Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My 300 Word Campaign Statement For The Mountain Views News

The near medieval trashing my campaign took this week in Susan Henderson's only slightly biased Mountain Views News (so-called, as it really has a lot more to do with opinions than anything else) was about as hilariously over the top as anything I've read in quite some time. Or at least this week. That it took three ridiculously angry "writers" to assuage the fiercely burning rage there with yours truly was quite an honor if you think about it. I just hope the poor dears didn't burst any blood vessels engaging in those kinds of hystrionics. None of them are getting any younger, you know.

So now I am expected to turn over a few hundred words describing what my campaign is about to these troubled souls. And then I am supposed to hope they'll stop chewing on my leg long enough to show a little love and respect for my tender thoughts, and allow me to reach out to the several dozen downtown coffee drinkers who just might be bored enough to pick up a copy of the MVN and read them.

I'm not quite sure where the payoff is here. But, be that as it may, here is my statement. Susan is free to pick it up on The Tattler and print it in her paper if she so chooses. Or she is also free to decline that honor as well.

The progress Sierra Madre has made in the past two years under the leadership of Mayors MaryAnn MacGillivray and Kurt Zimmerman, and Mayor Pro Tem Don Watts, has been remarkable. No longer are we enduring a City Hall that is incapable of getting its audits done, maintaining a balanced budget, or leveling with the public. It is their spirit of strong competence and loyalty to our small city ideals that has encouraged me to run for City Council.

Here are some of my goals:

- Continued monitoring of the UUT tax hike is vital, and in tough economic times we need to find ways to decrease that tax load.
- The Senior Center and Sierra Madre Community Room renovations are funded. We must now make sure that work is quickly completed and the needs of our residents met.
- Public safety is our greatest responsibility. Adequate resources must continue to be allocated for our Police, Paramedics, and Firefighters.
- The Canyon Zone and General Plan Committees must be allowed to complete the work of protecting one of the most unique and interesting cities in the West. Resident control over our own living environment is an ideal I believe in. And far preferable to the outrageously expensive consultants our city has hired in the past.
- I strongly support the Eminent Domain Initiative, but it must be remembered that the fight against property confiscation does not stop here.
- Measure V has been vital in preserving the small town life we enjoy in Sierra Madre. But Sacramento edicts such as SB 375 now threaten our ability to control development in our own town. We are an independent city, and should never surrender something that important to the bankrupt regionalist ideologies so in fashion these days.

I have been endorsed by both Mayors MacGillivray and Zimmerman. Their hard work brought Sierra Madre back from the "shenanigan years." It is my hope to continue the responsible government they returned to our town.

61 comments:

  1. You have my families votes, John Crawford.

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  2. There must be something to John's message
    if those people are so angry about it.

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  3. You get my vote.

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  4. I never read that paper. It is biased and unreliable.

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  5. Hope Henderson prints it.

    Twice the MVN rag has slighted Pat Alcorn.
    First she was not included as a candidate and
    in the most recent article it failed to list her as a Community Services Commissioner while listing nancy walsh as a senior commissioner.

    The MVN rag is afraid of Crawford, Alcorn, and Watts.

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  6. Crawford supporterMarch 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    I am in complete agreement with you. Furthermore I wouldn't show up at the rubber chicken bakeoff at the Iguanas today either. Henderson and Lee are running the show and you can believe you will be shown in the worst possible light both in the "debate" and in the edited video they are shooting. Go straight to the voters as you hav been doing. Walk the neighborhoods, talk with folks at Beantown.

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  7. I don't know which is worse, Henderson's anger or refusal to get the facts straight. I suspect they're connected.

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  8. I never read that paper, either, certainly not since Susan Henderson stole the reigns from Katina Dunn. Henderson is clearly a tool for the development industry and other forces seeking to make a profit in Sierra Madre regardless of the great cost to the community. That said, it's a good thing you printed your statement herein, because Henderson might decide to "edit" it for publication in her rag. And I do agree with the poster at 7:54 a.m. - if they're attacking you that viciously, JC, you have been designated a threat to their grand scheme to destroy what's left of this town in exchange for their thirty pieces of silver...

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  9. Lot's of outside Sierra Madre advertising in the "News" this week. Can we call it outside money trying to influence our election yet?

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  10. Sierra Madre seems to have gotten a lot of attention all over the State, as of late. Nice work, Sir Eric!

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  11. Hey 8:20, we're the Mouse That Roared!
    ROAR!!!

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  12. I spoke to a man yesterday who is really impressed with what Mayor MacGillivray and Councilman Don Watts have been doing in this regard, 8:20.

    Sierra Madre will continue to get attention Statewide. We really are the "little mouse who roared".

    The fact that we are one of the very few cities, large or small in the entire State of California
    that has a balanced budget and even a surplus!

    This is absolutely due to the honest hard work of Mayor MacGillivray, Mayor Pro-Tem Watts and Councilman and former Mayor, Kurt Zimmerman.

    My family and friends will also be voting for Don Watts, John Crawford and Pat Alcorn.

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  13. Great statement Mr. Crawford.
    Has all the hallmarks of Sierra Madre's best: specific, smart and practical.
    As was said of Mayor MacGillivray, "linguistic precision reflecting conceptual clarity."
    Thanks for stepping up.

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  14. from Tattler poster, Laurie Barlow, AIA's website Greensward: Civitas


    "The City of Sierra Madre has documented their significant victory for local community control on a local blog over there, the Tattler. They went up against SCAG allocations of the RHNA numbers rather singlehandedly, and came out a winner. So the trophy goes to the two City Councilmembers and key staff for pushing this through. Forcing overdevelopment into communities is not what regional planning is about. Regional planning is about actual sustainable practices that reduce the demand for resources and keep the costs of development from being passed onto the local residents".


    The two councilmembers Laurie mentions are Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Pro-tem Watts!

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  15. Any resident who will take the time to go to a council meeting, or watch the replays on TV, or check out a disk from the library, or look at replays on KGEM, or on Neuroblast, can see for themselves who says what about what and how they say it.
    For years Joe Mosca has been a blustering politician, prone to long meaningless discourses that boil down to evasion. Mr. Buchanan does the same thing. They clearly defend development interests.
    The "unpleasantness" on the council is their gift to the city. They are facilitating the sell-off of Sierra Madre, and when we say "No" they call us rude.
    The slow growth majority has been what has saved us from the fates of the other cities around us, and we need people like John Crawford to keep that majority, along with Don Watts and Pat Alcorn.

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  16. Ask yourself this, if you wake up some sad day in April and Joe Mosca is Mayor, it will mean that everything we all love about this town is in jeopardy. As Joe himself has said, he just wants to follow the law. Well, that law is SB 375, and it calls for large scale development in towns like Sierra Madre. There will be no defenses left, and this town will be changed forever. And then he will be off to a career in Sacramento, where he will lauded as the man who brought 'smart growth' to Sierra Madre.

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  17. Things started to get ugly in SM politics with the arrival of Bart Doyle and his Building Industry Association, and the California Realtors Association awakened interest in SM. Name calling, unfounded rumors, out and out lies started to be used as campaign techniques, and courtesy, the real kind, took a hike. So here we are today, with a great guy like John Crawford agreeing to run to help keep SM for the residents, and what does he have to put up with? A smear campaign run by who knows which PR firm is helping the Dirts and Downtown Investors, implemented by the owner of a local paper who has a history of credit card 'indiscretions', a judgement of $47,000 against her for some kind of bad financial doings, a maid she stiffed after work was completed. So that's what the situation is - a good man has to put up with a sleazy person's attacks.

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  18. Some of you will recall when the council tried to get the public to limit their remarks to 2 minutes - yes, 2. That was around the time when the council was so hopelessly inefficient that the meetings would last for hours and hours, and the audits were not done. Then the council relented to public outcry and made a 3 minute limit.
    Why have they never applied that to themselves?
    With some necessary and rare exceptions, the slow growth council members are able to speak clearly and GET TO THE POINT. Buchanan and Mosca get themselves lost in their own sea of words.
    My vote goes to people who can figure out what they think and how to say it.

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  19. 9:31, any idea who the PR firm for the pro-development side is this time? Who have the Dirts & D.I.C.s hired to muddy the waters & fool the folks?

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  20. I think they're on autopilot this time. Which explains why they are so disorganized. The first thing a real PR firm would do is get Nancy a believeable message and tell Josh to stop whining. Neither of which has happened.

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  21. I'm not so sure 9:44.
    Maybe a search for "end bickering" or "restore civility" might turn up a specialist.
    For Measure V, it was "flawed."
    The PR firms try to get 1 or 2 words to hammer. I do believe that Schubert Flint actually uses the phrase, Hammer it in.

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  22. They might be attempting to run this election on those old lessons. Which is why it seems to familiar. A PR firm would have created something entirely new.

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  23. always Anonymous againMarch 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    No they wouldn't!
    I found Schubert Flint through the "It's flawed" that worked in Laguna....

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  24. I agree with always.
    Somebody came up with Restore Civility as their catch phrase.
    And never mind your pretty head about who starts the fighting in the first place.

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  25. You know politics is politics....take a look at the news and follow the campaigns of Poizner and Whitman ...they are not slinging compliments at each other...welcome to campaigns large or small

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  26. You mean Poizner and Whitman are not accusing each other of 'bickering?'

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  27. Thank goodness that here in Sierra Madre we're small enough to see who is lying and who is telling the truth.
    No more "Let's preserve Sierra Madre by servicing developers and state mandates"
    No more "believe what I say before the election and don't watch what I do after the election."
    No Moran, Walsh, Mosca.

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  28. hey local, aren't you being kind of negative there, with all those no's? maybe even lacking civility and fostering bickering?

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  29. NO

    No to more developments like Carter and Stonehouse, No to more development schemes like the Downtown Specific Plan, No to sloppy financial audits and disclosures, No to realtors on governmental decision bodies, and No to state mandated uber density projects.

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  30. working for a livingMarch 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Anybody who's been to the Kiwanees today, please post your impressions.

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  31. Did anyone ask candidate Walsh where her financial disclosure papers were?

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  32. I'm interested in hearing what happened at the Iguanas' meeting today too. Goodness knows I won't read about it in any "news" paper.

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  33. I can't describe the Iquana audience, we aren't allowed to make comments like that on the Tattler. Crawford or a moderator would have to delete it. You can imagine, Moran, Mosca, Henderson and their "fans", including one well known "cougar" who is associated with the Moran campaign.
    Does that anwser your question?

    Our candidates were fine. That's all I can really write, without getting deleted.

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  34. General indignation hung in the air. The kind you can see from those who share an unquestioning belief in their entitlement.

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  35. What about cheap shots and dirty tricks? What is a Dirt organized event without them?

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  36. Actually they are on their best behavior in public, especially in that gathering with a known fraud as the ring leader.
    Ya know, running on the civility platform & all.
    I'm willing to bet that just like at council meetings, there was more evasion than truth from Mosca, more jovial flubbing from Moran, and lack of knowledge from Walsh.

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  37. Nancy Walsh had to ask what a PAC (Political Action Committee) was.

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  38. She also will need to learn the significance of SCAG, RHNA, Measure V, the Blight Ordinance, and to read things over before she talks about them, referring to the letter that staff and the council majority sent to SCAG about employment/transportation number projections.
    I think she's well meaning but too uninformed to sit at the council.

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  39. middlin memory skillsMarch 16, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I remember when she was speaking to defend Buchanan not too long ago, she said something about we all want the SNF to get better, but the letter sent to SCAG said no, or some mixed up thing like that. She said we all knew about possible projects - did she mean Fred Wesley's 55 condos/mixed use that was in the DSP?
    Wisteria Village condos or...?
    Anyway, somebody needs to bring her into the loop about the blight that the owners of the SNF have caused - and will regret if they don't get their responsibility on.

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  40. Yes! great work on the blight ordinance Mr. Crawford, Mr. Zimmerman, Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Pro Tem Watts.

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  41. Pat Alcorn was brilliant. Nancy will be stealing Pat's ideas the next time she speaks. But Nancy will botch them up as usual.

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  42. I think the summary I would start with for the Kiwannis forum today is this: if you are telling the truth you do not have to promote yourself--you simply state the message without sweetboy grins, raised cheerleader "I am awsome" self-agrandizements, without the devious pilfering of your opponents well-thought out platform statements.

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  43. Great post pull no more wool. Thanks

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  44. Could someone run the quotes on Joe's second gargantuan card that came in today's mail through one of those programs English teachers use to catch plagerism and see who first said these wonderful things and for which candidate in the distant or recent past? It's got to be from a campaign strategist cut and paste program. Tell you what: you will never hear such pap from John, Don or Pat!

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  45. I got both that oversized card from workin-it Joe and a smaller mailing from Josh. His looked kind of puny in comparison.

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  46. 6:31, you're talking about turnitin.com, a necessary site to oversee the mushrooming potential of plagarism.

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  47. I felt so bad when I saw George Mauer's name as Joe's big selling point.
    Terrible way to use George.

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  48. Josh looks like a lounge act on his flier. "Now appearing at the Duarte Holiday Inn, it's Josh Moran." A very easel board and lobby sign looking thing.

    It's almost as if he might break out in a peppy version of "Feelings" at any second.

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  49. George isn't being used. He's a willing participant, and has been all along. He even had his name listed on all the "No on V" campaign material.

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  50. Ya pissed them off, John Crawford, over at the Mountain Views Loozzee...

    And Joe Mosca, well they were slobbering all over him: "Mosca acquitted [an odd choice of words, but there you have it] himself well; answering all questions clearly and concisely, offering reasonable solutions to a variety of [unspecified] city problems"

    Guess those Loozzzers all know which side their bread is buttered on [but apparently, are unaware that their side is Toast]

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  51. This is what I've noticed. That you have badically been running for Council since 2008. That you seem to have a distinct advantage over the other candidates because of this very blog which allows you to spout off about things for which you have an incomplete picture. Are you prepared to give up your blog if you are elected and the Brown Act requires it? Are you prepared to face possible citations of unethical actions?
    As far as I can see, you have basically been a mouthpiece.

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  52. Hey Crawford!

    You must have been outstanding today at the Iguanas. The Dirts are clutching at straws again.

    LOL

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  53. First Amendment FanMarch 16, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Dear Doooofuss at 8:05.

    Thanks for pointing out the Brown Act violation that occurs when politicians blog. Please report it to the California Attorney General at the following Twitter address: http://twitter.com/jerrybrown2010.

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  54. 8:05, John blogs about things that are happening in Sierra Madre as well as to our residents. This blog has brought out issues never seen in the PSN or the weaklies. He's been the voice of the people since he started the Tattler. It'll be a huge loss to the community if he's forced to give it up. But it'll be a huge win for Sierra Madre when he's elected.

    John isn't for special interests, not the AAR or the BIA or the local lobbyists who so love to tell you how much they've done for Sierra Madre. John is a local family guy who wants to raise his children in a good and decent community. That's why his blogging has lead him to running for office.

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  55. I would expect Sir Eric to continue expressing his opinions on non-confidential issues on the blog. I would also expect him to receive comments from the public on the blog. Each is allowed under the Act.

    It seems unlikely he will be unlawfully engaged in any "meetings" within the meaning of the Act. That said, it is likely that the Mayor, Councilmen Watts and Alcorn may view his comments from time to time.

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  56. Very sad. It is sobering to think that people can be quite that clueless. It makes you despair for the future of this town.

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  57. Using this individual's perspective elected officials would never be allowed to give their opinions to a newspaper or discuss certain matters in the electronic media. Very strange observation.

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  58. The language on Joe's card sounds very "No on V." Simplistic
    and misleading precepts larded with cheesey optimism.

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  59. I want to see John debate Josh. Mano a mano. On the other hand his mommy will tell everyone John is being mean to her little boy.

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