Saturday, October 29, 2011

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

While you probably can't exactly call it a brain drain, this certainly is a significant loss for Sierra Madre's next generation of leadership. And with the impending departures of both Joe Mosca and John Stephens we are now sensing a loss that will take this City weeks to recover from. At least two, anyway. You can only wonder how deeply their near simultaneous departures will be felt in this community. And amongst those who are so moved, what percentage of that overall emotional response will be in the form of relief.

Trained interactive mental health professionals are standing by to help you deal with your loss. Please stay on the line, your call is important. Or, for quick and easy access, you can contact them on-line. And for those of you currently in the "denial phase," do take note, this will happen. Prepare yourself for the eventuality of not having your hand shook each time you venture downtown, or being asked by an earnest young reporter what your favorite brand of sandals might be.

Yes, those days are quickly coming to an end.

In news that stunned dozens, it was announced yesterday on the Sierra Madre Patch that the only editor it has ever had in its one full year of existence, John Stephens, is heading to New York to become the Huffington Post's "Trends Editor." John is careful to point out that this position has nothing to do with tracking new modes in hair design, or whether the people of his generation will be wearing their underpants in or out in 2012.

No, this is about keeping track of exciting new trends in internet behavior. Which, I assume, means he will be grappling with some of the biggest issues of our time, including whether more or less people are indicating their "likes" on Facebook, or what current Twitter postings may be indicating about President Obama's re-election prospects. People have got to know this stuff.

Certainly this is one topic that begs for the kinds of in-depth analysis and profound punditry that Mr. Stephens brought to his reporting on the affairs and foibles of our little foothill nestled village. Of course, one trend John could be tracking is reporting on whether Huff Post's parent corporation will continue to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into fellow AOL property Patch. Which continues to be a serious financial drain to the staggering internet giant. Even the briefest of Google searches show that on-line news speculation about this topic continues to soar.

Then again, maybe in the New York headquarters of AOL Huffington Post doing Google searches is not considered proper behavior, or career enhancing for that matter. Rather all such seeking will need to be conducted on AOL's own search function. Which will cause Mr. Stephens to report on speculation about a new GM vehicle hitting the streets soon called Saturn, and whether the long awaited new Howard Jones album will have its release date any time soon. Occasionally interspersed with annoying "You've got mail!" messages, of course. Most of which will be for Patch email updates dealing with things such as where to get the best prices on poodle currying.

Joe Mosca was observed yesterday morning briskly heading through the Beantown doors to shake hands with the patrons there. This all being a part of his whirlwind "I'm leaving Sierra Madre for a new life in England" campaign. Obviously everyone is just dying to hear about all the details involved in the dramatic changes being made in his life, and yesterday was a bounty of rewarding new information. Apparently it was Joe's last day as an employee of the Southern California Gas Company, an event that needed to be commemorated by an hour or so of feverish news sharing with the latte' drinkers and laptop users assembled at Sierra Madre's premier independent coffee brewer.

That is one of the cool things about Beantown. You never quite know who is going to show up, or what they are going to say when they do. And who knows, maybe today Joe will be in there letting everyone know that it is the first day in his new career of being in-between gigs, and how he is feeling about it.

We still have yet to hear much from Joe about the actual reasons for his departure, that being the realization that his political career is dead in the water, and any real chance for movement up the elective food change has been cleanly and efficiently knifed by the L.A. County Democratic Party establishment. After having asked and been turned down in his request for State Assembly endorsements by practically every high ranking Democratic official in the land, it has become clear that the bloom is now off the lilly of Joe Mosca's once promising political career. Effortlessly tossed aside by the Holden/Hahn political machine.

Of course, Joe could have fulfilled his obligation to those who elected him to a second term by serving out the remainder of his term. But of what use is Sierra Madre to Joe now? The dream didn't pan out as planned, and the real star in the family can no longer be held in check now that Joe's deal has been run to ground. Time to just cut some losses and try for a better result elsewhere.

We all deal with the issues in our lives in different ways. Joe's seems to be making things up, and then hitting the streets to sell it. Which is what we are seeing now. Whether the tale is entirely true or not being a less essential matter.

Two departures, two new lives to be lived elsewhere. And despite what you might have heard, neither will be back I'm afraid. They are both leaving the nest, moving on, and we will soon be nothing more to them but a distant and vaguely annoying memory.

Somehow those of us being left behind are going to survive.

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33 comments:

  1. Aha, perhaps the Nancy story was not that the GPUC was inept, but she was picking up the baton of where Joe left off. MaryAnn supporters won't have Joe to pick on anymore, so now Nancy is the Martyr. Nothing arouses the Civic ladies more than having a genuine martyr. Of course, some of the most powerful of the ladies are realtors, so there is the interest of being able to keep that power by having a real, true, councilmember to contend with.

    Folks, this is the start of the political season for Sierra Madre. Don't think it was mere coincidence that on the day of Joe's resignation, Nancy lashed out at some potential candidates. The stage is set.

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  2. Nancy Walsh is no Joe Mosca. Joe's one talent is schmooze. He lifts a wine glass well. Nancy has the bitter old ladies factor going for her for sure, but that is not a very big niche. The woman is humorless and narrow. The dirts are going to miss Joe. He was the happy face of a pretty grim bunch.

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  3. The lead article on Patch right now is their 1 year anniversary celebration. Into its second day and it has only one comment, which is from Patch regional editor Patrick Lee. Not much of a party.

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  4. What is Terry Miller going to do, now that he has been abandoned by his BF Mosca. Is this a case of Lovem and Leavem?

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  5. I think Joe will be leaving behind a lot of broken hearts. A lot of people invested a lot of time in Joe, and now he is packing up and leaving them to their own devices. Which aren't much.

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  6. John Stevens performed his local suckup duties admirably, hence his promotion up the AOL foodchain after his superior, Patric Lee, defended his misreporting.

    Wonder if he'll do any better than Mosca with that tactic?

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  7. Poor Joe. His law degree is worthless, and physicians get paid less in the UK. He'll probably have to resort to burglary. A big step up from larceny, though.

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  8. Calling Crazy Nancy narrow, is well, understated. Her Royal Red Highness is, when fully inflated with indignation and flounced with drama, a large, broad, substantial, formidable, float of a Councilwoman undulating toward the dais.

    Diminish Her Craziness at your own peril!

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  9. Chief Black KettleOctober 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    As I recall some wag had hired the services of a rent-a-clown at Joe Mosca's first seating on the City Council. Perhaps an event similar could be staged to wish him a bon voyage. What's Paul H doing that night?

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  10. Crawford, are your columns for the PSN copyrighted? What will happen when Terry Miller lifts them for his own on the Sierra Madre Weekly? Will Larry and Frank be having the "come to Jesus" chat with Von? Does this mean Miller will out of necessity write his own material? He must be in a swivet.

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  11. A week after Mosca leaves town..........


    JOE WHO????????

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  12. True to my word I picked up a copy of PSN today (in gratitude for it's excellent decision to carry JC's column). In a story about a single anonymous donor who gave Pasadena's Union Station a magnificent gift this bit of statistics was imbedded:

    Homelessness increased 7 percent this year compared with 2010, and 21 percent compared with 2009. Union Station officials estimate that 1,200 men, women and children are homeless every night in Pasadena, and about 5,000 in the San Gabriel Valley.

    It's going to make Sierra Madre's Montecito refuge for the homeless mighty attractive.

    Demand the right to vote for the ALF and all Measure V issues!

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  13. nancy's supporters are old, grumpy and dying off.

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  14. Chief Black Kettle speaks a great truth. Red noses that beep would be a nice touch.

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  15. The key to success at HuffPo, hire plagiarists, cover their butts when they are caught, and get promoted.

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  16. I propose we call the Sierra Madre homeless shelter the John Buchanan Folly, a memorial to the misuse of public funds and the ignorance of the people of Sierra Madre.

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  17. Pretty splendid typo on the cover of the new Looney Views News. See if you can spot it. Has to do with the GPUSC.

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  18. Oh, please Anonymous at 10:03 am, I won't be able to pick up a copy until later. Please, please, let us share in the glee.

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  19. I know of two personal meaness examples of Nancy Walsh and would caution all her supporters to NEVER tell her anything in confidence or pass on anything she feeds you to tell someone else in order to hurt them. One cannot find much more meanness than this yet it will never be believed and I won't innumerate them, ever.

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  20. Joe's departure may just be the first time anyone just left their elected CC position for a better life--they have left for military committments and over conflict with fellow councilmembers (historical research underway), and by recall.

    Oh, well, leave it to Joe to be a first on several levels.

    Although he is not the first to have lied he is the first to have lied where it cost the people thousands of dollars to counteract that lie.

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  21. 10:12- let's just say that Susan has no "principals."

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  22. Ahhhhhhhhhh... The Guiding Principals.... Also known as the PUSD School Board...

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  23. Obviously when Susan was at Berkeley studying law she didn't attend grammar classes.

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  24. John and Joe leaving just like other notable individuals like Chris Miller Fisher. When the rules apply to them, the kitchen gets hot and they leave. We're left with the mess.

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  25. not to worry

    we still have Terry Miller and Susan Henderson to lead the BS parade.

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  26. Just got a mailer for Mann for PCC.
    Endorsed by Buchanan. Even if I hadn't already voted to Fuller, just seeing her endorsed by Buchanan is enough for me to vote against her.

    Fuller can't spend the big bucks that the democratic party is spending on Mann's behalf.
    Call three people in Pasadena, Altadena, or Sierra Madre and get them to vote for Brian. HE needs our support and so do the PCC students.

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  27. Of course Buchanan is for Mann. All the failures stick together.

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  28. I've now read the front page of the Looney Tunes Views and believe that the headline is a true statement: Buchanan accepted the guiding principals, Delmar, Sheridan, Anhalt, Hinton, Willis, Hutt, Braudick, Miller, and Wendy (forgive me I've forgotten the last name). These nine people are truly the guiding principals and work for the residents of Sierra Madre. Quite a statement for our Mayor, Freudian almost.

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  29. Susan has no principles. And no principal, either.

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  30. If Joe married Nancy, he could be Joe Walsh, and sing "Ordinary Average Guy," "A Life of Illusion," and "Walk Away," from the greatest hits album Little Did He Know.

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  31. Wrong about Kris Miller-Fisher, you who posted at 1:07 p.m.

    Sorry to correct you, no I am not sorry, I happily correct you.

    Kris Fisher Miller finished ALL four years of her first term and did not run for a second term.

    She did not do what Joe Mosca is doing--leave mid term.

    You are so wrong you need to go take a history lesson, or how to pay attention lesson or how to remember the facts as facts lesson and not try to rewrite history.

    Or then again you might just like lying. There is lots of that around.

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  32. Someone (?) who is running for PCC board called a notable citizen in Sierra Madre to see who might be good to contact for an endorsement for this election. Lo and behold, they had thought Bart Doyle was someone with some helpful juice. They were set straight. Told that in no uncertain terms that BD would be a pretty thick noose around the neck. Let's see if Mann gets hung out to dry here. I certainly home so.

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  33. The mailer for Mann is just disgusting. Seeing Buchanan's mug shot should be enough for anyone who receives this to NOT vote for her.

    The other supporters: Enid, Josh, Selinske.....

    do any of them represent higher education, critical thinking, educational growth, literary
    awareness and excellence in journalism?

    makes ya wonder..

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