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Posts Tagged ‘Cesar Chavez’

Our Vote for Funniest LA Weekly April Fool’s Gag Goes to…

Ha ha. If you click right now onto LA Weekly, the Angeleno world we all know and often dread has been completely upended.

Our personal favorite is the one on the right. According to item author Eve Weston (a comedy writer who occasionally contributes to the alt-weekly), WeHo politicians met unusually on a Sunday night to implement big changes for Santa Monica Blvd.:

In the press release addressing the ban, it was noted that “residents’ well being” was an important consideration in bringing the ban into law, in addition to the recently adopted notion of “vision pollution.” Council member John D’Amico explained, “If government has the right to curb noise pollution by limiting the volume and discordance of sounds in the city, it likewise should have the right to limit ugliness and tackiness. Vision is hardly a lesser sense than hearing.”

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Business Journal Charts Radio Ad Man’s Epic Downfall

Los Angeles Business Journal reporter Joel Russell shares a long and sadly fascinating cautionary tale today with his look at what led to the death on January 10th of Mike Ramirez (pictured), a man considered by local radio executives to be one of the best negotiators to ever work in the LA media world.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but Ramirez had one wild ride of a life. It started in the crop fields of central California, helping Cesar Chavez try to organize the United Farmers Workers, encompassed the 1-900 psychic and party hotlines boom of the ’90s, and peaked in the 2000s when Ramirez rode the mortgage refinance craze to an affluent, cocaine-fueled lifestyle. His main client was Best Funding, a small City of Industry operation run by Fernando Perez.

These were peak years for shock-jock programming and KLSX-FM 97.1 was the LA station for Howard Stern. Ramirez put on so many ads starring Perez that listener polls found Perez was a recognizable name, too. “With his help, Best Funding became the biggest client CBS radio ever had in Los Angeles,” said Cal Saul, a former sales executive at CBS who now works at ABC Radio.

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