Now here at The Tattler we offered up a lot of coverage on last week's City Council confab. There were some important issues dealt with at this meeting, including a regime change in regards to our representation at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, aka SGVCOG. It was a good news story, and we had some real fun reporting it.
But apparently not everyone quite understood what was going on there. Here's how the Sierra Madre Weekly dealt with one of these key issues at last Tuesday's meeting. Their story was called Mosca Voted Out as Delegate to Council of Governments.
Councilmember Kurt Zimmerman proposed a compromise that would select Watts as a delegate due to his development experience and Mosca as the alternative ... "When you walk away from the regional voice, you're going to get state mandates, but (if replaced) I'm afraid we are taking Joe's three and a half years of work and throwing it away," Zimmerman said.
Now you'd think that the Sierra Madre Weekly, a paper that has shown occasional flashes of clarity in the past, would send somebody to this meeting who could tell the difference between Councilman Kurt Zimmerman and Councilman John Buchanan. Not just because there are some fundamental philosophical difference between these two gentleman, but also because they don't look alike, either. The quote above, as reported by SMW news hawk Sameea Kamal, was actually spoken by John Buchanan, who was desperately attempting the spare his fellow BIA water carrier the embarrassment of being fired from his SGVCOG slot. Something that could seriously damage Joe's reputation amongst people who could help further his overweening L.A. County bureaucratic career designs. Also, John Buchanan had proposed Don Watts as alternate, and not for the actual SGVCOG delegate slot for Sierra Madre.
Now Susan Henderson's Mountain Views News had a rather novel approach to reporting the biggest news story of last week. The paper said nothing. There apparently being an unspoken policy regarding the reporting of any news that might be construed as not being helpful to the political interests of Mr. Mosca. Which results in her publishing very little about Joe. There was something about the 2010 Rose Princesses, bear sightings, and possible mudslides. Oh, and yet another article where the MVN attempts to credit the Kiwanis Club for the Sierra Madre Fire Safe Council's hard work creating our new Emergency Alert AM radio station. Ms. Henderson being, of course, the president of the Kiwanis Club.
Another story that garnered considerable interest in Sierra Madre last week was the happenings regarding One Carter and whatever it is we're supposed to be calling Stonehouse these days. And while nothing was actually resolved, the three City Councilfolk who represent the interests of the people of Sierra Madre did take the opportunity to let the developer know just how adamant they are about protecting this city's rights. But obviously all of that was way beyond the understanding of the Sierra Madre Weekly's intrepid reporter, Sameea Kamal. Check this mess out:
The development group Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP. stepped in to take over the litigation for prior developer, Dorn Platz, who city council members said left a big mess to be cleaned up ... Representatives from Manatt said they have scaled back on the amount of grading and build-able lots that their predecessor had originally planned, reducing the original amount of lots from 35 to the current 20 ... "It is not our intent to grade anything more than we have to," said Susan Hori, a partner in the firm.
The name of the development group is actually Capitol Source Finance, an investment corporation whose assets number in the billions of dollars. The reason that we now have to endure their presence in our little town is because someone in that corporation was stupid enough to lend Dorn Platz tens of millions of dollars to purchase and develop One Carter and Stonehouse. And now they're stuck with what is a very risky mess for them. Manatt, Phelps is actually the rather prestigious law firm Capitol Source Finance hired to help them deal with the likes of Sierra Madre. And Susan Hori is hardly a partner at Capitol Source Finance. She is the lawyer representing that company as her client.
And it looks like this is yet another very important issue the Mountain Views News took a pass on. My guess being the paper will not touch a story that might in any way put a developer's interests in an unfavorable light. Proving once again that the MVN is willing to take Sierra Madre's tax money, but not report its news.
What a mess.
Update - Neuroblast Films taking no prisoners.