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LAist Interview: Zuma Dogg, Community Activist & Guest Day Editor

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LAist Editor Tony Pierce has blogged here non-stop for more than a year deserving a well-earned vacation (and did he ever earn it). While out of town, we decided to have a little fun and bring some guest day editors in from around the blogLAsphere. Monday we had Green LA Girl and Tuesday saw Fred Camino of MetroRiderLA. Today, get ready for Zuma Dogg who has his own website, but also contributes to Mayor Sam. Yeah, yeah!

1. Age and occupation : Public advocate, entertainer.

2. Hometown: Zuma Beach, CA

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3. Current LA neighborhood: Currently split between Venice Beach and City Hall.

4. How long have you lived in LA, and where?

Long enough for the dreams to have turned into nightmares. Long enough to remember the good old ‘90’s.

5. What made you start showing up to City Council on a consistent basis? What was the instigation?

The ban on sales of Zuma Dogg T shirts and other artists and vendors handmade incense, jewelry, cultural and religious and other first amendment protected mediums of expression items, which by the way a Federal judge seemed to agree that City Council’s ban was illegal and unconstitutional. (As if that ever stops them.) What kept me showing up on a consistent basis, was once I was there, waiting to speak about my Venice issue, I started hearing all the other people’s outcries of the fraud, waste and abuse that was destroying their lives, as well, across the board, across the city. Before ZD at City Hall, I was strictly comedy, singing, dancing…I didn’t know the mayor’s name and never heard the word “density” outside of science class in high school. And it took me a few public comments before I could say LAUSD. So we refer to it as “the Pandora’s Box of Zuma Dogg” that was unleashed because of City Council’s bad karma.