Now I have to be completely upfront with you, we here at the Sierra Madre Tattler are horrified by this news. Not just by the fact that so much power has been placed into the hands of one individual, but also because nobody seems to even know who this fellow is. We've scoured the article and there is absolutely nothing about this person's identity. And nobody I've spoken to on the phone knows anything, either. And at Beantown last night? Nope, not a single solitary clue to be found there. So who is this guy, and where does he stand on the upcoming ballot initiative that only he will get to vote on?
Think about it. If this guy is against eminent domain, then the vote in favor of the City Council's position will be 100%. But if he thinks eminent domain is just fine, then the defeat of the City Council's position will be by a landslide. Obviously there is a lot at stake here.
But there are other important considerations as well. How are the people campaigning for (or against) this issue going to know where to send the voter awareness postcard? And how will the political consultants be able to conduct a poll? And what door will canvassers knock on? I really don't see how this can be legal.
If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact The Tattler immediately. Most agree that we're dealing with an issue far too important to be laid at the feet of just one individual. But not even knowing who this guy is? Or where he might stand on this matter? Intolerable.
And if that isn't bad enough ...
An article in yesterday's on-line version of the Sacramento Bee contained the following disconcerting information:
Arcadia rated best Cal city for raising kids - The Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia is the best city in California for raising children, Business Week magazine says, "because of its low crime and excellent schools."
It was the second straight year that Arcadia won top marks among California cities of 50,000 or more in the Business Week rankings. "The population of Arcadia includes a number of peacocks that hang out in the neighborhood near the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden," the magazine said. Two other LA suburbs, Monterey Park and Diamond Bar, were California runners-up.
It's bad enough that Arcadia won this award and we didn't, but that they got it because they have peacocks walking around town makes it even worse. Where are Sierra Madre's peacocks? And I have to tell you, that "excellent schools" thing really rankles. Why is it we're stuck with those nincompoops who run the Pasadena Unified School District when some of the best schools in the state are in Arcadia? Who made that choice? It's not like Pasadena is any closer.
So what was the criteria for this obviously fixed selection?
"We then narrowed the list of towns using the following weighted criteria: school performance; number of schools; household expenditures; crime rates; air quality; job growth; family income; museums, parks, theaters, and other amenities; and diversity. We weighted school performance and safety most heavily, but also gave strong weight to amenities and affordability," Business Week said.
Air quality? They're a lot closer to the 210 than we are. And as far as amenities go, aren't these people aware that we have TWO Valero stations? Right next to each other?
Thank God it's the weekend. I'm not sure I could handle this kind of information on a work day.