Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Hot Rumor Out Of The Most Recent PUSD Districting Task Force Committee Meeting

I've never been a big admirer of Matt Drudge. I've always thought that he trafficked just a little too heavily in rumor, and because of this has been just flat out wrong in his reporting at times. Something that makes you question much of what you read there.

That all said, his writing and choice of topics does have an entertaining and gossipy tabloid kind of flair, and because of this he does attract a huge national readership. Which, while not making him the most accurate news source on the internet, has made him a man of some considerable material success.

Now just so you know, our far more modestly sized Sierra Madre Tattler is not making me a wealthy man. As a matter of fact, it hasn't even allowed me to quit my day job. Something I am often advised by well-meaning friends not to do. Plus it is also a ruthless taskmaster that keeps me up way past my bedtime most evenings. And that lack of sufficient beauty rest has taken its toll.

But one thing I have tried to avoid doing too often is pushing rumors. Mostly because it can prove kind of embarrassing should they turn out to be incorrect. Which they sometimes do. Rather I have relied on the traditional "weblog" style of blogging, which means doing commentary on verifiable and sometimes previously available material. It is much safer, and people really do like accuracy in their news. And in this town there had been quite a shortage of that sort of thing over the last few years.

But today I am throwing all caution to the wind and heading down that long rumor road. I believe that what I am about to share with you is both reasonably accurate and worthwhile. And if I am right, it means that tonight's City Council meeting could be another stunning milestone in bad government here in Sierra Madre.

Just so you know, I was not at the meeting I discuss below. But since so many people like to give me information such as what I am about to reveal to you, and always do so in a forthright manner, I am moving forward on trust. The source is a new one, but there is a certain verisimilitude to this information. So I've decided to go out on a limb today.

First some gossip. At the most recent Pasadena Unified School District Districting Task Force meeting our new representative, Bart "El Monte" Doyle, showed up over an hour late. It was his first meeting in this new role. But it did not prevent him from voting on the matters at hand, even though he had heard absolutely none of the conversations or argued positions leading up to that vote.

Obviously Bart is picking up where his predecessor had left off. Who needs to hear what others have to say when you already know everything? And at least he did show up. Not nearly a given with the previous guy.

Here is the promised rumor. After the meeting was over the Committee members and other assorted individuals stood around gabbing for a bit. Despite what you might have heard this committee is a political one, and these sorts of folks just naturally love to talk trash. And what my source overheard being said by one of the more senior PUSD Districting Committee folks at this function is that 75% of Sierra Madre's City Council has decided to replace Joe Mosca by appointment, and not allow it to go to a vote of the people. This was clearly stated by the individual in question to a group of old boys and gals who would naturally see this as being a good thing. And they did seem glad to hear it.

As you know, until just recently Joe Mosca belonged to this PUSD committee, and could very well have shared privileged information with this individual, a gent whose loose lips may have scuttled a very special ship. And this is conceivable given Joe's almost primal need to impress people in positions of authority with his importance. Which is dangerous for any enterprise that includes both Joe Mosca and the need for discretion.

In the pecking order of local political prestige, nothing says important like privileged information about very important matters. Being in the know is political capital, after all.

It is also conceivable to me that the G4-1 could have decided that the political winds in this town are not blowing in their favor right now. That plus it could be that they do not have any particularly appealing or accomplished candidates to run next April. The bottom of the barrel having already been reached in April of 2010. All of which means that the only truly sure-fire way to keep the majority on the City Council would be to appoint Joe's replacement rather than take any chances at the ballot box.

Something that would leave them with a guaranteed additional 2 years to try and work that high density R3 redevelopment agenda that is so unpopular in this town, but so dear to their bosses.

One other interesting matter. I have obtained the minutes (click here) from the November 1st PUSD District Task Force confab. As you may recall, this was Joe's last meeting as a member of this committee. I'm sure there were speeches and goodbyes, though none of that was recorded in these minutes.

However, it appears that Bart Doyle was there as well, and spoke at public comment "on a matter not on the agenda." Here is the note on this:

Bart Doyle - Sees problems with attendance zones - increasing numbers of new students in East Pasadena and Sierra Madre - racial mix is changing rapidly.

While this note is decidedly ambiguous and could be construed in different ways, that is quite an observation. I wonder, do Bart's sponsors on the City Council also share in this concern?

So that's my story for today. I'm sticking to it. I will be at tonight's City Council meeting to see how this one plays out. You had better be there as well. The shenanigan alert flag is hanging out in front of City Hall, and the color code is red.

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58 comments:

  1. Bart "El Monte" Doyle is catchy, but I prefer Bart "Under Investigation" Doyle.

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  2. "Hello, Mr. Doyle? Agent Tannehill of the FBI. We'd like to get some follow up on our recent conversations regarding the El Monte ..."

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  3. So on November 1 Doyle accompanies Mosca to the meeting, participates, and 7 days later (thanks Tattler search engine) he gets the appointment - over an applicant for the appointment who has sterling qualifications. Nope, nothing funny about that.

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  4. First the advisory vote on the UUT, and now an appointment to the City Council? Wow. They sure don't trust the voters.

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  5. I have been embarrassed as a Sierra Madrean that such a superficial and dishonest person as Joe Mosca represented us, and now I am equally embarrassed that a businessman who is suspected of misusing state and federal funds represents us. This town deserves better.

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  6. It certainly does put all that fibbing by the G3 into a certain perspective, 6:17.

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  7. If this rumor is true and there is proof, it's a Brown Act violation.

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  8. Well you see, 6:33 am, that's the rub isn't it? That old "proof" thing. If we'd had proof to go with suspicions over the last 10 years what a different story it would be. What we need is proof. We have speculation up the old gizoo, don't we?

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  9. Buchanan's City Council is a rolling Brown Act violation. He scripts his bobbleheads for every meeting.

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  10. So we shouldn't be surprised if the Buchanan Council appoints Bart Doyle to Mosca's place at the dais? It's on of the hard decisions he's always mumbling on about?

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  11. Somebody has got to take the daddy role when Buchanan is gone. It's not like you can leave Josh and Nancy out there in their own.

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  12. The Tattler is alternative news souceNovember 22, 2011 at 7:53 AM

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  13. Secrets have become hard to keep in this town.

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  14. I feel that Bart was appointed to the PUSD group because it is full of volunteer hours that he will be needing to complete his community service as part of his sentence. He will be in a unique position to not change anything in his life when he is found guilty, and because of the nature of the white collar crimes he is famous for will not require jail time, if he is already preforming community service. It is all part of the Sierra Madre Stratigic Plan, they have been follwing the play book since before Bart was elected more than 10 years ago.

    Neuroblast Films

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  15. The city council needs to let the voters select someone to fill Mosca's abandoned position.
    To do otherwise is dictatorial. The people need to select their representitives, not the gang of 3.
    There is no honest reason the gang would appoint anyone to fill Mosca's chair. However, there is a dishonest reason....that would be to keep control of the city council.
    People should go down to city hall tonight ready to protest, if they do this.
    It's very wrong, and will be devastating for this town.

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  16. One good thing about this meeting. Joe won't be there. That should save a lot of time.

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  17. If they pick El Monte Bart then it is an act of desperation. It means they know everything they've been working for these last 10 years is falling apart.

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  18. Last night John Buchanan and others had some sort of a meeting at City Hall that lasted quite awhile.

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  19. Yeah! Let's hear it for falling apart! After all, isn't that what we've been working for? Persistence and a feeling of righteousness inspires us all. We've sacrificed much in the war to take back Sierra Madre; lost some battles and won others.

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  20. 9:19 - how many councilmembers were in this meeting?

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  21. Saw John, the City Manager, and several others leaving City Hall around 8ish as I was passing by City Hall. Don't know about the other CC members.

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  22. Maybe they were making security arrangements.

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  23. Buchanan tipped his hand at a recent meeting when he asked in a very concerned voice. "How many do we need for a quorum? The attorney answered 80% of the council. She explained that all 4 members would need to be present. He then mumbled that could be a real problem if there was a dire emergency and they could not have a quorum. If someone is named to replace Joe, it will be for the safety of the city. Again our best interest always comes first. By the way Maryann said, "there are always phones".

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  24. Bart and Bucky's nightmare is a Josh and Nancy minority on the City Council. They'd be nothing more than comic relief.

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  25. They held off on a decision until now for a reason. They hope nobody will notice because it is Thanksgiving week.

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  26. Don't you think that because Doyle's appointment to the PUSD committee didn't bring out pitchforks and bonfires they figured it's okay to jump back on the hay wagon? What's to lose? Legally, the Council has the right; there's been no organized protest against Doyle; and most importantly without Buchanan and Mosca they're desperate for a strong hand on the tiller. Can't let Moran or Walsh loose with power now can they?

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  27. I disagree 10:45.
    An appointment to the PUSD task force is a whole different thing than 2 years on the council.
    Heck if that happens, even I will get my fat old self off the couch.

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  28. Tweeked pie charts for dollarsNovember 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Well gee whiz, PUSD likes men like Doyle who can manufacture entities and invoices for any occasion. With the FBI and DHS investigating Doyle, of course PUSD would insist on having his opinion as it influences their children..

    Are they just stupid or did they take lessons?

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  29. Maybe they won't choose Bart. Maybe they'll instead invite former Mayor Glenn Lambdin to serve out Joe's term. That would be quite a choice.

    Have you ever stopped to think that if you gave Glenn a monocle he'd look alot like Colonel Klink? Which means he would fit right in with the "I know nothing!" City Council.

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  30. Very funny Neuroblast!
    I thought maybe he was doing it so he could say, "But your Honor, the little children need me!"

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  31. demanding to be heardNovember 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    i like the shame part also the
    calling for increased participation and democracy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbmjMickJMA&feature=player_embedded#!

    sorry might be off subject
    happy holidays

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  32. Hmmmmm.I feel those malevolent winds kicking up with the likes of these hipacrooks.G3 & Doyle Under Investigation. Nothing would surpirse me less than anything they do. Where did all the flowers/voters go????? This town is starting to feel like the nightmare before christmas. Where's the hemlock???? Sounds like their festive wish for this Thursday will be...Happy Thankstaking Sierra Madreans......where's my eye of newt? Gotta get cookin"

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  33. The timing of this appointment to the City Council was obviously planned so it would happen two days before Thanksgiving. It is a shameful act and their actions show that they know it.

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  34. You know what would be refreshing?
    If one of the people who attended that PUSD meeting would go to the council tonight and announce exactly what was heard/said.

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  35. Refreshing? Don't you mean miraculous?

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  36. It is funny to think that the people at the PUSD meeting can talk about Sierra Madre's City Council appointing Joe's replacement, all the while believing that it wouldn't get back to anybody here. Seems kind of arrogant.

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  37. 1:47 has a great idea. How many people attended that meeting? Was it taped? Recorded? There have to be minutes taken, and most minute takers want that recorded back up.

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  38. I wonder how Buchanan will justify this. "What if we had a forest fire next week and we needed a quorum? The town could burn down unless we appoint Bart!"

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  39. Are school district redistricting task force meetings subject to the freedom of information act?

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  40. Tattler, a long while ago, maybe years in fact, you had an article that was illustrated with a picture of burning underpants. Really, is there a better symbol for the Sierra Madre City Council majority?

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  41. The FOIA covers all government bodies in California.

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  42. Liar liar pants on fire!

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  43. Only three council members and the city Manager know if the seat will be filled by an appointment. Let's wait and see what actually happens and then be ready to make plans if they actually appoint someone. It will be interesting if the people who have been yelling recall actually do anything. The council knows most people talk a good game and don't follow through. Just look at all the posts on the blog and then only a few actually show up at meetings.

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  44. The Brown Act violations are obvious. But the City Atty is here to protect the City Council, not represent the rights of the people. I think C&L gets paid extra for that.

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  45. 1:54 That's exactly the justification he will use if they appoint someone. However, it will not happen tonight. They must pretend to look civil so they will ask for applications. Then they will appoint the anointed one.

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  46. Yes, 2:08. They will annoint the chosen one at the last meeting of the year. With a month off until the next meeting rolls around. You cannot beat the timing.

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  47. It's also not bad timing for residents who want to use the break to organize.

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  48. The council just took the high road.
    Blink much?

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  49. Joe didn't sign his resignation?

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  50. Public comment of the evening....


    Sandra Siraganian!

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  51. Buchanan said during the last UUT hustle that we would lose paramedic services if we didn't vote for it - not that the money could be used for other things.

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  52. 7:11, we were assured by the city attorney that it is entirely irrelevant that Joe didn't sign. Kind of fitting when you think of it.

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  53. Trust Ms. Saraganian at your own risk.

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  54. The first time around the wording of the UUT was completely deceptive. So why should it any different this time?

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  55. The hypocrisy from the council majority at tonight's meeting was suffocating.

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  56. Isn't that called a bait and switch?

    You think you're giving money for the police or the fire dept. or the paramedics, and somehow those dollars find their way into street repairs.

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  57. If John Buchanan had any record of credibility, we might buy into this, but since he doesn't.
    I for one don't believe a word this man says.
    My family will not vote for the UUT tax.
    Additionally, the way Buchanan treated residents Fay Angus and Heather Allen last night was rude and becoming predictable from him.
    Mayor Windbag will not be missed when he leaves the council.

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