This, of course, after Glenn had so famously blamed it all on MaryAnn MacGillivray, along with the Christian religion, out of tune guitars and who the hell knows what else.
So who should show up on this site to defend Glenn from such embarrassment? Why none other than our old friend, the funny columnist from the Looney Views News, Rich Johnson.
Now we have this little routine here, Rich and I. Rich seems to desire unlimited access to The Tattler commenting section, but frankly I just don't feel like giving it to him. It's my site, and if he has the need to post 20 or so times in a single day, well, then he should just go and start a blog of his own. He could call it "I'm Rich & I'm Funny," or something.
So, and as the routine goes, Rich posts a reasonably sane observation, and I let it through. Then, once having seen that I've actually allowed one of his mighty missives to show up on the blog, he then sends off some endless absurd screed saying what is really on his mind. Which I then don't post. After which he sends me a gale of e-mails telling me that I am censoring him and that I'm really not a very nice guy. Among other things
All of which I find to be reasonably amusing. You know how life can be. You take whatever laughs are sent your way.
Now yesterday Mr. Richard Johnson took it upon his esteemed self to explain to us all why his old pal, former Sierra Madre Mayor Glenn Lambdin, signed the so-called "Sierra Madre Family Values" ordinance into law. And, as is so typical of the folks devoted to that 16 page weekly cult of personality he writes for, he blames Nancy Shollenberger. I swear, you could set the clock by these guys.
So here is how Rich attempts to explain away what seems to be the source of considerable anxiety for him:
John, when you talked about the re-passage of 1136 you said the following: "... It even got the vote of, you guessed it, that notorious family values militant and fundamentalist zealot, Glenn Lambdin! Wild, eh? Along with Doug Hayes, Bart Doyle and Robert 'Rob' Stockley." You failed to mention Kris Miller-Fisher's name in that mix. She also voted in favor of 1136. Why did you leave her name out of that paragraph? By the way, you also didn't mention that those laws were "re"passed in batches of 10 at a time because the city was exposed to major liability by those ordinances not being legitimately legal. This because Nancy failed to properly advertise.
Now that has pretty much been the standard shifty apologia offered by Glenn's supporters for his boundless hypocrisy in attacking MaryAnn over an ordinance that he himself had signed when Mayor. That being it had to be approved all over again due to a supposed City Clerk error (even though Nancy was not involved in that process at the time), and that this ordinance, along with a bunch of other items, was shoved through an intimidating signing process in batches of 10 so quickly that the poor lug didn't even know what he was putting his name on.
Alas, poor Richard, he knows not what he speaks.
Thanks to the vaunted Tattler Research Team we have now located what all agree is the smoking gun in this matter. In the September 18, 1997 edition of the Sierra Madre News (aka the "Tweet"), the following letter from Glenn Lambdin was boldly published on page 2. We are reproducing this rather turgid missive here in its entirety. Relish the moment.
I would like to applaud Councilwoman MacGillivray for having the courage and integrity to publicly stand for her convictions regarding "families." As a private citizen of our community, I fully support her efforts to uphold the moral values of generations of Americans and maintain dignity to our most precious resource, the family.
When I think of a family, I don't think of convenience, I think of commitment. I think of fatherhood and motherhood. I think of the legacies of the passing of values, ideas, and traditions from one generation to another. To me, families are bonds that are so tight that when all else has faded or been stripped away, the family still remains. What a tragedy if we choose to confuse a fraternity with a family, or siblings as roommates.
Let's not cheapen that what is most dear to us, the family!
Glenn E. Lambdin
Kind of sounds like the sort of fellow who would, just a few years later, gladly sign into law something called a Sierra Madre Family Values ordinance, right? I think so.
Sorry Rich, but that "it was stuck in the middle of a pile of paper" argument just isn't going to fly. No matter how many buffalo wings you try and put on it.
CARB Uber Alles?
You might or might not be familiar with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). But you should be. Because when the next round of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers are handed down by the central planners in Sacramento through their messenger boys at SCAG, they will be fairly immense. And the development demand that will be put upon towns such as ours by this process will be beyond our ability to meet. Both in infrastructure and tax payer treasure.
And what will Sacramento base our RHNA numbers on? The findings of CARB, of course. You see, in the Hale-Bopp world of centralized social planning, high density development is believed to be what will stop California from producing so much greenhouse gas in the future. In their minds building lots and lots of condos is going to save this world of ours from, you got it, Global Warming.
Yes, Virginia, condominiums truly are going to save the world. Just ask Arnold.
So it should come as no surprise that CARB has now decided that since its mission is to save the world, it thereby must become infallible. Unquestionable. Pristine and untouchable. A kind of a cross between Jesus and a bureaucracy.
Here is how that always excellent website Cal Watchdog describes this madness:
CARB To Regulate False Statements - The California Air Resources Board is unhappy with detractors and people who make "false statements."
In an email sent out Friday, CARB officials, perhaps emboldened by the defeat of Proposition 23, announced they have decided to hold a hearing dealing with people who dare to challenge the policies CARB is implementing.
Here is what was in the mail from CARB officials:
"Subject: arbcombo -- Air Resources Board Workshop to Discuss Proposed Regulation Relating to False Statements Made to ARB or its Staff
ARB staff invites you to participate in a workshop on December 1, 2010 to discuss a proposed regulation which would prohibit dishonest statements or submittals (sic) offered to the Board or to its staff.
The workshop will provide the public with a chance to discuss the proposed regulation and to provide initial comment and feedback.
We welcome your participation in this event.
For further information, please view the web page at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/html/falsestatements/falsestatements.htm which contains regularly updated information."
Apparently CARB officials believe they are exempt from Amendment 1 to the Constitution, which states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It appears that the Cal Watchdog folks will be at this meeting today. As soon as they post something I will pass it along. Can you imagine the nerve of these CARB guys? Who do they think they are, the Gang of Four?