Afternoon Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday
The one that just passed was really a bad weekend for me. First, at my high school reunion, I learned of the pending closure of the beloved Proud Bird Restaurant to which the city still has not responded, and secondly, I received copies of three online articles, written by Ari Noonan, that notorious right-wing writer of “The Front Page Online,” in which Damien Goodmon excoriates Mark Ridley-Thomas for, basically, being a powerful politician who is chairman of the Board of Supervisors who appears to have not ever performed in a manner that pleases him.
In these three interviews, the one-issue activist holds the supervisor solely responsible for everything he perceives has not gone (or is not going) the way he, Damien, wants. He attacks Ridley-Thomas for not getting him the Crenshaw Subway tunnel he desperately wants, for the “unsatisfactory” work the supervisor has done to reopen the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, for not being forceful enough in dealing with the Baldwin Hills oilfields, etc. Basically, according to Damien, the life-long legislator and politician hasn’t done a damned thing! According to Damien’s interview, he’s just been sitting up there, holding all this power and doing nothing of value for the people
The irony in all of this is that Damien and Ridley-Thomas have been close allies and friends until now. Before Damien went crazy in the Front Page pieces, the supervisor treated him with special regard and protected him when another politician was out for his blood. They had always seemed to like each other.So, I talked to Damien (well, actually, I yelled at him) to find out several things: 1. When did he and Ridley-Thomas fall out? 2. Who put him up to saying these awful things about the supervisor? 3. For what purpose did he do it? What is his end game? 4. Are we at war now? Did he just release a salvo that will end in his own demise? 5. Has he lost his mind?