Can I just say that Rick Lemmo is a moronic lying narcissistic zillionaire bootlicking authoritarian poobutt blundering weirdo? In any case, this dude, who I forgot to say is some kind of flunky employee of Rick Caruso and also runs the Pacific Palisades BID, presided this morning over a meeting of the BID’s board of directors, and you can watch the whole damn thing on YouTube if you’re interested.1 And they talked about the usual array of trivial crapola with which these backwater zillionaire BIDdies seem to be obsessed.
But also Lemmo went on an extended rant about violent looters poised to overrun the three most vulnerable areas in Los Angeles County today. He revealed that his top secret sources in “security” and “law enforcement” had blessed him with this information and also told him not to worry because they had plans to occupy the contested territories immediately if there were any threat at all to property.2 And in one of the most curiously stupid episodes I’ve ever experienced at a BID meeting, Lemmo told everyone that his rant was off the record, not available to the press, and not for attribution to him.
He said this in public. At a public meeting. In front of a freaking camera. What was he thinking, if anything?3 These three most especially extra threatened areas, if you’re curious, are Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and the Pacific Palisades. Those are the essential zillionaire strongholds which must be defended at all costs against the marauders. In case you’re wondering, Lemmo’s top secret sources in “law enforcement” have “identified a variety of criminal groups that utilize peaceful protestors as a smokescreen for them to loot businesses and promote violence.”
And not only that but “LAPD and National Guard are fully aware of the situation and prepared to fully deploy in and around these areas and protect them based upon whatever up to date intelligence they receive from the unrest.” Then there’s Lemmo’s zillionaire-specific version of the appalling all lives matter trope: “all business areas are small business areas.” And his overflowing abundance of whack-job paranoia: “And purpose of this statement is to let you that there is a lot more out there than what is visible to us from a protection standpoint and also unfortunately from a criminal element.”
There was more interesting stuff at the meeting, it’s worth a watch. And as usual the craziness speaks for itself better than I can speak for it. Read on for a transcription of Lemmo’s lunacy!
Transcription of Rick Lemmo’s idiotic speech:
Unfortunately the latest civil disobediance, which is being used by a smokescreen [sic] for many who want to commit criminal acts and property damages but any consideration of us opening on whole [sic] for the immediate future, I cannot tell you what the immediate future is. We have a very, very simple meeting today. We want to update all of our board members. We want to ratify our 2019 fiscal auditor’s statement, and also give you a little update on the renewal. Now, for your ears, I have a statement that is completely off the record, OK? And I have been asked to make this an off the record statement. Today is a crucial day in the areas around LA. Again, this is off the record, so I do know that we have someone from press here. This is not available for the press. Today is a crucial day in the areas around LA. Current law enforcement and security intelligence has identified a variety of criminal groups that utilize peaceful protestors as a smokescreen for them to loot businesses and promote violence. Unfortunately Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades are condensed residential communities. And all business areas are small business areas. The residential areas provide interesting opportunities to those wanting to commit crime. After speaking with security professionals and law enforcement this morning I have been told that LAPD and National Guard are fully aware of the situation and prepared to fully deploy in and around these areas and protect them based upon whatever up to date intelligence they receive from the unrest. And purpose of this statement is to let you that there is a lot more out there than what is visible to us from a protection standpoint and also unfortunately from a criminal element. But knowing what I know about LAPD and knowing what I know about the National Guard and their performance the last 48 hours I feel very, very confident that we should be safe. And that will end my off the record statement…
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- You can also download your own personal copy from Archive.Org here if you’re interested in that.
- I guess threats to other stuff might count too, hard to be sure. Also want to note that Lemmo himself did not mention property specifically but then why would he? Where, as we know, your treasure is there will your heart be also. If you have one, anyway.
- It’s yet another illustration of the exceedingly well illustrated principle that one need not be smart to be rich. Rich people hire smart people when they need them. Their own time is far, far too valuable for them to spend it thinking about stuff, let alone understanding it.