Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oxy students exposed to political reality; musicians worried about Mariachi Plaza development; Mt. Washington’s club music star

The Land of "No," Elysian Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

The Land of “No,” Elysian Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

MOrning Report

  • The Occidental College students who volunteered as campaign workers during the recent elections learned a lesson in politics and life after all their candidates lost. “I’m exhausted.… I’m annoyed,” said one student. L.A. Times
  • Plans to build a shopping and office complex around Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights have mariachis worried about the square where musicians have gathered for decades. L.A. Times
  • A profile of club music producer and Mount Washington resident Delroy Edwards. L.A. Times

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  1. When I first moved to California, I was surprised by how many “no” signs there were. However, after living here for a while I get it.
    Where I grew up, people adopted a common social code of conduct that we all adhered to, hence there was no need for the “no” signs.
    Here, for various reasons, many cultural, there are widely differing opinions as to what proper social conduct entails ..
    hence the need for the “no” signs.

    For example, where I grew up, dogs were absolutely allowed at the park. We implicitly knew that we should not let our dogs crap on the ground at a public park, that we should make sure our dogs are well socialized so they could run off leash, we didn’t let our dogs run onto a field where kids are playing a game, or nip at little kids running around. People with breeds that tend to frighten others (it was dobermans when I was a kid), didn’t bring them to public parks, or kept them leashed as to not frighten other folks.

    Here, we have some cultures that think it’s perfectly fine to let their dogs crap anywhere they want.. and just leave it there. I was at San Pasqual park in HLP last weekend and saw a dude let his dog crap not far from the playground. I asked the guy to pick it up, and he looked at me like I was from Mars. We spoke for a bit, and he was firmly of the opinion that dog shit is a perfectly natural thing to be laying on the ground, and seemed very confused by my comments. He was nice enough about it, and perhaps there was some confusion due to a language barrier, but it’s these differing opinions on proper social conduct that leads to these signs.

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