The first instance was MaryAnn MacGillivray's dismissal of Joe Mosca's ham fisted attempts to derail the establishment of an "interim ordinance" on development in the Canyon. The Canyon Zone Committee has been hard at work creating a zoning ordinance that will help to protect this unique and historic neighborhood from the kinds of predatory development that would destroy it. And the ordinance under consideration Tuesday would extend the moratorium on building up there for the full 12 months initially under consideration. Something that would give the Canyon Committee the time it needs to finish its deliberations and turn their findings over to the Planning Commission and City Council.
Now Joe, who apparently has decided that he is solely beholden to the home improvement industry's interests here in town, felt the need to monkey wrench the proceedings. But Joe being Joe, he had to do this in such a way that it sounded like he is in favor of the Canyon Committee's work while at the same time pushing for something that would obviously undermine its efforts. And the method he chose to do this was to call for "Outreach Meetings."
A ploy that collapsed like a house of cards when Mayor MacGillivray pointed out to Joe that this was something already included in the procedure, but would only take place after the Canyon Zone Committee had finished with their part of the deal. Otherwise why even have a committee do the work in the first place? Rather than just a series of most likely fractious public meetings? You'd think Joe would have understood something as simple as that. Obviously everyone else in the room did as his "great idea" died a miserable death.
And so another Joe Mosca attempt to doubletalk his way to re-election was dealt a serious setback.
Criticism offered with grace and eloquence can be a kindness, even if the intended audience seems incapable of understanding or accepting it. But Fay Angus made the effort anyway. And in the process delivered what was a very effective speech.
The situation was John Buchanan's attempt to undermine the City's rather gutsy efforts to stand up to SCAG and in the process protect the long standing ability of Sierra Madre's to control its own destiny. And what was John's red herring issue here? The $1,000 dues payment to SCAG that is being held back in lieu of an honest and meaningful response regarding a letter sent by Sierra Madre. With John Buchanan unfortunately taking the side of SCAG against the needs of his own city.
What could possibly be in it for John Buchanan you might ask? That really is the big question. Who he works for and what the motivations are for doing what he does being at the very core of this city's biggest and most troublesome issues over the last half decade.
Here is what Fay Angus had to say about John's concerns, and more:
I want to applaud Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Pro Tem Watts and Councilmember Zimmerman for taking a firm grasp of the situation and making a statement. And Councilmember Buchanan, the issue is not .50 cents or a hundred dollars or a thousand dollars. That is not the issue. The issue is exercising leadership for change and already there has been a response from other communities from within our framework one might say, and it is a beginning and hopefully it will continue so I would certainly applaud all of you for doing this. And hopefully your focus can grasp the reality of the statements and not the money aspect. The money is inconsequential and we know that.
And I think that initiating change in Sacramento is an excellent idea, and I'm hoping that possibly you individually, you can contact your representative and start initiating this change. That would be great. But in the meantime let's do what we can to hold fast to collectively rally some of the smaller communities and give them the strength and the courage to change what should be changed.
A great soul stooped to offer instruction and understanding to a narrow, petty bureaucrat. And the contrast was stunning.