Which is kind of sad if you think about it. Not because Joe would just take credit for the hard work of others. No, what is sad here is he seems to believe the folks in this town just don't have the desire or good sense to see through any of this nonsense. That the people of Sierra Madre are just so childishly superficial and lacking in the ability for critical thought they will never figure it out. The depth of his cynicism is thoroughly disheartening.
On the left side of this sparsely laid out tract Joe presents a list of items that he declares are his "accomplishments." No explanations, mind you. Just accomplishments. I've reproduced them here for your review.
"Implemented Paramedic Services." Joe's claim to have been responsible for creating Sierra Madre's Paramedic Service is a stretch. While it was voted into existence by the City Council in the early days of his term, it took an Ad Hoc Finance Committee to assure its survival in what was at the time a cash strapped city. This Committee consisted of a group of residents, and also included then Mayor John Buchanan and City Councilman Kurt Zimmerman. But nobody named Joe. So while technically Mr. Mosca can claim to have cast his vote as a member of the City Council in favor of our having paramedics, to say that he "Implemented Paramedic Services" is a bit of an exaggeration. At best he was a bit player, with the heavy lifting having been done by others.
"Balanced the Budget; we now have $3 million in reserves." If Joe had balanced the budget, I guess I'd be a bit of an ingrate to knock him for it. But I am just not sure his job pays him quite that well. As far as I can tell what balanced Sierra Madre's budget are the people who pay taxes here. Folks who felt they had to vote themselves a robust 100% Utility User Tax hike in order to do it.
"Created the first city park since the 1970s." Whether Goldberg Park is much of a park or not is debatable. It doesn't have any swings, or a baseball field, and you rarely if ever see any people in it. I've come to think of it as an empty bushy lot with an elegantly designed sign on one end. There just isn't much rhyme or reason to the place. Besides, if anything this park was the creation of Enid Joffe.
"Protected our city from unreasonable development." I'm sorry, but this is just a flat out unfiltered whopper. "Unreasonable development" has never had a bigger friend than Joe Mosca. Be it the flip-flop on his promise to the voters for a vote on the Downtown Specific Plan, to the big old "No on V" sign that sat in his yard through much of 2007, Joe has never once done a single solitary thing to hold back the wrecking ball his core supporters long to take to downtown Sierra Madre. If anything, this city has been protected from unreasonable development in spite of him.
"Successfully lobbied for $3 million to cover the cost of recent fires." Again, for Joe to claim sole credit for what was the work of a lot of people is just not right. And if there is one person who would be able to claim a significant share of this fund raising, it would probably be our paid lobbyist from the Ferguson Group. Plus City Staff who dutifully slogged through the endless government paper work. And don't forget David Dreier, who answered Mayor Zimmerman's call for help when things were at their most dire. Here is yet another category in which Joe was at best small potatoes.
"Received grants for the Sierra Madre Community Room, Goldberg Park, Senior Center, and water infrastructure." This is flat out nonsense. Unless by received he meant he went out and picked up the mail. This again was the work of both the City Council as a whole and City Staff. For Joe to claim that he alone accomplished these things is just ridiculous.
Of course, there is always the possibility Joe actually believes that he really is the one responsible for all of these mostly great accomplishments. Which, if true, would make this a whole 'nother matter.