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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.