Friday, March 18, 2011

Have You Been Called By Mountain West Research Center Yet?

When you live in a City run by a government as opaque as ours, you have to look hard for those little clues that reveal where they think they're driving the bus. And one of the very best ways to get a handle on these things is by the questions being asked in a telephone survey. There have been very few of them over the years, and they do seem to come along only during those most special of times. The surveys conducted during the run up to the Measure V election being most memorable and revealing.

But when they do come around, they can be quite a tip off as to where the men behind the curtain want to take us.

And it appears that we are now living in special times because phones have been ringing in town, and the people doing the dialing are equipped with some rather pointed and informed questions. Inquiries dealing with some of the biggest issues we as a community face right now.

The name of the company conducting this phone survey is Mountain West Research Center. Located somewhere in Idaho, MWRC is a concern that is hired to contact people and get their opinions on things. In other words, they are a data collection company, and they do telephone surveys for people who want to know what a community might be thinking on important issues. Here is a passage from the Mountain West website dealing with the tender topic of why it is they might have contacted you.

Each climber has unique experiences and there is value from learning from one another. Survey research is key to shaping everyday society because it allows people like you to share your thoughts on everything from social to political issues. Mountain West Research Center is a data collection company that is contracted to administer surveys on behalf of third party research companies. We do not sell products, solicit donations, or intentionally frustrate potential survey participants.

In other words, just answer the damn questions and get over yourself. Because if you don't how are we going to finish this project and get paid?

Now as angelic and pure as they attempt to make these efforts sound, Mountain West Research Center has not always behaved themselves like a nice data collection company should. Check this out from a site called Research.com:

Mountain West Research Centre fined $20,000 over push polling - Mountain West Research Centre has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a dispute with new Hampshire attorney general Michael Delaney over push polling activities. The company contacted 529 households in New Hampshire between 19 and 21 July on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes.

Push polling is legal in the state providing callers declare which political candidate they are campaigning on behalf of. According to the attorney general's office, Mountain West did not provide the disclosures required by law.

I don't know what the laws are here in the State of California in regards to polling like we're now seeing here in Sierra Madre, but according to the people I have spoken with the Mountain West phone jockeys do not identify the party that contracted with their company to make survey calls here. Which is why we'll have to make some guesses based on what it is that is being asked.

The questions Mountain West Research Center is asking Sierra Madreans are the following:

- Is housing and development in Sierra Madre a concern?

- Should the Mayor and City Council increase fees or cut services?

- Should we have affordable housing here?

- Should we make certain houses that are being sold are ecologically sustainable?

- Should we band together with neighboring communities to save money on services?

- Do you think home sales in your neighborhood will increase, decrease, or stay the same?

These are, of course, questions at the very core of what many have come to suspect is a stealth (or not so stealth) agenda of the G4 Council to move towards large scale development here. And if they are the ones who contracted for this survey, then apparently the G4 is interested in gauging how strong the opposition to their efforts within the community might be. As well as what the level of acceptance is for fluffy agenda-laden jargon such as "affordable housing" and "ecologically sustainable."

And like I said, I don't recall these kinds of survey questions being asked here since the glory days of the Downtown Specific Plan.

If you have been surveyed by these people The Tattler wants to hear from you.

SB 77 Is Still One Vote Away From Passage

The bill that will kill 400 some odd Redevelopment Agencies in California is still one slim vote from passage in the California State Assembly. And the best coverage of this story that I have found is coming from the California Eminent Domain Report, which is run by a group of attorneys who fight such evils as Eminent Domain and redevelopment abuse. Here is how they reported yesterday's events:

The Assembly has been in session since 11:00, and as best I can tell ... it has not taken up SB 77 or redevelopment again today. My understanding is that further discussion is planned before the session ends, and that SB 77 was - at least at the beginning - "item #7" on the agenda.

Then there is this:

Now (just after 4:00 p.m. Thursday), the Assembly is waiting for some bills from the Senate, and it still has not taken up SB 77. In fact, it's starting to look like SB 77 may not come back to the Assembly floor today, as the Assembly speaker's office is saying the measure is still one vote short, so a floor vote may be delayed until that last vote is found.

Please get on the phone again today and call Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (916 319-2059). Let him know just how disappointing it is that he has forgotten his campaign promise to protect people from things like redevelopment driven eminent domain abuse. As it still says on Tim Donnelly's campaign website, "We believe that personal property rights must not be infringed."

Yes, we certainly do. Time to keep a campaign promise, Mr. Donnelly. Cast the deciding "yes" vote on SB 77. Help save California.

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101 comments:

  1. "Hello? This is Betty from the Mountain West Research Center. Do you have a moment to answer a few questions about your community?"

    *click!*

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    1. Didn't work. They called back 30 seconds later. I hung up on them again and they called back 30 more seconds later. The third time I suggested where they may put their phone.
      Next day called again and when I asked them what did they not understand about not calling again, their rep got abusive. Told them I am reporting them to the FCC and hung up. Haven't heard back from them yet.

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    2. We have been called several times by these people. Some of them I could not understand. Those that I could understand, I ask that they take our phone number off their calling list. Yesterday, 5-15-2014, they called three times. The last time was about 8:30 p.m. WHAT PART OF NO DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND???????????

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    3. Get this people we do put u on the do not call list it takes 24 to 48 hours for your number to go through the system

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    4. Dont you people realize that these surveyors are calling you asking you what your name is even though they have evering that identifies you on theyre screen everything from your address to your name to your phone number hell they probably got your social srcurity number because you are being systematically selected to take that survey because of how big of a sheep you are. Never bad mouth someone who knows where sleep, they are watching us all, controlling our lives. Sleep with one eye open. The shit will hit the fan.

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  2. Sounds like the National Realtor Association to me. Or some ungodly child of the BIA, the Developers Club and the realtors. Who's paying for it?

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  3. I don't think anyone should give these people information, especially
    if they"re not going to tell us what it is used for.

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  4. The CNN.com site has been linking to The Tattler this week. This
    article is posted in the "Local Weather & News" section. Click there
    and plug in Sierra Madre.

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  5. The question about "environmental sustainability" points
    right at Mayor Pro Tem Buchanan.

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  6. Poor little Mountain Research.
    On life support soon no doubt.
    How come?
    Facebook.
    Facebook is the premier gatherer and peddler of 'data'

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  7. Sierra Madre's Facebook page is up. Much easier to read than the
    regular site though the topics are the same. They've been Tweeting
    as well.

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  8. Any City staffers tweeting?Not without attorney approval first.

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  9. thought of this last nightMarch 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    A lot of development projects are underway in town. Think about it: Dr. Sami's office expansion, with inadequate parking; across the street from Dr. Sami the three new restaurants going in at the old Steamers building, also with some funky parking; the new Mexican food place at the old KFC; the new upscale restaurant where Lozano's was; the SNF becoming an ALC and what else? Leaving anything out. The point is, we be bumpin' in development. And that's not counting anything going on in the hillsides.

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  10. I'm with 8:06. Where's the money coming from? Do we have a right to know?

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  11. Just sent an email to Mountain Research asking one question of them:
    Who hired you to contact households in Sierra Madre, California?

    contact@mwrcenter.com

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  12. Don't leave out Alverno, 9:07. The Moderator had a link yesterday to the master plan for that site. Those drawings always look so green and innocuous.

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  13. I called Donnelley's office first thing this morning to express my opinion about his vote on SB77 and I encourage all of the Tattlers to do the same.
    I never thought at any point in California politics that I would be rooting for Gov. Jerry Brown, but his campaign against the CRA's deserves our support.

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  14. If this survey turns out to have been by City Hall's request, then it pretty
    much confirms where the Gang of 4 is taking us. And that they lied last
    April during the election.

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  15. Should be easy enough to see if City Hall authorized the survey: check the warrants a month past and the next several months in advance. Could it be the Chamber of Commerce? Podley Dickson Realtors? Prudential? Century 21?

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  16. It could be SCE or SoCalGas at the request of the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tem...

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  17. WHORE-DOM... faithless,unworthy practices and or pursuits..

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  18. It sounds like someone or some outside interest is trying to gain information to influence the General Plan results. Anyway this survey does not pass the sniff tetst. If I am called, boy will I give them an earfull

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  19. I e-mailed contact@mwrcenter.com as well. The more querries the better.

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  20. Or the possiblity exists that the survey is being financed by the developer for either the SNF or the old church on west Highland, doncha think?

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  21. Good point, 10:25. With the purpose of sharing the information with Buchanan and his posse. "See? We can get away with it now!"

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  22. There's a cumulative effect to all those projects that folks don't see when its done piece meal, or when the non-participating residents don't know what's happening. So Mountain Research could very well get "Yes, I want more development" when an uninformed citizen is still thinking the SNF is in a state of "blight".

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  23. Ah those damn push polls are baloney. Understood as such by anyone over 10.

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  24. I would suggest you answer their questions if they call. That way whoever contracted for the survey will get a true picture of what we want for Sierra Madre. Do we know if Sierra Madre is the only city contacted? This may be an area-wide survey by California Cities, or SCAG to be able to point out that their brainwashing is working.

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    1. I live all the way in Tacoma Washington and I was contacted. I think it's a lot bigger than what you guys think all you anonymous folks . clearly they already know who you are so why would you even do anonymous and if they are that advanced and what makes you think they won't do something else . I'm just saying this is worldwide and it what is going on worldwide is major. enjoy !

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  25. The vultures are circling Sierra Madre.

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  26. I'm on the do not call list, but still get a lot of these kinds of calls anyway.

    I will not participate n a push poll, and encourage everyone else to do the same.

    The results are already invalid, and lack of participation makes that even more obvious.

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  27. 10:53, they won't count any opposition.

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  28. 10:53 ,Dear! that would be playing the game,just what "thay" wont.

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  29. These survey companies are not interested in getting the facts. They are interested in getting paid, and producing a product for their clients.

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  30. 9:07..said "A lot of development projects are underway in town. Think about it: Dr. Sami's office expansion, with inadequate parking; ( dam doctors always wanting to help more people!) across the street from Dr. Sami the three new restaurants going in at the old Steamers building,( existing building, really no new development) also with some funky parking; the new Mexican food place at the old KFC;( again existing building, no new development) the new upscale restaurant where Lozano's was;( AGAIN existing building NO NEW BUILDING) the SNF becoming an ALC ( what jerks these people are wanting to provide essential services to elderly people, what *ssholes)and what else? Leaving anything out. The point is, we be bumpin' in development.( the only thing bumpin' are the rocks in your head) And that's not counting anything going on in the hillsides. Oops almost forgot Alverno, what do kids need a gymnasium for, just because you had one at your school growing up doesn't mean these little elitist private school kids need one, geesh, the gall!!

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    1. I live in Silver Spring Maryland and have been contacted by this "mountain research" whoever, on my landline and cellphone. How do they get my number. And why would what's happening in the Mid-West or whereever effect me and my community?, who I am to ask for unwanted phone calls? I've asked for the calls to stop, but hey

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    2. I live in Great Falls, Virginia, and have been contacted by these pests twice, on two successive days. The first time I was polite and simply said that I did not want to answer any questions. Then I humg up immediately. The second time I told them to stop harrassing me. Then I humg up immediately. I simply do not understand people who allow other people to waste their time. Just refuse to answer and hang up before they can reply. Be polite at the first call, impolite on the second call, and imitate a dangerous, raving maniac on the third call. Alternatively, answer their questions with utter nonsense (e.g., "the Klingons have the right idea on this") and lace the nonsense with incoherent, blubbery noises. This might be fun, if you have the time.

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  31. Precisely 11:11. First they identify the result, and then they manufacture the 'facts' to support it. In the end this is all about the money the clients hope to make. Truth has precious little to do with it.

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  32. Think you're wrong 11:10. Any survey has to have a certain percentage of responses to have credibility, even with a hired gun like Mountain West. Don't give it to them. If anyone in the city government references the survey, call them on it. Attack the company's methods and integrity. A survey is not a vote and cannot be used in place of one.

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  33. 11:16 the longer - what is your take on the bum housing on Montecito?

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  34. Hey Crawford! Too cool! You've got the opposition hopping again!

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  35. Is "bum housing" politically correct? Oops, I mean civil?

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  36. Great post 11:16. Looks like the original poster made the unforgivable error of calling any of those projects 'development'. They are clearly not development (even if a building or two will be torn down and others project-ed).
    The personal opinions you ascribed to that list of 'activities' are of course yours and yours alone.
    Why are you so unfriendly, one might even say hysterical, towards the economic growth and business health of Sierra Madre?

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  37. Having a Nice Dayer, I didn't pick up anything negative in 9:07's post. More just a list, and that there is plenty of activity in Sierra Madre in the business community.
    What's the fuss about?

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  38. People who tied up their retirement savings hoping to get rich off the DSP a half a decade ago are generally prone to hysteria. We, of course, have to deal with the after effects of their idiocy.

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  39. 11:16 should get the Tattler award for creative writing in the fantasy genre. All those clever sarcastic quips that had to be made from whole cloth were extremely inventive.

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  40. I think the award category would need to be "Golden Guilt Trip."

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  41. Maybe they're just hard of hearing?March 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    My favorite example of the kind of word play 11:16 does is the slow growth/no growth mash.

    Slow growth advocate: I'm for slow growth in Sierra Madre, keeping the town healthy and prosperous in the same style that it is now.

    Pro-Development: Zero growth! You said Zero growth!!!!

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  42. Tattlers, it looks like the poster has left the building. The old hit and run technique of blogging.

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  43. Tail between it's legs I'll bet.

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  44. I have called Donnelly and sent an email. Pretty much begging him, both times. Hope all the other supporters of transparent and truly democratic city governments have done the same.

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  45. The spitting fire poster most have been none other than Eddie Haskell, off now to compliment Mom and Dad at City hall.

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  46. Does anybody know why the Republicans are on the wrong side on the redevelopment issue? Can it be they're playing politics with something as important as this?

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  47. 1:06, all political parties have got their bad 'uns.

    You might want to watch a documentary called Casino Jack and the United States of Money for a look at the Republican form of omg how can they.

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  48. Both parties suck. They take care of their favorites and screw the rest of us. If you're middle class in America you have no party.

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  49. Election reform sure would help.
    The politicians have to get millions of dollars to get into and stay in office. Even if they start out with the best intentions, that's a tough demand, and all those compromises can drown them.

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  50. Where is Ross Perot when you need him ..

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  51. You should know says ...


    Some of today's posters reflect a misunderstanding of "push polls." Push polls -like the one that took place in New Hampshire, and the onngoing "push poll" of Sierra Madreans -are not intended to function as accurate surveys of residents' attitudes.

    Instead, push polls serve as political campaign calls to sway public opinion in the guise of unbiased surveys.

    Then too, push pollsters often ask questions that are crafted to generate misleading survey results that can be used by elected officials to justify their unpopular actions.

    Let's use, as an example, this question asked of Sierra Madreans.

    "Should we have affordable housing here?"

    Most residents when asked this question will answer "yes." After all, just about everybody is in favor of affordable housing and the question sounds innocuous enough. On closer examination, however, the push pollster's intent becomes obvious.

    The Sierra Madre City Council recently proposed construction of a low income housing project on Highland Ave. Thus far, the reaction of residents to the Council's proposal has been uniformly and profoundly negative.

    To counter-act opposition in the future from other residents, the push pollster has substituted the inflammatory "low income" with the rosy euphemism "affordable housing."

    Those residents polled have been unwittingly conditioned by the push pollster to believe that the City is proposing to construct affordable housing and not a low income project.

    Worse still, the City Council can cite to the residents support for affordable housing, as reflected in the poll results, as evidence that the community overwhelmingly favors the low income housing project.

    Lest you think I'm reading too much into the above push poll question, I should tell you that I've run multiple political campaigns. Accordingly, I am very, very familiar with push poll techniques.

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  52. So John and Joe are using push polls to sell another bad development project? Just like with the DSP? Yep, the bad old days are back.

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  53. So, if I'm understanding, the push poll is more to condition residents to something that's already been planned, right? Who's behind the push poll?

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  54. If John and Joe are behind the push poll it stands to reason they provided the names and phone numbers for the pollers to call. It wouldn't make sense to take a chance on randomly calling all residents. Anybody want to guess the first 200? Think the DSP DIRT supports!

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  55. Dial (626) DSP-DIRT

    Press 1 if you'd like to invest in some choice downtown property.
    Press 2 if you would like to attend a Group Seminar with Mayor Joe Mosca.
    Press 3 if you would like to explore alternative realities with City Manager Elaine Aguilar.
    Press 4 if you would like to discuss subprime loans with Councilmember Josh Moran.
    Press 5 if you would like to catch the next speeding cab out of town.

    For all other inquiries press zero.

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  56. 25 Days until Buchanan takes over as Mayor? What do you want to bet Mosca stands as Mayor Pro Tem? Too many irons in the first to let the moron and Dancin' Nancy try their hands.

    These people are slime.

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  57. Thank you CalferretMarch 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    From Calferret:
    Mountain West is a data collection company specializing in collection of primary data for market research companies. Their methods include Web Surveys, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) surveys, Computer Aided Telephone Interviewing (CATI) surveys and Multi-Modal Surveys.

    Mountain West Research is affiliated with Western Wats, another data collector for market research firms.

    Other websites connected to MWR and Western Wats are:
    www.ahumanvoice.com
    www.humanvoice.com
    www.humanvoice.org
    www.lightspringcorp.com
    www.lightspringresearch.com
    www.surveynetwork.us
    www.westernwats.com
    www.westernwatts.com
    www.wwats.com

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  58. They will justify Joe 'going out of turn' by saying that he was denied the Mayorship during his first term. Then Buchanan will break all precedence by running for a third term. It's business. They have investors to take care of.

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  59. 2:07, thanks for laying it out so clearly.

    Someone earlier suggested that we can keep an eye on the warrants to see if this sham of a survey is paid for with our money, but how can we sift it out from other expenditures?

    Surely city hall had a PR consultant whipping together the State of the City. Wasn't there a PR firm credit on the mailer? So maybe the poll is a part of their services too.

    I heartily resent any of our tax dollars going to this sleazy operation.

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  60. Rumor has it the Childs' property on E Montecito has been sold and is now in escrow. Anybody know about this?

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  61. Let's put a 50 year moratorium on the use of public relation firms in Sierra Madre.

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  62. 2:51, I thought that was news from like a year ago.

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  63. Push polling is Mosca's idea of leadership?

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  64. Push polling is one of the most cynical manipulations people have come up with.
    Imagine the misery of being someone who thinks like that.

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  65. It's a little like a kid going from parent to parent trying to get its way. Think Joe and John making the rounds of various groups until they find one that will support their agenda. Sooner or later someone will be able to expose them.

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  66. I got a call from a number in Michigan, with the listing "research center." 231-224-2033.

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  67. Maybe it is working prisoners!!!March 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Mountain West Research Center is located at 775 Yellowstone Ave. Suite 227 Poctatello ID 83201. But guess what else is there? That's right a UPS Store, and when contacted and asked if they had a box 227 for Mountain West Research Center, they answered "yes we do".

    I had found the State of Idaho Business Entities
    all their corps, llc's, icticious, non profits are grouped together, no business entity exists. with that name or with parts of that name exist. There is another address, and I'll call when city hall opens.

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  68. One of the commenters on Cal Ferret said he was one of their managers, and they have your info because you bought a product or answered a survey. I hope it is not that SPA holiday Patch follows your life, but why the specific Sierra Madre Questions?

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  69. Marvelous. We're being asked questions about our city and its policies by a company run out of a P.O. box. And this is the information our elected officials will use when they lie to us about how much Sierra Madre loves low income housing.

    How could things get any better than that?

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  70. Bought a produce or ANSWERED A SURVEY? Are the several hundred residents who answered the city's General Plan Survey now being targeted? OMG!!! This is outrageous!

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  71. Wow! Can that be the truth? They're calling the people who answered the General Plan survey? Can you imagine the cynicism it would take to use people that way?

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  72. Did you fill out the GPU Survey on line? Could they capture your info from that?

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  73. Town Halls GPU surveys?March 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    The actual comment: It is Callferret, and you have to put in the whole name and pocatella before the site comes up:

    Former Employee on November 9, 2010 for 801-373-7735
    I am a former Operations Manager for one of their call centers. Since they are not solicitors, they are not held to the Do-Not-Call registry. 2nd. A majority of these calls are a response to a previous purchase that YOU the consumer had made and the businesses paying WW to call you are asking for your input your experience with that particular transaction. Major companies which I am under contract not to say their names, but major auto companies and loval school and hospitols depend on this information they receive from you. Please answer the surveys. They can only benefit your community. The only time they're annoying is during election cycles. Otherwise these calls are coming from businesses that you are a patron of.
    Product, survey, The only time they are annoying is during election cycles, lets not blame the surveys, yet. There are a lot of irritated people calls up to the current month 2011. That was insightful, we need to find their client.

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  74. Not nestled in the Mountains, not climbersMarch 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    another good comment from the callferret article:
    Western Wats Employee on May 9, 2010 for 801-373-7735
    We can call you whether or not you're on the do not call list because we're not acutally telemarketers. We only survey - market research and push polls. The delays before the caller speaks is caused by predictive dialers - we don't manually dial your #. To get us to stop calling you have to specifically say you don't want to take the poll or ask to be taken off our call list. If you hang up on us - even part way through a survey - or tell us you don't have time to participate right now you'll get more calls. Don't worry about messing up our polls if you want to fool around with us. They're not the legitimate "Gallop in association with CNN and the NY Times" polls or anything. They're commissioned by candidates, parties, PACs, etc. through a research firm who hires us. We can't tell you who hired the research firm because they don't tell us (so as not to "bias" your answers), but you can usually tell from the survey. Also we sometimes can't even tell you what the survey is about because we don't know. We get put on the political surveys cold without getting to read through it first so we don't know whats on it well enough to explain it to you until we've gotten a couple of completes - this can take an hour or two of 100s of attempted calls

    There is ine guy that kept pushing and he reached the phillipines to a rep to have his number taken off the list.

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  75. Interesting perspectives 7:13 and 8:00.

    Different subject, here's an idea: Why don't the Highland Avenue neighbors and the Montecito neighbors form one neighborhood organization? Pool their resources, share the work load.

    Sierra Madre Neighbors Saving their Neighborhoods.

    Strength in numbers y'all.

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  76. About the Mountain West Research Center.. I didnt read all the comments but I did want to tell you that I do not live in Sierra Madre and I have been contacted by this company for the last three days regarding the same information they are asking you guys..

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  77. They're now calling households in Monrovia.

    Thanks for posting this; I was actually surprised that the caller told me the name of the outfit he was working for when I asked him. He didn't do the usual infuriating hang up when I ask a question about who's calling me.

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  78. I was contacted last night by this company. They asked alot of political questions and then went to personal ones, like how much you make, how many live in your house, your name, who you voted for last time around, what religion are you. I don't mind answering questions about how I feel about our countries economic problems at this time, but what does personal questions have to do with that?

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  79. Personal questions are for demographic purposes. To make sure that they are talking to many different groups of people, rather than just a bunch if old white people. You people really should just take the surveys. Most of the time they are very interesting.

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  80. Hi there, The mountain climbers just called me, I am in Oakland /Berkeley. Whata the best way for me to link this blog to my facebook page ?

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  81. This 'company' contacted our home for several months. It seems as though my Family is the only one too busy to entertain calls from people such as these. When you ask the person calling you a question,
    this person becomes abusive and foul. When you ask the person calling you to cease and desist calling your home, they rudely hang up. I wonder how the people calling would feel if they constantly received phone calls like this in their home.

    We value our privacy and no not want the incessant and belligerant calls to our home. To this extent, a person can report 'companies' such as these to the appropriate authorities. In breaking the law there are penalties. And more than one 'company' is here today and gone tomorrow.

    To the people working at such a 'company', find a position that is worthwhile. Perhaps you'll be happier with your work and just maybe....LIFE!!!

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  82. Regardless of who they are, they have been calling my house around the clock well into the night. How do I get them to stop?

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  83. I myself work for a research company where I sit and call people all day. When you guys ask us who is paying us for this and where is the information going and we tell you we don't get that information, is because WE DON'T. Not even the supervisors get that information. Why? Because if we tell u who's paying for a survey in the beginning of the call it automaticlly biases the survey and u get untruthful results. Makes sence to me why they don't give u the info of who's paying for it.

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  84. Just so you "geniuses" know, the National Do Not Call list only applies to telemarketers, NOT to market research. Another thing, if you complain about your opinions not being taken and you don't do the surveys then you're an idiot and have NO RIGHT to complain.

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  85. Hello, my name is _________ calling on behalf of Mt. west research. Were doing a study about issues that effect your community/nation/area and would like to include your opinion.

    How to get off the list: Questions
    Are you over 18 and registered to vote-psst... Answer-(No),
    Does you or is anyone in your family working for a advertising agency, media, marketing, newspaper, or political campaign? Answer-(yes),
    What are the chances of your voting in the 2013 election- answer(Not very likely, will not vote, don't know)

    and if you do decide to participate you don't have to answer the question with the provide choices, just say pass or no opinion or refuse to answer.

    I only work for________ and don't like to call people late, more than twice, I don't select the numbers, they're thrown at me,. I just have to meet a percentage, and a required to ask the provide questions and get one of the selected choices. I would love to work doing something else instead of working in a place that appreciates hard working people who are decent, I would like to be paid and treats people fairly, I would love to have benefits, and I would like to think I could do something that helps people out. No I'm 40 something who works for 20 something's who think they are gods and treat many like dirt. Any tom, dick and harry can get a job there if they need one- and the dicks get the preferential treatment. My lonesome word against theirs, no benefits, no appreciation and no respect. But I'm a single mom who has to feed and provide for my family. Not many jobs out there. Sorry.

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  86. We have been harassed all hours day and night for weeks by Mountain West Research. Since there is strength in numbers we suggest that you do as we did. We emailed the Idaho attorney general, Michael Delaney, who by the way fined the company $20,000 recently. We planned to call the Pocatello chief of police to obtain a restraining order, get a complaint form from the Better Business Bureau and comment on all complaint websites indicating how we finally were able to have our phone number deleted. This company is breaking the law: rotary calls are not legal and they are calling at hours not acceptable. Please join the campaign (not political ha!) to silence this abusive and offensive operation. We suggest that any negative comments regarding this post is coming from an employee of Mountain West Research. We are finally rid of them. Now we can have dinner and sleep in peace!

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  87. The nice thing about telephones is that they make lovely clicking sound when you rudely hang up

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  88. They kept asking me the same questions over and over again.... I guess I wasn't answering them the way they wanted me to.... All the questions were mostly about S.N.A.P./food stamps and if I thought people that needed food stamps were Sorry Bashards or not... All the questions were about individual Welfare Programs... I asked them if they were going to ask me about what I thought about Corporate Welfare Programs, but they just kept asking me about Programs that help feed poor people..... I gave them my opinion on Corporate Welfare anyway.... ;) lol

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  89. Called eight times, told not to call. The annoying harassment continues. I am going to retain an attorney, this 'intentional infliction of emotional distress' is about to end.

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    1. I, too, have been harassed morning, noon and night. My wife and I are retaining an attorney as well. Perhaps we should file a class action suit. I've repeatedly asked to be taken of their no call list to no avail. They must be stopped!

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  90. I work for a research company and there are know other jobs around where I live and one of are major company's where I live has shut down which a lot of have lost there jobs this job helps me to take care of my son who is four years old and I call people who are so mean on the phone and tell me to get a real job this is my real job what do you people want me to do live on welfare this job keeps a roof over are head if I lost my job I dont know what I would do I cant move I am doing the best that I can for my family I dont like to call you rude people out there and yes they do make us call a lot of times and I am sorry but think about other people other then your selves we have got kids to feed if you dont want us to call have us put u on the dnc list it does take 24 to 48 hours to go threw our system so if you get another call dont answer the process takes a few days some times I dont want to be calling people who dont want to take surveys you people are really mean and ignorant and I do respect if you dont want to take the surveys but u dont have to be mean to us some of us are good people who are just trying to make a living and the people who do are surveys thank you for sitting on the phone with me and helping me some of the people that I talk to we joke and laugh on the phone because some of these surveys are stupid and you help me get through another day and I appreciate your time and again thank you. you help me put food on the table for my family and for being nice and treating me like a person.

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  91. You know what get another job. You and thousands of others are disturbing "good " people who do not want to be bothered and you know it. Thats right get another dam job.

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  92. Rude^^^ probably wants to pay your bills and apply for other jobs for you and buy you business casual clothing for your next interview and feed your child and buy your kid clothes until you get your first paycheck from that new job he/she wanted you to get...

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