One of the polling stations for the April 11, 2006 City Council elections was the Congregational Church Reading Room on Sierra Madre Boulevard. Which is coincidentally right next door to the Congregational Church. I can remember driving past it on that momentous day and seeing quite a line of people waiting to get in.
But if you look closely at the signs in these windows, what do you see? Propaganda that promotes the kind of development in Downtown Sierra Madre that was part and parcel to what was later kicked to the curb with the passage of Measure V. Of course, this was an extremely big issue in the 2006 election, and it led to the voters selecting community preservationists like Don Watts and Kurt Zimmerman, along with some other guy who later revealed himself to be a candidate of the Manchurian persuasion.
City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger was notified, and the Church was ordered to take the offending signage down.
Now why would the Congregational Church be plugging downtown development at a voting station, something quite obviously a violation of California state election laws? Maybe they saw it as a way of helping the candidates they supported? And had their boys won couldn't they have later realized significant financial gains in the form of highly expanded properties all along our little boulevard of dreams? Certainly all of this seems possible to me.
These pictures were taken on April 11, 2006, by Salvatore F. Tesoro, III.