GO FUND HIM
With his facial locks and ubiquitous black pants and jacket, Alekz Londos, 34, looks like a hipster panhandler—which is, in a sense, what he is.
For a decade, Londos has raced to disaster scenes to document them and provide relief. But he’s so unassuming, it takes time to realize he’s the real thing. Even Facebook knocked out his Nepal relief page four times. (Let’s assume it was an algorithm hiccup, not that he was competing with their own relief efforts.)
He’s trying to raise money to get to Kathmandu, where he will distribute $4,000-$5,000 worth of free disaster survival kits, which he buys with profits from selling them at local stores. They have 24 items, including medicine, bandages and energy bars.
A former Cabrillo journalism student, Londos sped to tornado and hurricane scenes for CNN, but wanted to do more.
He spent a month in the Philippines doing rescue work and wrote a Good Times cover story about it. He was the only one on a plane to New Orleans straight after Hurricane Hugo and spent a week camped in a parking garage. He went to Africa for Ebola victims. He organized a tire removal campaign in Santa Cruz.
He’s a one-man charity, with no overhead and the optimism to think that one man can make a difference. You can help him at: gofundme.com/2015-Earthquake.
About 50 protesters gathered at the County Building Monday to let Assemblyman Bill Monning know they were against a bill that requires school kids to get vaccinated. But Monning was in Sacramento, doing his job.
“He’s hiding from us,” yelled KSCO radio host “Humble Brian,” whose name couldn’t be more ironic. Brian, who looks like a mix of hate talker Michael Savage and local activist Robert Norse, also called for a recall of the vaccine-supporting supervisors.
“They could put something in those vaccines for Communist China that takes down our whole country!” said Brian.
KSCO has several anti-vaccine hosts, including Alex Jones and “Georgia,” who also believe that the government is trying to either control minds or the weather through jet plane exhaust vapor called “chemtrails.”
One woman held a sign claiming that vaccines have killed 130 people, but measles has killed no one. On the contrary, the World Health Organization lists 145,000 worldwide deaths in 2013 from measles.