First of all, I'll be seeing LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, face-t0-face and in person on Tuesday to discuss the matter of CONTINUED SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT @ Venice Beach of the vendors, artists and performers on the west/beach side...while forgetting how to turn their neck and enforce for the same violations on the east/retail side of beach -- and everywhere else in Venice and the City.
NOW REMEMBER: Zuma Dogg, Matt Dowd, et al are CONTINUED to be harassed, warned, ticketed and arrested for stuff like not having a piece of paper from the city's park & recreation office saying, "Donations Not Required."
The City of Los Angeles & LAPD is VERY, VERY concerned that people along the boardwalk set a "fixed price" for a pack of incense. As if any vendor or artist at Venice will suddenly bamboozle someone into pulling a hundred dollars out of their pocket against their will for a pack of incense -- that is sold for a dollar, everywhere else, all up and down the boardwalk, because there is no piece of paper on the table warning them.
BUT, WITH ALL THE STUFF GOING ON IN THE CITY, LAPD MUST WRITE TICKETS FOR NOT HAVING THAT PIECE OF PAPER TO PEOPLE ON THE VENICE BOARDWALK FOR HAND MADE ART AND CRAFTS...EVEN THOUGH THE CITY TOOK DOWN THE SIGNS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY POSTED SAYING YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE PIECE OF PAPER DISPLAYED.
OR, tickets for being one inch over the line -- OR EVEN ON THE LINE!!!
BUT THIS PERSON GETS TO SELL FRUIT IN THE CENTER OF THE BOARDWALK, ALL DAY LONG -- EVERYDAY. She and others are ALWAYS RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTER OF THE BOARDWALK. They are obviously allowed to stay there, cause cops drive past them every day. THEY HAVE TO DRIVE PAST THEM EVERY DAY...you cannot drive down the boardwalk without passing them. BUT THEY ARE THERE EVERYDAY...AND LAPD CANNOT TURN THEIR FUCKING NECK TO ENFORCE THE VIOLATION...CAUSE IT'S NOT ZUMA DOGG, MATT DOWD, ET AL. (Watch the money exchange hands in the video and keep in mind that you are NOT allowed to SELL fruit. It may only be given away for free. And she wouldn't give Zuma Dogg any free fruit!)
SO, PLEASE DO NOT FUCKING SAY SHIT TO ZUMA DOGG. MATT DOWD OR ANYONE ELSE ON THE WEST SIDE OF BOARDWALK UNTIL YOU GET RID OF PEOPLE SELLING FOOD IN THE CENTER OF THE BOARDWALK YOU DUMB-ASS, BLIND-AS-FUCK, WASTE-OF-TAXPAYER MONEY-LAPD.
(LAPD sent an undercover sting operation to UNSUCCESSFULLY try to bust Matt Dowd & Tony B. -- both of whom are PLAINTIFFS who beat the city in Federal court.)
AND, today, LAPD asked my friend Mark Herd (a vocal and active participant in the Venice Task Force & Neighborhood Council system on the "Zuma Dogg" side of issues) to turn down his little, cheesy hand-held megaphone. The little thing runs on a nine volt battery. THAT IS PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE, TODAY...requiring LAPD to roll up in the SUV to ask Mr. Herd to turn it down.
[You can see the little megaphone at the end of this brief video.]
Zuma Dogg had been standing around for ten minutes, or so...and no megaphone was in use all the time I was standing there. When LAPD showed up, there was no megaphone out -- or being used. So why did they ask Mr. Herd to turn it down?
LAPD CLAIMED they had a complaint? (They ALWAYS do!) I would suggest next time LAPD claims they have a complaint and asks someone to turn down a small mega-phone, they measure the sound with a sound-level meter -- or at least hear it for themselves. OTHERWISE...KEEP DRIVING AND GO FIGHT SOME CRIME.
ZUMA DOGG happened to be there and told the cops to either bring the decibel-level measuring device -- OR GO FIGHT SOME CRIME AND GO AWAY UNTIL YOU BRING BACK THE METER!
BECAUSE THEN, Zuma Dogg demonstrated that he doesn't need a fucking megaphone to bring a shitstorm of problems -- cause I wasn't using an amp...BUT THE COPS QUICKLY GOT THE MESSAGE THAT THEY HAPPENED TO SHOW UP AT THE WRONG TIME...CAUSE THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ZUMA DOGG IN HIS BIKE HELMET! (So they quickly made an about face and drove off, as Zuma Dogg kept EXPRESSING HIS FIRST AMENDMENT SPEECH!)
BUT OF COURSE THE STORE ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS PUMPING PALLADIUM STYLE RAVE MUSIC WITH HUGE BASS SPEAKERS POWERED BY A HUGE AMP. (And the police drive back and forth all day and say nothing, obviously, cause the music keeps pumpin'.)
ZUMA DOGG DON'T BUY YOUR SELECTIVE SOUND ENFORCEMENT BULLSHIT.
CAUSE I WALKED DOWN THE BOARDWALK, AND SOME MUSICIANS (one of them ALSO a WINNING PLAINTIFF on the DOWD/DOGG lawsuit vs L.A. City) TOLD ME LAPD TOLD THEM TO TURN IT DOWN, CAUSE OF COMPLAINTS.
TELL THE PEOPLE COMPLAINING, TOO BAD...THE CITY LOST THE "NO AMPLIFIED SOUND" BAN CAUSE THEY DIDN'T HANDLE OR SETTLE THE MATTER THE WAY THEY SHOULD HAVE WHEN THEY HAD THE CHANCE...SO THERE IS GOING TO BE AMPLIFIED SOUND...AND THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES BETTER NOT BE APPEARING TO THE JUDGE TO BE SELECTIVELY CRACKING DOWN -- WITHOUT MERIT. (Which it ISN'T when police tell you to do something that they didn't even see, based on bogus complaints.)
SEE THE PATTERN OF SELECTIVE HARASSMENT AGAINST THE WINNERS -- AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WORKS WITH THEM!
LAPD BETTER BE MORE CAUTIOUS...AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE MEASURING THE VIOLATIONS. (Zuma Dogg seems to hear about EVERYTHING, EVERY TIME I step onto the boardwalk.)
LAPD will write Venice performers tickets for all kinds of little sh*t...but this food truck gets to park in the"PASSENGER LOADING ONLY - 5 Minute Limit" zone -- all day long -- with no cops saying a thing...cause here's the picture (complete with door open and blocking the sidewalk) in the 2pm hour. (So much for the loading zone being available for businesses, as intended. SOMEONE FEELS LIKE DOING WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WANT...and KNOWS LAPD only turns their neck for Zuma Dogg, Matt Dowd, et al on the boardwalk.
I WILL SEE YOU AT THE MEETING ON TUESDAY, CHIEF BECK! (YOU NEED TO LEARN. MORE!) And I will see the City Attorney's Office in FEDERAL COURT.