10 Dubious Days That the City of L.A. Has Declared

Kobe Bryant got an oversized commemorative plaque from Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Council President Herb Wesson and City Councilmen Curren Price and Jose Huizar on Aug. 24, 2016, aka Kobe Bryant Day.

5. P-22 Day

The City Council declared Oct. 22, 2016, to be P-22 Day, named, of course, after the much-celebrated mountain lion that roams Griffith Park. This resolution was deceptively controversial. P-22 was presumed to have killed a koala in the Los Angeles Zoo earlier in the year. The cold-blooded murder of an adorable creature prompted Councilman Mitch O'Farrell to argue that the council needed to "contemplate relocating P-22 to a safer, more remote wild area, where he has adequate space to roam without the possibility of human interaction."

But the P-22 Day resolution, authored by O'Farrell's colleague David Ryu, took a different view:

The city of Los Angeles and its residents have demonstrated remarkable leadership in coexisting with P-22 and other wild neighbors, and in advocating for P-22 to remain on the urban landscape, as recognized by The New York Times, which described L.A. as a “a city at ease with wildlife in its midst, even potentially dangerous specimens. Opinion pieces opposing any effort to remove P-22 have appeared in local newspapers.”

4. Kobe Bryant Day

What's more controversial than a bloodthirsty mountain lion? How about five-time NBA champion and one-time accused rapist (charges were dropped, and a civil suit was settled out of court) Kobe Bryant? The Black Mamba was honored with his own day in what was the most famous honorary day of all time in L.A., with news media far and wide paying a visit to City Hall just to catch a glimpse of newly retired and newly bearded Bryant. The day, Aug. 24, 2016, was chosen for the two numbers Bryant wore during his 20 seasons with the Lakers.

3. Dwight Howard Day

Curiously, Kobe Bryant Day was preceded by Dwight Howard Day, which was declared nearly four years earlier, on Nov. 14, 2012. Howard had just been acquired by the Lakers in an off-season trade and was expected to inject new life into an aging squad that still was struggling to cope with life after the departure of its totemic coach, Phil Jackson. The five-page resolution, authored by Councilman Bernard Parks, fleshed out many of the lesser-known details of the then–25-year-old's biography, including the dubious statement: "Despite his large frame, Dwight was quick and versatile enough to play the guard position."

It was to be an abject lesson in the perils of declaring a "day" too soon. Howard's season with the Lakers was a disappointment, and when he became a free agent the following year, he turned down a chance to re-sign with the Lakers and instead opted to take his talents to Houston.

2. Food Day

One might say that people already appreciate food. One might say it's basically become the center of American culture. One might say that declaring a day as "Food Day" would be like declaring a day as "Oxygen Day." Of course, that person would be churlish and downright cruel, as everyone knows that L.A.'s Food Day — Oct. 24, 2012 — was timed to coincide with National Food Day. Our Food Day honored a panoply of food-related causes: reducing obesity, eating healthy, supporting local farmers, supporting the economy, paying workers a living wage, promoting urban agriculture, supporting the development of edible landscapes (mmmmm, edible landscapes) and a whole bunch of other crap that you can read about here.

1. Wig Wearer's Empowerment Day

The City Council declares all sorts of ridiculous days. In this year alone, there's been Ethical Consumer Day, National Walking Day, Open Data Day and Scenic Artists Day. But our favorite day of 2017 — so far — has got to be Wig Wearer's Empowerment Day, which we're sure you know was Feb. 2. The stone-faced resolution, authored by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, reads, in part:

Society can be misunderstanding and even cruel. Many people with hair loss become homebound: embarrassed and harassed by a partner, family or community which chooses to tease and condemn, instead of embrace a person's choice to feel attractive by wearing a wig.

And:

Wig Wearer’s Empowerment Day begins a positive narrative for wig wearers to stop withdrawing and instead hold their heads high proud of themselves for finding the courage to continue on their own unique path — with or without then own hair.

So if you've noticed hordes of proud wig wearers happily wandering the streets, you have L.A. City Council to thank.



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