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Today is December 1st, and that means we have a whole new month to fill up with posts. So what else is going on?
Walnut Stays Out of the COG - For the last several months, members of the SGVCOG have been lobbying my City Council to rejoin the organization. Councilmember Tony Cartagena brought the matter before our council this evening.
I pointed out that the Sierra Madre Tattler had run an article alleging that Executive Director Nick Conway had allegedly co mingled money from the LA County Homeless group with his company account. There was a arrangement where the homeless group would pay the COG for rent. Instead the money passed through Arroyo Associates to pay the rent bill at the COG offices. While the arrangement may not have been done with criminal intent, it showed a complete disregard of proper government accounting procedures.
After a lengthy discussion of the need for a forensic audit of the SGVCOG prior to any decision to rejoin the organization my council agreed with me and Cartagena's motion died for lack of a second.
I believe there is a need for a common voice for the San Gabriel Valley. The SGVCOG has made some steps to improve When the organization realizes that a forensic audit is needed to regain the public trust we may reconsider.
(Mod: The above is part of an e-mail I received from Tom King. Tom serves on the City Council of the City of Walnut, the only town to pull out of the SGVCOG due to the wave of corruption there that resulted in the arrest of its Executive Director, Nick Conway. Which is pretty damn disgraceful if you think about it. The call for a forensic audit at the SGVCOG is kind of an adult approach. You'd think that after the place had been looted as aggressively as it was, the remaining member cities might show some curiosity about the fate of the taxpayer's hard earned dollar there. I'm not holding out any great hope for Sierra Madre, however. Any move here would have to get by Josh and Nancy, and you know how they feel about holding special people accountable for their actions.)
An E-Mail Going Around Town - Good morning all.
Yesterday Xxxxxxx and several other girls spoke with Mr Xxxxxxx about a man who drives around the school staring at them. This man, who looks to be 50ish, drives a black Rav (I think) with license xxxxxxxx and circles the streets surrounding the school numerous times every morning and every afternoon. Xxxxxxxx told me about him 2 weeks ago, and I have spent several mornings and afternoons sitting on their walking route watching him circle 10-20 times. He also circles the elementary school.
Mr. Xxxxxxx stated that he would notify the police and make a complaint. Because of a similar complaint filed last year, Mr. Xxxxxxx was already aware of who this man is. Per the police, they cannot do anything until he actually makes contact with a child and that child comes forward and complains.
Yesterday I was driving in town at approx. 2:45 and saw him driving in circles around Kersting Court. Xxxxxxx and several other students were standing on the grass talking. He would slow down, stop and stare at them, and then drive when someone came up behind him. I started following him, and he drove away. He saw me looking at him, and he did not make eye contact with me.
Per Mr. Xxxxxxx, this guy lives on Xxxxxxx. Xxxxxxx has seen this guy on Suffolk driving past her as she and Xxxx are walking to school. I am VERY VERY unhappy about this.
... I am really uncomfortable with this person. And I want all of you to be aware of this guy. After following him yesterday, I have shivers up my spine every time I think of the way he was staring at our children. If anyone has any ideas of how we can make all of the parents of both of the schools aware of this guy without opening ourselves up to a lawsuit, let me know.
(Mod: I took the names and other identifiers out of this because I don't know any of the people mentioned. The thing that jumps out in this e-mail is the sense that the parents who wrote, received and replied to this e-mail feel that they need to take matters into their own hands. As we saw in the Matheson case, there is no sense here that the public safety of children is in any way a priority in this town. That can be seen in this e-mail. What I find particularly disturbing is the SMPD response that they can't do anything until actual contact occurs. Where I grew up this character would have been hauled into the Police station, questioned, and had the crap scared out of him. Long before any "contact" occurred. Not so in Sierra Madre.)
We Have A Winner!
Our Nov 10 contest to help the Green Committee rename their "Accords" drew a few hundred responses, which is not only gratifying, but also shows the concern many in Sierra Madre feel for something that has so dumb a name. The winning entry has now been selected by our Prize Committee, which comprised one bleary-eyed person sitting hunched over a MacBook Pro at a little after 3:00 am this morning.
And the winner is!
Birkenstock Builder's Brigade!
If this was your entry please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we will know where to send you your 30 count box of compact discs, a collection specially curated from my carefully stored pile of the damn things located in the shed behind my house.
Let the weekend begin.