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1,000 protest taxes in Santa Ana

April 15, 2009 |  2:10 pm


In Santa Ana, more than 1,000 protesters cheered as speakers called for the recall of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"The guy's got to go," Allan Bartlett, a member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee, told the crowd.

Many of those gathered on the plaza outside the Orange County Courthouse carried signs voicing grievances against President Obama and Democratic leaders of Congress.

"Socialism: Not the Change We Need," said the placard held by retired Los Angeles police Officer Manny Avila of Fountain Valley. As fellow protesters sang "America the Beautiful," Avila lamented taxpayer bailouts of banks and auto makers.

"They're throwing good money after bad," said Avila, who had a few dozen teabags glued to his straw hat.

-- Michael Finnegan

Photo: Annette Beason, a registered nurse from Tustin, rims her sun hat with tea bags to represent the spirit of the anti-tax tea party in Santa Ana. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times


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