This took place about 15 miles from my house. One of the better parts of the story hasn't been told. One of the Escondido City Council members is a man who owns a gas station in the town. He voted to pass the ordinance banning illegals from housing. The illegal-alien supporters dug around for any info they could find on the city councilmen, and found this fellow was the owner. So when the ordinance was passed, the illegal-alien supporters vowed revenge, of course. They went around telling everyone they could find, not to patronize the councilman's gas station. They wanted to run him out of business. So, several hours after the vote, a local TV station went to the station to see how the boycott was doing. And they found..... Lines of cars stretching from the gas station, around the block, down the street, with people cheerily waiting to fill up, ONLY AT THAT STATION. They have been coming from Escondido, and from other towns up to 50 miles away, to show exactly wht they think of the illegal-alien supporters and their "cause". The guy is doing tremendous business, all because the disgruntled illegal-supporters publicized his ownership and broadcast WHY they wanted him hurt. Boy, those illegal-alien supporters sure know how to back the right horse, don't they? (Not!) ------------------------------------------------------------ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20061019-9999-7m19ecoun.html Rental ban for illegal immigrants enacted Escondido council votes 3-2 to approve ordinance By J. Harry Jones UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER by CRISSY PASCUAL San Diego Union-Tribune October 19, 2006 ESCONDIDO With supporters calling it a historic day for the city and the United States, the City Council voted 3-2 yesterday to enact an ordinance that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. In so doing, Escondido becomes the largest city in the nation to pass such a law, which opponents say will be challenged in court and hope never will be enforced. The ordinance is set to take effect Nov. 18, but opponents, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are working on a lawsuit that likely will seek an injunction prohibiting enforcement until the issue is litigated. This ordinance will undoubtedly improve our image, our reputation, and certainly our quality of life, Councilman Sam Abed said. Abed and council members Marie Waldron and Ed Gallo voted for the measure. Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Councilman Ron Newman voted against it. Newman said the ordinance is flawed in many ways, hasn't been thought out, and probably is unenforceable. Pfeiler said all agree that illegal immigration is a problem, but that the ordinance is going to have neighbor against neighbor and is inhumane. In contrast to two earlier council meetings on the subject that attracted hundreds to the council chambers, about 100 people attended yesterday's second reading of the ordinance. More than 100 police officers and sheriff's deputies provided security. After the vote, after someone ran outside and screamed, The USA wins! officers wearing protective gear separated opponents and supporters who shouted at each other for about 30 minutes. The council meeting was briefly interrupted when one Latino man loudly accused a white man sitting next to him of taking his picture with a hand-held video camera. Police removed both men quickly. Each accused the other of assault, Escondido police Lt. David Mankin said. Neither was arrested. Public speakers, many of them impassioned, were given one minute to talk. Either you are incompetent or malicious, Olga Diaz said. You have violated the trust of this community. Hell, we don't even have a community anymore. Diaz is one of seven candidates running for City Council, which has two open seats, including one held by Waldron, who is seeking re-election. Others spoke strongly in favor of the ordinance. One woman called Newman and Pfeiler traitors to this country. The ordinance allows the city to suspend business licenses and fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. Under the ordinance, a complaint not based on race or ethnicity can be filed by a resident, business or city official. The landlord then would be required to provide papers indicating the immigration status of his of her tenants, which the city would ask the federal government to verify. If determined to be in the country illegally, the tenants would have to move within 10 business days. Officials said that in the past two weeks, of the 208 phone calls to the city regarding the issue, all but six have been in support. E-mails have been running about 95 percent in favor. Abed said he expects a national defense team of lawyers will donate their time to help the city fight any lawsuits generated by the ordinance. Waldron said: Some say the cost to defend this is too much. Hogwash! . . . We need to take control of our own communities.