Here’s Mr. Martinez’s letter:
Main Entry: gritty
Inflected Form(s): grittier; -est
1 : containing or resembling grit
2 : courageously persistent : PLUCKY (a gritty heroine)
3 : having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism
Good Afternoon Sir.
I beg to differ with your description of the City of Pico Rivera. I was raised in The City of Pico Rivera and I am currently living in Whittier near Uptown. Gritty does not come to mind when I think of Pico Rivera. Pleasant…
… Communal, Safe (More, safe than in Whittier!), Little League Baseball, Good Water etc I know that Pico Rivera has a bad reputation with people who dont live there or have not been there but, I have a different opinion. Pico Rivera does have a gang problem. Most cities in Southern California do. I feel safer walking down San Gabriel Parkway than I do in Uptown Whittier or South Whittier, although I dont feel scared in either place. In Whittier I have come to recognize the polarization of a city and the hegemonic grids that are created by the Good Ole Boys in City Council. Is San Gabriel Parkway any more Gritty than Norwalk and Whittier Blvd or Grittier than Carmenita and Telegraph? Or maybe is it that one is more accustomed to there own Grit and think theirs is less. I went to kindergarten with Melinda Wall and have known her and her family for 30 years. It was a tragedy beyond comprehension and senseless. I would hope that you would look in the mirror and realize that Grit exists in every community, reported or not reported, see or unseen.