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Special to CityWatch: Can Jorge Ramos Save The American Immigrant Dream?

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA- President Barack Obama’s disappointing failure to champion immigration reform, what The Washington Post called his “immigration train wreck,” may be the consummate example of the failure of the Obama presidency on Latino issues. It is also a tell-tale sign of the potential trouble the Democratic Party could find itself in…

Museum Row’s Billion Dollar Block Party

Tim Deegan
EXCLUSIVE TO CITYWATCH--City planners, developers, community members and other stakeholders are having a block party in the Miracle Mile: no champagne but plenty of stress served to order, depending on who you're aligned with. Issues with development: take a seat. Raising hundreds of millions of dollars for development, take several seats. Here…

What Is It About The Homeless That Makes Us So Angry?

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD--It was a long public hearing at my neighborhood council the other night. Outraged, obviously frightened homeowners were pitted against advocates for the homeless. At least that's how it started, but it's not how it ended. It's curious, but in this contentious culture of ours, it turned out to be possible to have a meeting of the…

Kill the Transit Tax, Kill the Olympics

Ken Alpern
ALPERN AT LARGE-You know, it's indeed possible that there will be enough voters who won't remember (or care about) the current shenanigans and budget games in the City of LA--enough to allow a 2/3 vote to pass a new sales tax measure in November 2016. Then again, maybe enough voters will remember, and the initiative will (like its predecessor…

Headlines Don’t Lie – LA Needs Leadership

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-I’m talking to you as a man who policed Los Angeles streets for over 30 years and established policy for another 14 years -- two years as an elected Charter Reform Commissioner and 12 years as an elected Los Angeles City Councilman. Take a look at the latest Los Angeles News and Breaking Headlines. They tell a frightening story…

Airbnb Just Floats by the PLUM Committee

Tony Butka
THE CITY-I was going to do my usual flip and cynical kind of a piece on the Airbnb hearing, but the issue is too important, and just maybe, all is not lost. The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee hearing was scheduled in the Public Works Hearing Room, but so many people attended that they had to move it to City Council Chambers…

Bikeshare Comes to Los Angeles … Sort Of

Richard Risemberg
WAITING ON LA--Here’s photographic confirmation that bikeshare has arrived in LA: Not the City of Los Angeles, though; not quite yet. That’s a live bikeshare station in Santa Monica, on Main Street, next to one of the two bike corrals that grace the block south of Ashland. (There’s another and very busy bike corral two blocks north.) This is a…

The Summer of My Discontent ... LA Version

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN--I think there is such a thing as the "Dog Days of Summer" since my usual sunny disposition ... glass half full demeanor ... seems to be out of sorts of late. There is a litany of things that are annoying me, aside from the heat. I am disappointed in our local government ... not all of them, but a majority. Like many of you I studied the…

Marilyn Who? Ask Councilman Krekorian or Mayor Garcetti

Richard Lee Abrams
PRESERVATION POLITICS-Who doesn’t like Marilyn Monroe? Councilmember Krekorian, that’s who! Why else would Councilmember Paul Krekorian support the demolition of one of the most significant homes of Marilyn Monroe? With the blessings of Mayor Garcetti, who believes in eradicating as much of Hollywood’s history as possible, and with the support of…





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Advice to Occupiers: Shave, Bathe and Get a Clear Message

VOICES - I read the Tina Dupuy story in CityWatch about Wall Street demonstrators wanting some form of Justice and not being adequately heard.  For a message to have impact it must be clear and the messengers must be credible. That means send home the freeloaders, anyone being paid to work the protest, co-opters and hijackers, socialist children of Hollywood celebrities and union bosses.
For purposes of TV coverage, bathing and shaving helps. Too many are comporting themselves in a why bother mode, so they are unlikely to be taken seriously.  

A poll in CityWatch states that Wall Street Occupiers are more popular than the Tea Party. No Doubt!! Food is free. Sleeping bags are free! Drug dealers are on site, so says the press and until the stench became overwhelming, occupiers were not harassed or arrested anywhere, even for crap and copulation in the streets. Woo Hoo, it’s a Rave, baby.

The Tea Party is eminently more bashable.  They ask citizens to be responsible for themselves and to their country and government to operate within the confines of the US Constitution. Not the stuff of a 21st century popularity contest.  They don't think much of legalizing millions of illegals holding jobs that could provide pay checks for Americans, but they definitely agree that financial injustice is being perpetrated on America, as well as its future generations, by government.

Wall Streeters and the Tea Party both want to know where one trillion American taxpayer dollars went and both want America working again.  I believe the Tea Party generation should go to “Wall Street” and help the young protesters get out their message.  Together they could frighten Congress straight --- and argue about the details later.

When the American majority enjoyed a national ethic that included personal responsibility, common sense and respect, America was an impenetrably strong nation and no one screwed with us. Today they not only screw with us, they laugh at us and then kill us when the mood strikes and some of those doing the damage are our own.

(Royan Herman is a long-time community activist and a horse enthusiast. She lives in Los Angeles.) -cw

Tags: Occupy Wall Street, Wall Street Occupiers, Tea Party, US Constitution, America, finance





CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 83
Pub: Oct 18, 2011


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