Hey, Greta Van Susteren mentioned it this evening and beat me to it, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, here’s a boost for my burg in the Inland Empire of Southern California.
The city council of Hemet – home of the Ramona play, among other distinctions – voted on 22 June to approve a resolution supporting Arizona for its immigration-enforcement law. This in spite of more than 100 people crowding the city council chamber before the vote, many of them arguing passionately against the resolution. For Hemet’s city council, that’s an epic turnout. You find more people than that shopping any given neighborhood yard sale in the tony Eden Roc mobile home community.
Our fellow IE metropolis, Lake Elsinore (just a few thousand orange cones or so west down State Highway 74), adopted a similar resolution this week. Their mayor was interviewed by Greta V. this evening.
You can see Hemet’s city council here. I am pleased to note – tonight, at any rate – that I voted for each of the people in the photo.
Hemet’s main claim to fame recently has been the asymmetric war being waged against our Gang Task Force. Because of the campaign against Hemet’s task force, authorities nabbed 31 members of the Vagos gang across four states in March. In June, gang-associated attackers used an RPG round in their latest attempt on the task force headquarters, which is located near City Hall. They succeeded by other means in setting the popular Los Altos market on fire, but the RPG round was an inert training round and did not perform as the attackers probably hoped. Interestingly, Lake Elsinore has been the other small city in Riverside County most troubled by the Vagos.
The UK Independent mentions that the Vagos are a “mostly Hispanic” gang. But California’s mainstream media are as unlikely to mention it themselves as French media are to mention that the “youths” torching cars in the Paris suburbs are Muslims of Middle Eastern and African descent.
Sentiment in the Press-Enterprise reader responses seems to have been running pretty heavily in favor of the city council resolution. Well done, city council!
Cross-posted at Hot Air.