Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Currently on the Mountain Views News website there is a "tweet" (or should we be saying twitter?) from the paper's publisher, H. Susan Henderson. This is how it reads:
Anyone know who twitters as: @_smith_marke:? They sent a ridiculous tweet suggesting that Sierra Madre would not be able to vote in March PUSD Board elections. Called news article (From PUSD) in the MVNews a lie. Wondering who this tweeter is. Of course their information is blocked. BTW, article is true according to release. Sierra Madre will vote in March.
The sad truth is that anyone from the City of Sierra Madre wishing to cast a ballot for Board of Education representation under the new "sub-districting" system voted into existence under Measure A will not be able to do so in March of 2013. Despite what Susan claims.
Residents of Sierra Madre have been legally prevented from voting in Board of Ed elections until 2015, a full two years after most of the rest of the Pasadena Unified School District elects its very own exclusive representation. Something that could cost Sierra Madre's schools hundreds of thousands of dollars in Measure TT school construction money should the privileged so-called subdistricts decide to take advantage. Which I personally suspect they will do.
I called Pasadena City Hall yesterday to get the definitive word on this. And according to Pasadena City Clerk Mark Jomsky's office PUSD Subdistricts 1, 3, 5, and 7 will vote to elect exclusive Board of Education representatives in March of 2013. Subdistricts 2, 4 and 6 will not be allowed to elect their representatives until 2015. Sierra Madre comprises around half of Subdistrict 6.
Now I don't know what words passed between Susan Henderson and the twittering person critical of her clueless reporting on this matter, but apparently she still hasn't quite calmed down about it. And despite having been fully informed about the reality of the 2013 Board of Education elections and Sierra Madre's exclusion, she still can't find it in herself to admit she was wrong.
Here is a very odd rant from Susan posted on the Facebook page of the Mountain Views News.
The article is from the Press Release for the Pasadena Unified School District. No retraction has been issued by the PUSD. If they do, we will report it. In any case, it does not warrant the vile personal attacks against the Mountain Views News and I.
I guess at the MVN it is better to be offended than in touch with the facts. Like I said, I don't know what went on between Susan's twitter critic and herself, though I can certainly understand how someone might have become angry after reading such flagrant inaccuracies in her paper regarding what is in actuality flat-out vote theft by the PUSD.
Plus I am also confused about how someone might make "vile personal attacks" on a weekly newspaper. Inanimate objects not having much in the way of anything "personal" about them.
Of course, the thought of clueless Mountain Views News readers trying to find open voting stations here in Sierra Madre this coming March is kind of funny.
More Strangeness from the Mountain Views News
On page 3 of the December 1st edition of the Mountain Views News the following small item can be found:
In the November 24, 2012 edition of the Mountain Views News, under the headline, "Arson and Insurance Fraud Filed on Two Sierra Madre Residents," the photograph on the left of a woman indentified as Suanne Ellis of Sierra Madre appeared. This is NOT the same Suanne Ellis that was arrested for the crime. Our apologies for any misunderstanding or inconvenience this may have caused.
Picture this. One of the biggest crimes here in years ends in the arrest of two Sierra Madre residents. Yet when our City's adjudicated newspaper finally comes out with their account of this story, it is your picture that appears with it. And after you pick yourself up off the floor, nervously look outside to see if the Police are in the driveway, and then finish fielding phone calls from your neighbors, you call the Looney Views News and give them a piece of your mind. The paper promises a retraction.
A week later the retraction hits the street, and what does it say? The paper apologizes for "any misunderstanding or inconvenience." Somehow being misidentified in a newspaper as an arsonist and participant in criminal insurance fraud doesn't quite strike me as an "inconvenience." I hope Ms. Ellis makes the right choice here, gets a lawyer, and sues the MVN for all they are worth. No matter how little that might be.
You Should Have Received a Prop 218 Protest Form in the Mail Yesterday
The quagmire known as the County of Los Angeles is looking to gets its endlessly greedy mitts on more of your money. In this case it would be a yearly hit on your property taxes to clean up beaches and other seaside amenities. Things that we do not have in Sierra Madre.
The pamphlet is called "Los Angeles County, Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure." The Prop 218 form is hidden way in the back of this thing, down at the bottom of the last page. Please sign your name and mail it in.
L.A. County is often regarded as being one of the most corrupt in the nation. They hardly deserve to take even more of your money than they already do. Hopefully you didn't throw this Prop 218 form out. Something I am certain the authors of the wretched mess are hoping you would do.
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