|The modestly sized ALF|
|The more than a little large ALF|
The story that is being quickly parceled out is that the pictures we have been seeing over the last year or so are earlier designs. And apparently they are still making the rounds. There is one older depiction of the ALF up on the Sierra Madre Patch right now that has caused a bit of stir in their comments section. It certainly looks nothing like what people had seen last week on that "Vote YES on Measure ALF" postcard.
The building pictured above on the right has only been seen in two places up until now. One being the current issue of the Mountain Views News, and the other that post card which, for some reason, didn't arrive at my house. This is supposed to be the design that incorporates all of the demands from the Planning Commission, the City Council, and whoever else was permitted more than a three minute window into the action.
Which I suppose is fine, except for one thing. Why are we only seeing this version now, at the very last possible minute? If the residents of Sierra Madre, who theoretically care deeply about what their town looks like, are supposed to vote on whether they want this thing or not, shouldn't they have been given a glimpse at what is about to happen a month ago? After all, this cleared muster with the City Council a lot earlier than that.
And one other thing. What about all of the people who cast absentee ballots in the weeks before that picture of the latest ALF was released? Did they cast an informed vote?
Can anyone find the new version on the City of Sierra Madre website? As of midnight last night I could not.
If the ALF is approved today, and I am about 98% sure that will happen, will the voters recall having given their approval to this thing once it is built? I suspect that many of them will not remember having voted for something quite so large.
How can you tell who is winning the presidential election today?
For those of the political junkie persuasion, today is one of the longest days of their lives. Having to wait until the entire country votes, and then wait a little more while California finishes casting its ballots, can seem like an eternity. Or two.
So what can you do about it? Thanks to an excellent Daniel Tedford article up on the Pasadena Star News site, you can pretty much call the winner right now and go off and do something useful instead. Titled "8 non-scientific ways (except astrology, sort of) to predict the presidential election," it will help you keep hope alive.
Did you know that ever since the Washington Redskins moved to Washington DC, the outcome of their last home game played just before a presidential election has foretold the result of the vote 17 out of 18 times? If the Redskins won, then the incumbent party won. The score of Sunday's Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers tilt? Carolina 21, Redskins 13.
It is also a proven fact that Republicans have won every presidential election held on the date November 6 since the Grand Old Party came into existence.
However, there are other indicators here as well. In years where the National League team won the World Series, the Democrats have won. As hard as it is for Los Angeles Dodgers fans to admit it, the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in 4 games.
And who won the all important 7-11 drinking cup competition?
President Obama. By quite a bit.
You can read the rest of these proven election predictors by clicking here. And until late tonight, that is really about the best you are going to be able to do.