Is it ever OK for an L.A. City Councilman to be an asshole? Yes, if his goal is retirement.
CurbedLA linked to an interesting post on Griffith Park, Interrupted regarding an incident between a local blogger and the self-proclaimed Mayor of Griffith Park. Short story: Griffith burned. BBQ’s were banned, then lifted. LaBonge said some people have no where else to get their grill on. A tax-paying citizen disagreed with lifting the ban because of the fire. LaBonge went Bob Knight on her. She blogged about it.
Now, agree or disagree with Griffith Park, Interrupted’s Donna Barstow. That is your right as a tax-paying citizen. The issue here is Griffith Park, and the fact that it does not belong to Tom. It is not Tom’s Park. Tom cannot go closing it and hiking alone whenever he wants. Tom cannot go planting non-native trees wherever he wants. Sure, he loves the park. But, so do I, and so does Donna. So do thousands of tax-paying citizens that visit Griffith every year. I give Donna credit for standing her ground. Someone needs to remind Tom that she is also voter, and that Griffith is her park, too.
Photo of Tom LaBonge, who recently lost his head