Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One of the Biggest Stories of the Year, and the Mountain Views News Doesn't Have a Clue

It really is kind of incredible. The theft of Sierra Madre's rights to equal representation on the Pasadena Unified School District's Board of Education for two full years has been the source of much anger in this town for a while now, yet the publisher of our adjudicated newspaper apparently didn't know anything at all about it. And when challenged by a reader of her paper about the accuracy of the information published there on this matter, she reacted with a strange mix of unhinged outrage and insults.

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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68 comments:

  1. We didn't get a 218 protest form in the mail yesterday?
    Hope we get one today.

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  2. I got one. If you own a house you're supposed to get it. It identifies itself as being from the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Program, not a tax hike. Very deceptive. Prop 218 is not mentioned. You have to know what it is on your own.

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    1. If you didn't get one, or you think you might have thrown it out, you can call 800 218-0018.

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    2. Thanks, we do own a house, and I'll call them.

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    3. This is one of the many reasons I would never again vote for Antonovich, our "happy go lucky" career county politician.
      He is never to be found when deceptive stuff like the Prop 218 guilt trip is floated.
      I guess he has gotten so secure, he thinks he owns his position on the board.

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    4. Just mailed my protest form.

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  3. How much of our taxes does the Mountain Views "News" get? Whatever it is, it is too much.

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    1. The MVN is the local adjudicated paper, and as such, it gets paid to print any city notices that have to be published. It's a shame.

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    2. There are people who read it and think they are getting an accurate picture of what is going on in this town. Obviously they are not.

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    3. Yes indeed the residents of Sierra Madre do get an accurate picture of what is going on in this town. there, on the front page of this last edition is a full color photo of Mayor Pro gem Nancy Walsh standing between Santa and the Grinch. Make believe characters- all three of them.

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    4. Which one is Nancy?

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    5. Susan is dangerous. Whether the misinformation is deliberate or not, it does a lot of damage.

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  4. Thanks for the heads up about the 218 notice. My household got two, and I did toss them into the recycling bin, but I'll fish them out now.

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  5. That two pound flurry of cane furry fury attacks the mail dropped every day but the day of rest. I think she tore that one up.....

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    1. And we use MVN for two pounds of canine furry fury to do poopsie daisy when we run out of doggie poopsie pads. we're green! We recycle!

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  6. The Prop 218 form is very easy to miss, but if you look at the form? Ouch. The proposed tax increase for my home is close to $200 a year.

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    1. Just another way to dilute Prop 13.

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  7. Tricky wording on the protest.
    People have to check "I protest the clean water fee", like yeah, I'm the jerk who wants polluted water.

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    1. Typical of a vast bureaucracy whose only purpose is to get more and more money out of the taxpayers.

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    2. Of course the SGVCOG was deeply involved with this. They got the majority of COG City liaisons to approve this in exchange for a buffet dinner.

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  8. This ignorance of an issue critical to the well being of Sierra Madre is just another example of Henderson's pandering to the majority (temporarily one hopes) on the city council. Far be it from Susan Henderson to criticize Doyle or Mosca, or any of their associates. The slogan of her paper should be
    The Mountain Views News, Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You.

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    1. Our PUSD vote was stolen while Mosca and Doyle supposedly were watching out for our interests. They were our representatives on the redistricting task force, and stood quietly by and said nothing.

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    2. Susan will betray anyone for the right price.I know this woman, she lied and cheated me out of my time and trust. I am just one of many, many of her victims.
      She betrayed a very sweet lady, who thought Susan was her friend.
      This lady Henderson hurt was Katina Dunn. Susan not only cheated her out of money, she betrayed her trust. Katina and Kevin Dunn sued Susan in a Pasadena Court room and won a judgement against her, which to my knowledge, Susan has never paid......surprise? No, not really, show me anyone Susan ever paid back and maybe she'll pay Katina.
      A high class person, like Dunn, can only be hurt by a low class person like Henderson, a low class person who has no dropped to as low as she can go. Henderson is a sociopath who doesn't give a damn about anyone but herself. She lies, cheats and uses people.
      I just wish the naive people who read her hideous paper would find this out.

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    3. I tend to disagree with you. It's more likely Doyle had conspired to disenfranchise us for his own personal gain. He is too clever to believe otherwise.

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    4. Wasn't Susan fired from a high ranking State Democratic Party job for lying?

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    5. Yes, not only lying, but cheating the Democratic Party in San Francisco out of fund. She was charging personal items on their credit card.
      This is pretty amazing, because this is very well documented and well known, and yet Susan still involves herself with Democrats, namely in Pasadena. I guess Democrats in Pasadena don't care if someone is dishonest or not? LOL

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    6. One of the most notorious Democrats of their immediate past wanders into Dem HQ in Pasadena, feeds them a bunch of manure, and they fall all over themselves to be her friend. What a sad bunch they are.

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    7. It's charisma Baby.

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    8. It must come from holding the forbidden secrets of Bill Press.

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    9. Hey! Don;t knock the Democrats too hard. After all, she was a Republican first.

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    10. She went where she thought she could get the most money and power. She dumped the GOP as soon as she saw an opportunity with the Democrats. This is someone who doesn't stand for anything.

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    11. Does Henderson still claim a degree from Berkeley?

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    12. Nowadays she just claims to have attended school there.

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  9. I believe Susan must subscribe to the "vote early, vote often" school of elections. why, the next March, I think I may break through the confines of the Michillinda curtain and head on over to Pasadena and cast my vote for school board. How can they deny me? the school board has said that until the full cycle of ward elections is complete, Sierra Madre is to receive full representation from all the members of the school board. Therefore, if I am denied a vote I can claim that I am being disenfranchised.

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  10. I love the cartoon. Pretty much the reason our country is in so much trouble. Democracy takes intellect and commitment. Not a lot of that around right now.

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  11. Might be a good idea to give neighbors a head's up about the Prop 218 protest form. It really isn't obvious - and I haven't seen any mail or ads to counter it.

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    1. It is obviously designed to confuse.

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  12. This makes me want to S C R E A M !!!!

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  13. The protest information each of you received means little. What is important is what happens next, each and every property owner in Los Angeles County will receive a ballot via the mail asking them to approve or disapprove of the proposed tax assessment for this rain tax.

    It is critical that each of you notify your friends, neighbors and anyone else who will listen that the ballot will be coming and that WE can stop this nonsense dead in it's tracks. Vote NO!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Gilman, there will be a separate mailing?

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    2. Is there any organized opposition yet? A website with info?

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    3. Yes there will be a separate mailing in the form of a ballot. The mailing will not occur until after the hearing which is scheduled for mid January.
      I am not sure if there is an organized web site yet, you might check with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association...they have been our loudest and most outspoken voice against these nonsensical tax proposals.

      I will keep the Tattler posted as I know more.

      Just imagine the scope of this proposal....every single piece of property in Los Angeles County will be hit with the tax assessment - homes will run $80-200, small apartment units such a 4 unit will pay $200-300 and large properties such as a home depot will pay close to $15,000. That is every year. Watch for your ballot and vote NO!

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    4. Thanks Gilman. We do tax revolts here all the time. This is a natural.

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    5. Gilman is a true patriot, just like Crawford is.
      It's men like you who just may save us.
      Thanks.

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  14. In the last edition of the MVN, Henderson also identified the judge who swore in Chief Giannone as his wife. Clueless to say the least.

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    1. I recall that statement being made by the City Manager during the swearing in ceremony - that the Chief would be sworn in by is wife. Maybe she's a judge...

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    2. No, the Judge is a long-time friend of the Chief going back to his Monterey Park police days. His wife was introduced after the ceremony.

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  15. I guess this is a victory of sorts. A small one for sure. The PUSD website has been updated, and now no longer claims that Sierra Madre will be voting for a Borad of Ed rep in 2013. Instead it states what we have said all along, that Sierra Madte has been disenfranchised for 2 years and will have no vote as far as the PUSD is concerned until 2015.

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    1. A small victory? Are you daft, Mod? We're way out in front! In just two days and a couple of posts we've proven that all those new page views are by people paying attention! Don't think for a moment word didn't get back to the PUSD that the Tattler was challenging their claim that Sierra Madre will be voting for a Board of Ed rep in 2013! Let's hear it for a big victory! Don't be so modest.

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    2. Susan Henderson must be asleep. Her odd tweet on the Looney Views News webpage still claims that Sierra Madre will be a part of the PUSD voting in 2013.And that it is "ridiculous" to think otherwise. I guess we now know who the ridiculous person is ..

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    3. "Mod" is short for modest.

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    4. She should also get a grammar manual.

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    5. Word is that Henderson requires heavy editing on anything she writes.

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  16. Henderson won't amend a tweet until someone tells her to.

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    1. Susan needs to finish eating crow first.

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    2. Not a tweet, but rather a caw.

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  17. With no voice untill 2015, is the middle school campus going to continue to be a barren wasteland? Or have they secured the funds to make that actually habitable? There were a few men out in front of the school today with blueprints...our is that or next senior facility?

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    1. The 4 subdistricts with representatives elected in 2013 will have complete control of how that money will be spent. We will have no representative, and therefore no say. These people have no love for Sierra Madre, and this will be the time they show it. This is a disaster for our town.

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  18. So the covert meeting with Holden and PUSD regarding "assets" could be regarding the middle school disaster? For what condos? Low income housing? How about drug rehab halfway house for elders? Well played PUSD... What a farce!

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  19. The BORAD of EDUCATION, representing the citizens of MORANISTAN.

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  20. ...does not warrant the vile personal attacks against the Mountain Views News and I.

    Susan Henderson.

    funniest thing I've read in a while. The queen of vile and smut tactics of smear editorials chocked full of half truths, outright lies, bogus quotes always from "unnammed sources" and the bile that she prints calls out someone else on "personal attacks"

    shes been doing that since she moved here

    if you can't stand the criticism - move

    Henderson like others (Buchanan, Mosca) moved into town and immediately sought out political connections, but unlike others, Henderson had been fired from the Democratic Party for credit card fraud and misuse.

    This after Henderson switches from the Republican party just to get a job with the Democratic party.

    She's launched personal attacks on citizens in her paper, like time she accused a "old Jewish lady" of attacking her. If we called Henderson an "old black lady" she'd scream racism but she practices bigoted journalism with her sidewalk rag of a newspaper.

    Henderson is just plain nuts and lives in her own world.



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  21. with regards to the idiot Henderson not fact checking or using her noggin she prints a picture of resident and links them to a crime and knows immediately and leaves all of the papers out on the street?

    she could have picked up the papers but she blew off Suanne Ellis and gave a half hearted apology

    I think she should complete maliace to Ms. Ellis when she left the papers out for distribution

    most of us aren't surprised by the total incompetence by Henderson

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    1. A personal disaster is just an ... inconvenience?

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  22. She is grammar and syntax and sentence structure challanged, too. : " ....and I." Help, help me, Jesus. Oh, in Susan's rag: Help, help I, Jesus.

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  23. Whoa Tattlers! Click on the CalWatchdog link that is on this blog page and read Wayne Lusvardi's part 1 article "Pollution tax storm heads for LA County". It's very scary and provides a taste of what awaits us in our Green Accords future. Vote NO and mail those water forms Bach ASAP! Our voices must be heard!

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  24. Susan Henderson is just a small time con who found a hustle here. What disturbs me about it is the way she wins acceptance, and people are just too willing to look the other way. Why would anyone support her when she disgracefully did whatever exactly it was that ended in a $47,000 judgement against her? And remember the way she was dodging those court appearances time after time? This is just since she's been here! We're not even talking about the previous sketchy actions she was in the papers for.
    I am not saying she's like Robert W. Matheson, because people like Matheson are in a special category of hell all to themselves, but the easy denials and excuses for moral 'lapses' are the same. What does a person have to do here to get the censure of the community?
    There is just too much acceptance of people who will lie and cheat, and too much willingness to pretend it's not going on. The bar for integrity is really low.

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  25. The Los Angeles Countys "grand scheme" to solve it's self made problem by taxing every house hold or property owners is just another attempt to kick the can down the road.

    Go after those who are doing the most damage to the water quality being discharged, you might find it's local governments and their properties that are the worst offenders.

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  26. The County of Los Angeles is just going to take the money and run with it, their plan is too open ended.

    Here is the proposed clean water, clean beaches tax break down:

    40% of the fee (TAX) is allocated to the city from which the properties are taxed.

    50% of the fee (TAX) is allocated to the water shed authority.

    10% OF the fee (tax) is allocated to be used for water quality monitoring etc. a waste hole.

    This is just a money laundrying ponzi scheme, it's time to hold the elected public officials responsible.

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