Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Great News Video On The City Of Bell

Check out the mention of The Tattler! Also a cameo appearance from our well traveled City Attorney.

Click here.

47 comments:

  1. Excellent!!!!
    Congratulations Mr. Crawford.
    There was also a great part about free press, and the duty of journalists to be on the people's side.
    And a surprise bonus - when the report goes to the city of La habra, none other than our own city attorney Levin is in the first frame, sitting at the dais.

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  2. Bell is waking the state up to the consequences of bad government. It is damn well about time people started paying attention!

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  3. Did anyone notice Sandy Levin at the La Habra City Council meeting after the Tattler footage? In La Habra the city with Sandy's guidence La Habra is mixing Safety money with General Fund money.

    Great Coverage for the Tattler. Maybe we should run an ad in a newspaper for the Tattler.

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  4. Tattler World TourAugust 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    The Tattler is on you tube!!! Wowie Zowie,
    world coverage. Guess this means we will have a lot of guests. Post 502

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  5. We need to teach people in other cities how to do this. Every town needs a Tattler. I don't know which is worse, towns with no newspapers or towns that have kiss butt rags like the Looney Views.

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  6. WOW,
    What a great YOUTUBE clip!

    Watch it gang of 4 + accomplices. Next stop....the John and Ken Show. Heads on sticks!

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  7. That is an incredible video. People
    waking up to their civic
    responsibilities is a wonderful sight.

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  8. Mosca----head on stick
    Buchanan.......head on stick
    Doyle.......head on stick
    Bobblehead Moran......head on stick
    Bobblehead Walsh......head on stick!

    You're all next!

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  9. Residents' Research Team participantAugust 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    It was great of the city staff to get the salary information up on the city site so fast.
    Now if it could just include what we pay the attorneys and the consultants....

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  10. Great coverage. Don't be an ostrich, don't be uninformed, where were you last night. The General Plan update committee meeting last night was as expected. Denise, the chairman was expertly prepared and ran a great meeting. The citizens that showed up were the "usual suspects". In other words, none of Josh, John, or Joe's people came to be on the list of volunteers to help the steering committee get the ball rolling. I didn't see several of you there either. Bill Coburn was there for about 10 minutes, and Susan Henderson for a nano second, only to take a picture. So much for getting the word out.

    One wonders just what the motive is for John Buchanan to push for a formal sub-committee with his chosen few on it. But, I'm telling you all, the chair of the steering committee and the committee members themselves are bright, educated and well informed. Please, all of you, keep on top of what is going on with the update, and BE INVOLVED. Come to meetings. And VOLUNTEER, they need your input on how you want Sierra Madre to look like now and in the future.

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  11. sick of shenanigansAugust 4, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Thank you George Edwardz!
    Don't know how to post on you tube, or I'd leave the message,
    YOU ARE SO RIGHT
    We residents of Sierra Madre depend on the Tattler to tell us what is really going on.
    The local papers are just city council propaganda machines.

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  12. Of course Susan was there for a nanosecond. Nothing going on there that she needs to know. All the Looney Views News will print is what City Halls says they should. Our very own Pravda.

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  13. MaryAnn MacGillivray!

    please suggest the council to look into contracting less expensive and less notorious legal people for Sierra Madre!

    The awful gang of four will not second your request, but that's okay, your constituents will and John Crawford's Tattler WILL raise hell about it.

    Time for Sierra Madre to hire less expensive and unbiased legal representatives.

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  14. We pay her, but Sandy represents the BIA.

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  15. strength in numbersAugust 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Terrific YouTube site Mr. Edwardz.
    Please check out some of the Sierra Madre activists on Neuroblast. See the link on the right.
    Or check out one of our most eloquent speakers, Shirley Moore:
    http://www.youtube.com/neuroblastfilms#p/u/17/nyH5NgEGrXw

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  16. 12:19, Susan Henderson might be a criminal, but that doesn't mean she's stupid. She knows very well who's keeping her in business, and I bet that charm assault gets hot and heavy whenever she interacts with staff or council members.
    Except of course for those who are on to her.

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  17. MacGillivray has NEVER given Henderson an interview.

    Why should she? Henderson has defamed and lied about MaryAnn from the start.

    There are 3 very bad people in this town, and the sooner they leave on their own or get jailed the better.

    1. Bart Doyle
    2. Joe Mosca
    3. Susan Henderson

    They have brought trouble and grief to this town.

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  18. Tatts you can double click on the video and it will take you to you tube itself, then you can make comments directly to him on his video, or click on his youtbe name and it will take you to his account. He has some good videos up on his channel.

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  19. plus ça change, plus c'est la même choseAugust 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I can't believe the arrogance of the Bell City Council, to hold a special meeting where they try to stare down residents who call them thieves.
    On second thought, it's kinda like Joe Mosca's arrogance when he just smiles his way through all the many residents' speeches calling him a liar.

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  20. Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Thomas,are maniplated by Justice Scalia, and led by Justice Alito. They have allowed Corporations to act as individuals and buy the majority of time and content we see on television. As Corporations buy the soul of the Television Industry will that industry be able to resist the effort to stifle a " free press ". FOX News seems to be the "model" (Fair & Balanced they say, when in reality they are "Fixed and Biased).

    Which brings me to "The Tattler". John Crawford you have stumbled or perhaps engineered a most amazing tool for a dialog and action that must send shivers down the spines of those contriving to pursue a "their hidden agenda". (need I say Developer & Realtor?) City Administrations, Legal Council, Firemen, Policemen and Council pay attention. You should not be able to hold a Ciry hostage, and the Tattler might just be the tool to accomplish that.

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  21. Tattler coverage in the video is priceless, you can't PAY for that vote of confidence in keeping government honest. I think City of Bell implosion is akin to what's known in financial circles as a "black swan" that changes the game.

    But all con games collapse eventually. Keep the faith.

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  22. This may be what Eric Martins, an attorney who helped the Sierra Madre Hillside Coalition sue Lawson Martin, a hillside developer in 1989, when he said "I just can't help but believe that your City Administrator isn't 'dirty' he just gives away things too easily . . . but you may not ever find it unless something bigger blows up as Sierra Madre is too small--he will be pulled down with the bigger mess . . ." Well, well, well, it just may be that Bell will blow the top off it all for towns like Sierra Madre.

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  23. The Tattler is in the best American tradition of an honest FREE PRESS, beholden to none, and dedicated to the well being of the people who live in the community.
    It's true that every community needs an advocate like John Crawford - and you've got to admit, the guy can write!

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  24. chickens come home to roostAugust 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    What I love about Edwardz' report is that he shows that the city council arrived to the meeting and left the meeting in the police vans, blacked out windows. Yeah, they better get used to being taken places by cops.

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  25. Every city needs a Tattler. Who else is going to keep the politicians honest?

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  26. Those people in the Bell video don't look very civil. Do they dine in their downtown restaurants much?

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  27. Those uncivil truth speakers are welcome any time in this town.

    In the court of flatterers, the truth sounds harsh.

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  28. The new style is Blog Noire?

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  29. General Plan junkieAugust 4, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Hey, did you guys drill down into Edwardz's channel and look at this public comment on the La Habra Heights General Plan?

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgeEdwardz#p/u/0/Nh1lwngHdhE

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  30. I had a great phone conversation today with George Edwardz. In addition to being a TV news producer who does stuff for a lot of organizations such as ABC and FOX, he is also very active in his community of La Habra Heights. Be sure to check out tomorrow's post.

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  31. Proposition 8 has been overturned.

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  32. Noir or not, that new header would make
    a great bumper sticker!

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  33. Prop 8 is on its way to the Supreme Court.

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  34. Great bumper sticker - and cover for a homicide novel set in the 50's.

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  35. I think gays should be allowed to get married. Why should heterosexuals be the only ones to suffer marriage?

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  36. The name of the book is "They Tried To Kill Sierra Madre." Part of the Eric Maundry P.I. series. They'll be selling used copies this weekend in back of the library.

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  37. Yes!!!! Fabulous title.
    Sign me up to buy a copy, signed by the author.

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  38. That's great news Tattler. We've needed someone to tell the whole damn story truthfully.

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  39. People have talked about making a documentary about our struggle here, preservation vs. destruction through overdevelopment, but no one has done it so far.
    It would be a great movie, and a real reflection of what is happening in towns all over America.

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  40. It isn't just happening here. But they sure would like us to think that our situation is unique, and that what they are doing is necessary.

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  41. power to the peopleAugust 4, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    I watched some of George Edwardz other clips. There's a lot of good citizens speaking out everywhere.

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  42. Americans acting like Americans.

    How uncivil!

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  43. http://www.schubertpa.com/pdf/scorecard.pdfAugust 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    The PR firm in charge of Prop8propaganda must be drooling over what they can charge for the new campaign....

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  44. Now where have I heard of Schubert Flint before? Oh that's right, they tried to defeat Measure V here in Sierra Madre AND THEY LOST

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  45. I hear Schubert has already been contacted by City Hall. Just in case the water rate increase gets put on the ballot.

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  46. fed up and then someAugust 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    5:06, that's a bummer, but not a surprise.
    One thing shady dealers share:
    a chess playing attitude of seeing potential moves ahead.

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  47. Check out this article when Placerville recalled two council members for raising water rates not intended to protect existing infrastructure but to promote new development.See Article below:


    Water and sewer rate hikes spark Placerville council recall bidTuesday, March 09, 2010 9:53 AM Email Article Bookmark: TwitterDeliciousDiggYahoo BuzzFacebookStumbleuponLinked InMy SpaceNewsvine Font Size Print Article
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    (Source: The Sacramento Bee)By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.
    Mar. 9--Hefty water and sewer rate increases have prompted a group of Placerville residents to seek the recall of two City Council members.

    Vice Mayor Dave Machado and Councilman Mark Acuna said they were served with recall notices last Thursday.

    The notices state that the councilmen "caused great financial and emotional hardship by raising water and sewer rates to unreasonable levels."

    The council, following public hearings, voted unanimously in October to increase sewer rates by 88 percent and water rates by 43 percent. They said the debt service on $45 million in state-required improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant and the need to upgrade an aging water distribution system left them no choice but to boost rates.

    Machado was elected to his first term and Acuna to a second term in November 2008.

    Acuna said he thinks the other three council members -- Pierre Rivas, Patty Borrelli and Carl Hagen -- were not targeted because their terms expire in November, the earliest a recall election likely could be held.

    John Nerwinski, leader of the recall effort and a councilman in the 1990s, could not be reached for comment.

    Although the rate increases appear to have precipitated the move, the notice of intent to circulate recall petitions also accuses the council members of allowing a conflict of interest to exist by having John Driscoll, a lawyer, serve as both city manager and city attorney.

    It also says that they have failed to maintain streets and sidewalks to reasonable standards and have spent taxpayer money on "potential" new projects, rather than protecting existing infrastructure.

    "It's very disheartening, especially in a small town," Acuna said.

    He said he has championed efforts to help provide rate relief for low-income households.

    The wastewater treatment plant improvements were critical, he said, noting that in 2006 the state Water Resources Control Board found the plant out of compliance and began levying fines.

    Machado acknowledged that the rate increases are painful. But, he said, "If those who are pursuing the recall really dig into the facts and the background as I have ... they'll find there is not a lot of maneuvering room."

    He argues that redevelopment offers the best hope for funding infrastructure improvements and providing rate relief.

    City Clerk Susan Zito said recall proponents would have to collect the signatures of 25 percent of the city's 5,149 registered voters to qualify a measure for the ballot.

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    Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 773-6866.
    Copyright (c) 2010, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

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