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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mayor Sam profile: David Saltsburg


by David Saltsburg

As someone who has attended as many council meetings as any of the councilmembers themselves, I know what causes have had which (negative) effects in the community and on the city as a whole. I don't think there is any other candidate on the ballot who is more informed on the issues as they fly through the agenda. Secondly, I have spent countless hours listening to the thousands of your neighbors and community members from across the city on all these issues and I have dedicated myself to representing and reflecting this community voice "on the record" before council.

CAREER HISTORY: David Saltsburg ("Zuma Dogg") has over 15 years experience working in the extremely competitive radio and record industry as Program Director, Operations Director and Research Director working for some of the biggest stations in America in Houston, Washington, New York City and Los Angeles. Throughout his career, Dave was known as an innovative trailblazer and left the market a buzz for years after his departure. In his managerial role, he was responsible for the oversight of large staffs with HUGE budgets for hiring, promotion, marketing and research.

If you haven't heard of me, start asking around about, "Zuma Dogg" and what it would mean if I was the next City Councilmember. I hope they will tell you that I have stood up and spoken out against the fraud, waste, abuse and overall anti-community spirit. After attending all the meetings, and speaking to all the people, and as someone who cares enough to have done all of this on my own time, all I have to do is walk a few feet over to the seat itself and continue to reflect and represent the voice of community. If Villaraigosa and a bunch of City Councilmember don't like it...GOOD! They've been winning by default. On September 22nd, you have a real opportunity to vote not only for a grassroots candiate, but someone who actually knows what's going on and a person who thousands of people have rallied behind as a single, concerned citizen speaking up. LET'S DO IT! SEPTEMBER 22nd!

Read much more on the career and activism of Zuma Dogg (expanded version of this bio) at http://electZUMA.com.

45 Comments:

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

David Saltsburg (Zuma Dogg) gave the most passionate answers at the Valley Village forum last night. I saw people applauding him that I hadn't expected.

He earned some new supporters and more votes last night.

August 27, 2009 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD2 will never I repeat never elect ZD as our rep. If he spent some of that time and energy on himself instead of the foolish circus act he performs at city hall maybe just maybe we would take him seriously. But he's HOMELESS -JOBLESS- PENNYLESS- A CARPETBGGER. And he wants to represent us? Get a clue. ZD= LOSER

August 27, 2009 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. David Saltsburg for CD 2.

A true reformer!

August 27, 2009 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, why do you insist on being the first to comment on your own posts, even though it is Zuma Dogg's platform now?

We already read about your evaluation of the event last night. You already wrote about that! Why don't you get out of the spotlight and give the rest of us a chance to read what OTHERS have to say??????????


P.S. if YOU were telling the truth and you're raising children, why do you have such free time in the DAY and EVENING to go to these things? When are you parenting and earning a living to pay those taxes?

August 27, 2009 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What no one has anything to say?? Is it possible that the UNDERDOGG or should I say ZUMA DOGG will be City Hall Bound?? You know people are tired of tax waste/dwp overcharges as one person I can't change shit but standing by someone who is like minded we create a group, so all ZUMA lovers out there get off your ass and help the DOGG. Oh, ya think we are crazy, yeah buddy as a MAD hatter tired of the City Council Abuse of POWER, ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTLY....EchoParkLady

August 27, 2009 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How did Zuma Dogg take a "successful career" and end up with no money in the bank?

If he was successful for so long, and wound up homeless, or even wound up selling things on Venice Beach, it looks like a mighty fall.

Something must've happened to go from a 15 year career to Venice Beach vendor, to homelessness.


We already know the spiel about how Zuma Dogg goes to city council, but how did he fall so far from his "successful career."

Zuma you need to connect the dots because something is missing. Maybe it's a simple logical story. But you need to connect the dots.

August 27, 2009 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have a question for zuma. Will you continue to be rude if you're elected?

You have shown you are confrontational. And that's good in some instances. But can you convince me that you're going to be collaborative with your city council colleagues? On what basis should we trust you this time, instead of thinking that you're going to be your normally rude self?

August 27, 2009 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One thing that I'd like ZD to share is his educational background.

No need for a kneejerk response. If you just went to high school, that's okay. If you did some college but dropped out, that's okay too.

If you graduated or if you have a graduate degree beyond that, that's awesome.

Where did you last graduate from, and what did you do beyond that. Name of school would be great. I'm only curious since I've not heard you talk about this.

Jose Huizar is a lying scumbag who keeps mentioning his alma mater, so getting into good schools doesn't mean you're gonna be great. Huizar is a lying, scumsucking banana republic scum.

August 27, 2009 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD why do you have one persona when you're on channel 35, but you get all huggy kissy with the councilmembers when you speak with them off to the side?

August 27, 2009 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate it when Zuma Dogg called the Mayor by HIS fake name.

August 27, 2009 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is bad zuma karma.

When he calls LoBonge "LoBong" LoBonge called Zuma Dave "Saltsman."

That type of mutual disrespect is what'll happen is zuma is elected. Things are already bad enough there.

August 27, 2009 1:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A leopard cannot change his spots and a grown adult like Saltzburg cannot change overnight into a stateman.

His addition to the city council would be a disaster.

August 27, 2009 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Saltsburg aka Zuma Dogg kicked butt last night and demonstrated just why we need an outsider in this CD post and not these career politicians who only care about themselves and their next job.

Can you imagine the history that will be made when we elect a so-called "homeless" guy into City Council? It will restore the public's faith in democracy and elected politics and show that a man of the people can get sent to City Hall where he can shake up the status quo.
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After last night, our whole family will be voting for David Saltsburg. We'll be doing the State a favor by leaving Kerkorian and Tamar Galatzan in their current posts so the public doesn't have to spend money replacing them beofre their terms are over.

August 27, 2009 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with the commenters from above: Zuma has demonstrated his rudeness when given two minutes to speak. He is going to be a trainwreck if given the cd2 position.

And I would also like to know what his educational background is, regardless of what it is. Is he a high school grad? college drop out? college grad? whatever the case, I'd like to know, since we know what all the others have done.

But most of all i would like to know how he fell from a good career as he calls it to homelesness and beach vendor in between.

I would agree that if he had such agreat career, and wound up with nothing in the bank, what was the cause of that?

That is a legit question, since the cd2 job oversees billions of dollars and I don't wanna replace a loser with a loser.

August 27, 2009 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to Schmaltzenburger, Essel will edge into the finals and have no one to face but loser Paul Kerkorian, the only Armenian in the world who can't raise huge money from the Armenian Community.

So, why is it that he can't tap into the money tree of the Armenians?

Probably because he is a wimp.

We already just elected the biggest wimp in LA to CD 5 and now you want us to add another wimp to be run over by the stronger personalities on the commission? A few more wimps and Tony Cardenas will replace Eric Garcetti (ZD's favorite Councilman).

August 27, 2009 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dogg man is a carpetbagger, plain & simple. CD2 does not want a carpetbagger, especially a rude, self absorbed (everything is about me) carpetbagger representing our district. ZD needs to drop out of the race, get his life together, and stop wasting everyone's time.

August 27, 2009 6:00 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

10:49am,
You're too focused on my lifestyle outside chambers. You should be saying, "Wow, look at what the guy has done under the circumstances!" He could probably REALLY get stuff done with the powers of the council office behind him and guaranteed subway sandwiches and studio apartment.

You know, Mary Benson kinda took a jab at me yesterday during her opening statement. She admitted that she hasn't been down to city hall as much as some other people, because some of us have to earn a living and have jobs and not all of us can live in a cardboard box.

OK, so now I know she is talking about me.

So here's my response since when you throw in "living in a cardboard box" and Zuma Dogg is not one of the BIG 3, so why is she opening up her opening statement with that?

Must be feeling it's not going too good for her vs ZD, or why else would she feel the need.

SO HERE IS MY RESPONSE TO ANYONE WHO SAYS THAT:

NO WHERE IS IT WRITTEN WHEN I WAS BORN THAT I AM COMFORTABLE, O.K. WITH, OR ENJOY LIVING ON THE SIDEWALK (not even inside a cardboard box).

So I need to remind voters, I was earning a "living" at Venice Beach, PAYING RENT to stay in the room I was paying rent to stay in.

CITY COUNCIL PASSED A LAW BANNING MY INCOME, EVEN THOUGH:

I was permitted with a signed contact and issued a license with the city (so we are not talking about illegal sidewalk vending)..

AND, a FEDERAL JUDGE ruled that the city WAS in violation of the law, and the city overturned the illegal part that prevented me in the first place.

MEANWHILE, during the time I went to council to "inform them" that the City Attorney bamboozled them with an ordinance that was FEDERALLY-LAW FLAWED, I figured they would fix it because they didn't want to be wrong and in violation of Federal Law. But I quickly found out they did this stuff FULLY KNOWING it's in violation, and the only way to get them to "fix it" is to protest RELENTLESSLY, or SUE.

So since they didn't fix it, I kept going back.

AND THEN...

People started approaching me in chambers, telling me they were seeing me and what a good job I was actually doing out there and they asked if I would listen to them about their issue (LAUSD, condo-conversions, Special Event Fee Waiver Abuse, EVERYTHING...

And I was shocked and honored by the privilege people were giving me and the respect in which they approached me with...and again, it was like Michael Jackson finding out he could dunk basketballs in his mid-40s.

So sure, if you feel like I am pulling off something other people aren't, out there...YEAH, I'll roll with it.

BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STUFF OUT THERE, GOING DOWN IN CHAMBERS ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS.

LIVES ON THE LINE. JOBS ON THE LINE. AND IT'S ALL ILLEGAL, SHADY AND CORRUPT! A DAILY STIFF ARM TO THE PEOPLE.

HOW COULD I LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THAT?

So to Mary Benson for her comments:

"Not all of us can..." she is basically admitting that, "Yes, Zuma Dogg has been down there and knows all the ins and outs and has all the relationships and experience BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORK BECAUSE HE LIVES IN A "CARDBOARD BOX" as she said:

I CHOSE TO TAKE THE TIME AND NOW AS A RESULT I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH CITY WORKERS, CITY HALL INSIDERS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

I CHOSE TO SPEND ALL MY TIME BECAUSE I FELT IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT STUFF IN THE WORLD AND I TOOK ON THE LEADERSHIP ROLE AND CHALLENGE AS IT WAS PRESENTED TO ME.

But at the end of it all, I HAVE all that knowledge, experience and historic perspective and it is ALL WORTH IT IN THE END AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. Because I packed a decade or two into three years and it's a TREMENDOUS VALUE/RESOURCE to have the depth and level of inside knowledge regarding city operations.

August 27, 2009 6:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just like a shady politician.. People pose a lot of legitimate questions and Zuma responds regarding May Benson, who asked nothing.

Get real Zuma. Answer the questions without in side-tracking b.s.

August 27, 2009 6:55 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:52pm,

What you have to realize is that it isn't like I ended up on the street overnight. It was a transition that took place over a decade.

I am DIFFERENT. I'm the kind of guy who can be in a Times Square skyscraper with the top big wigs and eating dinner with Tina Turner and backstage with Elton and Billy Joel before the show.

THESE TOP CORPORATE PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY NEEDED ME MORE THAN I NEEDED THEM. Because when I got to a certain top level, you either have to go the the next level, where I would have had to TOTALLY sell-out and just become an industry puppet, cashing in on the reputation I built over a decade in radio.

AND I JUST DIDN'T FEEL LIKE DOING THAT. MY MAGIC POWERS DO NOT WORK WHEN I USE THEM THAT WAY. I CANNOT MAKE THAT CALL.

So when I got caught up in the Malibu creative life and people these TOP LEVEL writers, producers, stars were honoring me as the "talk of the town" as someone and something they have never seen before...

THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END.

You cannot take a "regular guy" like me, and have Stone Temple Pilots and Adam Sandler and "Friends" castmembers and producers and writers and all the industry insiders and their "I've seen it all" family members run up to you and start telling you that they have never seen anything like it and are saying you are the most genius improv performer they have ever seen and ask you HOW DO YOU DO IT???, YEAH, you're gonna get a little too caught up in trying to pursue that. But ZD was the outsider "gadfly" guy as a TV improv celebrity, much like my city hall tenure, and while I was talking to producers and a lot of promises were being made, I started the city hall stuff, and eventually just ended up chucking everything and just became an actual day in and day out activist, not even thinking of agents or actors. The city hall stuff was so much more important, I'd rather have an 90 year old lady stroll over in a walker to me now, to say, "thanks" than the Grammy Awards crowd or Malibu scene.

So that's what happened.

I COULD HAVE GONE BACK TO NYC AND MADE THAT COMEBACK.

My old station Z-100 knew I was having hard times, AND SO WERE THEY SINCE I LEFT, so they OFFERED me to come back.

I had Clive Davis' record company ask me if I wanted to be a record promoter.

But although Clive is AMAZING and to work for his lable would have been, the industry is so slimey, even worse than politics, and I made a clean getaway, I had to move to Kanan Rd in Malibu to get away from NYC and Times Square, and it has all paid off since I walk the streets showered by blessings, thanks and good wishes from the most diverse group of total strangers.

It ain't easy to be a people's champ and have strangers stop to say something nice about a guy. And if it was a joke or they didn't feel I was honoring the people, they'd be throwing tomatoes. But as of 11pm, last night, the last time I was in public, the SECOND I walked into the karaoke bar, someone walks up in TOTAL disbelief that I am standing there and says, "Zuma Dogg, you're a LEGEND!" (Yes, my FAVORITE of all accolades!) My friend was there to witness it.

Ain't easy to have strangers say that to you. And I ain't no special magic guy with financial backing and I wasn't on anyone's payroll or paycheck. So I'm just one of 4,000,000.

So yeah, that's what happened.

August 27, 2009 7:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I will repose these questions since Zuma Dogg DID NOT ANSWER THEM:

1. Where did you last ATTEND school?

2. Where did you last GRADUATE from school?

3. If you had a "successful" career, how come you went from that to vending on Venice Beach?

4. Why do you think we care about your PAST careers, rather than your troubling behavior in a very sophisticated environment such as City Hall?

5. Who paid for your last apartment?

6. What reason did they give you for telling you to leave a week later.

7. What are the terms of your living in your NEW temporary home?

8. Will you continue to be obnoxious as you have been in the past, if you're elected in the future?

9. What are you going to do with yourself if you lose? (Last time you lied about staying away, and you were back in city hall the very next day)

Don't answer by repeating the old stories that you've been telling since the last election. The more you avoid answering, the more people think you're hiding something. If you're not hiding something, then just give us straight answers, dig?

August 27, 2009 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KFWB just announced that an ethics complaint was filed against Tamar- Anyone know the details?

August 27, 2009 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dogg man is a carpetbagger, plain & simple. CD2 does not want a carpetbagger, especially a rude, self absorbed (everything is about me) carpetbagger representing our district. ZD needs to drop out of the race, get his life together, and stop wasting everyone's time.

August 27, 2009 7:19 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Q: I have a question for zuma. Will you continue to be rude if you're elected?

You have shown you are confrontational. And that's good in some instances. But can you convince me that you're going to be collaborative with your city council colleagues?"

A: That's a perfectly fair and reasonable question. Here's all I can say. First of you, you never know what you are going to get with ANY candidate once they get into office. But regarding your question regarding my performance:

Up until now, I have been ZD the Xtreme Gadfly, and I have been going against hardcore shadiness (dare I call it conspired corruption) and the people in charge don't play around, and you may get a phone call or two once in a while trying to scare you away, or whatever.

And CITY COUNCIL has the deck stacked ALL IN THEIR FAVOR, and you DO NOT get a fair shake and they DO NOT have to listen or take you seriously, so EXCUSE ME if I have to turn into the HULK when they deserve it, as my role as gadfly. LOOK, if I went up there and spoke softly and politely, I wouldn't have cut through and had this impact.

AS COUNCILMEMBER, I assure you, as someone who likes to keep gaining momentum and wants to please the public and DO NOT want to end up tanking in disgrace...

MY CHALLENGE AND GOAL WILL BECOME TO REFLECT THE TONE THAT THE PEOPLE WANT AS COUNCILMEMBER. And that is not the same as what they like (and secretly like) about Zuma Dogg. PLUS, I won't have to shout over Eric Garcetti when he takes my time for no reason because I'll be councilmember, AND, if he WERE to make a mistake or give me a hard time, I wouldn't be able to start yelling. I MEAN...COMMON...I ASSURE YOU I WOULD NOT BE GOING "ZUMA DOGG" ON THEIR ASSES. It wouldn't be accepted by the people, and I would feel like a FOOL.

AND, remember, the term is a year and a half (under two years) so it's actually the perfect opportunity, cause if it was all a big mistake, even without a recall, it won't be long before it's time to vote me out.

So it's a good "trial councilmembership."

AND, one CM called me a "prophet." Another one "a genius." Another one said, "Damn, ZD, what do you do, sit there 18 hours a day and study this stuff?" (After ZD shredded CMs last minute item.) Others talk to me because they know I ALWAYS want to listen to them if they think I am wrong. And a lot of ZD opposition will tell you I search out BOTH sides of the issue and check stuff out with the opposition, too.

AND, like in radio, you might not like that ZD was hired and you have to work with him. But people's careers are on the line, and so is the city, and when ZD is hitting em up with stuff that will make THEM look good, they don't care what color the life preserver is. YOU'LL SEE!

And I think I have shown, even to the people I am attacking from the other side of the rope, seem to feel that ZD's a good guy, and you can reason with him, and even get him to back off or change his opinion if you are able to really convince him with not just B.S.-spin. And he might get mad at you one second, but if he likes what you say the next second, he'll be touting how great your comments are, or whatever. (NO GRUDGES.) And again, A CM said, "Stunned and amazed" in LA Times about me when I walked in the door. Wouldn't it be GREAT if we were all FORCED to work together at the decision of the people (a vote).

THEN, OH NO...Zuma Dogg would have to get back to the responsible life he once lived as a successful innovative, trailblazing radio executive and he would have to shave and act like a corporate executive again (where I didn't behave this way) == AND COUNCIL WILL BE FORCED TO FIND OUT HOW BENEFICIAL I WILL BECOME TO THEIR CAREERS AS I AM ABLE TO PROVIDE SOME CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. They're gonna LOVE me!
It's gonna be the best experience of their life. History has proven that, and I can't wait to start proving it to everyone!

LET'S DO THIS!

August 27, 2009 7:28 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Q: ZD why do you have one persona when you're on channel 35, but you get all huggy kissy with the councilmembers when you speak with them off to the side?

A: Because, again, they know I am there to do what I do, and although they hoped I would have faded by now, they just accept I am going to be there and am doing what I do, but again, because they know I have heart and admire what I do, they aren't all thin skinned, and we kinda suffer from Stockholm Syndrome with each other, too, I guess you could say.

But when I am speaking with them off to the side, they are either trying to spin me their way; or I am asking to speak with them to ask them a question. So when we are having a love fest off to the side, it's kinda like the relationship they have with a reporter. A report can hammer them, but the CM will still talk to them.

IT'S THE FRONT LINES, Y'ALL!

August 27, 2009 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are a legend in your own mind.

If you had paid attention in school you might have been introducted to Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

The character was quite mad.(not unlike you)

In the story, the character conjures up foes that are actually windmills (not unlike you) tries to best them in duels or other confrontations (not unlike you) and of course, never manages to succeed (not unlike you) and then "dies trying", feeling he has "fought the good fight".(not unlike you)

You create imaginary bouts and challenges that no one cares about and try to fight with people who couldn't care less about engaging.

You are lost in your dream, loser. The election would be a wake up to a normal person, but you will only see the votes you got, not the ones you didn't get.

Your life is a sad parody of yourself.

Go somewhere for a while, give it a rest, and contemplate the rest of your life. You've wasted most of it already.

August 27, 2009 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are a legend in your own mind.

If you had paid attention in school you might have been introducted to Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

The character was quite mad.(not unlike you)

In the story, the character conjures up foes that are actually windmills (not unlike you) tries to best them in duels or other confrontations (not unlike you) and of course, never manages to succeed (not unlike you) and then "dies trying", feeling he has "fought the good fight".(not unlike you)

You create imaginary bouts and challenges that no one cares about and try to fight with people who couldn't care less about engaging.

You are lost in your dream, loser. The election would be a wake up to a normal person, but you will only see the votes you got, not the ones you didn't get.

Your life is a sad parody of yourself.

Go somewhere for a while, give it a rest, and contemplate the rest of your life. You've wasted most of it already.

August 27, 2009 7:47 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Zuma Dogg, the carpetbagger that knows the issues of CD 2 better than anyone else on the ballot no matter where they went to high school. What is this, nursery school. You think I'm a carpetbagger? We'll put me up against the person who grew up here and WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE FIGHTING FOR YOU AND REPRESENTING YOU?

1. Where did you last ATTEND school?

2. Where did you last GRADUATE from school?

[1 and 2: I last went to Ohio State where I attended for four years and toward the end I was already working for a top station and top broadcast company, and when I was part time at the station, the opportunity to keep working full time kept growing, so I just drifted from classes. And I made it to NYC/Times Square top of the world from there. BUT, you are so young when you go to college, and I wasn't as mindful as I was in my late 20's and early 30's when I really spent hundreds of hours attending seminars (like Deming/Chopra/Robbins/Williamson/Dyer/Ries/Management...LIVE WITH THESE AUTHORS and 100s of hours reading and listening to the tapes. So that's the stuff that serves me best these days. I COULDN'T WRITE THE WAY I DO NOW WHEN I WAS 18, 19, 20 years old when I needed it in college. But again, I went for four years with about a year's worth of credits to go.]

3. If you had a "successful" career, how come you went from that to vending on Venice Beach?
[Answered that.]

4. Why do you think we care about your PAST careers, rather than your troubling behavior in a very sophisticated environment such as City Hall? {Past Career: Shows I have worked in major corporate situations, responsible for BIG stuff like staffs, marketing and promotional budgets, research, THE WHOLE PRODUCT. Being Boardmember of a Neighborhood Council or owning a candy store or being a lawyer or whatever DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN RUN AN OFFICE. AND I HAVE RUN MUCH BIGGER AND IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A MAGICAL, CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE, UPWARD EXPERIENCE. Say what you want, you do not go from OSU college student to NYC Skyscaper if you aren't knocking em DEAD out there! So that's why.]

That's it for now. I answered all the questions that are relevant. Regarding my living situation, that is not a city council related matter. I am allowed to live somewhere and that is not campaign related. Call ethics if you are not sure of want to file a complaint. For example, let's say some political machine backers want ZD to win and funnel me tens of thousands of dollars to buy clothes, get a new place to live, a new car, stock up the refrigerator...WHATEVER I SPEND IT ON...if it ain't on TV commercials, fliers, mailers, offices and campaign stuff...it's all just to help me as a human being and is allowed. And in the case of whatever my situation was regarding "in and/or out" or whatever, the reason the person did it was because they didn't know Zuma Dogg was fighting the good fight all this time, while living on the streets and even if the person was opposed to me politically, or not, the person felt too bad to let the Dogg stay out on the street, so they found a place while it was available.

Meanwhile, I have never seen a line of questioning like that. MAN, YOUR CANDIDATE must REALLY be tanking out there. Thanks for the indicators!

August 27, 2009 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone but Essel or Dogg boy!

August 27, 2009 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You never answered the question of why you gave up "the top of the world" to be a bum selling T shirts on the beach in Venice.

That is what losers do.

You have advanced ADD, I'd call it HD ADD.

August 27, 2009 8:15 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

TEAM ZUMA!

xoxo

August 27, 2009 8:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While Zuma is still evading questions, I'd like to add one more:

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A RESIDENT OF CD2. ROUND IT TO THE NEAREST ANSWER FOR US, AND THE ANSWER SHOULDN'T INCLUDE THE NAMES OF ANY OTHER CANDIDATES. I WILL ASK THEM LATER.

yOU FIRST.

August 27, 2009 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zUMA you did not explain why you think you went from "top of the world" to Vencie Beach vendor to homeless.

Answer the fucking question!

August 27, 2009 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You went to Ohio State University for four years, and you just dropped out at the end?

Do you realize how people see that?

That means you don't have the ability to see things through to the end, even when the stakes are going to impact the rest of your life. And in 15 years since then, you didn't wrap it up along the way? Were you really too busy while on Venice Beach or did you not want to do it for laziness or determination.

I would have had more respect for you if you said you dropped out after a year because you didn't like it or it was boring. But to go through the full four years to get so close to the end zone and not see it through to the end makes me very very concerned about your lack of dedication.

Christ, if Huizar could get through, what was it, Colombia, you couldn't get through Ohio State?

Are you being honest with us that you completed four years of studies, or is there something else here that you're not fessing up about?

I have to say that I'm really disappointed in you. Those last few things could've made a big difference in your life, and kept you off of Venice Beach vending or the streets.

I'm not angry. Just really disappointed.

August 27, 2009 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do not I repeat do not waste your vote on Zuma.
He is a joke and a loser who is wasting our time and
just doesn't grasp it. He can't answer a yes or no question without going off on a freak out. Check the ego at the gate ZD. Time to drop out.

August 27, 2009 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(I AM THE PERSON WHO ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT HOW HE FELL FROM HIS CAREER TO VENICE BEACH HOMELESSNESS AND WHY HE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AT THE END).

i must say that i really kinda see it now. i just think the city is in too weak a position now to take a risk on zuma dogg. seems entertaining and maybe in a different more prosperous time, i can take that risk, but not now. i get it now. i can't do it mr. zuma dogg. i do not like the other options, either, but i don't see myself voting for you either. i am going to sit this one out.

August 27, 2009 8:44 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

8:35pm, You need to watch playback of the council forums before you accuse ME of not being able to answer a "yes" or "no" question. I wish these moderators would sit on the candidate more to ACTUALLY answer THE QUESTION BEING ASKED and if you are give options like, "yes or no" or "pick 1, 2, 3 or 4 -- AND YOU CANNOT CHOOSE ANOTHER OPTION" that the candidates would stick to those guidelines. I am at a TREMENDOUS disadvantage at these forums because the other candidates are not doing this.

It shows to me a lack of discipline and decisiveness and ability to make a call and give an opinion in real time.

WHEN YOU ARE VOTING YOU HAVE TO VOTE "YES OR NO", and sometimes (usually) the perfect option is not available and you HAVE to decide based on what is being presented. And I am seeing a REAL problem, especially with the NC candidates when it comes to this leadership quality.

August 27, 2009 9:00 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

You went to Ohio State University for four years, and you just dropped out at the end?

Do you realize how people see that?

People could see it as I went into college when I was 17 years old and I was making money and being offered REAL opportunity in the CAREER of my dreams and you can say I was extremely fortunate, because I made my own luck and I was accepting the resumes of people still taking those classes as they asked me to hire them for their first job. So yeah, give the choice between having to continue to move ahead in a professional career, that's what happened. It's not like I chucked Medical school at the end and became a Solid Gold dancer. Excuse Kobe Bryant for quitting high school to play in the NBA. I don't think it's what you are trying to make it out to be. AND YES, I was 17, 18, 19, when all of these decisions were being made and I was in NYC in my 20's. Sorry for being so irresponsible. And seriously, you know you are only a political operative who is going to ask a million questions then be SO disappointed and CRUSHED and if I only gave you the right answer you would proudly vote for ZD. YEAH, RIGHT! But let's just say for argument's sake that you really are just some random member of the community asking all these questions: YOU CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY. I mean, you are complaining about stuff from my teens...you gotta go find some fancy person in a nice suit with a nice fancy degree and all the stuff that makes you feel good inside.

August 27, 2009 9:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma is a rocket to the bottom!

August 27, 2009 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

no so Mr. Zuma Dogg.

my reason for asking about your educational background is because you never talk about it. so by not talking about it, it made me wonder what the truth is.

your explanation showed me that you have the inability to see things through to the end. you didn't have the ability to see that just dotting the i and crossing the t in life really counts. it could have prevented you from being homeless and selling t shirts on the beach.

my curiosity about this was enhanced because you kept talking about your "great career" and that made me wonder why you fell so far and so fast.

so by steamrolling over the commenters questions, it made me think that you weren't being completely honest with us, and that does appear to be the case.

again, i'm not voting for any of the others, yet you took offense and called me an operative. give me a break mon! i am NOT voting for any of you. but in you, i'm mostly just disappointed. try not to lash out now and act hysterically because I'm not buying your act.

August 27, 2009 10:13 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Last night was fun in Malibu as Zuma Dogg bumps KID ROCK off the karaoke stage and ROCK is forced to hand the mic off to DOGG! (This ain't DE-TROIT, KID ROCK...YOU'RE IN ZD'S HOME TOWN...THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU...GIMME THE MIC AND SHUT UP, FOOL!):

The story is on my blog for people who may get a kick out of reading about ZD, Sean Penn, Kid Rock Lauren Sanchez, Jeremy Piven and the the rest of Zuma Dogg's post-canidate forum victory party last night.

August 27, 2009 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:13 PM = The Loon

August 27, 2009 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That hater of ZD is alive, well, and kicking it all over MS tonight. I'm sick of reading her vitriol.

August 28, 2009 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The city is in a financial crisis created by $pecial interest providers, councilmembers, and Sacramento career politicians like Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Alarcon, Cardenas, Wesson, and now Koretz. Angelenos need to pause for several minutes and take into consideration which candidate will best serve Angelenos instead of their masters, $pecial interest groups, that include part time elected candidates and commission appointees.

Do Angelenos need another $pecial interest group provider? Just follow the money prior, during and after the election.

David Saltsburg a TRUE REFORMER with no strings attached.

August 28, 2009 3:35 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I'm not buying your act.

The act ain't for sale and I was never trying to get you to buy it, loser. Stop spinning, you're revealing yourself. WHO SPEAKS LIKE THAT?

August 28, 2009 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg is a very smart man and knows the issues. There is nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in. He knows the issues better than anyone else. He knows the councilmembers and has been down at city hall more than anyone on this planet.

It should be applauded that he speaks his mind and stands up for what is right. He has fought city hall and they have listened. It is hard to find a candidate that has his kind of background. He is a great candidate and I hope he wins.

Zuma Dogg will shake up city hall. Vote for him.

August 30, 2009 7:45 AM  

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