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Apr 12, 2007 10:28 AM

99 Ranch Chino Hills article in LA Times

Asian grocery store = lower property values, trash...and Yellow Peril and the end of Western Civilization. According to some people (even a Chino Hills city councilmember) quoted in the LA Times today.

I found some of the barely-concealed racial implications stunning. I thought folks on here would be interested to see this confluence of Asian food and intolerance.

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  1. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley as many Chinese people began moving in. We heard the exact same thing in the 1980's. Property values and restaurant quality have absolutely skyrocketed since then.

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    1. re: raytamsgv

      Yeah, but where do you all those people moved to? ;) ANYWAY, I for one am super excited that they are going to be there! My parents live in Diamond Bar and are HUGE 99 ranch shoppers (We bought lobsters and clams from them this weekend!). :)


      1. re: raytamsgv

        Coincidently, I read the article earlier this morning. I’m always skeptical of articles like this, cause it makes I sound like 2-3 people are representing the whole Caucasian population in Chino Hills.

        As raytamsgv mentioned, I think Asians are good for a City. They are mostly middle-class, keep to themselves, manicure their lawns, and have great food (eerrr...I hate lumping all Asians in one big group). Have these people seen the newer 99 ranch markets? They are like those Ralph’s freshfare ones but have Bok Choy and frozen dim sum.

        1. re: kek is khmer

          I've got three supermarket "club" cards: Vons, Ralphs, and 99 Ranch!

      2. "The Chino Hills City Council heard an outcry from a small group of residents, including one who wrote that he didn't want to see "little Chinatowns all over the Hills" filled with Asian signs he can't read."

        Once this man finds out he can get fresh fish that were swimming in a tank, he'll be sorry he even said anything.

        1. Thanks for the article. (And I don't think the racial implications were concealed.) Chinese newspaper had an ad for a Chinese buffet restaurant, hopefully authentic, opening up in Chino Hills. It's called Royal Buffet at 3911 Grand Ave. Will have to check it out soon.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            "Reached by telephone, Blugrind explained that he enjoyed having a diverse community — his daughter-in-law is Japanese.".

            Yep the racial implications aren't concealed this is kinda like "but some of my best friends are..."

            Snoop Dogg is a resident of Chino Hills, wonder how he feels about that.

            I'm sure though once he discovers the treasures in Ranch 99 he will be a regular customer as weel

          2. Oh, give me a break. Have they been to the 99 Ranch in Irvine, another wealthy community with a growing Asian population? It's spotless.

            They're worried about having the Van Nuys 99 Ranch, but what they're missing is that the Van Nuys 99 Ranch fits in with its area, and so does the Irvine 99 Ranch.

            The same thing happened when Vallarta wanted to move into the old Lucky space on Victory and Ethel, and that place is absolutely spotless, you could eat off the floor.


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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Ironically, some non-Asian friends of mine deliberately look for areas where there are a lot of Chinese-American kids. They think the schools will be better there, and their kids will get better GPA's by hanging out with the Chinese-American kids.

            2. It does sound like the same hysteria as Monterey Park back in the '80s...and you know how that turned out food wise. My god, think of what food in California would be like without immigrants, Asian, Latino or otherwise. The complainers probably aren't into food, at least foreign food, so what are you going to do? On the other hand...maybe they will try the food and change their mind.

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              1. re: ML8000

                I'm always amazed that people think they can control retail development at all in our capitalist-friendly society...but Burbank kept out Whole Foods, which doesn't even have racial implications, so I guess what people really don't want is change of any sort.

                1. re: Chowpatty

                  The Whole Foods in Burbank business was "OMG WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE HORSES!"

                  Because, you know, there's not a huge Pavilions across the street from the proposed location or something.