No One Can Really Tell The Truth Like John Walsh
NEXT YEAR’S GRAND PARK NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH MUST BE CANCELLED IN ORDER TO AVOID A REPEAT OF THIS YEAR’S SCAREY DOWNTOWN CHAOS EXCEPT ON A MUCH “GRANDER” FUTURE SCALE!
THE STREET GANGS OF LA ARE EVEN NOW PREPARING TO STAKE OUT THEIR TERRITORIAL CLAIMS AT THE NEXT GRAND PARK NEW YEARS EVE PARTY WHICH STANDS TO ATTRACT FOUR OR FIVE TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE!
THIS YEAR THE CITY DODGED A NEW YEAR’S EVE DOWNTOWN BULLET!
BUT NEXT TIME LOS ANGELES MIGHT NOT BE SO LUCKY!
You are invited to read here exclusively what actually ensued at the much-ballyhooed Grand Park New Year’s Eve bash that embarrassingly laid a huge downtown egg by catching the paltry security forces way un-prepared for the monstrous turn-out!
25,000 alcohol-fueled revelers were crammed together in a limited park space (with another 25,000 shut-out and very disappointed would-be revelers who found themselves shunted off to the side streets surrounding Downtown Grand Park) covering an area that ought to comfortably hold one-fourth the number attending this free-for-all that was falsely called a “success” by the LA Times “news story”!
LA TIMES GLOSSES OVER NEW YEAR’S EVE GRAND PARK PARTYGOER CHAOS.TIMES MERELY CONCEDES PARTY ORGANIZERS WERE CAUGHT “OFF GUARD”!
This sadly-lacking LAT story below by two still wet-behind-the-ears reporters bewilderingly contradicts itself: The Grand Park gates were closed before 10:45 pm say the Times reporters.This helter-skelter story then goes on to “report” that the gates were closed “before midnight”!
JWALSHCONFIDENTIAL was there when the event actually took place…around 10:30 pm! Long before midnight!
Public entry to the less-than-year old Grand Park was not barred by the event organizers as the Los Angeles Time story would have you believe, but by the LAFD Fire Marshall!
In fact, the erected gates were slammed shut to the public against the wishes of the organizers who took their orders from the politicians.(VIPs, of course, continued to enjoy in-and-out privileges!)
While the food trucks quickly ran out of food long before midnight, , the ubiquitous beer sellers on the scene continued to sell plenty of alcohol as rampant drunkenness abounded at the Grand Park New Year’s Eve festivities!
The great LAFD fear was a penned-in crowd stampede that might result in multiple injuries, some fatal!
A few crucial questions were left unanswered by this highly-disappointing Times story mash-up!
How many Grand Park partygoers were arrested?
How many Grand Park partygoers departed the party scene by ambulance!?
How many Grand Park partygoers were treated for drug overdoses at the seriously inadequate make-shift,hastily-improvised First Aid Station?
How many Grand Park partygoers found themselves assaulted by gang members?
A similarly chaotic scene happened in the Eighties at the same Downtown environs during Mayor Tom Bradley’s “Street Scene” Celebration forcing its permanent cancellation!
How much will it cost LA City And County taxpayers for the extensive clean-up and repair tab caused by the devastation from the “un-expected” horde of at least 25,000 that descended upon the un-prepared Grand Park on New Year’s Eve?
Didn’t the situation turn sufficiently hazardous that LA Times reporters became so frightened for their own safety that they swiftly departed the immediate scene of the Grand Park party mess and were afraid to get close enough to the “melee” to report the hazardous goings-on accurately?
How much adjacent Downtown looting and vandalism occurred after the New Year’s Eve Bash broke up at about 12: 30 am Wednesday?
Shouldn’t the Grand Park Party organizers have realized that MTA Board’s granting of free bus and rail rides all night long and into the early morning hours of the New Year was an open invitation that would inevitably lead to potentially dangerous Grand Park overcrowding…or even worse?
How many were injured outside the suddenly-closed gates, trying to get inside during what the Times story in self-contradictory terms describes as “a small melee…of about 500 people”?
Notice that the Los Angeles Times story reprinted in its entirety below reports that the LAPD Watch Commander of Central Division remained totally “unaware” of half a thousand angry would-be Grand Park party goers crashing the open-air public wing-ding? Where were the LAPD and LASD cops?
Likewise, chief party organizer, Howard Sherman, chief operating officer of the Music Center claimed to the Times that he “heard no reports of security issues”.
Obviously,since no LA Times reporters were on the scene when the situation got out of control , they were instead forced to rely for their news story on an account by a carefully-selected passerby!
Laughably, the duo of Times reporters,Saillant and Schaeffer,rely totally on the slanted impressions of this allegedly impartial eyewitness named Michael Trujillo, who,in a violation of journalistic ethics, is not identified in the article as he should have been!
This Trujillo guy just so happens to be an ex-political consultant of (Guess Who?) Councilman Jose Huizar who was unceremoniously fired by Huizar when the gentleman-in-question threatened in print to shoot a political rival in the head! Hardly a reliable news source!
(Google Michael Trujillo and Jose Huizar for all the “gory” details which were contained in a past LAT story that the editors at the Times apparently no longer seem aware of!)
This poorly-planned New Year’s Eve party truly turned out to be an abortion just waiting to happen!
Because the Tribune Corp. is a major player in the high-stakes LA Downtown speculative real estate market, you may expect only insufferably upbeat Downtown news stories with all the negative elements dutifully excised by orders emanating from The LA Times Lone Publisher Eddy Hartenstein and his faithful Indian companion, Editor-in- Chief Mr. Davan Mararaj, who are both after all, highly-paid employees of the same Tribune Corp., headed by Chairman Ligouri!
An honestly-reported story about the Grand Park New Year’s Eve party fiasco could have resulted ultimately in the lowering of Downtown real estate values that would have indirectly financially damaged the Tribune Corp. Spring Street holdings!
Grand Park New Year’s Eve bash called a success
Los Angeles’ inaugural push to stage a New Year’s Eve bash rivaling those in other major cities became so crowded that organizers shut down the gates before midnight, leaving thousands to watch the show from side streets.
An estimated 25,000 revelers jammed into Grand Park in downtown to hear DJs spin electronic beats, to browse art installations and to pose for photographs in front of brightly-lit fountains, said Howard Sherman, chief operating officer of the Music Center, which helped organize the event.
The star attraction was a colorful 3-D light show projecting images of flowing water, bouncing balls and psychedelia onto the side of City Hall.
But the huge turnout appeared to catch organizers off guard. Food trucks ran out of their wares early and people grumbled as they stood in long lines to buy beer. As midnight approached, a small melee broke out as a crowd pushed against closed gates.
Michael Trujillo, a downtown resident, said he was attempting to enter Grand Park around 10:45 p.m. when a crowd of about 500 people at 1st Street and Broadway began chanting, demanding to be let in.
Security guards in yellow jackets were trying to hold back the line, he said, informing people that the park was at capacity and had been closed by a fire marshal. But the crowd grew more agitated and rushed the gate, he said.
“There were maybe four security people and they just broke right past them,” said Trujillo, a political consultant. Some people fell down during the rush, he said, and police cruisers responded in force.
Once the party crashers got into the park, things calmed down, Trujillo said. Los Angeles police Sgt. Mark Wright, watch commander of the Central Division, said he was unaware of the faceoff.
Sherman said the event may be expanded next year.
“We have a really, really good problem,” he said. “We hoped this is what it would turn into in years to come.”
Revelers from all across the county made for a diverse crowd with a warm vibe, said Sherman, who likewise heard no reports of security issues. “It really did look like all of Los Angeles,” he said. “It was an unbelievable evening.”
Organizers said they hope the event will become a tradition for the city, where past attempts at centralized celebrations have fallen flat. Trujillo, who decided not to wade into the crowd, agreed, but said changes need to be made.
“The good news is it was at capacity and became a destination, which for Angelenos we’ve never really had,” he said.