feel we must respond to Josh
Molina's January 9 reporting of our City Hall protest on January
8, because this is the most unfair article he has written in a series
of biased reporting about us. Contrary to what Mr. Molina wrote, “Little
Saigon” proponents did not “rush” Luyen Tran (the
Madison Nguyen supporter) to “brush back his sign and shout him
down.” The enclosed photo of Mr.
Tran smiling next to a recall supporter completely contradicts the picture
that Mr. Molina painted. So does the photo of Mr. Tran among some recall
supporters who clearly were just civilly engaging with him—even smiling
in the process.
Additionally, Mr. Molina quoted councilmember Judy Chirco at the end of the article but did not solicit a response from any of us. Had he asked, he would have received an answer along this line: The anti-Little Saigon council members must smear us to cover up their HIGHLY SUSPECT process, and their inability to provide evidence to support their position. As it is indisputable that “Little Saigon” is clearly the preferred name in every single survey and poll. The burden is on the EIGHT council members to prove why a name that placed last in their survey would be beneficial to our community and the city.
We sincerely hope Mr. Molina and other SJMN reporters would ask these council members some hard questions soon.