Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Meaglia-Mania, and John Buchanan Hangs It Up

Kind of an odd City Council meeting. Some of the controversies that had roiled the community a bit over the Christmas break got an airing out, and that was a source of some amusement. But largely there was the usual massive torrent of words, with only the most modest squeak of accomplishment to show for it. It's a wonder that anyone watching at home managed to stay awake. I know that I struggled mightily.

John Buchanan kicked off the festivities by announcing that he would not break precedent and run for a third term. If anyone at the meeting cared either way I am sure this would have been met with a round of applause. John also stated that he never intended to run for a third term, which I guess means he was concerned that people might believe he had backed down because of all the criticism.

Mayor Buchanan also suggested that due to a now second wave of credit card fraud at one of our gas stations (where else?), residents should check their monthly statements all the way back to Dec 1. The Mayor also stated that this is all he could say on the matter as presently a Police Department investigation "is still ongoing." Of course, in this town Police investigations are always ongoing. The problem being that they never quite seem to finish.

MaryAnn MacGillivray discussed her adventures at the recent SCAG/CEHD meetings, which covered everyone's favorite topic, RHNA numbers and forced low-mod development imposed upon cities in the name of "social equity." Unfortunately for this now old school model in coerced planning, the skids on that sled, having always been copiously greased with CRA cash in the past, just won't be receiving any of that stuff anymore. Which means that SCAG's crazy planning notions won't be going anywhere for a while. If ever.

So how are cities supposed to accommodate SCAG's RHNA housing demands without any CRA money to spend? The answer to that one is they just won't be able to afford that honor any longer. Sounds like the best thing for cities to do now would be to just ignore poor SCAG. Which is what usually happens to those without money.

Sometimes Nancy Walsh puts her foot in her mouth even when she is trying to be nice. After stating that all she did over the Christmas break was party, Nancy then did confess to attending a General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting. While she didn't have a lot of details regarding what actually happened there, the poor dear did pronounce that it "was very well run." Of course, that was the night Denise Delmer was absent due to an illness and it was run by somebody else. Nancy, having loudly declared her strong antipathy to Denise in the past, apparently has not quite moved on yet.

Fay Angus got up and delivered an elegant speech about the negligence shown by Mayor Buchanan in the face of the Matheson affair. She read some of the Pasadena Star News article about the child pornographer's personal ties to some of this city's most elite society figures and politicians, and then wondered why the City's leadership had said nothing about the matter. In particular the "significant silence from our Mayor." When the City needed reassurance that everything was under control, Sierra Madre's political leadership remained silent.

Colin Braudrick, in perhaps a moment of weakness (there is no other way to explain it), then stepped up and proclaimed that he doesn't want to hear anybody blaming anyone for being involved in the criminal behavior of Bob Matheson. Which was an absurd thing to say since nobody has made that kind of accusation, especially Fay Angus.

Child pornographers, as Colin stated, operate mostly in secret, with even their closest friends usually being completely unaware of their crimes.

What this looks like to me is that Colin was somehow talked into carrying the offal bucket for the Morans. There is a huge difference between accusing someone of being involved in Matheson's crimes and laughing at the poor fool who tried to convince a newspaper reporter that he'd never met Bob before. All while that reporter was looking at photos on his computer screen of the two happily hanging out together at various gala Sierra Madre functions.

As far as I can tell it is still not a crime in this country to laugh at the antics of less than brilliant politicians. I can certainly understand why Josh Moran might have been embarrassed by his antics, anyone with an IQ of over 80 would be. But please, spare us the absurd spin. Otherwise you end up sounding like Lady Elizabeth Wistar.

John Herrmann responded to Colin's unfortunate moment of weakness by stating that much of the outrage in this community is due to the fact that while Matheson was arrested in October, the City of Sierra Madre only found out about it months later. People want answers, and only now has the Mayor of this town even acknowledged that something was wrong. And only because Fay held his feet to the fire.

Josh Moran, who rarely seems to know when it is best to keep the old lip zipped, then accused the Pasadena Star News of not printing what he had really said. Which, knowing Josh as we do, should be taken as a confirmation that he was cited correctly.

Meaglia-Mania then broke out as the City Council took up what seemed like hours on end discussing some failed McMansion project over on the hillside. The plans for this ridiculously oversized pile having recently been rejected by a 4 to 2 vote of the Planning Commission. This whole conversation went on forever, with the conclusion being a 3 to 1 vote to send this puppy back to the Planning Commission for a few new rounds of futility. Josh Moran, who has never met a McMansion he hasn't found "beautiful," casting the dissenting vote.

Of course, the Planning Commission had already told Mr. Meaglia time and again what is required here, so this will probably be a pointless and futile exercise. But like I said earlier, it was that kind of meeting. The buck was passed.

The matter of cash penalties for using too much water was then discussed. All of the City Council agreed that the proposed penalties were ridiculously high, and then sent the whole mess back to City Staff for a remedial reality check. This matter will return at a later date as levying fines for profligate water use is an activity mandated by the central authorities in Sacramento.

The City Council appointed itself the successor agency to our soon to be disbanded Community Redevelopment Agency, which was a smart thing to do when you consider that our only other option was to turn our sorry fate over to the County of Los Angeles. This was pretty much the preliminary round of all the CRA excitement we are soon to experience, with the really big news to be revealed at our next City Council meeting on January 24.

The meeting wrapped up with the exciting news that Josh Moran has written the ballot argument in favor of a 'Yes' vote for renewing the Utility User Tax, in the process raising it to a State of California highest of 12%. But we'll save that one for another time.

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112 comments:

  1. Attn: Colin Braudrick
    I am befuddled by your statement. It appears you may have some formal education on the subject of child porn, and it's aficionados. Please enlighten the citizens of Sierra Madre, how did you come by this information that you shared at the podium, at a televised city council meeting. I am hoping you were not just stating an opinion, of what you think those who sexualy abuse children are like. It is difficult for me to understand how you (a police officer) with access to the Matherson report, that details how he was travelling with a man who he met "10 or so years ago" when he was about seventeen, and was SEEKING a child to pose as his grandson for his illicit purposes via email/txt. How do you, knowing all this, end up with:
    "... operate mostly in secret, with even their closest friends usually being completely unaware of their crimes"
    If Matherson was not contacting friends for his perverse needs, who do you suppose he was contacting, and who living in that house wouldn't know something? Come on Colin, stop defending Matheson, and his friends. Sierra Madre wants resolution and a cleansing. All the citizens know his criminal activities at his home in Sierra Madre have gone unpunished, and for that there is a need for transparency in the actions of our local government and police, working in tandem with citizens to clear up who has been frequent guests at the Matheson home, who may have brought their children there for parties. We need to identify potential victims of Matheson.
    Please do not make this a political issue. That would be in poor taste.

    Neuroblast Films

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  2. Great run down Tattler. How is it that you can cover the matters in a few brief paragraphs, but the council requires hours and hours to get there?
    No joking here: there really should be a time limit on council member remarks.

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  3. A 50 word limit would be great. With a large screen behind their heads that counts down them down. Buchanan's presence alone adds an hour to the meetings.

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  4. It was obvious that Mr. Brodrick heard Fay Angus' speech as some kind of attack on people who knew Matheson.
    That was a misinterpretation of what she said.
    Angus was asking for leaders to reassure and inform the community about this heart-breaking episode in the town's history, and not spend their time in silly denials or silence.

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  5. 7:23, it's a familiar and distressing misdirection. A legitimate claim was made that there has been a real lack of leadership from the mayor and the mayor pro tem, and that was followed a defense against 'guilt by association.'

    This is getting to be an old tactic in Sierra Madre politics. Don't address the issue, but instead accuse those who bring it forward.

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  6. It is very disappointing to see Colin going down that road.

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  7. 7:37
    disappointing yes, surprising, no.
    Colin Braudrick lives at the same address as Josh Moran.
    Josh Moran's mother, Toni Moran worked on Josh's slanderous campaign in the cayon, along with Caroline Dapper, Teri Buchanan, and Mrs. Packer,whose husband was in the same detective unit with LAPD as Colin.
    The Packers are DEVELOPERS and LAND BUYERS and that's the good news about them.

    Anyone who supports this Broadrick, supports Moran and the people behind him.

    Does the name Mosca (Manchurian candidate) come to mind? How about Tonja Torres?
    This is a well used scam by the Bart Doyle gang to sucker people into thinking this guy is on the side of slow growth preservation.
    Think "wolf in sheep's clothing".

    There's more, but I don't think Crawford will post it.

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  8. Something that stood out for me last night was San Marino's RHNA number. 2. Two. 2?
    How did they buy that? Where's the social equity part?

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  9. I would like to thank John Herrmann, a stand up guy, who got up and defended Fay Angus.

    I wish you were on the council, John Herrmann.

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  10. Who is Colin B.Is he an apologist for Josh M.Inquiring minds would like to know...

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  11. San Marino has 2 Scagian RHNA requirements? What about their duty to put in a homeless shelter? That stinks!

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  12. Neuroblast, Thanks for your post. You're a good guy.

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  13. Seems to me that Bradrick was taking his cues from Susan Henderson. His remarks were a lot like her article, or whoever wrote it for her.

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  14. It's not like SCAG had any credibility anyway, but if it had, the San Marino number of forced housing would have destroyed it.

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  15. Sierra Madre is a trainwreck right now. This town desperately needs some new political leadership.

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  16. I don't think Colin Braudrick took time to really consider what was being said, and acted impulsively. Even in the best light, that does not promote confidence about someone who might be making decisions. Mr. Moran is already supplying the council with plenty of impulsiveness and the habit of continued speech when the mind is stalled or taking a break.

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  17. It was a good night for Chris Koerber.

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  18. Interesting read today!Thank you Crawford for your coverage.It appears that the cat is out of the bag!

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  19. The mayor's better half seems to have been coaching Colin in the back of the room. Fay's well timed expose seems to have set off an explosion there.

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  20. Hot wham son of a witch! Went to read the tattler and saw a story by wistar on the cyber bullying report,two lines beneath the blog title, tried to sign up to retort the story by comment and it would not accept my sign up, opened another window and the story was not there, had to go back to history to get it.

    Cannot believe the sleazy stories, and the disclaimer, did you report this to Shopping hornet.com they are the host. Filled out a complaint form but don't that will work, P O S,
    that guy ain't no lady!

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  21. Braudrick declared his affiliation last night. He will be going after the vote of the Downtown Investment Club members. Good to know where he stands.

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  22. Stand back, stay away from the podium if you have nothing to say or have not prepared what you wanted to say.

    Who was it that said: better to say nothing at all and let people think you are ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.

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  23. OK - I have had some communication with that site. It is an offshore entity (probably to avoid lawsuits) and it is pay-to-play. Anyone can post anonymous libel on that site if you are willing to give them your credit card numbers. Maybe we should post a couple, eh? Starting with Mayor Cumquat?

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  24. I really like Colin, butJanuary 11, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    This post links my two great fears for Colin's candidacy, which I would like to support due to his performance on the general planning committee.

    First, Colin's comments displayed a typical police officer's know it all tendency to lecture rather than explain. Colin's comments were also a response to an accusation no one made. This trait could prove problematic on the council.

    Second, I am concerned that Colin will be a knee jerk vote in support of the SMPD. This is a real concern as the collective bargaining agreement remains on the table, despite the recent cram down (for which the council is to be praised).

    Please note that the utility tax is not necessary, so long as the city takes the fiscally responsible step of contracting for police services from Pasadena, LASD, or Arcadia. I prefer the latter. Assuming the La Canada contract can be replicated here, contracting will reduce the general fund police expenditure of $3 million per year to $2 million per year. This is a huge savings, as our general fund is only $6 million.

    Please note, La Canada has twice the population, twice the area, and much more business. We can do even better while, at the same time, stopping the growth of future pension liabilities.

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  25. I am hoping you are starting to see how the attempt at "fixin de election" has started to show.
    Another Mosca wannabe is starting to show his kilt...

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  26. It's enough we have Cal Edison and developers on our counsel, do we really need a police union representative too?

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  27. Like Mosca, Colin is just a great guy, but his associations with the pro development crowd makes my hand sweat a little too much. Remember, Mosca did lie to get into office, so what is the reassurance that he is different? People in town are just too trusting, and then it is too late. You will get a knife in the back, again I fear.

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  28. Mr. Crawford, time to reconsider? We don't need flawed, marginal, candidates.

    "I can also endorse all five of the candidates currently running for these three seats."

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  29. I agree with your assessment 8:36, we no longer have the financial and romantic luxury of our police department as a viable entity as it is.
    After seeing the ineffectual local policing, and its cost, it is time seriously to look at contracting out.
    Along with development as a problem, it should also be a major issue in the next election.

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  30. The UUT issue on the ballot can also be looked at as whether we should contract out services.
    A no vote will tell our elected officials to start bidding out those services.

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  31. What does the phrase "lives at the same address" mean?

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  32. Wasn't Colin at the water fundraiser? Is he the one with the strong accent? Shame on him.

    Love Ms. Angus and Mr. Hermann

    Somebody needs to take Moran back around the back of the barn and give him some character the hard way.

    Did you see the story in the LA times, today about how the city cannot afford to keep its highly overpaid development agency employees and is turning everything over to LA county who can't afford it either and is probably going to turn it over to the state oversight commitee?

    All of prodevelopment people are still crying no more affordable housing like a dying swan song. Which is in conflict with the times "no affordable housing was built" expose story/ report. The commenters are pointing that out rather gleefully. (Wee, Wee, Wee,)

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  33. Josh Moran cracks me up.

    First, a couple years ago he wrote rants and called for boycotts of Sierra Madre businesses because they advertised in a paper that covered Measure V, advertised in NOT edorsed, yet Mr. Civil Liberties wrote posts in the defunct dirt blog and then he denied it - but numerous people read it and recall it.

    Then he openly states that he had intentions since day one to use his Council position to put his friends and supporters onto City committees.

    He stood along side Buchanan and Mosca and particpated in a series of lies and panic meetings claiming our water infrastructure was on the verge of collapse and later we found out, that he and the others were knowinly lying to us and misinforming us to benefit pet pork spending projects and to smudge the truth about a political supporter ex-Mayor and now under investigation Bart Doyle.

    Sorry Josh, don't believe you.

    If you'd keep your mouth shut, you'd come across as knowledgeable or not expose your personal vendenta to protect the real estate contention in the city, including your own financial interests as a mortage salesperson.

    What a joke.

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  34. Thanks for that note 8:16. You see things when you are in the chamber that don't come across on TV. Your observation is even more telling than the speech. We have definitely been down that road before.

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  35. Mod, that is exactly who they remind me of, bet your bottom dollar it is them. Same kind of sick crappe, I saw on that website, when I skiptraced and found that new site address, where the gossip about Sierra Madre was going on. I am game, how much does it cost to "pay to play" I already told them to remove that story, that lady wistar was a fraud, and if they didn't remove it they were going to get prosecuted for fraud. So, I think getting it removed from Shopping Hornet.com is the first
    step.

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  36. I think Colin, for the good of Our Town, should consider withdrawing his candidacy.

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  37. Mosca "just a great guy"? Excuse me, but that boy was an evil little worm. But if people could be taken in by him, it is not surprising that they could be taken in by Matheson, also, by the photographic evidence, a "great guy."

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  38. 9:01, If these "development" agencies from the County, can be sent to Sacramento, which also has no money, can send them to D.C. which also has no money, who could forward them to the Chinese who have all our money?

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  39. Last night gave the viewers a sneak preview to three of the candidates.
    In order of appearance.

    Candidate A. Shows great loyalty to friends and room mates. He reacted to what he THOUGHT was said.

    Candidate B. Had attended the Planning Commission meetings, understood the project and its effects on the community. He supported the well thought out decision of the Planning Commission.

    Candidate C. A lawyer who was not familiar with the project, but felt the need to be seen on camera.. As a corporate attorney he was more interested in a compromise than following the law. As a typical politician he wanted to try and make everyone happen and look like a "Good Guy".

    If another Candidate spoke.. it was past my bedtime.

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  40. Who is now going to fail to eradicate the non-existent blight that the CRA failed to eradicate?

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  41. "Lives at the same address" mean Colin is currently renting the second floor of Josh Moran's home. It is a landlord/tenant relationship. Nothing should be read into this. I am sure politics is not discussed.

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  42. Mod, went to shoppinhornet.com, filed a complaint with the contact us site, called cyber bullying report soft porn and fraudulent, asked them to remove it. Also stated "I hope litigation is not necessary" Suggest all tattlers do the same. They have a complaint form choose other and write your message/complaint.

    Someone paid, a lot of money if you look at the CB report in the news media section, you will see they offer bronze, silver and gold levels to join or do an ad, the gold level is 999.00 which they say is cheap compared to another site that charges 7,500.00. Shopping Hornet looks legit, if everybody who tatts files a complaint with their online form we can get the story and site removed.

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  43. What makes you think Candidate C is a corporate attorney? Are you sure you know what you are talking about? Candidate C was a supporter of John Crawford in his run for City Council and a hometown boy. Nothing about him suggests career politician.

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  44. Read everything into thisJanuary 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    9:16 How naive can you be? Really, I am sure politics is all they discuss. Colin is POA?
    Moran is city council? That is a fox in the hen house situation. You folks are chicken dinner

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  45. I'll tell you one thing: I wouldn't live on the same street with a creepy guy like Josh Moran if I could help it, let alone right on top of him, in his house.

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  46. Does anyone know what MaryAnn MacGillivray's plans are? Is she going to seek re-election to another term? Not that I would blame her if she thought she'd had enough...

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  47. Colin Braudrick is a stone cold plant by the Bart Doyle/ Packer cartel.
    He needs to be rejected by anyone honest and decent.
    I know all you "colin fans" think he is wonderful, but he lies, he is a Josh Moran synchophant. Pure and simple.
    A vote for this guy is a vote for Moran. Colin Braudrick is unqualified to be on our council.
    Just like his pal, Josh.

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    1. Do you have any fact to back your assertions? Do you know Colin, or have you actually met or spoken to the man? My guess is no.
      What lies, specifically has he told? Go ahead and think about it, I'll wait.

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  48. Hey Bucky, Adios!!!!!!January 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    You've finally made a good decision!

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  49. Candidate C is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham and Watkins. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and an government investigations and securities litigation.

    All from the company web site. http://www.lw.com/Attorneys.aspx?page=AttorneyBio&attno=72135

    Looks like he defends the guys that Kurt Zimmerman use to prosecute.

    Smart, well educated guy.

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  50. 9:37 Ever hear of SARCASM????

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  51. 8:55 - I do not plan on endorsing any candidates. As a matter of fact (and I will be posting about this in the next couple of days) I am offering a deal where for a mere $1,000 I will not only refuse to endorse you, but write articles critical of your candidcay and post them on this site.

    It is a gauranteed way to get elected. The best campaign spend anyone will ever make.

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  52. 9:12 it is not the agencies, it is the profit gleaned and accumulated in the banks by the agencies, who spent maybe 1% on city projects.

    Community Redevelopments agencies are financed and overseen by The Federal Reserve, go check their webiste.

    China only has 32% of our debt, not our money and the snake eating it's own tail is the Mortgage Derivatives which we know do not exist.
    China knows they do not exist. Probably getting hep to the Strategic Economic Agreement signed in 1987, by Bush with China. That got them to invest in the first place, and was a grifters ploy to get them to invest and then default on them. Unfortunately, it has seen the light of day revealed to the world. Besides you know that China is fill of newly built cities, uninhabited, unrented, unsold, The fed reserve, not Washington DC is choking on this 25 year old game with China and 60 years of interest gleaned from the bank accounts of the Redevelopment agencies is poof, gone poof, The chinese were smart enough to get secured, so yes they will get paid. Christopher Story said Obama had to give Interpol full access and postion over any US alphabet agencies, like a till tapper executing a writ on a bad judgement.

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  53. Politics in Sierra Madre. God I love it so.

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  54. White collar criminal defense?
    Maybe that's why he was so helpful to the continuation of the already discussed to death MacMansion discussion.

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  55. From the members only part of cyber bully report:

    Have to type it cause it won't let me edit and paste it:

    Anyone can be bullied just like anyone can browse of list of cyberbullies, but only members can expose cyber bullies themselves or post comments about documented incidences of harrassment. The same goes for posting information to other sections, as well as contacting another member. In order to contact a member you must first be a member at which pointyou can use the members onlycontact form to send messages.

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  56. I stand up for what I think is right and the truth. I am not on anyones side, I am my own person, which seems difficult for people to conceive in this town. I have been a police officer for 15 years and spent two of them dealing with guys like Matheson and the trail of people they destroy. I have been shot at, had several people try to kill me, had death threats, and seen horrors that no human should ever see. None of that emotionally effects me like the two years I spent in the Abused Child Unit. I rarely get angry, but things dealing with child abuse set me off. I do think I know more than most people on the subject because I suffered a living hell for two years fighting the worst evil and trying to do what I could to repair it. I knew that this backlash would occur if I spoke, but I knew I needed to because if I didn't I would be even more upset with myself that I didn't get off my chest what I believe needed to be said. Although I have said the exact same thing to several people on this site and they agreed with me. Where are those people now?

    I will never be anyone's puppet, not Josh Moran's, John Crawford's, Joe Mosca's, Bart Doyle's, any developer, or anyone else. I am a strong and fiercely independent person who is driven by a sense of integrity and right versus wrong. Anyone who has known me for any period of time can attest to that fact. Take some time and ask people who know me and they will tell you what kind of person I am. I am a man of principle and one who will stand up for what is right, regardless of the personal risk.

    I don't have any issue with John Crawford calling me out on this, that is his job. I told him early on that if I put myself in the political arena then I have no problem with he, or anyone else, printing the truth about me. As my friend, I want John to point out areas where he thinks I am wrong, friends owe that to each other, because it keeps us from heading down the wrong path. Last night, I believed trying to politicize the Matheson incident was wrong. I respect Faye and think she is an eloquent speaker who brings important issues to the podium.

    The one thing you might have noticed with me is you might not agree with me, but I am consistent. I will not change what I think or believe to get a vote. I don't want to win so bad that I will loose my integrity in the process.

    Chris Koerber and I are different in some ways, and the same in others. I am glad he is the person running against me, because I don't feel the same pressure to win. I am fine loosing the race to him, and if you think he will do a better job, please vote for him. Chris will preserve this town, and that is the most important thing to me.

    Oh, by the way, I have no clue who Mrs. Packer is, and have never worked with her son in any detective assignment. I don't have an accent and didn't go to a water fundraiser. I have only spoken to Susan Henderson once and that was at the volunteers dinner, and I have never written anything for the Mountain View News.

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  57. SCAG should be disbanded, RHNA numbers abandoned entirely, with cities allowed to go back to the basic business of appropriately serving their constituencies in this depressed economy, not bowing down to the development industry (BIA) and all of its crony organizations, like SCAG.

    As far as Colin B. having a moment of weakness - really??! The guy lives with Josh Moran and for that reason alone I would not cast my council vote in his direction. His standing up to defend Josh last night gives substance to my suspicion that he is indeed yet another cog in the downtown dirts' political machinery, yet another person willing to sell out to the BIA and to purposely obfuscate the truth in the process. The association is far too close for my comfort.

    Bucky not running for another term? What a shocker...happy news, yes, but that means someone else is running who will do the same job, playing the pawn for the profit mongers (could that be Colin??), so he feels comfortable bowing out. I'm sorry I missed Fay's apeech calling him to task for lacking even a minimal understanding of community leadership when it was most seriously needed (the Matheson case) - such a far cry from the effective and awe-inspiring leadership displayed by Zimmerman when he was mayor and our city was threatened by raging wildfire.

    If the poster's comments at 8:36 are true regarding the cost savings to contract out police services, then the decision appears to be hands down in favor of such a move. Since we are a much, much smaller municipality than La Canada, perhaps the cost savings would be even more substantial than the one million dollars noted.

    I sure hope that Mary Anne decides to run again. This city's future cannot afford the hit it will take if she is not again on council to offer the voice of reason and integrity.

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  58. Not everything is politics, Colin. This being a blog sometimes things are done for entertainment. Which is what, for many people, politics is. Just ask MSNBC or Fox News. And when a Councilman comes out and says he in no way has any knowledge of someone that he has been clearly pictured with, and in the happiest of Sierra Madre settings, that is more than fair game. Saying that people do not have the right to speculate about something as patently absurd as that, trying to make it seem as if it is some form of political incorrectness or attempt to bully or smear, is also politics. And that is the side you appeared to come down on last night.

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  59. Hey Colin!
    Saw you sitting with Toni Moran, Teri Buchanan and Carol Canterbury and a couple of other women I didn't know.
    They all gleefully applauded you when you attacked Fay Angus.
    Spare us the BS about what a great guy you are.

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  60. What I was commenting on is that people have tried to make people who know Matheson culpable for his actions. Ad that is what I focused on, pedophiles rarely let anyone know about their proclivity. I appreciate your pointing out to me how it was perceived, and I will attempt to clarify my intent.

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  61. 11:10 am, if you had actually seen what you describe you'd know that Colin sat several rows in front of Toni and Teri, Carol sitting in a row behind those two. Colin certainly knows them, it's no secret, but lying about what you saw to paint some sort of sinister plot is childish.

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  62. The best thing about Fay Angus is her from the gut honesty. She doesn't decide to go to Council because she's trying to win approval from her followers, she goes to right a wrong she perceives. She's endured much abuse at the hands of Sierra Madre's "special" people and made many enemies as a result. I believe Fay was chiding the Mayor and Mayor pro tem for their apparent blind eye to an horrific event that happened in our midst. Perhaps the language barrier precluded understanding her true intention -- she does speak English, you know.

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  63. Buchanan finally spoke about Matheson's crimes because Fay forced him to. If he had his way this would have been swept under the rug along with lying about water rate hike, the ALF units vs. suites nonsense, and his support for the Cumquat.

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  64. I was very disappointed with Colin's comments last night.

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  65. Colin, I saw your picture, I apologize, there was a real cutie with a strong irish or scottish accent, at the legal water rate fight fundraiser I thought his name was Colin.

    That aside, from your comments above

    Chris Koerber and I are different in some ways, and the same in others. I am glad he is the person running against me, because I don't feel the same pressure to win. I am fine loosing the race to him, and if you think he will do a better job, please vote for him. Chris will preserve this town, and that is the most important thing to me.

    If you can't fight for your city council seat how can citizens of Sierra Madre think you will fight for them? You basically just admitted you are a placeholder. If you got in this to lose why are you running?

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  66. Colin will fight for the police officer's union, he'll fight to get more taxes out of us, and he'll fight for any other development issues.
    Chris Koeber will not blindly support any of the above.
    Colin wouldn't get my vote with a gun to my head.

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  67. Colin,
    I haven't heard anybody on this blog "trying to make people who know Matheson culpable for his actions." Actually, the comments take Josh Moran to task for telling a reporter that he didn't know Matheson. The appropriate response from Josh should have been "I know Matheson, the arrest came as a complete surprise to me and was horrified to learn of his crimes." Josh lacked the political courage or common sense to just tell the truth.

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  68. Rick likes Colin, but . . .January 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    My comments regarding the La Canada numbers are taken from the published 2010 budgets for La Canada and Sierra Madre. Each can be viewed on line at the web site of the specific city.

    The last council killed the police contrating process by declaring that cost comparisons were not necessary because we could not replicate the level of service provided by SMPD. I happen to agree with that statement, though not in the way intended by the council.

    Colin, here are some questions:

    Where do you stand on the contracting out of our police services?

    At what percentage of the general fund does the maintenence of an independent police force cause you concern. the police departement presently consumes 50% of our $6 million general fund.

    At the very least, a real contracting process could be used to negotiate pay and pension reductions for the force, if we decide to keep it. Would you support such an effort?

    Would you see it necessary to recuse yourself from all consideration of police contracting issues?

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  69. Good Heavens, we don't even know who all is running yet and I am already disgusted.

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  70. I'm confused - I can't vote for both Colin and koerber? Can somebody list the candidates please.

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  71. I think Colin was just saying that Koerber has some similar views and he wouldn't mind losing to him. (Sorry - just posted)

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  72. Colin needs to get out more. Hanging around with the Morans and Buchanans has skewed his thinking.

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  73. I lived next door for several years to a LA Co Sheriffs homicide investigator who also wrote articles for Peter Pritchess. One of his observations to the Sheriff was the followind, as regards to owning mistakes: "if it is your shit on the sidewalk you better stop and pick it up--if someone has to pick it up for you it will be far worse..." i.e. own the mistake and make corrections.

    That is what some of our city council members, especially the mayor, the city manager, and some staff seem incapable of doing. That is why this town is a mess, -- I believe it is this incapability more than that they are actually corrupt.

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  74. for the 2 year seat (Mosca's vacated seat)
    currently: Chris Koerber/Colin Brauderick
    for the 4 year seats (2 open)
    currently: John Capoccia, John Harabedian,and?

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  75. Anybody know a guy named Eugene Goss? Apparently he has pulled papers for a City Council run.

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  76. Adios Mayor Ginger Head!January 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    let's stop being a bunch of sourpusses.

    in the last 60 days (i) joe mosca has left not only the town, but the country, and (ii) john buchannan has agreed to leave podium.

    they leave with only one major accomplishment - pissing people off so much that they passed measure V. way to go with DSP fellas!

    we should be celebrating good times, not acting cranky.

    Yes, Josh and Nancy are not great. But let's face the facts. They are dunderheads who will accomplish nothing. So, even though the new folks may not be perfect, I beleive that each will do his/her best to preserve the city as we love it - warts and all.

    ps: Colin, I want answers to my police questions.

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  77. Not that Colin needs defending, and I'm supporting Chris, but Colin is right about pornographers bent to do what they do in secret. I'll bet if you take a look at Coburn's pictures over the years, you'll see even some of the "good guys" pictured with the "bad guys" at City functions. Colin definded Denise, MaryAnn and the GPUC from Joe's rant and I didn't hear any thing from the Tattler about that.

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  78. You're kidding, right 1:30? Colin's defence of Denise was big news on the Tattler.

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  79. Hey Crawford! Great article on the PSN site!
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_19720781

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  80. Colin defended the GPUSC because....BECAUSE he needed to make them think he was on the side of presevation and slow sane growth.
    Some one else did that before the '06 election, lied to the entire community at the candidates forum....what was his name again, oh yeah, Joe MOSCA.

    Just say no to yet another Manchurian candidate....Colin Braudrick is not fit to be on our city council.

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  81. John Harabedian graduated from Yale in 2004, Oxford in 2006, and Stanford Law in 2010. He was admitted to the CA bar May of 2011. When has Mr. Harabedian had time in the last 11 years to be involved with Sierra Madre? Mary Ann, please run for Council. For the good of Sierra Madre, we need your experience.

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  82. Harabedian is listed on the Latham & Watkins website as a lawyer specializing in Securities Litigation and Professional Liability as well as White Collar Defense and Investigations. Perhaps I am miscontruing, but doesn't his job title indicate that this is yet another corporate attorney protecting high end bureaucratic clientele whose crimes against the public sector are, in essence, indefensible? This is not the man I want on our local city council.

    The firm at which Mr. Harabedian is employed, per its website, has grown into an "international powerhouse" and become one of the "global elite" law firms since the 1990s. I'd like to get a peek at their client list; I'll bet you'll find some significant world financial players on it.

    All that said, it would be interesting to hear why Mr. Harabedian is seeking a seat on our local city council and whether or not he has national party financial backing or even is being sponsored by his law firm to cover his campaign expenses. If either is true, I would question whether he would honor his obligation to serve the community or outside interests. Again, not someone I would like to see sitting on our city council. We sure have had our fill of corporate and/or Democratic or Republican backed attorneys who have no great interest in local politics except as a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities or as a bargaining chip for exalted power and profit...

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  83. Right, 4:19 pm. Yale, Oxford, and Stanford Law. Getting elected to the Sierra Madre City Council would pretty much guarantee his future with an "international powerhouse" and ensure his status as one of the "global elite".

    Get a grip, you idiot.

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    1. Hey 4:54... you're the idiot! Why the hell would I want a lawyer, who works for a major global law firm, that protects white collar crime defendants and corporate executives as my city councilman? Although....he'd be a perfect fit... old style g4... I'm sure Moron and Nancy would love to have him on board, sounds like the perfect replacement for JB.

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  84. I think anyone who would want to serve this wacky city at least deserves a chance to be heard out.

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  85. Eugene Goss... anyone know anything about him?

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  86. "a massive torrent of words" is the perfect description of our city council meetings.

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  87. Speaking of which, 5:27, the playback should be starting just about now. The remarks that seem to have generated all the controversy were early in the evening too, maybe about half an hour into it.

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  88. who is Colin dude?

    I've lived here over 15 years and never heard of him - not another newby I'm a do-gooder who has decided that he or she knows more what is best for the city because he or she is a lawyer?

    I've had enough of lawyers on the Council - except for Kurt. Most lawyers I have met in my 60 years are often light on the side of common sense.

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    1. I've lived here 11 years and have never heard of you either, Anon @ 5:33pm. If you'd bothered to read and retain any of the information that's been so thoughtfully written above, you'd know that Colin is an officer with LAPD. Feel free to read the material before you post, it will help you avoid looking foolish.

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  89. dang, I wanted to hear Buchanan have to explain once and for all to hear why he help organize and have city emergency meetings when it was a lie all along

    and why he thinks SCAG goals are right for Sierra Madre

    and why he tried to manipulate the city communications to intentionally misinform the citizens about the water tax hike

    bummmmmmmmmer

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  90. I for one never saw a personal connection between the child porno dude and anybody that hired him.

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  91. How wonderful it will be if the candidates identify themselves here, and answer questions about their agendas. One Tattler comment is worth a thousand campaign brochures.

    I'm not very optimistic, however, and expect variations of the "fake dog" gambit used so effectively by Mosca.

    By the way, knowing that Mr. Braudrick resides in Mr. Moran's residence, is what I would take as a "sign." A bad sign.

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  92. If The Tattler won't endorse a candidate, how about compiling a resume for each candidate, with ongoing input from those in the know.

    For example:

    Name:
    Address:
    Years in Sierra Madre:
    Occupation:
    Employer:
    Age:
    Significant Accomplishments:
    Clubs and Associations:
    Endorsed By:
    Positions On: UUT, Sheriffs, One Carter, The Skilled Nursing Facility, Montecito, Homeless Shelter, etc.

    Just a suggestion.

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    1. League of Women Voters stuff. Why not get them on it?

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  93. 5:58, good list. I am much more interested in hearing candidates' opinions about the UUT, Measure V, etc. etc. than which type of music they like.

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  94. Beatles or Rolling Stones?

    Neither.

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  95. Sorry I missed the first part of the cc mtg. Somehow, when I heard the CRA was history, my first thought was...OMG! Here's a perfect chance for the gang of 3 to BS their excuses for a 12% UUT & bingo! Don't let them fool you. 12% is highway robbery. Noooobody else pays 12% around here in "Ca!" Another worrisome thought..,gone, but not above subversive, behind the scenes politics and ex-mayors of Sierra Madre. So tired of land sharks, Gidget

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  96. Colin seems to be a good person, honest and ethical. He met the morans and hangs out with their friends. If he wants to win he needs to understand how this town was lied to by MOSCA et al. but, how can the slow growth people ever trust anyone ever again? Being burned has deep consequences.

    It is impossible to be associated with Moran & Co. Sadly, they have ruined their own reputation and those who are seen with/near them.

    Choose your friends wisely. You are associated by those you CHOOSE to be with.

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  97. I want a City Council that will tear down city hall and rebuild it from the roots up. We need to start all over again. The old model is broke and is nothing but a money pit.

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    1. I've lived in town for 37 years... the weeds always grow back.

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  98. 7:38, I agree. And there are probably many, many residents in this city and other cities who also agree.

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  99. I say we nominate Carol Cantaburry up for a city council position or even the next mayor. Instead of attending meetings, she will probably light candles and sparklers and glare through her binoculars all from within the comfort of her car and that darn 70's superhit music that she can't stop listening to.

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  100. 11:16 PM the League of Women Voters will not ask hard questions, and will not let the residents direct the topics, so nope.

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  101. I find it funny that everyone keeps saying that Colin was defending certain people from accusations that were never made. Ahem, excuse me, accusations were made via The Tattler. I love John Crawford but those accusations were made in this forum. And Colin was not defending per se, he was stating a psychological fact. Most people who are close to a pedophile do not know of their proclivities toward children. Pedophiles do not openly ask their friends for kiddy porn. They do it secretly via the internet or through travel abroad.

    You are trying to make more of it then it is. Yes, Colin lives with Josh. Who cares? Quit tying him to the Moran clan. He is speaking of fact (and experience) and defending those who were accused on this blog. I would have done the same.

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  102. You have examples?

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  103. 8:53, examples? Please be more specific. To whom and to what are you referring?

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  104. I find it hard to believe that there are those whose reaction to the Matheson mess is how it reflects upon them. This is the ultimate in self-involvement and narcissism.

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  105. since this thread will not dieJanuary 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Mr. Braudrick took the city hall approach: first and foremost, defend the people who were associated with Matheson against perceived slights, and, secondly, don't address the city's lack of communication to the residents about the criminal. It was an exact echo of Susan Henderson's blurb.

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  106. If the Tattler hadn't told us about this sorry excuse for a man, we might still not even know about him.

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