Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Springtime In Sierra Madre

The Pat Alcorn, Don Watts, and John Crawford for Sierra Madre City Council Lawn Sign Brigade started working on the east side of town yesterday, and will be moving on over to the west side today. The demand for these signs has been very gratifying, and our folks are working as quickly as possible. We figure that by sunset Wednesday we'll have pretty much taken care of everyone on the list.

If you would like to get some signs for your yard, please call John and Diane Shear at 355-4776. Chances are good that your call will go to message, so be sure to leave your name, address, and a phone number in case there are any questions. And if your neighbors should express some interest in these brightly colored and artfully designed signs, be sure to pass this information on to them. Our hardworking sign handlers will be by your place as soon as they can get there.

Sign theft has been a distinct problem in past elections. Unfortunately there are individuals out there who can be so moved by the sight of these things that they turn to crime as a way of bringing balance to their out of control emotions. If you are a victim of such theft please call the Shears at the number cited above and we will have your purloined posters replaced. And if by some chance you were to get a picture of the culprits in the act, we would be glad to post it here on the Tattler. Anonymity, as always, is guaranteed.

And yes, we do not charge money for our signs, replacement or otherwise. Your kind support is payment enough.

While you are waiting for your signs, you might want to read an article a reader sent to me a week or so back. It is a look at our town more than 20 years ago, a time that doesn't seem all that far in the past. But what took me by surprise when I first read this piece is how simple and peaceful our city seemed back then. Through the eyes of a Los Angeles Times reporter two decades ago we see a place that seems similar to what we have today, but is somehow different as well. I can only hope that we'll be able to bring that feeling back.

In Sierra Madre, Serenity Isn't Just Taken For Granted, August 06, 1989, Jesse Katz, Times Staff Writer.

The call for help crackled over the police radio at 5:13 p.m. John Cordischi, a burly officer with a shotgun at his side, stomped on the gas of his patrol car and sped toward the action. But this was not one of the gang raids, or crack busts,or shoot-outs with Uzi-toting punks that have become daily routines for many Los Angeles-area police departments. This was Sierra Madre -- Los Angeles County's safest city -- and high atop Oak Crest Drive, Lani Ridley had locked herself out of her house.

Without missing a beat, Cordischi grabbed a ladder from Ridley's garage,climbed through a second-story window and emerged, perspiring a few seconds later to open the door. "Ta-da," sang the 10-year veteran, triumphantly slapping the dirt from his palms. Ridley, a stylishly dressed woman in her early 40s, handed Cordischi a glass of ice water, then gave him a hug and a peck on the cheek. "You're my hero," she said.

This it turned out, was the start of an unusually busy night in the tiny San Gabriel foothill town.

For the rest of this article, click here.

56 comments:

  1. sir eric, or whatever you call yourself now:

    in reading the article i was struck by how much the crime scene has changed since 1989.

    in just the recent past a crazed and obviously dangerous sierra madre father viciously attacked chief diaz with a water pistol. as though context matters, the criminal father argued that this occurred on a 110 degree day during a 4th of july parade that features the citizens and fire department attacking each other viciously with water guns. lady diaz therefore ordered him charge with assault and battery on the monarchy.

    more recently the 70 year old operator of an english tea house disturbed teh public order by washing poop off the sidewalk. while this may have made the area nicer for ladies, it offended the town's rosie cascales look alike meter maid. violence allegedly ensued. lady diaz went to the well again, filing criminal charges.

    and, of course, officer berry continues his charmless and quixotic quest to enforce the ever more complex vehicle code against our maniac citizenry.

    so, while many may lament the passing of an era when nice officers helped nice ladies locked out of their houses, we need to realize it our own depravity that has resulted in the department turning on us. it is, after all, for our own good.

    and thanks for the sign.

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  2. John Cordischi is a great guy.

    When tragedy struck Sierra Madre back in the 90's and the Hernandez father and son were killed in a mudslide at Bailey Canyon.....a frantic search for them occurred.
    The father's body was found buried in mud, and they were still searching for the little 8 year old boy. They found him. It was dark and they couldn't retrieve the boy's body until day break.
    Cordischi, unable to just leave him, crawled down the dangerous hillside and covered the little boy with his jacket. John Cordischi, as I recall had children around the age of the little boy.

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  3. Call me anything, 6:55. Just don't call me late for dinner!

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  4. Watts, Crawford and Alcorn.

    Preserve LOCAL CONTROL in Sierra Madre!

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  5. Get them out there, people! this is an election to remember.

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  6. Cordischi would have made a great Chief.

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  7. Support Mayor MacGillivray
    Support Mayor Pro-Tem Watts
    Support John Crawford
    Support Pat Alcorn

    They work for, YOU the people. Not special interests.

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  8. I love my signs. Thank you!

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  9. 1989 is the year Bart Doyle moved to town, and it's been down hill ever since.

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  10. It would be nice to put an end to the shenanigan era once and for all. I think
    we've all had enough.

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  11. Imagine what could be accomplished with all of us working for the good of Sierra Madre! I'm voting for Alcorn, Crawford, and Watts! And I'm expecting them to support and work with Mayor MacGillivray on our behalf beginning April 14th!

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  12. 20 years of Bart and we're still holding. Not bad!

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  13. channel 3 watcherMarch 2, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Many people have been fooled by all the lying that the shenanigan years made a normal part of politics here. There are actually people who believe Joe Mosca when he says he wants to preserve Sierra Madre. We need to get the facts out, to show people who do not follow city politics the difference between what Joe says and how he votes.

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  14. TO: Sir John Crawford, Councilman of Sierra MadreMarch 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    John Crawford, you are going to have to address that change after you are elected councilman, please make a note.

    Really great blue, very tasteful white, and the stars to infinity!!!!

    Tasty, Classy, just impressively crisp rather profound.

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  15. That;s true 10:55, but it's a tough fight every damn time. The ticks who want their profits from investment 'opportunities' are hard to pull off. And then there's the leeches who want to use us as a stepping ladder to bigger & better political offices, you know, where the chef qualification is a sincere smile.

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  16. Channel 3 Watcher - I think by "preserve" Joe is referring to the pickling process. As a native New Englander he would be familiar with that sort of thing.

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  17. Some of the trusting and optimistic people in this town have been seriously hoodwinked.
    They look for 5 minutes at a council meeting and think the big smiles and endless stream of polite nonsense are the marks of a kind person who shares their political priorities. Then someone genuinely smart or on point talks, the real preservationists like Don or MaryAnn, or Kurt, and all that placating bs has left the room, making less informed observers long for the sweet nothings again.
    Voters need to educate themselves, and the town is small enough so it really is possible.

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  18. Joe Mosca
    Sierra Madre City Council

    Yip. That's what Joe's web site says. Is Joe announcing he IS Sierra Madre City Council? No wonder Buchanan is holding him at arm's distance. Doesn't want to get spattered when Joe's head explodes. Go ahead. Go see it. Joemosca.com.

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  19. I figure John B has just had to take the sour with the sweet. He neeeeeeeeds Joe. Pretty grim for Johnny B if he's the only one up there working for development. I bet he's having some anxious moments.

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  20. He could talk until he's blue in the face and nobody would hear a word he's saying. What a fitting end to his tenure.

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  21. They'll have to have a separate meeting set up for councilman Buchanan, where he can talk and talk and talk into the camera, and then cast his vote. It can be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, so as not to interfere with the serious business of the council.

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  22. Maybe an alternative reality setting for Mr. Buchanan? A place where he feels he is being heard and appreciated, but safely away from the city's real business.

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  23. Excellent idea 11:35.
    Lights on, but no real filming going on, cardboard cut outs of the long suffering city staff in the audience...

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  24. Poster 11:18, I'm with you. As soon as Councilman Zimmerman opens his mouth to tell the truth, he gets slammed by the likes of Josh Moran for being "divisive." If you don't believe me, watch the last City Council meeting on SMTV.

    It disturbs me to no end that I live in a town where people are attacked for telling the truth.

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  25. 11:39. You're right. The DIRTS can't challenge Zimmerman's veracity; so, they call him mean.

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  26. That is the strategy. The dirts know they can't run on their agenda, so they have to scream and yell everytime they get called out.
    Watch at the debates how they try and drown out any discussion of Joe's DSP flipflop.

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  27. What flipflop 11:44? You must be delusional. There was no flipflop. Smilin' Joe has always been for the vote of the people and he always will be and he will say that forever.
    Of course what he DOES is none of your business.

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  28. it bears repeatingMarch 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

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

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  29. He comes from the same LaLa land that tells us condos will stop global warming.

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  30. Normally candidates seeking office state either their occupation or incumbent on the ballot
    Joe the Shmoo is shown as:

    Joe Mosca
    Member of the City Council

    I guess he finally realizes he is not an attorney or he thinks being a member of the City Council is his occupation. Or maybe he just doesn't think.

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  31. So he's living on $250 a month?

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  32. Maybe it's damage control from all the light that was shone on his grandiose claims, he's just one of the team now instead of the miracle worker that has singlehandedly held Sierra Madre together for the last 4 years.

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  33. Hey don't knock that $250 a month.
    Might be the bait for a couple of youthful candidates....as in:
    "I can work on overturning measure V and get paid too!!!"

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  34. There you go, 12:06 pm! You nailed it! He is not an attorney and being a member of City Council is his full time occupation! I'm not so sure he thinks either.

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  35. Talk about dredging one up from the archives. I was a cub reporter in the (now defunct) San Gabriel Valley section of the L.A. Times when John Cordischi agreed to take me out for a ride-along that summer afternoon in 1989. It was a treat then, and a hoot re-reading it now. As I recall, he was a bit embarrassed by the prospect of his work being made light of--especially his climb up the ladder--but looking back, it was, of course, just good old-fashioned community policing.

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  36. Hey, that number is disconnected, is there another number???

    Just checked the number for the shears is 626 355 4776 I left a message on the machine. I am going to drive up and have lunch at the is it the only place, the brown restaurant, I have a truck and a check and can help deliver signs, my name is Kim Goddard, leaving now there by 1 o'clock..I would like one sign please

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  37. Kim - number fixed. Thanks.

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  38. Kim, thanks!!!

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  39. Being noted around town that a lot of the houses with Josh's signs appear to be unoccupied. Is he carrying the ghost vote?

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  40. Mama Bear is taking care of her cub.

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  41. OK, let me see if I got this straight watching neuroblast and reading the posts here:

    While he was running for office, Councilman Mosca promised the voters that he would allow them at an election to approve or reject the downtown specific plan.

    After he was elected, Councilman Mosca broke his promise and announced that he would only allow the voters to approve or reject the downtown specific plan if he approved of it first.

    After there was public outcry, Councilman Mosca back-tracked and proposed that the voters be "surveyed" by means of a non-binding election to determine whether they approved of or rejected the downtown specific plan.

    Is that right?

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  42. 2:44 That's right.

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  43. Mosca said he might consider a non-binding election down the road, but only after the "process" was complete. The "process" being a standard Sacramento tactic that finishes all the plans involved in a development project (the 710 tunnel being a good example of this), leaving only the browbeating of the public as a final step to completion. I mean, why would anyone want to get in the way of a big development project when the "process" is already completed?

    Besdies, non-binding means it would have been a kiss your sister kind of vote, and would have been easily swept aside by the shenanigan council in charge at that time.

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  44. another neuroblast fanMarch 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Listen closely to Joe's flipflop clip on Neuroblast. He actually says that there may be "some other way to take the pulse of the community"
    What a liar. He didn't say anything like that when he gave his campaign promises to me, or I never would have contributed to his campaign and I certainly never would have voted for him.

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  45. Joe broke this promise to his supporters, and it was the single most divisive act in this city's recent history. It lead to Measure V, a host of lawsuits, and the Mosca recall. If Joe had honored his promises to the people who put him in office we would be living in a far more unified and peaceable place.

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  46. You are so right, Bad Karma, thank goodness Joe is almost outta here!

    A new era is coming to Sierra Madre politics, a new era of trustworthy leaders (imagine!)

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  47. 1:43

    That is a typical Dirt campaign tactic. The real estate agents in town (especially Webb-Martin) keep track of which properties are vacant. I won't go into all the other shenanigans they get into when it's not election time.

    Needless to say, they've been putting up signs for their Dirt friends' campaigns, on the lawns of vacant properties, for years.

    If you know the owner of a vacant property, give them a call and ask if they gave anyone permission to put campaign signs on their property.

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  48. Why not post "vacant" signs on the empty properties? Then shoot digital pictures with the address showing, and put up a web page with this rogue's gallery and a Google map with the pushpins. Wouldn't take long to do. Link to the Tattler. You might get some owners complaining about unauthorized signs to the Tattler board.

    How accurate is the vote tally in SM? Do owners of empty properties show up to vote if they live out of town?

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  49. Investment properties usually house mice and other small creatures, most of whom are pretty apathetic about politics.

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  50. lol Moran calling someone else, "decisive" which is exactly what he is everytime he speaks, Moran himself is being "decisive".

    I have zero interest in hearing what Mr. Moran has in mind for Sierra Madre or his opinion on anything having to do with city government.

    He is tied directly to the real estate business, both residental and commercial therefore if somehow he was elected, he would or should recluse himself from a majority of council discussions and votes.

    He is a non candidate as far as I'm concerned and he so far has attacked anyone who opposes his stance, depsite officially living in Sierra Madre a few hours before he filed papers to run for Council.

    At least Joe Mosca waited a few weeks after moving in before he starting targeting Sierra Madre politics for his own personal career agenda. One and done for Joe would be best for the city.

    Oh yeah, I love how a few apartment owners in town are posting Joe Mosca signs but won't let their tenants post signs from other candidates.

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  51. Saturday/Sunday photo shoot with the tenants holding up the signs of their favored candidates at these apartments, address noted.

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  52. The residents of Sierra Madre rose up in 2006, in 2007, and in 2008.

    Add 2010 to the list.

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  53. Aren't John, Don and Pat's signs looking good!

    The color is almost high definition! Very cool.

    Thanks poster Kim for catching the phone number error! I didn't read the blog until after dark!

    Sorry if any of you nice folks were trying to call. Please call again for an order for our beautiful signs! 355-4776- we are working 8 hour shifts to get them delivered.

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  54. I love my signs! Thank you.

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  55. well, judging by the randomly placed signs sir eric has posted in the picture above, i can see he is opposed to centrally or otherwise planning the placement of yard signs.

    i, on the other hand, have carefully arrayed my multi-colored signs in a graceful arc surrounded by lavender and similar ground cover patterned after the gardens at San Ysidro Ranch. i suggest sir eric trade out the pictures to better reflect the beauty of the troika campaign. short of that, the artful array can be observed on carter near bailey canyon.

    now, lets beat the bejeepers out of joe and the joettes!

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  56. We here on Grove prefer to think of Sir Eric's sign array as an advanced complexity.

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