What’s the secret to a successful city? One politician thinks it’s Asians and gay people.
R. Rex Parris was first elected in 2008 and is currently serving his fourth term as major of Lancaster, a Southern California town that’s “best known for neo-Nazis and meth labs,” according to a recent Vice article.
“Good things happen when you’re able to increase your Asian population to a certain threshold: Crime rates go down, education levels go up,” Parris tells Vice. “Interestingly, the same thing happens with the gays. That’s why I put the new performing arts center right downtown.”
The mayor’s economy-boosting proposals to attract more Chinese people to the desert city include new construction projects, a Buddhist temple, a local college, and a new hospital wing dedicated to pregnant Chinese women. All “the gays” get is a lousy performing arts center?
Watch Parris make a plea for progress below.