Angry Poodle 1-on-1: IV Renovictions, County Ambulance Brawl, Blockbuster Hotel, Trump Indictment
In a special Angry Poodle edition of Newsmakers TV, Nick Welsh and the genial host briefly belay local issues in order to acknowledge the historic enormity of the criminal indictment of a former president of the United States.
That said, the two are humano-contra-humano this week about the quality of the fraud case brought against Donald Trump by New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg: Trixie the Poodle declares themselves completely underwhelmed by the scope and substance of the indictment;
Newsmakers believes the facts as presented clearly and forcefully demonstrate an illegal, if as yet unstated, conspiracy to a) steal the 2016 election, b) cover up the ways and means of doing so, with c) much more to come when Bragg shows all his cards in connecting Trump's (alleged, haha) local crimes to a federal statute - Campaign finance violations? Tax evasion? Both/and?
All Right Thinking People agree with us.
Then the fellas go behind the scenes of that big Board of Supervisors vote that ended the long-running, exclusive hold on the county's $1.4 billion ambulance business of private company AMR, and awarded broad authority over the contract to the county Fire Department, amid ongoing integration of local emergency services communication and response operations (Inside baseball Winners and Losers: Pat McElroy and Mollie Culver, respectively).
Next, some breaking news on the supes' response to the urgent crisis of hundreds of IV residents being ordered out of their homes by the new, far-away, investment fund owners of two big apartment buildings, as the supes toughen the county's anti-eviction ordinance. Big questions remain on how the change will or will or not apply to the desperate matter at hand.
And WTF is up with that massive 250-unit hotel at the entrance to the Funk Zone being, ho-hum green lighted without breaking a sweat (block that metaphor! -ed)? Silly us, we thought Job One for the city was the alleged "housing crisis," not a looming "tourist crisis."
Plus: Nick finally gets some background on that bare wall on his Zoom shot -- but does the map clash with his red plaid shirt? All this and more, right here, right now on Newsmakers TV.
You can watch our conversation via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. TVSB, Cox Cable Channel 17, broadcasts the program every weekday night at 8 p.m., and at 9 a.m on weekends. KCSB, 91.9 FM, airs it at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.