Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time For A Few Days Off

12/25 update ---> The Tattler got a nice plug in the Pasadena Star News from Frank Girardot yesterday. You can link to the article by clicking here.

(Back to our regularly scheduled program ...)

So I'm going to take the rest of the year off. Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and the joys of friends and family are upon us here at the Maundry Compound. Many places to go, credit lines to extend, and the seasonal rhythm we love and await through all of the long months that lack for such occasions. This time of year is just a lot of fun. And the kids won't stay kids forever.

We've hit this blog stuff pretty hard since it was kicked it off in December of 2008. Hard to believe that the Sierra Madre Tattler is now going into its third full year. We've had many exciting adventures, posted 604 articles that have generated nearly 28,000 comments, and gotten more hits than I can accurately account for. I know it's been around 150,000 since June, but before that the numbers aren't quite as clear.

The good news is this blog has become one of the most widely viewed information sources in town. What is said here gets read, talked about and commented upon. No longer is Sierra Madre the captive of pulp pay-to-play prevaricators who only present the tired viewpoint of one certain segment of this community at the expense of everything else. There is now an outlet for the rest of us. We have successfully turned the tables, and what once was a cause for anxiety and concern is now the stuff of comedy. We sing, they dance. And not half as well as they think.

Starting this Sunday we'll be reposting what I believe are the Top 7 Tattler articles of 2010. Comments and all. Our run up to New Year's Day. A look back at where we've been, and a step forward into 2011. A year that I think will be a very important one for this City. What we have been forced to endure since last April cannot last much longer. Nothing that ineffectual and intellectually dishonest can. There is a reckoning coming. Get ready to win.

One more thing. Since I started this blog I have made some of the best friendships I have ever known. I've gotten to know many wise and strong people who have enriched my life in ways I didn't know existed.

Not sure any of us have the right to ask for more than that. It is quite a Christmas present. Thank you.

Back live on January 3, 2011.

All My Best! John Crawford


  1. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

    John you are the best.

  2. Thank you for your insights, creativity, and pursuit of the truth.

  3. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Tattler readers!

    We are so fortunate to have the best news source in the area and the best journalist...John Crawford!
    We are often shocked and outraged by some of the news, but it's far better be informed with the truth than be clueless.
    We are so lucky to have a journalist with the gift of a keen wit. It's not often we don't get plenty of laughs from the daily columns and some of the hundreds of clever posts!

    Thank you, John and Merry Christmas to all the Crawford clan.

  4. As a token of my abundant Christmas cheer (most of it wine induced I'm afraid), I would like to share with you a poem that I have cherished throughout the (too) many years of my life. It is called The Beatnik's Christmas. Best read while playing Archie Shepp's "Invocation to Mr. Parker."

    *ahem* (throat clearing noise)

    Twas the night before Yuletide
    and all through the pad
    Not a hip cat was swinging
    and that's nowhere, dad
    The kids all hung
    on that stocking routine
    Hoping the fatboy
    would soon make the scene
    I was ready for snoresville
    man was I beat
    My main lady and I
    were decked out for sleep
    A screwy old geezer
    was flippin' his lid
    He told them to make it
    and man like they did
    They was up on my chimney
    in bunches and clusters
    Then chubby slid down
    comin' on like gang busters
    Like he was from nowhere
    the most absolute
    But let's face it who cares
    when he left all that loot
    He layed the jive on me
    as he spring from the gig
    Saying have a "Cool Yule," man
    Later, like dig

    Be groovy, like a Bing Crosby movie.

  5. Congrats to this blog for shining a light in the darkness. That's what the power of the press is all about. Good focus on critical community issues and providing credible information and dialogue where there was none. Important leadership by John has inspired other people to get involved and pay attention, ask questions, hold the City accountable for its actions.

    Kudos, display your trophy on the mantel, and here's to a very successful 2011!

  6. Merry Christmas to the Crawfords and the MacGillivrays.
    You have no idea how much we appreciate you.
    Thank you for your service to our community.

  7. Flood, Fire, Pollution, and Drought,
    The planet's heating, or cooling, no doubt,
    You're drowning in water, or you're running out,
    Joe's a dweeb, and John's a lout, (Christmas sentiments notwithstanding),
    The constant threat of scarcity,
    That's what politics is all about.

  8. Merry Christmas to all the Tattlers.

    Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who serve our communtity.

    Special thanks and Merry Christmas to the Canyon Zone Committee members:
    Caroline Brown,Sherry Robison, John Herrmann, Jim Monachino, Michael people are the best!
    Thank you GP committee and all the volunteers who help preserve Sierra Madre!

    Special thanks to MaryAnn MacGillivray who has been serving on our City Council for 11 years and counting over the decades.

    Merry Christmas, MaryAnn.

    And special wishes to John Crawford, our fearless editor! We love you, John, Merry Christmas.

  9. Thanks to The Tattler I have decided to get a trash receptacle the size of a tuna can. That way I will produce no garbage.

    Merry Christmas to all you scalawags!

  10. All my trash fits in the cap of an acorn from a native oak. We is stoned, immaculate.

  11. Has anyone yet explored the idea of "inverse trash?" Instead of making a space to put trash in, develop something that builds out of that space. Therefore nobody has any garbage.

    It works. I saw on TV that they do this in Korea.

  12. In South Korea it is voluntary; in North Korea it is mandatory.

  13. 11:34, Brilliant, your idea is so green it looks blue to one eye and yellow to the other.

  14. How did this go from Christmas to the size of trash cans? Anyway, Merry Christmas! Looking forward to 2011 with great anticipation.

  15. Merry Christmas to Sir Eric Maundry and All The Tattlers.

    Sorry I have to go now. I hear the hoofbeats of the 7th Cavalry coming.

  16. Tis' the season to be thankful
    to be peaceful and generous of spirit in giving and receiving.

  17. Lot's of people downtown today. Good for Sierra Madre!

  18. i thought Glenn Lambin was an atheist and had zero tolerance for religion - yet his house is decorated in the spirit of Christmas

    i wonder if Glenn just spews nonsense to get attention

    happy holidays

  19. Most people don't think of God until the very moment He is needed. Denouncers are just fooling themselves.

  20. Back to Christmas and all else celebrated this time of year. . . send a letter of support for the plan to save the oak/sycamore/coast sage scrub woodlands in Arcadia as those neighboring trees breath for you everyday. Supervisor Michael Antonovich--recommend that Alternative #5 (one put together by the group gathered together to save this woodland) and also state your support for the well-thoughout letter subimtted by the Pasadena Chapter of the Sierra Club, to

    Happy holidays.

  21. Anyone know what happened?December 23, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Police helicopter activity tonight around 6-7 pm between E. Sierra Madre Blvd and Montecito.
    We went out in our patio to see what was going on and a police copter shined a search light down on our patio and told us to go back in the house? They identified themselves as the police through a microphone, shouting down as the search light hit us.
    Weird. They hovered around for at least half an hour, then left.
    Never had that happen before.
    We didn't want to bother the police.
    If anyone knows what happen, please post?

  22. Santa Claus has very stringent pre-op security. The world is a dangerous place Inow, even for that jolly old elf. The good news is it appears you have survived muster and can expect a visit later this evening.

  23. None Of Your BusinessDecember 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    When I called the police I was told, cryptically, that it was a "yard check." When I asked what was being checked for, the woman told me that she couldn't say, as that would somehow compromise the police operation. I'm not sure how treating residents as morons increases our safety.

    When I asked specifically if it were a report of a wild aninmal, or a prowler, the woman told me she couldn't say, so I had no way of knowing if my children walking home were safe, or if I should bring in the dogs, and look for the cat.

    Our police department needs better community relations.

  24. Thanks for the report 8:47
    We have a right to be concerned, especially when residents are being yelled at by the police from helicopters!

  25. Since the cop copter was not hovering over my neighborhood I did not know about the 'activity' or I would have turned to AM 1630 to see how quickly the information to 'stay indoors safely' was posted or not. Sounds like the phone call response folks got would have left this 'sensitive' information off the air, too. However, staying indoors during a police activity in your neighborhood would be good information to put on the emergency radio station I would think.

    The city was using the emergency radio station accurately during the rain storm(s) to alert all to the various flag stages we were in.

    Now, back to writing my latest letter to the County Board of Supervisors and Michael Antonovich.

  26. Today is a beautiful day. I thought that needed to be said.

  27. Why we track Santa:

    For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight.

    The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

    In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense commends for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

    Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa's whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

  28. December 26!!!!!!!!

    Come on out to Santa Anita's big opening day!
    Free beautiful calendars!
    New fantastic dirt racetrack (no relation to our notorious Sierra Madre "dirts")!

    Get on the Santa Anita website and click on the video of Gary Stevens telling us about the new main track!


  29. Frank Girardot had some rather nice things to say about this blog in the Pasadena Star News Saturday. Could the times they be a-changing in these parts?

  30. Wow, thanks Frank Giradot for your nice comments about our Tattler!

    Crawford boys (including John)
    Heard Santa was good to you all! Enjoy.

    Merry Christmas Sierra Madre

  31. Sir Eric and community--Well done. As a blogger, Sir Eric is Numero Uno, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. If we had had this kind of blog available to us during the One Carter applications (or even earlier) I doubt we would be in the position we're now in. The information and support you offer to this community is priceless. Your commitment exemplary.

    But let me hasten to add that a blog does not just happen in a vacuum. You need response and you get it. You've got a cast of regulars and you've attracted others who read you regularly when they are looking for something rather than the City Hall platitudes designed to lull us into a false sense of security.

    So thank you all for keeping protectionism and activism alive an well in this little community. Without all of us working together like these, well, we'd be toast.

  32. Blogging round the world--I can even do a blog check up on Sierra Madre while sitting in a small retired fisherman's cafe in Nova Scotia watching the loberster boats get ready for 'dumping day.' The e-world at your finger tips still amazes me as I send oak woodland alerts to Israel, France, China, England, Mexico and beyond. Best photographic infomation on the last storm onslaught was sent from a New Zealand website to Prince Edward Island. I used to say if I won the lottery I would buy an airplane ticket and fly around the world and visit my Christmas card list. Now I would fly around and visit my e-friends as my Christmas card list has become. Happy all days to you and yours.

  33. Dr. Stacatto!
    You are a valuable friend to this blog, and to Sierra Madre.
    Thank you for being part of the Tattler community, we know you are a very busy professional, as several of our posters are.

  34. Newspaper reader from Sierra MadreDecember 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    I just read Frank's piece on the Star News website and I couldn't help but think how such a news item wouldn't have appeared there last year at this time. It truly was a pleasure to read. Thank you Frank.


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