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Councilman Ryu wants to block porn on library computers; Silver Lake activist dies; LAPD cop steals the show as a mariachi

Libraries: 4th District Councilman David Ryu has proposed preventing patrons at city libraries from watching poronography on library computer and wants the LAPD to find out what it can do to beef up security at the branches. Ryu co-sponsored the City Council motion in response to an investigation by NBC4 into lewd and criminal behavior at city libraries. NBC4

RIP: Silver Lake activist and neighborhood council member Rusty Millar died earlier this month while in New Mexico. The posting on the neighborhood council’s Facebook page said that Millar, a marathon runner, died unexpectedly but did not provide a cause of death.

Singing Cops: LAPD officer Chris Reza does double duty as a mariachi who performs in his uniform. He recently sang at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights as part of a band that includes LAPD officers and deputies from the L.A. Sheriff’s Department. NBC4

Holiday Closures: Most city and county offices  — including libraries — will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  City trash collection normally scheduled for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day.

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6 comments

  1. I’m so sad to learn of the passing of Rusty Millar. He was a stalwart supporter of Silver Lake and long time active member of the SLNC. He was a friend…..smart, articulate, no-nonsense and kind, with a biting wit. He will be missed!

  2. That mariachi cop is fabulous! Love it. Love this city of LA:)

  3. I really enjoyed the brief video of Chris Reza singing in uniform with the mariachis and other officers, but disappointed in it’s briefness. I googled his name and found videos of some of his professional appearances and the one mentioned in the NBC story of him singing in uniform at a quinceanera, for the birthday girl and her ill mother.

  4. I read that NBC4 story about security at the libraries. It was poor and hyped, in fact identified only two libraries: Central Library and Hollywood Regional Library, nearly all the issues it reported were not IN the libraries, they were outside; it was not clear if they were even on library property.

    There was nothing in that story about porn being watched on the library computers! Now, in reaction to solving the problems identified IN THAT STORY, Ryu is putting in a motion to address a problem that does not exist, to block watching of porn on the library computers! Gee, most of the computers are facing outward so everyone in the library can see what you are doing, no one would even dare test whether they can go to a page with porn!

    I don’t, and doubt anyone else is going to be against blocking porn on a library computer, but it is so disappointing that Ryu’s motion seems to want to pull the wool over our eyes to show he is doing something when it is instead going after a non-problem, is a solution if search of a problem to solve. Other than that, he simply wants to ask the LAPD to do its job, which at most will get a few more checks by patrol officers for a month or two.

    • As certain as you are that this would never take place, my husband and I went to the Atwater library with our kids, who were 7 and 4 at the time, and in front of everyone, a patron was shamelessly watching porn. No one said anything & my husband was so alarmed that we decided to leave. In retrospect, I regret this decision & wish we had informed staff. Case in point, some people are shameless and do indeed watch porn in front of everyone, including young children, at public libraries.

      • I worked at a university library for a couple years, and yes, people definitely watch a lot of porn on public library computers (this was back in 2002-04). They are shameless about it.

        Henry, you don’t know what you’re talking about!

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