Friday, July 6, 2012

Sierra Madre Dodges July 4th Crime Wave

Now you might think a holiday that features a parade with school children, marching bands, vintage automobiles and the enthusiasts who keep them on the road, plus a bevy of politicians hoping to win both the love of the crowd and their votes, would make for a fairly peaceful kind of day. And, of course, there are also picnics, family get-togethers, and fireworks as well.

But apparently I am a naive and overly trusting person who has lived a protected life, blissfully unaware of the dangers this city faces on a daily basis. Because according to an article up on the Sierra Madre Patch things are pretty bad out there, and are only going to get worse.

No July 4 Arrests in Sierra Madre - One of the most dangerous days of the year for DUIs and other incidents was pretty quiet in Sierra Madre.

While the California Highway Patrol reports almost 500 DUI arrests as of Wednesday night over the course of a multi-day DUI task force, only one was reported in Sierra Madre over the past week, Sierra Madre Police Officer Henry Amos told Patch Thursday.

As for July 4 Sierra Madre arrests in general, Amos said none were reported and it appeared there was no increased criminal activity on Wednesday. "As far as I know it was pretty quiet," said Amos.

Officer Amos, who is also known in this town by the monikers "Dead Eye," "Shaky" and "Harry on the Spot" due to his proclivity for shooting first and asking questions later, could very well have played a role in this. While the rest of Los Angeles County roiled beneath a wave of drunkenness and violence, we here in Sierra Madre were safely tucked away on an island of comparative tranquility and safety. Perhaps it is officers like Harry Amos and their "quick justice" policing that make it all possible.

While at the 4th of July parade I noticed that The Mountain Views News entourage was sporting a large banner elegantly duct taped to the side of a vintage pickup truck in support of the campaign to "Label GMOs!" However, there was little on this sign explaining what it's all about, Alfie. Which is hardly surprising for a MVN supported effort.

Often an air of mystery envelopes a lot of that paper's reporting as well. Let's face it, there are many things in this town you just are not supposed to know, and The Looney Views News (as it is affectionately known to many here), fully supports news suppression in the name of community cohesion. Ignorant residents are just happier, I guess. Something which perhaps explains the great joy many living here feel almost daily.

However, fearing the worst as I often do, I decided I should look into this matter. It turns out that GMOs are Genetically Modified Foods, and there will be a measure on this November's ballot that will, should the voters wish, allow you to know if the cabbage or fresh broccoli you are about to purchase is as God intended, or has somehow been altered by less trustworthy scientists. GMOs are widely believed to turn people into the walking dead at the secret signal of forces we dare not mention here. People need to be made aware of this in order to properly decide whether or not they want to participate in the rapidly approaching Zombie Apocalypse.

According to polling (click here) GMO labeling has the support of anywhere from 80% to 96% of all Americans who both eat and vote, so this is apparently not all that controversial a matter. But it is good to see The Looney sticking its neck out on this issue, anyway.

While the MVN entourage slid by I did take the opportunity to ask Susan if she has paid the Dunns the tens of thousands of dollars she owes them from the "Two Friends" Court settlement of a few years back. After all, technically Ms. Henderson doesn't actually own the paper she claims to publish until these matters are finally cleared up. And while I didn't get much in the way of an informative answer, the pilot of the vintage maroon Cadillac convertible (cut low) who was driving Miss Susan, along with the frontline of the Miami Dolphins, did pull out his wallet and offer to pay off that debt right on the spot.

I didn't really believe that he had that kind of cash on him, however. Not in these crime-ridden times. And I was not prepared to handle a credit card transaction at the parade, either. Though I did ask him if perhaps Susan's law degree might be in there. I didn't get much in the way of a satisfactory answer to that question, either.

The Gold Line Stops In Azusa

It looks like the Gold Line dream will come to an end in Azusa. Which is where many dreams go to die, I suspect. Though I did buy lottery tickets at a liquor store there once, so at least that possibility still exists. You do have to be in it to win it, you know.

But that whole song and dance we were fed a few years back about the Gold Line eventually going to such storied places as Ontario International Airport? Force fed to the people back when the authorities were looking for us to vote into existence some sort of public transportation tax initiative or other? Gone with the wind I'm afraid. Though it can hardly be said that this is the first bait and switch that has been run on us. Heck, the PUSD plays that lucky number on us every decade or so.

This from the highly respected San Gabriel Vally Business Journal (click here):

MTA Says No to Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas, Claremont - The second phase of the Gold Line extension project has been given the ax. During last weeks meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, MTA Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy replied, "You are going to think I am a monster for saying this: The Gold Line is funded to Azusa. Period."

I am not sure "monster" is the word I would have used. Something more anatomical comes to mind.

The article goes on to say that the money will instead be used for those portions of Los Angeles County where people are unfortunate enough to have to ride MTA public transportation. Places such as downtown L.A., El Monte, Whittier and (paradoxically) the South Bay. Something likely to horrify the residents of Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches. Good on them, I say.

And then there is this:

Due to the fact that the Gold Line extension to Claremont was left out of the proposal, some COG members want to oppose A.B. 1466. A.B. 1466 calls for a ballot measure for this November that would remove the sunset clause from Measure R. If approved by the voters it would erase a termination date and continue indefinitely. The belief is that it would allow the MTA to borrow against future revenues and move more money into capital projects.

Now here's a loaded question. How excited are you to be able to vote for a ballot measure that will not only financially reward the MTA for stiffing us on some previously made promises, but also allow them to take on a lot more debt? All so they can build their damn trollies elsewhere?

I personally will not be voting in favor of Measure R. I probably wouldn't have anyway, but not with the kind of brio I will vote No now.

Rumor Heard at the 4th of July Parade

Normally I do not traffic in rumors. Unless, of course, they are good ones. The criteria for that being whether or not they will upset or distress the right people. If it looks like they will, then I go for it.

What this choice little number states is that the City of Sierra Madre paid a whole lot more for that Buxton "Consumer Study of Shopping Behavior" than the $30,000 advertised. With the actual figure being something well over $100,000.

Anyone wishing to send any corroborating info our way on this matter is welcome to do so. And yes, we gladly accept anonymous tips. Especially if they include documents.

Happy Friday.

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48 comments:

  1. The Gold line would have been a roaring success, generating more money than LA County would need to extend it anywhere, if the first places served were LAX and Burbank airports. Express trains there from a variety of stations would do the trick.

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    1. But Downtown L.A. was fading. The choice was made to force people to come to it.

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  2. Should we be building the Green Committee's Transportation Village in Downtown Sierra Madre if the Gold Line is only going to go as far as Azusa? Sounds to me like it will be more of a Transportation Ghost Town.

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  3. Henderson will never pay her debts.

    Cons just keep on taking; they don't give, except the little calculated bits they need to give, in order to keep on taking.

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  4. 6:35, I agree, keep talking and tell us more.

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  5. nobody is or was ever going to build a transportation village in Sierra Madre the tracks in case you did not notice do not run through town

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    1. Umm, there are these things call buses. They don't run on tracks, but they are considered by many as being public transportation. And according to our overlords in Sacramento if something like the 210 Trolly is connected to a place like Sierra Madre by bus service (which it already is), then we need to accommodate Transit Village style development. All in the name of saving the world from global warming. Sounds wild and crazy, I know. But we are talking the government here.

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    2. Hence the little wagon that loops to Sierra Madre Villa Station, 7:08.

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  6. Just this one thing alone is enough to cause great concern. With such outside attacks what can our city do? Maybe we could establish Sierra Madre as a preserve/sanctuary type of city, a city that would protect it's TAX payers from the likes of COG and the Green Committee's Nonsense.

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  7. I pity San Dimas. First they lose a Congressman, then they lose the Tunerville Trolly.

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  8. I know two people on the Green Committee who are very decent, dedicated people. One other receives much abuse on this blog because of connections with unfavored politicos in town, the other two I do not know. I believe that the committee was given a truncated staff directive by a harried city employee who was being jerked around by the former mayor and the city manager to jump through hoops to get something in writing to meet a mandate from the state.

    Overall, being smart about environmental issues has been good for Sierra Madre, withness the long efforts of the Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council that grew out of Earth Day in the early 1970's and CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act which grew out of Friends of Mammouth effort to preserve that mountain resort, In Sierra Madre in the 1980-90's people worked hard to preserve the hillsides, beating back developers by evaluating projects with CEQA, with major successess until the Bart Doyle, Enid Joffee, John Buchanan, Rob Stockley (George Maurer voted no) City Council rolled over and let the 1 Carter project go forward, ignoring the Hillside Ordinance's controlling features.

    Downtown Sierra Madre is never, never going to be of much use as an overbuilt transportation village. El Monte is right on the 10 Freeway (we are a good distance from the 210) and is a mess with a transportation village in hock up to its eyeballs with overextended city money and a lawsuit and counter suit from the developer(s).

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    1. If you put your name to something like the Green Committee Accords, which calls for SCAG transportation development in downtown Sierra Madre, you deserve what you get.

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    2. Absolutely, 7:24 am.
      The Green Committee is not a good thing.

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    3. Just another transparent ploy to bring big development to Sierra Madre.

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    4. I hear you 7:16, but why didn't the committee actually work on our town, instead of the UN Accords? They lost my support when they left local realities.

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    5. One of those committee members, Kim Clymer, used her truck in the parade to support the Mountain Views News. She also stood solidly behind "Traitor" Joe Mosca. She's a development industry toadie, by all appearances, and yet she's chairing the Green Committee. Tells you who controls that committee and what direction they are going with their efforts. As has so often happened in the last few years, the "green" terminology has been co-opted by profit mongers who have invested deeply in development schemes all across the state (and the nation, as well); this committee is just a front to pursue the green money goals of a privileged few and Clymer, by her own actions and sordid associations, has earned whatever contempt is heaped on her head on this blog.

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    6. Her 1960's pick em up truck that gets about 8 miles to the gallon spewing hydrocarbons out the tailpipe? That truck? She's such a phony.

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  9. Don't forget the green line, goes right by LAX, but doesn't stop there.

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    1. Yeah, you need to catch a bus there, too.

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    2. Taxi and Bus Driver's unions responsible for that one during final planning approval phase. Powerful group
      http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/sep2000/la-s21.shtml

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  10. What is missing are all the one legged souls. I remember in the 30"s and 40's a true measure of a town's ecconomic viability was the number of amputees seen on the street. (that is "railroad caused amputees"). It was a cheap trip to hop a freight for the cross town trip...you just wanted to be "sure of foot" on that hop. It was the same with the advent of the corn picker where a stuck cob resulted in a missing arm. Survival of something or other I guess. Think of all the legs the MTA is saving.

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  11. The Bill CollectorJuly 6, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Susan can get away with not paying her bills and still be a leader. Thanks for asking her, John. We all should remember to "remind" her. Time to pay up Susan. And, what about the housekeeper?

    If anyone owed her money I am sure they would suffer immensely.

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    1. Yes, she still has not paid her housekeeper, as far as I know.
      Susan is a bad person, a very bad person. Sociopath personality.

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  12. Only in Sierra Madre would a police officer who doesn't follow basic police procedure, tows a vehicle to the station without checking the interior, opens the rear hatch and freaks out when a sleeping man emerges and proceeds to shoot the unarmed man in the back - only in Sierra Madre would that officer still be allowed to carry a gun.

    Officer Amos - I'm still amazed he was able to dig the bullet out of his shirt pocket, load his gun with his single bullet and shoot it straight. Of course he might have been shooting straight up but his shaky hands pointed directly at a slumbering person.

    How much money did the city have to pay out on that lawsuit?

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    1. Every time I see that dude I get a strange tingling feeling in the middle of my back.

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  13. If you wonder why our transportation dollars are not being used as promised, you only have to look at the cost per rider on the Gold line and also the cost per rider for the round about, and you will see it would cost out the same as picking people up in limos and take them to wherever they need to go instead..

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  14. We are made part of the "transportation corridor" by having the round about running (at any cost).
    Otherwise we would be considered unworthy by the state to turning our downtown into "tenement" city.

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    1. I never quite figured the "low income housing" idea. What is the first thing someone will do with the money they save on rent? Buy a car, of course. Who in their right mind would take public transportation unless they were forced to do it?

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  15. Oh the handcuffs... Stop choking the poor chicken!

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    1. I hear he didn't have a permit for feathers.

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    2. Will the handcuffs make us more sustainable?

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    3. I hear he got 2 weeks in the pen.

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    4. What is that picture for, anyway?

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    5. It shows the proper Police procedure for restricting the mobility of chickens who have been brought in for questioning.

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    6. It is a best practices issue, 11:06. Very much tied in with process.

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    7. so you're saying it's a processed chicken?

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    8. Let's just say he was served.

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  16. I've done some calling around re the cost of the Buxton report. Here's what may have happened: the Buxton company responded to the RFP the City issued for a not to exceed price of $30,000 and suceeded in winning the contract. Afterwards the Buxton representative chatted it up with many local business owners in an effort to generate even more revenue. The nature of the chat went something like: we're doing this way below what we usually charge ($100,000) in an effort to gin up additional business. If you (the business owner) would like an indepth proposal for your business we could offer you a very attractive deal tailored specifically to your needs.

    I personally think that at $30,000 it was money not wisely spent and that soliciting the local business is somehow unethical, but then that's me.

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  17. Ha! 10:37
    Me too! Unethical. This is nothing new for our fiscally irresponsible council majority of Moran, Walsh and Harabedian, all controlled by Bart Doyle.
    The idea is to bankrupt Sierra Madre.
    These people want big centralized government! This is what they want.
    It's not only unethical, but unstainable .
    Good people have got to stand up.
    I hope all loyal Tattler readers will attend Tuesday night's city council meeting.
    Stand up against this evil plan. Most of you support John Crawford and his valiant efforts to save our town. Chris Koerber and John Capoccia need your support as well.
    Join Crawford, MaryAnn MacGillivray, Kurt Zimmerman and dozens of slow growth patriots who will be fighting for us, and our town!

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    1. They think that we won't fight, and that they can break the law and steal our right to vote on downtown development. They will break the law if they feel safe. We need to take them out of their comfort zone.

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    2. They cannot break the damn law. Jeez, they are supposed to be stewards of the law.

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    3. Josh and Nancy just do as they're told. The wouldn't know the law from a jelly donut.

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    4. It's supposed to work that that public servants promote and ensure a law-abiding public, not the other way around!

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    5. The sad thing is our tax money goes to pay for attorneys to defend the city from charges of illegally stealing our rights. If that isn't corruption, I don't know what is ...

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  18. I just saw James Carlson, adviser to the Green Committee, taking pictures on East Grand View. I wonder what he's up to...

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    1. Close to Stonehouse?

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    2. Just to keep things in perspective, Mr. Carlson was taking pictures of a tree that was on the TAC July agenda. And you know, I am sure that if you had stopped to ask he would have told you.

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