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Huntington Beach riot strains relations between beach residents and '909ers'

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Back in July, after the final day of competition in the U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier, police clashed in the streets of Huntington Beach with mostly young males who knocked over portable toilets, vandalized shops, and started fights.

In a recent Los Angeles Times piece by Paloma Esquivel, locals blame those who travel from inland to their beaches for the violence, and they lament the presence of people they call “909ers,” because it’s the area code for San Bernadino County, for turning summer nights into clashes with police.

Is it fair to blame this violence on visitors? Do you find the term “909er” offensive? Is Huntington Beach, a town that relies on tourism, two-faced for wanting tourism dollars but also for wishing people from inland would simply stay home?


Paloma Esquivel, Orange County reporter for the Los Angeles Times