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Tea party rallies across Southern California bash taxes, spending

April 15, 2010 |  3:52 pm

Torrance T.E.A. Party Patriots

Several boisterous "tea party" rallies occurred Thursday in Southern California, as demonstrators used tax day to protest government spending and what they consider high taxes.

Politicians joined demonstrators at afternoon events in Irvine and the Santa Ana Civic Center. 

Hundreds of such rallies were scheduled throughout the nation, marking a year since the "tea party" movement gained widespread attention for its ardent opposition to President Obama's housing-rescue and stimulus packages.

Adopting the rhetoric and, occasionally the dress, of the founding fathers, the activists of the tea party movement have developed a strong network of grass-roots groups adept at staging well-publicized protests across the country.

In Irvine, Chuck DeVore, who is running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, was on hand along with other candidates and about 500 demonstrators, according to the Orange County Register.

In Santa Ana, there were assorted speeches as well as a Patrick Henry impersonator. Speakers spoke on a podium shaped as a crate of tea, the Register reported.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Judy Hartman, right, and Kathy Ross wave to passing cars while participating in a protest with the Torrance T.E.A. Party Patriots at the Torrance Civic Center on Thursday. (Christina House / For The Times)