Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Joe Mosca Continues To Take Credit For Things He Didn't Do

"I've been there, I'm doing this stuff, I know how to do it and I'm engaged in the process." - Joe Mosca in yesterday's Pasadena Star News, reassuring everyone that he really has done some work.

It was interesting to see some of the rather random assertions coming from the Three Moscateers in yesterday's Pasadena Star News article on our upcoming election. I guess I will have to eventually discuss the claims of those other two candidates, that is if there is enough time. But for now we'll just have to deal with Joe Mosca since his presumptions of relevance were truly the most outrageous of all.

Apparently the concept of cities maintaining control over their own interests and affairs as discussed by Pat Alcorn in this article was so upsetting to Sacramento Joe that he went off on a bit of a tirade. Here is how the article portrayed his towering vexation:

"You cannot preserve the community, you cannot be 'local' without engaging the regional process," Mosca said. "You can't just say 'no' and bury your head in the sand."

Now as anyone who follows the affairs of California knows, the encroachment of Sacramento upon the concerns of independent cities such as ours has been fairly relentless. From wholesale tax confiscations, to the removal of local planning control, to the threatened demise of CEQA, this assault on the rights of cities to chart their own destinies has outraged millions in this state. Something that Joe, as aligned as he is with the policies of Sacramento through the "regional process," apparently seems to think is just hunky dory.

As I am sure everyone is aware, it is by this "regional process" that Sacramento enforces its will. Particularly on the matter of the confiscation of city planning rights, which is done mostly through SB 375. So Joe's assertion actually is true, though not quite in the way he claims. You can no more defend your community "without engaging the regional process" than you can fight off burglars without getting a guard dog. Which is what Sierra Madre has been doing lately. This city's engagement in the regional process (which is basically done through the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG) has never been stronger than it is now. But that has precious little to do with the inappropriate credit glomming of Joe.

You see, the striking irony here is that when Joe Mosca was Sierra Madre's sole representative at SCAG, he didn't bother to go to the meetings. He basically blew them off and left us, well, unengaged in the process. We discussed this matter in two Tattler articles last year. The first, "No Show Joe," showed that Mr. Mosca had only attended one solitary SCAG/CEHD meeting in all of 2008. Then in August of 2009 we followed up with "Joe Mosca's Dismal SCAG/CEHD Attendance Record Has Not Improved," which reexamined Joe's attendance at the meetings of this organization he claims to hold in such high esteem. And what we found is that he STILL wasn't going to the meetings! As a matter of fact, if you look through the SCAG minutes cited in these two articles you will see that from February 7 of 2008 through July 2nd of 2009 Joe Mosca attended only 1 solitary meeting out of the total 17 that were held!

After the shocking discovery that Joe Mosca had been playing serial hooky from these important functions, Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray and Mayor Pro Tem Don Watts began covering these meetings on Sierra Madre's behalf. And because of this AWOL Joe has actually begun to show up as well. But for him to be attempting to take credit for the progress we have been making at SCAG, particularly on future RHNA considerations, is just plain nuts. The lazy knucklehead never even bothered to show up for almost two years, now he's trying to convince us that he's the guy who is doing it all?

One other thought on this matter. If you "cannot preserve the community, you cannot be 'local' with out engaging the regional process," then, if Joe is right, the community was put into some danger by his not going to these meetings. He was obligated to attend, and he had made a commitment to this city and others to do just that. But for whatever reason he just never even bothered to show up. He let Sierra Madre down badly here, just as he has in so many other ways. And Joe can't be allowed to just paper over his lack of good faith by taking credit for things he did not do.

Bonus Coverage - In today's Pasadena Star News there is an article where Joe Mosca makes the following statement: "Certainly now that the federal government has got a pot of money out there, we're trying ... to get money from that pot." Is it just me, or does Joe sound here a little bit like the leprechaun from the Lucky Charms ads on TV? Maybe that explains all the kelly green on his campaign kick off invitation.

57 comments:

  1. Isn't there something Joe did that he can talk about?

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  2. Can anyone name just ONE action the City Council has taken that Joe Mosca had agendized that has bettered the community? Joe has done NOTHING positive for Sierra Madre. It has been the citizens bringing their concerns before the council and Don, Kurt, and Maryann placing these requests on future agendas. A chimp could have taken his place on the council and voted in his place. At least then the meetings would have been shorter. Joe just yaps on about "engaging in the process". By the way who is Nancy Walsh? Never heard of the woman.

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  3. What is with all these secret invitations from the Mosca, Moran, and Walsh campaigns for their parties? Seems to be pretty elitist to me. What are they, a high school incrowd?

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  4. The only thing Joe could talk about with any truth to it would be his lies, but don't hold your breath on that one.
    His campaign of lies worked last time, and he's doing it again!

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  5. Don Watts' comments in the Star News article today are spot on!

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  6. Why Sir Eric you've hit the nail on the head! Joe Mosca is a leprechaun, a pigmy sprite, a solitary, tricky creature who enjoys making practical jokes (i.e. spin). As such a creature, perhaps the next thing we will hear from Joe is that he really was at the SCAG meetings, in his invisible form.

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  7. Why haven't these articles re Mosca been distributed to the voters? There are, after all, many people who do not read the Tattler.

    It's vital that this information about Mosca be disseminated before the election; otherwise, we will have to endure another four years of that trickster.

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  8. I've talked to many prospective voters around town about Mosca. Most of them don't know about his sorry record.

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  9. Following up on 8:57's post, this blog serves an important function, but it's not going to get John, Don and Pat elected. Where are their flyers? Where are the yard signs?

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  10. 8:58 you have been posting this question over and over and over? Why don't you call one of the campaigns and help instead of complaining that things aren't happening fast enough to suit you? Unlike the campaigns of Joe Mosca, Nancy Walsh and Josh Moran who are receiving support from real estate, building and towntown interests, our campaigns are staffed by local residents who have day jobs and local donations. Give a hand if you want to keep the majority on the council.

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  11. Another Campaign StafferFebruary 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    If you read the Tattler and want to get the word out, print 10 copies and hand to all of your neighbors! No better way than for a believer to share!! Support Don, John and Pat -- local people who have been working for you all along and who need your support at this critical time!

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  12. Laurie Barlow AIA, really put this big issue down on yesterday's thread.
    Really explains what we are up against.
    Mosca is part of this "friendly enemy" of the people, the Sacramento special interests. This is why he doesn't deserve to be re-elected.

    Here's Laurie's comment (hope she doesn't mind if I reprint it)

    "@4:59, you must be joking, local control through regional planning organizations? Like SCAG? That's local RAPE.

    "Everyone please understand that SB 375 and the latest crop of proposed legislative "exemptions" from CEQA will allow uncontrolled development of huge projects that totally ignore water allocations. That's because CEQA exemptions disconnect the General Plan requirement to balance development and infrastructure, like power and water needs. Local ordinances won't stop this, it has to be stopped now at the legislative level".

    posted yesterday by Laurie Barlow, AIA. on the Tattler.

    Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Pro-Tem Don Watts are working very hard to combat this. They are making some great progress. Mosca has never done a thing for any of us, except work against us.
    "Friendly enemy" JOE needs to be FIRED.

    Vote for Mayor pro-tem Don Watts, AIA and John Crawford (aka jounalist Sir Eric Maundry) and Pat Alcorn on April 13th.

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  13. Hey, that shin-dig is taking place on Liliano Drive? The street next in line for intolerable living conditions due to the Stonehouse development.
    Hmmmmm.

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  14. I was out knocking on doors yesterday and a surprising amopunt of people know about the Tattler. Considering the nearly complete news blackout from the local papers, people are going online to get their information. Just like everywhere else in this country.

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  15. The fact that Mr. Mosca is running at all shows the astounding degree of his denial.
    A recall attempt was not enough?
    Citizen outrage, articulated powerfully at council meetings, was not enough?
    The loss of at least some of his council duties was not enough?
    He either thrives on the struggle, or he's too dense to figure out that he is a failure.

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  16. Mosca's campaign tactic seems built around avoiding any discussion about his record whatsoever, instead focusing on personalities and demeanor. Oh, and whining about those who would discuss anything close to an examination of his actions in office. Outside of his social set, I do not see how this can possibly work. I think it might be a little too whiny an approach for most thinking adults.

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  17. I will add that when the banking system operated after the repeal of Glass-Steagall, it famously ballooned into a disastrous implosion that reduced wealth across the globe, thanks to the US banking system and the actions that started it here in California. Look at the lost property values in this state, as well as the flood of people and businesses migrating out. The CEQA exemptions will result in even greater damage to our infrastructure and fiscal structure, not to mention the environment, if this is allowed to pass.

    This state is like an addict on construction growth and development, now that other industries are gone. But that's already busted, and the state is going around robbing folks to get its next fix. Time for rehab.

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  18. When did standing strong for local control come to mean "bury your head in the sand?"
    When Joe needed to come up with a talking point or two, that's when.
    And he borrowed that from his mentor, Buchanan.
    Buchanan and Joe are fond of leaping generalizations.
    We're either doing the states bidding, or setting our hair on fire - then burying our heads in the sand. presumably to extinguish said fire.

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  19. Joe would like us all to feel about state authority as he does. No questions, no complaints, just fast obedience. Preferably done with a pleasing demeanor.

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  20. Cheerful obsequiousness.
    Compliant acquiescence.
    Surrendered subservience.
    Disgusting

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  21. Surrender Monkey Politics.

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  22. The Mosca/Moran/Walsh campaign is built on "They're not nice. All we want to do is develop and they won't let us."
    Bullies pretending to be victims.

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  23. Of course they're having "Kickoff Celebrations!"
    They conduct governmental business as though it were one big party, and social skills are the most important attribute a person can have, far more important than intelligence or integrity.

    In the court of flatterers, the voice of truth sounds harsh.

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  24. It is all very elitist in my opinion. The Mayberry Socialite Club and their darlings.

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  25. Has anybody ever heard Joe try to explain his absences from the meetings where he was supposed to represent us?
    Illness, or transportation problems, or work demands, or....? Has he ever even tried?

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  26. Support Sierra Madre FirstFebruary 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Already we're seeing the money the D.I.C. is bringing to their candidates! Fancy invitations to coffees indeed! Our candidates are walking the precincts and doing yeoman's work for the Library. Joe and the Moscateers sit back while "invitation only" soirees are take the bite out of fund raising. Send the carpet baggers packing!

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  27. I've always wanted to be "demeanor correct," but haven't known where to go for advice. Is there someone that I can call?

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  28. When can we got a look at the campaign contribution sources?

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  29. When I see/hear the words Joe uses, I once again question how he got through law school. Even at a less high powered law school, you'll break the habit of using the word "stuff."

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  30. But there's a pot of money! Filled with gold coins and magic dubloons!

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  31. I think when Joe uses words like "stuff"
    he's trying to "get down."

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  32. Good point 1:08, but the down he's trying to get to fizzled out in 1982.
    So to bring him up to date, how about
    ""I am so there, I'm getting my po-li-ti-cal on, I know how to bring it and I'm hooked up with my homies in the state house."
    Yeah, ok, I also fizzled out a while ago.

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  33. I don't know how successful his campaign event is going to be, considering that Joe/Matt misspelled "Lilliano." It's going to be hard to find a street that doesn't exist, and also doesn't look good to the people that live on that street.

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  34. You need to take a trip to the Urban Dictionary!

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  35. He's also going to be confronted with a lot of questions about Stone whatever they'll be naming it.
    No doubt he'll tell a lot of worried people that everything is OK since he wrote the HMZ.

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  36. WOW!

    Mosca sure is singing a much different tune than when he ran for office in 2006. Back then he was singing the preservation and local control tune. Now he's singing the New World Order tune; and if you don't like it.....Tough!

    Tells me that Mosca will say whatever he believes is necessary to get what HE WANTS for HIMSELF. We're just pawns in the game he's playing.

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  37. Somebody changed the chip in the back of his neck.

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  38. Recall Joe almost workedFebruary 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    1:35, Joe had to change his tune, and show his real allegiances.
    The true preservationists, the genuine slow-growth advocates, know him for the liar he is.
    And have called him out on it repeatedly.
    Where else is Joe going to go?

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  39. Joe seems to enjoy boasting about the City getting Federal funds, but for some strange reason, he doesn't seem to enjoy telling us about all the strings attached to those funds.

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  40. I was looking at the invitation. Does anybody why Joe's tree is so small?

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  41. It's all the tree that will be left once the developers have their way with us.

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  42. It definitely looks seriously trimmed.

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  43. Didn't Buchanan use a tree as the symbol for his campaign too?

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  44. Anon @ 2:20

    Yes!

    They share the same design pattern and the same dog for their campaign literature; although the dog is owned by someone else.

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  45. They should bring the dog and tree together.

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  46. Watch it piddle the thing

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  47. Uh oh. Would anybody here be skilled enough in photoshop to get a picture of a Golden Retriever up close and personal with the tree?

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  48. is there any limit to the bullhookey that spews out of Joe's mouth?

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  49. If you Google "Bob Matheson + Sierra Madre," you will learn many wondrous things.

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  50. I did google that, 3:28, and came up with a lot of pictures of Citizen of the Year events...Mr. Matheson looks to me to be another nice Sierra Madre senior who is being played by Joe. Wonder if he also supports Ms. Henderson. Probably gives money to both. What a pity.

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  51. The Downtown Investment Club members are going to be very busy that Sunday. They have Joe's afternoon fete, and then Ms. Walsh's Tap Chicks performance in the Playhouse that evening. Is Mr. Moran having a brunch?

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  52. what a waste of ones

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  53. Yep. But we leave the zeros for you.

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  54. Yep. Those D.I.C.s are definitely a bunch of zeros. No matter how much money they cheat out of people, no matter how shamelessly they promote themselves, they're still losers.

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  55. I also googled it, and there is a photo with a face pixelated, here is all the photos:

    http://www.sierramadrenews.net/coy/2k2/coy2k2main.htm

    click above for single photo

    looking forward to the guy they are so ashamed of!

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  56. Hunh. Kind of like in the old Soviet Union. Those who have fallen in disfavor or have disgraced themselves are disappeared. Even to the point of being airbrushed out of photos. Strange days on Planet Dirt.

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  57. been there, done thatFebruary 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    7:22 & 11:11, looks like a de-vorce that's all.
    I myself have been removed from an ex-wife's photos.
    It's a pleasure, believe me.

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