Class Warfare

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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See also: I Choose to Live in My Car in L.A. 

Every year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the largest local organization addressing homelessness, tries to count the number of people without housing in Los Angeles County. The organization's more than 4,000 volunteers manually tally every person they can find on the streets. This year, for the first time, the agency specifically counted the number who live in their cars.

What it found was a major epidemic. According to LAHSA's spokesman, of the roughly 39,000 homeless people in L.A. County, 8,215 live in 4,878 cars. (That doesn't include Glendale, Pasadena or Burbank, because they conduct their own counts.) The city of L.A. alone has 4,958 people living in nearly 3,000 cars.

For many in Los Angeles, car dwellers are not welcome.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Pro-labor organizers were outside a Bain Capital-owned Burlington Coat Factory store in Inglewood today to protest what they say are its non-living-wage jobs and a corporate system that benefits the rich at the expense of more poverty in America.

Bain, as you know, is the venture capital firm founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He has run on its record as a company builder and job creator, but critics say Bain has too often bought manufacturers, borrowed money, and then sunk them into bankruptcy, leaving unemployed workers in its wake.

As far as Burlington Coat Factory goes ...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Please explain to us how L.A.'s own version of Berkeley, a town once ruled by ultra-lefty Tom Hayden and his band of merry pranksters called Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, has turned into an Amish village where the local government is up your arse with just about everything you do there?

It was a bit of a culture shock to see the city by the sea outlaw smoking on balconies at multi-unit complexes in 2010.

Now the Santa Monica City Council is banning smoking INSIDE your own apartment. Really:

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Home sweet home. - RUST O'LEUM
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On the fourth day of "Operation Healthy Streets" -- the city's attempt to power-wash Skid Row of its feces, syringes and lord-knows-what-else -- the regulars near 4th and Towne got into a tense standoff with the LAPD, according to Pete White with the L.A. Community Action Network.

White, a homeless advocate, claims that cops came by after the cleaning and told all those lingering on the sidewalk...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Class Warfare

Mitt Romney Faces Class Warfare Protest in Los Angeles Today

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Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Mitt Romney's fund-raising trip to L.A. today will not be without opposition from the so-called 99 percent.

Yeah, class warfare is coming to Century City as the man who will probably be the Republican nominee for president of the United States returns to Los Angeles to tap some of that big money we have.

The group Good Jobs LA along with labor activists and Occupy protesters will be out in force:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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California researchers this week confirmed it: The rich really are different. But maybe not in the ways you think.

Nope. Those exposed to private prep schools, nanny-aided childhoods and the formalities of grand dinner parties seem to lie, cheat, cut people off in traffic, and "endorse unethical behavior in the workplace," according to UC Berkeley.

This is what being a class act is all about:

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunset y Vine. - JERICL CAT
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If you think "class warfare" is dead because the Occupy movement no longer really occupies anything, you're probably wrong.

Following the release of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 2010 tax return, which showed a 13.9 percent rate on his corporate-raider income versus the 30-plus percent most of the rest of us pay, this war taken up by the Occupy nation still has some fight left in it.

In fact, the labor group Good Jobs LA, occupiers, immigrants' rights organizations and others will take the matter to the streets of Hollywood ...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kim K. don't pay? - TWITTER
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We once joked that "Occupy that ass" could be the silly title of a porn spoof but, as they say, this shit is real.

The class-warfare train is about a six-pack away from literally marching with pitchforks to the good side of the tracks, and the latest salvo aims at millionaire tabloid candy Kim Kardashian who, it would seem, hasn't been paying her fair share of taxes.

No, even with allegations of a big, mutlimillion-dollar payday for a Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding that went nowhere fast, the tax man don't cometh for the rich and self-obsessed like he comes for you and I:

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lucias Foster, left -- the most resilient scammer alive. - RADARONLINE.COM
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Today's proceedings in Van Nuys Superior Court could not have gotten any weirder:

Lucius Foster, the 89-year-old father of actress Jodie, was declared "guilty" of concocting a home-building scheme that leeched thousands of dollars off the house-hunting 99 percent. At his sentencing tomorrow, he could get up to 25.5 years in jail, City News Service reports. Prosecutors call him the "Bernie Madoff of Sherman Oaks." (Not to be confused with the Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills.)

We don't know whether to be mad or amazed.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Fannie Mae offices in Pasadena - GOOGLE MAPS
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Update: Gudiel was arrested, along with her mother and seven other protesters, at the Fannie Mae offices yesterday, about an hour into the sit-in. However, her supporters quickly bailed her out. The group is currently gathering for a march downtown, where Gudiel is planning to make "an announcement."

Originally posted October 5 at 3:15 p.m.

While the Occupy L.A. protesters continue to camp out on a front lawn where they're very much welcome, a "parallel effort" over in Pasadena is doing the real unwanted occupying today.

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