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Thursday, April 30, 2009

17 Years Ago

I watched the City burn from an apartment building rooftop in Hollywood while sipping tequila. Transformers exploding, fire, gun shots, looting, and once in a lifetime mayhem. "Oh look, there goes an entire power grid", "Is that on Crenshaw?". We came up with "bug-out" plans, and arranged discreet meeting places to pick up friends if needed. Los Angeles fell completely apart for 5 days. I had to pay a cabbie $50 (in advance) to drive me from Hollywood to my loft in downtown during curfew. What I remember most about the whole 5 days is the surprising number of friends who suddenly produced guns out of thin air. Good times, indeed.




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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know you, Joe, but I'm estimating you are over 50. You constantly post about the past. Isn't the present depressing enough for you? There is peace among the races with all minorities sufficiently quieted by the damage they did to their own neighborhoods. That, smartie, is the lesson learned from the Rodney King era. He has become a pop culture figure for a second time with his stint on a drug rehab reality show. All you can do is post videos that nobody other than you oldies care about with little focus on the problems of today. Go volunteer for O'bama.

April 30, 2009 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

peace among minorties? Come down to Lucy Florence and listen to the mothers of black children murdered by Latino gang members just because they were black.

Talk about living in the past. The days of blaiming whitey for all the ills of the city are over.

April 30, 2009 8:41 AM  

Blogger Vinnie said:

Anonymous 6:55
If you are sincere about "focusing on the problems of today," then you might consider starting with yourself. One of the biggest problems (I believe) today, is the fundamental lack of grace and respect far too many people seem to have for one another. If two people disagree with each other, it isn't enough that they disagree... one or both of them have to be an A-hole, or lunatic, or demeaned in some other way. C'mon 6:55, show a little maturity, and save the gradeschool insults.

April 30, 2009 8:49 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Karl Rove is the "breath of freshness" in the stale air that is Obamamania.

April 30, 2009 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

that idiot zooma dogg is predicting a fall in commercial real estate.

that is the same fall in commercial real estate that everyone else predicted already. zooma thinks that reading something in the paper from a year ago, and seeing which predictions are coming true, is the time to make that same prediction himself.

it's no wonder that the guy is sleeping on the sidewalk while the mayors men in suits are making an nice living. zooma dog just isn't that bright. and he's got stanky all on him.

April 30, 2009 9:26 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"that is the same fall in commercial real estate that everyone else predicted already."

Yes, it IS the same one. And in a discussion of the entire economic and budget crisis, I felt it was time to mention it, because NOW is when you should start to see them fall like dominoes.

The city is basing things on an optimistic upturn, so a reminder that we haven't really even started to see the beginning yet.

So you are not even disagreeing with the comment, you just didn't like that I made the comment, even though it needed to be said in the context of the discussion.

Next time, I'll be sure not to say anything that has already been said ever, you wacky, unstable, Zuma Dogg obsessed fanatic-loser.

I am just doing what I do....try and warn, alert and educate these clown-ass knucklheads at City Hall...and put it on the record so they can't say, "We didn't know, we couldn't foresee" as easily. And while I do that, you comment on the trail I leave behind.

Who is the leader and who is the emotional wimp?

April 30, 2009 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's what I meant, silly boy. There ISN'T a point in posting a rehash of the same problems that were here in 1992.

As for "blaiming" whitey, I guess you are a whitey who don't know how to spoll, I saw let all dem inner city types shoot each other and burn their own shopping malls down. My neighborhood is not only clean and intact, it is even nicer now than it was back then and based on what I see, there is an abundance of empty lots in South LA with more filthy Korean liquor stores than ever.

All y'all deserve each other.

April 30, 2009 9:48 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I am going to post all of my TWITTER UPDATES FROM THIS MORNING, SO FAR: (Since there are too many crybaby comments about ZD instead of city issues!

More crybaby anonymous comments=MORE ZUMA DOGG POSTS WHERE EVER YOU LEAVE EM! And they will get longer with each crybaby comment that is not issue oriented.

I did not rise to top of mind awareness in this city and caused such a wave of media buzz by having some anonymous loser try and clog up this blog with stuff to deflect away from a City Hall that is being investigated by the FEDERAL AGENCIES.

Yeah, keep talking about my personal life and no one will notice what Villaraigosa and Garcetti's City Council just did and how they are attempting to cover it all up before the Federal handcuff show up.


# Beware Mayor Villaraigosa's BUDGET: It is based on union "yes" votes when they will be "no" and is counting on money that WILL NOT be there.

# If L.A. City lost $7 BILLION in PENSION investments, wonder HOW MUCH OF THE BOND MONEY THEY INVESTED has been lost, too? A: A HELL OF A LOT!

# FIRST, two Villaraigosa-appointed PENSION managers being investigated by SEC: NOW one RESIGNS in City Attorney Campaign Fundraising scandal.

# TOP L.A. ISSUE: City faces bankruptcy over $7 Billion Wall Street pension loss, now being investigated by SEC. ANYTHING BIGGER THAN $7 BIL?

# LA Weekly story unravels Villaraigosa's claim that L.A. is safe as it's been since 50's. Not that anyone believed it.

# It's 9am: I need to find a place to take a nap. I can't function under this sleep deprivation. The only thing I can do is sit here and type.

# Opps! Just tuned into McIntyre's KABC 9AM hour that is supposed to be the "LOCAL" hour and they were talking about Obama's press secretary.

# #1 TRAFFIC FIX: L.A. MUST address the conflict of pedestrians sharing same green light with autos:Cannot have both lanes frozen for 1 person

# L.A.'s new "billboard blight" is a LOW-TECH problem, not DIGITAL. City Council needs to take action, NOW. See photo: http://ladailyblog.com

# Villaraigosa's Scheme to Sell-off PARKING METER revenues IS SINGLE BIGGEST BONEHEAD MOVE OF HIS TERM (of many)! See http://LADailyBlog.com

# STARBUCKS revenue down 77% now RAISING prices on "complicated" drinks (ones people go there for). Guess they didn't check economy textbooks.

# However Obama decides to handle the illness formerly known as SWINE FLU, the most important thing to consider: DON'T HURT ANYONE'S FEELINGS!

# Oh F*CK! It's morning already. I'm already in trouble. I'm not budgeted to be awake in the 5am hour. Not going to turn on KABC radio today!

# I thought California was supposed to be WARM this time of year. It used to be when I slept inside. Now that I sleep OUTSIDE it's FREEZING!


# VIDEO of Zuma Dogg PUBLIC COMMENT from this week's Los Angeles City Council meeting now posted at http://LADailyBlog.com

More from last night at http://Twitter.com/ZumaDogg.

April 30, 2009 10:29 AM  

Anonymous g said:

REMEMBER THE PAST OR YOUR DOOMED TO REPEAT IT.

April 30, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:55: So you're one of those who think anyone over 50 is Deadwood? You sound like it yourself. (Not that I'm dfending Antonio but being over 50 himself he clearly just meant that there are some employees hanging on to be eligible for their pensions, not that all of them are.)

This riot is an important part of L A history and 16 years ago is hardly ancient.

It's also important to remember the Watts riot from the 60's. To compare and study how these were or were not handled properly to do better. The May Day Melee also taught the cops valuable lessons. Life is about learning from your mistakes so you don't repeat them, as you should understand 6:55.

At least the Chief who's over 60 himself is doing that while there were younger chiefs who didn't. Stop with the nasty ageism and blindness. It's as bad as saying someone is dumb or irrelevant because they're black or brown.

April 30, 2009 2:54 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

April 30, 2009 9:48 AM

Thanks for the reveal! I knew that's how you felt all along. Sorry to hit your button. But I must say, you are completely butraegous...a wack-a-nut...wackolicious. Your strong arguments have lost steam...and THERE YOU HAVE IT, Mr. Creepy emerges!

April 30, 2009 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

17 years ago is not as important as what is going to take place tomorrow.
May 1, 2009 McArthur Park, " Let's not forget the way the LAPD attacked our communities in this park and the way the state is continuing to murder and tear families apart." This is from the flyer being distributed all over downtown LA. Rally from 6PM to 11:30PM.

" We are going to propose ideas for a mural at McArthur Park showing the way the Police attacked us there, the way people resiseted this state violence, and now in these hard times how the police are harassing and kicking out the eloteror and other vendors from the park.

Videos will be shown on Police brutality and police killings in our communities."

Question? Will LAPD be allowed to wear helmets? Face masks?

Will they be allowed to be armed?

Will you bring your family to the park to have a little Friday night picnic? I doubt it...

April 30, 2009 4:16 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I LOVE "G" Hit me up with an email G! Tell me something I don't know. G...a lot of shiznit you have dropped is coming true! What's next?
Holla.

April 30, 2009 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares? When you riot, it just shows your incivility. It also shows your stupidity. der! I'm angry so i'll burn down my pavilion's or ralphs. That'll show me! Yes 50 is old and 60 is really old.

April 30, 2009 5:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right on. I am 50 exactly and I resent the youngsters who are eager and ambitious, although I'm grateful they're passionate - they don't have the knowledge or the balls yet to change things. They aren't comfortable in their own skin. They are still power-struggling.

Mistakes are opportunities to learn and that is one of the first lessons you learn when you have children.

One of the irritating things about the mayor is his tons of "young" staff. It's sad.

April 30, 2009 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was twenty years ago today that Sgt Peppers told the band to play.

April 30, 2009 9:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:55/5:10 you just keep proving what an idiot you are, the real deadwood. Ignorant, uneducated, rude and you can't even spell.

April 30, 2009 9:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LoL, I'm not that old and worked to protect the clubs that I bounced at. I didn't actually do anything except raid the kitchen of one them. The odd thing was how nobody was on the road, but I and the person with me never got stopped driving there.

April 30, 2009 9:40 PM  

Anonymous Alfredo said:

Truly a dark week in our beloved city

May 01, 2009 12:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most people who own guns don't flaunt them. They keep them well hidden, under wraps, for those rare occasions that they need be shown.

Its an unfortunate side effect of our blue state's gun-grabbing policies, and it means that you're defenseless on the street.

I have never owned a firearm, preferring to naively believe, like Reginald Denny, that we all can get along, in spite of stark evidence and personal experience to the contrary. But Senator Spector's coming-out party pushed me over the edge.

My stimulus check will be spent at Turner's.

May 01, 2009 9:32 AM  

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