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Vanity Fair magazine author calls National City "downtrodden"

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The national magazine Vanity Fair took a shot at National City by describing the South Bay community as "downtrodden" and many residents are upset about the article that appears in the May 2015 issue.

"I find it comical because it's so outrageous, to call it downtrodden," said Mayor Ron Morrison.

He said he looked up the definition and downtrodden means, 'oppressed or treated badly by people in power.'

The article features Dinesh D'Souza, who pled guilty to making an illegal campaign donation. The author, Evgenia Peretz, described D'Souza eating dinner at a subway sandwich shop in National City, close to the confinement center where he is required to spend his nights as part of his sentence.

The article really had nothing to do with National City.

Sergio Velasquez believes the author might have loosely used the word to mean poor.

"I think what this person may have meant by downtrodden is it's not an affluent neighborhood like there used to. Some other words may be lower-class lower middle-class, lower middle class," he said.

"I looked up the writer and I understand she got her degree in dramatic writing, but this is a little too dramatic. I'd be glad to loan her a dictionary or thesaurus, so that she can be a little less dramatic in her writing and maybe a little more truthful. Don't try to get your point across at the expense of National City" said Mayor Morrison.

Mayor Morrison's reported National City ranked one out of the 18 cities in San Diego county for having the most affordable housing. The crime rate has also dropped 25-percent under his leadership.

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