Is Miguel Pulido the Last, Best Hope to Save OC's Beach Fire Pits?

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Is the Don ready to gallop triumphantly toward freedom?
I can't believe I'm about to write this, but SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido just might be the last, best hope to save OC's beach fire pits from the idiots at the South Coast Air Quality Management District--and I'm rooting for him to do it.

Excuse me while I vomit...BLECCH. I just praised the Don Papi--and it ain't the Wild Turkey talking!

After a lifetime of siding with the elite, of dismissing the problems of the hoi polloi with a dismissive wave of the hand, the Don Papi has suddenly turned into Che Guevara by siding with the masses that want to keep the cherished tradition and lambasting those who want the pits of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach pulled at the request of whiners and the SCAQMD's clueless management.


Last month, the Don Papi held a public meeting alongside HB mayor Connie Boardman at Huntington Beach City Hall to let the public vent against those who want to take the rings away. There, Pulido said of the rings, "There's something magical here...It's something, in my book, like a sacred process that we're talking about; something deep in peoples' psyche. The benefit could be emotional, it could be virtually spiritual. It's something very deep in the people."

Um, okay...

Then last weekend, at a ceremony honoring legendary Chicano artist Emigdio Vasquez, Pulido out of nowhere brought up the fight to save the fire pits, much to the puzzlement of the crowd. It really had no place in the parade of praise for Vasquez, but the crowd did cheer--and more than a few of those in attendance later on admitted that they didn't even know about the controversy, but were pretty peeved about it.

So how can the Don Papi be the pit's savior? He sits on the SCAQMD board, one of only two OC representatives. OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson is the other, but he has all the grace of Dana Rohrabacher around alcohol. Pulido, on the other hand, is known as the Don Papi for being able to sell anything to anyone, for befriending Republicans and Democrats alike. As the sole Latino on the board, Pulido can also rally up the Mexis across Southern California to stand behind the issue (so far, the most vocal opponents of the proposed beach fire pit ban have been awesome gabachos in Newport and HB). Imagine if Pulido becomes Mexican for once and gets a bunch of wabs to start hounding the SCAQMD board? All those old gabachos that sit alongside Pulido would quiver in fear!

A meeting on the issue was scheduled for this coming week but was pushed into July, no doubt to try and quash the growing realization by the public of what the SCAQMD board wants to do. In the next month, Pulido can turn into Zapata, can leave a wonderful political legacy and unite Southern California in a way it's never been against the NIMBY menace.

So howzabout it, Don Papi? ¿Tienes los pinche huevos pa' empezar DESMADRE? The taco is in your court...

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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Whophantom
Whophantom

If he does convince the SCAQMD board & helps save the fire pits from the spoiled white people who don't want to share, he'll be known as the Great Brown Hope. And, we'll owe him one.

Miles Estelle TheSqueeky
Miles Estelle TheSqueeky

haha i want the pits to stay! but isnt it the dirty careless people who use them and dont clean up for themselves? #JustSaying most people from santa ana and the inland cities who thrash the beach. cause they are lazy/careless/ignorant?

KEEPTHEBEANERSOFFTHE
KEEPTHEBEANERSOFFTHE

ElizabethMarie,

I don't know what planet you are living on, but this is ALL about keeping people off OUR beaches. It happens in Malibu, La Jolla and Half Moon Bay. It happens EVERYDAY.

This is an extension of that assholes comments. For decades the regions families have enjoyed this exercise, even during the "SMAG DAYS" of the eighties. There wasn't any concern then??? Bonfires, come on lady.

This is absolutely a law in the spirit of you ELECTED BIGOTED EX OFFICIAL, who still lives there by the way. If you stop driving, we'll stop burning wood on the beach.

H.O.M.E.
H.O.M.E.

The SCAQMD is concern about a few hundred pounds of wood being burned at the beach.  But, they ignore about 3,000 pounds of toxic fireworks being burned each night over Disneyland, a mile from Gustavo and his mother's home.

Public Comments can be given at the next SCAQMD meeting, Friday morning, June 7, Diamond Bar.

RealBudDickman
RealBudDickman

You may have missed the point. A few elitists in Corona Del Mar and their friends on the city council, have decided they don't like the minorities on their beaches. This whole issue about the smoke from the fire pits was thought up to reduce the so called "riff raff" on the beaches in front of their homes.  When a motion was introduced at a Newport beach Council Meeting to expand a grass area along the CDM beach, one of the council members stated he was against the grass area expansion because "Mexicans would just camp there all day." They may claim it's about the environment but it is truly about some CDM rich people wanting to exclude people from their beaches due to class and race.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

Why don't you move if you don't like it?  I heard the desert is Disney fireworks free and the land is cheaper too! It's a cheap fun night with family.  We pick-up Del Taco and eat it on a lawn.  Then we walk over to the parking structure and enjoy the lights and sounds from there.  Home by 10pm for the kids to go to bed. 

BarbaraPeters
BarbaraPeters

@RealBudDickman The mean-spirited comment of this long-ago council member happened about 10 years ago. Seriously, it was in 2003, and I don't think anyone's heard from the guy since.  I guess that's how far back you have to go to find anything to justify your own missed point.

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