Sadly – The 34th Annual – “I just wanted to Get the Fuck Out of Tustin” – Chili Cook-Off Hybrid Gay Pride Parade – World’s Largest Alcoholics Anonymous Recruitment – Jesus Loves You Revival and Uber Taxpayer Cluster-Fuck – “I will not be attending ever again.” – will be held on Sunday June 3 2018 – Like It or Not

Tustin, California –

Editorial –

Essentially this is Businesses – Jesus Freaks and City Hall – Helping Each Other Make Sure that No One Ever Comes Back to Tustin California for – Anything – Ever.

Many Businesses along the Street Fair Route at the Chili Cook-off are Locking their Doors and Hanging a Closed Sign – because they’re tired of the Drunks and other Losers wandering around – coming in and wanting to use their Restroom and Trashing the Sidewalks with Litter and Human Excrement.

You won’t need to worry about any DUI checkpoints though – becasue the Fat Tustin Cops and other City Employees that aren’t working on Overtime and Pension Spiking – will be Drinking – and they don’t want to have to Arrest themselves or otherwise get caught.

“Fullerton city manager Joe Felz – smelled of booze – lost control of his car – taking a sidewalk – crashing into a small tree – before skidding back on the street”

The only ones who benefit from this event are City of Tustin Employees who are getting paid and on overtime – and spiking their pensions – for doing everything involved in this fiasco – set-up – traffic control – policing – clean-up and tear down when it’s all over.

Taxpayers are the Biggest Losers on this Deal.

If you own a business on the route “Close” and take the day off – if you’re planning on attending – Don’t.

Der Wienerschnitzel always has the best Chili in Town and they’re Open Every Day. –

 From Yelp

“I have been to this event a few times over the last 10-15 years, most recently being on Sunday June 7, 2015.

I am all about street fairs, day drinking, and eating good food. We got there at about 11am and lucked out with parking in the center nearby for free. Walked in, and had friends that were at Black Marlin, so I went to locate them…that place was packed. And it became a hangout later in the day as well. Just go there and ignore the dumb cook-off.

Got in line for tickets…WHAT A HASSLE!!! They are cash only, which is not posted. So, I got to wait in that line twice. The differentiate between the beer tickets and the chili tickets, so you have to plan in advance an decide how you want to divvy your tickets up. Which ends up with exactly what they want…you buy tickets that you end up not using. And then there’s places that serve food with more substance, that don’t take tickets, only cash. WTF. SO DAMN ANNOYING.

I had 2 thimbles of chili. And it was not exciting. Tons of places were OUT OF CHILI at 12pm? Is that not the whole goddam point of this event? And, the beer table was out of service too, so I wandered around looking for another one most of the time, whilst having beer and chili spilled on me from people who managed to get chili before it ran out, and beer before the tap malfunction.

I tried to sell my tickets to people in line before I left so I could recoup some of my money. People thought I was trying to run some sort of scam. LOL. I just wanted to Get the Fuck Out of Tustin!!! and get back some of the $40 I wasted on tickets.

I left after 2 hours, and I wanted to leave after 30 minutes. I wasted my money. It was not fun.

In the past it was not such a cluster-fuck.

I only went because I was in town to visit my sister and it happened to coincide with a friends birthday and she was planning to be at the Chili Cook Off, so I went. It is not at all worth the drive from San Diego. I don’t think it was worth the drive from Costa Mesa, to be honest.

I will not be attending ever again.”

“There were a lot of police walking the fair” –  [Editors Note] – Police on Overtime Pay and Pension Spiking (Caution Taxpayer Cluster-Fuck Here) – Dave

“The vast majority of the offerings were simply based on #10 cans of Hormel, Stag, or U.S. Foods chili with some minimal additives presumably there to “customize” the recipe”

“What a cluster-fuck”

“Alcohol wristbands $2”

“But WTF, NONE of the chili’s I tried were that great.  In fact, some of them were just bad.  Very disappointing! ”

“And, the most disturbing part was that somewhere, someone or some booth was handing children balloons with a large JESUS LOVES YOU screen printed on them.”

The last frame – Tustin Lanes to close after nearly four decades

Tustin, California –

The last pin is expected to fall soon at Tustin Lanes, as the family-owned bowling alley gets ready to shut down after 38 years.

Tustin Lanes has been a long-time favorite for leagues and tournaments. Customers say that’s because the Old Irvine Boulevard property hung onto affordable prices and a neighborhood feel, even as trendy bowling centers with flashy technology and high-end cocktails popped up around it.

“Tustin Lanes is like home,” bowler Patty Wood said. “It is just so sad.”

The last day of operations will be Oct. 6, according to a worker and frequent customers.

The closure is in keeping with a national trend. There are less than half as many bowling alleys nationwide today as when league play was at its peak in the late 1970s and early 80s, according to Tom Martino, president of the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America.

“Now you have to rely more and more on casual bowlers who come only when they want to. That puts the bowling center in a bad situation,” Martino said, with many businesses now worth less than the real estate they sit on.

Tustin Lane managers didn’t respond to multiple requests to discuss the pending closure, though a “Business Closing” banner hangs outside the 42-lane bowling alley and the website states “We are closing soon!”

Wood and her husband, Matt, have bowled in a league at Tustin Lanes just about every Monday night for the past 27 years. Their five-person team is called Aces or Better, and it includes another couple they met at the bowling alley more than 20 years ago.

“I’ve seen engagements. I’ve seen people having babies,” Wood said. “These are lifelong friendships we’ve made with some people.”

Tustin Lanes has been a family affair not only for the customers, but for the owners as well.

Jack Mann, who once owned an orthodontist practice in town, broke ground on the property at the height of the bowling craze in March 1977. Mann had quite the bowling empire, owning for some time Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Regal Lanes in Orange, Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa and another bowling alley in San Dimas.

Competition got stiffer in Tustin in 2008, when Strike Orange County opened a bowling alley at The District. The center, which is now Bowlmor, includes such features as glow-in-the-dark lanes and audio-visual technology.

In 2009, Mann bowed out of the industry when he sold Tustin Lanes to his youngest son, Alex Mann, who also owns Arlington Lanes in Riverside. Within months of taking over, Alex Mann made updates to electronic scoring equipment, decor and signage at the Tustin property.

Along with its 42 bowling lanes, Tustin Lanes offers pool tables, flat-screen TVs and projectors throughout, an arcade, laser tag, two party rooms, a full bar, a snack bar and a pro-shop. Alex Mann told the Register when he took over that he was surveying customers about other possible improvements, but insisted Tustin Lanes would never convert to a trendy center like Bowlmor.

Many bowling alleys that have survived the shifting industry have removed some lanes and added other forms of entertainment such as bumper cars that generate more revenue, Martino said. Many have also embraced high-end food – a trend that’s hit shopping malls, airports and other industries, too.

While Tustin Lanes isn’t the most modern of bowling alleys, Cynthia Edes said it remains friendly and affordable.

“Where else can you take a family and have a couple sodas and maybe a pizza for the price of one ticket to Disneyland?” she said.

Edes took up bowling at Tustin Lanes nine years ago, to keep up with her then-80-year-old mother. Her mom is 89 now and can no longer bowl, but Edes discovered she liked the sport so much she joined a Thursday league.

As word began to spread about the pending closure, Edes said, “It’s really a shame. This will displace over a dozen leagues, which use the alley Monday through Sunday, affecting hundreds of leaguers, other families, church groups and kids birthday party people.”

When the current season ends for Wood’s league, she said they’ll move over to Irvine Lanes. That bowling center is more than 8 miles away, south of the 405 freeway.

Wood hopes it’s just a temporary move, though, with customers and workers holding out hope the owners will open another local bowling center down the road.

“Every year we think we’re at the bottom,” Martino said, with owners watching for a year when the industry’s steady decline will stop. “But that hasn’t been true.”

Proprietors see some glimmers of hope, he said, with a push to get bowling in the 2020 Olympics and attract more young people.

Martino’s friend recently opened a new center in Florida with “pin boys,” where staff members replace fallen pins rather than the pinsetting machines that took over more than 50 years ago.

With such nods to nostalgia, owners hope league bowling might see the same sort of revival that’s made vinyl and beards cool again.

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Man Sues Tustin California Police – Alleges Assault and Battery – Negligence and False Arrest

Tustin, California –

A 20-year-old man is suing the city, Tustin police and one of its veteran officers, alleging that the officer “physically assaulted and tackled him” for no reason, leaving him with injuries to his face and an arrest record.

In the lawsuit, filed July 31 in Orange County Superior Court, Jose Francisco Franco of Tustin alleges assault and battery, negligence and false arrest. He also alleges three civil rights violations including unlawful seizure of person, excessive force and unconstitutional city policies.

“He had a clear record. He’s a nice, clean-cut kid,” said John Cogorno, an attorney representing Franco in the case. “The officer overreacted under the circumstances. And as a result, the kid was seriously damaged.”

The city, police department and Officer Rene Barraza, who was named in the lawsuit, did not comment on the case. The city hadn’t been served with the suit as of Tuesday, city attorney David Kendig said.

Barraza has been with the Tustin Police Department since 2007, according to an announcement when he won officer of the month in 2013. He’s currently a K-9 officer, and he and his dog, Bravo, are a common sight at community events like Tuesday’s National Night Out.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. June 2, 2014. Franco – who was 19 at the time – was by himself, sitting on the steps outside a medical building on Newport Avenue, listening to music on his cellphone, Cogorno said.

“He just wanted to get out of the house,” Cogorno said.

When Franco saw a police officer drive by, Cogorno said he got up and started walking. It wasn’t because he’d done anything wrong, Cogorno said. It was simply the knee-jerk reaction many people have to avoid the police, he said.

Officer Barraza then approached Franco from behind and tackled him, causing Franco to fall face-first into the sidewalk, the lawsuit alleges.

Franco’s two upper front teeth went through his lip, Cogorno said. His tooth was chipped, and he suffered bruising and swelling to the rest of his face.

Barraza arrested Franco at the scene, the lawsuit states. Paramedics took Franco to a hospital in Santa Ana to treat his injuries, then he was booked into county jail for a misdemeanor charge of willfully delaying, resisting or obstructing an officer.

Franco was ordered to appear in court July 1, 2014, according to the lawsuit. He did, and no charges were filed against him.

He filed a claim with the city in November. The City Council denied the claim in February, so Franco filed the lawsuit.

Franco is suing to cover his medical bills and loss of wages, plus he’s seeking compensation for mental distress and punitive damages.

He was working for a car wash at the time of the incident and had to take 30 days off work to recover from his injuries, Cogorno said. He lost his job during that time, Cogorno said, but found another and is employed now.

Franco’s teeth are still a bit loose and he has a scar on his lip, Cogorno said. But the most upsetting part, Cogorno said, is that Franco now has an arrest record that can potentially impact his chance at jobs, loans or housing.

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