Skip to comments.CA Councilwoman apologizes for comparing Jewish property owner to Hitler
Posted on 08/26/2011 10:56:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A Santa Ana city councilwoman apologized Thursday evening for comments she made at a meeting a day earlier in which she compared a downtown property owner to Hitler.
What I said was inappropriate, and I let my emotions get the best of me, Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez said by telephone.
Alvarez was referring to a comment she made at Wednesdays council meeting during discussion of a controversial tax for downtown property owners. A portion of those taxes goes to Downtown Inc., an organization charged with promoting and securing the area.
Hey, so if Hitler rents you a place, hes giving us a great deal, so who cares what he stands for? she said. We need to put a stop to this.
The comment referred to Irving Chase, who owns roughly four blocks downtown. He walked out of the meeting with his son, Ryan. Both of Irving Chases parents, Sol and Fay Chase, are Holocaust survivors from Poland.
Irving Chase said his father hid in the mountains with two Catholic families for almost four years. His mother made German army uniforms and spent time in Auschwitz. They lost more than 300 relatives in the Holocaust.
Im very, very sensitive to the Holocaust, Irving Chase said. That was the lowest thing that she could have said.
Downtown Inc. is an organization that promotes downtown. It has been riddled with controversy in recent months, as property owners in the area say they dont benefit from increased property taxes.
Ryan Chase is the president of the board of Downtown Inc. Until Thursday, Irving Chase was its secretary. He resigned because he didnt want to interfere with the organizations business after the councilwoman's remarks.
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"Claudia Alvarez: Where to Begin?"
Gabriel San Roman - Orange Juice Blog August 25, 2011 As everyone knows by now, Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez has dealt a blow to herself and to those opposed to ongoing gentrification in the city with her jaw-dropping stupidity. During yesterday afternoons council meeting, the future of the PBID was discussed an issue central to many of the mostly Latino owned small businesses along fourth street. Alvarez seemingly came out of nowhere to situate herself on the right side of the issue last month taking Downtown Inc. to task unlike the other DINOS in local government.
She continued on during Wednesdays meeting asking property owner/gentrifier Irving Chase about Downtown Inc.s enjoyment of favorable rent in one of his buildings a valid question not just for them but for many of the preferred new businesses under Chase in the newly-minted Rear End Promenade! (Oops, I mean East End) Then, she done fucked up. Big time. As the Reggie and Voice of OC have it, Alvarez uttered So if Hitler rents you a place, gives you a great deal, you take it? Not only is invoking Hitler in an argument a sign of political stupidity, it becomes downright anti-Semitic when you lob it at someone who happens to be Jewish as Chase is. It didnt take long for the Anti-Defamation League to weigh in as the Mayor Pro Tem now finds herself in hot political water.
With one idiotic rhetorical question, Alvarez has dealt a severe blow to the moral soundness of the anti-PBID cause and its proper line of hard questioning. She should also apologize to them too for the damage that has been done and its already apparent. Alvarezs Hitler comment has been stretched to them whether they know it or not. In the Reggie, Chase accused her of whipping them up into a mob of hate. They have indignation with cause. Lets not paint with broad brushstrokes now.
I dont know if all of Alvarezs criticisms stemming from last month came from a deeply anti-Semitic soul, but legitimate critiques of a venture capitalist hopefully wont be reflexively deflected as centurys old anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews as financially exploitative as the ADL puts it. Venture capitalists, no matter what ethnicity or gender they come in, are financially exploitative. Downtown Inc. has operated as a form of redevelopment that is so painstakingly obviously in its disinvestment from many 4th Street businesses. The Board recently lost its only two Mexican immigrant members to resignations in a Voice of OC story that went under reported as if to only underscore the point. (Michele Martinez in the same meeting stated her desire that Downtown Inc. find new token Mexicans! but not in those words)
And then theres ethnic cleansing. Alvarez put that one out there too. Scholars such as Mike Davis and Bill Quigley have used the term in its economical sense in relation to gentrification with specific regard to post-Katrina New Orleans. (People seem to think its sole definition is that of violent expulsion although that is what more immediately comes to mind, seen any indigenous people lately?) Is the term applicable to whats happening in Santa Ana? Not really. Keep it in your pocket folks. If there is to be a theoretical construct, then British colonialisms Divide and Rule playbook is much more applicable. Read up on it and youll see the parallels for yourself, especially where it pertains to the necessity of favored natives to carry out colonial administrative tasks and aims (with the added bonus of being brown!)
Gentrification, in the end, is internal colonialism after all. Source
[EARLIER dust-up caused by Alvarez comment on 9-11] Liberal OC editor Dan Chmielewski called Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez a moron, in a comment posted on his blog.
Chmielewski made the comment on a post by Claudio Gallegos, about an apparent poor choice of words by Alvarez, who referred to the terrorist attack on New York on 9/11 as an accident.
Is she going to have to report to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to atone for her bigotry?
I didn’t read the entire news item, but I’m seriously thinking I can correctly identify the race of this politician.
LOL! Yeah - how DARE they invest money only in things they think will return profit on their investment! Why that is just plain ol’ financial exploitation - making a profit!/s
Like that is supposed to matter?
Well, he coulda been related, no? Hittie had some Jewish ancestors.
Did you see this?
MLK must be spinning.
“WASHINGTON Jesse Jackson said Thursday that the Tea Party’s tenets are reminiscent of state’s rights philosophies used in decades past to oppose federally mandated integration...........”
JJ can sure still sling those big lies.
“We haven’t yet reached the promised land that Dr. King spoke of,” said Attorney General Eric Holder, who added that he and President Obama were results of the civil rights movement.”
The racism must continue, sayeth Holder.
MANA is a beneficiary of the CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) a workplace charity campaign by the federal gov't and its Office of Personnel Management.
I guess Cynthia McKinney isn’t a racist either. /s