This week there was a great deal of controversy over the fact that an African-American man named Mike Hunt has been arriving to City Council meetings dressed up in a full Ku Klux Klan outfit. The Council and several other public speakers have wasted a lot of time discussing the subject and there was a lot of back and forth haggling over whether Mike Hunt would be allowed to wear his hood while he gave his public comment. City Council President Eric Garcetti repeatedly talked about having him removed, but did actually allow Mike Hunt his public comment moment.
I thought the whole thing was rather pathetic and showed exactly how our city lacks true leadership.
Our Council members need to grow some balls and some backbone.
They are not tough enough to be in politics.
Alarcon and Rosendahl appeared incredibly weak in this dispute. Alarcon saying he felt "threatened" even though Hunt was the only one in costume, and Hunt had to pass through a metal detector to get into the building. Not to mention the fact that there are always several armed officers in City Council chambers. Rosendahl offered up some type of nonsensical gibberish about Hunt being a "terrorist threat".
I'm not defending Mike Hunt...he's an idiot who just wants attention and has an axe to grind over some personal issues (he has sued the City of Los Angeles in the past). But if you go to the point of banning him just because you don't like what he's doing, then you are only a step and half away from Totalitarianism. Angry public comment speaker Matt Dowd assailed the attempts to stop or silence Hunt as "Un-American."
Any halfway competent political leader would have seen through Hunt and his bullshit and just ignored his behavior and allowed him his two minutes to speak like every one else. Treating him special actually encourages more idiots like him to pull stunts like this. He actually got some of the council members so wound up that they walked out of the meeting on Wednesday and left important City business unattended. Jan Perry, Herb Wesson, Bernard Parks, and Greig Smith decided that someone else's distasteful clothing was more important than them doing the jobs they are being paid to do.
Wonderful. Now any clown with an axe to grind knows exactly how to break up an important City Council meeting. Just wear some clothing that they find offensive.
Unwittingly, Mike Hunt may have invented a new way for an average citizen to prevent the City Council members from doing their usual job of bankrupting the City.