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AEG Movie Act Two: “LA – Open for Business Or Up For Sale”

Hooray to the producers, directors, writers (whoever they are) for a masterpiece of political propaganda in the televised finale to the greatest steal in the history of Los Angeles – at least since the water that made all this possible was stolen from the desert.

City Council’s meeting Friday was a work of pure genius from the opening to the finale — a story of hope and promise without suspense since it was is a done deal before it was even made public two years ago.

That is not to say that they – the unknown producers who scripted this three-hour mockumentary to truth — didn’t create a powerful narrative with cameos by local icons and power players chosen for their resonance is so many diverse “cohorts,” as they like to call groups of people.

AEG MOVIE ACT TWO: ”LA — Open for Business Or Up for Sale”

They honored the military, felt the pain of a mother grieving for a son killed by gang violence, brought out Roz Wyman who helped bring our beloved Dodgers to town with Peter O’Malley offering heartfelt praise and finally giving belated recognition to William Cartwright who helped save the Watts Tower from destruction.

Spliced into all this was a 15-minute commercial for Time Warner Cable’s achievement of buying up the rights to televise Lakers games so it can charge fans high fees to watch what they have always gotten for free.

Those were just opening acts that had no reason to be on the Council agenda except to touch us where it feels good so we’d be in the mood for the real show to begin with our highly paid bureaucrats proving beyond a shadow of doubt that unquestioning obedience to the power structure is an absolute necessity requirement to keep their jobs.

Then it was Master of Ceremonies Herb Wesson’s turn. Bursting with pride and joy, he brought Mr. Big Tim Leiweke to center stage and gave long introductions as if he was the announcer at Staples Center to the men who would vouch for his character and the greatness of his plan for Farmers Field — UCLA and Laker great Kareem Abdul Jabbar and USC and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete.

History was being made and the Council Chamber overflowed with hundreds of students bused in from all over town, union members, football fans, even a few dissidents.

Leiweke was all aglow in his moment of triumph, forcefully presenting his fantasy of a Convention Center that now gets a quarter of the conventions of San Diego and a sixth of those in San Francisco suddenly leaping ahead of them to the top rung of cities like New York, Chicago, Las Vegas.

Millions of tourists will be dying to come to downtown LA, to the rebuilt Convention Center and Farmers Field with two NFL teams, NCAA Finals, World Cup, Super Bowl, and every other major event in the world of sports and entertainment will be the talk of the nation and the whole world.

Kareem and Rodney swore he was speaking the truth although it seemed like Peete lost his way, perhaps from being sacked so often during his 16 years with six NFL teams.

As if that were not enough theater, labor boss Maria Elena Durazo, labor bully Brian D’Arcy and Central City Association promoter Carol Schatz added their credibility, such as it is, to Leiweke’s scheme.

It wouldn’t have been complete without giving free unpaid advertising time to Farmers Insurance, which is putting up a huge chunk of shareholder and policyholder money to make this all possible.

For those who think this was all a setup and AEG’s owner Phil Anschutz always intended to sell his company as soon as City Hall enriched its value with entitlements that add billions of dollars to its value, Leiweke made a point of laughing merrily as he sat in the audience with the next principal owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Patrick Soon-Shiong, LA’s richest man and the world’s 47th richest.

Surely, his ownership entitlement will allow him to change the company name to something more generic, perhaps Billionaires Entertainment Group or BEG.

COMING SOON: Act Three of “LA –Open for Business Or Up For Sale.”

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9 Responses to AEG Movie Act Two: “LA – Open for Business Or Up For Sale”

  1. MissAnthrope says:

    If Time Warner paid $4 billion to lock up the TV rights for Laker games then they’re making too damn much money!

    As for the Dodgers, every time one of their spokesmen comes or radio or TV they never fail to mention that their fans are their “chief asset” and they “aim to keep them happy.”

    To Magic and all the rest of you Dodger big shots: You better mean what you say and be men of your word and NOT sign such a deal with Time Warner, because that’s just poking your fingers in the eyes of all the loyal Dodger fans.

    Laker fans should be furious and boycott the team for screwing them over.

  2. Ricardo says:

    I say we boycott AEG and send a clear message that we’re not as dumb as they think. Didn’t a reporter state that 9 of the City Council members received campaign donations from AEG and Perry being the top dog? Funny they really don’t get how they are not liked in our City. Instead of being whiners lets show them how pissed off we are the next time one of them steps into a room or event. Stop being kiss asses you NC’s and represent the people who get off the damn boards.

    • LA Moderator says:

      Apparently, they brought out the allstars to overcome our goal line stand….

      But there’s still time for getting a few points on the board.

      GGPNC’s planning committee, having watched this particularly as it applies to blighting billboards, will be discussing particulars of this Wednesday, including Sign Supplemental Use Districts…

      Community Impact Statements are one way we can try to strethen the ground game, and we can still try to huddle with others, and maybe come up with a Hail Mary!

  3. JOHN WALSH says:

    MY PUBLIC COMMENT AT FRIDAY’S AEG-GIVEAWAY CITY COUNCIL MEETING
    WAS THE ONLY ON THE RECORD ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE PRESENCE OF
    PATRICK SOON-SHIONG M.D., THE NEWEST L.A. CITY FATHER . IT WAS LIKE A MACHO HIGH SOCIETY DEBUTANTE COMING OUT PARTY FOR THE HONORABLE MR. SOON-SHIONG.

    DOCTOR PATSY( FOR SHORT) IS THE FIRST NON-WHITE GUY TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE CITY FATHER CLAN.
    DOCTOR PATSY WAS SITTING THERE TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE COUNCILMEMBERS THAT HE WILL INDEED BE THE NEXT AEG OWNER AS HOLLYWOODHIGHLANDS.ORG STATED IN FRONT OF THE MICROPHONES AND CAMERAS FRIDAY.
    DR. PATSY CERTAINLY EXPECTS TO RENEGOTIATE THE “DONE” STADIUM DEAL STARTING AT CONTRACT PAGE ONE ONCE THE AEG SALE HAS BEEN FINALIZED.
    OH….AND….DR. PATSY IS ONE HARD- ASS TOUGH NEGOTIATOR WHO EATS GUYS LIKE WESSON AND GARCETTI FOR BREAKFAST.
    ONCE AGAIN I PUBLICLY THANK THE DECEASED MODESTO STATE SENATOR, MR. RALPH M. BROWN, FATHER OF THE CALIFORNIA OPEN MEETING LAW , FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT ANY OR ALL L.A. CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Whether we attend a live game or not it doesn’t matter. We all have cable/satellite & we’ll continue to pay the increases cause we have no choice. This is where the money is.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Kareem is a good guy. Lieweke must have held up his 7″ statue at Staple Center to make him appear at this fraudlent deal.

    • LA Moderator says:

      So’s Peete, and Pete Carroll was a friend of Tim too.

      Must have been some kool-aid in those gatorade igloos….

  6. Anonymous says:

    What Ron is exposing is more than friggin Pete Carroll or whatever. LA Moderator get some vison. You are a smart guy.

  7. Jeff says:

    Ron Kaye…how dare you promote your agenda by comparing this “scripted AEG movie” as a Naza propaganda film. You are disgusting, and you should be ashamed. Real people will benefit from the jobs this stadium brings. Full time, middle class jobs. The convention center will cause an economic boom to the surrounding restaurants, hotels, shopping centers. You know it and I know it. Not to mention the real joy (which can’t be found in our everyday world) that the NFL can bring to peoples lives. Rooting for a favorite team is a special thing…it can bring happiness when there is none. I know, because thats what sports do for me. Having the NFL in my city would be incredible. You are acusing the politicians and AEG, in particular Tim Leiweke, of abusing his power, and covering up problems. In reality, it is you who is abusing your power of the radio and blogs.

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