Tax Day TEA Party

More than 100 men, women and children gathered at the busy intersection of Beach Boulevard and Imperial Highway in La Habra between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. last night for a Taxed-Enough-Already party on the eve of 2010’s income tax deadline.

John Wilson of Whittier at a TEA party on April 15, 2010 in La Habra (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

John Wilson of Whittier, holding a flag as he stood in front of a Chevron station, said, “I just don’t like the way the country is going. This is the first time I’ve done anything politically, but it’s gotta change.”

Jason Harlow and Amy Hemsley hold a "Ron Paul for President" sign (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Other protesters had more specific complaints. Amy Hemsley, organizer of the event, helped Jason Harlow hold a sign supporting Ron Paul for president in 2012.

“Fifty-one percent of Americans voted for an anti-war candidate,” said Harlow, referring to President Obama, “but two of our neighbors from Yorba Linda, I respect them, but they just came home in coffins. … Our anti-war candidate just placed 30,000 more troops into the war. … Ron Paul, from day one, has wanted to bring the troops home.”

Victory Mezhinsky crosses Beach Blvd. carrying a sign protesting recent health care reform (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Victor Mezhinsky, a Russian immigrant now living in Brea, carried a sign that said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it’s free!”

“I lived under socialism,” Mezhinsky said. “I don’t want to see it again.”

Mary Drozd with her husband Dennis (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Mary Drozd of La Habra Heights attended with her husband Dennis. They saw an announcement in the Orange County Register.

“I just want our country back,” Drozd said. “I’m concerned about my children and grandchildren and what they’re going to be going through.”

Virginia and Del Kanode (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Virginia and Del Kanode of La Habra have been politically involved for years.

He’s a “dyed-in-the-wool” conservative, a former mayor of Cypress, and was a delegate to the convention that nominated Ronald Reagan. They worry about creeping socialism. She’s concerned about teachers who try to indoctrinate students and he complains about politicians who are not statesmanlike.

He feels a sense of urgency: “What’s important is, this is real.”

For some people the protest was a family affair. Shane Pocock of Whittier was there with his parents,  his wife Patricia, and their children, Shane, Lelandra and Richard.

Patricia Pocock with her son Shane (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Lelandra Pocock, 11 (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Richard Pocock, 12, holds his brother Shane (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

Drivers leaned on their horns (including the drivers of an L.A. County fire truck and a few big rigs) and a few shouted to the crowd, but all was peaceful. La Habra police kept a watchful eye on the proceedings, but never needed to intervene.

La Habra police officers watch the TEA party from a Chevron station (Photo credit: Cindy Cotter)

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