Stanton City Council Still Trying to Figure Out How to Make Stanton Cool

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Poor Stanton. It's the only city in OC that has a worse reputation than SanTana, having been the butt of politician jokes ever since Anaheim tried to turn it into its sewage farm almost 100 years ago. Any coverage it receives is almost universally negative--and that's if Stanton ever gets covered in the first place. I think the last time we ever covered the city in earnest was back in 2006, when we used the city as an example of the coming housing crisis that destroyed us all.

Poor Stanton. Well, the city's going to try to become cool for the umpteenth time thanks to those hep cats at the City Council.


Last week, they unanimously passed a 2013 Strategic Plan that explicitly sets a goal to improve the city's image, per the Garden Grove Journal (see how much attention we pay to Stanton? This article appeared a week ago, and Stanton is so low on our priorities that we're just getting to this story now). The most telling quote came from councilmember Al Ethan, who's quoted as saying, "A few years ago I raised the idea of changing the city's name. That went belly-up, but it got a lot of attention. Changing people's idea about Stanton ... that's going to take an effort. I don't know how that can happen."

See how much attention we pay to Stanton? Ethan's effort to change Stanton's name (to what? New Stanton? Stantonia? Ladera Ranch North?) didn't even register in the local media. Poor Stanton...but hey: at least you're cooler than lame-ass Aliso Viejo.


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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Only in Stanton will you see an engineering company working on police projects get screwed by the police.

rayadawnlopez
rayadawnlopez

I know what's cool in Stanton! It is one of the only cities that has not totally ruined the cool old Motels and car washes that (still) line Beach Blvd! I love, I repeat love driving down hwy 29 just so I can see the signs, especially at night. This is truely a part of what gives Orange County it's character.

I'm an artist and I've even made cool art about Stanton. That counts for culture points! :) Contact me if you want to make a Stanton Art exhibit :)

OK, before you say anything, I get that the motels have a dark side, but we can work on that (right Stanton City Council?)

Also as the other poster said, Park Ave is totally amazing and worth a visit if you have not been there yet.

Debaser7
Debaser7

Park Ave. restaurant is in Stanton.  That counts for something.

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Sure, if you like getting from the beach to the 5 in 2 hours. Free as in no toll fees right?

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

It's called Beach Boulevard!

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

A freeway straight through it wouldn't hurt.

Jason Guthrie
Jason Guthrie

Stanton should just give their land to the cities that border them (Garden Grove, Anaheim, Buena Park), problem is, those cities don't want to take it.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

It does have some great restaurants, el Estanton...

Stay True
Stay True

Many just think it's an extension of West Anaheim!

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