Talk of the Town

Regarding Jeffrey Anderson’s article “The Town the Law Forgot” [Feb. 23–March 1], why should anyone be surprised that Third World conditions are taking hold in Cudahy? After all, the U.S. has been allowing the American people to be colonized by Mexico and other countries for decades now, via massive immigration.

This state of affairs is due in part to greedy business interests perfectly willing to screw over the American people to make a buck. More importantly, sociopathic lefties like yourselves have been cheering on the colonization of the U.S. out of anti-white racism, sociopathic hatred of most of the country’s population, and to get more clients for the welfare state. It’s ridiculous for the L.A. Weekly to complain about conditions in Cudahy, since you’ve encouraged them to develop that way. The only consolation I have is that none of the cholos read your rag, so you’re going to go down the tubes eventually anyway.

Richard Sol
Los Angeles

The article by Jeffrey Anderson on Cudahy was well-written. I used to go to the area in the early 1970s, and it was dangerous then. “A Town Without Pity” could have been another title. Please let Anderson know that this was a long time coming and the state should just take over towns like this. Most people have no idea areas like this exist. I grew up very poor and did well for myself with lotsa hard work, despite my poor upbringing in Long Beach. Kudos to the author for bringing something like this out. It should be the top story on the networks and in the Times.

Michael A. Griffin
Garden Grove

I would like to express my thanks for the article by Jeffrey Anderson. I am a resident living in the city of Cudahy, and was at one point a close friend with the Perez family. At 17 years old, I find it hard to voice my opinion in this city, which seems to be run not so much as a dictatorship but as more of a nondemocratic community, for lack of better words.

As much as I would love to change many aspects within this city, it may be too late, since most of the power of the people was stripped when the current council members took over. Revolting over this is no use, as it would only lead to more chaos. So what am I to do? I’m not sure what to do, since the power of one person does not seem like a lot when you’re living in a situation where your voice would not raise even slight concern from those who possess such powers to alter the course this city is traveling. Hopefully this article will allow those who are unaware to know more about the situation. Also, I’m hoping this article would reach those who do have power, to have them open their eyes to a city that has been turned upside down.

Andre Garcia

Jeffrey Anderson’s piece on Cudahy is the type of eye opener that southeast suburbia needs on a weekly basis. As the last remaining Caucasian youth left in South Gate, I’ve spent 22 years watching schoolmates and friends desert the Lynwoods, Huntington Parks, South Gates and Comptons for the Santa Fe Springs, Pico Riveras, Whittiers and Norwalks.

As parents became fed up with law enforcement and political regimes like Perez’s, most opted for moving as opposed to grassroots or formal protesting. And for good reason. My city has been plagued by the likes of Albert Robles and his cohorts, who operate with a moblike mentality and embrace fear tactics. It’s clear the only way to rid my city as well as the rest of this ’burb nation is to have publications like yours bring news like this to the forefront and speak for those who fear to.

Michael O’Connor
South Gate

My hat’s off to Jeffrey Anderson and the L.A. Weekly for “The Town the Law Forgot.” The unwillingness to support this kind of aggressive, courageous reporting drove me out of the newspaper business 30 years ago. There were too many “mass communication” degrees and not near enough guts in the newsroom.

Gary Alexander
Gainesville, Texas

Scientist to the Stars

Rockie Gardiner’s weekly horoscope beats everyone to the punch. The subtext speaks for itself: Between the lines of wit, one finds a scientist at heart, an astrologist in the most Babylonian sense. I read Rockie religiously for the map of the stars.

Kay Taylor

The Marilyn Wars Rage On

Regarding Steven Mikulan’s article on Marilyn Monroe [“Immortal Mayhem,” Jan. 12–18]: This “Steve Mikulan” couldn’t have read my book, My Day With Marilyn, which is no longer available under that title. (It is now titled Marilyn Monroe/Alive in 1984?) If he did read the book, then he must be “comprehensionally challenged.” Nowhere did I ever claim that the schizophrenic hitchhiker was Marilyn Monroe. The woman made that claim. Then she went on to point out all of the evidence to back up her claim. I am 99 percent convinced that she really was Marilyn Monroe. But who would believe a homeless schizophrenic who spent 20 years in a mental institution? Maybe only me. But then, I was there in the car with her, and I spent a whole day with her. If anyone wants to be a skeptic and make such comments as Mr. Mikulan does, shouldn’t they at least read the book in order to have any credibility of their own?

John Alexander Baker
Williamswood, Nova Scotia

The Surf Misreport

Robert Abele took The Departed screenwriter William Monahan to task for neglecting to thank the writers of Infernal Affairs in his Oscar speech [Surf Report, March 2–8]. I didn’t remember it that way, so I looked around and found the text of Monahan’s speech on moviecitynews.com. It included the following: “So anyway, thanks to the Academy, to Warner Bros., everybody at Warner Bros., Alan Mak and Felix Chong, who wrote Infernal Affairs, the producers present and not present, the agents, everybody who made The Departed such a success.” Maybe Abele was munching his popcorn too loudly at that point? Love the Surf Report, though!

Jay Bryant

Regarding Robert Abele’s dig at Jennifer Hudson for not thanking American Idol [Surf Report, March 2–8]: In at least one interview that I saw, she spoke of her plans to thank them. I suppose in her excitement at winning an Oscar and the brief time that she was allotted, she may have forgotten a few things (as evidenced by her blurting out “Oh! And Jennifer Holliday!” at the end). This from the same publication that upon reviewing Purlie a while back expressed surprise that Loretta Devine could carry a tune. Research, people. Research.

Brian Savage
Los Angeles

Power to the People’s Choice

Marc Cooper, who had “no comment” on Dennis Kucinich’s standing ovation and cheering crowd at the Nevada Forum for Democratic Candidates [“Truth? Dem Candidates Can’t Handle the Truth,” March 2–8], is one of the reasons that Kucinich is not considered a front-runner. When Mr. Cooper can “handle the truth” about this country and Dennis Kucinich’s plans for the U.S., he will get onboard the Kucinich bus and watch us get our country back. Most candidates of both parties are owned by special interests, but “No Strings President-to-Be” Kucinich gives us a breath of fresh air. Breathe in, people. It’s Dennis Kucinich who is the presidential candidate for the people. Dennis is the one with the right record and the ideas for health care that will work. Prejudice from jour­nalists is unfortunate, but we the people have to outsmart the prejudiced pundits and vote for Kucinich in the Democratic primary. Visit kucinich.us and see that he is on your side, America!

Mary Jacobs
Los Angeles


An article on the March 6 school-board races [“Nasty Battle for Classroom Control,” March 2–8] misstated the number of incumbents in the race: There are actually three. In addition, outgoing school-board member David Tokofsky has not endorsed candidate Bennett Kayser and is helping him informally.

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