Gracias for showing me your opinions are about as valid as those of our resident neo-Nazi dipshits!

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Gustavo, PLEASE do not trash Rebecca. She was the greatest thing to ever happen to OCW. False history? I don't think so.

But let us look at the sensationalism in your title. Are the cops actually launching a "War"  on byciclists? Oh, wait, Mexican byciclists! Yes! It's a war!!!! Last I checked, sensationalism = yellow journalism.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, so you're a pathetic fanboy, too! Rebecca never ran anything other than her ego, so spare us false histories.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Dude, why was this such a great rag when Rebecca was running the show? Do your sponsors know that you spew hate upon races other than your own? Lotta race-baiting lately.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Maybe the fact that he didn't read the post? And nothing more pathetic than a reader of a "Weakly" publication—did Tube8 freeze up on you or something?

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