Real Compared To What?

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This morning I got two messages from two cities. I was asked to send an email to the Sawtelle association that is meeting right now to discuss a proposed swank development not unlike the one proposed for Ken Kesey Square.

“Last week, a final environmental impact report published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (LADCP) unveiled a new look for Martin Expo Town Center, a mixed-use complex spurred by Metro’s Expo Line.

The project, which is being developed by the family behind the Martin Automotive Group, would replace the company’s longtime Cadillac and GMC dealership at the northwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive.

The redesign, crafted by global architecture firm Gensler, calls for an approximately 4.76-acre development with low-rise and mid-rise buildings, as well as a 10,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza with landscaping, water elements and outdoor seating.”

For three months I have been writing a chapter on the Sawtelle that my become a book aimed at saving the diverse culture there. There was a club where the UCLA thrift store is that is very important in the history of rock n roll and punk rock. I am promoting a world peace center in the Sawtelle.

I talked to Marilyn Reed about the Sawtelle, and her neighbor, John Lupton. Marilyn’s brother, Stanley, was married John’s wife’s sister, I believe. I was supposed to interview M at the Eugene Art Walk last night, but it was moved to next week due to New Years.  She is a gold mine and there is no end to the information I  capture, with patience, because Marilyn is a humble soul, and not a name dropper like me. I brought up John Lupton. She used to baby-sit his son, and I would come over to neck with my first girlfriend on the couch. I was impressed. M had already introduced me to Les McCann who played and sang a tune for us.

I asked M how this actor felt living in the Sawtelle, and how he got there. What I have been trying to do is establish the Sawtelle as a haven for the Beats, Folk Artists, and early Hippies. Our friend, Bryan MacLean played at a coffee house Marilyn and I found in 1962, when we were fifteen and sixteen. It was a tea house. After school we would sit by the fire and I would draw M. An hour ago I discovered John played a Beat Writer in the movie ‘The Rebel Set’. I struck the Mother Load, and arrived at the archetypal hub. Bryan and my late sister were lovers. I wanted Belle Burch to pose for several paintings I had in mind. I wanted to do my version of Fair Rosamond.;query=;brand=Swinburne

On Thursday, March 3, 2016 5:47 AM, “” <> wrote:

Jon, no differences on my end. Let’s unite, maybe we are already!
PS I am not a Trumpite

“Taking his case to the old hippies in the Whiteaker, the wise ones rule Belle must fulflll her agreement she made, and accompany Jon on a cross country train ride that will take them to New York to visit Chris and Stefan who has just moved into the old Woodstock Hotel. On the top floor, Stefan finds a ballroom that has not been used in years. Earlier, Chris had said this hotel is where the Woodstock Nation folks have come to die.

After Belle and Jon board the train, Jon give Christine a call. She informs him Stefan has put together a song and dance routine ‘Putting on the Woodstock’ that is based upon ‘Putting on the Ritz’. Stefan found tails and top hat in a closet, and looks like Fred Astaire. Stefan was a master of the Viennese Waltz, and in no time has mastered Astaire’s famous Ritz dance.”

This is the Big Tent! I highly suggest the young performer get out of our way as us old Trailblazers do our Swan Song – and leave behind our amazing history! We can seize the Art World from coat to coast, but, our motives must be, and must remain – pure!

The birth of every great movement suffers embarrassing growing pains. If we are truly in love with the Muse of this Movement, we will prevail. I sat ten feet away from the Modern Lovers when they sang this song. Is it the theme song of the Modern OCCUPY? What the Modern World will look like,  is up to us.

In 2008 I founded the Bohemian Bank. Marilyn and Kenny Reed were members. The Reeds are good friends of Norma Fraser.

I wrote a skit we hoped would be performed and the Hult Center, but, we did not plan ahead.

Jon Presco

Where Can We Be? The Occupation of 123 Delancey Street

“The most recent effort along these lines-“The Real Estate Show”-opened on New Year’s Eve as a unique combination of art exhibition and guerrilla action. A group of downtown artists simply broke in and took over a derelict city-owned storefront right on teeming Delancey Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, turned on the heat and light (also “extralegally”), and filled the space with art protesting absentee landlordism, eviction, developers, the city’s waste of space, greed-the whole notion of property in a capitalist society. The show was dedicated to Elizabeth Mangum-“a middle-aged Black American killed by police and marshals as she resisted eviction in Flatbush last year.”

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please stop posting on Vickie’s page for a little bit.. She’s undergoing heart surgery and it looks more like its your page than hers. Just a little break until she’s posting again? and your thoughts for a good surgery and timely recovery would be great. Thanks.

“Moennig was one of a few artists in the group whose exploits had prepared them for careers in art crime. In Cologne, West Germany, he had conducted illegal actions at night: clandestinely changing the names of streets, placing sculptures in the way of pedestrians, pushing the boundaries of public behavior to provoke reactions. “I didn’t believe in the museum system or the gallery system,” he told me. “I got arrested in five different countries.”



Looked, viewed etc. at ‘Tale of Two Cities’ – amazing……Thank you for having put it together!!!


The commonly accepted year in which punk broke was 1977, but the sound of it existed long before there was a name for it. Los Angeles’ Love, whose sound was eclectic well beyond any one particular style or genre, pretty much perfected a swinging, swaying, rollicking punk rock prototype with their 1967 single “Seven & Seven Is,” a highlight from their album Da Capo, released that same year. It’s all big riffs and bombast, Arthur Lee’s infectious nonsense refrain, “Boom-bip-bip, Boom-bip-bip/ YEAH!“, and a gigantic explosion to top it off. It’s raw and rebellious, and it arrived 10 years ahead of schedule. – JT

Before the Tea Party was born, I born the Bohemian Bank and adobted Our Lady Liberty as our guide.

of the Templar Bohemians

With the bailout of world banks by common taxpayers, there arises a need to redefine banking as we have known it. Foreclosure signs growing like weeds in neighborhoods across America, are a blight on the common man’s dream. Discussions are taking place amongst our politicians as to how the banking industry can pay back the collective generosity of the American People. Barack Obama, who may be the next President of the United States, is talking about rebuilding the American economy from the ground up, a trickle-up system, as opposed to the trickle-down economy that favored the wealthy, but now lie in ruin, all but rendered useless for us all.

There is talk about a revised Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps agency that President Franklin D. Roosevelt established during the Great Depression that put Americans back to work. These agencies were funded by the tax dollars, the same tax dollars that are being used to help banks get back on their feet. It can be said the people of the United States are un-willing partners with the banks in what some are calling Socialism. Indeed, the Free Enterprise system has experienced a massive failure, and may not survive as we know it – if it survives! Will banks become extinct?

I believe some important aspects of banking can continue to exist if they take steps to become a integral partner and member of certain communities that are identified as being havens to artists, musicians, and other creative people seeking alternative solutions and lifestyles. Bankers, city managers, redevelopers, and private entrepreneurs have been looking at Bohemians as key to recovering blighted neighborhoods from urban decay that will be accelerated if we have a lasting recession or depression.

Some banks have a honorable history of supporting the arts, and making loans to civic minded people who want to sustain a Bohemian lifestyle that has given much flavor to metropolitan areas across America. These areas were often founded by artists looking for studio space and places of residence they can afford as they develop their craft.

Some Politicians have looked to the artists as a Trojan Horse, they at the vanguard of downtown developments. Bohemian activities have attracted banking institutions and wealthy investors, some who are looking to take advantage of these creative endeavors, they desirous to move in wealthy Bohemians wanna-bes in order to realize fantastic profits via high rents as soon as the real artists are moved out.

The solution is for Artists and Bohemians to be The Bank, and employ the institution of banking to their advantage. The traditional banker role as a middleman can be reinvented, replaced by Hands on Banking that takes on new responsibilities such as maintaining acceptable levels of employment during hard times. These new banks must be willing and able to put employment and job creation before profits, because citizens with no money do not take part in what civilization has to offer. Depressions and Dark Ages go hand in hand.

Bankers and city planners have looked to Bohemian to create a public draw to cultural events, music cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. Without this draw there is no capital.

A study is needed to see how much capital Bohemians manage to raise, and from what sources. How many people are employed in their projects? What about the materials they purchase from other retail businesses? Do they have elaborate networks and a deep labor pools that tap into a wide range of skills?

Experience tells me Bohemians are vital to the economy of many cities. How much more vital would they be if they had a bank that was a real partner, a real friend who helped supply capital to the epicenter of these enterprises and activities that attract participation on many levels. What would these Bohemian neighborhoods look like without this participation?

The Bank of the Templar Bohemians t is not looking to transform Bohemianville, but to preserve it, forever seeking to keep it an integral sanctuary for its citizens. Many Banks have thrown their integrity and reputation out the window – along with billions of dollars that was entrusted to them.

Owning a good reputation was once vital to the banking business. Rebuilding this reputation from the ground up will entail gaining the trust of a group of people who traditionally don’t trust institutions, and often seek an alternative to just about every institution known to man.

The BTB will be an alternative bank and a real pioneer forever seeking to invest in the visions of creative people who have a long and illustrious history of survivability. If traditional banks could live and prosper as long.

A Networking Bank

The Bank of the Templar Bohemians is a hands on networking bank. We are a community bank that not only lends our money, but our expertise in order to insure your enterprise will be successful.

Whether you are a baker looking to open a Bohemian coffee and pastry shop, or an artist asking for a loan to build a studio, or, open a gallery, our creative loan officers will put at your disposal a team of experts to make sure your dream is realized.

The BTB will bring private entrepreneurs and investors together with a network of artist and craftspeople in order to sustain and invest in alternative manufacturing and the Craft Culture. Restaurants and coffee houses play a big role in the Bohemian scene. The food services industry is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, providing 12.5 million jobs. With many of America’s manufacturing jobs being outsourced in order to exploit cheap labor overseas, it is vital that banks and investors provide capital to those who believe in Made in America and are willing to pay higher prices for quality goods.

My Bank will issue a debit card that will give a %10 percent discount at establishments that cater to a network of creative crafts people, artists, and musicians. The Strength Card is designed to keep and circulate money within the network and thus sustain creative souls that should to be considered our National Treasures.

Richard Florida has conducted research and written two books on the benefits of the Bohemian sub-culture to our National Economy. The Rise of the Creative Class’ is a Guide Book to the Guild I will be forming.

Americans need to be educated on the benefits of supporting homegrown cottage industries, rather then the plastic cut-rate products made overseas that fill our garages, and leave us in credit card debt for a decade. The Bank of the Templar Bohemian intends to lead the way in establishing a New American Pertinence, a New Renaissance if you will that casts off our title of Mindless Mass Consumer, and bid us to live our lives within our means – with dignity. This New Dignity should begin at the bottom, amongst the least and the disenfranchised, for I believe they will inherit the earth.

The Bohemian Templar Bank will be a completely transparent Bank whose aim is to rebuild the Financial Structure of this Nation, and others Nations, from the ground up. I propose Debt Forgiveness of many of the World’s Poor. At BTB there will be no Banking without Representation. There will be Government oversight.

My great, great Granfather’s ship, the S.S. Constitution, is docked near the sight of the Boston Tea Party. It is time for a New Jubilee Revolution!

John G. Presco

Founder of the Bank of the Templar Bohemian

The Modern Lovers – “Roadrunner”
from The Modern Lovers (1976; Berserkley)

I’m in love with rock ‘n’ roll, and I’ll be out all night.” It’s hard to find a statement that more succinctly captures the joy of being young, having a car and just enough autonomy to feel more alive than you ever have. Boston’s The Modern Lovers played rock ‘n’ roll; that’s what proto-punk, or even simply punk, really is when you get down to it. And on a purely lyrical level, “Roadrunner” might as well be Springsteen, Jonathan Richman’s verses focused on nothing more than the pure joy of “going faster miles an hour… with the radio on.” There’s a streamlined, raw repetition about it that sets it apart, however, the sheer momentum of it seemingly mimicking the feel of speeding down the highway. It’s almost zen. – JT

The City of Los Angeles Planning Dept will host another public meeting on a proposed mixed-use development project– Martin Expo Town Center site on the corner of Olympic and Bundy in West LA. This project is proposing to build residential units, office space, and retail stores near the soon to be opened Expo station at Olympic and Bundy. This is a significant project for Westside communities, and… it could have a major impact on the future of our neighborhood.

That meeting will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4 p.m. at West LA Civic Center, 1645 Corinth Avenue. Councilman Mike Bonin has directed the project applicant to conduct extensive public outreach, with a series of community meetings that will collect testimony and feedback to be added to the official record.

At the northern edge of the property, the dealership’s current automobile service center would be demolished to make way for a seven-story structure featuring either rental apartments or for-sale condominiums.  Plans call for 516 residential units on the building’s upper floors, 8,000 square feet of amenities and a combined 81,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space for retail, grocery and restaurant uses.

The southern portion of the development site, currently home to the Martin Cadillac showroom, would be redeveloped with a 10-story, 160-foot tower featuring approximately of 191,500 square feet of office space on its upper levels and 26,500 square feet of office and retail space on its ground floor.

Jon Presco

By 1966, mod was already in decline. U.S. garage rock began to lose steam within a couple of years, but the raw sound and outsider attitude of “garage psych” bands like The Seeds presaged the style of bands that would become known as the archetypal figures of proto-punk.[7] With garage leanings, Love‘s first two albums Love (1966) and in particular Da Capo (1967), began developing a proto-punk sound with songs such as “7 and 7 Is“; which happened to be their only hit single.[8][9] Love’s Arthur Lee has been regarded by some[who?] as “the first punk rocker”, though Lee wasn’t flattered by the phrase because he thought the term punk meant “being somebody’s bitch or something like that”.[10]

Article | February 18, 2016 – 12:00am

Eugene Weekly does not condone or encourage acts of violence or destruction in the name of any cause. We were dismayed to find out that someone threw a large rock through the glass door of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce building in the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 13. The perpetrator also placed several copies of the Feb. 11 edition of EW — open to an article about the Chambers’ endorsement of the 2E Broadway proposal to privatize Kesey Square — with a misspelled scrawl stating “Greedy Capitlist” and “the Colinishen of Public Spase.” Chamber President Dave Hauser tells EW via email that they “found a bag of rocks nearby” and the Chamber has filed a police report. “The good news is that aside from the broken glass and damage to the door, nothing else was damaged and nothing was taken from the building,” Hauser writes.

Meanwhile social media is buzzing: Many proponents of Kesey Square have wondered if the vandalism was contrived by someone who wants to see the square developed. “I really think it is someone who has a grudge against the movement to save the square,” says Gwendolyn Iris, a Save Kesey Square activist. “Based on the words and spelling, it just reads like mockery.”

We are disappointed to see such uncivil discourse here in Eugene. Writing your elected representatives, attending City Council meetings, as Kesey advocates have done, or volunteering to make your city better are far more effective, and more humane, forms of activism. Or do what reggae legend Norma Fraser and blues legend Tommy Castro did Tuesday night at Kesey Square — sing about it. See video of this magical moment on our blog.

Chamber President Rejects Public Outcry To Save Kesey Square

Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hauser recently weighed in on the future of Kesey Square in his weekly email Feb. 5, “The Chamber Rundown,” to Chamber members.

On Nov. 17, the Chamber voted to endorse the controversial 2E Broadway proposal — the proposal to buy Kesey Square and put an apartment building on it — when most citizens were still wrapping their heads around the fact that Kesey Square was even up for sale.

“The 2E Broadway project continues to march forward in spite of a pushback from community members who view Kesey Plaza [sic] as precious public space,” Hauser writes. “One would hope that city leaders are not buying the narrative that Kesey [Square] is a wonderful community gathering space, rich with positive activity. Anyone who has visited our downtown knows that is not the case.”

Eugene has been locked in a heated debate over the future of Kesey Square since October, when City Manager Jon Ruiz brought the 2E Broadway proposal to privatize the square to the Eugene City Council in a closed executive session.

While there are some who would like to see moderately priced apartments on Kesey Square, Hauser’s email appears to be in response to numbers of Eugene citizens who would like to see the square improved but remain public. Public reaction  has included a rally of 150 people showing up to a council meeting Jan. 25, festivals in the square, petitions and several letters to the editor as well as editorials in both EW and The Register-Guard.

At a Dec. 2 city-hosted Downtown Solutions Forum, more than 130 citizens attended the session and the majority of participants expressed they wanted more public space downtown and that Kesey Square should be improved, not privatized (see the results at

Hauser himself told EW Dec. 9 that Kesey Square works well when it’s activated with events, which he says doesn’t happen enough.

On Feb. 8, Save Kesey Square activist Gwendolyn Iris told the City Council: “In the last few weeks we have had at least 50 people speak before you in favor of improving the square rather than destroying the square, and over 150 people showed up to the Save Kesey Square rally I organized that same evening,” Iris says. “I have seen less than 10 speak in favor of development.”

The Chamber’s Nov. 17 vote to endorse the 2E Broadway proposal came about two weeks before City Manager Jon Ruiz issued an RFEI (Request for Expression of Interest, or proposals) to solicit more ideas for the city square.

In other words, the chamber endorsed the proposal to privatize Kesey Square before the city had even requested other proposals. This has led to questions about the overlap between the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Eugene, Inc. and the 2E Broadway development team.

Hauser told EW in the Dec. 9 interview that “Downtown Eugene, Inc. conceptualized the project through work we did with Pivot Architecture and Rowell Brokaw architects.”

Since 2008 the Eugene Area Chamber has staffed Downtown Eugene, Inc. (DEI), a downtown business and property owner advocacy group.

Currently the Chamber board and DEI board share two members — Tim Campbell of Campbell Commercial Real Estate and Sarah Bennett of Bennett Management Company. There are also several members from or connected to the 2E Broadway development group on the DEI board — Kaz Oveissi, John Rowell and Prichard Partners’ Sue Prichard, the wife of Hugh Prichard, who is an advising developer for the 2E Broadway project.

Hauser says there is some overlap but they are “two separate organizations; two separate processes.”

In 2012, the Eugene Chamber also endorsed the heavily criticized Capstone project at 13th & Olive.

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