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Thursday, July 31, 2008

SLAP Town Hall Meeting

This Saturday, Ron Kaye will take his Saving Los Angeles Project (S.L.A.P.) from the steps of City Hall and move it into the challenging realm of nuts and bolts activism.

What is being called a Town Hall meeting could actually be the birth of a potentially dynamic and effective citizen fueled effort, acting outside of the constraints of the Neighborhood Council system, to bring real change to the City as we know it.
Although I have great respect for the NC's, and high hopes for their future, until they either earn the right or seize the power to act in more than an advisory capacity, then my money will ride on any group that has the ability to bring legal challenges, and can respond swiftly to deal with issues affecting their communities.

The beauty of SLAP is that within it, you will find a mixture of NC representatives , along with those who work outside of the system, and many who are just either interested in a particular issue or testing the waters of community participation.

The common goal is the same.

The City of Los Angeles is a mess, and it's going to take a real effort by all of us to turn this ship around.

Roll up your sleeves, it's time to get busy!

S.L.A.P. Town Hall
Saturday, Aug 2nd
2 to 4 pm
3750 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glassell Park

for more info: ronkayela.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

You don't need to read more than the top four or five posts on RonKayeLA.com this morning to realize how important it is that serious citizens need to close down the City Hall/LAUSD circus. How dare Brewer and those dopes on the school board celebrate their victory at the ridiculously expensive Pacific Dining Car over a lunch that probably cost taxpayers a small fortune, especially if Monica Garcia was there. How freaking stupid can you get?? It they think no one notice, or did they just not care? Meanwhile, while the people who run our pathetic school system pig out, our City Council has become the freak show on the midway. The Daily News called it "silly season." Silly? It's pathetic. At least Bratton has the balls to tell the Bearded Lady and the Monkey Boy that he isn't interested in becoming part of the act. How did we allow this to happen? I'm going to the SLAP meeting tomorrow to see if there's a way of shutting down the show.

August 01, 2008 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have your silly meeting Higby. It won't make a difference. Not enough people vote and even the activists are lazy and don't show up or follow through. Do you really think you can defeat the Mayor or anyone he is supporting. You are in a dream world. That is not how LA politics works.


August 01, 2008 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

by the way the mayor doesn't even care or is not scared by these stupid 100 person protests with higby or wacko walter.

August 01, 2008 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope the organizers have plenty of seat and back cushions, sound magnifiers and large-print screens for the attendees. Look out in the parking lot, since so many old people in big cars makes for tense quarters.

Sure, they oppose another school bond as most of us with kids do -- this is just another boondoggler, a taxpayer- funded attempt to undercut the true charter schools, but still keep them under control of the fascist LAUSD and UTLA -- but most of these people are about as relevant to planning the future of L A as the telex is to internet communications.

With their confused leaders Walter Moore and those talk show hosts who think Jamiel's Law and situation are somehow tied in to San Francisco's tragic Balogna case, and plan to hold PR conferences and make a big stink here with the help of Dennis Zine. (Who Walter Moore even disses, and we know the Chief can't stand and whose ignorant second- guessing and grandstanding on his version of it, he will never take seriously.)

This bunch of confused provincials, bluehairs, perennial misanthropes and odds and ends who can't even agree on a common theme. I'd sum it up for them as "too many taxes especially on middle class and elderly homeowners suck, break up LAUSD and put citizens first, and stop mass transit on the westside."

The first few items most everyone can agree with, except the older parents who are 60's-70's liberals, but then they get off on class warfare about "the rich," and the westside NIMBYs side with their West Valley counterparts against the interests of the westside itself, just to spite their current elected officials. And whoever takes over, they'll keep doing this, because that's who they are. They literally think that their small group who has seized control of the local HOAs is a fiefdom with no connection to the city as a whole. NO ONE will reflect their views, or please them, because if they did, they'd be agreeing to undermine the rest of the city. These old reactionaries do NOT reflect the rest of us in CDs 5 or 11 or adjacent -- that area is nothing like Ron Kaye's tractville of the older part of Woodland Hills or Pomona.

There is NO hope from this group for the future, nor can they even come together amongst themselves. So they'll have a nice gripe session -- don't forget the hearing aids.

August 01, 2008 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glassell Park? In East L A? Does anyone think those West Valley old people will show up there? That's what they and the anti-subway to the sea people are terrified of. Maybe for good reason, looking at what's been going on in Glassell Park -- but how smart is this as a venue? It'll get out the anti-Reyes, anti-Huizar types who post here all the time.

August 01, 2008 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The 3rd floor is spinning like crazy this morning. Democracy, real democracy, is messy. It's not like the sterile, Matt Szabo scripted, media smile fest, concocted at City Hall on a daily basis. People in this City are seething at the arrogance of this Mayor and the abandonment of protecting the public interest by this City Council. Change can happen, and it only takes a few people. It always has.

August 01, 2008 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's good to see the mayor's campaign staff is reading the blogs, but do they need to be so obvious with their comments? Better not get caught, Michael. All those Valley "blue hairs" you keep mocking might get pissed off - and they vote. Nothing is anonymous anymore.

August 01, 2008 11:13 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I'll be at the meeting. Come say "hello." Bring your checkbook.

August 01, 2008 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:13: Those blue-hairs have been pissed off since 1965, and they'll vote for anyone but Antonio anyway -- Kaye, Zine, anyone old and grumpy and frumpy like them. So there's nothing to lose in telling it like it is. But you flatter yourself to think the 3rd floor is busy spinning or thinking about them. Actually, they probably find it easier to keep an eye on them now that they're out in the open and trying to organize. Don't forget the soft-to-the-dentures snacks, hearing aids and cushions.

August 01, 2008 2:39 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I'll be there.

By the way, don't forget it was those Valley Bluehairs who were part of the margin of victory for the Mayor against Poopy. And the Mayor owes Walter Moore for part of his victory; had Walter not run most likely Hertzberg would have been in the runoff against Antonio and AV would have lost all his Valley and Jewish voters.

August 01, 2008 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glassell Park is a good place to start. There are lots of activity community members. SLAP is trying to change things and we should all support change and I mean real change.

August 02, 2008 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glassell Park is a good place to start. There are lots of activity community members. SLAP is trying to change things and we should all support change and I mean real change.

August 02, 2008 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Council measure to put MTA tax on ballot and let voters decide, passed 10-2, only Alarcon and Zine NO.

Like I said, only the geographical and political extremes oppose public will on this; the rest either see it's a regional issue or support the public's will to decide. Even Smith and Cardenas, in the end.

August 06, 2008 11:46 AM  

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