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 OUR 4TH OF JULY DIFFERENCES

The Declaration of Independence Meant Something Different to America’s Not So Independent Slaves

Amy Goodman
WHO WE ARE-“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass (photo above) of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him,…

Trumping Trump: Shun the Donald, Boycott His Palos Verdes Golf Course

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-I believe that it's really Donald Trump's hair. I seem to be unique in this belief. It's nice to be unique in some way, but what bothers me is that I have also been nearly unique, until now, in arguing that Trump should be shunned and boycotted. But times change. It's been a traumatic week both for Donald Trump and for the…

LA’s Sidewalks: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-The City of Los Angeles is expected to spend $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to repair our sidewalks pursuant to a Settlement Agreement involving the Willits class action lawsuit that alleged that the City was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the yet to be disclosed Settlement Agreement appears to…

Is It Really a Golden State or Is It Just One of Those Hollywood Illusions?

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-Is Los Angeles really part of a Golden State or is it a place to remember as you move to greener pastures? I pose this question following my recent visit to Chicago and other cities east of the Rockies. My travels to the east coast were part of my reserve LAPD duty. I was part of the group of LAPD Reserve Officers escorting the…

Want to Save The Bullet Train, Governor … Get Better Bullet Points!

Ken Alpern
GETTING THERE FROM HERE-George W. Bush had Iraq. Barack Obama has ObamaCare. And Jerry Brown has HIS bullet train. Not OUR bullet train, mind you, but HIS bullet train. And like Iraq, and like ObamaCare, the bullet train that was meant to help all of us, and which was promoted with great fanfare and wonderful intentions, has to survive the test of…

LA: Hit-and-Run Capital of the World May Be Getting an Alert System

Damien Newton
LA’S STREETS - After last week’s warning that CA Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s legislation to create a “Yellow Alert” system was imperiled by Senate Transportation and Housing Committee staff and the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) objections, there was a feeling of a looming showdown before today’s committee hearing. Assembly Bill 8 would create…

LA’s Citywide Sign Ordinance: By, For and Of Special Interests

Barbara Broide
IRATE PRIVATE CITIZEN’S OPEN LETTER-I write this letter not as a representative of my local homeowners association or neighborhood council, both of which have come out in support of the sign ordinance that limits new signage to sign districts in specified commercially zoned areas and who seek enforcement of and the issuance of citations to signs…

Now Is the Time For True Courage

Abby Zimet
FURTHER-Britanny 'Bree' Newsome - the filmmaker, organizer, activist and aspiring Super-Woman who memorably, determinedly climbed the flagpole at South Carolina's capitol to remove the Confederate flag - has spoken out for the first time about her feat, which she views "both as an act of civil disobedience and as a demonstration of the power…

When Did the American Civil War Really End and … Did Shenandoah Really Save the Whales?

Paul Hatfield
PERSPECTIVE - When did the American Civil War end? Could it really have been late June or early November of 1865? April 9, 1865 is the date widely accepted, and for good reason: it marked the surrender of General Lee’s army at Appomattox, Virginia. It was a foregone conclusion that other field commands would quickly follow suit. In fact, they did,…

 

  • Costco: Free Range Liars!

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS POLITICS-Eight years ago grocery retailer Costco (COST) pledged to transition out of using eggs from chickens in small cages to cage free…
  • 10 Things Over-Thinkers Are Tired Of Over-Thinking

    Lindsay Holmes
    WELLNESS-While writing this intro, I deleted the first paragraph approximately six times. My thoughts ranged from "Just get to the point already" to…
  • Can Procrastination Give You a Heart Attack?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-A study posted in the journal of behavioral medicine linked procrastination with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Specifically…



Sun Jul 05, 2015 @ 5:00PM - 09:00PM
Twilight in the Garden: Little Tokyo Concert Series
Thu Jul 16, 2015 @12:00AM
LA Equality Awards RSVP
Thu Jul 30, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
A Taste of Chatsworth


Fail! Fail! Americans don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July

Awwww! Tornado separates dog and owner … dog waits!

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Are 8,000 Dodger Fans Worth $1.2 Billion?

DODGER FEW - Something very fishy is going on at Chavez Ravine.

A couple of Wednesday’s ago, Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times reported that there were only 8,000 bodies at the afternoon game against the cellar dwelling San Diego Padres, possibly the smallest attendance in Dodger history since they moved from Flatbush Avenue.

Yet official attendance was almost 28,000.

This major league discrepancy exemplifies the utter contempt that Angelenos have for The Boston Parking Lot Attendant and Princess Jamie, the selfish owners who have looted the Dodgers to the tune of $180 million to support their family’s profligate lifestyle.

On the following day, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times had a scoop where he disclosed that Bill Burke, a politically connected man about town, and a consortium of unidentified Chinese state institutions and American investors offered to purchase the Dodgers and the related assets for $1.2 billion in cash.

But why would anybody in their right mind offer to pay an astronomical price for damaged goods, where the Dodgers’ revenues, attendance, broadcast ratings, prospects, and brand name are heading south?

Or what do they know that we and the Major League Baseball don’t know?

But the expectations based on this so called “offer” from unidentified investors are bound to stir up the pot, especially in the courthouses in Los Angeles and Delaware.

Needless to say, Princess Jamie, fearful of Frankie’s high stakes gambling and scorched earth policies, will make a beeline to Divorce Court in Los Angeles, demanding the Dodgers be sold so she will receive her fair share of the $500 million of equity value that is left over after the payment of an estimated $700 million in debt.

As for the Bankruptcy Court, this “offer” is a distraction since it has not been endorsed by the Dodgers or its two feuding owners, nor has the source of funding been verified.

If anything, it will put more pressure on the Dodgers to sell the team to pay off the lenders and creditors.  As for the ability to attract new investors, who in their right mind would want to be a partner with the overly litigious and less than trustworthy Boston Parking Lot Attendant?

As for the Dodgers, they have been on a roll, having won 12 out of their last 15 games, including five away games against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, the leader for the Wild Card spot in the playoffs.

They even have a decent chance of a breakeven season as they are now are only 3 games under .500, a vast improvement from the 57-69 record on Sunday, August 21.

Unfortunately, Arizona’s Magic Number is now 9 games, in large part because the Diamondbacks have been on a tear, winning 13 of their last 15 games.

Of course, this streak has fans thinking about next year.  

But don’t hold your breath as the Dodgers’ finances will only deteriorate as the very lucrative season ticket holders continue to desert the Dodgers and Angelenos continue to boycott Boston Frankie.

And compound the continued decline in attendance and revenues with the over $700 million of debt, we are looking at a financial train wreck which will hopefully lead to the sale of the Dodgers to a responsible owner.

As for Bill Burke’s air ball offer and Boston Frankie’s failure to jump all over it, it once again shows that there are two fools in the room: the fool that made the offer and the fool who did not accept the offer.

BOYCOTT Boston Frankie’s Dodgers!

(Jack Humphreville writes LA Watchdog for CityWatch He is the President of the DWP Advocacy Committee and the Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Humphreville is the publisher of the Recycler -- www.recycler.com. He can be reached at:       lajack@gmail.com ) –cw

Tags: Dodgers, Frank McCourt, Boston Frankie, Jamie McCourt, Princess Jamie






CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 72
Pub: Sept 9, 2011

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