Joe Mosca: He serves as the City Council Liaison to the Sierra Madre Community Services Committee and the Sierra Madre Elementary School. Additionally, he represents the community as a member of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, League of California Cities, Environmental Quality Committee, Los Angeles Metro San Gabriel Valley Governance Council, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) ...
Now if you go to the SCAG site, and then to the Council of Human and Economic Development (CEHD) page, you will see that Joe Mosca is listed as a member of SCAG! And it was updated on 7/20/09. And then, as was noted at last night's City Council meeting, if you go to the minutes for the CEHD you will notice that Joe hasn't been to a meeting there in quite some time.
But wait, we are now in that most murky of labyrinths known as (cue the Halloween music) Regional Governments. Notice, if you will, that Joe is listed on SCAG's site not as being a City Councilman from Sierra Madre, but rather as a member of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, aka SGVCOG. And he is also listed on our City site as being our boy at the SGVCOG. So, can it be that while he represents us at the SGVCOG, he is a member of SCAG as a representative of the SGVCOG? And that rather than representing our interests at SCAG, he represents those of the SGVCOG, where he is our representative? Are you following this? And isn't SCAG supposed to be made up exclusively of elected officials from cities like ours? So how can he be a member of SCAG as a member of the SGVCOG?
If Joe is representing us at SCAG as a member of SGVCOG, an organization which supposedly represents us, doesn't that make him our SCAG representative once removed? And think about this one. When he sits on the CEHD board, the committee responsible for our RHNA numbers, does he do his work from the perspective of Sierra Madre, or the San Gabriel Valley COG?
Anyway, if Joe is listed on the SCAG site as being a member of the SGVCOG, it should behoove us to go to the meeting minutes for that organization and see if he has been showing up at their meetings, right? After all he is our official Sierra Madre City Council member there at least. So here is his SGVCOG attendance:
Sept 18, 2008 - absent
Oct 16, 2008 - absent
Nov 20, 2008 - present
Jan 15, 2009 - absent
Feb 15, 2009 - absent
March 19, 2009 - absent
April 21, 2009 - present
May 21, 2009 - absent
(Previous to Sept '08 Joe is not listed as
being a member. Beyond May 2009 the
minutes have yet to be updated.)
So there you go. If Joe represents the SGVCOG at SCAG/CEHD, he's stiffing them badly because he doesn't go to the meetings. And at SGVCOG, where he represents us, his attendance record isn't a whole lot better. Apparently meeting boy doesn't show up for anything very much.
One other kind thought. While Bill Coburn and the rest of his ilk are running around town proclaiming that our membership in SCAG grants us such tremendous benefits, it turns out that the Sierra Madre City Councilman who belongs to SCAG, and whose name is listed as a member there, by his own admission doesn't represent us. But instead Joe represents the interests of some other guys. It just keeps getting stranger and stranger ...
Anyway, a lot of other stuff went on at last night's City Council meeting as well. Some of it pretty remarkable. Consider this to be an open thread and share your thoughts.