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SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2006, 1:12 A.M.

Peanut Gallery — Typical California Immigrants

Family Phil: Our new next-door neighbors arrive tomorrow from the Palm Desert area. Definitely not rich nor snobs, simply a family of five who were looking for a better life for their children. They sold their 1800 sq. ft. 40-year-old home for 750k and are now moving into a house twice the size in a safe and clean neighborhood in an area where they can breathe a little easier when they send their kids to school. Wouldn't you all do the same? Also, this family is quiet, Christian, respectful, conservative. This is the majority of Californians coming here, not the poofy-haired snooty SUV drivers we like to make fun of.

DFO: You just described my wife's sister and her husband (sans the kids they've raised) who have already purchased a house in the Post Falls area and will be moving up in June, with a chunk of change in their pocket from the sale of a humble house in the Monterey area. Quiet. Christian. Respectful. Conservative. I wonder if this demographic is more typical of the California immigrants than the stereotype many have of upper middle-class snobs in Hummers demanding all the amenities of the cities they left behind?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.