Despite the fact that there is currently no executed contract between the city and the Sheriff's Department, within days of the request for Phase II of the proposal, LASD officers were heard making plans to transfer to Sierra Madre this summer. According to one officer who shall remain unidentified, the word has already "come down" that the Sheriff's Department will be taking over Sierra Madre. "Deputies are already trying to position themselves for assignment to Sierra Madre," said another source.
The anonymous source being, of course, one of Susan's most tedious and often used ploys. How can anyone trust a paper that seems to have such a chronic problem getting people to speak on the record?
I spoke with Sierra Madre Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray this morning, and here is her statement on Susan's claim:
This is absolutely without truth whatsoever. Not true in any way. A fantasy that borders on absurdity. The LASD is not moving in, and there is absolutely no basis for claiming it is.
City Councilman Kurt Zimmerman was equally adamant about the speciousness of Susan's claim:
The article is a fabrication. There are no plans to replace our police department with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, nor are there any plans to replace our volunteer fire fighters with a fire department from another jurisdiction.
The former Mayor then went on to say this:
In keeping with her other articles, Susan again doesn't identify by name her source.
Has the fear mongering from those supporting the Mosca Slate now reached the point where all they can do is fabricate their nonsensical claims out of thin air? Was this particular canard saved for a time when it would be impossible for the record to be set straight through a mailing pointing out the dishonesty that apparently motivated the MVN article?
Today's edition is apparently being delivered to the driveways of at least a few neighborhoods. With rains expected to arrive shortly, their fate is in doubt.
(Note: This post originally appeared on Sunday. Because of the importance of the issues raised here I've extended it for a second day.)