Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Shooooow!




Special Thanks to Sal, Manny, Pam, Max Worthington, Tristian Moffat, Jak Frost, Michael Ian Sachs, Erin the Belly Dancer, Tammy, Gavin, John, Jake, Bill, Anthony, Michelle, David, Ricky, Seamus O'Blivion, and all the people who showed up!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Election Results

3rd Place in a 5 way race! 
Not Bad. Last time I came in 5th in a 4 way race...

I want to thank all those friends, jesters, anarchists, artists, and punk rockers who made this campaign/fever dream a reality! 
I owe you a drink!!!

There’s a look that every good friend of yours knows you by. A look that you’ve never actually seen yourself, except for on rare occasion when a window reflection catches you off guard while walking home in the middle of the night. This is the face caricaturists strive for. The face that reveals a person’s true character. Something as subtle as Mona Lisa’s smirk or as arresting as Edvard Munch’s The Scream. For Steve Aspel, this is that face.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but in Aspel’s case the picture is worth roughly a thousand votes. Here is Steve Aspel slouching in his trademark Hawaiian shirt, with the stoic grimace of a Captain on a sinking ship, clutching at his White Russian as if it were a life preserver. The first wave of results trickled in at 8:15pm and showed the incumbent trailing by only 2.8%, well within the margin of error. There was nothing for a long anxious while. Then, at one minute to midnight, his worst fears were confirmed in a pounding Mayoral defeat and torpedoing of thePublic-Private Partner Ship.  No runoff election. No Pier-Mall project. No second term.  No staying any later at the Grand Gala. The electorate had spoken and Steve Aspel was to be given a Lyft home in a political pumpkin.

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to happen. The Police and Fire Unions were in his pocket, or he was in theirs. Steve was well-liked. To his friends, of which he had many, Steve will in some way always be ‘the Mayor’ but not in any official capacity, not anymore. He pushed too hard for a mall and the people pushed back. He got on the wrong side of this Pier-Mall thing. The background in this picture speaks of a Victorian Era. A time when political machines ran the country. A time long forgotten. And too, the Mayor won’t be remembered for all his hard work addressing the pressing concerns of Redondo’s residents. Everything from clearing felled trees to filling pot holes. The ex-Insurance Salesman will be remembered for one thing; a disastrous deal with Centercal to build a giant mall, the size of five Wal-Marts, on the Redondo Beach Pier. It was to be his legacy. In some strange inverted Nixon talk, critics of the Centercal project were called ‘the vocal minority’. This assumption would prove wrong. Rumors has it he took out a twenty-thousand dollar loan for his campaign. Word on the street is he owes money to the IRS. Cornered animals will do just about anything.

On occasions I had seen Steve at a political mixer and, coming in from behind, would bump into him rather forcefully. He would spin around with feigned shock and I would say something like, ‘Oh, hey! Steve! Didn’t see you there!’ Moreover, I toilet papered his house when I was like fifteen years old. He was a good sport. A rough and tumbler who always had a good comeback. I like Steve Aspel. City Council meetings won’t be the same without his towering presence. I shall remember Steve Aspel, and no, he was not a crook. Just a bit misguided. Then again, so was Nixon.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PIER AID - 3/6/2017

A Message From Seamus O'Blivion, Campaign Manager:

Greetings Pier Aid People!

Trying to catch my breath after last night. 

Believe it or not, after an incredible show from the BEST OG South Bay folks and those that traveled from Far Away Places to support us and save our Pier from getting Mauled, [with] our host and only hope for mayor, candidate Eric J. Coleman- certified anarchist antagonist, pain in the ass madman.

I want to thank him, Ken Thun, Jake and Chelsea Todesco and The Boogie first for making this fever dream a reality. Two months in the planning, without you, it wouldn't have happened.

I also must thank fellow mayoral candidate Michael Ian Sachs, his amazing band Jak Frost, Culo, Carpit, Supersession, Public Nuisance for coming all the way from Santa Clarita, Neckbreaker, the always explosive STD'S and Black Lagoon for top shelf MUSIC THAT MATTERS...

You blessed our beloved pier with your music, love, frustration and dedication and I will
never be able to thank you enough.

Must also thank the local Classic Rock Pier Rats that showed up to support OUR FUCKING PIER.

Today, it all comes down to the polls.

Every vote might count.

Elections are suspect devices.

But we came together, multiple tribes, united to save ourselves from the Devil that is Centercal.

I thank you all again from the bottom of my blackened heart for the collective battle cry...


Stay tuned.
And fucking VOTE!!!!

A Message From Ken Thun, PIER AID Point Man:

To all the people behind PIER AID: Eric J. Coleman, Seamus O'Blivion, Chelsea Tedesco, Jake Tedesco, Robert Fabio, Mike Fanthorpe and most importantly Antigone Tiggy Swallow. I love you all. I got the bands but you all did the work, thankful to have you in my life!

A Message From Eric J. Coleman, Mayoral Candidate:



From The Easy Reader News

Join us in a Measure C Victory celebration - Sunday April 23rd for 
PIER AID II: There Will Be Pier! 
@ The Boogie

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Battle of Redondo: Punk Power in the South Bay

The Rent Coaster 9000 

WIDE ANGLE (same take)

Redondo's 2nd Mayoral Debate: FULL VERSION

footnote: The Coleman Administration has decided to scrap the Homeless Cannibalization Initiative; instead opting to remedy this homelessness epidemic by offering the mentally deficient jobs in City Hall. They would fit in quite nicely there. 


Hunter S. Coleman on the Marijuana Moratorium 

City Council Meeting 2/21/2017 . 
Made the papers. The cursing that is... 
What Happened To You Redondo?
Meet me in the parking lot for an attitude adjustment. 
Especially you stodgies
We have a chicken to smoke.
Anyone have a light?
Hunter S. Thompson ran for Sheriff of Aspen in 1969
One of his platforms was to rename Aspen 'Fat Head City'
In an effort to deter land developers.

'The Battle of Aspen' links:

Next, here are clips from a Candidate Forum held 2/18/2017 at United Methodist Church, put on by the League of Women Voters. The League had plans to video these debates but then came along the bad apples. Four candidates objected to the debates being filmed. OneView InRedondo put it like this, "... makes ya wonder why, doesn’t it? Runnin’ for office and you don’t want a video of your performance? You don’t want folks hearin’ what you have to say ‘specially those who couldn’t make it?" Word on the street is that Doug Rodriguez, John Gran, and Martha Barbee are the toadies responsible for this coup. Evidently, it's also a secret who wanted to keep the meeting secret (real P.A.T.R.I.O.T. A.C.T. crap). If this is true then these despicable wolves masquerading as kindly shepherds have proven their utter contempt for democracy and ought to be banished from Redondo, indefinitely. I'm sure there are plenty of caves on Catalina Island that would make for a lovely home.

Vote No on Pat Aust!

This is a Clip from another forum where the Pro Over-Development Candidates didn't even bother to show up...

There Will Be Pier!!!

And let us not forget about a Mediterranean Beach for a Truly Round Redondo...

Forget the children for once, what about us?


Dear Eric, 

Here is my drawing of the pier. I would just like to say I really respect what you're doing.  When I heard there were developers trying to renovate or destroy the pier it broke my heart. There's a certain charm and character to the Redondo Pier, and any major mall or development would ruin that.

Best of luck, 

- Stephen Pagan