Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Take Back Los Angeles Rally (Or, Ron Kaye's S.L.A.P. to the City)

recently retired Daily News editor, Ron Kaye and two radical Beckford Protesters.

Thank you so much to all the Beckford Parents who answered mine and Ron Kaye's call for help!

The "Take Back Los Angeles" rally at the South Lawn of City Hall was a great event, lots of community activists including author, performance artist, public radio commentator and LAUSD activist Sandra Tsing Loh, Councilman Dennis Zine (holding up a shield with a giant Z, ostensibly to protect himself from our cupcakes), Councilwoman Laura Chick, Joe Barrett and the NO Home Depot/Sunland-Tujunga Alliance and KABC radio host Doug McIntyre all spoke. Debbie & Caroline Lopez and Kelly & Jenna Mattinson were there to represent the schools in the Valley, which are in major financial trouble. We set up a "Bake Sale Table", and met up with some old friends, and made some new ones. The City Hall staffers were going crazy over all the yummy baked goods and we made sure to price gouge the council people and the Mayor's staff of trained monkeys (hey, turnabout's fair play). While we were there protesting the Mayor and the crappy job he's doing for our schools and our City.... his Number One Trained Monkey (and press secretary) Matt Szabo was nearby giving this hilarious quote to the press:

"It was great to see Angelenos speaking out and rallying in support of better schools and safer streets, which are at the center of the mayor's agenda," said Matt Szabo, a spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa."

Say whaaaat?

councilman dennis "Z-Man" zine with his protective shield.

"perennial city hall gadfly" and community activist Zuma Dogg

debbie lopez, (kelly mattinson in the background, taking care of business as usual), caroline, jenna and Joe Barrett, Mayor Sam blogger and leader of the No2HomeDepot campaign in Sunland-Tujunga

author, performance artist, activist and LAUSD parent, Sandra Tsing Loh

Thanks again to our bakers: Jenny Sheng, Carol Granados, Hiroe Simon, Kelly Mattinson and Charlene Wilheim! Thanks to Kelly Moore, Jenna Kang and Mika Kaplan for your offers of help - you rock!

Special Thanks to Charlene and the Wilheim Girls... you are the Betsy Ross of our movement! Thank you for the sign -- you gals rock!

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