Tuesday, February 07, 2006

sanTana: An Isla On An Isla ... (listening to Van Morrison)

sanTana’s finally getting the good rap it deserves … report after study shows that this part of the pinche universe is “hard to live in” … povered a la chingada … and is the worse place to live … BUTT WHY … research just shows that it’s “undesirable” or that the pinche “quality of life” just ain’t there … hey, just say it … to many pinche Mexicanos …

BUTT aqui at Recycledcholoknows … it's always been claimed that those pinche one-liner gineau reports just don’t serve any justice for any pinche cockroach … in fact, we never believe those reports … you shouldn’t either … sanTana has incredible dynamics to offer that just can’t be documented but are noticeable… so put your pens y pads away, cabrones … there’s poverty here and everywhere … prostitution, spousal abuse, child abuse, baby-shaken syndrome, cock-shaken syndrome … transvestites a la chingada - OC’s best … 52 year old perverts making out with teenagers on top of their caruchas at midnight as I make a comida run … great comida … beautiful Latinas … the courts … the Board of Sups … $15 guayaberas … $30.5 million in transportation funds … a foxy DA councilmujer … a councilman with great hair … a lively and safe 4th street downtown crowd … a pot-holed Standard Ave. … a McFadden Ave whose curvy design and planning never made sense … a McFadden Ave/Baker resident who proudly sports a spicy 6’X6’ Mexican Flag IN FRONT … chilangos with SUVs … chilangos que fregan … 15 barrio multi-millionaires you’ve never heard of … stashed cash … a pinche bitching 4th of July and you’re all invited … a Home Depot that charges $72 for mini-blind installation, Costa Mesa’s charges $33 … Minnie Apartments … soon to be Minnie Apt Housing Authority … paycheck-to-paycheck street and truck vendors and ice-cream trucks who must now pay thousands in fees just to set up shop … a Latino-majority council who does this to vendors … a seat on AQMD … a seat on OCTA … another on the Great-Rally-Park Board … a council that gives cash to non-profits (El Centro) yet makes it impossible for them to set-up shop, hmmmm … and so much non-very-visual type cochinada …

BUTT now another study is out … that focuses on sanTana’s “informal economy” … meaning … back alley deals … movidas … cash deals … it’s the ECONOMIA FUN … the economy that also deals with pessimism and optimism … but that tends to make 99.9% of the players permanently optimistic … til their found in a car trunk … then that individual tapado is permanently pessimistic … it’s the economia fun that also has somewhat of a consumer price index … but this index puts out … keeps an eye out … wears a pink wig … it’s the economy that builds $100K second story housing additions for $40K … Levi 501’s for $15 … it has wedding planners … gold merchants … warranties … insurance … dental … vision … some of it votes too …

BUTT more so … this new study by Social Compact, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research group that gets funding from financial and real estate companies says that there’s more money held by sanTana residents than previously believed or documented by other sutdies and the US Census … “Unlike the census, which gets its data from household surveys, Social Compact "drills down" to little-used sources of data to create an economic portrait of urban neighborhoods, studying utility usage, property transactions and credit records. Its specialty is to model an area's "informal economy," such as street vendors and day laborers, that isn't captured by tax records,” the Register reports …

“The study found that two-thirds of the households in the two neighborhoods have no documented credit histories or banking relationships. It estimated the informal economy at $183 million, or 17 percent of the area's total economy.” … I could see that or even see that figure being bigger in economia fun … in my calle alone … at least 10 casitas suaves have added a second story … and they are add-ons that look very good … they stuck with the housing style … chingow … I was expecting MGM lions on massive rot-iron gates … fish ponds … and pinche tons of alters with lights in front and backyards … hay chingow, here it comes, I thought … I was expecting the international style décor casitas to be all Home Depoted out to the max … todos feos and plastic … and that all remodeled casitas would look the same … but that’s not the pinche case … the construction was well thought out … they all look good and “normal” and they were all done with pinche permits … the permits are a new one … except one tapado … he added a second story onto a house built during the ‘40s … he had the framing done … the roof done and was ready to basically plaster then move in … then came the wonderful city … they had no permits … it had to be torn down … and the 1st original story just collapsed … it’s now an empty lot … pobres …

Butt the study on the informal economy is good noticias and is not new noticias to us … and on any Saturday at noon, if you park your car around here … get out and walk around … you’ll see the cash that flows aqui … it's a business cycle centuries old ... it's incredible ... it's business as usual ... hell, you might even meet those pinche stuck-up millionaires you never heard of … you might even find a pinche new lover or lovers … you might even find yourself a-pinche-doring this place … I mean … if you’re as cultured as you claim ...

1 Comments:

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Janna said...

In the few short months I've been reading your blog, I've found myself thinking on several occasions that I would probably like it there. The little bits of flavor you include, like your description of walking home on New Years Eve, create an incredibly vivid image in my mind, one that includes sounds and smells as well as sights. Those surveys about quality of life tend toward the strictly practical, and ignore what some of us might value more than property values and tax rates. I can't wait to visit.

 

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