"... most of the businesses that advertise in the Weekly, or better yet Weakly (like that one?) have no idea that a boycott is afoot. Simply not using someone's services without saying anything to them will do no good. If it is to be effective, you have to get the word out, otherwise people will continue to advertise like they always have. So we've got to write letters or make phonecalls to all of the advertisers letting them know that should they continue to advertise in the Weakly, a large group of concerned citizens will not use their services."
Like I said, I'm not sure I fully grasp what is being said here. Was the perpetually dowdy Sierra Madre Weekly engaged in something unpleasant or unkind back there around 2006, and a concerned Josh and others turned to boycotting some of our downtown businesses as a way of teaching them a lesson? Seems very similar to tactics used against the Mount Wilson Observer a year or so later. With business conditions being what they are today, I'm not sure boycotting downtown businesses would be much appreciated. And you'd certainly be walking on the fighting side of Bill Coburn if you attempted that now, that's for sure. No more Friday Night Live for you, bubby!
Now some have told me that Josh was very much a DSP guy back then, and he made some rather eccentric appearances at the podium at City Hall around March 2007 to make his passion for condos and mixed-use development known. We hope to have those videos shortly, along with some transcripts. When gauging the mettle of a candidate, The Tattler leaves no stone unturned.
Anyway, the final candidate on the proto-development side of the Sierra Madre political firmament has now thrown his bicycle beanie into the ring. A last minute scramble got him there to be sure, and you can only wonder how many people were asked during the lengthy process that ended at Josh Moran. And apparently even here there was a last minute glitch that had to be overcome. It appears that Mr. Moran, who I'm sure has spent considerable time in this town, was actually registered to vote in Monrovia. And you just can't run for City Council in Sierra Madre if where you lay your sleepy head down at night is Monrovia. Much less voting there. So carpetbags were packed, registrations remedied, and now we have yet another candidate in the running for Sierra Madre's favorite TV show, The Tuesday Night Fights. A candidate whose official current residency in this town can still be measured in hours.
So apparently our Mr. Moran used to sell houses in Sierra Madre. And that is "used to" since his license to work in that profession appears to have been allowed to expire. Real estate is a respectable profession for many, and most in that game do dress well. And you can still go to the old Webb Martin "personnel" pages to look for insight into Mr. Moran's business character. There you will find a series of statements to consider. Two in particular seemed notable to me. The first states, "Complete and total honesty, with our transactions and with my promises." But then farther down the page this claim is made: "I will do anything I can to put together a deal." Somehow these two sentences clash. Perhaps it is in their unfortunate juxtaposition? Or maybe it is some sort of flagrant feng shui violation? Not quite sure.
But it looks like there is something of a lacunae in our Moranic knowledge. Despite some widely held opinions, it appears that Josh Moran is no longer a real estate agent. At least according to the CA.gov site. (And believe me, I was all set up to explore that "recusing" issue this evening for you.) And the Webb Martin page is just something left over from before that concern was gobbled up by Dickson Podley, a company that does not list Josh amongst its elect. Which means Josh's information on the departed Webb Martin site is just more internet detritus, and that he is no longer doing "anything he can" to sell your house. Whatever that might have meant.
So where to look for information? Facebook, of course. It has never let me down yet. The biggest sheet of informational internet fly paper ever devised. And what we find there does offer some fascinating insight into Sierra Madre's newest City Council candidate. You can link to it here.
Now the first thing you will notice upon visiting this site is that much of Josh's information is locked. That is, unless he has identified you as a "friend," you cannot view all of what is available on his Facebook page. So that is unfortunately a door partially closed to us. But still there is a list of what Josh claims to be a "fan" of, and certainly some insight can be found in that. And a couple of items did jump out.
The first is the movie Hangover. This film is all about the wild adventures of a three guys and what happens to them when they go to attend a bachelor party in sinful Las Vegas. And it looks like the story line has them getting so stoned that none of them can remember what they did that night. Apparently what happened during the time a temporary liquid lobotomy erased their memories was not the stuff of respectable middle class decorum. Oh no indeed. And now they have to track down the terrible truth. You can check out some footage from this film here.
The other item that seemed both revealing and intriguing was Josh's citing of Chopperhead Magazine. As you can see by its MySpace link this is a publication that likes big bikes, hard rock, and bawdy scantily clad babe-age. And not necessarily in that order. Chopperhead also has a Facebook page (link), and it definitely has that party animal kind of feel.
So that's as far as our investigation has gone. At least for this posting. Josh now needs to get his nominating signatures together, fill out all those happening forms, and hand them over to our City Clerk no later than close of business Tuesday. With Monday being the Martin Luther King holiday a one day extension has been added. Rumor has it Josh will be cranking up something of a slacker campaign, riding his bike up to Mary's Market and chilling under the trees with some Red Bulls and whoever stops by to groove on his political vibe. Leisure seems to be in ample supply for our Josh.
When more information becomes available we will do all we can to get it quickly posted here on The Tattler. Sierra Madre's #1 News Source!