Thursday, September 27, 2012

In Today's Pasadena Star News: Who Stole Sierra Madre's PUSD Board of Education Seat?

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In a recent Star News column on local Pasadena politics Larry Wilson came up with what for some of us in Sierra Madre was a kind of revelation. Or at least it was somebody's revelation, with Larry being happening enough to quote his informed yet unnamed source for an op-ed piece. Here is what was said in that day's portion:

Back to the Pasadena School District: "Scott Phelps will probably be challenged on the west side by Ken Chawkins, who chaired the PUSD redistricting task force. Roberta Martinez and Khatchik Chahinian, both of the task force, are said to be running in their newly defined districts."

Since that column was published two of those suspected candidates have gone on to deny they are seeking Board of Education seats. Whether this actually means they are not running, or just in a politically convenient denial phase, remains to be seen.

This set off some bells here in the Foothill Village because, as I shall reveal, it was not the first time we'd heard such a thing. The following passage, posted anonymously to my blog, the Sierra Madre Tattler, said something quite similar. The rub being it was written before the (deep breath now) Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education sub-districting ballot question, Measure A, was even voted upon by We the People. Or at least those few among us who had actually bothered to vote last June. Here is how this prescient post went:

The fact is the commission that drew up the maps and decided which sub-districts would get elected first was made up of failed Board of Education and Pasadena City Council candidates.

Their names are: Ken Chawkins, who lives in West Pasadena. He failed in his run for school board and so drew a District for himself and designated it open in 2013. Roberta Martinez, who lives in Northwest Pasadena. She failed in her run for school board and so drew a District for herself and designated it open in 2013. And Khatchik Chanhinian, who lives in North East Pasadena. He failed in his run for Pasadena City Council.

These are the true reasons why the Districts were drawn the way they were and why Sierra Madre has to wait until 2015. So that the Sub-District Commission members designated the seats they intend to run in  upfront in 2013.

Mark my words. The three Commission members will all pull papers to run for school board in 5 months to run in the sub-districts they created for themselves and made sue were available in 2013.

Something that distinctly smelled like a conflict of interest, and could even be something worse should it come to pass.

What makes all of this so poignant to Sierra Madreans now is that Measure A passed, and having done so kicked us to the back of the democracy bus. While the majority of these shiny new Pasadena Board of Education "sub-districts" will be electing their first ever exclusive representation in 2013, our own district, along with a couple of others, will not get to choose representatives until the year 2015, a full two years later.

This while the aforementioned Chawkins, Martinez and Chanhinian are all rumored to be running next year for Board seats they themselves designated as open for business. Done with only their own political careers in mind.

Equally dismaying is that the two former Mayors Sierra Madre had sent to this PUSD Sub-Districting Task Force Commission to protect our interests, Joe Mosca and Bart Doyle, sat quietly by as our rights to equal Board of Education representation were blatantly ripped off. With Doyle going so far as to claim that the reason for this was because some current "at-large" representatives needed to be allowed to serve out their terms, which end in 2015. Our second class status being due to luck of the draw.

Something that we now suspect was not true.

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58 comments:

  1. So Board Member at large Ed Honowitz, who is reportedly assigned to Sierra Madre school (see PUSD board profiles)- can serve out his term?
    From all accounts, ED Honowitz should be RECALLED! His shady dealings in a number of situations serving powers that be in Pasadena. They need to close that questionable PUSD property situation with Honowitz and his wifey-poo.

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    1. Ed Honowitz will end his term in 2013. Both Elizabeth Pomeroy and Ed Honowitz are in the same newly drawn district. There is a rumor that Ed will not run again for the PUSD board and may run for Pasadena City Council.

      There is another rumor that Victor Gonzalez, who was also a task force member, might run in 2013.

      It is my understanding that Katchik Chahinian lives in newly drawn district #2. This district does not vote until 2015.

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    2. I meant 2015 for Gonzalez

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    3. Oh dear. The disinformation squad is back. And they can't even get their made up story right.

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  2. Of course the PUSD redistricting committee took care of themselves first. Why else would they be there?

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    1. They should just call it "The Trough."

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  3. The fugitive Joe Mosca, cut and run, or wherever he is. Thankfully for all of us.

    Bart Doyle, why don't you just leave Sierra Madre.
    At least 3/4 of the people in Sierra Madre do not like you, to put it mildly.
    You are the reason for 97% of our troubles here in Sierra Madre.
    You are a malafactor, a scoundral and just a bad guy.
    Do the right thing for once in your life, and get out of town.

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  4. This article is one of the Tattler's that really needed to be read in the larger region, so good job to the Pasadena Star News!

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    1. According to the Los Angeles Newspaper Group the combined daily circulation of these 3 papers is just under 300,000.

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    2. SGVN is a sinking ship. The Whittier Daily News is closing their office and the banner of their paper should just be the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

      They get advertising from the COG and Nick was offering them free lunches so they don't editorially go after Nick of the COG buffet masters. Pitiful.

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    3. Nick failed in that effort.

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    4. The Star News has pretty much laid Conway out for all the world to see. I don;t see how you can say that tghey haven't. For a while there it was a story every couple of days.

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    5. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the story about the audits, the arrest, but never editorially put thier boots up the behinds of the elected officials who linger at the COG CONway buffet line.

      In the real world, CONway would have been gone in one day. Instead his pandering board still pays him. This is obscene. The paper took no position advocating open governmentor transparency.

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  5. Why were Buchanan, Josh and Nancy so adamant about appointing Doyle? Was there some kind of deal involved?

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    1. My guess was that it was a favor among friends.
      Doyle was teetering on the brink of ruin from the FBI investigations into the crooks he was the Chief Financial Officer for.

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    2. There must have been, 8:14. Remember that they waltzed by a far superior candidate for the position.

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    3. Remember 8:29, Joe Mosca was still on the council when they voted in Doyle, they voted in that bad man, Bart Doyle, even though MaryAnn MacGillivray, the lone competent council member on that disgraceful board, pushed for that good honest man(someone please post his name)
      to be appointed to the board. This qualified man was in the audience that night, and the evil 4 all voted for Doyle instead of him.
      MaryAnn MacGillivray was the ONLY council member who voted AGAINST Bart Doyle. MaryAnn knows Doyle well, she sat on a previous council with him.

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    4. The fix was obviously in. There is no way they would have let an "outsider" (i.e.honest resident) into that dark little world.

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    5. 9:08, using the Tattler search engine, I found the gentleman's name, Mr. Sosapavon, and some of his credentials.

      http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2011/11/so-what-sort-of-person-would-you-pick.html

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    6. Yes, that is that nice honest man we should have representing us.
      Doyle won't allow honest people in these positions.

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  6. Everything these people touch turns bad somehow. Sort of an anti-Midas touch.

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  7. re Sept 26, 2012 SM Tattler

    THE PASADENA STAR SHOULD BE ALL OVER BRUCE INMANS STATEMENT - SM HAS 12 MONTHS OF WATER LEFT

    Sierra Madres water & sewer issues are just like the presidential debates...

    Is there anyone in town who has a dictionary...

    Please provide the residents the definition of the word "ADJUDICATION"

    SIERRA MADRE DRAWS ITS WATER FROM "THE RAYMOND ADJUDICATED WATER BASIN"

    WHY HAS THE OTHER CITIES WHO DRAW THEIR WATER FROM THE RAYMOND WATER BASIN FAILED TO ANNOUNCE THAT ALL THE WATER WILL BE GONE IN 12 MONTHS ALSO!

    OR IS THIS A SCARE TACTIC... REQUIRED TO RAISE THE WATER RATES AGAIN?
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    1. Thank you for that information.
      Do you know what the alkaline pH level of our Sierra Madre tap water is?
      Thanks in advance to anyone who knows.

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    2. You can call Bruce Inman for that info, plus there is also a water report in the Wistaria Vine once a year with all the information you need to know about our water supply.

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  8. It is really a stretch to believe these prospective candidates have any public spirited or altruistic concern regarding public school education.What's in it for them?I can only surmise that SCHOOL BOARDS have become another sanctuary for rogues and thieves to enrich themselves at the Taxpayers expense!I am beginning to wonder if their are any dedicated citizens left to serve the public's interest ethically and honorably.

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    1. As an immediagte and local response I offer up Mrs. MaryAnn MacGillivray or Mr. and Mrs. Alcorn. Hey! What about John Capoccia and Chris Koerer? These folks are in the best tradition of dedicated citizens who jump in without regard to self interests.

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  9. As bad an example as the PUSD Board of Education may be, a lot of the blame has to go to the voters and residents. These things wouldn't happen if people paid attention. We are talking about the lives of our children here, and less than 20% of the people vote in these elections. You get what you deserve.

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    1. Sadly, this is true. 10:43 Am.

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    2. Great minds thinking alike.

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    3. This is true of all elections in America.

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    4. Yes, this is why all Democracies eventually fail.
      The people get herded like sheep into entitlement programs and then eventually keep voting in entitlements and the corrupt politician who will keep feeding the beast....until the money of the taxpayers runs out and there is no more money to cover all their welfare programs.
      Then a dictatorship takes over....it's always one of two types of KINGS....either the one on the black horse or the one on the white horse. We can only hope the benevolent KING takes over.

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  10. I think all the Tattler readers agree, the voting public here in Sierra Madre and everywhere else, is pretty clueless.
    It is not the fault of these shady characters like Moran, Mosca, Walsh, Buchanan and their disgraceful leader, Bart Doyle. It is the fault of the uninformed and complacent voters and non voters fault!
    We could have had three honest people on our council this time.
    But due to the filthy smear campaign by that awful woman in the canyon and by a small group of very shady realtors......a dedicated and honest candidate, was not elected. If Mrs. MacGillivray was on the council with those other two fine men, Chris Koerber and John Capoccia....we would not be subjected to any of this,
    if the clueless voters would have elected Pat Alcorn, Don Watts and John Crawford, instead of Mosca, Walsh and Moran....Bart Doyle would never have been able to steal our seat on the PSUD.

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    1. With the other Board districts having their own representatives 2 years before Sierra Madre, we are at a great disadvantage. This means other districts will have someone fighting for them on measure TT money. We will not have a representative there fighting for us. This is a very bad situation.

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  11. Let me clarify all of this for your readers. Mosca, Doyle and the others are all part of the liberal "LGBT" wing of the Democratic party out here who first took over the COG and SCAG to push the "sustainable" agenda. Now they are backfilling in the City Councils and School Boards in the San Gabriel Valley. This ensures that tax and spend liberals continue to build transit villages, postage size dwelling spaces and their Westside LA developers continue to make millions on the taxpayers. At the SCAG level it is high speed trains, Fastrak lanes, and other foolishness that makes money for these people.

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    1. This is all the result of deal making in Sacramento between developers, realty people, and their lobbyists. The message that putting 300 stack and pack dog houses in downtown Sierra Madre is going to have some sort of influence on global warming is just for idiot consumption. Just like the Green Committee. This is about money. Nothing more.

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    2. Did you hear Walsh at the last council meeting? Suggesting that perhaps our solution for housing could be the 300 sq. ft. hovels like being built in NYC. I can see it now. Units smaller than the storage units on Montecito.

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    3. I don't know about agendas, but there are Democrat and Republican fingerprints on SB 375. The biggest Repubkican being Arnold Schwarzenegger. So let's not get too happy with the blame game.

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    4. Stack and pack dog houses!!

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    5. 12:55 pm
      Thank you. What you say is very true.
      These types have destroyed California.
      It's going to get worse too.

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    6. Part of the long standing problem in urban planning is an ignorant decision to make all places function like some places. Southern California cannot function the way NYC or San Francisco do - it's geography, it's infrastructure, it's culture. A cubicle to live in works in Manhattan because there are a million places to be elsewhere, at all times, and rapid transit works in SF because they are packed in there like sardines, and BART was a pretty good plan from the get go. Neither place is remotely like Southern California.

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    7. Did you also hear Walsh gush about the meeting she attended in San Dimas to make our forest into a National Park? This is not a good idea. It will restrict our access and usage. We will have to pay more than just the parking fee. It could also mean that the park system will put the kibosh on the Mt. Wilson Trail Race - too dangerous, too much liability, etc., etc.

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    8. Water, anyone? Has the Green Coommittee given any thought to the issue of sustainability on the water issue? You know, the stuff we will run out of in a year? Will this be a dry transit village? Will walkability include treks to the well to fill up water jugs?

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    9. That has been worked out, 1:43. Every morning at sunrise the water truck will show up at Kersting Court. Resdients of Stack 'N Pack Estates will be instucted to line up with their non-plastic pails to receive their days allotment. One word of warning. Complainers will be ticketed.

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  12. Hey Tattlers. Have you looked at your mail today? I received a lovely full color PR flyer from the Sierra Madre Police Association. It has a laudatory article about Councilman Harabedian and a business spotlight on Mother Moo's. (Is this because they still haven't found her stolen cow from June of this year?)
    Looks to me like they think they are losing the PR wars and the negotiations with the City and are reaching out. What page of the Lackey/Dammlier/etc. law firm police union strategies did this come from? Sorry, I'm not buying.

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    1. Would that be the quid for the quo or the quo for the quid?

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    2. The SMPOA can do the math. Both with the Council and Sierra Madre's dwindling General Fund. They have to know that their survival may hinge on the love of Johnny.

      I wonder if they told him about this flyer..

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    3. I'm witing for the Gene Goss and Colin Braudrick flyers.

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    4. Sounds like the POA is running scared. Good on them.

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  13. Tell the POA to spend lots o' money! How about a weekly mailer?

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    1. Why didn't the POA - the Police UNION - use a UNION printer? Seems a bit hypocritical to me.

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  14. Is the SierraMadreSucks.com mailer coming next week? That was from the Lackey Law playbook, too.

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    1. Time to dump the "Key Stones.GO COUNTY!

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  15. 1:24 - Arnold was a RINO and he was also the drive behind AB32. Wanted to leave a legacy. Boy did he!

    So, is Harabedian going to recuse himself from the future negotiations with the POA? Looks as if he is still in bed with them.

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    1. I think Harabedian has recused himself from his mind.

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    2. The SMPOA called Harabedian a "native." Isn't that derogatory?

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  16. From the net:

    Kenny Price was shaking his head when he received a $62,823.21 water bill. The Atlanta resident says his water bills are normally $60 to $80, so the jump was astronomical. Even when the water main to the house was shut off, the dial on the meter cycled completely around approximately every 45 seconds. Price hired a plumber who could not find a leak to explain the missing 1.2 million gallons of water. After Price's complaints, an Atlanta Department of Watershed Management worker checked the meter and found nothing wrong, but later a spokesperson said they would investigate the matter further.

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  17. Damn! Got the slick bit of police PR and feel pretty bad about it. Mix the irresponsible behavior of the voting public, commented on often above, with this calculated mix of obsequiousness on top of a threat of no public safety, and you have a successfully entrenched police department. Damn.

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