No One Can Really Tell The Truth Like John Walsh
Defiant Tinseltown tour bus vendors fret about massive job losses amid Anti-Free Speech crackdown engineered behind the scenes by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce!
Tour Guides are not a hassle to Hollywood. They are our un-official tourist greeters! They also proudly serve as eyes and ears for the police fighting Hollywood crime!
MANY MILITANT HOLLYWOOD TOUR BUS AMBASSADORS TAKE A STAND BY STANDING THEIR GROUND, REFUSING AGAINST MAYOR GARCETTI SIGNED ANTI-FIRST AMENDMENT COUNCIL ORDINANCE AIMED SQUARELY AT RUNNING THEM OFF HOLLYWOOD BLVD AND OUT OF BUSINESS!
Hollywood tour bus vendors are deeply concerned about job losses amid heavy-handed crackdown fronted by ex-chorus boy currently LA City Councilperson, Mitch O’Farrell!
Has LAPD been instructed by Mayor Garcetti to threaten arrest on sight for anyone attempting to interest a Hollywood Walk Of Fame pedestrian in a tour bus starting this weekend?
Councilman O’Farrell, please take notice that some of these Bus Tour Guides are already engaging in civil disobedience … Daring you to site them so that a court challenge may commence!
Don’t forget, Mayor Garcetti: “The whole world is watching!”
Many Hollywood Tour Ambassadors say that there may be certain tour bus guides who enjoy getting screwed by the LA City Council … BUT WE DON’T!
For 90 excruciating minutes, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (whose BS, by the way, does not stink!) accompanied by scum-suck low-level Los Angeles street officials, pranced merrily along the Walk of Fame gaily informing glum Hollywood tour bus operators that they are henceforth strictly forbidden to sell tickets from sidewalk kiosk!
Many Tour Ambassadors (including the iconic Melrose Larry Green) had been personally alerted to this coming outrage weeks ago by JWALSHCONFIDENTIAL.
The mood seemed to be incredulous… although the City Council voted months ago in open session to ban the Tour Bus Ambassadors without a single one of them showing up at City Hall to testify against the nasty Council proposal!
“Melrose” Larry Green, who sells tour tickets for Openbustours.com outside a crummy T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard seems ready to give up the ghost without a legal fight!
Green was a great big supporter of Mayor Garcetti … up until now that is!
The swaggering storm-trooper O’Farrell team sternly handed out dozens of threatening letters informing the frightened vendors that a city ordinance that took effect Sunday makes it against the law to sell tickets from the so-called Hollywood right-of-way.
It is also illegal to sell heroin on Hollywood Blvd. But that law seems to go only partially enforced here!
Any talk whatsoever of taking a tour initiated by the Tour Bus Ambassadors along the gray terrazzo sidewalks partially occupied each day by scatterings of tourists is from now on strictly verboten and may lead to arrest!
The LA City Council inexplicably approved this awful, unlawful new law…which is a solution without a problem attached! There is no need to begin managing the easily contained crowds that respectfully visit Hollywood … foot traffic never spills out into the street.
Although it will cripple tour sales, Melrose Larry says that he will personally somehow find a way to obediently knuckle-under and follow the brand new rules designed to plunge the smaller tour bus operators into bankruptcy!
Oddly enough, Green calls this total ban that was never negotiated with the Tour Bus side “a compromise”!
Like the Nazis maybe “compromised” with the Jews over the Holocaust?
If the Hollywood Tour Bus Ambassadors can’t describe tours to passers-by anymore, how are these hard-working people going to pay rent and feed their family?
Under this bullying new ordinance, tour operators can sell tickets to tourists only from inside shops and kiosks that must be located on private property from now on!
Too bad for them that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located on city property but owned by a public trust!
Many of the tour guides tardily-notified say that they can’t afford to lease private space; but were “politely” told in so many words by new Hollywood Councilman Mitch O’Farrell: “TOUGH SHIT!”
Everyone agrees that removing the small-sized kiosks that have been there for decades from the Hollywood sidewalks will cut deeply into tour ticket receipts.
O’Farrell said the changes won’t affect the dozens of people who hassle tourists by begging for “tips” when donning costumes and posing for tourist photos outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the semi-deserted Hollywood & Highland entertainment white elephant complex at Highland Avenue.
Recently, a tour bus operator was robbed by someone in superhero costume that remains un-apprehended!
This ordinance doesn’t address the unmanaged throngs of CD seller/thugs who ply the Hollywood sidewalks, shoving discs into unsuspecting tourist’s hands and then asking for a sizable cash donation. That’s because they are protected by gangs and drug dealers on the Boulevard!
O’Farrell claims without showing evidence that previous city attempts to regulate CD sellers have proved unsuccessful after the city was sued for violating their constitutional rights. Don’t Hollywood Tour Bus Guides have the same rights under the US Constitution as hawkers of CDs?
But Councilman Mitch does hope to send a message to everyone who works along Hollywood Boulevard that it is important for him acting like a big shot to raise the so-called standards!
As O’Farrell was conducting his tour, a CD vendor got into a scuffle with a TV news reporter. Los Angeles police officers who were browbeating tourist tour guides at the time apprehended the vendor and put him in handcuffs only because there were news cameras on the scene!
The arrestee, who refused to give his name, threw a stack of worthless CDs at a nearby reporter as he was being taken into custody.
It should be noted that not a single Hollywood Tour Ambassador on the Walk of Fame informing the public of bus tour opportunities has ever been arrested under similar circumstances as this CD seller was in the incident that’s outlined above!