Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yes Virginia, There Is A Button ... And It Speaks Volumes About The Person Who Uses It

The secret button that Joe Mosca used Tuesday night to shut down the microphone at the public comments podium has now been shown to exist. The only question remaining is how long it has been there. I discussed this matter with both Mayor MacGillivray and Mayor Zimmerman yesterday, and neither had any knowledge of such a button, even though each had occupied the Seat Of Authority (SOA) for a year. Nor does anyone have any recollection of either Enid or Johnny B using such a thing despite their occasionally acrimonious episodes with the citizens when they served as Mayor. All of which now becomes a part of an anecdotal body of evidence supporting the theory that this button was recently installed at the request of Mayor Mosca himself.

(As an aside, can you imagine the howls of rage that would have come from Rooster Coburn and Pitbull Poole had MaryAnn MacGillivray used such a button to silence Joe during any of his longwinded tirades earlier this year?)

This really is quite a reflection not only on Joe's opinions of the people of Sierra Madre, but also his philosophy on how to govern this City. Something that, in my opinion, shows a lack of any real understanding or appreciation for the duties of a small town Mayor.

The job of an elected official is to govern. The heart of governing is to craft and create policy, and that is something that can only come from truly listening to the residents. Public servants are required to hear what it is the community wants and, once having come to an understanding of what that is, turn those wishes into the ordinances and rules that give legal structure to the popular will.

Policy does not come from 5 people who think they know more than everybody else and can dictate whatever suits them. The Sierra Madre City Council is not a Politburo, rather it is the embodiment of the will of those they were elected to serve.

What Joe Mosca has shown so far as Mayor is a lack of any concern for what it is that people want. He seems far more interested in monitoring his 3 minute clock than he does listening to the people who made the trip to City Hall to share their opinions with him. Only to then hear the Mayor of Sierra Madre interrupt them in the middle of a thought with an impatient "you have 15 seconds."

Real governing authority can only come with an understanding of how to do the job. An example of this lack of understanding would be when Joe asks his fellow Councilmembers if they wish to "abstain" on a vote. The fact that Councilmembers are required to be decision makers aside, someone only abstains from voting by asking to be recused. And if someone has been recused they shouldn't even be in the Council Chamber. Joe has even been heard to ask if "there are any further abstentions" when there were no abstentions in the first place.

Another example of this decline in the quality of governance during Joe's early tenure as Mayor is how the "Mayor and City Council Reports" are conducted. This has always been the time when Councilmembers report on meetings they attended having relevance to the community. Or to comment on the actions of the committees they serve as liaisons if it reflects upon an agendized item. Tuesday evening we heard Nancy Walsh talk about her Rumba, Samba, and Cha Cha success at a dance contest in San Diego. But nothing about the SCAG or SGVCOG meetings where she is supposed to be representing us. Nor anything about the General Plan Committee. Just some meaningless chatter about a dance contest. Why does she believe that has relevance to the business of the City Council?

Josh Moran's report was equally sad. It seems that he believes self-deprecation will somehow absolve him from the responsibility of having to actually do or know anything about the serious business of running this community. An act that is as tired now as it was the first time we saw it some weeks back.

But enough of that.

Minute Maid's Report On Tuesday Evening's City Council Meeting Is Now Available Exclusively To Tattler Readers!

(Ed: I thought I would engage the considerable reporting talents of Minute Maid and have her present the City Council meeting report for this week. Variety can be a good thing, and certainly we can all use some new perspective from time to time. So here with her report on Tuesday evening's august City Council deliberations, allow me present to you, Minute Maid.)

Thank you, Sir Eric. And thank you Tattlers for your kind attention. Here is my report.

Public Comment: The public should be aware that the time for public comment has been changed to whenever the Mayor thinks it best serves his purposes. Comment will be limited to three minutes, at which time the microphone will be disabled. A list of commentators who run past three minutes will be maintained, and after the third offense they will be notified that they are no longer welcome at Public Comment.

Call To Order/Roll Call: Council Member/Board Members of the Community Redevelopment Agency. All Council Members present.

Pledge Of Allegiance & Invocation/Inspiration: Councilmember Nancy Walsh. CM Walsh led the Council and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and then inspired those present with a vignette of her childhood. Which is presumably what she remembers best.

Approval Of Agenda: Mayor Mosca made two changes to the Agenda moving Item 3 to July 27th and item 10 to July 13th. Council voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

Approval of Minutes: Council unanimously approved the minutes from the regular City Council meeting of June 8, 2010, which of course they all had read. Even those who can't.

Mayor And City Council Reports: Nancy Walsh went dancing blah blah blah. Josh Moran did nothing but he's still a baby blah blah blah blah. The one piece of good news here came from MaryAnn MacGillivray who reported on the demise of the Farmers' Market. Long live Taylor's!

Public Comment: Heather Allen took to the podium to encourage residents to attend the General Plan Study Session of Thursday, June 24th. Even though the General Plan Committee would not be allowed to participate as a Committee, but only at Public Comment where they will be limited to three minutes each. The Mayor announced that the meeting will be televised should people opt to observe from home. You could sense that he hoped most would. Linus Pakulsky urged the Council to postpone the decision on the proposed water rate increase to allow rate payers more time to understand the need to increase water rates. He also mentioned that he had tried to follow up with a city employee regarding cell phone service, as he had been instructed to do at his last appearance at Public Comment, but was unsuccessful in getting his questions answered. The indifferent City employee told him to call AT&T, which he didn't find helpful. The City Manager and the Mayor both offered to address his questions away from Public Comment.

Presentation: Marilyn Diaz introduced a new Sierra Madre Police Sergeant, who was accompanied by a retinue of family and friends. The Chief praised the new Sergeant, and we can hope that he has what it takes to not shoot anybody during his probationary period. Or if he does, then at least not in the back while they are sleeping.

1. a) Adoption Of Resolution No. 10-48 Of The City Council Of Sierra Madre Approving Certain Demands: The Council voted to pay a significant portion of the City's treasure for a whole bunch of bills that had already been paid, none of which were explained in detail. Mosca and Buchanan abstained on two items because we pay their employers.

1.b) Authorization Of Payment On Behalf Of The CRA: Let's see, the CRA, which we control, owns City Hall and a bunch of other buildings. So here we paid ourselves to use them. $4,320 shot to hell.

1.c) Resolution No. 10-01 Establishing One Hour Parking Restrictions On A Portion Of The Canyon Parking Lot: Those in the know realize this was an attempt on the part of CM Moran to placate the owners of Mary's Market who have stated that they will be run out of business by the residents who store vehicles in the parking lot if they can't have dedicated parking spaces. CM MacGillivray noted that three one hour parking spaces hardly seem enough and generously recommended five two hour parking spaces. Cautiously noting, however, that none of it mattered if there were no enforcement by the City's Finest. The City Manager indicated that the time limits would only be enforced if someone called the SMPD and complained. The only entity to whom the five two hour spaces matter is the market, so if you get ticketed for over-the-limit parking, remember Carolyn Dapper called the cops. The Council unanimously approved the most generous parking changes.

1.d) Cancellation Of The 2nd Regular City Council Meeting For The Month Of August 2010: This was unanimously passed by the Council as they twittered tweets to their spouses about booking a Cancun vacation.

2. Public Hearing Ordinance No. 1311-Municipal Code Text Amendment (MCTA): City Building Official Richard "Topper" Temple briefed the Council on the meaning of Red, Yellow, and Green documents posted on buildings in a time of disaster. CM Walsh jumped right in here on this one claiming she could get behind primary colors. City Attorney Levin reminded the Council that before they could vote the Ordinance must actually be read; then it was unanimously voted upon as a "good thing."

3. Public Hearing - Public Facilities Fees Rate Adjustment - Public Hearing Postponement: The Mayor announced that this item was to be continued until July 27th, 2010.

4. Discussion - Consideration Of Appointments To The Green Advisory Committee: Briefly, four applicants were approved for the newly consecrated Green Committee: Kim Klymer-Kelly, Paul Alba, Cole Something-Other, and Lisa Matheson. It should be noted that Ms. Matheson is not a resident of Sierra Madre. CM MacGillivray pointed this out, but it didn't seem to faze the Mayor. Another member will be added if and when anyone else shows the least bit of interest.

5. Discussion - Reappointment Of Applicants To The Vacant Commissioners' Seats: Six commission vacancies are eligible for reappointment; only three commissioners indicated the remotest interest in being reappointed. The Mayor dithered about trying to make much of thanking the volunteers who have served as commissioners - which is as it should be - and then finally appointed the three returning commissioners. I think the Council was investigating the creation of a new Commission to analyze why residents are so reluctant to serve on Commissions and Committees, but no one was interested. There is also the theory that many eschew such honors because they fear getting slobbered on by the Publisher of the Looney Views News.

6. Discussion - First Reading Of Ordinance No. 1310 Amending Chapter 2.34 Of The Sierra Madre Municipal Code Regulating The Community Arts Commission Composition And Powers And Duties: The Mayor announced that this item was to be continued until July 13th, 2010. It is thought that the inability of the current Community Arts Commission to tell their backsides from art has handicapped the Commission in recruiting new members to their ranks. Perhaps if they served more wine that would change.

7. Discussion Of An Absurd Amount Of Resolutions On Money Issues: Section Two of Fund Accounting 101 as presented by Karen Schnaider. Director Schnaider is a most competent and knowledgeable financial guru and the City is lucky to have found someone as able as she. It is still smoke and mirrors in the manipulation of funds. Which employee spends FY 2010-2011 in what fund often being what it takes to finance SMFD donut runs to Pasadena while still staying out of the red.

Also 7. The FY 2010-2011 GANN Appropriation Limits: Chief Diaz, fueled by an insatiable need to get her hands on as much of our budget surplus as humanly possible, was granted the first of three wishes in that she will be able to hire additional lieutenants, cadets, and some other part time personnel to provide the quality of service Sierra Madre expects. Yes, it will cost a bunch but not as much as paying overtime to existing PD personnel. So my guess is that the City can expect another whopper of a lawsuit from the Police Officers Union because OT was curtailed. The Council unanimously approved something - but they lost track of the pea under the walnut. With the exception of CM MacGillivray who brought up the fact that even though the budget was balanced this FY, in coming years there is no way the level of funding for Fire-Life-Safety expenditures can be maintained. Of course by that time Mosca will have become State Stop Sign Director in Sacramento, Buchanan will have timed out, and the Bobbleheads will have tipped over.

8. Discussion - Proposition 218 Process And Proposed Water Rate Increase: Allow me to refer you to Sir Eric Maundry's incisive report from yesterday.

9. Discussion - Approval Of Phase 2 Of FY 2009-2010 Street Resurfacing Project: Yes indeed, Director Inman did a great job during Phase 1 of the FY 2009-2010 Street Resurfacing Project. So good in fact that his cautious and frugal approach to further resurfacing projects should be scrapped. This according to the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. We should also immediately go for the $7 million estimated grand slam approach to take advantage of the great deals available because contractors are hungry. Well, let's see, how will we pay for it? I know, we'll do it like Sacramento and rush through some bonds. It certainly has paid off for them, right?

10. Discussion - Award Of Contract For Video Production And Cable Services: Did anyone catch the fact that the City Manager wants to hold SMTV3's cables to the fire and cause them to divulge their rebroadcast scheme as part of contract negotiations? Well, that's essentially what she said, which makes me think the contract that's currently under discussion may not have been much more than Sierra Madre giving them a sack of cash for lousy service. Maybe they're somebody's relative or something. Anyway, further discussion has been rescheduled to another Agenda in order to have more to report.

Adjournment: Despite limiting public comments to three minutes, this meeting ran very late. Maybe they need to rewire the secret button to include both the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem's mics? With various members of the attending public getting the opportunity to push it when the winds start to howl? I'd certainly like to take a crack at it.

72 comments:

  1. Bravo! Bravo! Minute Maid! And congratulations to the Sierra Madre Tattler as well. At a time when most media is experiencing cutbacks the staff of The Tattler is expanding.

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  2. The rumor is Minute Maid had an offer from The Los Angeles Times, but decided the freedom of expression at The Tattler was more to her liking.

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  3. Why does Nancy Walsh even bother to show up? Because of the Downtown Club Machine that got her elected she did not have to campaign. The residents were given a heads up when her big fundraiser was a tap dance show. You don't want to be a council member and it shows. It takes work to be prepared for meetings and you would rather spend your time dancing than reading and understanding the staff report. Either get with the program that you signed up for or do the city a fovor and get out.

    Resign Now.

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  5. Um, that was wrong 8:03. I laughed until I cried, but that was probably wrong, too.

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  6. say it ain't so Joe BoyJune 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    didn't Joe take credit for bringing the Farmer's Market? is he also taking credit for it's demise?

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  7. what's up with the owners of Mary's Market? they have a dump on the side of their building yet want the residents to cater to them?
    please, I'm about ready to stop visiting the market entirely, if Dapper calls the cops on me, I'll never shop there again.

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  8. Ms Walsh was heard saying, "I like colors, purty colors, I wear nice colors when I dance, and colors make the world go round. I have a coloring book so I can color while you talk about AB what? Can we stop talking about all budget stuff and go back to talking about colors? I like colors."

    "Party on dudette", said Josh, "Can I color too?...JOE, Nancy won't share her colors!!!"

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  9. Oh Stop with the crying....We deserve the government we get..Majority rules..Naivety leads to despotism...Enjoy!

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  10. You're right, 9:27. They're our mirror, and sometimes it is hard to see what we really look like. The world is eating this country for breakfast because we're in the hands of people just like them.

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  11. Hi My Name is Josh and I'm an Idiot...Hello JoshJune 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    for those that missed Josh Morans report.

    "Uhhhh, well I hung out at the Brewery and then the Buc....I made a few calls about opening a pot dispensery here...uhhhh I attended the Arcadia Realtors meeting...I went back to Lucky Baldwins....I went to the tanning salon...I went to Mom's for Sunday dinner....I made plans for a trip for summer break to Lake Havasu....I read a book....okay I really didn't read a book...I went to my bsuiness office which you all know as Mary's Market...I counted the parking spaces at Mary's Market...I bought tickets to the KISS concert..I went back to Lucky Baldwins....PARTY ON ROCK OUT - that's all.

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  12. Somebody needs to rewire the button so the
    next time Joe pushes it it shuts off his mike.

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  13. I'm still baffled as to why Mayor Bart Mosca is terrified of the residents getting to say their piece. Have you noticed how his voice quivers and his hands shake during Public Comment? Cutting Jim Engle off is despicable! After all, if it hadn't been for the public whipping Joe endured in the run up to the election, he would not have been able to say MaryAnn was mean and thus eliminating his most effective campaign statement.

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  14. You guys are great again today.

    I love your rundown of the meeting, Minuet Maid.
    What a great new feature for the Tattler!

    Thanks MM, and JC!

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  15. Joe's entire campaign was based on the ridiculous notion that he was a victim. Yet now he is doing just the things he so dishonestly accused the previous city council of doing.

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  16. What does it say about us as a city when we re-elect a Councilman because we think he's a victim?

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  17. The residents of Sierra Madre are the real victims.

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  18. Political correctness is a corporate strategy.

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  19. Mosca's been Mayor for less than two months and he's already agendized and is pushing through a highly unpopular and unnecessary tax increase.

    If that's not bad enough already, he's silencing dissent by curtailing public comment at City Council meetings.

    What's next?

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  20. What's next? I think you are going to start seeing people escorted from the Council Chambers by police.

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  21. all it will take is a few residents to speak longer than 3 mintues and have Joe call the police and then a few lawsuits are filed against the Council

    Joe is being completely reckless because he is spineless

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  22. It is the kind of thing weak people do when they want to be perceived as being tough.

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  23. It's my ball. If I can't make the rules, you can't play.

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  24. Hey, Neuroblast team!

    How about Heather Allen YouTube? Let everyone see her mic getting cut off by Bart Mosca.

    You know if Shirley Moore shows up at a meeting, Joe will have a swat team called in.

    I hope this jerk, Mosca, doesn't call the cops on the General Plan Committee if they have the "audacity" to show up at tonight's GP discussion.
    It Teryl Willis gets arrested, we're calling John and Ken Show.

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  25. Civilly DisobedientJune 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Are you kidding 11:13? It would be the greatest moment in recent history if Mayor Mosca called the cops on the General Plan Committee! Right up there with the night Buchanan turned off the video on Joe Scalzo. Invite incivility from our "elected" representatives! It's the only way to focus attention on their incompetence and their plan to raid the coffers to accomplish their misdeeds. Let's make these meetings worth attending!

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  26. You're right 11:31

    Let's see them haul off Ken Anhalt and Leslee Hinton in handcuffs.
    Hopefully, they will arrest Fay Angus, Caroline Brown and Pat Alcorn for protesting the arrest of the GP committee.

    Be sure to tape it, audio and video....John and Ken will want to run that one.

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  27. 11:31 Please. . .

    Lets keep a cool head. Mosca will sink himself without unrest from the public. He's already discredited (disgraced) himself with his heavy-handed behavior. Just because his campaign consisted of provoking the opposition, we don't need to do that. Keep to the 3 minutes, just make them quality minutes with hand-offs if necessary as Barbara Lee did for Jim Engle.
    By the way, Barbara, thanks for that.

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  28. Joe has snapped before.

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  29. And so 12:40, how did that strategy work for you in the recent election?

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  30. Good point. How will Joe snapping now help him?

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  31. Reminder: A "Special Study Session" about the General Plan is being held at City Hall at 6:30 this evening. The purpose is to bring the council members who have not bothered to attend any of the General Plan Committee meetings up to date. At the beginning of the meeting there will be Public Comment time for items not on the agenda. I hope someone speaks about water rates. After the presentation there will be public comment. Please speak up and say NO to a $300,000 consultant and demand that they let the General Plan Committee meet!

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  32. Why do we need 31 coppers? Are we going to invade and occupy Arcadia?

    All these poorly trained people running around with guns could be dangerous. Mostly to themselves.

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  33. If the purpose is to bring council members who have not attended the GP Cmte meetings up to date, and the GP Cmte is not allowed to participate, just how is that going to happen? I suggest it's purpose is to allow Joe to thank the GP Cmte for their service and to turn over the Committee's work to the consultant. Remember! The General Plan Committee are members of the opposition to Joe's re-election. He's not going to want to keep them around. Thank you for your service. Press the button. Call the Sergeant at Arms and eject the Committee.

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  34. Can the city council vote itself salaries? If the City of Bell can pay it's council members a cool hundred grand a year when the average city pays its city council $400 a month, what's to keep the Moscateers from increasing their stipend?

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  35. By the way...

    My friend went to the Farmer's Market yesterday since it was announced that it would be closing day. My friend spoke to many of the vendors and surprise, surprise, the majority of the vendors did NOT know that the Farmers Market was closing. So what's up? Are they the last to know?

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  36. 1:06 -- that strategy certainally worked for Joe who feigned a complete melt-down in order to provoke our mayor -- not once, but twice in the meetings prior to the election, where the only issue was "civility". Should it work against him? I don't think so, they will just say it confirms that Joe is again, the VICTIM. Poor Joe.

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  37. 1:54, the Mayor and his cohorts (with the exception of MaryAnn) are preparing the village for the installation of the drawbridge and gatehouse. Instructions have been given to the Chief to ready for siege. 31 is the magic number of officers to provide 24/7 security to the soon to be gated community of the Village of Sierra Mosca. Dr. Bosse is already at work designing the uniforms.

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  38. Who at city hall would ever want to talk to farmers market vendors?

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  39. Welcome To The Village. You Are Number 6.June 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    2:03 - I've heard this as well. Only those with a good reco9rd of attendance at Womens Club wine bashes (excuse me, mixers) will be allowed to enter.

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  40. It's the market organizers that haven't talked to the market vendors. The City doesn't have anything to do with the vendors. No wonder you people can't get rid of Mayor Bart Mosca!

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  41. re: Farmer's Market: Maybe Joe and Nancy know something that the Community Services Dept. and our council liaison to Community Services Commission MaryAnn don't know about closing the market. After all, Joe went over MaryAnn's head to appoint Nancy to bring another market into town. Does anyone think Sierra Madre can support a market in it's present location? I don't think so.

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  42. So will the Village Greens have met before the 4th of July parade? How will Mayor Mosca be conveyed this year? Muscle car? Kim Klymer-Kelly's burro brigade? I do like that - an ass carrying an ass!

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  43. 2:07 - haven't you confirmed my point?

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  44. Poor Joe. MaryAnn just won't go away. And neither will her legions of loyal supporters. She makes him appear a fool and boorish at every turn by virtue of her knowledge and sophistication.

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  45. For someone as OCD as Joe, MaryAnn has got to be a special threat. She's smarter, faster on her feet, better prepared, and people are much more interested in what she has to say. Joe can't compete, much less control the situatiuon. And for him that is worse than death.

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  46. Interesting things from the City Council Mtg 6/22

    Asked for a "FHE" (forty hour equivilent) comparison to support her request for additional personnel, The Chief did not have an answer nor did the City Mgr. (that is standard stuff when budgeting pay roll)

    Following Bruce Inmans presentation of the need for a water rate tax he was asked what the cost of redoing the study with different components would be. He didn't know. Then asked what the original consultant study cost, he didn't know but left the chamber to find out. He returned and said he still didn't know. I thought perhaps they did know but did not want "us" to know. They were on TV you know.
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  47. That's right 2:55. What this lack of financial memory says to me is that they don't give a damn. IT"S NOT THEIR MONEY so it isn't real to them.
    So was it $25,000? or Karen Warner range, $50,000? or more?

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  48. If I were a betting man, I'd say the sure thing that will happen tonight at the Council's remedial study session of Sierra Madre's General Plan will be John Buchanan's move to control the General Plan.
    Any takers?

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  49. I wouldn't take that bet, 3:08. John wants the $300,000 consultant, and his 3 trained shoe boxes will help him get it. The only mystery is what ridiculous lies they'll tell about it.

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  50. When did Inman become a spolied 13 year old girl with wealthy parents?
    "I don't know how much it cost."
    Whaaaaaaat?

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  51. Perhaps the cost of the original water study was done during the years of the "disappeared" records and the "scrubbed" hard drives. We've not heard much about those years...

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  52. So how would they know what this new "iteration" water study would
    cost? Or will that just come out
    of that rich bounty from the new
    water rates?

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  53. With water becoming the big new political football lets get creative and think outside our aquifir.

    Arrowhead would put a 5 gal cooler in every household and resupply by delivery. That would be for human consumption and food preperation. Next we stop treating all our water to drinking standards and use it as "grey water" for: landscaping, toilets, showers, and washing. That should save us a bundle

    Next we start to sell our water, bottled as "Agua the Treasure of Sierra Madre"

    And when the "big one" strikes Sierra Madre will be prepared with an emergency drinking water supply already in place.

    I bet our $300,000 consultant won't offer up this in a study.

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  54. The $300,000 is for the large scale development components. Without that the Electric Brothers wouldn't spend a dime.

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  55. Why hasn't the City adopted water conservation? Why are the parks and baseball field still being watered?

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  56. Lies? He'll focus on how long it's taken the General Plan Committee so far and the fact that it'll be months if not years before a plan is formulated. Sacramento will be displeased! We'll be fined for being out of compliance! The General Plan Committee is made up of volunteers and no one has any credible planning experience. We must immediately set out to engage a consultant, and oh, by the way, Waltzing Walsh will take on this task after all she has budget experience. Lies? The truth will work for most of the Moscateer Chorale - the truth as told by Joe.

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  57. Trained shoe boxes? I love it.

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  58. Oracle of the First WaterJune 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    I'd like to add to 3:22's post by predicting John Buchanan will be named Council Liaison to the General Plan Committee and Gurden Miller will be named to the new Committee as Chair, after all he's a former Planner (yes, with a capital P). Miller can be counted on; he's a staunch Mosca supporter.

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  59. Isn't that pretty much Joe Mosca's dream? A button that he can push that shuts people up? You can bet he wishes he could use it on MaryAnn.

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  60. I hope someone points out that the General Plan Committee did not meet for months because their meetings have been cancelled by our City Manager, not because the committee was dragging their feet or taking too much time.

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  61. Oh, just take out the illegal mic shutoff and give Mosca a squirtgun. Suits his level.

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  62. I'm sure Nancy put a lot of thought into her "inspirational" moment following the flag salute, it couldn't have been a spur of the moment thing, since it was highly personal. This council is probably the most narcissistic group (with the exception of MaryAnn) that I have ever seen. I'm surprised Josh didn't tell us that he rode his bike to Toy and Patio during his City Council Report.

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  63. Here's a suggestion. Instead of these "reports" from Councilmembers that have nothing to do with City business, set up a "twitter site" for the CC to tweet upon as they peddle about town. Shorten the agenda to include only items that require reports, especially from commissions and committees that need to be publicly presented to keep the whole thing legal. No more dead air space consisting of "tweeting" about their day.

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  64. Welcome back to the shenanigan years circa 2010.

    Prepare to storm city hall soon with your pitchforks, citizens.

    The criminals are back in charge.

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  65. I wonder what it is like to have an entire agenda based on development, but you can't really talk about it. Rather you have to go through all sorts of charades and shenanigans in hopes that no one will catch on to what you're actually up to.

    That is the perspective I take when i watch City Council meetings now. Everything they say that they don't want, they really want. But everything they don't say, that is what they're going for.

    You have to listen to the silences between their words. Because all the sounds are lies.

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  66. Save this link people, we may need it.

    Paris opens shelter for battered bloggers:

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.c163a72ad245569e54eb251af457fe23.a01&show_article=1

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  67. How about battered chicken?

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  68. I saw a great movie the other day based upon the city council, it's called "Idiocracy", it is a pretty accurate depiction of what we have as representatives

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  69. The Mayor lost control of the meeting, and the room beat him. A weak and unserious man who folded like an old suitcase in the heat of that room.

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  70. There are some new faces showing up at these meetings. People who are dismayed by the ugliness being shown by the Mosca Council. Three gentlemen showed up tonight and let them have it. Very good to see.

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  71. What a super group that General Plan Committee is.
    Thanks so much to Denise, Teryl, Deb, Ken and Leslee. Thanks for fighting for the future of Sierra Madre!

    Thanks so much to Mayor MacGillivray, you are our REAL MAYOR. You are the people's Mayor.

    Special thanks to all the nice people who showed up tonight to support the GP Committee.

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  72. Easy to say, hard to prove, BUT when a meeting is as scripted as this one sounds, you have to wonder if there's a Brown Act violation. Even if they all didn't sit in a room to get their story straight, serial communications are a violation and so is the use of a "go-between" You have to wonder.

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