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Downtown Art Walk Cancelled — Cops Doing Their Jobs Cost Extra

You gotta love LA — even when you hate it.artwalk-cancel.jpg

Where else on the face of the Earth do you have to pay extra just to have a few cops walking around with people having a good time like they do at the monthly Art Walk, one of the few events that actually brings people from all over the city to downtown without charging them a fortune like the hustlers at Staples and LA Live do.

The LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero has the story today, noting “the event made that it safe for people with iPhones and designer dogs to walk down Main Street.”artwa;k.jpg

“The Weekly learned late Friday that police — who a source stressed had been very supportive of the event, with some cops offering their own time — were asking organizers to pony up some of the costs of patrolling the people-filled streets during the monthly walk,” Romero reports..

Three Business Improvement Districts aalready have to pay for their own trash pick-up and clean-up, and now are being hit for police. Organizers say they hope to revive Art Walk come January as a quarterly event if they can find the  money.

It’s all the doing of the mayor and City Council who embraced the insane notion that the people who pay dearly for public services in taxes, rates and fees also have to “pay full cost recovery” for any services they actually use.

In other words, you get nothing for the $4 billion you put into the general fund except thousands of disgruntled workers whose salaries, benefits and pensions are so expensive there’s no money left to serve you.

It’s so bad they’re about to start charging you to park at City Hall when you drive down to City Hall to waste two minutes pleading for mercy from the Council.

Not to worry, just sit back in your apathy, defeatism, myopia and global political views and watch it all go to Hell.



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21 Responses to Downtown Art Walk Cancelled — Cops Doing Their Jobs Cost Extra

  1. anon says:

    Thank you for all your efforts to expose city hall’s shamefulness and greed. The seui and other unions, with the backing of Mayor V. and City Council, have ruined the public employees’ work ethics and values. All they want is more money and benefits regardless of the City going to hell because of budget problems as you so apply said.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How can Los Angeles Council do anything right when council members can NOT obey their own council rules?
    Lost Angeles Council members continue to violate their own Council Rules with NO repercussion which is customary here in LA. Lost Angeles Need to Set Precedent Garcetti should introduce a motion to change the Council Rules that will allow council members to be present at council and committee meetings at the hour of their choice and take away the council members city cars and gas.
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Lost Angeles Council Is Awaiting A Quorum Again as Council members as the following were late.
    District 2 – Paul Krekorian
    District 4 – Tom LaBonge
    District 7 – Richard Alarcon
    District 11 – Bill Rosendahl
    District 12 – Grieg Smith
    District 15 – Janice Hahn
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Lost Angeles Council Is Awaiting A Quorum Again as the following Council members were late.
    District 2 – Paul Krekorian
    District 5 – Paul Koretz
    District 8 – Bernard Parks
    District 15 – Janice Hahn
    Friday, September 24, 2010 Lost Angeles Council Is Awaiting A Quorum Again as the following Council members were late.
    District 1 – Ed Reyes
    District 2 – Paul Krekorian
    District 7 – Richard Alarcon
    District 8 – Bernard Parks
    District 10 – Herb Wesson
    District 15 – Janice Hahn
    Los Angeles City Council Rules
    18. Regular meetings of the Council shall be held in City Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week, recess dates established by resolution and holidays excepted, at the hour of 10:00 a.m.
    19. All members shall be in their respective seats at said hour of each regular Council meeting and at the time set for the session of any adjourned or special meeting.
    24. Each member shall attend all regular and special meetings (except for illness) unless a leave of absence has been granted by a majority vote at a regular meeting at which a quorum is present. No leave of absence shall be granted if such will result in a quorum not being present for that meeting.
    *25. Ten members of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time until a quorum is present and may compel the attendance of the absentees. Except as otherwise required by the Charter or other law, or by these Rules where not inconsistent therewith, action by the Council shall be taken by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Council.
    26. Whenever a member questions the presence of a quorum, the Presiding Officer shall direct the Clerk to call the roll and announce the result.
    There shall be no debate. Every member present must respond when his or her name is called.
    27. No member shall be considered present unless the member is within the Council Chamber.
    28. No member shall leave a Council meeting without permission from the Presiding Officer of the meeting.
    29. Upon a call of the Council, if supported by a majority of the members present, whether quorum or not, the Presiding Officer shall have the power to send the Sergeant-at-Arms with a written order to bring the absent Councilmember forthwith before the Council.
    Rules of The Los Angeles City Council http://cityclerk.lacity.org/cps/pdf/CouncilRules.pdf
    LA City Council
    http://www.lacity.org/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/index.htm

  3. anonymous says:

    At what point is “cost recovery” double taxation?

  4. Kim Cooper says:

    The real story on Art Walk’s sudden and baffling cancellation is not that LAPD may or may not be seeking compensation for their additional work that night, but that the non-profit charged with protecting and fostering this valuable community happening has relied for too long on fickle patronage, patronage which has now flipped in the wind.
    Russell Brown, outgoing President of the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council (DLANC) and Executive Director of the local Business Improvement District (HDBID), harassed the non-profit’s volunteer founding director (my husband Richard Schave) out of the position last November. Among Brown’s last threats to my husband was that a bill would be coming due from the BID–a discretionary bill that I can only assume was held up until Brown finally left DLANC, under a cloud of ethical complaints, this month. So what has changed? Is it that Brown’s employers on the BID can no longer be assured that he will control the dialogue within the Neighborhood Council?
    That the Art Walk non-profit has apparently failed to capitalize on its incredible popularity and raise the independent sponsorship funds needed to be able to support itself without such patronage is a huge failure, and illustrates the reason this non-profit was formed in the first place: to protect against the capricious decisions of a few burned-out people impacting the cultural life of the many.
    For more on what went wrong with the Art Walk, please see:
    http://stepdownrussbrown.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/whatwentwrong/
    And for Richard Schave’s comments on the cancellation announcement, see his press release:
    http://explosivepr.com/artwalk910

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is an interesting question. The City of Los Angeles is operating like the City of Bell in a more subtle way. Under Antonio Villaraigosa and Council President Eric Garcetti, all sorts of taxes and fees have been raised to the max under the “rubric” of full cost recovery.
    Has this resulted in more services? No, instead, the raised taxes and fees are backfilling a huge gaping hole in the City’s finances because sudden drops in tax collections and losses in the markets leaves the City obligated to pay for City pensions no matter what.
    Instead of reducing costs through major restructuring and layoffs of employees, Villaraigosa and the Council have kept employees on and soaked the taxpayers twice for the same employees.
    In this way, it is similar to Bell in that Bell administrators were raising taxes and fees to increase their own salaries. Bell was a small group of people acting in conspiracy to deprive the residents of Bell of services. Los Angeles is a large group of elected officials and City employee union officials acting in conspiracy to deprive residents of Los Angeles of services to avoid employee layoffs or reductions in employee benefits.
    Steve Cooley will simply not take these big fish on, only the federal government can investigate and prosecute using the RICO and similar statutes.

  6. This is part of the policy of not funding programs that we like such as the Art Walk, the Library, and out State parks, and then designing schemes to make us pay for them. The Library Parcel tax and the ballot measure for the Vehicle License Fee / Tax to fund our state parks are two examples.

  7. To 12:28 – If a Council Member is late, ding them for $2,000, a direct deduction from their paycheck.

  8. Scratch says:

    I keep telling you folks, it’s time to move.

  9. In Eagle Rock says:

    The CMs might be lingering at some of those committee meetings held before the full Council meeting but they might move the schedule around to avoid that condition. They still are late without justification otherwise.
    It’s all part of attacking high visibility items that the public sees to implant the urgency of the budget situation.
    However, staffing reductions, especially at the 200-plus level for the Mayor doesn’t happen; how did we survive before Antonio came onto the Mayoral scene with lesser staff membership?
    Another blameworthy item: That long stretch where the Council only worked on internal shifting jobs for city employees to keep their employment, using up months before finally coming face-to-face with any real action needed to address the urgency of conditions that only got worse as time went on. “Well, we got the Titanic’s crew re-assigned now. What do you mean we’re still sinking?” But it’s more about getting and keeping votes than that “family” nonsense Garcetti proudly claims.
    The city continues to charge more for:
    1. Reduced services
    2. Things that were included before as bundled services- now bungled services.
    3. created conditions needing “cost payment” that were “revenue generating” products that they imagined and brought to reality very much intentionally gouging residents and businesses still remaining in the city.
    Rule of thumb on “DISTRICTS”: if you see the word, “District” at the end of anything, it’s part of the a la carte method of squeezing bucks out of us for invented purposes. Lighting district, business improvement district, parking district, etc.
    And most if not all of this budget fiasco was due to their wasteful spending pattern done as if there was no tomorrow, with not any bit of thought given to planning for the long term needs to support any of it. “Pension benefits” would be one big example, like a time bomb that gets them votes in exchange for giving out lavish retirement plan improvements created by politicians, but exploding after that politician or group has moved on safely to retirement or another office.
    And THAT is where there is absolutely no accountability. The current CMs are no doubt looking to survive long enough in offie to reach another political lily pad in the pond before the the current one they sit on completely wilts, then decays, and finally takes them down.

  10. Mariscal says:

    Some readers are very quick to read into something, without getting details. Ms. Cooper’s comments are a lot closer to the actual source of the circumstances negatively impacting the Art Walk events. Taking her comments under consideration, the problem appears to be more of an attendance and participation origin, rather than bashing employees (however popular) and comparisons to the Bell fiasco. True, however, that it all boils down to mismanagement and competency of leadership.

  11. Anonymous says:

    WE should be asking the question did the RAVE promoters have to pay for LAPD to have hundreds of officers at their event????? Too many people are using LAPD officers for their events i.e. non profits, businesses, etc. and its coming out of their already cut budget of $85 million. LaBonge said there was no St. Patrick Day parade because no budget yet last Sat. the Central Americans in Westlake had a parade.
    LAPD is utilizing their budget for a bunch of bullshit I consider wasted resources. Consider all the illegal immigrant marches since 2008 -2010 at a cost of over $5 mil council never tells the public the cost. Then the hundreds of thousands of dollars for LAPD to babysit the bicyclists Critical Mass ride, then Oct 10th bike event to shut down 7 1/2 miles for them to ride again at a cost $280,000, All this is on the backs of LAPD’s already cut budget of $85 million. Officers did really enjoyed the Art Walk because they said it was a positive event for all communities. Don’t blame the cops for the stupidity and lack of prudence from city council at their horrible spending record of wasting money.

  12. Anon says:

    Actually most of the LAPD Ofcrs working the Artwalk are Reserve Ofcrs. Police Officers who do it to give back to the community.

  13. Anon says:

    Actually most of the LAPD Ofcrs working the Artwalk are Reserve Ofcrs. Police Officers who do it to give back to the community.

  14. James McCuen says:

    Take “By Kim Cooper on September 25, 2010 6:23 AM” comments with heaping table spoons of salt. Because this is obviously a major dispute between 2 sides. Just google “kim cooper” russ brown and enjoy your reading.
    It is always important to provide balanced coverage and give the other side a voice too.
    I have no dog in this fight (maybe both sides have issues), but believe that when there is a dispute about issues like this, both sides need to be heard on an equal basis.

  15. Kim Cooper says:

    James McCuen, yes, I have been speaking out about Russell Brown’s unethical behavior as President of DLANC since November 2009. And he, in turn, has said quite a bit about me, my husband Richard Schave, and our volunteer service for the Art Walk.
    Googling our names together will result in an overwhelming amount of material. A good place to start, at least in my opinion (take it with a grain of salt), is this hypertext document:
    http://stepdownrussbrown.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/whatwentwrong/

  16. downtowner says:

    it is the cities fault for charging extra to do their job protect and serve. the DTAW is basically self appointed but they are not really to blame for the overcrowding. that happened organically as more and more people try to get in on a good thing, although they are an easy target. Its is a poorly managed nonprofit the mismanagement is partly due to the type of people absolutely no funding can attract and probably the ego of the head of the board who has a stake in downtown’s development but isn’t willing to pony up any dough to support the DTAW. Its an ego trip all they way around. Let the nonprofit die and the city do their job when there’s no one around to blame

  17. James McCuen says:

    Ms. Cooper, I did take a look at some of the material and would agree that there were serious issues with the Downtown NC.
    One of your posts brought up the fact of improper notice. That was a Brown Act violation, not an ethics violation, but still very important and should have invalidated any action by the NC board for that day. Also board members need to be instructed on the proper method of recusal – “Leave the room and don’t participate in the discussion. Don’t be of any influence to the board.”
    I also didn’t appreciate Mr. Kim, the head of DONE, making a comment about not having enough funds to properly review grievances – That’s a “BS” excuse since DONE has been asleep at the wheel on some very important issues BEFORE the budget crisis of 2009.
    Many of the NC members around the City are very good. Some of the few board members are taking up the causes for the many.
    That being said, I am very concerned about subtle and not so subtle conflicts of interests on several NC Boards and potentially many ethics violations that are being ignored.

  18. Kim Cooper says:

    Mr. McCuen, I appreciate your insights, and especially your pointing out that Russell Brown’s unannounced 3/17/10 DLANC grievance hearing represented a Brown Act violation and should not have taken place.
    The troubling thing is that these “rogue NCs” — and this terminology comes directly from someone at DONE to whom we complained, and who complained back that their agency was unable to help us for a variety of reasons — have a better understanding of the rules they are supposed to abide by than the general public does, and use this knowledge to abuse the system.
    Sadly, the new President of DLANC is Patti Berman, the former Communications Director who violated the Brown Act by failing to announce my March grievance against Russell Brown, or a subsequent grievance by DLANC board member Stanley Michaels. And the beat goes on.

  19. Kim Cooper says:

    Mr. McCuen, I appreciate your insights, and especially your pointing out that Russell Brown’s unannounced 3/17/10 DLANC grievance hearing represented a Brown Act violation and should not have taken place.
    The troubling thing is that these “rogue NCs” — and this terminology comes directly from someone at DONE to whom we complained, and who complained back that their agency was unable to help us for a variety of reasons — have a better understanding of the rules they are supposed to abide by than the general public does, and use this knowledge to abuse the system.
    Sadly, the new President of DLANC is Patti Berman, the former Communications Director who violated the Brown Act by failing to announce my March grievance against Russell Brown, or a subsequent grievance by DLANC board member Stanley Michaels. And the beat goes on.

  20. Kim Cooper says:

    Mr. McCuen, I appreciate your insights, and especially your pointing out that Russell Brown’s unannounced 3/17/10 DLANC grievance hearing represented a Brown Act violation and should not have taken place.
    The troubling thing is that these “rogue NCs” — and this terminology comes directly from someone at DONE to whom we complained, and who complained back that their agency was unable to help us for a variety of reasons — have a better understanding of the rules they are supposed to abide by than the general public does, and use this knowledge to abuse the system.
    Sadly, the new President of DLANC is Patti Berman, the former Communications Director who violated the Brown Act by failing to announce my March grievance against Russell Brown, or a subsequent grievance by DLANC board member Stanley Michaels. And the beat goes on.

  21. Anonymous says:

    great, no problem paying a gazillion tax dollars for mj’s funeral, and lakers riots.
    but god help us, those serial killing, rampaging, unruly and streetfighting art walkers … they need to be kept in check by tons of police on ot pay. awesome.
    just wondering, who elected those asshole officials ? oh wait, WE DID. nice job.

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