But when I returned home from work and checked things out, I discovered that this was not a perfect joy. While the gateway to their redesigned site does give the impression that there was indeed some kind of change, it is a subtle one. And yes, Susan's page appears to be gone. But if you use the link I provided on yesterday's post (click here), up pops that very page! Now there could be a couple of reasons for this. It might be that this page was orphaned because it just wasn't pulled down properly. And that as soon as they realize this it will happily vanish. Or it could be that the Pasadems don't even care to know that we're talking about them, and nothing has really happened at all. Always a possibility. You know how people can be.
But I do a lot of marketing stuff with websites and their hosts at work, and I suspect something a bit different. You'll notice that on the gateway page there is now a thing that asks for a user name and password. My suspicion is that little has really changed here outside of the fact that they don't want folks like us snooping around their site any more. In other words, we're being locked out, and only the chosen can gaze upon the entirety of this now non-inclusive site. And the sole reason we can still access the page in question is that whoever put this shiny new security system in place really didn't know what they were doing.
You have to remember that our local organization Democrats have not exactly been kind to small residential cities such as ours, rather preferring to cast their lot with high density developers and The BIA and all the usual barbarians. Folks who don't care much about preserving quaint foothill cities such as ours. (Not that our local organization Republicans are much better, mind you. When it comes to redevelopment money, it's all snouts to the trough.) And don't forget, it was the strikingly similar San Fernando Democrats who blessed us with that esteemed young gent, Joe Mosca. And if he didn't turn out to be a shorts and sandals cutout for the condo-riffic lifestyle, I don't know who is.
So here's another question for you. On the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats site there is a list of said Young Democrats identified as Top 2009 Sponsors. And listed among the "Valley Girls & Guys" portion of this menu is "Joe Mosca, The Gas Company." Now all the other politicians on this list are situated by the names of the cities they represent as
elected officials. So did Joe win an election in some place called The Gas Company? Maybe it's somewhere out by Indio? If so, that's certainly news to me. The only other person I've ever heard of that works for The Gas Company is Hank Hill from the Fox TV cartoon classic "King of the Hill." I wonder if Joe knows him, and if so, can he get me an autograph?
Now Joe's page on the well-designed and very useful City of Sierra Madre site lists a whole slue of organizations that he works with that ain't us. Most of them SCAG related. But I don't see anything whatsoever about The Gas Company. Has he been hiding something from us again? Is he not proud of this association? I'm sure they have him in an office job and not out reading meters. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
You do realize that we're pretty much on our own here, right? The political parties don't actually represent us, and the newspapers that once shed an occasional light on the shenanigans of local government have fired most of their reporters and are now concentrating their remaining efforts on pleasing the last of their advertisers. Remember when Molly Okeon formerly of the Pasadena Star News used to show up our city council meetings? (I used to get calls from her sometimes. She was on a mission to find out who Eric Maundry was.) So when's the last time you saw a Star News reporter at one of our city council meetings? Outside of mudslides there hasn't been a real Sierra Madre story there for months. And now the Los Angeles Times has announced that it is dropping the "California" portion of their paper. L.A.'s largest newspaper will no longer have a section dedicated to local news.
One of the things that truly impressed me during our last city elections was the kinds of folks that showed up at MaryAnn MacGillivray's meetings. Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, independents, mugwumps, all different political stripes of people, and all united by one idea. Saving this town. It's like the usual politics stopped at the city line, and what took its place was something very different. And far better. I can't help but think that we were on to something. That other stuff just seems so artificial to me now.