LA Times "Pays Back" Councilmember Cardenas & L.A. City Council for Public Criticism
ZD is no fan of L.A. Times (they print some good stuff, but nothing truly revealing like you see in L.A. Daily News), however this is pretty good!
During Wednesday November 15, 2006 Council meeting, Councilmember Tony Cardenas criticized LA Times for comments they made regarding some things that didn't look to good for Cardenas and L.A. City Council's decision to fight for "negotiated" contract bids, instead of the more sensible "comepetitive" contract bid process regarding $500 million dollars worth of LAPD Parker Center construction.
So how is this photo of Venice Beach activist Michael "Shea Butter Man" Hunt political payback? Well, also during that meeting, Janice Hahn and City Council paved the way for LAX hotel workers to receive a "living wage" (more money at the private hotel industry's expense). After the vote, Janice ran out to the peanut gallery for an AWESOME photo oppurtunity, I must say, where she was surrounded by scores of the all hispanic workers who showed up that day for the vote.
As the photos were being snapped, I was thinking, "Damn, there's the front page victory shot. Janice had the most joyful smile as she was hugging and being hugged by the all hispanic crowd of workers." (What a great campaign shot!)
So what picture does the LA Times splash across the front page headlines?
MICHAEL "SHEA BUTTER MAN" HUNT Y'ALL!!! THE ONLY PERSON L.A. CITY COUNCIL HATES MORE THAN ZUMA DOGG, Y'ALL!!! Michael gives LA Times AND Janice Hahn a Venice Beach/Westside "Bigg Ups!" And Zuma Dogg is laughing so hard, he can barely squeeze out a "hoooooody hooooooooooo!"
p.s. Despite the L.A. Times caption proclaiming Mr. Hunt a "hotel worker", "The Butter Man" is not a hotel worker, just someone who stole City Council's thunder.