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Scene 1: Opening: Gadfly Michael Carreon — whose decent and mild-manner is attested to later by Council President Herb Wesson — gives a Nazi salure and cries, “Heil Hitler!” after presiding officer Tom LaBonge, later described as “The Idiot,” tries to squelch his remarks in public comment.
Scene 2: Councilman Paul Koretz, takes the remark referring to the Gestapo tactics of the City Council, as a slur upon Jews and the Holocaust and threatens to “clock” Carreon.
Scene 3: Backup: The Council session opens with a 20-minute lovefest for America’s No.1 TV station, KMEX, on its 50th anniversary and then a moving Pledge of Allegiance by new Councilman Joe Buscaino accompanied by his father Matteo.
Scene 4: Presiding officer Tom LaBonge ignores a scheduled presentation to a Japanese educator by Bill Rosendahl while disrupting the meeting to tell gadfly Arnold Sachs in the back of the Chamber to shut up.
Scene 5: Gadfly and candidate for mayor Zuma Dogg does an incredible mockery of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s latest humiliation — losing in court over his claimed ballot designation for District Attorney as “Chief Prosecutor.” The greater significance is that when “Nuch” was a nobody and not a flunky of unions, Tim Leiweke and the political machine, it was Zuma Dogg who introduced him to the community activists who helped him win the City Attorney election over the much despised Jack Weiss.
Scene 6: Union leader Tim McOsker reports that yet another person died last week because the 15 Council members and the mayor gutted funding for the Fire Department.
Scene 7: Gadfly Michael Carreon picks up on McOsker’s comments about the decline in fire services and points out the Council members are paying utterly no intention. LaBonge cuts him off, unsettling and confusing Carreon who fumbles for words and finally says, “I’ll just salute you, Heil Hitler!” Clearly, he is comparing LaBonge in particular and the Council in general to Nazi, quite the opposite of expressing support for the fascists.
Scene 8: Koretz, who is Jewish, reacts in his usual mindless knee-jerk fashion and says he is deeply offended and threatens to “clock” Carreon although he acknowledges there was no disruption of the meeting. The City Attorney — in oblique bureaucratic language typical of someone afraid of losing her job for crossing all powerful politicians who act like fascists — says nothing unacceptable was said, nothing that is not protected by the Constitution which they had just sworn to uphold in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Scene 9: Astonishingly, Council President Herb Wesson pushes the bumbling LaBonge out of the presiding officer’s chair to try to restore order. He witnesses to the decency of Michael Carreon and offers — in his usual manner — to make the problem go away without actually dealing with anything.
Scene 10: The aforementioned idiot LaBonge apologizes to Koretz for being in charge when the words that “should never be spoken” — Heil Hitler.
Scene 11: Self-proclaimed civil libertarian Bill Rosendahl, describing himself as a German, is appalled and outraged by the reference to Hitler and calls on the City Attorney to find a way to ban its use “because it is an outrageous and immoral term that should never be used in the United States government.” A sentiment that Wesson quickly notes is shared by all Council members.
Scene 12: Gadfly Matt Dowd makes the point that Koretz threatened violence against someone exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech, and explains precisely that the expression Carreon used was not supportive of Nazism, but a denunciation of the Council’s fascistic behavior. Then, he launches into a rant about how the city violated the constitutional rights of rights of entertainers like himself and Zuma Dogg among others at Venice Beach, adjudged in court for hundreds of thousands of dollars and then dragged out the case on appeal for “six f—ing years” – a remark that prompts a warning from Wesson that one more “f—ing” from anyone will lead to their banishment.
Scene 13: Incredibly, the dim-witted Mitch Englander says vast numbers of children are watching the Council meeting as a school assignment during spring break and the use of the “f” word will damage their psyches so he proposes that the Council “shut off 35 for the remainder of this meeting.” His request for a second to his motion falls on deaf ears as Wesson asserts he can restore order and suggests the Council discuss the matter further later, apparently out of earshot of the public. No one asks how turning off the cameras will help the children complete their school assignment.
NOTE: Here’s the LA Times story “Gadfly’s ‘Heil Hitler’ Gibe Angers LA Councilman Paul Koretz” and the Daily News reports “F bombs and threats of fights cloud LA City Council meeting”