Saturday, April 4, 2009

Susan Henderson (Finally) Knuckles Under - Renames Paper

It apparently took a Contempt Of Court threat from a California State Superior Court judge to get Susan Henderson to do it, but the Mountain Views "Observer" has now changed its masthead. The new name? The Mountain Views News. Real poetry in that one, eh?

So how did Susan break the big news to her dozens of concerned readers? Here's the way she worded it:

"We've Changed Our Name....but all else remains the same! 2009 is a year in which many great changes have and will take place. For the Publisher/Editor of this paper, Susan Henderson, a very significant change is the name of  the paper. The Mountain Views Observer has a new name....Mountain Views News....a change that has been a few months in the making. However, the commitment to delivering news that Sierra Madre and its surrounding communities need to hear about remains the same. In the coming weeks you will notice additional changes in our format, web presence and more. All designed to serve you better and more efficiently. Stay tuned!"

Of course, there is no mention of the Court trial, the orders from the Judge, the threatened Contempt Of Court jacket, none of that stuff. But look, is this different from the way Ms. Henderson treats any other so-called news story she runs? 

The way the "News" is celebrating its name change is, in this writer's opinion, rather unfortunate. Pictured on the front page of the paper, in the upper right hand corner, is a color shot of a group of folks enjoying themselves at the Huck Finn Fishing Derby. In the foreground of this Dean Lee photograph is a woman squatting down next to a young child, who is fishing. Her back is to the camera, so you can't tell who it is. But the result of this difficult seating position on the affected person's couture? You guessed it, plumber's crack. What a novel way to kick off that new name, Susan!

In other Mountain Views "News" related happenings this week, the employees at City Hall were apparently treated to a dose of that famous Susan Henderson temper. Angered over the Sierra Madre Tattler 'Marquez Letter' Exclusive, and its subsequent publication in the Sierra Madre Weekly, Susan stormed into City Hall demanding to see "The real Matt Marquez letter." Upon being informed that the letter printed here was in effect the real Marquez/Congregational Church letter, and the only one the City has in its possession on this matter, Susan refused to believe it and demanded that somebody get it for her. It appears that it took an intervention from the City Manager to talk her out of her trouble tree.

Of course, Susan's anger here is understandable as the publication of this letter by both The Tattler and The Sierra Madre Weekly made her featured front page story on the Congregational Church situation last week look like the crock of effluence it really was.

By all accounts, a rough week on Planet Susan.

38 comments:

  1. Susan probably could not comprehend that some blogs and paper actually print the truth. That is reason she wanted to see the "real" letter. Sir Eric you are doing a great job.

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  2. Hmm. So know we have The Sierra Madre News, Sierra Madre News.Net, and the Mountain Views News? Not an exactly original choice now, was it...

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  3. Susan has gone looney

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  4. Can't she just name the paper "Gone with the wind" and go with it?

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  5. Uh oh, a wise crack.

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  6. Do I perceive an infringement case in the making? In case one lawsuit wasn't enough?

    Frankly, I think it's an insult to show a blacksmith working on a horse in connection with Susan Henderson. The blacksmith is making an honest living--more than you can say for Susan.

    So Susan wrote about a letter that she had never seen and ultimately turned out not to exist? That's a new low in journalism, but of course we've come to expect that from her.

    Planet Susan: Population 1.

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  7. Speaking of "Gone With The Wind".

    Dear Mr. Maundry:Instead of heading your blog with a picture of yourself, as Bill Coburn does, you present us with a studio shot of actor Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With The Wind"). Do you realize that Mr. Howard is holding a pipe? What is he smoking in that pipe? Fried green tomatoes?

    J. Sidney Sullivan

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  8. Ms. Sullivan: Based on your writings over at Bill Coburn's blog, I would have to assume that what Leslie has in his pipe is far more legal than what you put in yours.

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  9. Anonymous @ 8:19 - Good point on the "News" glut. Unfortunately the only News that doesn't come out near often enough is the Sierra Madre News. I mourn the trees that die to put out Susan's pernicious rag.

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  10. Our City Mananger has better things to do than to deal with this woman, Henderson.
    She should not be allowed to bulldoze into City Hall and demand anything from Elaine's staff!

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  11. Bad Views News!
    I like that. Kinda has a nice ring to it, like "the Dirts" LOL

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  12. J. Addison TannehillApril 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    And that "Bad News" was on my doorstep today. Suddenly home delivery is back for the former "Observer?" Wow, Susan must be really feeling threatened. Either that or her Dirt patrons have told her to get her lazy butt in gear.

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  13. Glad to see it this morning, I needed more paper for my bird cage.

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  14. Sierra Madre business ownerApril 5, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    What legal notices are running in this new edition of the MVN? That's what determines her publishing schedule - she's always dodging around deadlines. The notices require x amount of time, so when she's got those time constraints, she publishes. Otherwise she just chillaxes.

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  15. Just a ploy for her upcoming court hearing.
    She is obviously threatened by a better community paper, the Sierra Madre Weekly, which often prints our own Sir Eric Maundry's columns.
    Susan considers herself too "special" to have to obey the rules of common courtesy let alone the law!
    She is a classic example of a sociopath.
    I'm so pleased that Sir Eric and his staff of reporters and researchers are keeping tabs on this woman.
    By the way, Harriet, if you are reading this, which I'm sure you are....have you paid your former housekeeper the $700 you owe her?
    You remember, Anna Ramirez, the lady you so rudely replied "me no money" as you hung up the phone on her, when she called again and again to ask for her pay?
    You are a racist and a cheat, Harriet Susan Henderson.
    I wouldn't even use your Bad Views News to line my bird cage, let alone read it.

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  16. They threw that paper on your property? isn't
    that littering?

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  17. Looks like not everyone is getting home delivery
    of the SM News. Lot's of neighborhoods have been
    passed over it seems.

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  18. I believe that delivery of the Sierra Madre News requires a subscription. No more freebies!

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  19. I got one. And I wouldn't pay for that thing at gunpoint.

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  20. Our neighbhood got it. She probably is going to tell the City Council the paper is delivered city wide so she can keep publishing the legal notices. Henderson has her own agenda for the sudden appearance of the paper. Remember she has both a court date coming up and she is on the city agenda.

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  21. Susan is probably worried about her contract with the city, not to mention her contempt of court charges coming up.
    She hasn't exactly endeared herself to city officials.
    Let's see, she campaigned against MacGillivray and Nancy Shollenberger, with a dirty slanderous campaign. It was worse than dirty politics, it was VILE.
    She attacks one of the finest Mayors in Sierra Madre history, Kurt Zimmerman on a regular basis. Does the same thing to our beloved councilman Don Watts.
    She bulldozes into City Hall and bullies Elaine Aguilar's staff.
    She even turns against Joe Mosca and John Buchanan, by including them in a stupid, and I mean STUPID plot to entrap MaryAnn MacGillivray.
    Susan and the town THUG, Glenn Lambdin were willing to kick Buchanan and Mosca to the curb in order to try to nail MacGillivray on a trumped up charge of violating the Brown Act.
    Henderson doesn't like MacGillivray and Lambdin apparently has some really sick, weird obsession with the Mayor Pro-Tem, not unlike the weird obsession he had with former councilmember Kris Miller Fisher.
    Remember when Lambdin was about to be installed as Mayor of Sierra Madre(sounds unbelievable) and had a special council meeting down at Sierra Vista Park so him and Doug Hayes, Bart Doyle, and Rob Stockley could vote out Miller-Fisher as Mayor Pro-Tem.
    Dozens of people in town protested, the news media was there, but the 4 evil ex-mayors....same ones who campaigned against the people of Sierra Madre who supported Measure V.
    Disgraceful and disgusting.

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  22. the advertisers also require disbursement of the paper so the public can view the ad space they actually pay for on a weekly or monthly basis

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  23. Anon 11:50 am

    When did you get a copy of the Sierra Madre News last?

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  24. I think there has been some confusion here between the Mountain Views News and the Sierra Madre News. I'm assuming that everyone's intentions are for the good and urging everyone to start over.

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  25. I want to hear more about the Cong scandal, Sir Eric, hope you post up part two soon?

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  26. Hey 2:41?
    Should that be Red Alert Day? LOL

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  27. 11:50AM was me. And I meant to say Mountain Views News. I am sorry. People are going to get those names mixed up. I know I did.

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  28. Nice to see such fair and balanced reporting here regarding Ms. Henderson. Did the Tattler report on any of the legal issues between Henderson and Dunn that might have cast somewhat of a dim light on Ms. Dunn?

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  29. Since the Court decided each and every time in favor of Ms. Dunn, I am not sure what issues you might be referring to here. Care to elaborate? Or is this the usual baseless and fact-free rumoring that so typifies those who take the other side in this question ..

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  30. i'm surprised that the city council or advertisers don't ask for a weekly notarized copy of the print run from the MV"Whatever" printer, not from the paper, but from the printer.

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  31. Anon at 11:27, there's some doubt about the accuracy of the printer's records....

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  32. To Paraphrase Abraham Lincoln ...She (THEMVONEWSBLUESORWHATEVERTHEHELLITSCALLED) can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any womamn I know."--

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  33. Here is a fact: I was invited by Katina Dunn to write for the Mount Wilson Observer two plus years ago. I thought the world of Katina and Kevin and I didn't know Susan Henderson at all. So, when Katina suddenly left the paper I called her and asked her if she had been victimized. I was ready to walk away from the paper based on her response. She asked me to continue to write for the paper.

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  34. Whatever gets you through the night, Rich.

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  35. Brilliant response Paddy. Well thought out and Soooo insightful. You've really brought clarity to all the issues at hand.

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  36. For someone who has absolutely nothing to say, you are quite quick with criticism, Rich.

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