Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tattler Contest! Help the Sierra Madre Green Committee Find a New Name for its "Accords"

Enter now!
You may or may not recall that we held a contest way back in 2008 to help the what was then called Mountain Views "Observer" rename itself. The paper had recently lost a rather momentous case in California State Superior Court. It seems the Judge found that the paper's self-styled owner and publisher, Susan Henderson, had (to use the polite term) misappropriated the name "Observer." Among a few other things. There were also $10s of thousands of dollars in penalties assessed, but that is a different story than the one we're telling today. There are a lot of stories in this town. Sometimes it seems that there are more stories than there are actual people living here. Why this is I do not know.

Anyway, what we did was run a contest here on this blog where people could come up with replacements for the now judicially proscribed moniker "Observer." The prize for winning this contest being a 30 count box of fine music CDs chosen from my own ridiculously large collection of those things. The selections to be curated by myself, of course. The last thing I wanted was for some dude to show up here and take all of my Yusef Lateef CDs. Which you know is exactly what would happen. People being what they are and all.

Many clever and inspirational names were posted here by readers. "The Baldwin Blowhard," "Sierra Madre News Suppressor," "Foothill Follies," "Mountain Views Whoopie Cushion," and the "Not In My Driveway News" being a few of them. The winner chosen was "The Turncoat Tribune," an only slightly veiled reference to Susan's sudden switch from the slow growth persuasion to the dark side. Which is, of course, where the bigger bread crumbs are. Plus some other crumbs as well.

But do you want to know something? If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd have to choose that Whoopie Cushion entry. I have regrets.

So today I am announcing a new contest. Our first in nearly 4 years. According to the Staff Report for next Tuesday's City Council meeting, it appears that the Green Advisory Committee wants to change the name of its Sierra Madre Environmental Accords. The word that in particular they feel needs to be replaced is "Accords." Apparently the Green Committee's members have somehow become convinced that the word "Accords" aligns them too closely with certain controversial documents of United Nations origin. This being problematic in a town where some residents are not all that crazy about giving a world organization that helps promote the desires of such humanitarian hot spots as Zimbabwe, South Yemen and North Korea even the slightest appearance of having some say-so in our town's planning efforts.

Here is how the Staff Report puts it:

The Committee would prefer that a new name be chosen as a replacement to "Accords." They would like to eliminate ties to the United Nations Urban Environmental Accords and highlight the work that they have completed to attempt to make these actions specific to Sierra Madre.

Of course, if you read further down into this Staff Report you will also make the unhappy discovery that the current "Sierra Madre Environmental Accords" still draw heavily on the very similar "Accords" prepared by the United Nations. Something that lends credence to the suspicion that they're more concerned about a public relations perception problem than making any substantive changes to the "Accords" themselves. After all, the GAC's version of these "Accords" still calls for large racks of high density so-called "transit village" development in our downtown area

But we're not here to quibble, we're here to help. While also helping you, our dear reader, win a box of CDs in the process. Please post your entries in the comments section of today's article. The contest will remain open until Nov 30, at which time we will choose the winning entry. It will then be posted here on The Tattler Dec 1. If you see that your entry is the chosen one, please e-mail me the address where you will want your box of 30 CDs sent. Our e-mailbox remains sierramadretattler@gmail.com.

You also have the option of identifying yourself by name on this blog as the winner. However, we do not recommend it. I know that I personally have lost several physical mailboxes that way.

Good luck!

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108 comments:

  1. It's got to be 'THE GREEN FARCE', fits the process we are being put through.

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  2. The name could be "The Builders Mean Green Machine".

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  3. Or, "Mean Green Machine". Thats it, too many names fit them, your going to get many names and some wont be so funny.

    Good luck picking a name.

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  5. The Green Advisory Committee's Environmental Whoopie Cushion.

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  6. The Green Experts' Bait and Switch Committee

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  7. The Green Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain committee. After all, didn't the Wizard of Oz live in the Emerald city?

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    1. Good point. The Sierra Madre Environmental Strawman.

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  8. The James Carslson Back-Up Singers.

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  9. The "We're-broke-so-let's-have-another-commission" Commission.

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  10. The Sierra Madre Environmental Un-accords.

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  11. The According To John Buchanan Environmental Cloggers.

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  12. The Sierra Madre Environmental Experts' Plagiarism,

    or SMEEP

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  13. can't stop laughing.

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  14. The Green Lantern's Environmental Lullabies.

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  15. The Grean Weanie's Environmental Weasel Words

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  16. The Sierra Madre Environmental Expert Effluence

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  17. I got it....The committee that really pisses off a minority of townie...or...GET A LIFE...for short.....booyaa...BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!

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    1. Are the Mayberry Terrorists back?

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    2. Expert of all things townish Bill Fulton identifies us as mostly slow-growth. Hummmm. Who's more qualified? The colorful caps user @7:41, or the planning and development expert?

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    3. Osama bin Baldwin, how's that Measure U working out for you?

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    4. The pro-development types do have a taste for the more vigorous aspects of that line of work.

      They like blowing things up.

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    5. A lot of them seem to have blown up their rear ends. Largest buncha butts in the valley.

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  18. The Commission of Green Experts

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  19. The Sierra Madre Environmental (This is not THOSE) Accords

    The Sierra Madre Environ- Mental Homes for Us, not Youz

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Nudge-Nudge-Wink-Wink

    The Oh Shit That's Not what we Meant

    Doh! and the Stooges

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Blunder

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  20. The Green Magna Farta

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    1. So funny 7:50! Can't stop laughing.

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  21. still can't stop laughing

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  22. The Green Commission Environmental Cosmic Debris

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  23. The Village Idiots Committee's Environmental Fantasia

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    1. stop! i'm going to pee myself

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    2. Stop! I'm Going To Pee Myself

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  24. The Sierra Madre Environmental Odyssey Around the Truth in the Name of Overdevelopment as Envisioned by Big Butt Buchanan

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  25. Cha Cha Nancy's Green Thing

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  26. The Sierra Madre Environmentally Sound Titanic

    Never Mind the Buc, Here's the Hangover

    Build it and they Might Come

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Marching Bland

    Hopes and Dopes

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  27. Same Lies, Different Words

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  28. The Green Now We Don't Take Ourselves Too Seriously Do We Commission's Sierra Madre Environmental Ford

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  29. Wake Me Up When The Condo's Are Built by Green Day

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  30. Sgt Joshie's Lonely Green Club Band

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  31. Al Gore Green Sings Love Songs to the BIA

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  32. Mr. Green Jeans' Environmental Love Jones

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  33. The Green Mile to Prosperity

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  34. The Green Wind Mill Hats

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  35. The Nobody's Pulling My Strings Puppet Quintet

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  36. The SB 375 Sacramento Apologist Choir

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  37. The Alva-Loo-Yah Choir

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    1. Ohh! That is good.

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    2. That is excellent.

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    3. Bart and Josh's Most Mindnumbing Scam

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    4. Dicken's Village Green Exploitation Society

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  38. The This Will Bring Us Billions Environmental Hustle

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    1. The Nancy Walsh I Hear We'll Get Us Lots of Grants Rumba

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  39. The John Harabedian Green Process Commission's Environmental Whatever

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  40. Dumberer and Dumberer

    Stop or My Mom Will Build a Metropolis

    Lumber and the Environmental Slumber

    Ooops, I think we Killed the Lorax, Let's Build a Tower

    Not In My What Back Yard?

    The Liars that Roared

    Sierra Madre Sustainable Tower Project

    Sierra Madre Environmental Health and Plasteurization Plant

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    1. Birkenstock Builder Brigade

      Gnarled Toe Slum Gods

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    2. Mountain Mamas Social Circle

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    3. The "You Do Not Want to Get In the Back of That Pick Up Truck" Review.

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  41. So they're going to fool around with the name, and then still not vote. Spend council time on this linguistic frippery, and instead of just passing the damn thing with a 3 to 2 vote, bring it back with shinier words? Contrast this ridiculous speechifying with the concrete actions taken by an actual environmental organization, SMEAC.
    Argh
    The Sierra Madre Environmental Waste of Time

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    1. They want to be loved, 8:33. It isn't enough that they get to call themselves different names, they also want you to think they really care about you.

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    2. But 8:33, it will lead to billions of dollars. Yes, Billions! One of the experts said so.

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    3. Nancy Walsh said it, too. Huge sums of money just for being green. Oh, and allowing the construction of a few hundred tightly packed downtown condos.

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  42. The "We control every aspect of your life committee" - But, hey we're friendly and green.

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  43. The James Carlson job security committee

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    1. You got that right 8:34. Moron just wants to enrich his friends

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    2. Just the latest in a long list of schemes to sell the DSP.

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  44. One more damn good reason to vote NO on any UUT question on the 2014 ballot.

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    1. "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

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  45. Sierramadre Urban Coalition-Association Knockdown Slap (SUCKAS)

    Green Grows My Valley of Deceit

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Mission and Wisteria Vinyard

    Dude, I lost my Backbone

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Sustainability Crisis Center

    Skyfail

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  46. It Is Only Green If A Developer Makes Money Rapport

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  47. The Builders Coalition to Buy Your Council

    Pot No! ALF Yes! A lighter, taller Shade of Greenthink

    The Sierra Madre Assisted Sustainable Living Up Yonder High

    The Sierra Madre Funicular to Nowhere

    The Circle of Lies

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  48. Are you kidding me?
    They take the UN Accords, adopt them, and then think that all they have to do is change the name.
    How stupid do they think we are?

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    1. Since they believe it all themselves, they see nothing but brilliance everywhere they go.

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    2. Stupid enough to believe it only has to do with local personalities.

      It would be nice if peoples' awareness of history and the world went beyond text book fairy tales and corporate media propaganda.

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  49. The Rainbow Unicorn Brigade. Or R.U.B.

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  50. 7:50 That made me laugh, still.

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    1. Here we have humor that appeals to all levels of brows.

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  51. The Rainbow and Sparkles Ladies Realty Ranch

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  52. It's Only Green If Edison Gets A Piece Palladium

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  53. The Greenwash Commission's Environmental Fraud

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  54. Why Accords When We Have Perfectly Good Chevies?

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  55. The James Carlson Resume Enhancement Society

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  56. The Green Accord-ian's

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  57. The Red-Green Group

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    1. Ketchup and Cabbage Kabobs

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    2. St. Patrick's Day Massacre

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  58. PC Guilt Trip Gulch.

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  59. Invasion of the Building Snatchers

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Exhume and Resume

    The Little Green Men

    The Last Gasp

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    1. 400 square feet and a bus stop.

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  60. The Sierra Madre Sustainable Enema

    Casa Nada

    The Green Flush

    Gateway to Mediocrity

    The Sierra Madre Environmental Finger Tug

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  61. No water? No worries! Hire a consultant instead.

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  62. Sierra Madre Environmental Putsch

    (let's call a spade a spade, this is a takeover attempt)
    In honor of Hasan Ikhrata

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  63. Green Committee Uber Alles

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  64. The Green Committee thinks that we are very, VERY ignorant, and they have bravely taken on the task of educating us, of dragging us ignoramuses into the light. It's a Manifest Destiny thing, and they are the experts who have the truth.

    if that isn't enough for you, to receive truth from experts, remember that they will bring us Billions of Dollars next year!

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    1. How did we ever manage to live without them?

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  65. I suggest you follow the money!

    So many times the money leads back to a donation, inorder for that person to be elected to a city council.

    Or money is laundred through a charity, think back now and follow the bread crumbs.

    Then you'll find the insider that running the whole show.

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  66. How Green Was My Village Commission

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  67. United Nations Take Over Commission

    Debt Slaves Dream Team

    Comrades for a New World Order

    The Greed Commission

    United Nations Accommodation Commission

    United Nations Accomplices Commission

    United Nations Accreditation Commission


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  68. "It's not easy ruining green"

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  69. "Actions specific to Sierra Madre Committee"

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  70. Manifest Density

    The Bray City Rollers

    The Sacred Order of the Hunh, Wha....?

    I Dirt Clodius



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