Main Street continues to draw crowds

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BY TONY CHEONG: Go big or go home.
That’s the attitude of merchants and city leaders these days when it comes to Historic Main Street.
For years, they’ve tried to liven up the quaint-but-sleepy strip.
This year, they recruited The King. Elvis, that is.
For the first time in 17 years, the annual Elvis Festival was held in Garden Grove, on Main Street, and it drew a big crowd.
That’s good for businesses.

BY TONY CHEONG: Go big or go home.
That’s the attitude of merchants and city leaders these days when it comes to Historic Main Street.
For years, they’ve tried to liven up the quaint-but-sleepy strip.
This year, they recruited The King. Elvis, that is.
For the first time in 17 years, the annual Elvis Festival was held in Garden Grove, on Main Street, and it drew a big crowd.
That’s good for businesses.
What next? How about the first annual Steve Martin Stand-Up Comedy Contest? Martin, as most of you know, hails from Garden Grove.
Speaking of events, Westminster, which does a dandy job with the yearly Tet Festival and summer events at the Asian Garden Mall, might think about hosting its first Pho Festival in Little Saigon.
Why not?
Some of the best Pho eateries outside of Vietnam-proper are in Westminster. You can’t walk three blocks without coming across one. 
So let’s do a taste-fest and also do local  businesses a big favor.
Nov. 8 is a huuuge day for Stanton, and I’m not talking about Trump or Clinton.
I’m talking about Measure QQ, which would repeal Measure GG, a 1 percent sales tax increase passed by voters two years ago. The money raised from GG goes to public safety.
But it also gives Stanton the distinction of having the highest sales tax in the county.
Look for a rough-and-tumble debate between City Council candidate Kevin Carr, who favors Measure QQ, and the president of the Association of Orange County Sheriffs, who opposes it, in Friday’s Orange County News.
Do you have a question, comment or news tip for Tony? Email her at tonyontown@yahoo.com.