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Friday, January 25, 2008

The New Westside


JM, At CSI Architects, Leconte Avenue, Westwood Village, 1.25.08

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23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma!Wake up bro!

January 25, 2008 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Behold -- The Marketplace!

All Hail The Invisible Hand!

January 25, 2008 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Holy Toledo!
With water becoming increasingly precious in California, a rising number of farmers figure they can make more money by selling their water than by actually growing something. Because farmers get their water at subsidized rates, some of them see financial opportunity this year in selling their allotments to Los Angeles and other desperately thirsty cities across Southern California. Water on California's open market typically sells for $50 per acre-foot in wet years. But now it is expected to go for as much as $200. Farmers, however, pay $30 to $60, rates that are set under state and federal policy. (An acre-foot is enough water to cover an acre to a depth of one foot. Because of rising costs, the huge water agency for the Los Angeles metropolitan recently proposed a rate increase for next year of 10 to 20 percent on the water it sells to cities.

January 25, 2008 7:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mother Fletcher!
Gold ($911 oz.) and Platinum End Week With Records. Gold and Platinum Prices Soar to All-Time Highs After Shutdowns at South African Mines. An ounce of gold for February delivery spiked to $924.30, a fresh record, on the New York Mercantile Exchange before easing back to settle at $910.70, up $4.90.

January 25, 2008 7:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

are we for this or against it, joe?

January 25, 2008 7:48 PM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Hey JM, with the continued gentrification of LA's skidrow many more homeless people are going to be displaced (yea from what?) and will have to go someplace else, which means that like the photo of the vagrant in Westwood this scene will become more common everywhere in the LA area.
The concept of "skid row" really was convenient for society for many years though.
A wino, get your ass down to skid row, bum same thing and might get a meal at a mission, drug addict, hey there's cheap rock and very few cops on 7th and San Julian, a person off thier rocker, no sweat man everyone down on the nickel is nuts, indigent sick person, hey drive em down to skid row and dump em, they'll blend right in.
Stay tuned they'll be coming to your neighborhood soon hide the cardboard boxes.

January 25, 2008 10:00 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd's comment team said:

guy was probably reading this blog first....

January 25, 2008 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm for it.

January 25, 2008 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Edmund Muskie, George McGovern, Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Directed by (Hello, my name is) Jimmy Carter. Shot in Panavision with lot of shots (of Jim Beam that is), by Billy (I pee in my pants) Carter. Produced by Pat Robertson. A Beam-Me-Up-Scotty film.

January 26, 2008 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"And why don't we used the words, bum, hobo, wino and loser to describe the guy sleeping in a cardboard abode?"

Good question.

Why don't we use it to describe one of the bloggers on this blog, who posts stuff we read in other places and thinks he is telling us something?

I eman, if you are not gainfully employed and live in a van, what exactly are you? Unaccredited newsman? Certified beggar?

Nah, you are a bum, a hobo, a vagrant, and a loser. If the shoe fits...

January 26, 2008 6:34 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

6:34 am,

Wow! You're really turned the masses against me with that post. I admit...it's over for ZD, now. You finally doused the Wicked Witch of the West with a big bucket of water.

Congratulations, Dorothy!

How about you describe ZD like this:

A guy who has thoughts and feelings, just like everyone else on the blog.

And just like everyone else on this blog, when he sees shadiness, or can prevent someone from stepping into a puddle -- he feels compelled to post about it and warn everyone, in the same way you feel obsessed and compelled to blog about ZD.

I guess I'm the biggest issue in YOUR world, since ZD is the only thing you ever talk about.

Is there anything going on in the City that needs improvement...or just me?

WE'RE ALL EYES AND EARS -- AND YOUR FANS ARE WAITING...

January 26, 2008 7:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"And why don't we used the words, bum, hobo, wino and loser to describe the guy sleeping in a cardboard abode?"

How about disenfranchised mental patient with no care in sight, or how about a veteran who proudly defended our country or how about an alcoholic with no hope of curing the disease.....

It is so easy to castigate and ridicule and look the other way - but you are missing the big picture here - this person is a member of our society. What does that make us?

January 26, 2008 8:23 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd's comment team said:

this guy is part of the new economy. the non-rent-paying economy.

but be eternally thankful to God that we're earthquake free, because it'll be no fun if everyone's out on the street like this.

I know for sure that without Prop S passing there'll definitely be no City help on the horizon in the event.

[since this is such a blatantly biased no on s blog, I had to throw that in]

January 26, 2008 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know for sure that without Prop S passing there'll definitely be no City help on the horizon in the event.

Prop S not passing won't make a difference. We'll be screwed any which way because even in good times our leaders have failed to build a true reserve fund. Besides, City Hall knows we can depend on George and FEMA.

January 26, 2008 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Si Se Puede! " (English translation: "Yes, we can!")

Vote No on Proposition S.

January 26, 2008 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD deletes multiple personality messages that are irritating but that are his friends who know ZD doesn't have a hundred criticizers. Its one spinning loon that took a hundred user names.

January 26, 2008 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wish I could have taken a pic when I found a homeless guy living in my basement a few weeks ago!

My basement has an outside entrance and I just forgot to lock the door. I forgot about it until I went down to do some laundry. The door was locked from the inside and, as I fumbled for the key, the door flew open and out ran a vagrant...

Seems he had been living down there the whole time...feces on the floor, trash all over, and as a parting act, he stole the clothes I had left in my dryer!

Called the police and they offered to report the stolen clothes, but I declined.

Then a few days later, I saw the very same homeless guy walking down Santa Monica Blvd.!!! Maybe I shoulda asked for my laundry back..but what the hell!

This sorta stuff would have been impossible a few years ago, considering that my home is located in one of the most exclusive areas in the city.

Times are a changin'!

January 26, 2008 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have a basement?

January 26, 2008 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Santa Monica has had a large homeless, wino, hobo population living in the small park on Wilshire and Ocean Blvd. for decades. Also many homeless, hobos, bums, mental patients have been living by the Santa Monica pier and in Venice.

I worked in Santa Monica about 25 years ago, back when GTE was in the big building on the corner of Ocean and Wilshire. I would see many homeless guys in the small park, the homeless guy had a nice
$1,000,000 view.

January 26, 2008 6:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's all about personal responbility.

That's why guys like Donald Trump have money, guys like Zuma Dogg don't and guys like Antonio Villaraigosa but for the grace of his pensions hit the skids.

January 26, 2008 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Santa Monica deserves their hobo population because its nothing but liberal yuppie scum who WANT the homeless there. Santa Monica is sort of the vacuum cleaner for Beverly Hills, Century City, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.

January 26, 2008 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate to bust your bubble but guys like Donald Trump have money because they inherited it.

January 26, 2008 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bart,

You better talk to him!

January 28, 2008 7:59 PM  

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