I’m no Polanski but I do love the movies and turning City Council meetings into documentaries with my Flip camera gives me no end of pleasure whether anyone actually watches them.
Today’s Council meeting produced wonderful cinema verite, at least as far as I’m concerned.
It had everything: Threats against a gadfly for a minor violation of the tough new rules of decorum, a violation of the Council’s own rules by Bill Rosendahl so a police union official could bully the Council, a raucous demonstration by Skid Row homeless chanting “Public Comment Now.”
The Council was helpless to deal with it so they recessed for 10 or 15 minutes until order was restored. They didn’t empty the chamber. They didn’t fill the room with cops — which probably was wise since the homeless were protesting the LAPD’s pogrom against them for the last three years.
It felt good to see that the homeless are even angrier at City Hall than those with homes. Maybe we can form a united rabble front and get some real change in the way this city is run.
But I don’t want to run the movie for you, so here it is: