A blog spotlights businesses that backed Proposition 8
The effort to focus public attention on businesses whose owners or workers supported Proposition 8 shows few signs of slowing down -- though it remains unclear what effect the grass-roots, Web-based effort is actually having. The Press-Telegram's John Canalis and Phillip Zonkel profile the co-publisher of one of the websites, You Can't Hide the Hate, that is trying to spotlight these businesses. It appears the site is sensitive to the criticism that some of the tactics are similar to blacklisting:
Once a viewer clicks "Long Beach" under the "Communities With Fliers" title, the site lists about 350 donors in Long Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Signal Hill, among other areas, who contributed money in support of Proposition 8. The site is a community forum, identifying donors and helping viewers make informed decisions about conducting business, promoting tolerance and civil rights, [co-publisher Raphael] Mazor said. The site states, "We do NOT advocate blacklisting or boycotts, only informed decision making and awareness. We are 100 percent opposed to violence, vandalism and threats and do not endorse using any information in a nefarious way."
The site includes details about business owners and employees who donated to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign (including at least one Google map). One big target in Long Beach has been the owner of numerous El Pollo Loco franchises. This can be a problem if you like that chicken. As one commenter on the website said: "This one is the saddest for me as WKS Restaurant group owns most of the El Pollo Loco franchises (over 50) in So Cal and several Denny's and Corner Bakery Cafe's in CA, AZ, and Utah. El Pollo Loco is one of my favorite restaurants. I am working on the locations so I know which ones I can't go to anymore ..."