Saturday, December 1, 2012

So What Else is Going On?

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November turned out to be the biggest traffic month ever for The Tattler with well over 60,000 hits on our little site. This is the first time we have ever exceeded the 60K barrier for a 30 day period, which is a good indication that interest in this site continues to grow. It is also proof that people do like news that deals with reality rather than the feel good stuff you get elsewhere in town. The press release journalism you find in places like the Mountain Views News is not practiced here, and our reward is your increased attention and interest. Now we just need to figure out where we are going to take things in the future. That is, if there is one (click here).

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 sierramadretattler@gmail.com 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.

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57 comments:

  1. 1. Sierra Madre should get OUT of the SGVCOG.Thank you, Tom King!

    2. Mod? Would you post a picture of the type of car this pervert drives, so everyone can be on the lookout for him?

    3.Birkenstock Builder's Brigade! I love it!Don't let the "granola" loonies take over...........

    The Tattler is the best news source in the San Gabriel Valley. John Crawford is the best writer!
    The Tattler posters are the best! It's no surprise this blog is so well read.

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  2. How will you know the winning claimant is the actual, true creator of the phrase?

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    1. I have a very good answer to that, but to reveal it here would be to give away the game. Stay tuned.

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    2. i know who it is. i am going to poke her in the eye. nyuck-nyuck-nyuck.

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    3. I DEMAND A RECOUNT!!!!! IT WAS THE CHUDS!!!!! SHE IS STILL CACKLING ABOUT IT!!!!

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    4. SHE'S NOT EVEN A VEGAN!!! HER SANDALS ARE PLASTIC AND NOT BIO-DEGRADABLE!!! SHE BUILT A GRANNY FLAT WITHOUT A PERMIT!!!! SHE RAISES CHICKENS AND RABBITS FOR PROFIT!!!! FOUL!!! FOUL!!!

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    5. Jealousy is not very becoming.

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  3. Our Police Department is afraid of criminals and their lawyers. They don't act unless they are absolutely forced to, and even then the response is timid and ineffective. That is one of the problems of a small force. they don't have the resources to defeat criminals who know how to work the system. That something has to actually happen to a school child before they will do anything is horrifying. On so many levels.

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    1. That's two (strikes)! Jokeanone declined to list Matheson as a sex offender and "can't do anything" until a chld is harmed. Third strike and he's out, right Harabedian? Walsh? Moran? Cappocia? Koerber? Aguilar? If you can't bring yourself to get us sheriffs, then demand your chief to do his job.

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  4. If you truly want to change SGVCOG than gather the other honest cities to pull out, this will force SGVCOG to get in a straight line and march forward or else fail where they stand.

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    1. Unfortunately "honest cities" in the San Gabriel Valley is an oxymoron. The SGVCOG is proof.

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  5. Not to say anything bad about your cops -- OK, I will: I have enough cops in my family and know enough cops to know that something can be done about Mr. Pervo. Even if the guy hasn't done anything yet, there's no reason why he can't be followed home, or pulled over, and have a nice conversation with Mr. or Ms. Policeman, the sole purpose of which is to let him know he's being watched and he needs to develop another hobby, like today. A friend of mine -- former Pasadena police commander -- told me about convincing the local sheriffs to take care of a guy who had a prostitute working his front yard in the bushes. Didn't have enough proof for court that anything was going on, but they knocked on his door and were, uh, persuasive. That's all you need to do for a first strike -- don't give the guy a CHANCE to do something. Just let him know in a not-so-subtle manner that "we're on to you."

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  6. You must have the wimpiest cops in the world over there. Here's how you handle Mr. Pervo, BEFORE he does anything: Mr. or Ms. Policeman, follow him home or pull his car over. Have a nice conversation so he gets the idea that he's being watched carefully and he needs to get a new hobby, like today. Next time you see him cruising the school, pull him over and do it again. Wave at him when you see him. Watch him and let him know he's being watched. A few persuasive conversations to turn up the heat are appropriate right now.

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    1. Correct Sage, we do. They couldn't even register a guy as a sex offender who was arrested, tried and imprisoned in Canada. A country we have full legal reciprocity with according to the DOJ. Claimed it had something to do with state law, but the truth is they just didn't have it in them to get the job done. Thank you for your posts this morning. It is always a pleasure when you pop over here.

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    2. Another preventive measure would be to make sure the school is completely gated and ALL people entering the school check in, and state where they're going. There are open gates/classrooms right next to the street.
      There is a false assumption that nothing bad happens in Sierra Madre and that children are safe while at school.

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    3. The special people can join forces to force out an autistic kindergartener with a pencil but can't organize to demand the Chief provide a patrol during the time kids are walking to school? The perv's not driving through the gate - he's circling the block and up and down the streets where OUR kids walk. There's something wrong with this picture.

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    4. Some of those special people have gathered right at the school to hatch plans- such as filing fake police reports on an autistic child.
      In fact, they often gather right at the open gates- which stay open all day.

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    5. Sorry for the repetition -- the first one just disappeared and I figured it didn't go thru, hence why I seem to be repeating myself!

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    6. I thought they were both good. Congrats on the excellent Pasadena Sun article on the 2011 windstorm one year later. Good stuff!

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    7. BTW, speakng as a Sierra Madre Elementary Parent, there's a lot of police presence at the school -- the purpose of which is to gin up revenue by writing tickets on school parents whose parking choices don't meet the approval of the city fathers. But actual law enforcement? Fuggedaboutit!

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  7. Well since registering as a sex offender is obviously not enforced in SM it seems just as it was pointed out yesterday, we have more than just Matheson to worry about. I just do not get our pd, I moved back to town to help take care of my elderly father. My 19 year old has a raised ford truck, he was stopped 3 times for no reason in the first month we were here. They can't harass this perv like that? And they want a raise?

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    1. My middle school son on a bicycle who was dispatched to Gooden School to pick up his kindergarten niece when her mom couldn't make it in time was stopped by the police, interrogated and followed until they arrived home!

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    2. then the pd did what they were supposed to do. they looked out for two children :)

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    3. Right 9:56. Do you figure that the PD feels safe following the two children, but are too scared to follow the circling perv, or the child pornography fan?

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    4. Nah, 9:56, I don't think that's it. I think it is critical that people call them when they see this guy, or anyone hanging around a place where there are kids that has no reason to be there, and the caller sit and wait until the PD show up, tho. Anyone who has nothing to be concerned about won't mind being talked to. It's a hassle being stopped in motion, or when you need to get somewhere, but a car that is parked is in no hurry, and a car that is circling is either lost, or looking for something. Again, no reason to be uncomfortable about the PD asking them if they need something unless the person has something to be concerned about.

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  8. Thank you for that advice Sage.
    Maybe if enough parents go to the police and ask....

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  9. "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" Tattler, why did you leave out the head cheerleader for the COG, Johnny Harabedian? The SGVCOG like the Green Commission is going to go the way Moralshabedian want it to go.

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  10. There are these wonderful devices that take photos: cell phones and cameras! If all of you folks are so concerned where are the photos being taking, including showng a license plate number and a head shot of the suspected pervert! Seems like a public service. And a group of soccer moms coming to the podium to alert the City Council to their concerns might get some action from the newly appointed Police Chief. And call the PUSD to demand a safety assembly to warn walking children about SAFETY.

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  11. please, please, please. be alert, be aware, look out for all of our kids. we will submit our concerns to the pusd board of ed directly, again, when we see them Tuesday about securing those campuses- but that does nothing for kids walking to/from and it does nothing for the other places where kids go to school or hang out. be aware, always, and in all places.

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  12. Hey F*** Y** Tattler. People that are into child porn do not necessarily practice it. There is no proof that Bob Matheson actually participated in the act of child molestation. He merely enjoys viewing it on a computer in the privacy of his own home.

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    1. Truly unbelievable. I edited this for language, but in case anyone needs proof that there is support for this kind of thing in this community, here you go.

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    2. MERELY enjoying... privacy... own home? Real children are being assaulted, molested, and subjected to suffering, sometimes death maybe not by the "innocent" viewer but in order that criminal acts can be perpetrated. And don't forget, that unlike adult pornography, child pornography is a criminal offense whether in the production stage, the downloadhing phase or the viewing in on a computer in the privacy of one's own home.

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    3. Maybe this person thought they were being funny. Jokes about child abuse are not funny.

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    4. 10:11, seek help. Or become a recluse cut off from all living things. You are a poison and you do not know it.

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    5. Your neighbor. Our neighbor. What we don't know about this community must be immense.

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    6. 10:11 --- turn yourself in. There are people who can help you.

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    7. There should have been no assumption of privacy viewing his laptop child porn! He was in a public airport. Fair game for the local PD. He got what he deserved, just no for long enough.

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    8. 10:11 do the people at walmart look at you funny when you go through the line with duct tape, plastic bags and rope?

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    9. So 10:11, you could do all kinds of things in the privacy of your home, right? Why don't you set up a meth lab and see how long you'd get away with it?

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  13. Hey 10:11 you drive a blk rav and circle the local schools for your next victim? I sure hope all of us take note and call the boys in blue everytime this perv is seen.. What happened to small town justice? I tell ya something happens to my kid.... Im coming and hell's coming with me.

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  14. We have a Police Force who is suing the city and demanding higher pay which the City is anxious to give them on the backs of the citizens! They can also fleece you with traffic tickets but can't pick up a child predator.Have we become a a Child Predator Preserve?We have at least five schools within a 3mile radius,along with parks,a plaza that attract school children and streets which are filled with kids walking home or meeting friends.Something is amiss here.We need to call in outside assistance to remedy this issue if our local" Keystones" are unable,unwilling or something more sinister.Tell all you friends who have children going to the schools here.Some live out of town and may not know how dangerous corrupt or unable our community is to handle this problem ..Spread the word...

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  15. All people who participate in child pornograpy, be it producing it, selling it,
    actively participating in the abuse, and yes freak at 10:11, perverts who watch it in their own home or anywhere else are GOBLINS.
    They need to all commit suicide, in doing so they would probably do the only decent thing they ever did.

    You bet there are people like this in Sierra Madre. This town has a dirty little secret, it is a safe haven for perverts, GOBLINS.

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  16. If the local police department is suing the city of Sierra Madre, then it's high time to move over to the sheriffs department.

    No more problems, ask the Sheriffs department to use the current Sierra Madre police deparments offices and jail cells etc. it's a win, win for everyone.

    If the current PD officvers can pass the background check and or the polygraph exam then maybe they could join the Sheriffs department.

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  17. i don't believe our local city grandees are worried about the current outrage.They feel confidant that the humble citizen will vent their concern on the Tattler and thereby "blow off steam" and return to others issues and thus the establishment can be assure that the moral decay will continue.The Tattler can only alert us to the pernicious undercurrents that are crippling our community but the Public has to take the initiative and look elsewhere outside the community for the help and resources for remedies.

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    1. They just wait things out. It really is quite unbelievable. They get about $8,000 a year out of me and I am not sure I get anything back. Yet somehow our city government gets a pass and slides by.

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    2. 3:16, the problem we have in this town, is the majority has no idea what takes place, what the important issues are, and just around election time, vote for the well manicured pictures of somebody that has the $20k it takes to buy an election. They simply don't have any idea who they are voting for.
      How do you think we have "the Matheson Country Club Set" running things?

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    3. The scary thing is Sierra Madre may have become an safe harbor for these people. With a passive police force and actual support in the community.

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  18. I enjoy viewing porn on the computer. Nothing wrong with that. I consider it a marital aide in my opinion. Children, boys or teens are not my bag however, I question the ages of some of the women in the photos. Would I be committing a crime viewing porn that I had no idea was below 18. One assumes they are of age. I really dont think we have much to worry about Bob. He was around many boys and there were no complaints.

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    1. 5:51, I feel sorry for your spouse.

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    2. "I question that ages of some of the women in the photos..." means that if they look close to being under age you can almost guarantee that they are and they will not be alive for long, but that shouldn't worry you, Mr. "marital aide." Who do you think you are kidding? Probably not your wife.

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  19. Comment that Matheson was just 'enjoying the perversion in the privacy of his own lap top viewing' somewhere, your readers and the very ignorant person that posted that forgets that he was stopped in Halifax when authoritites were suspicious over this older guy and his much, much younger traveling partner. Their behavior was the tip off, the computer was searched, he was arrested, tried, jailed and had to sell his Nova Scotia property to pay off his jail stay and leave the country. You can bet he never enters Canada again and is on their list forever.

    And let's get to the bottom of this Black Rav guy. Why is circling and circling not suspicious? Is he older, distinguished looking, white? Because if he was wearing work clothes, Hispanic or African-American, driving a work truck he would have been stopped in a heart beat by the Sierra Madre Police Department.

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    1. CBB,
      The SMPD have had complaints regarding this creep since last year. They started they can't do anything until he makes contact with a child and the child files a complaint. White, purple, green or yellow is not the issue they said they can't do anything about him driving around. I dont disagree with your point, but the pd will muck with anyone in this town, my ginger son can testify to that! We just have to put the hammer down as a community and when one sees this car in town call the pd as the email states. Maybe after lots and lots of calls they will listen???? Just another reason for the LA county Sheriffs to have a sub station here.

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    2. That is pretty much how you can tell you have reached the border of Sierra Madre. Three cop cars surround an older model automobile, and a family of black or Hispanic people are sitting on the curb. But God forbid anyone should infringe upon the rights of some old white guy who habitually cruises school children in his automobile. Those are the kinds of things that are sacred in this town!

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  20. You would have thought it would be easier as lancing a Boil inorder to get rid of Nick Conway and the underhanded dealings of the SGVCOG?

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