Quick, call the cops — law-abiding people are protesting City Hall’s lawlessness again
Here’s hoping the mayor and his entourage of city officials take a break from the endless rounds of lavish parties in Denver to hear a sermon from Barack Obama on his guiding principles of unity, hope, respect for everyone and participatory democracy.
OK, I’m joking. There’s no chance they’d listen to crap like that when they’re adopting the tactics of dictators around the world.
First, it was calling the cops to harass the Jamiel Shaw family for daring to hold regular Sunday gatherings in South L.A. at Leimert Park to drum up support for a crackdown on illegal immigrants gangbangers.
Today, it’s the bourgeoisie in the horse country of Sunland-Tujunga who are getting the city’s Wyatt Earp treatment.
The issue it how the Dispute Resolution Program — it should properly be called the Dispute Escalation Program — is treating the citizenry and their objections to Home Depot’s plans to convert a K-Mart store in the community.
Opponents turned out in mass several months ago for a “day of dialogue” event and made it clear what they want but City Hall is hell-bent on forcing Home Depot down their throats so the DPR set up an invitation-only, closed-door event tonight and hand-picked who can participate in planning a future conference intended to justify approving the store’s opening.
For objecting to the secretive process, the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance activists were accused in writing by the so-called DPR mediator Barbara Goldfarb of “disseminating false and misleading information,” and warned that they their “irresponsible behavior in issuing its
unauthorized public invitation has forced the Dispute Resolution Program to
request police presence at the meeting.”
The City’s “bullying tactics” don’t seem to have intimidated the Sunland-Tujunga gang. They’re staging a mass protest starting at 4:30 p.m. today at their Town Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd.
Discontent with City Hall turns viral — South Central Farmers revive their protest movement
One of the truly sinister attacks on community life was City Hall’s selling out the South Central Farm that was an important sign of the area’s vitality, a symbol of what could be accomplished.
But money talks and the mayor took $1.2 million from popular clothing maker Forever 21 which is building a warehouse on the site where the farm was.
Tonight at 7 p.m. at the community center at 1702 E. 41st St, farm supporters will meet to demand restoration of the farm, an investigation of the Forever 21′s contributions and to plan a boycott of the firm’s products.
Showdown on the City Council’s deceitful effort to cling to their positions
City Hall may be void of elected officials this week but their futures will be on the line Tuesday when the state appeals court hears a challenge to Measure R — the phony ethics reform measure that did nothing to stop lobbyists from corrupting the political process and gave City Council members a third term.
The case will be heard at 10:30 a.m. at the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division 8, 300 S. Spring St.
Community activist David Hernandez somehow managed against all odds to keep the case alive for two years and to gather broad support from community groups and government reform organizations.
Key issues are how the council created the measure to give themselves three instead of two terms in office and violated the state constitution by making it a two-issue initiative by linkiing ethics to term limits.
A victory would blow open City Hall politically and create a real chance to elect candidates who actually would be public servants instead of the pseudo-royalty we have who treat the people as their servants.
Seven of the 15 council seats — all the odd-numbered districts except Bill Rosendahl’s — would be open if the court strikes down Measure R and that would create the opportunity for a citywide movement to change the face (and faces) of City Hall.