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Are We Watching Zuma Dogg Become More Effective?

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Ask anyone who attends Los Angeles city council meetings about Zuma Dogg and they roll their eyes. "Oh god, Zuma Dogg. It's not that he wrong or loud. It's that he takes up all the time at city council meetings. I show up to speak during public comment and there is no time left after he and his buddies go," a local lobbyist who wishes to remain anonymous said. "And you know what is really annoying? He drives a better car than me."

Zuma is a Venice street vendor turned Los Angeles community activist turned City Council candidate in the March 6 election (we think, it's hard to tell from his website these days) turned journalist for a local community paper.

The free speech activist who refers to chronic as something that heals and claims to be "twice the G you'll ever be" (you feel me?) believes the medical marijuana problem is rooted in corrupt doctors, is against the subway to the sea and says fighting gangs is to be his number one priority. Behind what many refer to as his "goofy antics" is a passionate activist with good reason behind his opinions on how this city should operate.

He's captured the attention of local TV and radio (and obviously us) and we think he's here to stay. Does his future hold a strong and effective community leader or will he stay that guy who the city is trying to ban from city council meetings at city hall? It's been good to see Zuma grow as an activist over this past year and we hope his future becomes the former.

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