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Letters to the Editor: Once again, what’s the matter with Huntington Beach?

Rhonda Bolton speaks into a microphone.
Rhonda Bolton speaks before the City Council during her July 9 interview for a vacant council seat.
(Screenshot by Matt Szabo / Daily Pilot)

To the editor: I have lived in Huntington Beach for more than 30 years. I raised my children here and love the schools, the parks, the beach and of course the people.

But I have to speak out in defense of our new councilwoman, Rhonda Bolton, who replaced Tito Ortiz and upon her appointment was threatened with a recall.

What is wrong with this city? Let’s give Bolton a chance. Just because she isn’t part of the “good old boy network,” people decide to ridicule her.

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Somewhere along these last few years, we have forgotten how to be civilized. Is this how we want our society to be? I give Bolton my full support, and I hope others will at least give her a chance.

Cinde Perez McCallum, Huntington Beach

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To the editor: Huntington Beach is a city that has been tarnished by racism for many decades. Finally we have Councilwoman Bolton, a woman of color who is educated and experienced in government and business.

So my question to her hecklers and critics is what are you afraid of? I am sure they will not wish to answer this question and expose their real views.

Varini deSilva, Huntington Beach

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To the editor: I admire Bolton’s calmness, grace and open mind when facing the ugly comments and boos that her appointment to the City Council elicited.

However, I hope that she is not looking at Huntington Beach (a bastion of Trumpist Republicans) through slightly rose-colored glasses. I wish her the best, because sadly she will need it.

Vicki Rupasinghe, Ojai


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