Landavazo: Fonda and War Memorial Don't Mix

The council candidate is critical of the city's decision to host the One Billion Rising event featuring Jane Fonda at a park that contains a monument to veterans.

Candidate for West Hollywood City Council Christopher Landavazo clarified his position Monday regarding actress and activist Jane Fonda's recent appearance at Sal Guarriello Memorial Park.

On Saturday the website Wehoville published a story that noted Landavazo's objection to Fonda's One Billion Rising appearance at a park that has a monument honoring veterans. Fonda, West Hollywood City Council members Abbe Land and John Duran, council candidate Sam Borelli, Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway attended the event promoting awareness about violence againsst women.

Landavazo, who is a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy and military veteran, released the following statement:

I am extremely supportive of women's empowerment and of the efforts of "One Billion Rising" to bring attention to ending violence against women. My non-profit work here in the US and Internationally via the Cops 4 Causes El Salvador International Cop X-Change clearly demonstrates my commitment to addressing women's and children's issues including but not limited to domestic violence, health and wellness issues. 

I am third generation U.S. Military Veteran, who served two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf, fought nationally to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT),  and was recalled for additional service, due to the tragic events of 9/11. I am also the son of a Vietnam War Veteran and I continue to devote my time to Veteran's affairs. Ms. Fonda's historical photo on the anti-aircraft-battery and statements made in Hanoi in 1972 (3 years before I was born) still provoke a deep resentment by many Vietnam Veteran's and American's, as a whole. 

Our City's leadership should have recognized the sensitivity regarding the Veterans Memorial and it's importance and prominence to our Veterans community and of our service men and women and chosen a more suitable park within our City to host this event with Ms. Fonda.

On the day of the "One Billion Rising" ceremony, attendees  were standing on the Veteran's Memorial Monument, which pays tribute to the thousands of men and women who gave their lives in service of our country to preserve Democracy around the world. 

Our West Hollywood Sal Guarriello Veteran's Memorial should be respected for the men, women and families for which it stands. 

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me February 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM
at what point is someone forgiven for their past???....
joninla February 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
OH GEEZ!!! The only scandal is the "DEAD CITY COUNCIL MEMORIAL" THAT GLORIFIES SAL'S SAME ON ALL SIDES TRAFFIC PASSING CAN READ, AND THERE IS ONLY ONE MIS-PUNCTUATED REFERENCE TO VETERANS AND A MEMORIAL TO THEIR SACRIFICES FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY. Bad call for any Candidate to Campaign on trying to tie a living legend who by her mere presence will raise more money to help Veterans than any other thing to what was meant at the time to actually draw attention to the death and horrors of war, not just on our drafted against their will soldiers, but the 'enemy' they were told to kill. The world has totally changed EVERYWHERE SINCE .... well Except One Place .... The West Hollywood City Council and their 25 years on totally control over what has become a financial cash cow for the major developers who have the permanent city council member majority under their financial control and continued re-elections. You are only running for a seat of 5 people as a city council running a square mile plus city of 35,000 residents. Bringing up an agenda involving national defense, current national war memorials and fund raising, and condemnation of a NATIONAL ISSUE that is ancient history AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE YOU ARE RUNNING FOR. IN OTHER WORDS, IF ELECTED, YOU'LL FIT IN PERFECTLY. Ban Fur, Condemn Reality TV, Drop Celebrity Names and F the City & Residents daily lives and basic needs.
George February 19, 2013 at 05:29 AM
When did this appearance happen?
Mary Beth February 19, 2013 at 09:07 PM
My comment is, I only wish i were there to lend my support for the Violence against Women. As for Fonda, being there at this particular monument because of a photo op she carried out 40 years ago....consider it an immature indiscretion..and hope that something you've done ages ago, never follows you!. Besides, were we not all against the Vietnam war back then...and some of us still!
George Martin February 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Landavazo didn't condemn Ms. Fonda for her immature actions of 40 years ago. What he did say is that the City should have shown a little more sensitivity. I agree.
Profes Shivers February 20, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Well put.
Profes Shivers February 20, 2013 at 06:37 PM
No, she was right to do what she did! There was no youthful indiscretion, whether or not she says so now, which I don't even know. It was a horror what we did in Viet Nam and history has proven it so. One of the worst things done by America, and there are many. That said, our warriors and veterans keep us free and safe and deserve our support and respect. I just wish there were more of them who refuse to follow immoral orders. And Landavazzo should have kept his mouth shut.
Chloe Ross February 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM
May I educate some folks who do not know exactly how much of a horror the War in Vietnam and SE Asia really was: American planes dropped two million tons, one B52 load every 8 mintes, 24 hours a day, for NINE years over Laos. Over half a ton for every inhabitant including babies. It was done secretly since Laos was officially neutral. When weather was bad over North Vietnam the US dropped their bombs over Laos. The country was left with UXO - un-exploded ordnance. They are still killing people - about 130 per year - half children. Laos is primarily a country of farmers. Tilling this land - devastated by US ordnance is iffy. It would take 2600 years to clear the country. Was Jane Fonda wrong 40 years ago? Is the capital of Vietnam now called Hanoi. I think Ms. Fonda and our expendable men who served may have known things we didn't. Don't be so quick to uphold from the past what you do not know actually happened as a result. This mentality is done in the South with regard to slavery.
Chloe Ross February 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Regarding the outrageously expensive (and not paid from private souces) memorial to Sal - in a city where "Don't Ask Don't Tell" vilified many of our residents and for those who believe jane Fonda was a traitor - I would say compared to the US governments actions in SE Asia, its use and misuse of soldiers in Vietnam (a war we had no right to be in at all), the attitude of the military toward the entire gay community - I find the entire Sal War memorial insulting and out of line. The 9 million dollars could have been used far better and with far more results that this monstrous ego driven piece of property. Jane Fonda is hated worse than Ho Chi Minh (and why I don't know). She didn't drop a bomb or shoot a soul. I am from a family of veterans. I suggest hating Hitler would be a better use for the vitriol of those who "hate" Jane Fonda. After all, we forgave the Emperor of Japan and we are allies of Germany. You folks need to move on and realize that being a supporter of ending violence against women is not the war in Nam.
Profes Shivers February 22, 2013 at 04:02 AM
$9 million can't POSSIBLY be correct! No WAY!!! No one is THAT stupid. Please respond.
Bill Howard February 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Al Eastmond February 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Some things are unforgivable.
me February 25, 2013 at 08:21 PM
oh puh'leeze.....she didnt murder anyone for christ sake.....


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