Friday, October 19, 2012

Rightwing Rick On Sierra Madre's Bear Crisis

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.

Happy Friday.

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55 comments:

  1. I thought the bear cans were supposed to go in the blue container.

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  2. First the bears come, then swarms of otters.

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  3. Lived in the canon over 40 years and used to have trouble with the raccoons. Before the automatic garbage truck lifting flop lid cans we would tie down the lids with bungee cords until the morning of pick up when we rolled put the cans and took off the cords. Roving dogs would knock over cans, too.

    Monrovia has Athens locking bear "proof" cans and you pay an extra price prorated over three years. The day of pick up you unlock the can when you take it curbside.

    Much cheaper solution we have used for years...freeze the meat scraps, bones, chicken skins, etc., and put it out morning of pick up. It hasn't thawed and become stinky and therefore won't attract the garbage feeders. This was the solution by apartment dwellers in big cities in the past.

    When we have too much for a freezer hold til trash day, I take it to a dumpster in town. No bears, no raccoons, no mess, no smell, next to nothing run through the garbage disposal.

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    1. I wonder why the lady so bothered with the trash and the bear bought a house where that was bound to happen.

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    2. they hadn't built the apartments next to the rail yet

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    3. "Bear Crisis"? Who wrote that - Stephen Colbert?
      Temperature drops, water is in the hills, crisis over.

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    4. Maybe she can sue her Realtor for not disclosing the bear problem!

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    5. it was bare of the bear disclosure?

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  4. well, i always thought of a patch as something to fix holes in jeans and inner tubes, so patching the patch makes perfect sense. i mean for years sierra madre had ol' gayle bluemel, the most ineffective principal in history running the elementary school, and they just went ahead and patched the upper school with her too, then they patched the parade with her, and we're gonna patch the old empty nursing home with a new empty one, and we patched the word fete with the word festival for people who might get confused and think their in france, and they patched patch-rick lee with people from somewhere else. yay down-sizing and doubling up work loads! i, for one, look forward to the next few months of recycled information from other patches, and the occasional story about the wistaria fairy sprinkling pixie dust, or the lasted sap to slip on algae. (someone should really do something about the algae in the creek. it is so unsightly.)

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  5. Breaking News: In today's Pasadena Star News, Gov. Jerry Brown says his new tax (Prop. 30) is a "small price to pay." Not known: Whether he said "about the cost of a cup of coffee a day."

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    1. here, throw all this money into the sieve, too!

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    2. bumming me out that i have to go move the truck off the street so that i don't get a ticket or towed so that a crew can film people running down the street. seems like a good day to put all those large pieces of junk at the curb..... naw. that would involve effort. maybe i'll pull out the censure honowitz banner and run it across the house..... naw. effort again. oh, lazy fridays, how i love thee......

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  6. Who at city hall would have made that call about bear trash cans? Why would they even care?

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    1. They're control freaks. They have rules for everything.

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    2. True, but I think this one revolves around money. It costs more to get those bear-proof trash cans, and the residents have not shown much of a taste for paying more. Maybe it could be a cost individuals take on their own.

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    3. Residents pay for their trash collection directly in Sierra Madre.

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  7. Gotta love tht spin on the AOL team: "Reach out to us at anytime!"

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    1. Yes, AOL is available 24/7 through the marvel of the internet.

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    2. You can almost see her hand miming the "call me" sign.

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  8. Thus the reason for the failure of the Patchies; they promised local, but were indeed McBlogs, and couldn't deliver.
    It was a manufactured spontaneity all along.

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    1. Patch never put anything on the line journalism-wise. You get a bland three paragraph summary followed by: "How do you feel about this? Tell us in the comments!" Totally gutless.

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  9. I'm sure the team approach is probably happening in markets all over the states, and that it's a cost-cutting decision.

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  10. Another strategy by the big brains at AOL to save Patch. Talk about throwing good money after bad. Why don't they just give it up?

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    1. A quarter of a billion dollars lost in the last 2 years alone. It will go down in history as one of the greatest on-line failures of all time.

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    2. We're lucky to get Dan and Redmond. Both are ethical, experienced and intelligent. Too bad Sierra Madre is so tiny and so uneventful we're only a postscript on their agenda. Redmond actually covered the candlelight vigil at Matheson's last year.

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    3. Sierra Madre is incredibly eventful. The only thing is the Patchers will be so tied up elsewhere they'll never cover any of it. The original promise of Patch was an immediate focus on the cities where their sites were located. The Sierra Madre Patch will now be little more than wallpaper for nationally contracted advertsing campaigns.

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  11. When one of these Bears injures someone, City Hall will blame the victim for feeding the bears!

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    1. What is the fine for feeding a bear one of your arms?

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    2. and one of them an opposing thumb (thus moving you closer to a lower primate)

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    3. I hear it will cost you an arm and a leg. The bear gets the arm, the city takes the leg.

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    4. The City of Sierra Madre supports your right to arm bears.

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    5. And your right to bare arms.

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    6. You people have lost your bearings.

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    7. Maybe somebody called her honey.

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  12. Latest on sgvCOG!!!October 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    IRWINDALE -- The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Thursday parted ways with its embattled executive director Nick Conway. The COG Governing Board voted to pay Conway $155,000 in severance pay and ended all contracts it had with Conway's firm Arroyo Associates, Inc. The termination agreement will take effect Oct. 31, said COG attorney Dick Jones.



    Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_21806392/san-gabriel-valley-cog-parts-ways-nick-conway#ixzz29lKSfd2l

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    1. Now that is good news on a Friday!!!!

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    2. "It stops the bleeding" says COG. Now how do we stop the damage to communities? Fortunately in Sierra Madre none of the projects got off the ground.

      Good work.

      Keep going. Vote down the ALF

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    3. Only $155,000?

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    4. Great news! Sorry it cost so much to get rid of him and his company, but at least they're gone now.

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    5. Maybe Conway can use that money to buy some protection in prison.

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    6. He can throw his fellow cons a buffet.

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    7. Yeah, 10:59 am. If you don't count the Arroyo Associates employees the COG hired a couple of months ago. We're do well to withdraw and find out own money.

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    8. You just do not understand what the buffet members have done. They have given CONway about a half million dollars while he is on bail. They are paying and assuming the overhead on his office. They just hired his employees. The cost of the entire Nick fiasco is around one and a quarter million dollars.

      It is not over. Now Nick is free to sue the COG member cities for not paying his defense costs. The buffet masters and the COG incompetent counsel left that little zinger in the deal.

      Nick's enablers are still in charge of the COG. Crooks do not change their stripes.

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  13. I hear we have a direct line to Athens on the City Council. OK Johnny, what's the real deal?

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    1. His father works for Athens, but that does not mean he has much influence therein, which I heard straight from the horse's (Harabedian's) mouth a few months ago on a related matter...

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    2. Not looking for an executive policy change, though. Just a reason why Sierra Madreans can't have bear proof trash cans.

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  14. There's a bear over there?
    Over where?
    Over there...

    Hey, logic and any wildlife officer will inform one to put trash cans out for collection the morning of scheduled pick up, no sooner. This will be the best thing to do to greatly discourage our furry friends and they will move on to greener pastures. They are very food-motivated, you know. I do, however, highly doubt that the woman in question would make an appetizing bear meal and she should not fear that this is the bear's intent.

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    1. Her husband calls her honey. Big mistake.

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  15. Famous last works, "I wonder where the mother bear is?"

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  16. sorry I ment famous last words.

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  17. The Atheist and the Bear

    An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the evolution had created. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!", he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing.

    He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

    At that instant the Atheist cried out "Oh my God!...."
    Time stopped.
    The bear froze.
    The forest was silent.
    Even the river stopped moving.

    As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don't exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist looked directly into the light "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?"

    "Very well," said the voice.
    The light went out.
    The river ran again.
    And the sounds of the forest resumed.
    And then the bear dropped his right paw ..... brought both paws together...bowed his head and spoke:

    "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful...AMEN!"

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  18. No new story on Patch today. The lead story is from Oct 11.

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