Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Sunday Tattler News Returns

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Mod: It has been a few weeks since we attempted a Sunday Tattler News. It was never our intention to allow our focus to lapse on what had become an important responsibility for this blog, but apparently we did. And I would like to express some regrets for not having done so, but to be perfectly honest I have none. We did run other stories in place of the Sunday News, and as I recall nobody seemed too upset with the decisions that were made. All that said, here is all the news fit that's to agglomerate. Which I guess is the nicer word for it.

A big car for a big star: Arnold Schwarzenegger suffers a delayed mid-life crisis as he buys a $250k monster truck! (click here): This should be titled “A big car for a big hypocrite.” Why? Because Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hypocrisy evidently knows no bounds.

When he was the Governator (evidently he must have thought this was an acting job), he stuck the citizens of California with what is known as Assembly Bill 32: the Global Warming Solutions Act. A nefarious plan to suck money out of the bank accounts of California citizens and businesses via a cap and trade program. You can click the link above and read for yourself.

The end result will be that if you buy anything in California the price will be going up as when the price of gas and diesel rises, so does everything else as it’s all delivered by truck. You can bet CARB will be costing the refineries and trucking companies a lot of  money buying carbon credits and making them file a 50 page report, in triplicate, every time someone belches at work.

Let’s not forget this isn’t going to be good for the job market in California either. If price of goods and doing business goes up businesses will have less of those dollars to spend on hiring and expansion. This, in our humble opinion, could also drive even more business out-of-state and cause more bankruptcies.

Meanwhile, after screwing everyone in the state, what does the Hypocriteanator do? Oh, he buys a huge Mercedes Unimog! A gas hog par excellence, that should probably have its very own cap and trade program set up. A little research shows that on Unimog forums most claim to get about 15-16 miles per gallon. Certainly not in Prius territory. Not to mention they’re diesels, emitting soot, another no-no for the do-gooder greenie crowd. Let’s not forget Arnold likes to fly private jets all the time, too. Spewing out  more of that carbon he’s so ‘worried’ about.

As such, we are awarding Arnold the one-fingered CO2 Insanity salute for Hypocrite of the Month.

(Mod: I'm sorry, but we here at The Tattler really do dote on this kind of stuff. Can we please get an inventory of all the automobiles driven by the Green Committee and the Councilmembers who support them? Can we start with Councilmember Harabedian's Corvette? And Mayor Moran's La-zoon Mercedes Benz?)

Alhambra hosts 710 forum to 'get the correct information out there' (click here): Representatives from local transportation agencies attended a City Council meeting this week to answer questions and inform residents of the status of the environmental study for the 710 North Gap Closure Project.


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the first phase of a three year Environmental Impact Report and is studying five final options to close the 4.5-mile gap from El Sereno and Pasadena: "No build," traffic management solutions, bus, light rail and a dual-bore underground freeway tunnel.

At the meeting, Metro's director of the highway program Doug Failing and Southern California Association of Governments Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata explained the final five options and answered questions about the movement of goods and the costs of building a tunnel.

Failing said Metro will host a series of public meetings in January to present the results of the "Alternatives Analysis" phase of the EIR, which will be completed in December. But, he said, attending local city council meetings is also an important part of Metro's public outreach process.

"We can't just sit back and deliver information on our schedule," Failing said. "All these councils also have needs for information as well and doing it at that local level it puts the city in control so the city gets to ask the questions that are really more important to them, as opposed to general questions about the corridor."

Alhambra Mayor Barbara Messina said she asked Ikhrata and Failing to come to the meeting to dispel what she says are rumors and misinformation surrounding the project.

(Mod: As Tattler readers may recall, Barbara Messina is a prominent figure at the SGVCOG. She was also one of the leading defenders there of disgraced former COG Executive Director Nick Conway after he was arrested by the D.A. on multiple felony conflict of interest charges. You may remember that before his arrest Ms. Messina had also used the term "rumors and misinformation" to describe the allegations whirling about the tousled gray noggin of Mr. Conway. Throw in SCAG's Soviet emigre' boss Hasan Ikhrata and Metro's Doug Failing and you have something that pretty much puts the bow to a fairly hellish package.)


San Francisco Approved - Minimum Allowable Size Apartment of 220 Square Feet (click here): San Francisco will soon have "micro-unit apartments" as the Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that allow for building apartments with only 220 square feet of living space. The sanctioning for such itsy-bitsy apartments is to help single adults who are unable to afford a house in populous urban area find a place to live.

Supervisor Scott Wiener hoped to have apartments rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month, compared to the average studio rent of $2,000, by reducing the minimum-allowable size. "To confront San Francisco's rising housing affordability crisis, we must be creative and flexible," said Wiener. "Allowing the construction of these units is one tool to alleviate the pressure that is making vacancies scarce and driving rental prices out of the reach of many who wish to live here."

However, certain city lawmakers expressed their concerns about the mounting rents for bigger places caused by the allowing for tiny apartments, thereby actually worsening the lack of affordable housing in the city. "Even though they do maximize their use of the space, you are still talking about very small units being very expensive," Supervisor David Campos stated. "If these places that are 200 square feet are going for 1500, what is that going to do to the rest of housing prices in San Francisco?"

San Francisco has overcome New York and become the city with the most expensive apartment rents. Though there are increasing criticisms concerning the pint-sized apartments, the demand for affordable living in a growing city is apparently inevitable.

(Mod: Here is something that is more of a philosophical inquiry than anything to do with urban planning. At what point does a dwelling become a shelf?)

California - Vegas party train could hit tracks in 2013 (click here): As if a weekend in Las Vegas isn't wild enough for Southern Californians, a Nevada entrepreneur is about to add five more hours of party to either end.

After striking an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad last week, the Las Vegas Railway Express is one step closer to bringing to life the X Train, a luxurious "party train" complete with big screen TVs, recliners and two ultra lounges.

"The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you're in Las Vegas," said Michael Barron, president and CEO of the $100 million venture that hopes to launch its maiden voyage on New Year's Eve 2013. "It's essentially a nightclub on wheels."

Tourists can't get from Southern California to Las Vegas by rail alone, and Barron's company isn't the first to try and fix that. The much-talked-about XpressWest project proposes a high-speed train connecting Sin City to the region from which it draws 25 percent of its tourists.

But it's a multi-billion-dollar proposal that would require setting new tracks, and it's often panned as a "train to nowhere" because the first phase would start in relatively obscure Victorville, about 100 miles outside of Los Angeles.

The X Train proposal calls for an Amtrak crew aboard a 576-passenger train that runs at standard speeds on traditional tracks. It would start in Fullerton, Calif. — already home to an Amtrak station and part of Southern California's Metrolink commuter train network — and end in downtown Las Vegas.

(Mod: This could be the genesis of an idea for boosting the abysmal ridership figures for the Gold Line. Rather than spending $100s of millions of dollars on train station condo projects, plow the money into party cars instead. This could also be a way of improving ridership on Sierra Madre's bus shuttle program as nobody would be in a fit condition to drive after pulling into Sierra Madre Villa Station after a 40 minute ride on the X-Trolley.)

Pasadena residents ready to recall Councilman Steve Madison for NFL vote (click here): Political retribution for support of the recently adopted Rose Bowl Environmental Impact Report came swift for Steve Madison, as residents in the Arroyo Seco began plans Friday to recall the Pasadena District 6 City Councilman.

Madison voted Monday along with six other Pasadena City Council members to certify an environmental impact report and change a city ordinance, all of which clears the way for the NFL to temporarily play at the Rose Bowl.

The City Council's move faced strong opposition from homeowners in the upscale neighborhoods surrounding the famed stadium. And now Madison could be the first political casualty of that decision.

"We intend to serve Mr. Madison with recall papers in the next 10 days," said Michael Vogler, the 12-year Pasadena resident who is spearheading the effort. A website was launched this week in support of the recall effort - recallstevemadison.com.

Madison's city council district encompasses much of the Arroyo Seco and Rose Bowl parking lot, along with the San Rafael and Linda Vista-Annadale neighborhoods that are home to many of those opposed to the NFL playing temporarily at the stadium.

"Mr. Madison is willing to sell our precious weekend and family time to the highest bidder," according to the website. "Mr. Madison must be replaced with a representative committed to protecting our quality of life."

(Mod: Has the NFL even agreed to move one of their franchises out here? My guess is if they do it won't be the Giants, Packers or Bears. Rather it will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Carolina Panthers. That said, we here at The Tattler have always enjoyed a spirited recall, and will be following this story closely.)

That's enough of that. Go outside and play. It really is a beautiful outside, and do you want to waste it by being shut up inside all day?

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55 comments:

  1. I think Kim Clymer Kelly has a full size old pick up truck ,(how much does that pollute?)
    And let's not forget that in the July 4th parade, Koerber and Capoccia rode bicycles while the other three council members rode in big old cars that get about 7 - 8 mig or on a flat bed truck that wasn't a gas sipper either. I'm getting very tired of their arrogant and holier than thou attitudes.

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    1. Kim's truck was in the 4th of July parade as part of the Mountain Views News contingent. She had a Prop 57 sign on the side of it. I guess she is more concerned about GMOs than Greenhouse Gas.

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    2. The truck is parked for most of the time at Kim's appartment in the canyon and she rides her scooter. Go pick on someone else.

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    3. What goes around, comes around.

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    4. I think we need an accurate accounting of the Green Committee's carbon footprint.

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    5. What? Kim Kelly is a renter? Not even a property owner and she's making decisions for folks with a significant investment in Sierra Madre? There's nothing wrong with renters, by the way, for the most part they're decent enough, but chances are they won't be here in another 5 years and certainly not when the piper is scheduled to be paid.

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    6. I think the decisions are already made. The Green Committee is the fuzzy glove on the cement fist.

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    7. 11:24... That has got to be one of the most ignorant stat.ements I have ever read, and do tell what was Prop 57 about?

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    8. Prop 57 was about genetically unadulterated vegetables and meat products.

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    9. From the web:

      Prop 37 requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as “natural.” Provides exemptions. Fiscal Impact: Increased annual state costs from a few hundred thousand dollars to over $1 million to regulate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Additional, but likely not significant, governmental costs to address violations under the measure.

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    10. From the web:

      California Proposition 57, or the Economic Recovery Bond Act, was on the March 2, 2004 statewide primary ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was approved.

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  2. The truck is used 3 or 4 times a year, she uses a little scooter and she has a high mileage Honda Fit, she's one of the very few that actually walk the walk.

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    1. What kind of fit?

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    2. The kind that fits in the bed of the truck that doesn't get used, apparently.

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    3. I'd pitch a fit if that was the case.

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  3. Lets face it, if they are in politics their into lying. It is so hard to find anyone who will be truthful any more especially when it comes to the politicians telling us what is good for all of us. NO INTEGRITY.

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    1. I think in economic times like these we should be buying American vehicles.

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  5. All city parades should be led by their respective city council members riding unicycles and wearing those beer sipper hats out of respect to the cities they serve. wearing shirts that proclaim, "I make asinine decisions all year, so today I wil just act like a fool." They could really walk the walk and talk the talk. It would be exactly whay the constituencies need. Even the beer companies could get in on the action..... I represent district 5, and my seat was bought by PBR! I represent district 7, I have no voice , it's OK because I chug Steel Reserve!

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  6. Seriously, everyone in the parade needs to be in a GREEN traveling car. What about the basic Sierra Madre Float.....good advertising and Rent it! If you are in your gas guzzler, then you cannot be in the parade. There needs to be PERMISSION SLIPS to be in OUR parade!

    If there is a train to Vegas there needs to be a train to the Getty, the Tolerance Museum and the LACMA. What kind of trashy society are we turning into? Sex, Lies and the SCAG?

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    1. If you are going to ask people to make a sacrifice for a high moral purpose, the very first person to make that sacrifice should be the one calling for it. Otherwise you become an Arnold.

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    2. i don't know about you, but i'd sure like a train that goes to baker.

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    3. Yes, yes, yes! A party train to the crystal cathedral! Woo hoo, sign me up!

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    4. Damned Dems! They try to hog all the good places!

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    5. I remember the 4th of July Parade where the Boscas chose Midge Morash over the WWII veterans because it was a good way to spread the "green" message. Midge, bless her heart, was driven down the boulevard surrounded by little children shaking branches with green leaves on them. Later in the parade Joe Mosca arrived Propped up on the back of a big V8 muscle car converertible. It didn't even occur to His Obliviousness how hypocritical and self-serving this all was.

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  7. Kim Clymer Kelly lied about MaryAnn during election time, how can we believe anything she says or does. She is in the me generation.

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    2. No name calling please. The facts are more than enough.

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    3. I guess Kelly's feeling were bruised.

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    4. Rainbows and Unicorns are known to use salty language at times.

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  8. A recall every once in a while is a good way to keep democracy tuned up and running well.

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  9. The California Cap & Trade deal will only make neighboring states who don't adopt this tax happy, and will only serve to accelerate the business flight from California.
    Perhaps we could surcharge all those Chinese and other foreign goods that come into California to furthur the anti business climate.
    However I would support a tax on our city council for all the greenhouse gas they emit.
    I know, another great way to raise tax revenue is to charge money to drive on the free(?)ways.

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  10. We should have a tunnel naming contest. Perhaps the how about the Ikrata Messina Revolutionary People's Triumphant Victory Tunnel.

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  11. How about the People's Republic of China Tunnel

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    1. This solves a very old argument. If you dig deep enough, you will reach China.

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  12. Don't worry the tunnel will get approved and buried during the next distraction in the news cycle.

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  13. If you really think we have a "well tuned" Democracy, I heard that 1 in 6 Americans is or has done jail time.
    We now have a law that allows for detainment without charge or trial for an indefinite length of time.
    You are deluded if you think we still have a Democracy.
    Those who are really incharge, will after all the public dancing, declare the tunnel will be just the cat's meow, and when you drive thru it, the cost of driving through it will be charged to your transponder.

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  14. The main purpose of the 710 tunnel is to get Chinese goods to market more quickly. As the cash source that keeps the entitlement train rolling, China gets to call the shots. Metro, Ikhrata, Messina, they're just the meat puppets.

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    1. If that isn't a wake up call on the issue of American national decline, I do not know what is.

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    2. In reality the goods are more than likely manufactured under the ownership of American companies being manufactured in China, so they really are American goods, moreover, a very large percentage of goods, no matter where they have been manufactured will be utilizing the Alameda Corridor for transport out of the LA Basin...just an FYI, have a nice day.

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    3. So you're saying that the huge trade imbalance between Chine and the U.S. involves all American companies? I am sorry, but you are making very little sense here. Maybe none.

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    4. If you are an American company with manufacturing in China then, yes, you are contributing to the trade imbalance, also, look up Alameda Corridor and Alameda Corridor East, these are massive infrastructure projects to specifically remove truck traffic off of local freeways and to expedite flow of goods to points inland, no matter the point of origin, have a nice day.

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  15. the great opium tunnel?

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  16. those damn dems, this is all their fault. please stop your taking credit for the big mess.

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  17. Enjoy your bike ride this afternoon, Crawford?

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  18. Back to the real world.

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    1. Nothing artificial added.

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  19. I was out of town so missed the dialog on "chickens coming to Sierra Madre". What better tag than "Sierra Madre home of the best Chicken Fricassee"? I remember when many homes in our town had coops with 100 or so hens and the mean old rooster, who was lord of the sunrise and made sure everybody knew it. Eventually chickens were banned because of the oders, flys, and chicken s--- never cleaned up. Chicken wire was never very effective. It kept chickens in most of the time, but never really worked on keeping the hawks out which was prbably the reason shotguns were kept at the back door. My grandmothers preferred technique for the Sunday Dinner was to sneak up on the "young layer", grab it by the neck, hold by the feet, twist the neck, "step on it and yank", release it to flap in a circle causing the expression, "behaving like a chicken with its head cut off".
    There is potential for Sierra Madre though. Recent arrivals to LA seem to miss the time honored sport of "Cock Fighting" Our City Council might be the first to stage these fights with their own Cocks named after themselves fighting to the death on Saturday nights. Maybe the Mayor should be picked from the winning Cock Fight. There is such potential here although rather than "green" this activity should be called "brown" because that is what you step in as a chicken keeper.

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    1. Great post. They could have these Cock Fights in Council Chambers. The betting action would be intense! The losers could be broasted and then sold at the farmers market as all natural.

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