It’s time we started getting clear about some things. I’m coming up on my fourth anniversary of speaking publicly about what’s on my mind, in the way I choose to do it.
If any of you ever spent a week working in a stifling corporate environment or a government job, you know what it is to try to do your best, bound and gagged.
That’s what has been so liberating for me.
But it’s time I admitted I don’t know nothing. I make up all this stuff out of the facts I choose because they line up in a narrative way that enlightens me.
Down the road, I may or may not come to believe exactly what I wrote. My hope is that what I put into words that I published before the world in my own name — as opposed to the unsigned editorials and headlines and bylines of reporters I hid behind for so long – moves the discussion forward for you and for me.
Can you imagine what it means to me to have the freedom for three years and 11 months to put my name on my work and not be totally ignored or arrested?
I don’t know nothin’. That’s the truth. But a lot of nobodies in this town are just like me and they do know a lot of stuff.
A case in point is how a group of nobodies who identify themselves somewhat anonymously as Tract7260 referring to their Census tract (Psst! It’s somewhere near Century City since so many people think race, class, ethnicity still mean anything in this city). Their members Mike Eveloff and Jim O’Osullivan also blog at Fix the City — LA and sometimes file lawsuits in defense of their — and our — rights to have a city government operates within the law and works for our benefit.
They figured out how after 30 years of confusion and uncertainty about who is responsible for fixing the sidewalks — which were worth paying $7 million a year in trip-and-fall lawsuit settlements rather than fixing, according to City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer the last time he ran for that office– you can actually make the city cough up the money and fix.
It’s known as shoving their own rules down their throats.
Here’s what they did in Tract 7260: They took photographs of trees uprooting sidewalks and they had a lawyer send a letter to the right authorities citing the law and showing the harm broken sidewalks were causing and demanding the problem be fixed or they will see you (the city) in court and it will cost a whole lot more.
The sidewalks got fixed.
Of course, it’s an affluent area. But everybody has the same right. Here’s their letter, and documentary support (Letter_to_Bd_Public_Works_re_Sidewalks_w_Attachment_10_17_11).
Don’t be a victim any longer. Get what you want and deserve by right law: Decent sidewalk if nothing else.