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.