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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ass Clown of the Week

It has been a while since we highlighted the "Ass Clown of the Week" award. So in honor of the awards return, we have 12 nominees. The nominees were even highlighted today in the Daily Breeze: 'Photo op' angers residents wanting the council's attention

Some snips from the article:

The same could not be said, however, of Los Angeles City Council members, who were so focused on promoting Chick's audit -- and appearing with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a signing ceremony for Chick's proposal -- that they left the public to address 12 empty seats during Tuesday's council meeting.
The council's indifferent response to the public has been a hot-button issue for years among neighborhood activist community volunteers. Earlier this year, an appellate court judge forced council members to hold a new hearing on a zoning issue because too many of them had been caught on videotape getting out of their chairs, talking on the telephone or chatting with aides before a vote.
Garrison and nearly two dozen of his neighbors waited four hours for the chance to speak on a residential development project planned for their neighborhood, which is expected to result in the removal of 200,000 cubic feet of dirt.

"I apologize to those individuals," she [Greuel] said. "We tried to peek in and hear part of it as it was ongoing."
"We sat there and listened through four hours of the other business," he [Garrison] said. "And when it came time for us to be heard, they went into the other room for a photo op."

So, as you can see, the City Council has proven yet again they know how to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye towards their constituents, making them more than deserving of this week's "Ass Clown of the Week" Award.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the perfect time for ALL NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS to show their clout and send letters, e-mail and show up in force to city council and tell these morons off. They are wasting our tax dollars and I can't believe how much worst the situation has gotten. They are an embarrassement to this city and the laughing stock of the nation. I hope the NC's organize like they did the DWP issue and pressure them to start behaving like adults.

December 21, 2005 9:51 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Agreed 9:51.

It is this kind of bad planning and neglect that creates Neighborhood Councils in some cases in the first place.

December 21, 2005 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the residents are the clowns for thinking the council cares about what they have to say.

Give a check and schedule a meeting like everyone else.

December 21, 2005 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You don't wait until the day of Council to make your stand. This is done well before, during committee hearings.

Worst case scenario is when the item is heard during council, and even then you need to turn out more than 2 dozen people - more like 75 - wearing the same kind of t-shirt. It also wouldn't hurt to have a slogan to chant in between speakers.

December 21, 2005 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Calling the members of the City Council "ass clowns" is extremely unfair . . . to asses and clowns.

December 21, 2005 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So LA's fiddling royalty are still ignoring the peasants. Maybe 9:51 is right and it's time for the NCs to grab the pitchforks.

December 21, 2005 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Based on past performance, most NCs wouldn't know which end of the pitchfork to use.

December 21, 2005 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:14 must be another one of the Rhodes Scholars who works for the city council or government.

December 21, 2005 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio has a big role to play in weak leadership. He must have asked them to be out there with him and he schedules right during council. Why? To get the photo op because he knewe Tookie would take the media spotlight. Its embarrassing to say the least. Everyone who is active in their community and sees these lame ass clowns at an event should pose the question directly to them in front of everyone. Thank you once again David Z. for putting the facts out there. Maybe the more they're humiliated in the media maybe they'll get the message.

December 21, 2005 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was the new CD 14 Councilmember even at the council meeting yesterday?

December 21, 2005 1:57 PM  

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