Monday, July 4, 2011

It's the 4th of July!

Things got a little exciting on The Tattler yesterday. The biggest day for traffic and comments we've ever had, and it is still going on. The outpouring of outrage and just plain old disbelief over the Prom Committee's decisions to not just spend $5,000 and bring a sadly abused elephant to Sierra Madre's 4th of July celebration, but to then place it in the parade line directly in front of the children of the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, was unprecedented for this town.

If we did anything this week, it was to save the City of Sierra Madre from a potential liability lawsuit that would have bankrupted the place.

But we did get a happy ending for a change. Under extraordinary pressure to do so, the 4th of July Parade Committee (with the City Council and City Manager hovering over them with rolling pins in their hands, I suspect), rescinded a decision that would have disgraced Sierra Madre in the eyes of the world. It was big of them to do so, as they were quick to point out to the news media at the Memorial Park spin session that took place later.

Back to business as usual, I guess.

I would be truly remiss if I didn't point out my deep respect for the people at PETA. Between the time I spoke with them Friday up until the capitulation of the 4JPC yesterday, they unleashed the most incredible media (social and otherwise) blitz I have ever witnessed. And I work in a business where such things are attempted on an almost daily basis. Within 24 hours they had presented a case on the behalf of an elephant named Tai that left our self-styled finest citizens with only one possible decision. The right one.

At 6PM yesterday PETA issued the following statement:

PETA is thrilled that City of Sierra Madre officials and the city's Fourth of July Committee reconsidered their decision to include the abused elephant Tai in their Fourth of July parade. City officials made the compassionate choice to leave Tai out of the parade once PETA made them aware of the abuse that trainers at Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) have inflicted on her and other elephants, which Animal Defenders International (ADI) has documented on video. The footage shows HTWT trainers striking elephants with bullhooks -- sharp, metal-tipped implements that resemble fireplace pokers. Footage taken by ADI also shows Tai crying out as HTWT owner Gary Johnson shocks her on the belly and knee with an electric prod in order to force her to perform a headstand. By refusing to support HTWT after learning about this abuse, the City of Sierra Madre has done the right thing and taken an admirable stand against elephant abuse.

Delcianna Winders, Director of Captive Animal Enforcement at PETA, wherever you are this beautiful 4th of July, I hope you are having a wonderful day. There is good in this world, and when that good speaks it roars like a lion.

I have received some complaints about the remarkably inaccurate reporting up on the Sierra Madre Patch right now. I'm not going to say too much about it (for now) except to note that while the firestorm over Tai raged yesterday the lead story on Patch was about how to make a strawberry cake. Apparently when it comes to news coverage, AOL/Patch believes Sierra Madre is a community of dotty fools with an insatiable contempt for the truth.

I recently had the distinct honor of being asked by our Hometown Hero John Shear to ride with him in our 4th of July Parade. So today myself and Michael Shear will be stylin' with Mr. Shear in a yellow vintage convertible Caddy.

There is no other place in the world I would rather be.

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77 comments:

  1. I would make an adjustment in your first paragraph, Mr. Crawford: the Prom Committee made the decision to bring the elephant to the parade at a cost of $5,000. Money spent. And then it was decided that the elephant would not appear. Money still spent. $5,000.

    Early estimates from a very confidential source estimate the emails to Elaine Aguilar and John Buchanan in excess of 2,700. That's not when the emails stopped arriving, but rather when the counting stopped. At that time it was necessary to step into the center ring of the media circus about to be unleashed on Memorial Park.

    Buchanan's worst nightmare, negative publicity, was about to begin on a scale the likes of which the village had never seen. By his own account to persist in Dr. Bosse's elephant fantasy would require the assistance of the Arcadia police department.

    The Mayor saved the town the embarrassment of an encounter of the worst kind between national organizations and a clandestine local political group fronted by the patriotic sounding 4th of July Parade Committee. In doing so he was forced to raise the curtain on the power behind the GangO'Four for an instant.

    Enjoy the day's festivities free of animal abuse!

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  2. I'm a little confused. Is it a dunk tank or a drunk tank that is in Memorial Park today. I'm asking because I am afraid of the effects the heat today might have on people in the beer garden.

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  3. Chief Bottle RocketJuly 4, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    No, no, no, 7:40 am. It's "from the dunk tank to the drunk tank". The phalanx of Sierra Madre police cars will be at idle waiting for those denizens of the beer garden to drive their way home and a great deal of money will be generated by the SMPD. It's happened before and in times of stress the income generated by this process will be quite high this year.

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  4. Look, this hyperenforcement happens every holiday throughout the state, it's all about officer overtime that's ballooning the pensions that didn't get reformed in this last California budget that got passed.

    It's a revenue generator, of course, and trawls through the American public for new clients of the group home and halfway house businesses, which is where the DUI thing has gone from being an old-fashioned wrist-slap to a massively expensive experience in the courts plus mandated stays in these places at hundreds of dollars a month (these are all "paying clients").

    So a supposedly dire safety issue has turned into another facet of the police state which the people pay for. It's particularly a problem in California where there's really no public transit option like you'll find in other major urban areas; you can't even get a cab outside of LA.

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  5. Who appoints the 4th of July committee? I nominate John Crawford, Kurt Zimmerman, Ma & Pa Kettle, Old Kentucky, and Neuroblast Films!

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  6. I checked the Patch this A.M. and found it lacking. I tried to shed some light and perspective on the happenings. "The Patch" seemed ignorant of the facts, and the real emotion surfacing in our town. Remember these are the same folks that could not muster a protest when LA County decimated 100 acres of Oaks and Sycamores to make room for "muck". At least they are consistant.

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  7. I second your nomination 9:02 and offer a friendly amendment: include the Hildreths. They know how to throw a party!

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  8. Friend of the Tattler, Jim Engle, has left a very enlightening post on Patchy this morning. For those of you who may not know Jim, get to! He's a retired marketing guru dedicated to all that's good about Sierra Madre.

    Thank you, Jim.

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  9. anon 7:31, the mayor saved nothing but himself!

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  10. I'm still shaking my head trying to figure out the connection between a 501(C)3 "foundation", and an abused elephant being driven down a hot street.

    I'm hoping the IRS will help me make the connection when I gather the publicity HTWT, the 4JPC, and Spero Foundation has garnered and send it off for illumination.

    In the meantime I'm beginning to see a trend in organizations associated with Sierra Madre and fundraising, from the SMPD to the 4th of July Parade Committee to Spero Foundation.

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  11. Spero Foundation founding member Susan Clifton is a City of Sierra Madre employee working in Community Services. Is there a conflict of interest here? Elissa Weaver, liaison to the 4JPC, is her boss', Kristy McClure's, boss.

    That's two people in Community Services in on the "secret".

    How come Susan knew and Sierra Madre Councilmember and former Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray was kept in the dark about, literally, an elephant in the room?

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  12. It's like they (all those involved with the secrecy) were trying to construct their own live action political cartoon!

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  13. The 4th of July Committee appointments are much like the Supreme Court appointments in that are for life and by the party in power.

    The recent solicitation for generous donations begins with "We Need Money to Make it Happen! Tax deductible donations in the form of checks are requested to be made payable to: Sierra Madre Community Foundation. You know, Rob Stockly's organization. You remember Rob? Forever associated with One Carter and Greg Galletly.

    So the City doesn't make the appointments to the Committee, and the SMCFdn collects the donations. Am I missing oversight?

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  14. Yeah, 10:13 am! You're missing the waived fees, the police overtime, and the City's insurance umbrella! Not to mention staff time spent in "liaisoning" with the 4JC in order to put just the right spin on e-blasts.

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  15. Let's not forget how ever much the city had to pay for whatever legal services were used in a panic yesterday. You know Bonds Buchanan didn't make a peep without vetting what he was going to say first. What the heck else were they doing for 4 hours?

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  16. Who wants to speculate that the next City budget will contain a line item for a Public Relations consultant?

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  17. We watched the news broadcasts intently last night but didn't see the Mayor Pro Tem or ex-Mayor Mosca or dancin' Nancy in front of a news crew. My son thought he saw the MPT in the beer garden, but the other two? It's not like them to be on the sidelines.

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  18. If the gathering of the fourth of July Committee, city staff and council members was business as usual, they spent 3 hours and 45 minutes thanking each other for their wonderful work, 10 minutes denying that any of them had done anything in the least bit wrong, and 5 minutes writing the announcement.

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  19. Pride goeth before the fallJuly 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    How come the Sierra Madre Community Foundation didn't sponsor the elephant if all they needed was a 501c3 to collect the "donations"?

    Kathy Childs and Colleen McKernan must have wanted all the glory? Well they got it, didn't they.

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  20. Did any one see Karma Bell on KTLA?
    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-sierra-madre-fourth-of-july-elephant-controversy,0,2118290.story

    KTLA interview with Karma Bell
    "We understand that PETA was notified,...ah that there was going to be an elephant in the parade, and they had um,..ah, said that they might make their presence known..."

    in stark contrast to the next interview with Warren Betts,

    "People I know and love here in this community were outraged because we are a cummunity about the enviroment, animal rights, animal protection...

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  21. 10:13, the donations went to Stockly's organization, and not the Spero/Spiro group folks have been writing about?

    Stockly preached a lot about fiduciary responsibility when he was on the council, while he worked for a bank that had a financial relationship with the fraud developer Galletly, and Stockly was one of the votes for the demolition of the hillsides.

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  22. Interesting fact that the social fabric of the community is fiercely torn when Buchanan is mayor. Last time, it was hi defense of an disgustingly obscene website that earned him the name Mayor Smut. Now being oblivious to animal cruelty - I strongly doubt that he didn't know what entry #22 was.

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  23. A California 501(c)(3) must have a minimum of 3 members on the Board of Directors. Of those members only 49% may be interested parties (ie. those already receiving salaries/bonuses/gratuities in any form via the nonprofit corp.)
    The 501(c)(3) if formed in California it also must have a CEO, a Treasurer, and a Secretary.
    The Board of Directors are responsible for policy, so it is important to get to those members and change the policy of the 501(c)(3) to never be a party to the abuse of animals.

    Neuroblast Films

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  24. The Spero women solicited donations specifically for the elephant; three of the Spero women are on the 4JC; can't tell but maybe two are on the SMCF. One of the Spero women is a city employee. None of them are elected by the people of Sierra Madre.

    The shadow government in its finest hour!

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  25. 11:02 I betcha they all voted for Mosca, too. Washn't one of them Joe's campaign manager or treasurer?

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  26. Kathy Childs was Joe Mosca's Treasurer

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  27. ex-Mosca supporterJuly 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Well now that fits, 11:04. Style over substance. Look at the outside and never mind about history or reality.
    Perfect. Thank you.

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  28. anon 11:04 you are correct! Kathy Childs was the treasurer for the campaign to reelect Joe Mosca!

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  29. So parading Tattlers, what was entry number 22 today? Too much to hope for that it is the Fourth of July committee members distributing PETA brochures?

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  30. I walked down, but without the water guns it's just too friggn hot to wait. Sorry. Lets bring back the water guns, and water balloons, and fun for crying out loud!

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  31. Didn't the SMW/Terry Miller allow as how Kathy Childs was strong arming Bill Sullivan for an elephant donation? Isn't KC the beneficiary of the listings for houses Sullivan sells for one of the local churches (after their former owners have passed)?

    Kathy Childs of the wonderful Sierra Madre speech on behalf of the water rate hike. Here a Kathy, there a Kathy, everywhere a Kathy..

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  32. Both John Shear and John Crawford are Home Town Heros.

    Hats off to both of you.

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  33. Just sitting here with a tall cool drink while the Mod's off parading. For those of us at home and on the keyboard I thought you'd like to know that since 8:00 am - every 1-1/2 minute -- someone has landed on the Tattler site; that's right hundreds of page views this morning.

    I'll leave it to Mr. Crawford to divulge the stats but I can tell you I'm blown away.

    Thanks to all for your support and heart.

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  34. Here is a link to a neuroblast clip of Kathy Childs speach for Joe Mosca

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZIooSepHio

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  35. Thank you Modette.

    If the $5,000 was already spent, then Sierra Madre is indeed complicit in the brutalization of Tai.

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  36. 11:25, I assume then that Ms. Childs is one of the leading principals in the unelected government that has made so very many bad decisions for Sierra Madre?

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  37. A bona fide member of the Downtown Investment Club, 11:52, known on this board by their acronym, DIC.
    The DIC members are those folks who are waiting to turn huge profits on their land investments in Sierra Madre, and they have been having a rough time of it, what with the pesky citizenry and all.

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  38. No one in this town would ever condone the enslavement of a human being.
    One day, no one in this town will condone the enslavement of an animal.

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  39. It sure would be nice if as well as sending thousands of emails, people also sent money to PETA.

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  40. Thank you, 9:02, for the kind nomination for Fourth of July Committee, but, alas, we're getting a little too old to get down to the parade, let alone be involved in it.

    And, unfortunately, Pa is in that state of old age where his inhibitions don't kick in like they should. I don't think I should tell you how he wanted to impersonate an elephant in the parade.

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  41. Caroline, when you get home bring us up to date on the Returned Peace Corps paraders!

    This must have been a source of immense pride, not to mention a lot of work.

    Thank you for all you do.

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  42. Elephant at Center of Fourth of July Controversy


    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-sierra-madre-fourth-of-july-elephant-controversy,0,2118290.story


    A nice little story with a quote from Mr. Betts. Worth reading.

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  43. Ma - I suspect Pa read that article on the Patch about prominent Sierra Madre members at the parade.

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  44. Read it 1:14, and Mr. Betts rocks.
    On the other hand, ""This parade is about the independence of our country and the city of Sierra Madre and is not about an elephant," Sierra Madre mayor John Buchanan said."
    Wrong again, Bonds Buchanan. The parade turned into an event that was very much about an elephant, an individual animal called Tai who suffers a fate you would never want for yourself or any person or animal you loved. Jeez, even thousands of emails didn't get through to that smug sense of superiority.

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  45. Johnny B was given the unenviable job of cleaning up after the infants running the Prom Committee. The Boscas have got to be a thorn in his keester.

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  46. Some of the prominent members of our community seem to be in danger of wilting under the recent scrutiny.

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  47. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers had a great time and lots of parade viewers cheered "Peace Corps" to which we responded "celebrating 50 years of Peace Corps and the grand idea of President Kennedy".

    About half way in to the parade a viewer from Altadena jumped up and said hi and that she served in Fiji and we said come on and march the rest of the way with us. When we got to Simmie Salembier's party on East SM Blvd. she left her guests for a short spell and joined us the rest of the way to represent Nicaragua.

    In addition to Fiji and Nicaragua, the group represented Tonga, Togo and Central Africian Republic, Iran, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Uzbekistan, Brazil and Burkino Faso and Lesthoto. A parade participant with a boy scout group came by to say he had served in Thailand.

    We also carried flags for other serivce countires--Mexico, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Camaroon, Paraguay and the Peace Corps banner.

    Family members joined in and helped carry flags and banners and we put a couple of babys in to the mix as early recruites.

    A man clapping from the sildeline asked me if my Malaysian flag was from Guam because it looks like the American flag. It has 14 stripes to represent the 14 states (one of which, Singapore, left and became independent). During independence from Great Britain Malaysia looked to the US and admired us for our Independence and our design representing the 13 colonies. In their blue field is a yellow star and crescent moon to represent Islam.

    As we were walking along to represent America's Independence
    Day celebration we remarked that were carrying flags that also represented independence for our service countries, too, from colonial masters and years of oppression. Something for us all to appreciate on this 4th of July.

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  48. The independence and freedom of our country means our right to speak out on issues that are important to us. The Tai affair was very much freedom of in action. Buchanan confusing order with freedom is quite an insight into his worldview.

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  49. We all have to keep our eyes open for what else Buchanan confuses. He is the senior statesman for the Downtown And Uphill Investment Club members, big utility, and small minds. Don't let him put Sierra Madre in any more debt.

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  50. I have been trying to post for two days now but my new ultra-modern computer has some issues with blogspot so I kept ending up in a sign in loop. But that has been a good test for me. After two days, I still feel the same level of outrage and disgust for the creeps (sorry, but how else do you describe people who exploit animals for the sheer entertainment of it?) who thought the Sierra Madre parade needed an elephant bludgeoned into it.

    I completely agree with all the comments about cruelty to animals that have been made and I am especially pleased that these people's true colors were revealed by PETA hammering them with facts that were obvious to the rest of the world. Please note that nobody woke up one morning and decided that this just wasn't a good idea, they had to be threatened with the widespread public exposure of their idiocy.

    Beyond all this though, I have to ask, what were they trying to accomplish? What did our home-town parade need that it did not have? Weren't the pre-schoolers, the Sierra Madre city College Kazoo band, the Tournament of Hoses band, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts--even the local dignitaries--enough? Was their some threat to the charm and appeal of our local parade? The fact that these people running this parade somehow felt the need to "improve" on the parade with by adding an abused animal speaks volumes to me. I can only conclude that they were as bereft of common sense as I thought they were.

    These people who have done this have revealed a deep, profound and abiding lack of judgment. I rather doubt it is limited to issues of parades. I think these people should never again be trusted to make any decision that affects the public--ever.

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  51. As bad as Buchana is as an administrator, can you imagine the chaos when he is gone and the CC is run by Joe, Josh and Grumpy Walsh? We're talking playing with the contents of their diaper dumb with those 3. This town is in serious peril.

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  52. Something else somewhere in the web site for The Spero Foundation, they sponsored today's Fire Cracker Fun Run. These folks are not very creative. A Fire Cracker Run has been underway in China Town Los Angeles for years during Chinese New Years. Also, one should note--Fire crackers are a Chinese tradition but a big no no in the rest of tinder dry southern California.
    So, if you participated in The Spero Foundation's sponsored fun run this morning did you have to pay an entry fee and did you think that went to the 4th of July committee to off set expenses for this year's 4th of July?
    Sent your money to PayPal Kathy Childs, did you now?

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  53. 2:00 More input on the Spero's. Someone at City Hall needs to question why Elaine and the Council, and the Committees need to finance this "foundation's" amature efforts. I think they are pushy and calculating, hence an abused elephant passed off as "educational" and a sponsored "Fire Cracker Run potentially dangerous at best. We do know how to pick em here in Sierra Madre.

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  54. What was it Buchanan said seated at the council table staring rather blankly into space pondering a challenge made by MaryAnn? "We were elected and sent here to govern!" He likes to govern he just doesn't know how.

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  55. They cannot deny itJuly 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Thank you Dr. Staccato for your insight, your outrage, and your conclusion.

    "...a deep, profound and abiding lack of judgement," indeed.

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  56. Is this Kathy Childs creature being investigated.It has been rumored for years, she is behind the LLC of the Howie's Market DSP development plan.
    She is obviously behind much of the shenanigans that occur on E. Montecito.
    Why isn't she the subject of Tattler investigative teams? Or perhaps now she is?
    Let's hope so.

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  57. 3:08, "Elaine and the Council, and the Committees" are someone at City Hall. Who's left to question anything they do? It's pretty obvious the questioning must be done from outside City Hall.

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  58. I don't know how Mr. Buchanan is going to dance around the truth of this contribution to animal cruelty, but I do know it will take many minutes and more than one ponderous sigh to do it.

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  59. CRA marketing studyJuly 4, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Hey, great "branding" and "marketing" for downtown,the Buchanan/Walsh/Moran goal of getting the word out about Sierra Madre. Well mission accomplished because now we're famous all over the world as the town that was so backward that PETA had to threaten us into a glimmer of consciousness about animal suffering.
    Yep, quite a "branding" for Walsh and the Chamber to create around.

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  60. Maybe the Redevelopment Agency funds set for the marketing study better be shifted over to a public relations firm to help restore the damaged image of Sierra Madre. Wonder if Ms. Skeff would consider taking the job?
    We might never have had blight before, but we've sure got a form of it on our reputation now.

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  61. Quite a pendulum swing from All American City to Foothill Village spends $5,000 to watch an elephant be abused and mistreated.

    Oh well! Chalk it up to the CC-1.

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  62. I can't get over how out of touch the Fourth of July Committee, and anyone else who knew about Tai, is with the community they live in.
    Does it surprise them to learn that there are many animal rights activists living in Sierra Madre? Really?
    Have they ever interacted with residents outside of their own circle of acquaintances, people who are obviously insensitive and oblivious to critical issues of this day and age?
    I heartily agree with Dr. S. that they cannot be trusted to make decisions.

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  63. Honestly, even now, I bet council majority, city staff and the prom committee still don't get it. They probably think people are upset for nothing, that their opposition is full of nothing but nutso conspiracy theorists, zero growth idjits and home grown wackadoodles.

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  64. I'm with you 4:26 pm. There's no doubt that they don't get it. They think the Tattlers and PETA are a bunch of loonies out to ruin their parade. So sad.

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  65. Sorry to bring up yet another nature emergency, but Cam Stone, with whom many of us are familiar from the fight against the destruction of the Arcadia Woodlands, has sent out an alert about a fox den close to the area in danger of being scraped away by the LA County DPW with heavy earth moving equipment tomorrow.
    http://www.urbanwild.org/nature911.html

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  66. Most cities would never consider bringing an elephant into their parade. All we have done is catch Sierra Madre up with the civilized world. Can you imagine Glendale, Burbank, Ardcadia, Monrovia or Pasadena considering such a thing? The CC-1 and their special privileges committees are out of touch dingbats who have no idea what the real world views as sane behavior. That said, do you really expect their view of us to be any higher than our view of them? That chasm between us makes the Grand Canyon look like a creek bed. Face it, we're Sierra Madre. It is just how things are here.

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  67. Great Tattler search engine!
    Typed in Arcadia Woodlands, found some articles, and the email address I was looking for:
    Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at:
    fifthdistrict@lacbos.com.

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  68. Thanks 4:48. I've sent emails to Antonovich, and a Hail Mary to PETA.

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  69. scrape it rake it stake itJuly 4, 2011 at 5:36 PM

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  70. How about this?

    Supervisor Antonovich, please give your most serious attention to the concerns articulated by Mr. Cam Stone, especially:
    "The scraping and destruction of large patches of native and non-native Prickly Pear is unconscionable. Not only does it not burn and provides a fire barrier but it provides habitat for many rare species. A large patch of native Prickly Pear still exists at the northern edge of the destroyed area. I am positive that this patch will be the first thing to be scraped tomorrow morning (Tuesday) when the crews return to work. One of the pictures that I have posted (see link below) shows what I believe to be an active fox den right in the middle of it."
    http://www.urbanwild.org/nature911.html

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  71. One win for an animal makes you think another one might be possible.

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  72. 5:36 pm, today is not only the 4th of July but Zero Tolerance Day for trolls. We celebrate your first amendment right to say what you wish and exercise this blog's absolute right to delete your remarks.

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  73. I had the distinct pleasure to day of telling that crook Antonovich that he did a splendid job getting rid of all those awful oak trees in Arcadia. I was being facetious, of course. Old pol that he is, Antman didn't blink a rheumy eye.

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  74. Business Clubs of Sierra Madre; Chamber of Commerace, Rotary, Kawanas, Masons, Disabled Vets, Lions, and many many churches, etc.; Why don't you get off your collective "buts", stop following your bosses agendas and make a difference right here in Sierra Madre. And I am not talking about a charity here and there fixing ears, eyes, and polio victimes all worthwhile and enviable. I am talking about an agenda that addresses a corrupt City Administration and the stupidity that follows. Fix the City Administration and the goals you seek (development and profits) will follow. Openess, Integrity, and Honesty will yield everything you want. Stacking the deck with a hand picked City Council will not. Why do you settle for so much less?

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  75. I bet Antonovich's eyes do quite a bit of rolling around in exasperation when he sees yet another email, article, or any other reference to "Arcadia Woodlands."

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  76. You cannot talk your way out of this one BuchananJuly 4, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Keeping the voters well informed is what democracy is all about.

    The "secret" was all about them vs us. THEY think and believe they are right and we are wrong. They are the nutzo psycopaths who will always care about the mighty god the dollar bill.

    But, history has proven over and over that there really are no secrets and when they are discovered, the "secret" is that a bunch of people do not want their nasty sin discovered because deep inside they know they are pulling a fast one and want to hide behind their own shadow.

    A year ago people were collecting signatures that were told "it could never happen" and it did. The real problem is G4, prom committee and city staff really do not care what anyone thinks. We must restore our image by showing them they cannot and will not be here much longer. They are incapable and hiding the elephant in the room was the last straw which they made public.

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  77. Plum tuckered outJuly 4, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Good night, Tattlers! You've had a busy day. You've made new friends. You've honored an old friend so richly deserving of being our Hometown Hero. You've responded to a call to stand up for an animal's rights. You've come together for what is good and decent in our town.

    Good night, John Crawford. What a busy few days off this has been!

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