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Chula Vista furious after city slammed in Vanity Fair

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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) - A new article published in Vanity Fair has many Chula Vista residents and city leaders fired up. They say the magazine paints a bad picture of their city.

Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval doesn't mince words when he speaks about an unflattering Vanity Fair magazine article that trashes his town.

"It's a national magazine, and people read it across the country, and if they do they'll get an impression of Chula Vista that's just inaccurate, and it causes us problems," Sandoval said.

The story profiles the Winkelvoss twins, who are at the Olympic Training Center trying to become rowing team members in 2012. It focuses on their legal fight to show they came up with Facebook. But the writing also slams the South Bay city, saying, "It is a sputtering neon error of beauty academies and pawnshops, recently terrorized by a homicidal Tijuana drug gang skilled at dissolving bodies in chemicals."

"This is a community that invests in its community. I think they invest in their businesses and in their families. They're proud to be Chula Vistans," Mayor Cheryl Cox said.

The article continues to bash the city by saying, "It was here, in 1989, before the housing bubble burst and Mexicans were festooning highways with one another's severed heads, that a group of businessmen arranged to build the U.S. Olympic Committee, a $65 million training center."

"And I'm not falsely defending this city. This city is a community of hard-working people, the 14th largest in San Diego County, the 77th largest in the United States. We're among the top three safest jurisdictions of 19 in San Diego County," Cox said.

Two native Chula Vista women were stunned by what was written about their community.

"I am totally appalled that anybody would describe our city of Chula Vista in such a distasteful manner," Betty Solomon said.

"Chula Vista's great, the people are awesome, especially with the new mall, Eastlake's huge. Mexico and Chula Vista aren't one. I wouldn't put us together," Andrea Escobio said.

News 8 tried to get responses from the writer of the article and the editor of the magazine, but they did not get back to us.

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