Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Joe Doesn't Think Too Highly Of Your Ability For Critical Thought

Joe Mosca was out walking the streets with his single sheet reelection flyer last weekend, and having actually seen what he was passing out I can tell you there just isn't all that much to read there. Probably less than 120 words altogether, with the deeds he claims as his own being mostly the work of others. That is, at least the ones that are believable.

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.

63 comments:

  1. I overheard Joe saying to some people at
    Beantown that the sun coming up yesterday
    morning was all his doing.

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  2. The only thing the people need to know about this guy:

    1. He lied and betrayed hundreds of people last time he went door to door to ask for their vote.
    2. He has no interest in Sierra Madre other than to get us to tow the line of the SPECIAL INTERESTS in Sacramento. Joe works for them....not for us.
    3. He is pro-development and pro-SCAG.
    4. He is very dangerous to the future of this town, he'll fight to develop every square inch at every opportunity.

    SAVE YOUR TOWN, SIERRA MADRE!

    Vote for DON WATTS....who has KEPT his PROMISES from the get-go.
    He serves YOU, not Sacramento and/or his "political career".
    Don is a man of honor. He will protect your rights.

    Vote for John Crawford....all who read his insightful columns know where he stands and come time for the election, everyone will know. He is a man of integrity. A man of honor. John will protect your rights.

    Vote for Pat Alcorn.....Pat is a woman of wonderful common sense and high intellect, just like our Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray. She is thoughtful and fair minded just like Don Watts and John Crawford.
    Pat is a woman of honor. She will protect your rights.

    Mosca's REAL record speaks for itself. He doesn't deserve nor will he get my vote. I urge you all to come to the same conclusion.

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  3. I can't help but wonder where Joe is coming from with this stuff. Sierra Madre is the city that fought off a $170,000 BIA funded campaign to defeat Measure V. Run by the same marketing company that won the Prop 8 election here in California, and defeated a gay marriage proposition in Maine. This is a pretty savvy town to be running with dummy tactics like this.

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  4. Can anyone say "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?"

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  5. Mosca went door to door, misrepresented himself last time = HIS FAULT

    He's doing it again, and if we fall for it=IT WILL BE OUR FAULT.

    Watch out! Don't fall for his political spin.

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  6. The man who did so much damage in 2007 now is trying to convince us he was the greatest City Councilmember of all time? Not sure I can buy into that.

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  7. Currently known as Mosca's Folly;after April he's remembered as "ERSATZ" JOE

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  8. I've heard that when spring flowers begin to bloom this year, Joe will be accepting thanks for making it happen.

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  9. Joe's claims re the $ 3 million for the fire are an absolute lie. More like Kurt Zimmerman appealing to the Congressman. What a crock!

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  10. Didn't Joe also put the fire out?

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  11. Hear the City Manager,who resides in Covina is the newly elected President of our local Kiwaiani..true?

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  12. This article needs to be read at the next city council meeting...

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  13. "Protected our city from unreasonable development."

    Another bold-faced lie!

    It was Kurt Zimmerman, Kevin and Katina Dunn and Don Watts that have that honor. Joe was a big proponent of the downtown specific development town, which nearly destroyed our town!

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  14. Poster 9:50. I could not agree more!!!!!!!


    THIS ARTICLE NEEDS TO BE READ AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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  15. 9:51. I agree but would add Sir Eric and the rest of SMRRD too.

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  16. Yes. We owe a lot to Sir Eric and SMRRD

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  17. Read the article at the City Council meeting and ask Joe to respond!

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  18. Yes, Sir Eric or one of his supporters should read this article at the Council meeting.

    Joe needs to be called on the carpet for telling such outrageous lies.

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  19. "Well, I have always held that this precious jewel of a town that is so near and dear to our hearts needs to be protected from bad things. Things that are not good, and do harm."

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  20. lol the dude flat our lies, or at best, embellishes his resume' which will get you fired in the real world

    guess Joey figures that if Susan Henderson can lie about herself and her resume' and get voted to the Chamber, he's a slam dunk

    all I know is that Joe lied to my face and will never get my vote

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  21. so, Joe scams a dog and uses it for a photo op, this alone should pizz off all the animal lovers in town, he used an animal for self promotion and advancement

    then has the gall to use the same photo again

    if he gets reelected, shame shame shame on Sierra Madre

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  22. www.acmeflyswatter.com

    Viva el cazamoscas!

    (long live the flyswatters)

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  23. Sick of Lying PoliticiansFebruary 2, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    As much as we all know the truth here, we also know that people will walk away from the truth and believe the liar. Look at all the people who believe JOE now. He has a way of making hinself the VICTIM......we need to record all his lying youtube and take them door to door. What we say means nothing. Hopefully, the truth of Don, John and Pat will overcome the lies of JOE. We must always be vigilant that he is working to ruin our town AGAIN!!!

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  24. Sir Eric, please read this article at the next Council meeting.

    I spend a lot of time at Beantown and there are many elderly voters who think Joe Mosca is a righteous young man.

    They need to be disabused of that ridiculous notion.

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  25. Well, if he doesn't think highly of MY critical thinking skills, the feeling is mutual.

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  26. It pains me to admit this, but that damn picture did have an impact on me when Joe first ran. I hike our trails often, and thought he did too, and that he would be a hillside preservationist. I never thought the dog was rented, and both Joe and the dog looked healthy.
    Damn.

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  27. Goldberg Park exemplifies Joe's central planning approach to Sierra Madre.

    Where once stood an open field in which children could throw a ball, practice their bicycle moto-cross skills, or otherwise act like kids, there now stands . . .

    a monument to conservation as religion. No swings, no grass, no place to throw a ball - in fact, not a single thing to make this wasted lot full of succulents' worth five minutes of anyone's time.

    What a waste. Kind of like Joe and his prop dog.

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  28. Joe was pretty much invisible during the fire. This was in contrast to our then Mayor Kurt Zimmerman. Kurt didn't sleep for three days becuase he was too busy reassuring the residents, meeting with firefighters and asking for more firefighters and air support from the county, state and feds.

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  29. True Confession, that is pretty much Joe's shtick. Like many con artists he's all about emotional appeal.

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  30. 11:20. It was City Hall and some phone calls from Mayor Zimmerman to Sacramento and DC that produced that $3 million for the City.

    It's despicable that Joe Mosca would take credit for that money.

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  31. Why it seems Joe is suffering from "weak sense critical thinking". Critical thinking requires intellectual humility, empathy, integrity, perseverance, courage and autonomy. Without these essential traits, it becomes weak sense critical thinking (i.e. sophistry), resulting in manipulative and often unethical behavior.

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  32. Is there anybody in our fair Burg stupid enough to believe Joe's lies?

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  33. Omigod! He thinks we're all idiots!

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  34. What amazes me is that Mosca thinks that nobody is going to call him on these lies during the campaign.

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  35. He'll be ready to say how many pairs of shoes he wears out, walking door to door in this community that we all love so dearly, meeting each and every Sierra Madrean who will give him the chance. Maybe he's got a two and a half month walking route mapped out.
    Yep.

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  36. Goldberg park was put in place to satisfy the requirement for green space for Mixed-Use development. That is the only reason it is there.

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  37. What amazes me is the amount of time he spent away from his job campaigning in 06.

    What does the guy do for a living?

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  38. Won't vote for him againFebruary 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Send Joe packing, Sierra Madre.
    All he wanted here was a place to jump off from, so let's help him do just that & jump away.

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  39. 1:23

    He's a lobbyist, just like John Buchanan.
    They work for the energy companies and for development interests in Sacramento.

    They DO NOT WORK FOR US.
    Please spread this fact around to everyone you know.

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  40. How does John Buchanana like it that Joe rides on the "I gave you Paramedics" wagon?
    Previously it's been Buchanan who claimed that he was responsible for that - and truth be told, he probably had more to do with it than Smilin' Joe. So don't you think things might get a little tense between the two pro-developers council men?
    Or maybe they agreed beforehand to share credits.
    Bet Buchanana doesn't want to be on the council alone......

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  41. John isn't running this cycle; in two years he'll make the very same claims that Joe is making in this election. I'm sure it's just fine because if Joe isn't re-elected John will have no one to act as if his goofy meanderings are meaningful. Remember Sempra and SoCalEd have policies regarding employees involved in community government including lenient paid time off to participate.

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  42. I'm not sure that Joe smiles. I think he just lifts his upper lip and shows us his teeth.

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  43. Funny title to this article, Tattler.
    You're implying that Joe thinks!

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  44. Sounds like Joe is running on Kurt Zimmerman's stellar record. You've got to laugh and then tell people not to vote for Joe!

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  45. Seems pretty simple to me. Many of Mosca's closest supporters are realtors and especially realtors who opposed Measure V.

    What does that tell you about whether Mosca protected the town from unreasonable development?

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  46. Seems pretty simple to me too. The realtors are not behind Mosca because he's a preservationist.

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  47. Mosca and preservationist are oxymoronic.

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  48. "Protected our city from unreasonable development."

    That's the biggest fib I've heard all year. That guy Mosca has no shame.

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  49. Sorry, but why are any of you shocked that Mosca's campaign flyer is chock full of lies.

    It's just Joe being Joe.

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  50. The difference is this time we know they're lies. It wasn't that way in 2006.

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  51. Anyone who would cast a vote for Mosca is doing a terrible disservice to this little town.
    This man is a con artist, just like Susan Henderson.
    The only thing he cares about is Joe Mosca's career.

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  52. Minister of PropagandaFebruary 2, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Of course he protected us from unreasonable development, in his world "reasonable" development would have been his agenda or protocol he saw for development in SM, any deviation from what development was in his mind is now construed as "unreasonable", so, yes, he did save SM from "unreasonable development. All political verbiage is predicated on perspective. Open thine eyes people.

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  53. JOHN CRAWFORD
    DON WATTS
    PAT ALCORN

    Keep Sierra Madre a small unique town.
    Protect your property rights from the crooks in Sacramento and the dirts who do their bidding here in Sierra Madre! This of course includes Sacramento/traitor Joe Mosca.

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  54. Everyone copy this and hand it out around town. Be prepared, his friends will rent thier puppys to argue for him.

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  55. I'm surprised Joe's flyer didn't include a reference to all the SCAG and MTA meetings he attended. OOOPs, I meant all of the meetings he didn't attend.

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  56. Joe didn't go to them before he went to them.

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  57. Speaking of the SCAG meetings.
    People need to be aware that Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Pro-tem Watts are attending them, much to the chagrin of the SCAGGIES.
    MaryAnn and Don are going to fight for our rights, something that's never been done in the past several years.
    I suppose SCAG was a big part of the "shenanigan years".
    MaryAnn and Don are going to help save little towns!
    Don Watts certainly deserves all of our votes!

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  58. For Joe Mosca to take credit for helping Sierra Madre during the fires of 2008 is really disgusting.

    I'll always remember Mayor Zimmerman in the middle of the night, helping people at Beantown who had been evacuated. Kurt made sure the Pasadena Animal Shelter came and boarded everyone's pets early that next morning. People who wouldn't leave their pets alone in the fire area.
    Then Mayor Zimmerman made sure we got all the County, State and Federal help for Sierra Madre.
    This wonderful man, Kurt Zimmerman will be sorely missed by all the good people in Sierra Madre. God Bless you, Kurt!
    And DAMN you, phony Joe Mosca. How dare you take credit for anything in this town! You have been a nightmare.

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  59. Poster @ 1:12--would like to more about the park as a qualification for green space and mixed use development. I was always baffled as to how a park is named for someone who did not in any way, shape or form "donate" the land (a usual way in which one gets something named after them) as they were paid full price for the lot (was is $800,000?) when the city required the co-operative nursery school to buy their land and building from the city and the city had to then spend those profits from the sale of park land on another "park." You can bet this passive, native park was preferred by the neighbors to anything that would bring active use with swings, slides, picknic tables for birthdays parties, etc.

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  60. It has always been a worthless park. We should have held the money to purchase something we really wanted. Bad business move Sierra Madre.

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  61. Very interested in this "pocket park" issue as I am grinding my city gov to do likewise. Seems there is a difference of opine as to "Highest and Best Use" real estate principal conflicting with "Do the Most Good for the Greatest Number of People" basic Platonic governance approach. guess I need to come and see it. Anyplace to sit?

    Sierra Madre got a shout out for its' SCAG/RHNA/Developer in sheeps clothing struggles tonight in Temple City Council meeting. I believe the issue is timely in many smallish communities all over Cali.

    Please organize and solve this. If you guys can't...it might not be do-able. I mean look what you have on the line there.

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  62. Measure V supporterFebruary 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Flatlander, that's great news that Sierra Madre got that shout out! Thanks to our Mayor, maybe all the towns can start to get a backbone and together help Sacramento wake up from its besotted stupor. All the cities should have something like Measure V to help protect them - and Sierra Madre should have a version of Measure V city-wide.

    And yes, there's a place to sit in the pocket park.Please help yourself - there is always room. It was controversial because the people who sold that lot to the city were friends with a council member who was pushing it, and they made a good amount of money on it. The park is underused and oddly located in terms of serving the whole community, but way better than 4 new condos.

    I think it would be great for Temple City to get as many pocket parks as it could!

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  63. Site of Goldberg park not zoned for condos--spot zoning is usually given the appelation of poor planning practices--and one lot to the south was reserved from the sale for a building site. Check it out! Way back in the day of the first Sierra Madre general plan a pocket park was supposed to go in to the northwest edge of the big Jamison estate. The neighbors threw a fit and didn't want any park use, I think they called it loitering, in the area. There is a big house there now on that site and the oak trees are sort of hanging on.

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