LA Wave Newspaper Soulvine Columnist Betty Pleasant.
Blogger Notes: The Mayor Sam Blog has enjoyed an "illustrious give and take relationship" with longtime South LA African-American Newspaper Columnist Betty Pleasant over the years. No doubt, we have differences on many political issues but her voice is one of a once dynamic LA African-American Community that is being ease out by other ethnic groups (the tension of that can be discern in Pleasant's latest column). Pleasant, recovering (which we wish her well) from eye surgery, returns to the opinion pages with a "Soulvine missive" that shows her "opinionated heart" is doing just fine, excerpts of which we provide below
Betty missed this event at City Hall: I’m going to clean out my craw and comment on things I missed, starting with Council President Eric Garcetti’s City Hall reception for the national NAACP staff and officers at the start of the NAACP convention held here.
What in the City Hall Rotunda got Betty's attention?: And in that rotunda was a prominent permanent poster urging visitors to buy Mexican food at the Homeboy Industries restaurant in operation in City Hall. I couldn’t believe my left eye! I searched for posters advertising restaurants run by other ethnic groups in City Hall and found none. What is this? Why is this? How is it that one ethnic group is permitted to sell its food in City Hall and others are not?
Betty's ideal City Hall eating establishment: Whereabouts in City Hall is the Ghetto Girls’ restaurant where I can buy beignets for breakfast and gumbo for lunch? Where in City Hall can I get some of those delicious spring rolls the Vietnamese sell downtown?
Betty's thoughts on Mayor Antonio Villar regarding the lack of dining diversity in City Hall: This is a bitch slap by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s racist administration. Since he has no African-Americans around him, he has no one to challenge his galloping Latino favoritism, to tell him about the need to be inclusive in all things.
Betty's audit suggestions for City Controller Wendy Greuel: Why can’t Greuel conduct racism audits? Why can’t Greuel audit the city’s departments to determine whether their programs and activities benefit one ethnic group to the exclusion of others?
How Betty plans to observe AEG's Farmer Field proposal: since AEG officials made a big deal out of the huge numbers of jobs the stadium project will create, I will keep in close contact with my good friend Martin Ludlow, AEG’s Black cheerleader, to monitor the number of Blacks employed in all aspects of the project, from its beginning to its conclusion. I want Martin to help me count the Blacks at work.
Glad to have you back Betty!
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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