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Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News
Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News columnist, discusses his 25-year career at the Daily News, where he's covered everything from race relations to city corruption.
Thank you, Juan Gonzalez, for courageous reporting. I also heard what I felt was a fair, balanced (not to use a cliche) picture of Bloomberg, and I learned from it. I have liked the good things Bloomberg has done, but agree that he favors big business far too much. As a recently retired NYC worker (the Human Resources Administration), I can readily recall my taste of Bloomberg's policies. After Hurricane Sandy, for instance, we had to charge any days off due to the hurricane--to our annual leave, our earned vacation time. Hurricane Sandy a vacation?! Hardly! Since I did not have much annual leave remaining, I wound up losing pay. What you said about demonizing workers by Bloomberg was correct.
Specifically, I wish you would cover the hospital situation, especially the loss of hospitals in this city. Living in the area of St. Vincent's Hospital, I feel keenly the loss of that invaluable institution. It is now being demolished and turned into--what else?--luxury condos and townhouses. Yes, that's just what we need, right, Juan Gonzalez? Now the entire lower west quadrant of Manhattan is without any hospital. Other hospitals, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, are still closed or are operating at diminished capacity. We don't have disaster preparedness anymore because of this. And this matter all relates to what you said about Mayor Bloomberg, who favors big business and rich people like himself. The city can't go on like that. Major needs of any community are being sacrificed to luxury housing which few can afford, and which often is being flipped like pancakes for the incredible profit of the buyers. These are not homes, but tools.
Thank you, Mr. Gonzalez, for all your good work over the years. I really hope you will write that book about the years of the Bloomberg administration. You have so clearly described our situation now, and yes, it will be years before the community of New York will be restored. Best wishes.
I'm glad someone is countering Brian's mealy-mouthed treatment of Bloomberg's disasterous twelve years. Brian and WNYC will be seen historically as selling out the workers of the city to Bloombergs nightmare reign.
Juan Gonzalez is the best. Hope you can him back on.
Thank you Brian for throwing your spotlight on Juan Gonzales, and Democracy Now, what a treasure -- nothing inspires (or strikes fear in) like a good man (or woman) in a hurry... I love his work on Verizon and other Korporate Kings most American reporters are too scared or bored to cover.
Incidentally, your comment that Chespeake's admission that they are participating in a "land grab" is a rare example of candor -- I must disagree. Big Companies, as well as George W. Bush -- usually are quite up front. It's just that we are not listening, or assume that they are being sneaky when they are actually quite proud of their activities.
Juan, PLEASE DO write a book about the consequences of the Bloomberg admin for US urban policy! Reporters have been SO CREDULOUS of his policies, the privatization of NYC is its secret history. Wanted to call myself to ask why you think Bloomberg/Klein education reforms were so seductive to reporters and went so thinly examined by most (except YOU). The dismay of public school parents was completely ignored by the NYC media, still is.
It's great to hear the realistic portrayal of what the Bloomberg era has meant for the working class.
There's plenty of activism against fracking in NYC. I've been to many meetings, protests, & hearings in the city about fracking & the Spectra pipeline, which would bring fracked gas into the West Village. Groups like the Sane Energy Project & Food and Water Watch have held events here. Synagogues, churches, & even restaurants have held showings & discussions of Gasland. If Mr. Gonzalez thinks people in NYC aren't concerned about fracking, he needs to look again--& report about it.
Speaking of hydrofracking for natural gas in New York State, you might like to let your listeners know that *today* is the deadline for comments on the latest set of fracking regulations at NYSDEC. Comments can be made until 5pm today here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76838.html
I do not identify as liberal or progressive. I find myself politically libertarian and yet I must tip my hat to Juan Gonzalez for all that he has done in the name of peace and advocating agaisnt war here in America. His contribution to alternative media also deserves much praise.
I love when the crazies call in from Pacifica, BIG GOVERNMENT IS EVIL
Would love to hear Mr. Gonzalez speak about what he's doing to train the NEXT generation of similarly concerned, community focused journalists. Please ask him!
Juan's reporting is superb. I wish you'd ask him about the 9/11 toxicity affecting esp. the first responders and the workers on the WTC site, and how he was the ONLY reporter who told the truth at the time, and had his columns buried by the powers that be.
What comments does Mr Gonzales have concerning the West Harlem group receiving millions from Columbia University and its lack of transparency?
Is Juan aware of the effort to change the NYS law to allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates? And does he know the origins of the current law which happened during the term of Gov. Lehman?
He's right about Racism & Gun ControlThe Sullivan Law of 1911 had several things to going for it:1. Sullivan represented a dock district, and many of his constituents were muggers. Sullivan was leader of a notorious Irish gang. Their criminal work was impeded by the fact that citizens were arming themselves before going to that bad neighborhood, thereby making robbery a dangerous business. Sullivan wanted to protect his criminal constituents from armed victims, and his law has made New York safe for robbers ever since.2. Tammany wanted to disarm Italians and blacks. The law served the same racist purposes that gun control served in Dixie: to disarm disfavored races. That's why the pistol licensing agent has unbridled discretion to discriminate under the Sullivan Law.3. Tammany Hall wanted to be able to arrest political opponents.
Re: the fire that killed & injured many. Better ban matches.
Is Mr. Gonzalez satisfied with the City's newspaper coverage of the 2008 City Council embezzlement conspiracy which involved Cristine Quinn's channeling of City funds to non-existent agencies and later distribution of those funds to Quinn favored city council members?
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