Never let it be said that Barack Obama doesn’t reward his friends. Fifty years after Lyndon Johnson lost the War on Poverty, Obama is graciously handing taxpayer money to a rent-seeking L.A. nonprofit to turn the city’s worst neighborhoods into “Promise Zones.”
Money…would go to the L.A. Unified School District and the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute to increase the number of support services at schools. The institute has received $32 million to provide tutoring, mentoring, staff support, and after- and before-school care to 20 schools. [Emphasis added]
The Youth Policy Institute‘s Executive Director Dixon Slingerland has donated $743,713 to Barack Obama since 2007. Here’s a list of his political donations in the 2012 election cycle, which include payments to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Hillary Clinton for President. The organization is funded by various government agencies, corporations and the creeps at La Raza.
While it’s doubtful that the targeted neighborhoods will see any long term improvements, in the land of Obama some people will never go hungry.
I’ll write a longer post on the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Canoga Park at some point this weekend, but today I’m too mentally fried for that kind of work. Today, therefore, will be about the humble burrito. Although probably originating in northern Mexico, this perfect food delivery system was made famous in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. So here are a couple best ofs.
Best Burrito Chain – Freebirds
Before there was Chipotle there was Freebirds. The original location is near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista, and is a perfect place for drunk college students stumbling out of the Study Hall after last call. The second location opened up at Texas A&M, and since then the owners of the Texas franchise have opened up more locations in California, Utah, Missouri, Kansas…pretty much all over the place. Highly recommended.
Best Burrito in the San Fernando Valley – El Indio Mexicano
If you disagree with me on this, you’re just wrong. El Indio almost wound up on my list last week, since it’s next to a dodgy nightclub in a sort of creepy neighborhood. The place is open all night, only accepts cash and has an indoor seating area that no one has seen in years. There’s a metal cage around the outdoor eating area, from which you can watch the cook in the kitchen throw handfuls of lard in the pan. Drunk Cal State Northridge students probably still eat there at 2 AM, but it’s been so long since I’ve been up that late that I couldn’t tell you. And the food is freaking amazing.
Short post this week folks. Hopefully I’ll have more tomorrow.
This week on Wonderful Wednesday, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot is focusing on places that serve up great food around the L.A. area that also feature dodgy service. This is not an exhaustive list, but if you’re ever in the area go check at least one of them out.
Give Us Your Money and Get Out – Tito’s Tacos, Culver City (Warning – website has really obnoxious autoplay song that you can’t turn off)
During lunch hour, people pack the front counter ten deep at Tito’s Tacos, filling the sidewalk and threatening to spill into the street. For the amount of people that they churn through the place, the line moves pretty quick. That’s because the people who work at Tito’s don’t like you, and they want you out of there. Double the attitude if you actually make it into the packed restaurant.
You’ll come back and endure it all again, though, because the tacos are that good.
Best Place to Be Insulted by a Waitress – Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, L.A., Pasadena and Long Beach
Roscoe’s shouldn’t be any good. It should be the kind of place that tourists visit to pay a bunch of money for shitty food and go home with a t-shirt. Somehow, though, the food at Roscoe’s is pretty good, and business is doing well enough that they’re planning to open a location in Anaheim. What’s remarkable about that is that most of their stores are located in bad (or formerly bad) neighborhoods. The location closest to me in Hollywood used to be a great place to wave at prostitutes around dusk, but now it’s part of the gentrified Hollywood tourist trap.
Best urban legend about Roscoe’s: People say that in the past there was a quota on how many white people were allowed in Roscoe’s at once.
Favorite story about Roscoe’s: The Pico location has or had a waitress named Mama. A friend was there late one night after some heavy drinking, and was resting his head in his hands with his elbows on the table. Mama saw this and knocked his elbows off the table, yelling, “Get yo elbows off Mama’s table!”
Slow Southern Style – Les Sisters, Chatsworth
One of my readers in the South will have to tell me if this is typical. (Mike, I’m looking at you.) Les Sisters is a Southern cafe started by three sisters from New Orleans, and I’m pretty sure that all the staff is from there as well. The place opens for dinner at 5:00, so when I got there at 5:15 and the place was still closed, my Southern California brain didn’t compute what was happening. When the guy inside noticed the time, he went from a shuffle to an amble and unlocked the door. After about ten minutes, the waitress sat down at our table to take our orders, and I think that they actually slaughtered the chicken while we waited for our orders.
Don’t get me wrong. They were some of the nicest people I’ve ever run across as far as waitstaff goes. The food is amazing and they bring the homemade iced tea and lemonade to the table unsweetened with a sugar canister. Go for dinner or for lunch on a day off so you will have plenty of time. I think the regulars know this, and it’s part of the charm.
Wow. This beast is over 500 words. I’m having withdrawal from not ragging on ObamaCare today.
Update: Reblogged by Mike G, who answers my question. I guess we like our stereotypical Southerners out here. I do recommend Les Sisters if you’re in the Valley and have the time.
The L.A. Times actually reported this, so I can’t say anything mean about them for at least two hours.
The Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, controlled by [Department of Water and Power] managers and union leaders, have received up to $4 million per year since their creation more than a decade ago after a contentious round of job cutbacks at one of the nation’s largest municipal utilities.
Nearly all of the nonprofits’ money comes from DWP ratepayers, records show. About $1 million per year has been used to pay the salaries of a handful of administrators, according to the limited records the utility has provided to The Times under the California Public Records Act.
If you’re in L.A. and wondering why your electricity bill keeps going up, rest assured that your money is being spent “to promote ‘communication, mutual trust and respect’ between DWP managers and the electrical workers’ union.” And if you’re asking yourself “Isn’t that what a union is for?” well, shut up.
What do you suppose the odds are that the IRS is going to investigate a multimillion dollar tax-exempt slush fund that’s just been blown open in a major American newspaper? I mean, if they’re so damn anal-retentive that minor Tea Party groups with a few thousand bucks in the bank get the full on strip search, then surely a massive scam by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that was bought and paid for by just about anyone in L.A. who uses electricity deserves a little scrutiny. Lois Lerner, white courtesy phone.
Oh, and apparently the DWP is also threatening a strike. They should have been a little chastened when their sock monkey Wendy Greuel went down in flames to Eric Garcetti, but they’re not a particularly bright crowd.
Update: If this ain’t your cup of tea, Regular Right Guy has a Brigitte Bardot post up for some retro Rule 5 goodness.
I got mail.
Today’s post (and some that are on the way) is courtesy of one Andra Hoffman, a Van Nuys native and government worker who is running for Assemblywoman in California’s 45th District, which is the San Fernando Valley and some of the surrounding area. I received some junk mail from her campaign, and I had a lot of trouble deciding whether I was going to fisk her biography or her positions on the issues. In the end the issues won. Just know that Andra Hoffman teaches at Glendale City College and belongs to numerous organizations that further the advancement of bureaucrats.
So here’s a sip of the Haterade. The stuff from Hoffman’s website is in italics.
Andra Hoffman on Education:
An educated work force means economic growth for our state, success for our business community and jobs for our people. Education also is our greatest crime prevention program.
It doesn’t matter if the workforce is educated if no one wants to open a business in the state, and since California puts as many roadblocks as possible in the way of entrepreneurship, one would have to be crazy to want to start a business here.
That California is 49th among the 50 states in per-pupil spending is not acceptable. Neither is it acceptable that more than 18 percent of those who start elementary school in California drop out before graduating from high school.
The second sentence is true, but the first is a typical example of someone lying with facts to make an argument for more government spending. California might be 49th in terms of per-pupil spending, but it ain’t 49th in teacher salaries. The state also ranks 14th in administrative spending. This isn’t about a lack of funding, but rather a state run by Democrats who prioritize the needs of unions over the needs of kids, and that might do a lot more to explain that pathetic dropout rate.
As a legislator I will champion the cause of restoring the cuts of the last several years and, as the economy continues to improve, I will advocate and vote for increased funding for public education.
I’m not sure if Andra Hoffman is dumb or delusional, but in order for the economy to “[continue] to improve,” it first has to start improving. And if, in spite of the kinds of policies advocated by people like Andra Hoffman, the economy does improve, dumping more money into a failing system is hardly a solution.
I will bring 16 years of experience at a California community college to the legislature along with knowledge of the students we serve. Universal pre-kindergarten programs, improved transfer rates for community college students, vocational education beginning in middle school through community college, job training and training and education for veterans are things in which I believe deeply.
Translation: I believe deeply in confiscating other people’s money and spending it on jobs programs for public employee unions. But I’m a Democrat, so you already knew that.
We must not just hold the line on increases in tuitions and fees at our colleges and universities, we must seek ways to roll them back and make higher education more affordable for the children of working families.
Everyone should know by now that when a Democrat talks about “working families,” he or she is talking about people on welfare, government workers and illegal immigrants. In other words, people who don’t work and people who shouldn’t be working.
Next up: Andra Hoffman on abortion. And remember the progressive definition of “hate:”
n. The act of refusing to believe that which is obviously untrue.
International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) are planning protests in Southern California to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Organizers claim that the demonstrations will be peaceful, unlike the chaotic events that took place in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Victorville earlier this week.
NAN has named Saturday “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action,” and is planning protests in Los Angeles, Riverside, Anaheim, San Bernardino and Palmdale. Occupy Oakland has taken a cue from Sharpton and is also planning protests under the same banner in the San Francisco Bay Area. NAN is attempting to pressure the Justice Department to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
International ANSWER, which emerged as a protest arm of the Workers World Party in the initial stages of the Iraq War, is planning a demonstration at Anaheim City Hall on Sunday. ANSWER was also behind a march on July 16 from Los Angeles City Hall to the LAPD’s headquarters downtown. Mike Prysner, a member of ANSWER in Los Angeles, said that ANSWER’s protest will not turn violent because “we’re a very experienced militant – but disciplined – organization,” and that earlier demonstrations that turned violent “have been grass-roots efforts by people who have never protested before.”
The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in the US society[.]
I know this happened last night, but after my completely wrong prediction that the Trayvon flap was over, I figured I should mention it. Here’s what the brave warriors for social justice were up to in Crenshaw last night:
Young vandals who entered the Wal-Mart stormed in, threw merchandise on the ground and yelled, shoppers told a Times reporter. Some tried to break open the jewelry glass displays. The disturbance in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles caused about 350 LAPD officers to swarm the area, leading to at least 13 arrests.
If I could pull the strings at Walmart for one day, I would go Galt and shut that store down just to teach the thugs a lesson. Either that or refuse to accept food stamps.
Update 2: Linked at Valley of the Shadow. Thanks!
Update 3: Re-blogged at That Mr. G Guy’s Blog. Sweet.