LA 32 Jumps Into Semillas Issue
While the NC has every right to offer support to an institution within their community, as a publicly elected body whose job is to represent all the residents within the neighborhood, they have a duty to look at all sides of an issue.
The motion puts the NC on record of opposing hate crimes and terrorist threats "against anyone in our community," yet there is no condemnation of the attack on journalist Sandy Wells, who was exercising his first amendment rights to cover the story.
The motion also expresses support for the right of Semillas Del Pueblo to "exist and operate," however there is no acknowledgement of the right of the community including residents, elected officials and the media to investigate public institutions such as Semillas and to hold them accountable.
The NC is calling for a meeting with "Disney representatives, Semillas Del Pueblo and members of the LA-32 Social Justice Committee to address recent broadcasts by KABC Talkradio concerning Semillas Del Pueblo and the subsequent impact in the community of El Sereno." Is this some type of effort on behalf of the NC to get Disney to agree to silence KABC? KABC has afforded numerous opportunities to Semillas and their supporters to present their side of the story. And in some cases Semillas' officials and others have taken advantage of those opportunities.
Finally, the NC wants to go on record saying that the council "...condemns attacks against our community, our community institutions and our children." Does the council consider attacks to be legitimate inquiries and criticism?
I don't have the answers to these questions. We attempted to contact Hugo Garcia, the President of the LA 32 Neighborhood Council, and have not heard back from him. If we do, we'll bring it to you here.