The first Joe can be found on his personal website. This is something designed to promote his political career by hopefully helping him create and maintain the public image of being a warm and fuzzy guy. Unfortunately the writing style is rather cloying, and it all comes off like he believes he's writing for the cerebrally challenged. Get a load of this small hillock of effluence:
"For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an attorney, which I think was because many of the great leaders of our country had been legally trained and because the legal profession is a helping profession."
Now I know quite a few lawyers, and I can't think of many that would describe their difficult profession in quite that way. Tough minded? Sure. Hard-nosed courtroom warriors? Without a doubt. Determined to do what it takes to bring their client's cause to a just conclusion? Of course. But Mother Teresa? Mmm, not sure about that.
So exactly who is the Joe we're speaking of now? Here is the description he provides:
"Professionally, for about eight years now, I have been working as an attorney in the area of insolvency law. I work mostly with small businesses and individuals to aid them in achieving financial independence and overcoming financial hardships. I very much enjoy my work and really feel that I am making a difference for my clients."
The second Joe is to be found on the always helpful City of Sierra Madre website. (As an aside, it is a lot more than just a resource for weather updates, and you really should spend more time there. I do, and the rewards are palpable.) On this site we see less of Joe the lawyer who cares and more about an ambitious and rising young Los Angeles County bureaucrat:
"(Joe) serves as the City Council liason to the Sierra Madre Community Services Commission and to the Sierra Madre Elementary School. Additionally, he represents the community as a member of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, League of California Cities, Environmental Quality Committee, Los Angeles Metro San Gabriel Valley Governance Council, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Community, Environment, and Human Development Committee, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Managment Audit Advisory Committee ..."
Whew! It does go on. You can only wonder how he finds the time to continue caring for his clients. Of course, many of these positions are SCAG related, an organization strongly committed to bringing high-density overdevelopment to quaint little foothill cities such as ours. And in the name of saving the world, of course. But this does raise a question. How is it that a politician elected by the voters to work as their City Councilman would want to take on jobs in outside governmental organizations whose agendas are largely antithetical to the interests of the people who first elevated him?
The third Joe is the one the fewest people seem to know about. This from the Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 Fellows site. (You can link to it here, and when you do scroll down to page 7).
"Joseph Mosca Public Affairs Manager Southern California Gas Company: Mosca practiced consumer and corporate bankruptcy law from 1999 to 2008 and is now employed by Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy Utilities. Additionally, Mosca was elected to Sierra Madre's City Council in 2006 ..."
(Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Joe Lieberman for that state's U.S. Senate seat, posted an interesting piece on his blog comparing Sempra Energy to Enron. You can link to it here.)
So there you have it. Quite an adventure. So which Joe is the one that you know? The lawyer with the tender touch? The rising young L.A. County bureaucrat? Or the middle management mouthpiece for The Gas Company? It's almost like we don't really know the guy.