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April 19, 1993 | MIMI KO
Owners of the Leaky Tiki bar accused the City Council last week of racism in revoking their entertainment permit. "We will fight this in court," said Janet Escobosa, an owner of the bar. "Until three months ago, I ran the only Mexican bar in La Habra where you can listen to Mexican music and speak Spanish. (The City Council) is discriminating against us."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County residents overall are taking a rosier view of ethnic diversity and race relations than they did several years ago, according to a poll released Saturday that may run counter to the county's image. The Chapman University Poll, which compared attitudes today with those seven years ago, found that residents think the different ethnic groups are getting along better and that the county's increasing diversity is good for the economy and the quality of life.
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July 16, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the underworld of Orange County gangs, an estimated 200 young men and women belong to white supremacist groups that are distinguished by their hatred of Jews, ethinic minorities and immigrants--and their propensity for spontaneous violence. "It's not so much the numbers that concern us," said Jonathan Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. The concern, he said, is "these are messed-up kids who are really very violent."
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December 20, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A furor over alleged racism and sexism in the Police Department here escalated Tuesday, with officers demanding an apology from the city's first black mayor amid talk that he could become the target of a recall campaign. City Councilwoman Carol McCauley, backing complaints from the officers' union, said she has begun to hear widespread discussions about a possible recall effort against newly elected Mayor Terry Johnson because of his criticism of the Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA and ERIC LICTHBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An after-school brawl that led to the stabbing of a Westminster High School student Tuesday was probably the result of ethnic tensions, officials said Wednesday. Westminster Principal Bonnie Maspero acknowledged that the afternoon fight in a church parking lot a block from the school was likely sparked by friction between Asians and Latinos, who make up about equal portions of the 2,400-student population.
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December 20, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A furor over alleged racism and sexism in the Police Department here escalated Tuesday, with officers demanding an apology from the city's first black mayor amid talk that he could become the target of a recall campaign. City Councilwoman Carol McCauley, backing complaints from the officers' union, said she has begun to hear widespread discussions about a possible recall effort against newly elected Mayor Terry Johnson because of his criticism of the Police Department.
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June 22, 1993 | DE TRAN and DAVID AVILA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sugar cane flourishes in one back yard; in others, fragrant Vietnamese spice plants bloom. On any afternoon, visitors to the Rose Garden Apartments might hear mariachi music coming from one corner of the complex while Vietnamese heartbreak songs waft from another. In the air, the spicy smell of menudo, a saucy stew made of tripe and hominy, sometimes combines with the rich aroma of pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten students were suspended from Aliso Niguel High School on Thursday after a racially charged incident that culminated in a brawl involving at least 20 students, most from white supremacist and African American gangs, authorities said. School officials said late Thursday that they expect another 10 students to be suspended today and plan to recommend expulsions for at least three from the entire group, pending school board approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
A Japanese-American woman said Thursday that she was shocked by an incident in June at the Huntington Beach Red Onion, where she and two female friends allegedly were verbally and physically assaulted by a group of white women in the bar and told to speak English. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she suffered a split lip after a group of five or six white women pushed, kicked and hit her and the other two women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religious and community leaders Tuesday roundly condemned vandals who terrorized a black family by spray-painting their Laguna Hills home with graffiti and leaving behind tens of thousands of dollars in damage. "These are the most despicable individuals that I can think about," Orange County Sheriff Brad Gates said. "Anybody that can steal about in someone's home and terrorize a family should be handled accordingly. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight white students were granted transfers Monday from Huntington Beach's Ocean View High School, but the mother of one of those students said she still plans to challenge what she sees as a race-based district policy. The eight were among 32 white students denied transfers to other schools under a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy designed to regulate the ethnic balance of students within the district's eight high schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1998 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Huntington Beach school district officials are refusing to grant transfer requests from 32 high school students because they are white, despite a warning from the governor's office that the policy may violate constitutional prohibitions against racial discrimination. Officials of the Huntington Beach Union High School District have blocked the transfers from Ocean View High School, saying the departure of 32 white students would upset the campus' ethnic balance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In front of a crowd of young students Thursday morning, a boy named Michael hammed it up in the name of multicultural tolerance. Portraying the conflict between the fictitious residents of Purpleville and Orangeland, rivals with different skin colors, the 13-year-old took the stage. He played a Purple father whose daughter wants to befriend an Orange girl. But the other girl's father objects, and Michael tries to convince him that friendship must be colorblind: "We're all people here.
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February 15, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 26-year-old black motorist narrowly escaped serious injury early Saturday when a white passenger in another car shouted a racial epithet and then fired six rounds from a .45-caliber handgun into the victim's car. The unidentified victim, a 26-year-old South Gate man, suffered a graze wound to his ribs, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Lynn Nehring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturday's Jackson Street block party, which brought together the Hmong and Latino residents who dominate the 300 block, was proof that goodwill can be conveyed without many words. The Hmong, ethnic Chinese from Laos, and Latinos, mostly of Mexican descent, have lived side by side for three months--since seven Hmong families moved into an apartment complex--but they rarely mingled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Wearing buttons reading "No Hate," City Council members Monday declared a zero-tolerance policy toward racially motivated crimes and called on the entire community to join the campaign. More than 100 school officials, clergy and residents were on hand as each council member read a portion of a statement urging citizens to respect the dignity of all people. "This is a public declaration . . . an affirmation that we all privately believe," Councilman Peter M. Green said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A forum called Wednesday night to examine racism in the city and Orange County drew a small crowd and some conflicting views about the problem. The forum--sponsored by the political advocacy group Irvine Tomorrow--attracted about 70 people, many of them students, to a meeting room at the Marketplace shopping center across from the UC Irvine campus. "Irvine is the epitome of the way racism works in this country," said panel member Joseph Graves, a UCI professor of evolutionary biology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND
One cool afternoon last November, a particularly vicious brand of racism paid a chilling visit to a black family on Barents Street. Duvahn De Silva, then a 14-year-old Laguna Hills High School freshman, returned home to find that vandals had gone on a rampage with a can of spray paint. Racial slurs were sprayed across a newly reupholstered ivory brocade couch, the cathedral ceilings, the mirror in the living room. The vandals hadn't stopped at the graffiti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Farah Magenheim shared the story of her burgeoning relationship with an African American man, and the interracial pitfalls the two must overcome. Sam Lim spoke of his family's passage from Cambodia, and his parents' dismay when his brother married a Mexican woman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
At a ceremony Monday, the City Council will unveil "A Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity," a document several months in the making. "It's important that the leadership of the city speak out against hate crimes committed against any of the members of the community," said Councilwoman Shirley S. Dettloff, who was among those who drafted the policy. "The community is richer because of its diversity."
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