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'People are Mad as Hell,' Happy Bastille Day

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Ron Kaye, the previous Editor of the Daily News, has kept up his writing and thoughts on Los Angeles post job via his blog, which has turned activist. Like many, he is dissatisfied with the machine that is Los Angeles politics and city services. Lately, he's been meeting with people and community groups all over the city. He was invited back for a Daily News editorial yesterday:

The anger is boiling over at the disrespect bordering on contempt for the people, the lethargy of the bureaucracy and the smugness of the politicians and the lip service they pay to good government - anger greater than I saw at any point during the San Fernando Valley secession movement. From the Eastside to the Westside, from San Pedro to Sunland-Tujunga, people are mad as hell and don't know what to do about it.

That's what led me to the brainstorm - most would call it a brain cramp - to declare I was going down to City Hall on Bastille Day, the anniversary of July 14, 1789, the day the French Revolution began. I'll be depositing a bag of garbage to protest the outrage of double taxation for trash pickup - something our tax dollars go for, and we're now being charged for again because City Hall squandered the biggest revenue surge in city history.

I expected to be standing alone at noon Monday on the steps of City Hall, looking like a fool, something I've never been afraid of. But then my friend Teddy Howell with the West Valley Women's Republican Club declared she would come with me. And then another, and now I've heard from people from all across L.A. who want to add their voices and help give birth to a concerned citizens coalition to change the political culture of the city.

Rob Eshman, the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal,
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took note and wrote an editorial about today. "I think he's onto something... I'll be there, too."