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The Rat Ladies Of The Palisades

by | 4th, August 2008

TABLIOD Baby writes from Los Angeles of the Rat Ladies of the Palisades:

In our town at the end of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the talk is of the cover story of the LA Weekly that arrived in newspaper boxes and storefronts on Thursday. “Rathouse of The Palisades” tells of two elderly identical twin sisters who live in a small house near the downtown area who’ve been feeding rats for decades:

Asks TB: So who’s going to show up first to rip off the story? 20/20? Dateline? Our bet is on Inside Edition, in which case no one will notice.”

The story:

At 34, Denham stood out as being at least 30 years younger than almost everyone else in the room. He began, “Hi, my name is Scott Denham. I just moved in to the Palisades with my wife and two young children. [Twenty seconds left.] I’m here because we have a major, major rodent problem. There’s an infestation on my neighbor’s property. It’s spilling over, and it’s posing a serious health risk to my family. [Ten seconds left.] I need your help. We’re not getting any help from the city or the county. …”

It turned 9 p.m. Blank stares. What’s this guy talking about? Some council members started stacking chairs. Taking pity on Denham, an aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl who was sitting in the back, and who is assigned to the Palisades, stepped in, telling Denham, “I got it. We’re on it.”

The evening’s minutes would later recall this extremely brief exchange between Rosendahl’s aide and Denham with a great deal of added and, it turns out, ridiculously optimistic political flourish: “[Rosendahl’s deputy] reported that the Councilman’s Office has contacted the appropriate agencies in the City and the issue is being addressed as expeditiously as possible.”

Had Denham been given more than the time of day that

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