L.A. Liberty

A Libertarian in Leftywood

L.A.’s Terrible Streets Are Because of Bad Management, Not Lack of Money →

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Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

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LAPD officer Sunil Dutta, writing 100% seriously in a WaPo op-ed entitled (I kid you not) “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.” (via hipsterlibertarian)

"Stop resisting!" A phrase exclusively said by rapists and police officers.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

Yup.

Most think and act this way, while the rest let them. Which means all cops are assholes. Yes, even your friend or loved one who you think is so great. Every single cop - even those who may be good people in their private lives - puts on the uniform and does three things: (1) collect a paycheck that is forcefully extracted from the populace through threats of violence (mostly taxes, though also through asset forfeiture), (2) enforce bad laws that violate the rights of people who have harmed no one, and (3) uphold the “thin blue line” that protects the particularly sadistic and corrupt among them (who are clearly not the minority).

A “good cop” is a cryptid.

(Source: kohenari, via antigovernmentextremist)

Property Rights in the People’s Republic of California and Elsewhere →

If you’re a landlord in California and your tenant turns into a nightmare the law will not be on your side in kicking them to the curb. Take two recent examples in the news.

A family has been living in fear after renting a room in their house to a woman, who turns out to be a serial squatter. After paying the rent dutifully for a year (in accordance with what most likely is the squatters’ creed) tenant Sara Rogers probably knew she now had the upper hand, thanks to the state. That’s when the nightmare for Carrie and her family began.

Everything was fine for the first year.

But in late 2013, Carrie said Roger’s friends moved in, she got cats, installed an air conditioner and started making a lot of noise at odd hours of the night.

“The screaming, the spanking, the moaning … that would wake the dead and my 5-year-old,” Carry [sic] said.

After confronting Rogers, Carrie found herself slapped with a cease and desist order for “criminal stalking and harassment.” Rogers then had the locks in the house changed and even barricaded herself in for a time by chaining the front door. When Carrie called the police, who thankfully didn’t show up and kill her, they were of no help of course, telling Carrie that she was in trouble because Rogers had an unsecured weapon in a house with a minor.

When Carrie consulted an attorney, one oddly enough who had represented Rogers in the past, he advised her that it would be better to just pay her off rather than go through the legal process, which both parties agreed to. Carrie says in all she has spent $40,000 on the ordeal.

Then there is the case of the nanny who stopped nannying:

A California family is struggling to evict their now-fired live-in nanny—and tenancy laws are on her side.

Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte hired Diane Stretton to care for the couple’s three children in exchange for room and board, but after only a few weeks she ceased her nannying duties and then refused to move out.

The legal experts who spoke with The Daily Beast explained that once a person is living in your home, having them removed immediately is virtually impossible unless they choose to leave voluntarily.

And, of course, this type of thing is by no means exclusive to California. DB goes on to describe similar laws in New York, but the same is true for most states. Bottom line, if you are considering renting your property, you simply must require references and pay to have a proper background check conducted, which could cost in the hundreds of dollars, else you are open to a similar nightmare. Even then, you may not be safe.

The Costs of Unions →

I’m shocked that California is only 11th worst. It’s usually bottom five in so many things.

LA Schools Realize Giving Every Kid an iPad Was a Costly Disaster, Will Give Every Kid a Laptop Instead →

"Skeptical," of course, would be an understatement.

Los Angeles Is Killing Itself →

Governments are corrupt and inefficient drains on societal progress and peace, always and everywhere. Trying to “improve” this inherently bureaucratic morass of ineptitude and shysterism tends to be an extreme exercise in futility. 

"Janet Yellen … constantly lectures us on Keynesian verities as if they were the equivalent of Newton’s Law or the Pythagorean Theorem. In fact, they constitute self-serving dogma of modern vintage that is marshaled to justify what is at bottom an economic absurdity. Namely, that through the primitive act of banging the securities “buy” key over and over and thereby massively expanding its balance sheet, the Fed can cause real wealth—-embodying the sweat of labor, the consumption of capital and the fruits of enterprise—-to magically expand beyond what the free market would generate on its own steam.

In a fit of professorial arrogance, Bernanke even had the gall to call this the helicopter money process. His contention was that the rubes on main street would happily scoop up the falling bills and coins and soon “spend” the economy into a fit of expansion. In other words, according to Bernanke the essential ingredient in economic life is money demand, which is a gift of the state’s central banking branch, rather than production, savings, innovation and enterprise, which arise on the free market in consequences of millions of workers and businesses pursuing their own ends.

Indeed, under Keynesian dogma the latter can be taken for granted; the supply of labor, enterprise and output is automatic and endless until an ethereal quantity called potential GDP is fully realized. To achieve the latter requires that the state dispense exactly the right level of money demand so that the rubes on main street will not stubbornly remain poorer than they need be. This unhappy estate happens, of course, owing to their inexorable propensity to withhold the production and enterprise of which they are capable (i.e. keep plants idle and labor unemployed).

Stated differently, under Yellen’s primitive bathtub economics there is no possibility of inflation unless the central bank mistakenly over-dispenses money demand to the point where actual GDP and the job count overflows potential GDP and the full-employment of labor. Needless to say, we can trust the experts in the Eccles Building to stay on the safe side of this potential GDP divide—-an invisible boundary which can only be seen and calibrated by economics PhDs.

Once upon a time the world knew better. The pre-Keynesian rule was that when central banks hit the “buy” key they always and everywhere create monetary inflation. Ordinarily that resulted in the inflation of credit, which, in turn, caused prices to rise—whether of commodities, services, wages, real estate or financial assets like stocks and bonds.

[And] the problem with monetary inflation—a process that has taken the Fed’s balance sheet from $200 billion when Greenspan took office to nearly $4.4 trillion today—is that its deformations, distortions and malinvestments are cumulative.   Worse still, owing to the “recency bias” of players in the Fed’s financial casino, increasingly outlandish pricing errors are taken for granted. They are viewed as part of the bubble landscape, rather than as a screaming indictment of the monetary inflations’ insidious results.

David Stockman, "California Housing and the Bubble at Hand"

California Court Slams Teacher Privilege in Name of Student Rights in Vergara Decision →

Somehow I missed this last month…

Of course, the ultimate answer isn’t with minimally improving state schools but dismantling them altogether and allowing the demands of parents and students to direct educational options and alternatives.

tylerferrari:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will fine people for misusing water, unless, they are misusing it themselves. 

Why should they care? It’s not like they pay any price for being inefficient.
This is like those sprinklers in Hollywood on the side of the 101 that run for an hour straight. Considering my LADWP bill is regularly ridiculous, there’s no doubt that this waste is coming out of all of our hides…

tylerferrari:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will fine people for misusing water, unless, they are misusing it themselves. 

Why should they care? It’s not like they pay any price for being inefficient.

This is like those sprinklers in Hollywood on the side of the 101 that run for an hour straight. Considering my LADWP bill is regularly ridiculous, there’s no doubt that this waste is coming out of all of our hides…

Meter Bleeder →

A $63 fine for parking at an expired meter might cost Los Angeles its entire system of parking fines.

In February, Jesus Pimentel brought a lawsuit after getting slammed with what he says is an unconstitutional punishment. He ended up having to pay $175 on the ticket in question after missing the two-week deadline to pay and having various non-statutory fees added on top of the initial fine. He’s suing to prove such a large figure ought to be treated as a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines (and of a similar provision in California’s constitution).

Because the state threatened to take Pimentel’s car or make it illegal for him to drive it if he didn’t pay, he considers such a threat without a chance for a fair adversarial process a violation of his constitutional right to due process as well.

As the lawsuit notes, what the city expected Pimentel to pay amounted to 175 percent of the daily median per capita income of a Los Angeles resident. For Latinos in Los Angeles such as Pimentel, it’s 336 percent of daily median income. The lawsuit also points out the disparate impact on the poor. “Imposition of these penalties is particularly onerous and disproportionately affects low income workers.”

Fingers crossed…

rtamerica:

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Salinas, California police officers claim they had to use lethal force on a man who didn’t obey their orders and tried to attack them. However video filmed by an eyewitness shows that the man tried to back away from officers when he was shot to death

(via maxlibertarios)

LAPD Shut Down Community Over Police Shooting That Might Not Have Actually Happened →

The system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public. A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so in order to mitigate any of those kinds of complaints, we basically kept it pretty hush-hush.

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Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Doug Iketani.

This incredible admission amounts to: The people would hate to know how we’re violating their rights - so we just didn’t tell them.

Ultimately, that’s the basis for most state secrets. Here, LASD didn’t want us to know how extensively they are spying on citizens and the military technology being deployed on the unwitting public they ostensibly serve.

Per Ed Krayewski:

Via Techdirt comes the story of the newest toys acquired by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), former war-zone tech that allows “wide area surveillance.” Camera systems are attached to civilian airplanes and can capture 10,000 times the area of a police chopper.  The system is provided by a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems that got it start, where else, designing wares for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police are excited about having the power to spy from the air in real time, recording video to play back later in order to track the movement of residents in places like Compton. Cops also knew, though, that this new ability of theirs might not play well with the public they still theoretically work for. 

You know who else had a problem with being monitored? The Los Angeles Police Department, whose officers destroyed equipment attached to their police cars that would record (audio only!) their interactions with residents. The LASD itself, meanwhile, was the recent target of a federal investigation after trying to hide an informant that was going to testify to corruption and excessive force at the department.

Can someone explain to me why Los Angeles needs two police forces? 

LAPD audio-recording saga provides another argument for the ‘Missing Video Presumption’ →

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