Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Always Something, Isn't It?

There are a number of long developing stories that we have been following here on The Tattler. The Kensington being one of them, and the truly bizarre happenings at The COG being another. And now we have a couple of new items that will move these two stories along a little bit more. As is always the case, we're here to share.

Over at Bill Coburn's Sierra Madre News.net there is the following item listed under the rubric "Kensington Update."

Danny Castro, Director of Development Services, confirmed for me today that the Kensington Assisted Living Project is one of the items on the City Council agenda at its June 26th meeting. He also clarified that the Council must review the Specific Plan and the Text Amendment of the Municipal Code for the Overlay Zone, and that the Planning Commission had not approved the Specific Plan at their Thursday meeting as we had reported in our earlier article. Apparently, it was only recommended for approval ... Castro did note that while the Council does not have to review the Conditional Use Permit, which was approved by the Planning Commission, they could very well choose to review that as well.

What Bill has reviewed for us here certainly are all parts of the overall picture, but one should never allow yourself too get too lost in the minutia of such things. The far more important issue here is whether or not the City Council agrees to allow the Kensington Project to go on the November ballot, and as a true Measure V vote of the people. If the Council does, then they will have followed the law. And if they end up concocting some meaningless rubbish based on much of the above in an attempt to get around that voter mandated and very important legal requirement? Then they will have, and with no doubt whatsoever, broken the law.

Bill has posted an interesting cart for us, but somehow he forgot to put the horse in front of it.

We have received the "Agenda and Notice" for a special SGVCOG Governing Board Special Meeting. As is usual for such affairs, this one will take place at the Edison owned quarters located at 6090 North Irwindale Avenue in the City of Irwindale itself. Look for that toddling town's signature 3 story sand grader skyline as you head due east on the 210.

It truly is quite a document. The first thing that jumps out at me is this marvelous typo:

Request from Supervisor Gloria Molina to response to letter received by her office from Gil Aguirre.

I'm not quite certain what exactly that sentence is meant to mean, but the agenda information attached to this item states that the recommended action is to tell Legal Counsel how he is "to prepare response to Supervisor Molina." So perhaps the Supervisor has asked the COGsters what in the name of God is going on over there, and can they please explain?

But I have to say, Gil Aguirre does seem to be on the collective mind of the SGVCOG these days. I guess a full-on raid of their offices by the Public Integrity arm of the L.A. District Attorney's office can focus peoples' minds on the more important matters. If you think I am speaking wrongly here, then check out the Closed Session Agenda for this meeting:

8.0 Conference with legal counsel re: pending litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(a) -- Gil Aguirre v. San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case Number BS132514.

9.0 Evaluation of performance of Executive Director pursuant to Government Code section 54957.

10.0 Conference with legal counsel re: anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(b)(3)(C) - claim or other written communication threatening RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) litigation received from Gil Aguirre.

Now THAT is some kind of closed session. And I certainly cannot imagine a more awkward setting for Executive Director Nick Conway to be receiving his job performance evaluation. Of course, this is the COG, so maybe they'll give him a raise and an attractively engraved Southern California Edison snow globe.

This should be an interesting get together. We will have a more in depth preview of this meeting next Tuesday.

There is one other item that I need to make you aware of today, and it comes from the Sierra Madre Patch.

Cow Stolen From Mother Moo Creamery - The iconic cow that sits outside Mother Moo Creamery in Kersting Court has been stolen. Karen Klemens, the ice cream shop's owner, contacted the Sierra Madre Police Department Thursday after she opened the shop at noon and noticed that the cow was missing.

I guess we know what the banner headline is going to be on this week's edition of the Looney Views News. But this story, as troubling as it is, has opened up another can of worms for us.

Police were able to get their hands on a surveillance video that allegedly shows an adult female walking away with the cow, said Sgt. Esther Doyle. 'We're working on identifying this person and seeing what kind of background they have," said Sgt. Doyle. "It's a great start."

Correct me if I am wrong here, but isn't it the policy of the Sierra Madre Police Department not to comment about on-going investigations? It looks to me like a crucial bit of evidence, the video surveillance tape of the woman walking off with Moo's cow, was identified by Sgt. Doyle. Will this in any way compromise the case should the culprit be apprehended?

As we saw with the EVG Gas Station identity theft affair, and the still on-going (I assume) investigation into the Matheson sex offender registration matter, it has long been the hard and fast policy of the SMPD not to discuss, and in any way whatsoever, on-going investigations.

So what is it that has made the Mother Moo cow theft case so different?

It's always something, isn't it?

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52 comments:

  1. The theft of Mother Moo's cow makes it official, nothing is sacred for these thieves.

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  2. There was a cow theft on Grandview between Baldwin and Mountain Trail several years back. South side of the street. A flurry of letters to the editors then nothing more. I can only assume it's still under investigation

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    1. Maybe the PD has a case of cowaphilia on its hands.

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  3. The missing cow case was reminiscent of a Hardy Boys mystery that led those boys in blue to become our protectors in the first place, and they just couldn't help themselves. You know those that cant do, become cops.

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  4. Where's this "surveillence" camera? You mean Big Brother is watching us on our walkability walks down Baldwin?

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    1. Good point. And who monitors it?

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    2. Camera is probably at the Chase Bank branch.

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    3. I am not sure you are right, 7:41. I'd long heard rumors of a "Kersting cow-cam."

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    4. Just think all those Family Fun movie nights in Kersting Court are actually being video taped! And, of course, any illegal smoking activity at the sidewalk cafes. So they send tickets by mail?

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    5. Wherever you go, whatever you do, when you are downtown The Wistaria is watching.

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    6. Cowsting Court

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    7. This is serious, people. We're talking about a possible mooving violation here.

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    8. I've searched the City's fee schedule and can't find any mention of advertising cows. Did Karen and Elaine miss an opportunity?

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    9. Looks to me like this cow was an outside advertising display. The time it would take a city employee to fill out a form with the words "cow," "moo," and "advertising display" would cost the city around $500. That needs to be recouped.

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    10. I agree with the seriousness of this, 10:12. I first herd about it yesterday.

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    11. The Chief just held a press conference. I was shocked to see that nobody from The Tattler was there. The big news is they are bringing in a detective from the Hollywood Division to investigate the theft. His name is Sargeant Bo Vine. He is supposed to be at the very top of his profession.

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    12. We have definitely milked this thread for all it's worth.

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    13. Definitely some of the later puns have pailed in comparison.

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    14. I blame Moooove On.org.

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  5. So does Conway's performance evaluation include his grab for a pension? Or is that off the table by now?

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  6. With the Measure V vote there is a very important legal principle here, and one that City hall lives by. If Colantuono and Levin say its legal, then you can't afford to prove it isn't.

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  7. Why no commment from officer berry sour pussJune 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Look you nay-sayers. This is why we have our very own police force. To catch platic cow thieves (thieves of plastic cows?).

    A petty crime about which the Sheriff or some other contracted force would not bother to comment receives from SMPD a complete comment from a super cute police sergeant!

    this is why we pay that extra $1 million plus a year! this is why we need to increase the UUT!! this is why we need to close the pool on weekends!!! etc.!!!!

    Hooray for the crime fighters of SMPD!!!!!

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  8. Seriously folks, cows aside, The 26th is our last chance to get a Measure V vote on the ALF project. If you do not show up in force for that meeting, the deed is done, and the vote will only mean that you approve of the project or not, and will not amend Measure V for this project. Even though the specific plan will apply to this project and this project only, it sets a president that can be used for other projects in the downtown area to avoid a Measure V vote.

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  9. Seriously folks, cows aside, if we do not attend the Council Meeting in force on the 26th all chances for a Measure V vote will be gone and the only vote will be if you like the project or not. The Kennsington Specific Plan will apply only to the site across the street, but it will set a president for other projects to be built in the downtown area without a Measure V vote. Since the initial Planning Commission Meeting, there have been four or five people who have been speaking for you at the Planning Commission meetings, so it looks like only four or five people object to the steamrolling of the project by Danny and Attorney Scott. Come prepared with a simple message and give a copy to the City Clerk to be included in the minutes. All you need to say is, nothing will be acceptable except a vote to amend Measure V to take the two pieces of property out of the downtown area and allow the ALF to be built with an excess of dwelling units - not suites.

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  10. Hey, at least the cow isn't a real cow, therefore not contributing to global warming!

    What's with the SMPD doing giving all these tickets out? Not just in Sierra Madre, which they are doing at an alarming rate, but in Arcadia and Pasadena as well?
    We spotted them yesterday on the west side of Santa Anita Ave. down almost to Sycamore in Arcadia, giving a ticket. What's with that?
    Are they now contracted by the Arcadia police to give tickets there?
    They have also been seen down on Michilinda in Pasadena and west of Michilinda on Sierra Madre Blvd, also in Pasadena.

    Sierra Madre is not only a crime bed, but a ticket trap as well!
    And of course, the convicted porn/phile Matheson is still out and about and hopefully not preying on our young boys in Sierra Madre.

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    1. So much for our faux PO Department.They are not competent to "solve Crime" but they do a heck of a job in harassing both local and visiting motorist thru their frenzied issuance of Citations.This must be great for our beleaguered business community!For a $1,000,000 plus,we are getting s.....d!Enough!!!

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  11. As we saw during the Planning Commission farce, we will be bombarded with seemingly important details regarding various planning issues throughout the discussion by the City Council. It is important for everyone to remember that ALL OF THESE ISSUES ARE COVERED BY MEASURE V. Mayor Snotty and the rest do not want to see this go to the ballot, and will do everything they possibly can to stop it. The vote is the issue.

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  12. I love it! Mayor Snotty and Lookie Here Nancy. Sounds like a rock band in the making. Right you are 11:54, the vote is the issue and we all need to remember that. We got Measure V in there, we need to keep it there, and don't let Nancy take us out!

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  13. Here is the guideline. Everything Mayor Snotty does and says during the City Council discussions on Measure V are designed to kill it. That is all he cares about. A fake vote is fine with him, it just can't be a Measure V vote. Believe nothing he says, he is trying to steal your rights.

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    1. Bill Coburn's piece this morning did strike me as being a bit opaque.

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  14. Do you think Mayor Snotty had someone swipe the cow? Would have made a good party prop over at Josh's "animal house".
    Sierra Madre has never been more of a joke, trouble is it's a CRUEL joke...on us.

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  15. Is that the same Karen Clemons who married Jim Moran and lives down on Orange Grove, the same Karen who used to date Rob Stockley, the same Karen who passes as an architect but has never passed the board testing to obtain her license, so in reality she is still just a "designer?"

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    1. Nope 12:28 pm. She is the Karen Klemmons who is about a foot shorter and several gallons of ice cream more plumped out; a Master Food Preservationit, who is a businesswoman and a world away from architecture. Does not live on Orange Grove and is not the wife of Jim Moran or the mother of twins.

      So if you have been avoiding Mother Moo's because you've mixed up your Karens, you're quite mistaken. I urge you to try the salty chocolate. It is truly to die for.

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    2. If someone else could verify this, that it's not the same Karen, this is good to know. We have not patronized the place because we thought she was the owner.

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    3. Stick your head in the door about noon. She's the short, robust middle aged woman with salt and pepper grey hair. Then you can buy your ice cream with a clear conscience.

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    4. 12:55 pm, you're sounding very much like the Mayor who advocated boycotting Sierra Madre businesses a few years ago. They're your dollars and you can spend them as you will. But trying to establish a connection to someone you dislike is childish at best, and repehensible at worst. Stop spreading hate.

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    6. Heavens that was some salty language!

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    7. Why would anyone avoid patronizing Mother Moos because they thought it was owned by karen Klemens Moran. Karen is a nice young woman. She does excellent architectural design work too. So what if she has not passed the exam. She has a degree in architecture. You dont really need the license you can get an engineer to sign the drawings. Now as far as the missing cow. I think its a stunt by the Mother Moo owner karen. I believe she called the news teams out to report on this just for free publicity. The whole story is stupid. Big deal someone took something in front of a store. I took something from Leonora Moss about 12 years ago that was out in front of their store. The next day I went in and they were telling me they were robbed the night before. I forget the daughters name but the spoiled Brandley girl was in tears that her display was stolen. I was laughing inside and have been thinking of returning the item after all these years just to mess with her.

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  16. Why doesn't the SMPD turn the vide shot of the cow thief over to Bill Coburn and Patchy so the community can help identify and locate the miscreant? My money's on a Lucky Baldwin's regular who after sipping a bit too much sauce exercised her constitutional right to do a really really stupid thing. Just arrange a date with Mother Moo, the SMPD and Bill Coburn (on behalf of the Chamber) and return the cow. Say it followed her home or something equally dumb...

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  17. Sorry the cow was swiped, but now another (plus others) naive among us has the eyes opened. Sorry to be asking this too late, but wouldn't it have been easy to have little wheels on a platform and roll the cow into the creamery shed each night?

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    1. Let's move this conversation to the police report which frequently details the loss of laptops, purses, credit cards and all manner of important items. The preponderance of these reports will include the phrase "unlocked". So if dozens of Sierra Madres residents have their cars and garages burgled because they are unlocked, can a business woman who located in Sierra Madre because of the perceived wholesomeness of the community be blamed for not returning the cow to the barn at closing?

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  18. Many times in the past I have heard the police admonish the homeowner to make the possibility of property crime less likely through the safe keeping of your stuff: close and lock garage doors, lock cars and keep valuables out of view, lock your house, too, why not while you're at it.

    It would be helpful if the police has a realtime crime report page on the city web site so residents could be aware of what is going on in their neighborhood. Now we have to look at our zip code on a state-wide site as was mentioned by someone at a city council meeting recently.

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  19. I didn't see any mention on Bill's chatty blog about the new hair salon in town, Alden's. Alden's is owned by a couple of local women and located above Corfu. They've been open just a few weeks and have received very good reviews word of mouth.

    So that's a martial arts studio, a new hair salon, Billy Sullivan's wine tasting room, and workmen renovating the former Cafe 322. Not that I'm excited about Fresh & Easy but its also on the radar. Setting aside political ideologies, that's a lot of activity for a tiny downtown. Dr. Sami's offices have broken ground. A high end antique shop emerged when Iris Intrigue closed. I forgot to mention the Sierra Madre Hotel and the Kensington.

    Regardless of your biases... this was all done without the benefit of the $30K Market Study and a "Branding" campaign.

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  20. LAist website has a picture up of the cow thief. Apparently taken from the cow cam. Click on my name to witness the thief's shame.

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  21. I'm not in Sierra Madre and environs much at all because I know about all the trap ticketing going on over there. Skipped the Cafe 322 final blowout, too. Shopping on the internet and viewing uploaded party pics/vids the next day seems better all the time. Saves gas, too.

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  22. It looks to me like the the camera is at the jewelers.

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    1. I hear we have to look at possible past crimes as this one was a "teat for tat" situation.

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  23. I cannot tell a lie, it's Nancy "fingers" Walsh.

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  24. I hope F & E locates at Howies, it will save the scale of the corner

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  25. My home was robbed back in 2007 and was incorrectly reported in the blotter as 'unlocked'. Like the half-interested cop simply checked the wrong box on his form or something...

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