Leslie Dutton’s Full Disclosure Network -- the champion of restoring public access of TV in the city – caught onto the LA County Supervisors stumbling over what went viral around the world within hours: “Los Angeles bans Frisbees on the beaches.”
The news report sent the supervisors and their vast staffs into a tizzy as they blamed the media for the misinformation over their approval of a massive overhaul of the beach ordinance. Still, it took more than a month for them to revise the ordinance and clear up the mess.
Here’s the Full Disclosure promo and link to the video about what really happened:
County Board of Supervisors are caught in an “April Fools” joke on an international level when they approved an sweeping “Beach Ordinance” that bans the use of footballs and friz-bees on the beaches. The comprehensive ordinance contains much more than the football-frizbee ban but the details were never openly debated as the public discussion was limited to only a few minutes. When the main stream media reported there would be a $1000 fine for violations of the ordinance, the Supervisors and county bureaucrats back-tracked, demanding the media correct the report. In this 9 minute video veteran newsman Ron Kaye, long time edito of the L A Daily News now blogger, puts it all in perspective. Civic activist Jon Nahhas describes the public reaction and fears for loss of liberties while Beaches and Harbors Division Chief Carol Baker defends the county’s rush to change the wording of the ordinance, claiming the whole controversy was caused by an erroneous media report, The report was never retracted, corrected, but merely disappeared from the internet websites and replaced with an “update”.