We hadn't heard from Rightwing Rick in a while, which is a shame. Some of the most popular posts we've ever run on The Tattler came from him, including the one he wrote about the City's then brand new registration form for kids wishing to "engage in water play" at the 4th of July parade. Something that still gets a lot of traffic three years later. But today he is back and, as has always been the case, Rick shows once again that he knows what is really on peoples' minds. This time being the Sierra Madre Bear Crisis. Apparently for folks living on the wild frontier it is very real.
John, my wife got a tip from a lady who lives on the same street as the kilted pervert. She says she is being hounded (beared?) by bears. They have had to move their trash cans into the garage (phew!), and the bear hangs out in the front yard waiting to eat her. Personally, I would shoot the bear with one of those tranquilizer darts and ship him out. However, animal control will not do that. They are apparently too busy looking for dog license scofflaws. And, according to this lady, SMPD will offer no help. Big surprise, huh?
Having failed with the big government folks, she went to Athens to see if they would give her a couple of those bear trash cans. While they said they didn't want to do this because it would slow collection, they confirmed that they had bear cans and would do it.
However ... the big government folks won't let that happen. According to the lady, Athens tells her the City of Sierra Madre will not let them give out the bear cans. If true, this would put the ursine population at risk of tranquilization or even worse. That does not sound very "green" to me. But then again, neither do stack and pack condos.
Now get to work and figure out who is telling the truth here: Big Trash or Big Green Government?
That is a tough question, and I do not have an answer. At least not yet. I do know that one of the first things nature experts will tell you is that when wild animals get a taste for the kinds of foods we eat, there is often no going back for them. Something that is a threat to their lives as they lose the ability to forage for food in the forest. A place where the fight for survival never really goes away for them.
After all, they can't really move into our neighborhoods. Even the small fuzzy cuddly ones. We may have long ago encroached upon their turf, but we also changed the place a bit. They can no longer go home.
And if you buy into all of that, then those bear trash cans Athens has in their warehouse would certainly be a good answer to the problem. By keeping our refuse out of their reach, our local trash happy bears will have no choice but to return to the forest and live a more natural and holistic lifestyle. Which in the end is what they need to do to survive
So why can't those Sierra Madre residents living on the wild frontier of nature be allowed the use of bear cans? It would be a good thing for the bears, and would also result in far less frightening lives for those who reside there.
Has Aol Pulled the Patchy Plug on Sierra Madre?
The big announcement on the Sierra Madre Patch yesterday is that current editor Jessica Hamelin is moving over to run the Altadena Patch. Now we have lost Patch editors before and somehow lived. However, this time it is different. They are not replacing her. Rather our Patch will be run by people who not only don't live here, but also have other more important things to do.
Here is how this shocking news is rather artlessly airbrushed by Jessica:
Meet Your New Team at Sierra Madre Patch - Patch will be using a team approach to Sierra Madre, reach out to us anytime!
I want to introduce you to the new team that will be running Sierra Madre Patch. We'll be bringing you coverage of what's going on in town and continue to be the place where you can share your thoughts, photos, events and more with the community.
I will be moving to take over Altadena Patch but will still be contributing occasionally, along with several other local Patch editors from neighboring towns and Assistant Regional editors Dan Abendschein and Redmond Carolpio.
Dude. Redmond Carolpio and Dan Abendschein are the guys they picked to fill the tiny shoes of Patrick Lee as regional boss. Patrick, after several unintentionally hilarious years defending Patch to its many critics, bailed out and took a job helping run KPCC's website. Which could explain why Madelyn Brand left the station so abruptly.
So what this means is our Sierra Madre Patch will have no editor of its own. Rather the editors of other Patches will be posting up shared general interest articles and press releases of only marginal importance to Sierra Madre. Their priority being to fill up their own e-bucket first so they can hang on to their jobs.
You do have to wonder how long it will be before Aol just folds our Patch into the Pasadena version of their nationwide McBlog empire and be done with it. Judging by the way they have burned through cash on this ill-begotten mess, you'd think they'd want to save every dime they can.