Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Will Bart "El Monte" Doyle be the Next Executive Director of the SGVCOG?

Bart back in his bus station days
You do realize that there are no real secrets in Sierra Madre, right? Just things that The Tattler hasn't found out about yet. But we eventually do get the story, of course. Patience in everything, as they say. All in due time.

Some people have criticized this blog because of the enlightened approach we take regarding anonymous contributions and reader comments. Complaints that we have heard quite often here, and mostly from people posting anonymously.

But do you know what? The whole anonymous thing really does pay off for us. Not only because it encourages people to speak their minds freely and comment on whatever they wish, but it also allows those possessing really sensitive information to share it with us, done in the full confidence that we will protect their identities. The Tattler prides itself on that. We have never divulged the name of a news source that requested we keep their identity a secret. Not once. Nor will we ever.

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."

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104 comments:

  1. Mr. Doyle was appointed over a very qualified candidate for his PUSD position, and I'm wondering if there isn't someone in the wings that is more qualified for the COG position. What does Doyle have on these Boards that makes him so attractive to them? Especially now that Mosca his favorite cheerleader is out of the country.

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    1. Mosca may be gone, but he's not forgotten. Some of the residents still love Joe, others vividly remember the lies. Remember that Mosca was supporting candidates in the last election? Giving his 2 cents from afar.

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    2. Yes, two of them lost. And one of them left town. A trend that Joe started.

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    3. Yes, but one of them won, and we have the consequences.

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    4. The price of an office in Sierra Madre is now $25,000.

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  2. Quite a scoop, Tattler. Can I take it that they will be hooking up various members of the COG to lie detectors and fluttering them today?

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  3. Maybe the BIA made the COG a deal they couldn't refuse.

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  4. who will lose their voting power now? hang tight, boys and girls of sierra madre. you will have a voice in the ousd in two years. thanks big d!

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  5. What, if anything can we do about a corrupt organization that aided and abetted one crook to higher on another clone.
    It's really mind boggling.
    Perhaps we can atleast start something to register our displeasure about the hiring of this crumb bum.
    There has got to be a way to have the people's opinion heard.

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    1. That is the problem. The COG exists so that corrupt city officials and big money outfits like Edison can work around the public. They do the kinds of things that cannot be done in a City Council setting. That they would seriously consider someone like Doyle is an indication of what it is they really do there. Screw the taxpayers.

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    2. Read Wayne Lusvardi's article on the CalWatchdog site and you will see that the power (money)grab has "only just begun". who better for COG to hire than someone with few scruples? Bart Doyle fits their needs perfectly. I wonder what our rep, John Harabedian has to say about this?

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    3. 7:30, I doubt that this comes as a surprise to Harabedian.
      He has been a COG cheerleader since he was assigned as liaison.
      He talks about COG decisions and activities as a "we" thing.

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  6. The COG was lonely for its potential felon.

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  7. Bart has cloven shoes to fill.

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  8. It's no surprise, remember it is Doyle who is/was the BIA's attorney.
    I guess he cannot wait to get his greedy paws into all that "free" government money.

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  9. So much for the new direction of the SGVCOG. On second thought, maybe it is new - to go from someone who has been indicted , to someone who's being investigated.

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  10. If this shyster ever comes to speak at a city council meeting, or his name mentioned, he should be booed down.
    What else can we do to show our displeasure.

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  11. If anyone who reads this blog from outside of Sierra Madre should be forewarned, if you hear this guys name, be on guard. He will bring you nothing but grief.

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  12. This can't be happening.
    Who put Bart forward as a candidate?
    Who on Earth would consider him, seriously.
    Maybe someone ethically challenged threw his name out, but it can't be that he is really on a short list. Can it?

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    1. COG is a corrupt organization. Its former Executive Director was arrested and is now standing trial for a raft of felony counts. Put it in that perspective and this all makes sense.

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    2. I am sure that he campaigned for it and called in a bunch of favors and IOUs.

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    3. Bart knows where the bodies are buried.

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  13. ironic that someone might complain about anonymous posts to a blog but say nothing about Susan Henderson always having unnamed sources or anonymous quotes in her editorials

    difference is that we all know that Henderson is making up her sources and quotes

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  14. Can't you just hear Nancy Walsh now? "It is really good for Sierra Madre that Bart is there. We will get a lot of grants." It was good that Bart was on the PUSD Redistricting Commission as well. We ended up without a vote.

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    1. Yes, we'll get oodles and oodles of grants from Doyle and the SGVCOG, just like we'll get billions and billions of dollars from the Green Commission!

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  15. Bart Doyle did a lot for Sierra Madre and the days of the mid 90's and early 00's we had a great council and a great town. Those were the days when one could sit and chat with the mayor or council over coffee at Bean Town, those were the days when SMPD would walk the sidewalks and knew you by name. We had a lot of activities in town. Its only been since the internet and more recently this blog that has used personal vendetta's to divide this town by spreading untrue rumors about people they hate and are jealous of. Bart Doyle loves this town very much. If he didnt he certainly could afford to live elsewhere. People on this blog should be ashamed of themselves. The enemy of this town is not the Select Few but the readers here itself.

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    1. Oh dear. It is "blame the messenger" time. The internets did it!

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    2. Yes. The town is bad now. And you can't talk to the mayor at Beantown anymore. You have to go to the Buc.

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    3. Must be Susan. Usually after she screws up badly she goes on a tear like this.

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    4. Wow 7:38 is a grump this morning.
      The idyllic time you're talking about was when our current financial disaster was hatched, thanks to Mr. Doyle's irresponsible push for bonds.
      Plus that fact that he snookered residents into voting for him, and then pulled a Mosca, changing overnight, set a new moral low in Sierra Madre. Paved the way for other liars and cheats to have political power.

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    5. Too bad 7:38 and his cohorts were not minding the store better back then. Could have given us a healthy financial future, and instead, trusting Bart Doyle, gave us the mess we're in now.

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    6. Ah, the halycon days of ignorance... how we yearn for our childhood and its innocence. We now know the origins of reluctance to disentangle our small town from the SGVCOG! Bart Doyle, the behind the scenes pol, advising his supporters to just hang in there, he's staging a comeback. Mayor Walsh, Mayor Pro Tem Harabedian, and SGVCOG Director Bart Doyle. What a legacy!

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    7. Nothing upsets the gummint and its willing servants than citizens being told what is really going on. Better they just read the fairy tales as presented by Susan Henderson. Taxpayers are just like children, they don't need to know the truth.

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    8. Either Steve is up and about early today for Paulie Goosebumps has taken to the ether where there is no 3 minute limit!

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    9. ANYONE, ANYONE who would defend Dart Boyle is either a stone cold crook or very, very stupid. One or the other.

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    10. That great city council of the early 90's consisted of
      BART, LAMBDIN, STOCKLEY, TORRES and Maurer.
      Except for Maurer, who is pathetically naive, Doyle, Stockley, Lambdin and Torres are all either crooks or paid political operatives....whoops, same thing.

      They were the WORST city council this town has ever known.

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    11. Let's give Bart another chance. He "tried really hard" to get a PUSD vote for Sierra Madre in 2013.

      No, really!

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    12. He sure did, he made sure to get rid of local employees, mortgage the city's properties, put us in massive dept to pay for infrastructure improvements for the DSP which nobody living here wanted. Hired the most pro development city attorney in California, a city manager who took orders only from him, financed prodevelopment candidates including those who moved into town to run for council. Not to mention how he tried to "buy in" unsuspecting people with the DSP "tour".
      I could go on, but he did such a good job, why mention anymore of his wonderful "love" of our town.

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    13. Enemy of this TownDecember 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      It is easy to cast stones at a target you can see 738. My name is Tony Brandenburg, and I proudly read the Tattler every day.

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    14. 3:08, best comment of the day. Best memory too.
      One more thing - he worked to get rid of volunteers.

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    15. oh jeez - the dude flat out created a crisis in town - is under investigation in other cities and is always behind the scenes at City Hall

      his agenda is not what is good for Sierra Madre, he is a lobbyist for developers so his only concern is what benefits him

      just another flim flam con artist

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    16. not surprising is that Doyle is always supporting candidates for Council that benefit himself, his business interests and his employers

      like Buchanan and Mosca

      like Moran who is helping out his realtor friends and peddles reverse mortages so development is good for him

      he is front and center on development for the city and pushing SCAG goals to double our population and supporting his Builders Association

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  16. Perhaps this is some sort of outreach effort to the growing Asian community. Doyle has experience with Asian business relationships with governmental bodies. Probably pulls off a mean "Nee how muh" too.

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    1. No, as Bart told the FBI, he no speakee Chinese.

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    2. Yes. John Leung and his Asian partners always spoke Chinese whenever they were discussing questionable things in front of their CEO Bart. Thus preserving his innocence.

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  17. And once again, the "Good Ole Boys club" has chosen another friend of the "RICO family" who knows how to keep his mouth shut and make it business as usual.

    To ward off potential outsiders being hired as Executive Director who might open up another can of worms, Nick Conway was bad enough for COG but what if Nick's activites were only the tip of the iceberg?

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  18. The thing about Bart is his efforts usually fail. The DSP never got built despite all the DIC investments, the El Monte transit village is in ruins, our water bond debts Bart rang up for us didn't stop the pipes from breaking, and we're screwed on the 2013 PUSD Board of Ed elections. Bart being picked up by the COG could mean its doom in a matter of months.

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  19. Now we know why the gang of 3 did not want Sierra Madre to quit the COG!

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    1. The fix was in all the time.

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  20. Just checked! Four days and counting. The Mtnviewsnews.com is still maintaining that Sierra Madre can vote in the PUSD election in March - in spite of a statement by the City of Pasadena City Clerk that that is not the case.

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    1. Yes. It is called message control. The dotty old dears who still read that paper don't need to be told the truth. Just what it is that the MVN's publisher thinks they need to know.

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    2. Disagree, 8:33. Not what the publisher wants them to know - what the publisher's handlers want them to know.

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    3. So now Susan is a victim?

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    4. It is all PUSD's fault for putting out an inaccurate press release. Of course, Susan could have looked at the facts and made the judgement herself. But that would have meant having to do some work.

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    5. Didn't mean to say that Henderson was anybody's victim - nu uh. She victimizes. But she is no big brain either. She does what she's gets money to do.

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  21. This makes perfect sense. There is one thing that Doyle knows and knows well - real estate development. The SGVCOG stooges want to morph into a new role within the valley and development is the perfect platform.

    They can bring on Doyle and work endlessly on development plans clustered around the new Gold Line project - high density (green) housing, neighborhood mall areas and the like. Maybe they can even lend a hand to the PUSD with ideas on how to develop their holdings.

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    1. Well said, 9:13.

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    2. It is the same gravy train that the Green Commwhatever wants to tap into. Obama is way on board with SB375 style development. And the cash to back it up will be there as both the GOP and Congressional Dems grab as much as they can for their constituents. Pork Barrel Bart, here we come!

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    3. 200 sq. ft. transit village apts. coming soon to Sierra Madre.

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  22. 7:38 a.m. is an appologist, who could be Bart Doyle himself. Anyway, he does have a number of "remembering imperfectly" supporters, who still do frequent Bean Town when they are not off crying about their investment losses in the DSP. It is most certainly not his wife who is out of the country doing better things and she was the main breadwinner for many years. Bart Doyle is a failed lawyer and if only the wheels of justice turned faster he would have been in the hoosegow long ago. During the past year of the El Monte Centennial celebration his name was not mentioned except as being an opportunist, long gone, on the Transit Village project that sits idle and expensive and full of weeds. The office he and Leung occupied is still empty along with lots of other overbuilt and forlorn properties in El Monte. The rebuilt bus depot is alive and well and splendid and has nothing to do with Bart Doyle.

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    1. Hoosegow. I love that word.

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  23. Bless your little anti-Dems heart, but this mess has nothing to do with the Obama VICTORY! and pork barrelling which is equally shared by both parties and is not a development issue here in Sierra Madre, El Monte or elsewhere in the San Gabriel Valley any more than it would be if the $$ were heading towards a Repubs project somewhere, anywhere, elsewhere.

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    1. I think your hero worship is causing you to see things differently than reality would dictate. Obama is very much in favor of DSP style tranbsot village development. It is the prospect of that Federal money that is driving quite a few things. No politician is perfect, and all parties have their faults. This just happens to be one of Obama's. He is very much on board with SB375 style development.

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    2. Bart is a Republican. Nice to see such bipartisanship.

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    3. Bart is a Republican the way Henderson is a Democrat - in other words, there was an opportunity that required a party allegiance.

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    4. Bart had an Obama bumper sticker on his car. He was appointed by the Obama administration to work with the Homeland Security, dealing with the Chinese.....it was a scam.

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    5. Don't forget the Obama sign in front of Bart's house. Sure, he's a Republican.

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    6. Bart votes with the development dough. He knows who will shell out, and who will not.

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    1. Now this has to be a post by the evil Bartster himself.
      He is well known for using this profane term to people he doesn't like, including women.
      Classy a-hole, that Bart.

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    2. Ahh, the Tourettes poster has arrived. Right on schedule, too.

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  25. Once upon a time Bart showed up at a Planning Commission meeting drunk and profane. Wish someone had the tape.

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    1. He was no only profane, he had also been drinking.
      People could smell liquor on his breath.
      Nasty old coot, that Bart Doyle

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  26. Bart cares. Don't forget your checkbook.

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    2. Getting some posts with racial overtones. Those will be deleted.

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    3. Ummmm....why were they posted?

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    4. Trolling. Provocation. The usual idiots trying to disrupt the good work this blog does.

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  27. What a shame tha t Bart has to take time from his busy day to post positive remarks about himself on the Tattler. welcome, Bart!

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  28. Pretty cruel to be picking on Bart Doyle when it is only speculation. If he indeed was a crook why hasnt any charges been filed.

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    1. Now there a question with many applications... Why hasn't Bob Matheson been registered as a sex offender after being convicted and serving time for child pornography? Why hasn't Susan Henderson paid her judgement to the Dunns? And redeemed the bad checks she wrote to her domestic workers? Why wasn't a previous City Administrator prosecuted for funds malfeasance? Oh, the old, "Why hasn't any charges been filed" refrain...

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    2. Let me add another why to the list - why wasn't Joe Mosca recalled when he turned out to be an accomplished and habitual liar?

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    3. For certain influential circles in town lying is considered civil.




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  29. Was Glenn Lambdin or Doug Hayes part of this ponzi DIC scheme. Heavan knows Glenn loves this town as much as any and I know Doug does too. Bart doyle is on their "friends" list on facebook.

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    1. Some people love this town as it is, and others love it as they want it to be - a mini Pasadena, or a mini San Marino, or a good return on their investments. A personal ATM.

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    2. You bet they were!

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    3. All the special people were in on the sweetest inside development deal of all times. The DSP was going to make these run of the mill po'buckers some real smart guy cash. Only thing is Measure V came along and took their dreams away. Now they just hang around town making everyone miserable with their dumb crap.

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    1. fart talk always makes my day. just the word makes me laugh.

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    2. I can see a Pulitzer comin' at ya', brilliant editorial work here, riveting, spellbinding, ground breaking, an industry standard being set, second to none, your journalism prof would be so proud, good on you!

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    3. still laughing. and i like mel brooks movies, too. deal with it, maturity gestapo.

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  31. Turns out Bart has friends who let him know what the Tattler says about him. If he didn't like it, he's sue. Did you not know he's a lawyer?

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    1. He would have to prove that what was posted here is untrue. It all looks pretty true to me.

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    2. First Amendment and all that...

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    3. You want to be a big shot and hold public office, you just got to deal with all the rotten tomatoes and cabbages that are coming your way.

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    4. The best defense against a slander suit?

      THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!

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    5. Is saying someone is going to be an Executive Director of the COG slander? Well, OK. Maybe it is.

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  32. pork barreling, an equally shared grab and gimme...bridge to nowhere anyone?

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  33. Wonder how long El Monte will stay in COG if Bart is hired as director. That would be a hoot!

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    1. I'll bet there is a lot of excitement in El Monte over the prospect of W.C. Doyle reentering their lives.

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  34. Back to saving the city money now and in the future.

    Look at the resources that are available to the City of Sierra madre P.D. Then look at the resources that are available to the Sheriff's Dept.

    Now, which one would you rather have providing your city with Law Enforcement Services?

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  35. Why do all these cities with public officials who serve the over development agenda, strive to increase the police force?
    When I moved here in 1992, there were 16 police on the force here.
    Now there are twice that many, in yet the population has not increased.

    In Stockton, they wanted to do massive development about 10 years ago, a huge white elephant stadium was built.....they also hired hundreds of extra police officers.
    Now they are bankrupt and the first people to be fired were the excess police.

    Why does this happen? I really would like to know.

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    1. Money and political power.

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  36. In response to this post: This is just another way of collecting information as to who, when and what you were looking at on the cities web site - Big Brother.

    "I just tried to view the Planning Commission Agenda for tonight. CAN"T!!! Message says you have to be "logged in" to view documents. This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! Anybody have a clue to what's going on?"

    The cities IT network manager and find out who by the IP they are using to connect to the cities server, then reports can be generated from there.

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