Sierra Madre Planning Commissioner Contradicts Himself: Commissioner Ron Brandley refused to recuse (excuse oneself from a case because of a possible conflict of interest or lack of impartiality) himself and voted to approve the Sierra Madre Congregational Church CUP earlier this month, stating he had no financial interest in the SMCC Project. Now did the Commissioner lie or simply forget that his campaign statement in the City of Sierra Madre Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet proclaims to voters that his occupation is "Family Business Owner?" He further goes on to state that he has a ".. family business with my wife Judith and my daughter Lorie. I am a member of Sierra Madre Congregational Church." Now if that wasn't enough, City Mouse has learned that the Sierra Madre Congregational Church is Ron, Judith and Lorie's floristry (Leonora Moss) business's mainstay customer!
Stinky cheese! Either the Planning Commissioner has sniffed one too many Stargazer Lilies, or he is trying to pull the wool over the voter's collective eyes in order to position himself as a City Council member to better serve the Sierra Madre Congregational Church's mission. City Mouse disagrees that Ron Brandley is ".. the right person to help shape Sierra Madre's future while respecting its past."
(So you might ask how these kinds of revelations were playing with the Vast Downtown Development Conspiracy at City Hall at that time. According to City Mouse, not very well.)
City Hall Beat: Staff Warned About Confidentiality -- City Mouse has it from a number of sources that the City Manager and department heads issued thinly veiled threats to staff about cooperating with investigative efforts by outsiders after the February/March issue of the Sierra Madre News hit the streets. Since that time other San Gabriel Valley papers seem to have had an epiphany, actually sending reporters to City Council meetings and to interview City Council candidates.
(Of course, in an effort to deal with the sudden rush of curiosity regarding city affairs, it wasn't all that much later that the Downtown Dirt website and message board was created to deal with these sorts of issues. That this crude attempt at message control would backfire horribly - leading to repeated electoral defeats for the opponents of Measure V and open government here in Sierra Madre - is a story for another day. Over the next week or so The Tattler will continue its series on the events of our recent past as a build up to City Hall's developing investigation into the breaking Congregational Church/Downtown Development Scandal. We do respect the tradition of investigative reporting here in Sierra Madre, and feel it is our duty to bring everyone up to speed on how we got to this point.)