How sad that your investigative paper needed to savagely attack a fellow candidate for cityhood, instead of being forthright and just saying the L.A. Weekly opposes our right to self-determination.
Gene La Pietra The Man Who Would Be Hollywoods King [October 1117] is indeed a titular leader of the Independence for Hollywood movement. The Weekly article was scurrilous and vicious against a citizen who wants, like all 20 of the council candidates, to improve and revitalize our neighborhoods.
Most likely, Mr. La Pietra can withstand your journalism. Most front-runners do.
Our disappointment with the Weekly article was its utter failure to address the decades of deterioration of Hollywood. What is missing from your report is the graffiti that permeates the commercial and residential sections of Hollywood. Your magazines tainted report does not speak of the crumbling streets all along our famed Sunset Boulevard. Or the systematic increasing violent crimes against our visitors and neighbors. Cityhood will add up to 96 additional police officers to do this job, without the new city having to raise taxes.
The Weekly should have interviewed the real experts on this issue. Larry Calamine, the staff executive director of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which studied the fiscal viability of a new Hollywood with an affirming result, has publicly commended Mr. La Pietra on his leadership in this movement. Hollywood Cityhood would not be on the ballot if it werent for the leadership, passion and brilliant attention to detail Gene La Pietra brought to the process, according to Calamine.
We would appreciate the Weeklys attention to the problems and issues which are driving Hollywood to independence, rather than an attack on the leader who has made it possible for voters to decide if they want a new government.
Paul Merritt, Garry Sinanian, Richard Eastman, Michael Ackerman, Pashree Sripipat, Rosa Martinez
Hollywood Independence Committee
Shame on your publication for printing J. Victor Abalos lopsided diatribe. Gene La Pietra is a philanthropist who really cares about Hollywood and wants to make it a better place to live. By focusing, negatively, on one of the 21 potential candidates for Hollywood City Council, in an undisguised effort to ruin the secession effort, you have proven that there is no unbiased and balanced reporting left in the media today.
The vitriolic and unsubstantiated comments made by Mr. La Pietras detractors overlook the fact that he has silently donated over $2 million to youth programs, that he is planning an innovative after-school program called the Center of the Universe, and that his dance clubs have gainfully provided employment for several years now to many individuals. No one else has brought more attention to the problem of urban blight seen in Hollywood than Mr. La Pietra. If anyone feels they can do a better job at taking care of Hollywoods needs, then why dont they step up to the plate and take a crack at it? Batter up!
CAN THE DOUBLE TALK
Re: Marc Coopers Case of Spinelessness [October 1117]. Cooper deftly emphasized the overwhelming bipartisan support the president asked for and received to pass his war resolution. I dont want to see so much as a single Democrat out there whining that this is George W. Bushs War, Cooper sternly warned. Its also Dick Gephardts war. And Joe Bidens. And every other Democrat who is voting . . . to authorize the use of force. Yet in the very next issue [October 1824], one needed to look no farther than the table of contents to see the words Bushs war whined once more. And not just by some other unrelated columnist but by the editor whose job it was to come up with a catchy and clever description of Coopers latest column. If Cooper was to be taken seriously the week before, and he indeed sounded as if he meant to be, he should probably start writing his own summaries on Page 3 rather than leaving the task to someone who doesnt read his articles. As is, it looks like the staff of the Weekly is as divided and contradictory as the rest of the left right now.
In response to the October 1117 edition of the Weekly: I compared Rico Gaglianos Busted Megaphone piece with Matt Duerstens Hungry Hearts piece and wondered if Weekly editors mind having a writer near the tail end of the bell-shaped curve who represents writerly sense share space with one near the top.
Gagliano reports on a confused anti-war protest, led by Ron Kovic and his busted megaphone, a scene [that] begged to be read cynically. But the writer used his compassion, nay judgment, to let the reader interpret the protest without forcing his perspective on us.
Which was a far more persuasive approach than Duerstens juvenile musings on a scene that didnt seem nearly as significant as the failings of the protest, a solstice celebration. Duersten pasted all kinds of sardonic messages and hyped up all kinds of event flaws to show how superior his judgment is.
Im all about black humor (Punch-Drunk Love was awesome), but exploiting the butt cleavage of solstice attendees to make much ado about nothing is the mark of an unremarkable, petty writer with an arrogant agenda (to make irrelevant jokes at other peoples expense).
And by the way, I attended neither the solstice nor the protest.
West Los Angeles
NO ARGUMENT FROM US
In reference to the October 1824 Snap, may I point out that the Chinese character tattooed on the arguably callipygian Ms. Deekers is not the one for ice (bing); its yong and it means long-lasting, enduring, eternal. So the ladys message would be more like check in and dont check out.
The Lalo Alcaraz L.A. Cucaracha cartoon called Never Forget [October 1117] was really great, as great as a Conrad cartoon. It really smacked me in the head. Its a classic, really. Could print it on a T-shirt. It should be seen indefinitely. Big ups to that guy.
THANKS AND NO THANKS
Thank you for publishing Ellen Forneys helpful illustrated how-to guide How To Fuck a Woman With Your Hands [October 1824]. While the rest of the country is studying how to make war, those of us in Los Angeles can study how to make love.
I cannot believe what is on the second-to-last page of this weeks paper. Teaching people how to finger-fuck a woman. How disrespectful. No wonder Islamic militants say that America has no culture. F%$# you, L.A. Weekly. I am no longer reading your paper.
In the listing for the Day of the Dead event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in last weeks Halloween roundup (Good Times, Oct. 25-31), it should have been mentioned that the theater company Fofo was the producing entity and is not affiliated with any of the performing groups that were mentioned.
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