Which means that there really is a place for investigative news reporting in this town. When we began this site in December of 2008, the three existing Sierra Madre news outlets were not performing that function. Nor are they now, for that matter. What has passed for news coverage here for too long has consisted mostly of reprinting press releases written about the affairs and opinions of the same 20 or so people. All of whom are in complete lockstep agreement with each other about the big development pressures facing this town. Week after week. It is as if the other 10,480 people in this town, along with their viewpoints, don't even exist.
Again, thanks. Without you there would be little point in doing this. When the people of cities such as ours stand up for their interests, and speak their minds, we become stronger as communities.
And by the way, there really is a lot of this sort of thing going on in California right now. We live in what is perhaps the worst governed state in the U.S., and we've seen how the sad effects of that can filter down to the local level. Massive deficits and spending, the crisis in our public schools, industrial flight, an unemployment rate that continues to soar, and a pay-to-play regime in Sacramento that presumes to tell cities such as ours how we must change the basic design structures of our communities so that they can honor agreements made with the lobbyists that enrich them, all have contributed to this rising sense that we really need to start speaking up for ourselves.
Certainly the traditional news venues no longer seem willing to do it.
The Sierra Madre Tattler is all about giving you the chance to speak up and be heard. The amount of information received from residents and readers here that is used in our stories is far greater than you might think. And we do it in a way that protects the privacy of all who wish it. This blog does not accept advertising or cash contributions of any kind. Certainly we don't get money from the City. We are beholden to no special interests or industries. We answer only to you.
It is an honor and a privilege. See you again on Monday.