Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW: On OC's Love Affair with Mello-Roos Taxes!

As everyone knows, I live in a P.O. Box in Anaheim. If I ever buy a shack, it'll probably be in some rundown barrio or other--can't exactly afford much making pesos, you know? But if I ever did buy a place, no way in hell would I ever go for a neighborhood with a Mello-Roos tax on it. Who the hell is dumb enough to want to pay extra taxes on top of property taxes just to live the excluded life?

Half of South County, that's who. And that was the subject of my latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW-FM 89.9.

The prompt for this was the news that residents of Rancho Mission Viejo's upcoming Sendero village will probably pay a Mello-Roos tax--yet that won't matter to the development's bottom line, as it'll sell out in a second. The funniest thing about this commentary that the usual hilarious haters are already accusing me of being anti-gabacho. Of course not: some of my best writers are gabachos! But I did make sure to specify to KCRW host Steve Chiotakis that the Mello-Roos tax is the latest salvo by OC's elites of all races to make sure they don't have to live next to the rabble in Lake Forest and north. Enjoy!

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Mella roos helps pay for the cost of development so cities aren't subsidizing new growth; especially in suburban settings.


Nice to hear the OC Weekly is anti-tax. BTW any community in OC can choose to impose a Mello-Roos tax on themselves (with a 2/3 vote).

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Um, when can I have a job? I've got rejection notices in emails where the employers decided to 'pursue other candidates' without even interviewing me thereby wasting my time in filling out the application/s in the first place.

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Totally wrong, of course. Mello-Roos is in essence a tax on disproportionately white folks to pay for schools and other education infrastructure that they, their parents, and grandparents already built. You see, if it hadn't been for mass immigration (legal and illegal), the flatlands of OC wouldn't be barrios and Little Saigons, white families could live in decent neighborhoods with good schools without living 10-20 miles further from their work, without living on hilltop developments that make it impossible for the kiddies to walk or ride bikes to school. Gen-X and Y parents could send their tow-headed tots to the same schools they themselves went to, and that their parents (the tykes grandparents) paid for. There would have been flatland redevelopment and 'gentrification' a la downtown orange, or just a nice generational transition (a la certain areas of Costa Mesa or Huntington Beach.

But now, those great post-War schools  are full of children whose ancestors didn't contribute a single dime to building, who contributed nothing to the social capital of the county, state, or country. And white folks are stuck building new schools on their own dime, do to a law from the 'slow growth' era.  (No doubt 20 years hence the same pattern will repeat). 

Oh, and 'Mello-Roos' doesn't keep an area from turning into a barrio -- Home Owners Associations do.


If they want a secluded life that's their choice.I'm not offended in the least.

GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Mitchell_Young WAH WAH WAH. You're building new schools to keep away from the wabs, so cry us a White River.

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