I've discussed this topic with several people, and nobody really is quite certain about what the Michillinda Man was up to. All we can do is recap the details of this mysterious event and hope that maybe there's something that will be revealed. That is, if we try and remember all the details. And the whole event happened so quickly that I didn't even get to take any pictures.
So at first Glenn was to be seen seated there among the assembled, quietly working his jaw muscles. He gives the appearance of a person who isn't all that comfortable around his fellow human beings. Or, just maybe, he doesn't feel socially at ease surrounded by people not acknowledging the importance of his presence amongst them. But he does intently peer about to see if perhaps those near are coming around to fulfilling their obligation to him, eyes darting with sleek oblong head quickly moving this way and that. A man keenly aware of all that is going on around him, and none too pleased with what he is seeing.
Then suddenly he sprang for the dais, grasping in his hand a little silver disc with writing on it. I'm too far away to read what is written on it, he only pulled it out after he was well on his way to the microphone. But I suspect it wasn't anything intended to be humorous. No, like most everything he does, this was meant to seen as serious business. A dramatic performance designed to leave the room gasping with concern. He began to speak, a pronounced quaver in his voice, as if all his pent up anxiety and emotion was too much for his larynx to handle efficiently.
So here is what Glenn revealed while speaking during his public comment time at Tuesday's City Council meeting:
1) He had a recording in his hand. On a CD with words written on it. Secret words.
2) The disc contained recordings of people speaking to one another at a meeting held at a house. Maybe outside of that house.
3) Some of the people at this meeting were members of the City Council.
4) Members of the City Council are not allowed to talk to people about the important issues facing this town if some other concerned people aren't there as well. Like other City Council members. And a lawyer. And a dais with people in an officially designated setting.
5) To do so would mean risking legal complications due to something called the Brown Act. Not sure if it was Pat or Jerry, but it was an act.
6) Someone at that meeting was secretly taping what everyone was saying. And that marvelous person then gave the tape to Glenn. Or maybe the tape was made by Glenn himself? With a tape recorder hidden in a trench coat?
7) Glenn took the tape home and listened to it in his garage. And did he hear things that made him dream of making other people unhappy? Did the thought warm him? And he waited for this meeting before sharing his special secret.
8) And now Glenn was proclaiming before the entire Foothill Village of Sierra Madre that he was going to give this recording to our illustrious City Attorney because it contained the voices of people talking about things. Bad things. Or at least that is the opinion of Glenn Lambdin.
And then, as quickly as he began, he turned on his heels, careened up the aisle, and headed out through the meeting room door, slamming it loudly shut as he left.
So this is a small town, and it wasn't too very difficult to figure out what occasion Glenn was so cryptically referring to Tuesday evening. Apparently there was a group of people gathering at the home of a lovely couple, and they were brought together with the purpose of discussing the preservation of Sierra Madre's historical heritage. Everyone was invited. And two of our City Council members were there from the very beginning of that meeting, expounding on the magnificence of both the occasion and everyones' presence there. Another Council member did arrive later, but unfortunately for that person the meeting had largely wound down with the topics exhausted and people heading for the garden gate.
Now Glenn's contention here is that by discussing the preservation of the historical heritage of our town, these City Council members were engaged in the kind of collusion expressly prohibited by the Brown Act. They weren't just talking about old foundations of barns that once held horses, they were plotting stuff. And should the tape recording of their conversations reveal that decisions were being made without the involvement of all the people concerned, there would be big trouble in store for them.
Now it has been revealed to this observer that the two City Council members at this gathering for the entire time were John Buchanan and Joe Mosca. Which raises one more very big question. Why would Glenn, erstwhile friend and comrade of these two in many of the lost causes they supported together, be wanting to destroy their political and legal careers with a secret tape? Because that is what could very well happen if certain planets align and things are taken to their legalistic extreme.
Very mysterious stuff.