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Carol Schatz’s Mommy Was a Commie, So What Is She?

Life is too beautiful for words — 10 months after Occupy LA’s army of raw recruits took over City Hall Park to denounce capitalism, Wall Street and bankers in general — they have finally found a villain right here in “Chinatown.”

The Central City Association and Carol Schatz, its long-time boss who ingeniously brought giant corporations, billionaire developers and cynical union bosses into an irresistible force that looted the public treasury for decades to enrich themselves and then boasted successfully with the full support of corporate media and politicians how they turned downtown into an artificial carnival barren of shops and foot traffic on major streets.

Thanks to Kate Linthicum’s deadpan reporting in the LA Times about the daily protests by Occupy LA outside the CCA offices on Wilshire we have learned something so exquisitely amusing as to remind us that it’s the contradictions, the yin and the yang, the heaven and hell of it, that makes us want to shout, “I Love LA.”

“When she speaks about the role of businesses as job creators, she can sound like Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney,” writes Linthicum. “But Schatz, 64, describes herself as a moderate Democrat. Her mother was a member of the Communist Party.”

Carol Schatz’s mommy was a commie back when they were called that, back when there were actual commies, before the fall of the Soviet Union, before China got greedy, before liberalism actually was a way of saying you believed in evolutionary socialism, before Carole Schatz and the CCS became synonymous with unbridled greed.

“We are so angry,” Schatz reportedly said about the protesters chalking the sidewalk and marring the view from her “bright corner office,” about camping out on her sidewalk overnight, about blocking the BMW and Mercedes from entering her garage — “absolutely frightening,” she calls it.

She calls them “young street people who are much more anarchistic” than back in October when they took over the grounds of City Hall and suggests  than the original protesters at City Hall, and says they have become tools of the LA Community Action Network that has long stood up for the poor who were supposed to get most of the billions of taxpayer dollars that went into building luxury apartments and condos, luxury hotels, luxury entertainment facilities and steel-and-glass skyscraper office towers.

Linthicum doesn’t really give the protesters much of a chance to respond but she does get the essence of it from Jessica Rey, a 23-year-old in a knit beanie, who gestured to the the CCA’s offices and said:

“This building right here is home to the (Central City Assn.). They take money from all these bankers and developers to basically buy out the City Council.”

Young, pot-smoking, idealistic — they aren’t as stupid about what is really going on as they were 10 months ago when they didn’t know what time it was. They know what time it is now.

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24 Responses to Carol Schatz’s Mommy Was a Commie, So What Is She?

  1. When I read Kate’s article, I thought that the protesters ought to be camping out at SEIU HQ (1545 Wilshire) or the IBEW HQ (4189 Second Street x Serrano).

  2. Wayne from Corruptopia says Ron is editing my posts (again.) says:

    Imagine a blog manager who wont let someone post what they say? After my posts this message pops up “waiting modification….” Why Ron? Why? I can’t vote for a single human being to REPRESENT my interests as a homeowner, as a businessman, or as a DWP victim/ratepayer! I have no one in Sacramento, L.A. City, L.A. County, the Congress, the Senate, and sure as hell in the White House, and sure as hell in the Supreme Court WHO FIGHTS TO REPRESENT MY INTERESTS!
    So the only thing one can do is come here and BITCH. Thus that’s what I do.
    On AM Talk Radio, no one takes live calls anymore UNLESS it’s FILTERED COMPLETELY out. So I don’t call any shows anymore and rarely listen these days.
    My local newspapers are CRAP and won’t tell you what the hell is going on. So I buy one once a week or twice just to see what GARBAGE they’re printing.
    Local T.V. news was a dead issue the day Hal Fishman left the Earth and George Putnam left the radio, so that’s A REALLY REALLY LONG TIME NOW…
    As I said in my DELTED BY RON POST–the L.A. Machine OWNS THE TOWN, and it’s USELESS to try to stop these bastards! What needs to be done is for a class action to be filed so that people who leave GET PAID DAMAGES TO LEAVE since they’re being FORCED TO LEAVE BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION AT EVERY LEVEL OF LIFE. Like Molly’s Burger Stand—Mrs. Yi got PAID TO FIRE ALL HER EMPLOYEES, CLOSE THE DOORS AND LEAVE. That was the work of Eric Garcetti and that must be the WORK OF DOWNTOWN—to PAY PEOPLE TO LEAVE L.A.
    I got my DWP bill today and thanks to Jan “Hambuger” Perry placing electric on tier levels: I can’t run my pool filter without a 20% JUMP IN MY BILL NOW!
    I drained the damn pool 3 years ago—but I’m going to replaster and refill it up—BECAUSE I’M SELLING THE HOUSE. Yes, in upside down L.A. YOU HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO SELL A HOME SO YOU CAN LOSE MORE MONEY!!!!
    But that’s the work of our elected officials for you.
    So go ahead Ron—edit, delete, whatever you need to do, because I’M FILING FOR FREE AGENCY!!

    • LAISCORRUPT says:

      wayne…i see you blog a lot, and it is a lot of complaining but it is very valid. what you need to realize is there is one thing if anything that you can do to change all of this. that is vote for kevin james and tell everyone you know to do the same. he is literally the only hope to clean up LA, check him out do some research

      • Liberty says:

        The only hope for LA is an uprising. Then we cut out the politicians from our lawmaking, forming laws in favor of humanity and the environment instead of profit for a few foreigners.

  3. kk says:

    More resaturants, more bars, more businesses–most whom do not pay business taxes to the City of LA or contribute to the general fund. That money is coming from the Valley and the Westside; from small businesses and residents. Glad that there are lights all over downtown LA–maybe the parking lot guy at DWP who makes 107,000 a year before benefits and lives in Pasadena will have more of an appreciation of what Carol is so proud about than I do. By the way, where does Carol live?

  4. Now that’s what I call Full Disclosure. Who ever knew that Carol Schatz came from Commie roots? And that the bankers, developers, Special Interests and City Council members were so in tune with her and her like. WOW! What a disclosure. Thanks Ron.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Density queen Carol Schatz is bad news for all neighborhoods. Her reach extends beyond her little downtown kingdom.

  6. anonymous says:

    per CCA website:
    “Prior to joining CCA, Ms. Schatz was the Deputy Regional Director,
    Western Region, of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation
    overseeing the liquidation of billions of dollars in assets of
    failed savings institutions in 12 states.”

  7. dntn observer says:

    A phony, bully, unprincipled individual, who always is trying to get credit for anything taking place downtown.

  8. Wayne from Corruptopia says Ms. Schatz IS THE LAST STRAW! TIME TO BAN L.A!!! says:

    She was born of Communist roots, and lives in BEVERLY HILLS, yet makes the drive to L.A. to LOOT the $$$$??? Instead of BANNING plastic Bags and Cigarrettes, WHY DOESN’T PAUL KORETZ MAKE A MOTION TO BAN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES FROM BEING A CITY?
    Here’s a sample motion:
    By: Councilman Koretz
    MOTION TO BAN LOS ANGELES FROM BEING A CITY ANYMORE
    WHEREAS, the Ron Kaye expose of Ms. Schatz is THE LAST STRAW,
    WHEREAS, the Valley is a hostage of the Downtown Gang,
    WHEREAS, no one making a paycheck from the City ACTUALLY lives in L.A,,
    WHEREAS, Mitchell Englander is a Midget (why not put it in?)
    WHEREAS, No one wants to live in L.A. anymore,
    WHEREBY, IT IS MOVED AND DECIDED that the CITY OF LOS ANGELES cease and decist from being an Incorporated City and WE FREE THE 3 MILLION ANGELINOS FROM THIS HOSTAGE SITUATION.
    Asked for UNANIMOUS CONSENT…. (NO ONE OBJECTS)
    it IS so MOVED….
    CALL YOUR COUNCIL=CLOWN AND SUPPORT “THE BILL.”

  9. Zortron says:

    Has anyone seen the movie: Invasion of the Bee Girls? Carol hires all of these clone brainless, Barbie-like autotron women in SHARP and TIGHT little business suits and the highest of heels to “testify” at LA City Hall on behalf of every density nightmare project possible. And Carol preens in her corner office like the Queen Bee herself. The Queen Bee and her little hive of Bee Girl clones are sick and depraved — just like the B-movie.

    Occupy LA are the fumigators taking the battle to the hive of the Queen Bee herself and it is expected she will fight DIRTY — because she has has had years of practice.

  10. KK says:

    Schatz is a shameless evil skank that must be destroyed.

  11. mike schalock says:

    Haha-who is giving occupy la their information? are you working for someone elses agenda? its’ like you totally derailed suddenly. giving this lady most if not all the credit… You will have to go way higher if you want real change, all the way to Sacramento. Or how about a bank CEOs sidewalk in front of their house? You know it’s legal to camp out ANYWHERE in the city from 9-6? Get bigger than this.

  12. Wayne from Corruptopia says great comments!!! says:

    I especially like the term “skank” used APPROPRIATELY HERE ABOVE!

  13. Ricardo says:

    OMG Ron you’re not sticking up for those radical, violent, misfits Occupy LA are you? I don’t like Carol or what she stands for but are you CRAZY to support the low lifes who do nothing but cause trouble in our City cause they have no goals in life? To say the worst reporter with LA Slimes “Kate Linthicum’s deadpan reporting in the about the daily protests by Occupy LA outside the CCA” is just dumb. Why aren’t you reporting all the money the Occupy LA received and spent when they were sleeping in front of City Hall? I don’t know anyone in this City that supports this group. Read all the posts and negative comments about them everywhere. Do you notice the similarities between Occupy LA and LA Can? Both groups don’t work, have no purpose or clear message, are radical and anyone opposing their views are threatened. They behave like juvenile delinquents and all they do is sleep in front of buildings.

  14. anonymous says:

    so… mother was a socialite-member of commie party…
    daughter powerful elitist plays with billions, lives in posh neighborhood…
    nothing unusual…history does repeat itself…
    after WWII the commies i knew lived the high-life without regrets…
    while seized-enslaved/nations-peoples suffered in worker’s paradise…

  15. Anonymous says:

    Read LA Weekly’s story “Downtown L.A.’s Underwater Home Mortgage Crisis”

    “It was called smart growth, but the lofts/condos are worth far less than their mortgages

    According to Zillow Real Estate Research, 31 percent of American homes are underwater, about like the city of L.A. (Other data peg the percentage lower.) But in 90014, Garcia’s ZIP code, an astonishing 78 percent of condos and lofts are underwater. Nearly four out of every five residents in the area roughly bounded by Sixth Street, Ninth Street, San Pedro Street and Grand Avenue own places worth far less than the loan they signed.

    In the United States, ZIP code 90014 is in the top 1 percent of underwater mortgages.

    And it’s bad all over downtown.”

    Carol Schatz, the downtown booster deserves part of the blame. Downtown sucked billions of dollars in uneeded development and once again taxpayers will be on the hook to bail these mortgages. Let the density queen and the density king, Garcetti pay for it out of their pockets.

  16. Wayne from Corruptopia subbing in for Ron 7/26/2012 says:

    RON IS TAKING A BREAK (HOPEFULLY HE’S SHOPPING FOR A HOME AWAY FROM L.A. LIKE ME)
    TRUE DOWNTOWN L.A. CONDO STORIES:
    A 2007 $695,000 brand new condo now goes for $260-300,000!!!!!!!!!!!
    Zip Code 90012. In zipcode 90014, Condo brand new were selling for about $600,000 sold recently for $250,000!!!! What’s the worst part? THE HOAs and MELLO-ROOS fees that go along with these UNDERWATER PIECES OF GARBAGE!!
    People who bought these things did so because OF THE TRAFFIC THAT NEVER MOVES! But its those HOAs like $500-900 EXTRA PER MONTH that these places tack on before you pay mortgage interest, principal, and DWP their fees!!! Some of these condo developers FAILED TO INCLUDE OFF-STREET parking as part of their “revitaliztion effort.” Thus, hundreds of folks have to BUY OFF STREET MONTHLY PARKING or MOVE THEIR CARS ON THE PUBLIC STREETS TO DODGE THE ENDLESS TICKETS YOU GET ON SUCH STREETS AS 6TH ST,
    Hill, etc. Then the City on 6th and Olive raised parking fees TO $5.00 PER HOUR AT THE METERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Pershing Square garage now upped their monthly pass at an astounding $200/month!!!!
    L.A. SUCKS and everyone that can leave MUST NOW DO SO! Those LUCKY enough to MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO LEAVE must NOW PUT THOSE PIECES TOGETHER AND DO IT. You’ll get HAMMERED right now if you sell your house, but if you can, you can BUY SOMEWHERE ELSE AND DO THE HAMMERING WHEN YOU TURN AROUND AND BUY THE NEW HOUSE!
    All these elected L.A. Officials, you MUST REMEMBER are being PAID HUGE BUCKS TO DESTROY THE PLACE!!! They don’t care about you, your home value, or a damn thing, SO WHY CONTINUE TO LIVE IN SUCH A PLACE?

  17. Wayne subbing in for the missing Ron 7/27/12 says:

    KABC 790 LEO TERRELL’S LAST NIGHT FOR A WHILE, LISTEN NOW TILL MIDNIGHT! Next week, KABC returns to its news-blackout type schedule with 2 hours of Geraldo (10am to 12pm) and the dribble of Peter Tilden (9pm to 12am.) Geraldo thinks Obama is the Messiah and Tilden thinks Dennis Zine is God! That’s what the substance (or total lack of it) goes. I’ve stopped listening at those times (this week excepted.) KFI 640 is also engaged in a mindless dribble of shows, never taking live calls from the public and never really covering the destruction and impending BANKRUPTCY of the 2nd largest U.S. City! From the callers I’ve heard this week (yes, John Philipps and Leo take REAL CALLERS from our SoCal base of residents) I believe call-in talk radio local and live has a “market” of which to draw.
    One night I heard Tilden PROMISE he’d have 4 City Clowncil-hacks in LIVE and TAKE CALLS LIVE ON THE AIR. THE NEXT NIGHT, 2 SHOWED UP AND LEFT AFTER 30 MINUTES OF COMMERCIALS, NEWS, AND GIVING THEIR PITCH FOR ELECTED OFFICE! What did Tilden expect? Nice try, BUT DUMB IDEA.
    I realize the media doesn’t want to hear from any of us, because they know what we’ll say if allowed to say anything!
    But that has led to the complete UNCHECKED power of the Downtown CLOWNS and the destruction they have caused, like the GIVAWAY OF THE COLLISEUM PROPERTY AND GROUNDS; the PENSION GAP, the DWP FEE HIKES, the LACK OF REPRESENTATION OF HOMEOWNERS, and the CORRUPTION of the public sector employees who can get away with it and the ire of the rest who can’t or wont engage in the same.
    I watched an old guy go to a pawnbroker today and sell his Cartier watch, and a whole bunch of solid gold jewelry for $2,800!!!! And THIS WAS A 10% LOAN! (He won’t be back of course, so he basically sold all this stuff for $2,800. )The Cartier alone would fetch $5,000 from any reputable seller. But he’s lived in L.A. for 40 years and said HE DIDN’T A GOD DAMN. This kind of thing is going on ALL OVER L.A! Outside of L.A. these kind of guys would fetch 20-30% more. But that’s how things are done HERE.
    Ron has spent 4 years telling all of us a story of a City that was once upon a time a place to make your way and do well if you put the effort in. He has told us in thousands of lines of text about all the GAMES and ENDLESS CORRUPTION and WHY it happens and WHY it goes on and on.
    IF RON’S HIATUS BECOMES PERMANENT, AND IF THIS MY LAST POST, BOTH OF US WOULD HAVE TO CONCLUDE ONE THING:
    IT’S TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALL-TOGETHER.
    Ron has deleted my posts before, but even if he does, he knows I’m right.

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