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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meltdown At City Hall

Today's City Council session was suddenly interrupted with demands for "Public Comment Now" by attendees protesting the Safe Cities Initiative. A large group of homeless and those that provide services for the homeless had grown weary of a long and depressing discussion by the CC on the loss of revenue to the City and the looming reality of police furloughs.
Check around the 1:56:00 mark HERE to witness the loss of control.

I still can't figure out what Bill Rosendahl may have said to trigger the whole thing. Jan Perry tried to proceed but the shouting was drowning out her calls for order. A recess had to be called, and General Services police were called in. A sign of future days?

Update:
Here is the clip (low quality) courtesy of LA Daily Blog...

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, this is an example of reporting.

Your other posts show you to be more of an opinion person.

As anyone in journalism knows, you can be either but not both.

Pick one. Your keeping a foot in both clouds your efforts in both. And I have to ask, why aren't you at work when city council is on? And if you work for yourself, is business so slow that you don't have other things to do?

Not that I'm not glad for this update, but you're quite the puzzle.

September 29, 2009 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Strangely the video on demand is not loading for today's meeting.

September 29, 2009 9:21 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

8:41, thank you for your comments.
I'm a blogger, so you're always going to get a little bit of both. When it's my opinion, I believe that is obvious. When I am just reporting on an event, that is obvious as well.

And even though your second question is irrelevant, I will share with you that the CC meeting is available on demand. I can watch it after I get home from work.

September 29, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's 5 minutes of my life I'm not getting back. Rosendahl telling people he's a gay guy. WTF Joe?

September 29, 2009 10:17 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

This is just weird but I guess people are pissed.

September 29, 2009 10:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The masses are ready to mess with those CC asses!

September 29, 2009 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It looked pretty straight up to me. There were people there who wanted to speak on item #12 and before public comment could take place, Rosendahl asked for the PPL union guy to speak first and that just got everyone mad.

Seems pretty simple.

September 29, 2009 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What, Higby, nothing about the anti- (PRO) graffiti measure that City Clowncil approved, which will actually make most communities more tagged than ever before.

We're much better off as a city when council is in recess.

When's the next time?

September 29, 2009 11:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was this a protest over public comment not being called on a particular item, or was it a protest over moving general public comment to the end of the meeting?

September 30, 2009 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whatever it takes to annoy or irritate the public, you can bet the City Council will somehow mange to create that condition----- and then find an excuse to cause responsibility to fall nowhere near them.


AND BILL ROSENDAHL- the CM that's a jusr a regular guy, but constantly reminding all that he's gay- he reminds me of Phil Hendrie's radio character, the one who prefaced each pronouncement with, "Speaking as a gay restaurant owner," or, "Speaking as a gay homeowner," etc. as the role called for, just something that is inserted that really is not needed as a relevant point, at least in most cases.

Putting Public Comment at the end of meetings by rule or by effect is a big clue as to how they rate the public. Or maybe it's just supposed to be the ones they have it in for, but it affects all. Another bad move by the Council and each member who may try to hide behind the "group."

in cd-14

September 30, 2009 9:33 AM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

9:33AM--You're talkin' 'bout "DOUG DANGER" (pronounced "Dang--ur") Also one of MY favorite Hendrie characters! "I'm a gay man and a gay journalist" he used to proclaim at the drop of a hat, always bringing every issue back to the fact that he's gay. Hysterical! I, too, always think of Doug Danger whenever Rosendahl goes into his "I'm a gay guy....my partner died of AIDS ten years ago," etc. etc. Proud to say I own most of Hendrie's "Best of--" CDs.

September 30, 2009 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is the outrageous of putting a freeze on LAPD's hiring.

Bratton said he will now sit back and watch crime increase from back east since the city council is going to put a hiring freeze on LAPD.

And, Greg Smith says Bratton should stay out of it. Greg Smith is an idiot. Bratton is right.

October 08, 2009 8:14 AM  

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