DEAR EDITOR:Re: "Mayor Overboard" [City Limits, February 27March 5]. Do you ever wonder why the city only looks east? Mayor Bradley got so involved with promoting L.A. as the capital of the Pacific Rim, he ended up with Henry Hwang and the East West Bank debacle. During the 80s we marveled at how many of the downtown skyscrapers were bought up by Japanese developers and investment firms. Every one of those investments has come up a cropper. With the current economic situation in Asia, I question why Mayor Riordan is off promoting trade to a region that buys less of our products than our neighbors to the south and north. Besides, Mexico is a far better place to spend your honeymoon. (Acapulco has to be more fun than the Korean DMZ.) Great opportunities are being missed here. Where are our Latino council members? They should be off cutting deals to help improve their districts, just like Nate Holden does on his junkets to Korea. Miami has converted itself into the Hispanic media and financial center of the United States. Los Angeles, with more Hispanics than any other city in the world save for Mexico City, should be that center. Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula has traded her past in for shiny trinkets from the East. Walter D. Beaumont
DEAR EDITOR:If you are going to have Jonathan Gold do your restaurant reviews, at least edit the jerk, so we dont have to wade palate-deep through his purple prose. Better yet, bring back Bill Stern. He knew the restaurants; he knew the food. You could trust him, which is what you want out of a food critic, not overwriting and pretentious bullshit. Gary Taubes
DEAR EDITOR:I was very interested in Jonathan Golds mini-review of Safety Zone Café in the February 27March 5 Roundabout. After a few lines of faint praise, I encountered what can only be described as a mean-spirited rebuttal of Bill Sterns recent review ["Seoul Food," January 2329]. Perhaps the tone of the column would have been different if Mr. Gold had reviewed Safety Zone before Bill Stern wrote about it. I believe your readers are more interested in food writing than in the turf battles between writers. C. Gibson
THE EDITOR NOTES: Jonathan Golds capsule review of the Safety Zone Café was abridged from a review of the restaurant published long before Bill Sterns review saw the light of day.
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DEAR EDITOR:Please inform that hilarious racist Lalo Alcaraz that the genocide of Native Americans was not limited to the area north of the Mexican border. And tell him to keep up the good work this white boy thinks his ignorance is a hoot. Niles Sager