Los Angeles is a city out of control.  Not enough police, not enough jail cells, too many ACLU lawsuits and now a hamburger stand must close because the CITY can not control crime.  Government is smart—if it can’t stop crime, it will victimize the victims.

“”It has a nexus and a connection to a disproportionate amount of criminal activity,” says Detective Eric Moore, head of LAPD’s Nuisance Abatement unit.

But Benetatos says that he is simply making the best of a tough situation. He’s even tried to work with LAPD before, honoring their requests that he remove payphones on the property and remove tables for outdoor seating, which he says resulted in a 15 percent decline in revenues. The city’s zoning board has since ordered him to comply with 22 separate conditions, such as hiring a full-time security guard, fencing in the entire property and installing a security camera that links directly to LAPD’s electronic surveillance system. Benetatos says that the cost of compliance would put him out of business.”

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The Fall Of Tam’s #6: How LA Regulated A Burger Stand Out of Existence

Zach Weissmueller, Reason,   12/20/12

Located on the corner of Figueroa and 101st Street in South Central Los Angeles, Tam’s Burgers has been a part of the neighborhood for almost thirty years. Nick Benetatos took over the restaurant in the late ’80s after his father retired. Tam’s has withstood multiple recessions and even the 1992 LA riots.

“When the markets were burned down, liquor stores were burned down, everything was burned down, people had nowhere to go, they came to us. We were handing out loaves of bread for free.” says Benetatos. “We have much love for the community. And the community obviously has much love for us.”

But Tam’s is now facing its most daunting challenge yet: being deemed a “public nuisance” by the city of LA. The Los Angeles Police Department believes that Tam’s is a magnet for drug dealers, prostitutes and violent criminals.

“It has a nexus and a connection to a disproportionate amount of criminal activity,” says Detective Eric Moore, head of LAPD’s Nuisance Abatement unit.

But Benetatos says that he is simply making the best of a tough situation. He’s even tried to work with LAPD before, honoring their requests that he remove payphones on the property and remove tables for outdoor seating, which he says resulted in a 15 percent decline in revenues. The city’s zoning board has since ordered him to comply with 22 separate conditions, such as hiring a full-time security guard, fencing in the entire property and installing a security camera that links directly to LAPD’s electronic surveillance system. Benetatos says that the cost of compliance would put him out of business.

“The LAPD wants to control my business and run it in their view of how it should be run, and I’m trying to run it in the view that I’ve been here for 30 years and know how it should be run, and I’m successful,” says Benetatos, who appealed the zoning board’s conditions at a recent city council meeting.

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Stephen Frank

Ending the business tax is a good start in returning government to the people–great theme.

December 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

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J David Barron

Regarding our City’s ‘gift certificate in exchange for turning in a firearm’….criminals don’t turn in firearms, they use them to commit crime. Good folks are turning in guns so they don’t get into the wrong hands and because the unemployed folks are desperately hungry for a meal and a job. The high unemployment, skyrocketing taxes and the city’s business tax has driven employers out of town.
As an LA city council district 7 candidate for the March 5th election I’m seeking businesses support to get the city council to repeal the city’s business tax so we can stimulate the economy and get our neighbors and families back to work.
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December 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

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J David Barron

It’s true, our LAPD is understaffed. As an LA city council district 7, candidate, I’ve been advocating to increase the force to at least 12,000 officers. Even former Police Chief William Bratton told this mayor that for the size and population of Los Angeles. the city needs at least 12,500 officers in order to have a safe city. New York has 35,000 officers for 8 million residents, or 17,500 officers for 4 million of its residents. LA has less than 10,000 officers for our 4 million residents. As an LA civil servant working in council district 8 and 10, I observe the fear that residents have to live with in this section of town.
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December 27, 2012 at 1:34 am

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lois

I say instead of hiring more police…..ARM the peaceful legal citizens in the cities.

December 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

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Stephen Frank

But, the illegal aliens they find are thrown back like fish in a lake. Vicious murders are back on the street because Arnold and Jerry don’t want uncomfortable prisoners.

December 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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lois

I feel our government is not working for us!

December 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

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Marten purdy

A month ago I was pulled over for speeding. True I was going 90 in a 35 but there were no other cars. The faggoty cop drew a gun and waited for equally faggoty back up, who proceeded to cuff me and put me in the back of the squad car. After throughly checking everything that could have allowed them to take me to jail and not finding anything wrong they let me go with a speeding ticket. The ticket=how much I make in 2 weeks. My canceled insurance policy=another 2 weeks. What’s the outcome? I get fucked over cause they have nothing better to do than pull people over.

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lois

I feel at times, the system makes laws they know people will break, i.e. seat belt, bicycle helmet, and other petty laws, just to make revenue.

December 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

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