Poll: Is Discrimination Alive in Temecula?

The shocking racial comments of a D.C. councilman raise the question: if it could happen there, could it happen here?


When Marion Barry, a long-time Washington D.C. councilman, said he wanted to get rid of some Asian-owned businesses and replace them with black-owners, he shocked his constituents.

Some said Barry was the last person they would expect to make such a comment.

“We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too,” he told a crowd of supporters after a primary win.

RELATED: To see his comments caught on video, click on the image above.

Barry is no stranger to trouble. He served six months in prison when he was caught smoking crack.

But that had nothing to do with racism. Nobody had seen a hint of discrimination in anything the councilman said before.

This raises the question, if this could happen in D.C., could it happen in Temecula?

Despite having a white-majority population, it has a diverse City Council. No hint of racism has appeared among any city leaders.

But that was the case before Barry's comments.

Some argued was discriminatory. It forced employers to check the citizen status of their employees.

Critics said it might cause employers to steer clear of Hispanic employee candidates altogether. It turns out, Governor Jerry Brown agreed. He banning this type of ordinance, and the chose .

Do you think discrimination is alive in Temecula? Or do you think there are problems lying below the surface. Tell us in the poll below.

TVOR April 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Racism will not exist here in Temecula unless the Reverend Jackson or Al Sharpton come here and declare it so.
JED April 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Too bad we don't have city council with a backbone or fortitude. When will we get leaders that actually do their job and work for the citizens (legal) of Temecula. Shame on you for not standing up to Brown who continues to destroy the California.
Popeye April 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Don't forget the Tea Baggers....and there need to verify employment based on hate..
JJ Mclure April 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Drink some more cool aid
JJ Mclure April 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Brown is discriminating against whites by not enforcing illegal immigration laws
Paul McGraw April 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Brown 'discriminates' no more or no less than any other Governor over the last 30 years. The view that illegals are somehow worse than the past is only emphasized when the economy is down and resources are low and WE...all of us...need to pick on someone (illegal aliens, those on welfare, unions) and simply avoiding the problem that WE (voters) let the politicians, our representatives, spend when times are good. We come alive in bad times and are carelessly silent in good times. It took a while to get to this point. It will take a while to walk it back. To the point of the survey, yes, bad times brings out discrimination that lurks under the surface in good times. The excuse is that it is justified in hard times. That's a sorry excuse to the lack of a stable moral view.
Brenda April 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
In my 52 yrs, the first 10 was heaven. Up until I was 10 maybe it seemed good, and we would even see the bus loads on the 5 freeway taking all the illegals that got caught the last few days, back to mexico. Never failed when the family got on the freeway to go somewhere, there was 1 or 2 buses guaranteed. THAT WAS A time we were dealing with the illegals being in our state and we actually SAW it going on. We could drive the clean and friendly streets of any city in LA, and La County, accidently get off the freeway and get lost and not have to worry about being held up in our car, ran into by another car to file a false accident report to get sue'd, and just being gunned down in shootings. Houses were neat, business's thrived, even Mom and Pop ones, jobs, food, aid was used for those who needed it, not illegals, we had more programs for the USA people then we will ever hope to have again in the next 200 yrs. Our country and everyone in it was taken care of, and we took care of it with pride. WE showed it in how we treated others, took care of our home and cities, our children. Now the last 40 years started a slow influx, then it steadily sped up to out of control and unenforced illegal laws were not being enforced. Everyone(city,state, fed, politicians) all voted every which way, when the law is the law, THEY GO! They get shipped out. No aid no college, no free housing, school, food, nothing, cause now we cannot even take care of our own :/
MK April 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I totally agree with Brenda.
Tonto April 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
www.buildtheborderfence.com - total war on illegals
Jerry Simeon April 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Discrimination is the enemy and destruction of American ethics and principles. However, as humans, can we be purely devoid of it???
Patrick April 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
You're gonna run your mouth (away from the safety of your closet) to the wrong one some day and swallow teeth for it.
Brenda April 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
As has been stated before in articles here there is discrimination depending on the topic. If someone says a white cop killed a black man in a shootout it was racially motivated. We have a cop get shot and killed by a black man in another state and we do NOT hear a word of it, or its on page 15, and not one mention of race. It depends on who, what, where, and if someone can sue someone. Everyone race has its bad seeds, but as someone said, 95% of shootings on blacks in by blacks. Dont hear a word about the 3 kids, say one 8, killed on Los Angeles or downtown San Bernadino Streets last night by blacks right? Get a police officer in there who shot one of the perpetrators of the crime, and all hell breaks loose because that didnt have the gun then the other perpetrator did. Its just a big stupid circle. If you dont want to be discriminated again, dress appropriately or at least dont be covering up your face and head even when its 100 degrees outside. Dont pretend to be shooting a gun all the time with your hand actions, get your hands out of your pants, get off the Hells Angels Garb, stop trying to get across the USA with 50lbs of Meth and don't speak english, get it? Become someone, a contributing citizen of the USA, work(or try to)do nice things, dont build up a 25 page police record, get it? Then there is no discrimination in my mind.
Arek April 09, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Enforcing the emigration law has nothing to do with racial discrimination. Illegals come in all colors. In the south we have more Hispanics in Chicago, New York - Europeans even Canadians. The polling question and the two choices to answer shoud have nothing to do with, if it is discriminatory to force employers to check the citizen status of their employees. All this polling does is that it implies discrimination to that issue. And Jerry Brown? He needs votes.
Tonto April 09, 2012 at 02:27 AM
The "Mother of all Illegals" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CCVp7-7rdoM
SPB April 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Nope no discrimination in Temecula... none at all.... everyone here is perfectly tolerant of each other.... unless you wanna build a mosque of course.
KB April 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I get it - illegal is illegal. But for many in Temecula/Murrieta, that's just a cover story for hatred more than anything else.
Brenda April 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
***blush*** I might resemble that.
Brenda April 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
KB, I think racism only rears its ugly head if it has to do with a crime, be it black, mexican, white, asian. Remember the girl and guy and the Walmart heist, all sorts of names of trailer trash and the like, they were white, also the white drunk mom case, etc. so many of them. Or like the black oh black shooting in I think it was downtown Riverside, heck dont remember, over the weekend, I was thinking that if you don't want a bad name for yourself stop killing people! Not just your own color but all colors. Then we have had several white on white killings, or assaults, and its meth names, or white trash etc, or crazy, so it just goes around and around. When I was young my cousins were involved alot in biker gangs, Devils Deciples, and Hells Angels and I grew up hating them(not my cousins), and one cousin was eventually killed by THEM, his own "Bros'. I think they are mostly white, but there is also blacks, mexicans, and some asian, etc. But in my book they are ALL BAD, like a gang. They have to do a list of illegal activities just to get in. So gangs they are all bad, dont get in them if you dont want to be dicriminated against. I seriously believe its all behavior or the kind of person that white, black, asian or whatever person does that sets the tone for racism.
TVOR April 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Racism is largely in the eye of the beholder. Most people choose to see what they wanto to see while others seem to feel that whenever something doesn't go their way it is racism.
Brenda April 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Very true Tvor.
James Mullins April 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM
The young man would be alive had he not attacked the neighborhood watch citizen. Period.
sabrina January 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Well besides all of the above, temecula/murrieta is racist. I went to the 711/76 gas station on my way home to LA from fallbrook. Had a nice time visiting family until I went to the 711/76 gas station to buy a beer, not a 24 pack, not a 12 pack, simply 1 beer. I personally took it out of the refrigerator, asked my daughter in-law to hold it for me while I used the restroom, went to pay for it, the sales clerk says, "I can't sell that to you", I said,"I'm sorry?", she repeated herself, "I can't sell that to you". I couldn't believe what I was hearing so I asked, "why?", she said, "because SHE was carrying it, I saw you hand it to her with my own eyes so now I can't sell it to you". I was shocked at what I was hearing as if I was hiding it which we weren't so I said, "I don't understand, what do you mean you can't sell it to me because I handed it to her?" She says, "YES, I can't sell it to you because SHE carried it to the counter". I still didn't understand why she was saying that so I asked her, Why can't you sell it to me because she carried it to the counter?" She says, "because SHE'S a minor", I said, "excuse me?, what? she is not a minor, she is 24 years old". My daughter in-law even showed the woman her id & the woman still said she wasn't sellling it to her. I'm 51 years old even though I look much younger than my age, I took out my id & said, "I'm the one buying it, here's my id". She says, "that's ok, I'll take care of it". I was willing to forget everything she had
sabrina January 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM
said, I smiled & then when I pulled out my credit card to pay for it, she says, "NO, I'll take of it, just leave it on the counter, I'll put it back". I said, "what?, I'm paying for it." She says, "YOU have to leave NOW". I said, "what? what is wrong with you? I don't understand why you're acting like that". Then I realized she was racist. So we left, I used to love going to Murrieta/Temecula but now that I have personally seen the ugly eye of racism I sure don't want to go back anymore. I've never come across any racist people or anykind of racism in all my life til that day & it reminded me of a friend that told me Murrieta/Temecula were racist. I never believed it til that woman clearly showed her ugly racism against latinos. Also, she took care of the black people that were before us & the white people that were behind us. She was so hell bent on creating a scene in front of the white people. I'm so glad I live in LA where the majority of us don't have the ugly disease of, "racism".
Brenda January 03, 2013 at 09:37 PM
There are 49million Mexicans in Los Angeles.........trying to remember if that is the City of Los Angeles, or illegals in Los Angeles county, but still shows that of course you would not be discriminated there. The Mexicans have taken over and should all be proud of themselves that there are Cities in LA county that even fire trucks will not go into for a heart attack call unless they are surrounded by 4 or 5 police cars. Why? Because all the gang bangers, drug manufacturers are shooting anyone who does not belong. Hope you never have a heart attack and live in one of those Cities, even if you are Mexican, the gangs will shoot first and ask questions later.


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