Friday, January 8, 2010

Breaking News: City Clerk Announces "The Sierra Madre Tattler" Has Drawn Papers And Will Be Running For City Council!

"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but take it."
- Lyndon Johnson

In an announcement that stunned the entire City of Sierra Madre, City Clerk Nancy Schollenberger revealed today that the blog known as The Sierra Madre Tattler has drawn papers and has committed itself to running for City Council. "It is a bit unprecedented," the normally taciturn City Clerk noted. "There has never been an instance where an actual blog has decided to run for office. But this is Sierra Madre, so who knows what will happen?"

Most candidates didn't seem to want to comment. As a matter of fact, a couple of them seemed as if they'd rather be off doing anything besides running for office. But one incumbent did see some real significance in this, and took the immediate step of informing both the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem of just how to deal with what he believes will be a difficult political situation for him. That is, speak out and deny everything.

"Everything this blog has written about me is not only untrue, it has also been wrong," said City Council member and candidate Joe Mosca. "Has there ever been anyone in the history of this city who has been subjected to such an onslaught of misinformation? And no, I never ever told the Klines to 'get a life!'"

Attempts to explain to Joe that the video of this unfortunate episode appears on a different internet entity altogether apparently fell upon deaf ears. Perhaps his thoughts were focused a little too intently on the challenges of running for reelection against a blog.

Then Mr. Mosca threw this down. "Today I have decided to challenge the blog known as 'The Tattler' to a one on one debate in order to shed some light upon accusations that I, in my heart and with values I know we all hold dear, believe to be false."

The logistics involved concerned some in City Hall. How exactly would a blog communicate its thoughts in a live televised debate? Do you read it questions, or just type them in? Will wifi be required? And, perhaps most significantly, would the other candidates feel that their campaigns are being cast into the dark with these two hambones sucking up all that SMTV3 time?

One candidate, who requested anonymity, asked, "So why is it a bunch of wires and circuit boards gets to steal the limelight from serious candidates like me? What in God's name makes a Tattler such a big deal? And what the hell is a Tattler anyway?"

Now we did reach The Sierra Madre Tattler, and after a bit of circuit twisting on our part we were able to get in a couple of questions. One in particular that needed to be asked was this: "Why is it that Joe Mosca has received so much attention on this board?"

"Well, it's basically a question of what is going to get the comments," said The Tattler. "I can write about obscure housing laws until I'm blue in the face, and only a certain segment of my readership is going to respond. But poke a little fun at Sacramento Joe, and the comments section lights up like a Christmas tree. You go with what gets them up and dancing, you know?"

"But why the emphasis on comments, Mr. Tattler? Is it because you feel that the kind of traffic this site has enjoyed over the last few months brings some sort of credibility to what you've had to say?"

"Well, there is that to be sure," the blog replied. "But there is also a more spiritual perspective to this as well."

"A spiritual perspective you say? How so?"

"Well, I've never told this to anyone before. I feared that it might not be received all that respectfully. But in the spirit of full disclosure, I will say it now. Every time somebody posts a comment to The Tattler, an angel gets its wings."

We were allowed time for one last question. "Why is it you are running for City Council, Tattler?"

The blog looked thoughtful, and its PC cooling fan began to whir a little. "I've been posting almost nightly now for over a year. Nearly 350 stories. And I'd begun to fear that I've said just about everything I have to say. I guess what I'm saying here is that I decided to run because I need some new material."

A couple of days into the campaign and it looks like The Tattler has already gotten its wish.

56 comments:

  1. Omigod! This is hilarious!

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  3. L.A. Dem Central Committee MemberJanuary 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    I think what everyone needs to understand here is that Joe was against high density development before he was for it. But now he's against it again. At least until after the election is over.

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  4. Question: What do Joe Mosca and a rose bush have in common?

    Answer: They're both plants.

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  5. Really, a blog on City Council makes perfect sense, it's not the thoughts of one but the thoughts of many. It's the concept that the country was created on. You have my vote.

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  6. See that's the beauty of Joe - just let him do his thing and observe him take aim and pull the trigger while he shoots his own foot.

    Thank you Neuroblast for the great reference library you have given the citizens who want to be informed.

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  7. For Joe its always all about him. Probably why he accomplished so little during his 4 years on the city council. He was too busy looking in the mirror to do much else.

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  8. Why doesn't Mr. Mosca just start his own blog? He could even ramble on indefinitely into a tape recorder, and have his campaign staff transcribe his words on to the blog.
    Be interesting to see how many readers he had.

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  9. He does have a campaign blog, though it doesn't allow comments. He lists his big goals for the year 2008 on there. All two of them.

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  10. Still read the papers, but not that oneJanuary 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Hey, remember the newspaper column 'Coffee with Joffe'?
    So what's coming to a local paper that comes out now and then near us -
    Jiving with Joe
    Grow Slow Joe
    and the byline? Pinocchio Joe

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  11. Vote Blog in 2010.

    A new face on SM3TV.

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  12. Doesn't Joe realize that he is on Neuroblast/youtube?That his speeches showing betrayals,insults,ruinous lack of intelligence,and misplaced allegiances are there for all to see?

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  13. Oh, what a riot. I'm really looking forward to this; fresh thinking from a totally new perspective of online input.

    Will the Tattler be able to keep going? Will the Brown Act and conflicts of interest kick in? Will the Tattler lose its edge in the hailstorm? There's a reason elected officials don't blog...although that sure beats taking money in a backroom deal.

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  14. just becasue the words came out of my mouth, you heard it, and it is on tape...it doesn't mean that I was the one who said it. Just like when I talked about not voting on the DSP.

    author is not Joe Mosca

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  15. Fellow readers, we're probably not going to be able to have the wonderfully ethical blog writer be on the council and write at the same time - all the more reason to value these great articles now. But I think it's a fair exchange: a genuine slow-growth advocate for local control, a smart man who will not be bought or bamboozled, speaking for us on our council?
    It's a good deal.

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  16. Not Joe Mosca, you are articulating well one of the most maddening things in politics, the bold faced denial.
    Listen to what I say and don't pay any attention to what I do.

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  17. I want to thank you all for caring, for being involved, for being a part of the community we all love so much and value so deeply, and I also want to thank the Tattler for typing my name so many, many times, and thank you to Neuroblast for featuring me in so many video presentations, and I thank each and every person who lives in Sierra Madre for making it the wonderful, ripe to be harvested, place that it is from the mountains to the senior center.
    Thank you

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  18. This is what Eric Garcetti's "blog" looks like, totally PC and platform-oriented, written by staffers now, most likely. It used to be much fresher when Eric did it.

    http://cd13.lacity.org

    Please don't let this happen!

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  19. Scarlett T for tattlerJanuary 8, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I absolutely support the campaign of "The Sierra Madre Tattler" I have known The tattler to be blog of outstanding ethics, enlivened by
    facts and chock full of truths and opinions the likes of which the world has not seen lately.

    Congratulations, SMT, I hope this has not imposed a hardship on Sir Eric... and yes every time someone makes a comment an angel does get his/her/blog wings.

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  20. At this time, the only major issue is the future of Sierra Madre.
    What will this community be in five years?
    Will it be turned into a multi-story/mixed use potential slum as what's happening in Monrovia and Pasadena?
    Will Sacramento take away all our sovereignty, the ability to plan our community?
    Will be turned over to the L.A. County, which will be run by Sacramento "special interest bureaucrats"?
    Will eminent domain be enforced by the State?

    Only if we don't elect a majority of Sierra Madre councilmember's who work for us, the people, and not for the State/Sacramento/Energy Companies/BIA/CAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don Watts and
    John Crawford for the people of Sierra Madre!

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  21. This could be the first City Council
    election ever fought on the internet.
    Should be interesting.

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  22. I'm voting for whoever Mayor MacGillivray and Fay Angus endorse.

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  23. Bill Tice
    He might be nice
    But go whole hog
    Vote The Blog

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  24. It is not the business of the city government of Sierra Madre to turn this peaceful bedroom community into the industry of buying and selling real estate. Nor should we kowtow to the dictates of Sacramento.

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  25. ..."the ironic humor lies in the way the situation changes" Shakespeare

    and Joe created this all on his own....simply funny to us watching, but actually a tragedy to him....

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  26. People who observe peopleJanuary 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive"

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  27. For this to be a tragedy for Joe, he'd have to have a conscience and the capacity for remorse. No evidence of either of those so far.

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  28. I think John Crawford is a great choice for the Sierra Madre City Council, but I will miss Kurt Zimmerman.

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  29. As far as I'm concerned, we have our town because of Kurt. And I can't think of anyone better to carry on our preservation than Mr. Crawford.

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  30. Joe's tragedy is his complete lack of depth. Never has a City Councilman talked so much and accomplished so little.

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  31. On the other hand, there is the case of Council Member Kurt Zimmerman. Never has someboody talked so little and accomplished soooo much!

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  32. Great point, 12:02.
    Mosca and Zimmerman, perfect opposites.

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  33. 12:03 I couldn't agree with you more. Kurt Zimmeman embodies everything that's good about an elected official. Joe Mosca embodies everything that's ........

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  34. Sir Eric, could you publish the speech Kurt gave when he stepped down as Mayor? The one where he gave everybody else credit for the goods things he did for Sierra Madre?

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  35. I'm voting for whomever Kurt Zimmerman endorses.

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  36. Kurt Zimmerman made a comment once that a Star News endorsement was the political equivalent of the kiss of death.

    I'm voting for whomever the Star News does not endorse! (It's a safe bet that the newspaper will endorse Mosca).

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  37. An editor (not Larry Wilson) at the Star News told Kurt Zimmerman that Kurt's ideas about preserving Sierra Madre's downtown were "stupid."

    The same editor told Kurt that the massive condo construction in Monrovia was a "great idea."

    That editor been eating a lot of crow since Measure V passed.

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  38. John Crawford in 2010!!!!!!!

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  39. I wonder when the obligatory Larry Wilson attack on Sierra Madre will arrive? We are going to have to be punished for not loving his candidate.

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  40. Does anybody read papers anymore? Their influence is not what it used to be.

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  41. 12:39. I think Wilson will also punish us for not building cookie-cutter condos like those in old town Pasadena.

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  42. He's Ed Roski's favorite messenger boy...

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  43. Good luck, Tattler. Don't blame us if you win.

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  44. Wool over eyes no more . . . when Joe used to talk to me during his lie-filled campaign in 2006 he boohooed that the Star Snooze did not endorse him. Just watch out. Star News just needs to be ignored as they could (or not) endorse Joe and could (or not) endorse our candidates. Maybe we should just have our candidates have something better to do that day.

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  45. Good idea mon oeil--how about having Neuroblast interview the candidates!

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  46. The Tattler endorsements are what will really carry weight in this election.

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  47. Thank you Kurt ZimmermanJanuary 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    the worst part of this picture is saying good-bye to Kurt Zimmerman. A gentleman and a brilliant attorney.

    Also, one of the very best Mayor's in Sierra Madre. You're right 12:22, we need to keep a keen eye on who Kurt endorses.

    And thank you Kurt for all you have given to us.

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  48. Mr. John Crawford, will you have to give up this Sir Eric Maundry charade if you run for City Council?

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  49. I will also vote for anyone Kurt Zimmerman endorses for council.

    Kurt, if you're reading this, I wish you the best of luck in the world, friend.
    I will be forever grateful for all you have done for Sierra Madre. It was an amazing run,Your Honor. MaryAnn, Don and John will sure miss you, and so with the community.
    God speed, friend.
    Hugs,
    DS

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  50. and why shouldn't the Tattler be running for City Council? its "only" the most rocking blog in the San Gabriel Valley!!

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  51. 12:38... I wonder if that PSN editor has been over to visit
    his favorite Monrovia condos lately. Apparently they're as
    empty as his head.

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  52. John Crawford is a good name, any relation to the Crawfords that owned Crawfords market in el monte years back? It had a carousel and a swimming pool in the restaurant. Of course there are the dinuba Crawfords? Does Ray Crawford sound familiar?

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  53. Pasadena Weekly covers Sierra Madre, too. They like nice, juicy controversies...

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  54. Well then, we'll just have to give them some real soon.

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