Ghost-Riding the Whip ...Into Oblivion
Don't go dumb: If it weren't for the fact that Clear Channel has this "progressive" Bay Area enthralled in its dumbing-down schemes, I wouldn't have even bothered reading the article. But I hate to listen to the same "fuck me, fuck you" songs that they play all day long.
How are young persons to think highly of themselves if all they listen to is what the rich white folks in Texas have figured out will keep us d-u-m-b? Big Von, Michael Martin, Ranel, Chuy, or whomever's local face they put on it: it's garbage! It's about profiling you and stupefying you, so we start believing we're powerless pieces of shit; so we don't organize ourselves around real issues. Or notice that they're among the official stenographers of the racist right wing anchored in Texas and the White House! Wake up, people.
We need truly independent radio stations and independent DJs. KPOO and KPFA are about the only two places where real music and real messages of life and hope come through. Boycott Clear Channel! And bring down all of their brainwashing tools: radio stations and advertising boards. Well done. Thanks for the write-up.
KMEL provokes reader's thizz face: Shame on KMEL and Big Von. As a lifelong Bay Area resident, I am highly upset about all this shady business finally coming to the surface. Many listeners as well as myself have long suspected the station of blackballing local artists out of rightly deserved airtime. The policy of saturating airtime with national records, instead of playing the more requested local favorites, is pretty ridiculous, in my opinion. KMEL has lost the mass appeal and respect of the more urban areas of the Bay Area because of the favoritism they have been showing over the last few years. I have always thought that Bay Area artists regionally could be put up against any other major American market's artists and still succeed based on sheer talent alone. It is total disrespect that Von somehow doesn't see this.
A rapper of San Quinn's caliber could go head to head with some of the biggest New York artists and really open up people's eyes nationally to the fact that Northern California is not solely about hyphy. Anyone who thinks that this region is not versatile doesn't understand much about its music. Rappers such as the Jacka, J Stalin, Beeda Weeda, Turf Talk, Bailey, Big Rich, and several other up-and-comers deserve to be heard, as well as the legends such as E-40, Mac Dre, Too $hort, Messy Marv, and Yukmouth.
It is a total shame that a station that refers to itself as the "people's station" does not see all the potential gold and platinum records that have been right in front of its face the whole time. I personally call for Big Von and Michael Martin to step down, and let those who really respect and know the culture and musical diversity of the Bay Area to take the lead in local radio.
He's Too Vexy for This Law
Burton of proof: As much as I appreciate any coverage of the vexatious litigant story, Lauren Smiley's article about me, "Crying Wolfe" [Sucka Free City, Feb. 20], is woefully deficient.
The true story begins with the hundreds of thousands of Californians who, because they cannot afford to hire an attorney and cannot find one to work pro bono, must go to court on their own — if they can figure out how to do so amid the maze of confusing procedures and rules. Instead of fixing that inequity, the California Legislature enacted a Vexatious Litigant Statute (California Code of Civil Procedure Section 391 et seq.) that imposes standards on self-represented persons 50 times stricter than on lawyer-represented persons and their attorneys. For that reason, and because the statute has no relevance whatsoever to vexatiousness, it [should be] properly named the "Ban on Self-Representation Statute."
The primary way to become a "vexatious litigant" under this vicious, sadistic, discriminatory statute is to fail to get through the maze of technicalities in the judicial apparatus five times within a seven-year period. You can imagine what would happen if the Legislature tried to impose such a draconian law on attorneys and their opulent clients. The lawyers would revolt and shut down the courts.
Fascistic judges, biased against self-representation, have used this law to declare self-represented persons to be "vexatious litigants" and to place them on a statewide blacklist even for settling cases out of court in their favor and dismissing them, as must be done in negotiated settlement agreements. The judges have ruled that such dismissals comprise litigations "finally determined adversely" against the self-represented person, even though that person was the winning party and disposed of the lawsuit in the way judges prefer. That is what happened to me.
Much more needs to be told as to how this draconian law — found nowhere else in the U.S. — got on the books, and how judges of this state, biased against self-representation, have run hog raving wild with it.
Burton H. Wolfe
In last week's cover story, "Who Killed Hyphy?" [Feb. 20], we incorrectly stated that KMEL music director Big Von Johnson was present at a meeting Davey D had with L.A. DJs. He did not attend, but his comments were reportedly relayed to those present.
Also, Michael Martin did not directly succeed Keith Naftaly as KMEL's program director, and Joey Arbagey, not Jazzy Jim Archer, was program director at the time the Delinquents met with station staff. SF Weekly regrets the errors.