|Bart back in his bus station days|
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We now have it on very good authority that the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) is on the verge of hiring Sierra Madre's own Bart Doyle as its new Executive Director. The previous holder of that rather notorious crown, Nick Conway, having been recently hauled into Court by the Los Angeles County District Attorney on multiple felony conflict of interest counts. The charges based on Nick having laundered money through a company he set up for just that purpose, and done so that he could illegally pocket large sums of taxpayer cash. If convicted Nick could be going away for a long time. Very few will miss him.
Now you'd think that after having gone through a year or so of debilitating controversy generated by the shenanigans of Nick Conway, the SGVCOG would want to do the smart thing and hire Mr. Clean. Somebody so above reproach that certain special Federal agencies in Washington would want to open the cash spigots up once again. The money supply from Uncle Sugar having pretty much dried up due to the SGVCOG's well-earned reputation for amorality and corruption.
But apparently they are very close to hiring Bart Doyle instead. Which really has to make you question the sanity of those running the COG. Even more so than usual.
Bart Doyle, of course, is a man with a decidedly dicey reputation here in Sierra Madre. From the bad water bond investments of the 1990s that now threaten to bankrupt the place, to the Downtown Specific Plan that threw this town into a state of near anarchy a few years back, to the One Carter "Stonegate" fiasco, to the recent atrocious PUSD decision to steal Sierra Madre's right to vote in Board of Education elections until 2015, you can see see the fingerprints of Mr. Doyle on a lot of bad things. Throw in his El Monte "Billion Dollar Bus Station" legal woes and you can readily see that we are hardly talking about a knight in shining boxer shorts here.
And now he could very well be the next Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments? An outfit with a reputation so poor that few state and federal governmental agencies want to deal with them these days? It does fit the pattern.
There were a number of stories we ran a while back about Bart Doyle's El Monte misadventures. Here are some titles and links for you to check out.
9/29/11: FBI Investigating El Monte Transit Village Project - Is a Former Sierra Madre Mayor Involved? (click here)
10/1/11: Bart Doyle Responds, Plus Other Follow Ups to this Week's Tattler Reports (click here)
10/30/11: Former Sierra Madre Mayor Bart Doyle and Others Named In Lawsuit Filed by the City of El Monte (click here)
More on this story as it develops. As Karen Carpenter so beautifully put it, "We've Only Just Begun."