Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BREAKING: LA WEEKLY ARTICLE - "GADFLIES ON FIRE" (FEATURING Zuma Dogg, Matt Dowd & ALL THE GADFLIES -- AND HOW COUNCIL IS TRYING TO SWAT THEM AWAY!)

First of all, word in council chambers is they are discussing three options to deal with Zuma Dogg & Matt Dowd:

a) Put public comment at the end of the meeting.
b) DO NOT BROADCAST public comment portion of meeting. (I guess "general" public comment, only. Don't think they'll turn the mics down for every agenda item comment.)
c) STOP BROADCASTING the council meetings, entirely.

MORE ON THAT (with comments by Zuma Dogg) in Los Angeles Times, online tonight -- and on newstands, Thursday.

HERE IS THE LA WEEKLY ARTICLE, HILLEL AARON HAS BEEN WORKING ON FOR AT LEAST A FEW WEEKS. He stopped by Van Nuys Council meeting, last month, and ZD introduced him to all his friends!


Los Angeles Gadflies on Fire

City Hall politicians want them gone

Live from Van Nuys: Gadflies Donna Pearman, left, Rick Nightingale, Zuma Dogg and Miriam Fogler
As Councilman Tom LaBonge looked down at the comment cards for item 15 on March 23, he may have felt a sense of dread creeping in.
He read the names out loud: "Arnold Sachs, John Walsh, and Mr. ... Bonge? Is there a person Bonge here?"
PHOTO BY HILLEL ARON
Live from Van Nuys: Gadflies Donna Pearman, left, Rick Nightingale, Zuma Dogg and Miriam Fogler
Some jokester, no doubt. After that came Zuma Dogg. Another gadfly. They were all gadflies.
"Today's item on the agenda," droned Arnold Sachs, a stickler for procedure, "only mentions the downtown stadium and the event center. What about the new [convention center] hall? What's going on?"
"Point of order," said John Walsh, speaking next, his arms waving about like some mad conductor. "You just voted unanimously on 12 and 13. Garcetti wasn't at his desk! Is one and one three now? Mr. Clerk!"
"Mr. President," interjected the city clerk, "he's not talking about this item."
"Please talk to the issue," LaBonge admonished.
"Don't worry, you'll keep your job," Walsh spat at the clerk. "Hollywood highlands dot org ...," he said, plugging his blog and website.
"Mr. Walsh, thank you."
"I've got three more seconds left!"
"OK."
"Hollywood highlands dot org. You're garbage!" retorted Walsh, surrendering the podium.
"Thank you," LaBonge said. "Mr. Bonge was next, then Mr. Dogg."
Matt Dowd, an aging hippie from New Zealand, ambled up and corrected: "The name's La Bong," drawing a few chuckles.
After Dowd came co-conspirator Zuma Dogg (né David Saltsburg), dressed in his trademark black shirt and black knit hat reading "Zuma Dogg."
"In case you're just tuning in on a channel surf, my name's Zuma Dogg, legendary, historic, political icon, voice of the people, prophet. Also mayoral candidate. When the city cannot provide services, cannot provide fire statistics, they're getting sued over cracks in the sidewalk, now we want to spend $100,000, not for anything ..."
Dogg, though overcaffeinated, managed to string together a number of issues vexing the City Council. When time ran out, the city's Channel 35 cameras cut away to Richard Hopp, waiting in the empty Van Nuys Council Chambers, where Valleyites attend City Hall meetings vicariously.
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