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.