Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chris Holden, Bigleys, Bart Doyle and the UHC

Yes, Charlie Brown, I am the Great Pumpkin
Mod: There is some very impressive research here from Tony Brandenburg connecting State Assembly candidate Chris Holden with some rather sketchy low income housing projects. Plus many of the usual suspects are here as well, including a few controversial PUSD figures and one individual that we have come to know and love here in Sierra Madre. And, as fate would have it, a bow tying e-mail that I was not supposed to ever see somehow showed up in my mailbox yesterday. It went out to about 200 people, including 4 current members of our Planning CommissionMayor Josh Moran, John Hutt and the Green Committee's very own City Hall ghost writer, James Carlson.

Here is what this e-mail said:

Who Says Democrats and Republicans Can't Get Along? Join Former Sierra Madre Mayors Bart Doyle (R) and Enid Joffe (D) in a Bipartisan "Meet and Greet" For ... Pasadena City Council Member and California Assembly Candidate Chris Holden, Friday, November 2, 2012 7:00 P.M. At the Home Of Enid Joffe (etc.)

(As a side note, Enid's old man, Joel Shapiro, who will also be in attendance, is the current Superintendent of Schools for South Pasadena. I wonder how the good citizens of South Pas would feel about having Supe Shapiro in league with the 710 Tunnel's very own Minister of the Sinister, Chris Holden?)

Now the thought of Bart "RINODoyle getting all bipartisan because he just loves a candidate has got to be about the most hilarious thing ever committed to e-mail. As Tony Brandenburg proves below, love has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is about development to be consummated on PUSD owned property. Enabled by big government bucks, slick pols and the Hahn family-owned political machine that gets Chris Holden dressed in the morning and puts him back to bed at night.

Tony Brandenburg:

A Los Angeles Perspective

Urban Housing Solutions, LLC are a lobbying group who have a number of clients (click here), among them is Urban Housing Communities, LLC (UHC), of Santa Ana, a company owned by three siblings- Douglas, John, and David Bigley (click here). Scrolling through the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report for the period ending December 31, 2008 (I know, it was a while ago) there is a bit of activity from acronym groups - and if you know what the initials stand for, and who was receiving the money (click here). CHMB Consulting Firm (Chris Holden’s property and business firm), UHC LA 29, L.P., and owned by Douglas Bigley, who seems to like to build stuff near freeways and train lines (click here). UHC LA 29, L.P. may be a separate entity from UHC, LLC, though married by bloodlines. In fact, following the search term Urban Housing Solutions, through the parent directory Los Angeles City Ethics Commission Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report will reveal a whole plethora of Bigley women, too. Try it, it’s fun, and educational, too! (click here) and what is the common thread that stitches these interests together? Land.  Los Angeles is the land of milk and honey for property lawyers, property development, and construction companies lobbying the City Council, and in the center of it all, December, 2008, was Chris Holden, and Urban Housing Communities.

A Pasadena Perspective

Chris Holden, the politically groomed Hahn Machine Pasadena superstar and PUSD alumni, is currently running for an Assembly seat. He is, according to his website endorsed by three PUSD Board of Education members- BOE President Renatta Cooper, Vice President Ed Honowitz, and Bart Doyle supported Tom Selinske (click here). You would think Holden’s people would spell his name right if they are going to name drop him, right?  There is also some political muscle, clout, and history supporting Chrissy,  including Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

It’s an impressive list, but it is incomplete. That’s because Mr. Holden has lots of friends.

See, there are other endorsements, too, but they are the kind you don’t brag about, because they could, possibly, constitute a conflict of interest. For those kinds of “financial endorsements” you have to be willing to dig deeper. You have to figure in the lobbying reports to get the full picture.

First to consider, Nate Holden, Chris’s pop, was an aide to Kenneth Hahn, the former Los Angeles County Supervisor. You all remember Nate, he got those menacing sneakers off of the telephone lines (click here).

Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Kenneth’s daughter, was a Los Angeles Councilwoman for ten years. I would never say nepotism, but it seems to me that if Chris can give a shout out to Janny, he could at least send one out to his dad, the sneaker tweaker, as a thank you for the $3,900 contribution last year (click here) and can always count on Bogaard, then and now, for support. Thanks pop! Thanks Bill!

Chris also got a nice chunk of cash from the Bigleys and Urban Housing Communities ($4600) for his 2012 Assembly election bid. If you look at the top contributers, that would put the Bigley interests in the top twenty, but it is spread out, so who’s the wiser, eh? That certainly isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, as was pointed out back in June, 2012, by the Star News which showed much larger contributions (click here).

Well, ya see, the Holden younger had hosted a little meeting at Pasadena City Hall - on PUSD company time - with two Pasadena Unified officers - David Azcarraga Chief of PUSD facilities, and John Pappalardo, Chief Finance Officer in a private meeting (click here) with Urban Housing Communities (click here) to discuss district assets. Which assets? Are those assets the Muir High School field that Ed Honowitz discussed at a recent Facilities Subcommittee meeting which was attended by Selinske and Azcarraga? Which board member set up this meeting, and why doesn’t he want to talk about it (click here)? What connects Councilman Holden to Urban Housing Communities? (click here). Well, let’s just say it is green (maybe a solar panel on the district’s warehouse?), and involves a grant (which grant, and where is this grant?) and hey, it could even include a new housing development. Hmmm..... who else is talking about building affordable housing in Pasadena? (click here) Is this why there was all of this redistricting a while back?

Holden’s bids for office in 2009, as well as 2004, according to campaign disclosure statements show a history of campaign support from unions, contractors, and property associations (click here and here), which should come as no surprise. Why I mention it is because there are contributions from Douglas Bigley/UHC for $500. Add that to his current assembly bid and the Bigleys/UHC have donated more than $5,000 to Chris Holden.

How about Pasadena Board Members? Well, I asked Renatta Cooper and Ed Honowitz at the last Board meeting if either of them had donated any money to Chris Holden. In all fairness, they can’t answer during public comments. However, they could have answered when comments were closed. They did not. So, have they? According to disclosure statements up to September, 2012, Renatta Cooper and Renatta Cooper for Kids have donated $350. Apparently the rest of the board doesn’t care about Mr. Holden, but Pasadena Mayor Bogaard kicked in $1000. Damned if I could find the connection with Honowitz through contributions, but I was pleased to locate a couple of nice portraits of Peter Dreier taken by Honowitz (click here).

Now I know everyone loves Chris Holden. I mean, after all, without him the vacancy created by the Charter Reform Task Force that he chaired back in 1999, you know, the one that Bart Doyle served on, could never have created the seat that now stables Mr. Ed and moving us from 5 board members to 7, presumably to make it easier for Sierra Madre parents like you and I to access our board members.

Really? You mean that seat of Mr. Ed’s wasn’t always there?

People don’t redistrict and restructure to push through political agendas, or influence future or unspoken of district assets, do they? (click here) I don’t know, but I do know that I saw most of those names on the donor lists of Pasadena politicians. I also noticed that Bart Doyle is on the Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association Los Angeles Ventura (BIASC LAV) (click here) and that the political wing (i.e. Political Action Wing) of the California Building Association (CBIA PAC) represents BIASC LAV (click here), and that they donated at least $3900 (click here type California Building) to Holden’s campaign.

Wait a minute...... backtrack! Wasn’t school board member accessibility what Bart Doyle said we were going to get in 1999 - if we redistricted back then? Well, hot damn, I get it now! If at first you don’t succeed, promise the suckers they’ll get it the second time around.

That is why we now have a voice with the PUSD ... in a few years! Thanks, Big D!

Planes, Trains, and Affordable Housing

According to an email sent by a Facilities Subcommittee Member, the developer, UHC (Urban Housing Communities), who met with Azcarraga, Pappalardo, and Holden in August, 2012, had been recommended by Honowitz at the Facilities Subcommittee meeting that I myself had attended in September 2012.

According to the email, the UHC had also met with said subcommittee member/chair, with Holden, and Edwin Diaz, “about 1 and 1/2 years ago.”

Was Holden hot for connecting this building group with some of the PUSD staff and a couple of Board members? Was someone putting pressure on then Superintendent Diaz to meet with this team? Is someone putting pressure on current superintendent Gundry to do the same? Why?

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Once upon a time, there was a Pasadena City dream called Hahamogna (click here), and a playing field, and a road, and other stuff that was, thankfully, never built, and then there was a councilman’s dream to rebuild a playing field somewhere else ... maybe, just maybe, on a district asset called Muir High School (click here) because, after all,  playing fields, and joint multiple-use fields and facilities are important for the PUSD, and for the rest of us, too. This is consistent with the designs of Chris Holden.

We also have look at investing in new opportunities.  Green technology, infrastructure improvements, and transportation projects.  One of the greatest job stimulator's is public transportation projects.  The light rail is putting people back to work. (Chris Holden, May 29, 2012) (click here).

Yes, Holden likes to build new stuff. He’s like a one man erector set. While he is wishy-washy at this time on the 710 extension, he hasn’t always been (click here). Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? If the rest of the exciting things that his career has leaned toward come to fruition, my prediction is that he’ll eventually make a decision - in doublespeak - that results in a nice new connector. How else can we disconnect the east side from the Bradley air of the west and connect them to the Hopeful airport of the north?

PUSD loves to build cool stuff, too,  and then instead of using the stuff, they just rent facilities from the City of Pasadena for things like high school graduations. Why use the ones they already have, and have already built with taxpayer money and political favors? Just buy more favors, keep writing those grants, keep getting that fed money for going green. Take it from the Pasadena General Plan - if you want to build empty housing projects for people who don’t exist, you’re definitely going to need empty fields for them to play on. PUSD is full of empty schools for kids who don’t exist. It became necessary to work that building stuff in somewhere else, what better place than on the property of the largest land owners in Pasadena - PUSD?

Chris Holden’s relationship with the Bob Hope Burbank/Pasadena/Glendale Airport is no secret. It actually makes perfect sense for someone who has the support of builders, and parking lot companies with more than $11,000 in support for Holden’s Assembly race. (click here type parking) He has served on the Airport Authority, and is currently their president. (click here). This interest is consistent with his designs to “improve” infrastructure and transportation. A line to Burbank Airport can’t be too far away. The City of Pasadena’s General Plan is moving forward and toward thousands of stacked housing units along the train line, even though recent census information trends shows a decrease in population of some 5,000 people. No problem, we can always hope - and if that doesn’t work let’s just connect the lines to something else.

Build it, and they might come. Though everyone knows they probably won't. But does that really matter just as long as the State and Federal grant money comes in? After all, that's how Bart and the smart guys do it.

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108 comments:

  1. Bart Doyle is the worst enemy Sierra Madre has ever known.
    Anyone supported or associated with him should be shunned as far as being a representitive in our government and mostall of Bart's friends are not nice people.
    I'm voting for Donna Lowe.

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  2. You'll also remember the shenanigans around the 1984 Summer Olympics. The "hot" color scheme was imposed on the Rose Bowl in the form of giant "Los Angeles" graphics that were published all over the globe.

    Much of the development that did occur for the Olypics was at the Coliseum, which became the focus for the Staples Center development in 1998 and Nokia in 2005. The Holden family property investments are in that immediate area. I don't think there's been a disclosure of the connections to development money both in Los Angeles and in Pasadena. But obviously that influence is showing in the push to develop that Chris Holden exhibits, particularly with respect to the airport and the Ports of LA and Long Beach. He's acting in family interests and not in the public interest.

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  3. Check out the numerous unions funding Holden's campaign on Maplight.org. There is no way this career politician will work for WE THE PEOPLE when he has so many favors to pay back.

    This is the current problem in the one party rule California legislature. Our state is a mess - do we really need one more party line politician screwing up our state? I don't think so.

    I am voting for Donna Lowe.

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  4. Would that not be a brown act violation for 4 members of the planning commission to attend together? Which 4? What do they have in mind for our town?

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    1. The Brown Act is not violated by simply being in the same room at the same time. All commissioners can legally attend, as long as 4 or more of them do not all speak to each other about Planning Commission business.

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    2. Unless they're hatching deals.

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    3. Well, what are parties for? Maybe networking, fundraising, shmoozing, having a few cocktails. Sure would be a drag if the police waited down Michillinda and started pulling people over. Did I say that?

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    4. sure, sure. tip off smpd that there's a bunch of tipsy pro-sherrif anti-union revelers wandering down michillinda

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  5. Maybe it is a campaign fund raising technique? Arrange secret city hall meetings with developers, PUSD board members and other assorted officials, and in return they all load you up with campaign cash?

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    1. Don't forget 6:04 someone cleaned out Holden's coffers, poor guy needed some alms.

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    2. That's right! But he sure got ahold of lots of contributions, and fast.

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  6. www.AroundtheCapitol.com is a great website - take a look at all of Holden's union contributions there

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  7. Sacramento is filled with slick pols like Holden. We hardly need to send them another one.

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  8. Hey, how do I get an invite to this "Meet and greet" event?

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    1. Sorry, special people only.

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    2. Not fair, I'm special too.

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    3. We need the Tattler to create a "Degrees of Specialness" chart. We need to know where we fit in.

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    4. sorry, club closed. the 'bohemian grove lite' is invite only

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    5. Who will be working the velvet rope? Glenn Lambdin and Susan Henderson?

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    6. Those two as a team of bouncers? That's an image worthy of Halloween!

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    7. God's Chosen Kung Fu fighter and the faux attorney who can't write straight.

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  9. We should see who attends this "meet and cheat" gathering at Enid's.

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    1. What's the address of this shindig?

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    2. 516 N. Michillinda

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    3. Send a camera crew.

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    4. Do they have a Temporary Use Permit for this gathering? What does the fire inspector have to say about 200 people packed into a private home like that?

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    5. It'll be a lot more than 200. Some of them have significant others.

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    6. as opposed to the insignificant others

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    7. 627. I agree. who is going to be at the Mickey Mouse clubhouse?

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  10. The question is, what will Chris Holden promise these people if they elect him?

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    1. A lot of of things. But for this bunch his help in getting state and federal housing grants. Without that money there is no reason to do this junk. It's not like the projects themselves are going to generate any money.

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    2. 7:09, maybe his vacant city council seat?

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    3. If Ed had managed to keep his nose clean, that seat was intended for him. He's done plenty of favors, setting up meetings, making promises on behalf of PUSD, and you and me.

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    4. @7:09 they'll get their own 1 room suite in the Chateau 710

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    5. 851, if he had kept it clean? that brown nosing fool would need to lop that probiscus off to clean it. i will make it my business to interfere with his political shelf life until forever

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  11. Friends don't let friends vote for Chris Holden. I'm voting for integrity; I'm voting for Donna Lowe

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    1. Amen. The one thing Sacramento has more than enough of is special interest hustlers like Holden.

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    2. VOTE LOWE! PZ RT Chris Holden ignores constituents questions on #710 freeway http://wtim.es/X0T8Td #Pasadena #SanGabriel
      #SanRafael

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    3. Donna Lowe has Integrity and character, she can get the JOB done. I'M NOT VOTING FOR CHRIS (CROOK) HOLDEN

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  12. What actually is built is not important to them, it is getting the money from the government (ours) that matters. It is what the corrupt Democratic Party has got working as its money redistribution system.
    Doyle should really change his party affiliation to what it really is.

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    1. Unfortunately, their are many corrupt Republicans as well, but to keep one party rule, is just inviting massive corruption.
      To head off this behavior, I never vote for the same persons over and over again. Doing so is to make the same mistake over and over again, with the same result. Corruption breeds more corruption.
      Party is not anything but a letter (D or R) next to a name.
      In California, it should be a(C).

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    2. Bart has always been a supporter of Obama.
      He was involved with Homeland Security (under Obama) with the Transit Village scam and China.
      Bart's entire family are Democrats, including him.

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    3. Bart goes with the party that hands out the low income housing grants. If Romney gets elected and decides to fund transit villages, then Bart will put his elephant badge back on.

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  13. Who are the 3 members of the Planning Commission who were excluded?

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    1. Yes, let's post who these three were.
      We need to support them.

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    2. Crash the party!

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    3. Or just sit on the sidewalk.

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    4. with a bottle of strawberry hill in a paper bag, and a sign that says "build me an apartment next to the train line."

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    5. Vote for Chris "Railshack" Holden.

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    6. I'm betting on the mad dog 20/20- no more paper bags though, remember? Everything's green these days.

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  14. 4 members of the Planning Commission at a private party with a bunch of development advocates is not a pretty picture.

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    1. Bring your Legos

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    2. we're going to build a tunnel!

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  15. Last night, Holden voted himself a raise on the Pasadena City Council even though the city has had to lay off City employees for whom their job was the only way they provided for their families. Opposed to this vote were Steve Madison and Gene Masuda.

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    1. Hopefully he will stay on the Pasadena City Council so he can enjoy the fruits of his corruption.

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    2. The Prince doesn't lack for a sense of entitlement.

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    3. Sounds like the king who sits on the PUSD board

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    4. naw. but the others will reap that reward later, and be grateful. there are no conflicts of interest or favors being passed around. move along.

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    5. Prerequisite for the Pasadena machine is taking care of number one.

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    6. The machine is about to be monkeywrenched.

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  16. I think I may have gotten that invite. I didn't look beyond Holden's name, tore off my name/address, and recycled the paper. I guess I could go to the recycling bin and dig it out but would they let me with such an obviously disfigured invite.

    Life-long Democrate, not voting for Holden.

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    1. It was an email.

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    2. Post the invite!

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    3. I disagree. Enough has been posted in the Moderator's opening remarks. The Tattler is such a great help in informing people about the community in part because the Moderator is someone who can be trusted.

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    4. I'm curious as to who the invite was mailed out to.

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  17. I have seen a Donna Lowe sign on the lawn of one of the members of the Planning Commission, would presume he was not invited

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    1. You can bet that man was NOT invited!
      Hint: his intitials I believe are K.P. and he is a good man, they don't invite good people to these things.

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    2. Let's see, a low income stack and pack housing advocate is running for the state legislature, and 4 Sierra Madre Planning Commissioners get invited to his party. Naw, no conflict there!

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    3. I wonder who else was on the guest list. Maybe Dreier?

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    4. My guess is Pete will be present. After all, this is his operation, too.

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    5. i hope my favorite talking mule photographer will be there. i love when he graces the people of the mountain mama with his royal presence

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    6. What about Herr Dreier?

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  18. Joel Shapiro?
    Real nice guy? Don't think so.
    I overheard this guy call Mayor Kurt Zimmerman a "scumbag" in the city council chambers.
    I think this Joel Shapiro is a very bad man.

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  19. All loyal Crawford's Tattler fans should just make sure they vote for Donna Lowe for Assembly and encourage your friends and neighbors vote for Lowe.
    She is honest, that is all we need to know about her. What a concept! Honest!

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  20. Time for good people to clean out and retake their respective Parties from these seedy squalid racketeers.Face it,we have failed as responsible citizens by ignoring who we are really voting for.We vote for the most part for whomever the "Parties" present us with.There has to be another way.Difficult ,yes, but if we want to save our society we need to do something better....

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  21. Is it possible that Bart and Holden worked on opening up that PUSD Board seat in '99 for Honowitz to slide in? How well oiled is this machine?

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    1. did mr. ed go up against anyone the year that seat opened?

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    2. Yes 12:26, Mr. Ed ran against Mary Dee Romney.

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  22. How do we let the folks in So. Pasadena know what their Super of Schools is up to?
    How he's helping to sell them out for his own gain by supporting Holden.

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    1. The long time activists in South Pas are aware of who to trust and who not to.

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    2. But how many are there in the know 11:52? There's plenty who trust.

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    3. The South Pas activist community has held off this destructive plan for 30+ years.
      Do you really think they don't know the players?

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  23. And Sierra Mesa when can we expect to see the new middle school built? Ha ha ha... oh thats right never.... Ugh what dirty bad people...

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    1. Measure TT was a bait and switch operation. They never intended to honor their promises.

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  24. I Notice that this party is taking place at 7 pm, in the dark. is this so we can't see them as they scurry into Enid's house?

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    1. I was thinking that they would be slithering in to Enid's den of fools

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    2. generator and a floodlight

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    3. Six cars with broken car alarms.

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  25. Don't worry, the Tattler has teams of spies all over town.
    We will report on who goes to this thing.
    Although it will just be the usual suspects.

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    1. CIA -- Crawford Intelligence Agency

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  26. Our smarmy self serving Political Class feel they are entitled to exploit their positions for personal gain.Do you really think they care that you know it?Dishonesty,Graft,Bribery and Fraud has been Institutionalize by our Government Elites as the way of doing the Public's Business.It's our fault because We elect these Folks!Have a

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    1. .... bottle of scotch?

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    2. handful of Measue TT ca$h?

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    3. ... nice day.

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    4. gulity conscience?

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    5. I like 1:16. A lot of people should.

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    6. .....digging party in South Pasadena?

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    7. ..... a toast to the suckers with the Big D?

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  27. Hey Tattler and Tony B. Great research on Holden and friends today. this is how we Sierra Madreans get to the truth of matters. too bad this article won't get out to the broader Pasadena audience. did someone send it to the Pasadena Star News?

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    1. The Sierramadretattler.blogspot.com is listed in the on-line version in a box daily with three to four titles. Thank you Mr. Giradot! Frank continues to act as our patron.

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    2. Thank you for the kind words, and thanks John for the opportunity to try something new- and congrats on the Star News plug. That's super cool.

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  28. VOTE LOWE! PZ RT Chris Holden ignores constituents questions on #710 freeway http://wtim.es/X0T8Td #Pasadena #SanGabriel
    #SanRafael

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