"There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community." - Oscar Wilde
Well, nobody was quite as annoyed as I was by the way this election turned out. Here I'd already picked out a red convertible Ford Skyliner with signature vanity plates (what self-respecting City Councilman would ever ride in a 4th of July parade without vanity plates?), and wouldn't you know it? The voters consigned me to the sidelines with the candy catchers. Life can be funny that way. Except, of course, nobody is allowed to throw candy at parades any more, or squirt water pistols lest they be hauled off for assault of some sort. It has become that kind of world, I suppose. Just sit and wave the little signs the politicians hand out, and then carry your beach chairs back home.
But just when things looked their worst along came the Pasadena Star News to awaken me from my dolorous ruminations. And I don't know if it was out of kindness for my electoral debacle or not, but they really did pay me quite a compliment, referring to The Tattler as being "snarky, funny, (and) eloquent..." They also used another word to describe this humble blog, but since they've yet to phone me to discuss such things, and I never once said anything to deserve so inelegant an appellation, I'm just going to assume they made an unfortunate assumption and let it slide.
Of course, whoever wrote this piece (humility preventing him from putting his name to it, I guess), also attempted to paint me as being a hard right radical. Something my conservative friends will probably find quite humorous. Those Obama signs I had out in my front yard a year or so back, along with that troublesome "No on Prop 8" sign, or the fact that the only conservative I've ever voted for in my life is Sierra Madre's soon to be former Mayor, has been the stuff of gossip - and much laughter - there for months. That they ever accepted me in the first place really was quite an act of kindness on their part. A lot of the folks who support my own ideological persuasion having wandered off into the darkness.
Then there was the time a supporter walked up to me at a coffee, a concerned look on her face, and told me that a group from her church had shown up at her door and told her that she needed to take down my lawn sign because "Crawford supports the gay agenda." They didn't leave many strategies on the table during this race.
Of course, the Star News does have its own agendas. And they support them because, let's face it, like many daily newspapers with one foot in the Chapter 11 grave they really don't have much of a choice in the matter. Editorial independence being something they can no longer afford to practice. And they do know how to earn their keep. Check this out:
Instead radicalism was rejected. Extremely slow growth or no growth was not - that's what the moderates who were elected stand for as well, and that's what's best for Sierra Madre. The election of the sensible hard-working Mosca along with civic volunteers Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh is a victory for common sense. Here's hoping the misplaced mudslinging introduced to town in recent years will fade away.
Now the characterization of soon to be Mayor Mosca as hardworking has got to raise a chuckle amongst the political cognoscenti here in town. After all, wasn't the almost non-existent attendance of our Joe at all those SCAG and SGVCOG meetings we believed he was attending when it was his responsibility to do so a point of light in our lives when it was first revealed on this site? And can we really describe as "slow growth or no growth" persons who fought tooth and nail any attempts to curtail development in this town? To the point of calling upon fellow citizens to boycott businesses not showing a proper vigor in supporting the development cause? In particular the troublesome Downtown Specific Plan that would have brought with it the greatest gout of new development in this town's history, leaving us with Pasadena percentage levels in unsold condominiums?
But I guess we've covered all that before. And if you're looking for a realistic appraisal of our little town's idiosyncratic politics, you'd probably have better luck looking under a rock. The Star News does what it does, and everybody has got to earn a living, I suppose. Nobody should be surprised by anything they read there.
And as far as mudslinging goes, I can only assume that the secret editorialist of the Star News, safely ensconced in his dark palace of blown budgets and rapidly mounting debt, has never had the unfortunate experience of having read The Cumquat, The Mountain View News, or the Sierra Madre Weekly. Because I'm sure so staunch opponent of such impolite forms of scribbling would be loudly condemning just that from his storied pages of editorial indignation as well.
(Of course, there was that front page Star News article praising the pornographic Cumquat a couple of years back, but I guess that was another time. You know, back when they still had subscribers and people cared about what it is they have to say.)
So I guess we should all dummy up about it and get on with our lives. This is the age of regional government, that vast intermeshing of once independent cities into the regimens of the Metropolitan Planning Organizations, folks that want to do for us what we used to do for ourselves, but supposedly is beyond us now. And backed by the might of Sacramento, and even my buddy President Obama, I guess the chances of us stopping all that now are slim and none. It was a glimmering that only lasted for a couple of years, and a final victory never really was within our power. But we dared to dream. Something that ended when the mouse that roared got flattened beneath the wheels of something far bigger than we'd ever known.
Someday we're going to have to figure out exactly what that was.
But does all this mean we should just shut up about it as the Star News suggests? Sit quietly and accept their secondhand version of what "sensible and moderate" is all about? Nah. If there is one thing I got out of this election it is that I own a blog that gets written about in the great bankrupt dailies of this abundantly populated county. And while the notoriety can at times be grating, this is Los Angeles. Fame being the currency that powers the crash cart in our part of the world. So why would I want to give all that up now just because I got fewer votes than Nancy Walsh? I'm not sure I see the logic in that.
Besides, we have work to do. Just because the Moscateers won it all is no reason to go soft on them. After all, this is Sierra Madre, and we do have our traditions. We've always done resistance very well here. And seriously, is there anything left to lose?