I know, this is a family blog and I shouldn't be talking about things like that here. But hey, who's perfect? Certainly not me. Maybe I should bring in a rating system for articles such as this one. I guess we'll just have to rate this one "F" for Forensic.
Of course, the reason for a forensic audit as opposed to the more commonplace bookkeeping variety is that it is just a bit more aggressive in its methods. You know, these guys really dig in. Like let's say a City hadn't done it's audits in 4 years, incurred $25,000 in Sacramento fines because of it, and then when it finally did complete them discovered it actually had a million dollars more than they even knew? And let's say that City had gone and cajoled its beloved taxpayers into approving a utilities tax hike based on numbers that later turned out to be more than that million bucks off? You know, those kinds of shenanigans? A forensic auditor will tear into something like that with, to use the Apocalypse Now terminology, extreme prejudice.
The way this woman is carrying on you'd think that somebody (or somebodies) of close personal interest to her had something at stake here. And can it be that an aggressive audit might possibly be seen as a threat in her bubblicious social circle? I just don't know the answer to that. The overreaction seems kind of odd to me.
But, of course, there is a reality-based explanation for having a forensic audit conducted. It would be done to reassure the voters they were correct when they voted themselves a 100%+ Utility Users' Tax hike in 2008. And that the City is not just trying to keep their money without properly explaining what is, let's face it, a public relations nightmare. I mean, how many times do you hear about small cities such as ours misplacing a million bucks? Maybe never? The trust of the taxpayers is an important thing, and problems such as this one cannot simply be swept under the rug just because it might make somebody uncomfortable. These are a serious matters and must be treated that way.
Speaking of a possible case of head implosion, did you read Susan's editorial, "91024?" Hoo boy, I wonder who had to clean up after that one. And if they got paid once they finished the mopping. Check out this truly bizarre fit of rage:
"The other face, the face that a few hate mongering, angry people put forth, has brought our town nothing but shame and ridicule. They would have the world believe that Sierra Madre is a city that doesn't understand the electoral process or civility. Their behavior would lead you to believe that Sierra Madre is intolerant and has absolutely no respect for another persons' opinions or rights. That is not Sierra Madre, that is the pitiful world that these angry individuals live in. They don't represent Sierra Madre, they represent their personal agendas of fear and intimidation."
So what is she describing here? A wave of barbarian invaders sweeping down Baldwin and refusing to tip the waitresses at Lucky Baldwin's Delerium? Butter crescent muffin thieves at the Wildflower? Spoon snatchers at Ugo's? Noisy kids?
Nope. Apparently these supposedly very angry people that Susan Henderson is very angry about are those who supported MaryAnn MacGillivray for Mayor over her special buddy, that poor misunderstood Joe Mosca.
And just to prove there is no edge that Susan is unwilling to go over, she takes her spittle-flecked choler a step further:
"What was most disconcerting is that the voices of most of the speakers - speakers who work hard to make Sierra Madre a better place to live by volunteering and serving the community, was totally ignored by the council in favor of speakers who give the city absolutely nothing."
Now, of course, what Susan again is talking about are those people who supported MaryAnn over poor misunderstood Joe Mosca. But isn't this is just plain ignorance on Susan's part? To say that people like Caroline Brown (Mountain Conservancy, FSC), Lee and Barbara Cline (everything imaginable), the new Commissioners who also supported MaryAnn, and, of course, Fay Angus, our Citizens' Concerns Articulation Commissioner, do nothing for this City is just crazy talk.
On their behalf I'd ask Susan for an apology here, but I suspect she is a little bit too angry to give one right now. And there is always the possibility that in Ms. Henderson's "leading citizens" social set they don't really understand there is more to serving the community than just purchasing wine by the glass at benefit socials.
See you at the meeting tonight!