Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Josh Moran Throws Bart Doyle Under the Bus - Plus: The PUSD Sends Fredo Instead

You want a school? Sure, I'll ask Pop
"Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo take care of some Mickey Mouse nightclub somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!" - Fredo Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

Finally the issue that Josh Moran never once deigned to speak about before has now been brought out into the open. And when that issue did come to the full attention of the City Council last night, The Mayor couldn't throw his friend Bart Doyle under the bus fast enough. It was Josh's infamous Bob Matheson panic moment all over again. "I never met him. He was only a face in the crowd." Except this time Josh wanted you to somehow believe he bears no responsibility for one of the biggest PUSD fiascos this town has seen in years. When, as many of us already believe, he most certainly does.

What is that issue? The theft of Sierra Madre's Board of Education vote. When Mayor John Buchanan and Mayor Pro Tem Josh Moran sent Bart Doyle to the so-called "PUSD Task Force on Geographic Subdistricting" to represent our City, it was clearly understood that he represented the City Council. That is who chose him, and that is the authority that gave Bart the right to speak in our name. And yet, according to eyewitnesses who attended those Sub-Districting Task Force meetings, when Bart Doyle did actually make an appearance, he did very little. For the most part he sat quietly by while the decisions were being made.

The biggest decision, of course, was to allow a majority of the new PUSD "Geographic Subdistricts" the right to elect their own exclusive Board of Education representatives this year, in 2013. And when will we be allowed to elect ours? Not until two years later, in 2015. That is two full years when the lion's share of the $350,000,000 in Measure TT bond money is going to get cut up and delivered to those sub-districts with clout enough to get their hands on some. Those sub-districts with representatives who will speak for them.

How is Sierra Madre Middle School going to get funded and built when there is nobody there to represent us? I'm sorry, but Renetta Cooper can make all the promises she wants about building the Middle School, but she will not be in charge when the 2013 rubber hits the road. Those decisions will be in the hands of other people, a very different Board of Education, and we were somehow prevented from being amongst them.

Tony Brandenburg came up to the podium to speak and challenged the City Council on just this issue. He raised it by accusing the City Council of not only allowing this to happen, but of taking no action whatsoever after it did. He also said this:

"The failure to have a voice on the Board Of Education falls squarely on this Council to resolve. We will have no one there until 2015 and that does affect my kids. Without a Board voice there is no one looking out for my kids, or yours."

Josh Moran couldn't restrain himself. "It wasn't the City Council's fault. It was those guys!" he actually said, looking in the direction of Pasadena. Unfortunately for him "those guys" included the one he helped to send there, Bart Doyle. And by inference Josh couldn't seem to throw Bart under the bus fast enough. Even though everything Bart did was done with the full knowledge and approval of Josh MoranJohn Buchanan and (perhaps) Nancy Walsh.

But Josh didn't stop there. Even after Tony Brandenburg had left the podium and was heading for his seat Josh kept debating him on whose fault it was, and how he had nothing to do with it. Tony, assuming that Josh wanted to continue the conversation, began to answer some of Josh's claims. At which point Josh tried to cut him off, proclaiming that this wasn't a debate, and only he could speak. Apparently Tony was supposed to just stand there and allow Josh to berate him over what he felt the correct thinking might be.

One commenter last night put it this way: "Mayor Moran made a big mistake by responding to your public comment Tony, and initiating a discussion that he then tried to shut down. Wonder if it taught him anything."

This is what I learned. Josh Moran is scared to death of this issue. And last night he went from not even mentioning our stolen Board of Education seat for almost a year, to loudly berating someone at public comment for daring to bring it up in his presence. While Josh does understand what this means to our community, his real concern here apparently being how it could play out in next year's election.

The good news is John Capoccia (who, along with Chris Koerber, most definitely was not on the City Council when Bart Doyle was anointed to do nothing for us), will now be directly overseeing the City Council's efforts to make our voices heard at the Pasadena Unified School District. Particularly on the issues of the Middle School debacle and our stolen BOE vote. It will be interesting to hear John's reports of his experiences there.

The PUSD sends Fredo

The last time the PUSD came around was May 17, 2011. On that special evening an entire entourage of esteemed and glittering educators came to grace our humble City Hall. They included Ed Honowitz, Kim Kenne, Tom Selinske, David Azcarraga and Dr. John Pappalardo. Who is not to be in any way confused with Dr. John the Nightripper.

Last night the PUSD was back, though in far reduced numbers. This time to discuss the sad case of the Sierra Madre Middle School, and the absence of any progress there whatsoever. As a matter of fact, only one of their number actually showed up. It was supposed to be the PUSD's money guru, Dr. John Pappalardo, but it wasn't. Instead they sent Fredo.

Fredo, whose real name is Frazier Thompson, isn't one of their top guys. He seems to have some professional credentials, but certainly is not among the key decision makers. Which was a bit insulting if you think about it. Here Sierra Madre has been on the receiving end of all sorts of atrocious treatment from the PUSD, yet when the time came to explain themselves they sent a junior figure. Apparently Dr. John was otherwise engaged.

So what did Fredo have to say? Nothing much. He did let everyone know that he personally really does want to build the Middle School, and if they ever get the construction bids finished it very well could happen. He also informed us that Renetta Cooper says rebuilding the Middle School is "the Number 1 priority." Which, when you look at the sorry results, it obviously has not been their number one priority before.

Hopefully when the PUSD rat pack comes to visit in February they will send more influential figures and something of actual value will get said. They should leave Fredo home to watch the dogs.

The Water Rate Hike

The usual suspects started to roll out their new marketing product for yet another water rate hike, but they ran out of time and had to put off the hard sell until another time. One question, though. If the Water Department is going broke, why do they want to buy all of those water meters?

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58 comments:

  1. http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2013/01/21/news/doc50fda76aebebe605545913.txt

    fontana school police spend $14k on high powered rifles, i assume to raise student achievement

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  2. Blaming other people for things that are happening while he is the Mayor shows no leadership on Josh's part.

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  3. Fredo Thompson also happens to be the bond manager, did he happen to mention that?

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    1. Interesting 6:57 am.

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    2. How convenient. Funny how the PUSD can outsource so many things, but choose to keep that one internal.

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  4. I share the stage with many types of bands, and some of them come with schticks. It doesn't matter to me, really, if they want to wear to wear dresses, wigs, spit fake blood, ooze green juice from fake fish gills, smear peanut butter on themselves, or throw confetti. It doesn't matter. What I do expect is that they'll clean the stage when they're done because if they don't it becomes my mess to clean, or my mess to deal with for 45 minutes, and then my mess to explain to the club when I go collect my pay. I view politics the same way. The current BOE and the current city council have to accept and clean up the mess for the one before them, and upon being elected it is their DUTY to show up at every meeting in the interim and tell the outgoing junta to clean up their garbage before they leave because if they don't, then they inherit itDand have to clean it up themselves. There is no blaming others allowed here, not when the outcomes of the folly that preceded is still being felt.

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    1. How funny Tony, but true. Cleaning up, is cleaning up. So is taking responsibility in whatever arena you're in.

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    1. That was quite entertaining TB, thank you.

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    2. Josh was quite aghast at the suggestion that the Mayor of a city should be responsible for what goes on there. How novel a concept!

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  6. I think Josh's solution will be to supply those attending City Council meetings with a list of topics they are not allowed to mention during public comment.

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  7. Nothing is ever Josh's fault. He's special.

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    1. He's special alright, and in this case "special" is not a good thing.

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  8. Thompson may have been the only one with the guts to come and face us. He was the guy pushed out in front to take the consequences for the cowards. He was their canary in the mine, and now they know what to prepare in their defense.

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    1. Good point. It does seem funny that out of all the people who work for the PUSD, he was the only one with the time to go and talk to the people of Sierra Madre.

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    2. Well they could have sent Azcarraga....oh wait, is he still on adminstrative leave?

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    3. Aren't Honowitz and Selinske on the Facilities subcommittee?

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    4. I think the PUSD guy was there because Harabedian asked for an update report a few meetings ago. "Fredo" got the job because he's not on forced hiatus for suspected malfeseance, and Pappalardo is too high on the food chain and Fredo is well practiced at the emotionless mein and clam voice that appears to say something meaningful.

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    5. But Fraser is the PUSD Bond Manager, along with overseeing construction. Maybe if that had been mentioned during the meeting the public could have asked some more pointed questions.

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  9. Have they found the "missing" Measure TT money yet? Anybody seen a figure on how much walked out the back door? How about the missing Measure Y money? Is it true the PUSD couldn't even prove it existed when the DA came looking for proof?

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    1. I don't think they are even still looking 8:23 am...last I heard, they chalked it off to "STOLEN" whereabouts and theives unknown.

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    2. I think the PUSD runs its bond money operation like a supermarket. They account for shrinkage.

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    3. The missing TT money? Ask the TT oversight committee. Jon Fuhrman, ACT Treasurur and financial whiz extraordinaire didn't catch that?

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    4. Once it was discovered PUSD announced an investigation, which effectively shut down all communication from them on just how bad it all may or may not be. Something that makes me wonder if perhaps damage control was the real incentive. There hasn't been anything in the papers since.

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    5. Did they ever figure out how so much money was "lost"? Or are they figuring everyone will forget about it if they stall long enough?

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    6. Good point 12:27. PUSD and "investigation"= major stalls in hopes of public mass amnesia.

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    7. Adam Wolfson is the PUSD Director of Communications. He processes all the public records requests. I'm sure someone can make a specific request for emails, letters, etc. among key people, and be sure to narrow the window of time so that the search isn't enormous. Maybe throw in a few key search terms: measure TT, Sierra Madre, facilities, etc.

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    8. Good advice 12:31- Here's some names to throw in there: Frazer Thompson, Tom Selinske, Ed Honowitz, Robin Brown, David Azcarraga....

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  10. I enjoyed the moment last night when Harabedian made fun of the uselessness of a Public Safety Master Plan. He reported sitting next to the city manager of Wheaton at the confab, and the city manager's complete ignorance of the Public Safety Master Plan, after seven years on the job. Harabedian was glad to educate him about it, and the fact that Wheaton was one of two cities that had devoted time and money to the Plan.
    Still can't figure out why Harabedian didn't get what that says about his pet boondoggle.

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    1. There you go. $50,000 for something even Johnny laughs at.

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    2. Not just Johnny. Josh was chortling from the description of "sitting next to a city manager" on, and no doubt Walsh was beaming her approval Harabedian's way. It was a moment of merriment for them, and for staff.

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  11. This has become a well known fact:


    Sierra Madre is a criminal enterprise.

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  12. How many times has Josh, our illustrious mayor, been married now?

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    1. It's only a number to Josh.

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    2. One thing remains consistent. They never get any older.

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  13. Chris Koerber brought up the bait and switch aspect of renegging on promises made during the run up to the Measure TT vote. If they took our vote and our money, and then don't build the Middle School, that is exactly what it would be. Bait and switch.

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    1. Koerber is very skilled at speaking the truth.

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    2. The truth shall set you free.

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    3. "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

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    1. I care. I really do. I care about you, and the leprechauns, and the rainforests, and the unicorns. I care so much it gives me pain to the bottom of my teeth.

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    2. Unicorns become depressed when they aren't at the center of attention. It cuts down on their production of sparkles, and sometimes their horns even fall off.

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    3. It's hard to respond to 10:21, without knowledge of the particular point that provoked such adolescent ennui.

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    4. Maybe things are not going all that well in 10:21s life right now, and they have sunk into a kind of despair.

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    5. 10:21 needs a little hair of the dog that bit them.

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    6. Naw, 10:21 is suffering from apathy.

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    7. Don't worry, be happy!

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    8. Don't happy, be worried.

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    9. That is what Fredo Corleone said just before he went fishing.

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  15. Is anyone having trouble downloading tonights agenda packet? I managed to do it yesterday after a lot of fiddling, but now it won't come up at all.

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    1. I could not download it either.

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  16. I would only hope that Johnny will save this city $50,000 and not follow the City of Wheaton's plan of don't know what we have, and as for Nancy and her $170,000 Kiosk Toilet behind city hall, saying that this was put there to serve all. I can only hope that the unicorns will stick around long enough to make some sense of it all.

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    1. Someone's sparkles are not shining.

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    2. Damn UNICORNS!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. What most people don't know about unicorns is that it takes a fairly thick cranial structure to hold that horn in place. Which means a unicorn's brain case is far smaller than that of most large land mammals. It explains their nasty dispositions and tendency to run off in completely random directions.

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  18. come on let's cut Josh a break. He's not cerebral enough to handle the challenges of the office. He and Nancy were willingly pulled into the Council and each knew that they don't have the depth to handle the issues before the Council.

    Josh just sounds bratty.

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    1. Sorry. No breaks for the likes of Moran and Walsh. The decisions they are making - the depth being over their heads - affects us all AND our pocketbooks, even to the next generation. So, no. No breaks.

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