David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg is a local media personality who has become a part-time resident at Los Angeles City Hall. Enraged by a City ruling that he could not sell his self-promoting rap music CD's and other merchandise at Venice Beach, Zuma Dogg took his fight right to City Hall several years ago and never left.
Zuma Dogg has been a tireless champion of citizens rights and has always tried to shine the light of exposure on some of the shady dealings that happen at City Hall. When Zuma Dogg was running for Mayor as an opponent of mine, I didn't give him much of a chance because he openly admitted to being homeless and unemployed.
(It didn't stop him from earning fourth place in the mayoral election.)
However, David eventually earned my respect by his hard work and dedication to his fellow Angelenos.
Nobody...and I repeat, NOBODY has worked as hard at protecting the City as Zuma Dogg has for the last three years. He has been to more City Council meetings than the elected City Council members - who are paid to attend. Zuma Dogg is the "secret whisperer" to whom unhappy City employees go to warn of impending trouble.
I will stop short of officially endorsing Zuma Dogg because I also have a lot of respect and admiration for Joe Essavi, who is a fellow Republican. But I can't deny that Zuma's presence on the ballot would cause a media circus in that election, and I kind of like the idea of that. The other top candidates for CD 2 are despised by most of the voters there, for various reasons. Krekorian, because he lives in Burbank and just got elected to State Legislature in November. Essel, because she is just a wealthy movie exec who actually lives around Sunset/Doheny and is filled with false altruism. Galatzan because she is seen as a Villaraigosa puppet (also her husband backed the proposed new Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga, an idea which residents there hated ) .
Right now, residents of Venice are driving over to Council District 2 to help Zuma Dogg get his signatures on his petitions so that he can run for Los Angeles City Council.
If you would like to help, follow Zuma Doggs blog here.