Laguna Beach Liberals Triggered By American Flag On Police Cars

Progressives living in the wealthy Southern California enclave of Laguna Beach have become triggered by a recent decision to repaint the city’s police cars with the American flag running through lettering on the doors, according to the LA Times.

The design – approved in February – was deemed by some to be “unfit for the artists’ community.” The ensuing debate has pitted flag supporters against flag opponents, and should make for an interesting City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Officials say the matter is “far more nuanced,” according to the Times.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow said Monday the council is simply facing “a very narrow decision” about the brightness of the colors, but that the issue has devolved into a broader national conversation about patriotism.

He said he has received hundreds of emails from people around the country, mostly in support of keeping the flag designs on the car. –LA Times

“Clearly, the way it looks on the car is not what anyone expected it to look like,” said Dicterow. “I think it’s reasonable that we’re going to look at it again so that whatever we [approve] is exactly what we put on the car.”

And despite hundreds of emails supporting the design, Dicterow says that he has received around a dozen emails from concerned residents after the design was approved.

“Some of the words people used was that they felt it was threatening, intimidating, harassing and a symbol of racism.

Local artist Carrie Woodburn, whose parents served in the military, said at a recent council meeting that the design on the squad cars looked “aggressive.” By Monday morning, Woodburn said she received over 150 messages via phone, text, voicemail and email who disagreed.

Woodburn says she perceived some of the messages as threats.

“I don’t really care too much about the design, other than what I said — it’s bad art,” she said, adding: “I’m being attacked for that because the narrative feeds a fire of division, which is what our culture has become.”

California attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter says she finds the flag design “exceptional” and questions the loyalty of anyone who objects to it.

They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office,” said Zeiter, adding: “that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.”

The nuance

According to City Manager John Pietig, the design originally approved in February was more of a “cloud-like look” vs. the design that now appears on the cars.

On Tuesday, the council will decide whether to continue with the logo or choose an alternative “out of an abundance of caution to address questions that have been raised about the process,” Pietig said two weeks ago.

Nevertheless, the questions about process turned into an online debate about intent. –LA Times

“People are screaming that the American flag on a police car is somehow or another … hurting people’s feelings who might be immigrants or visitors,” said Councilman Peter Blake. “People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.

Laguna Beach Republicans president Emil Monda said that he thought the whole debate over the flag is “bizarre.”

“It’s the flag of the United States of America,” said Monda. “It’s not a Republican flag, it’s not a Democrat flag. It’s our flag, and we can’t lose that.”

Laguna Beach cops, meanwhile, say people love the new design.

“Every time I came to a stop sign, every time I came to a red light, somebody is telling me the car looks great,” said Cpl. Ryan Hotchkiss during the March meeting.

“Every one of our members that drives the car loves it, and we look forward to keeping them the way they are.”

via zerohedge


  1. Hey you dumb bastards, you live in America, our flag is red, white, and blue. If you don’t like it go the hell to the place that would make you happy, maybe a red flag with a cycle on it.
    You are nothing but a bunch of bastards.

  2. so now in our own country the AMERICAN FLAG has become racist, intimidating and harassing. This is what I have to say about it, IF you don’t like the Flag of this country, then why are you here? Your feelings are hurt, well at least it’s not sticks and stones hurting you, stop being children and grow up.

    1. “Boohoo, you are soo mean,” kadok, “you make me cry!” says Ilhan Omar and AOC.
      BUT, I say, “RIGHT ON!” The Leftist idiots ARE the problem in our Country today. We must be on guard against their destructive intentions and not give in to any of their demands. They are like spoiled kids, after a while telling them ‘No!’ doesn’t work. Then, you must whack their rotten little hands. Or, in this case, “Kick their treasonous asses!”

  3. Don’t worry you insane freaks, if you call the PD for help, they will dispatch a car without an American emblem. If there aren’t any available , hold your breath and wait for an available unit. No one would ever want to stress you out, you ungrateful pukes.

  4. Just another sign of showing disrespect to our flag and country. We all know these nut jobs in California are hateful and disrespectful. Who do they think they are anyway. Look at San Francisco and what happened there.
    How about the losers in Hollywood? How about the hateful in Los Angeles? They have no regard for our Constitution either.

  5. Those people who do not like our colors and our flag–move to another country. I am a retired USAF NCO–I defended our country and still do–and a blot of my buddies died defending the flag. Those who do not like it get out of my country or shut up.

  6. Venezuela is finding plenty of room, why don’t you idiots move there and be happy not seeing the American Flag…… Remember the man without a country, you should all be put on a prison ship and never see America again.

  7. I can’t believe the disrespect for out flag and country. Even the lack of respect for our veterans and fought and died for our freedom. We have mental retards in our system at all levels of government.
    Furthermore, our educational system has failed us. We’re not teaching the US Constitution, US history, and etc. Some how we’ve lost our way by letting bureaucrats run our country. More to the point, our citizens in general are not paying attention to politics. Little wonder why we have run-away government. Even our state and federal legislatures our infused with idiots of the high order.

    Neil Oberg
    Milliken, Co. 80543

  8. I live in laguna beach and i am ashamed that the the city council members show such disrespect to our flag, country and to the people who died for what the flag stands for. i strongly support the design on the police vehicles, and the people who don”t should not be allowed to have their way and disrespect patriotic americans.

  9. I can’t believe some people say this is racist. I am so sick of the left always bringing this in to everything. So what if the immigrants won’t like it WHO CARES ABOUT THEM.

  10. I guess that libs and fairy’s don’t like the flag. I already knew that, was there when I was in the service. They can go jump in the ocean, that’s the nicest thing I can say but wasn’t my first choice.
    I’ll vote straight republican for ya. ___holes

  11. Wow, lamest excuses I’ve ever heard! It’s a wealthy community, so I expect them to issue the stupidest opinions on earth about these things. It’s a well known fact that the wealthy feel entitled that because of their wealth, and the privilege that bestows on them, they feel they have any kind of legitimate argument, especially when it comes to the American flag?! Wow, it’s time to start invaliding a lot of these arguments simply because they’re just plain stupid. Not to mention, they’re overly cooked in all kinds of PC grease, it’ll start a fire regardless of what you do. The whole knee jerk PC culture needs to go. The flag doesn’t care about HOW YOU FEEL. It never did. So for these morons and their opinions, they’re simply that… opinions… stupid ones at that… and should always be treated as such.

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