Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Holden Political Machine and The Detective Diary of Jan B. Tucker

Bill and Jan
I get up early in the morning to write these posts. It is a kind of routine that I have established over the last couple of years, and it has become a part of my life. People ask me where I find the time, and my answer is I use the part that most people sleep through. This blog has become sustainable mostly because it is a habit. I get an idea, I research it on the Internet, and somewhere between 4AM and sunrise I get out of bed and pound it out on my laptop. Easy as that. It isn't really even work anymore, just something I do before the newspapers show up. If you're an insomniac and you need someone to swap e-mails with early in the morning, chances are I'm around.

I also don't worry about finding things to post about. They just seem to show up in my e-mail. Today's lead on something to write about in the wee small hours of the morning comes from the investigative team of Brandenburg & Brandenburg, two people who always know where the good stuff is hidden and seem to enjoy finding it. And what they sent me this morning is a blog called the The Detective's Diary. It is the work of an interesting gentleman named Jan B. Tucker, pictured here with former President Bill Clinton. Jan is a Private Investigator by trade, and if you go to his webpage (click here) you can also find pictures of him with former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Attorney General Janet Reno. He is a gumshoe with impressive acquaintances.

Jan B. Tucker is what you would call a motivated Progressive as far as politics go. He is all about the working class, the needs of the poor, women's rights and helping people without big money connections gain access to the political system. He has also run for political office as a third party candidate a number of times, mostly as a member of the Peace & Freedom Party. If you go to the Join California website (click here) where they keep track of such things you will see that between 1974 and 2000 Jan ran for office 11 times, with his best showing being 1994 when he received 195,667 votes as the Peace & Freedom candidate for California State Treasurer. He also received 162,341 votes in a run for Lieutenant Governor for the same party in 1978. A lot of votes to be sure, but nowhere near what was needed to get the gig.

Now I don't know much about this guy beyond what I am finding on the Internet, as interesting as that may be. But somewhere along the line Jan B. Tucker became a Private Detective of some note. I suspect it must have something to do with having a talent for finding out information about people that other people are willing to pay good money for. I am certain it as an interesting profession. He also does what in politics is known as "oppositional research," which is what we here at The Tattler aspire to on our better days. But, and best of all, he does have that blog. As I said earlier, it is called The Detective's Diary, and it is one of the best I have seen in quite a while.

Just to give you a taste of what I mean, currently up for your consideration on The Detective's Diary (click here) is a fascinating story Jan calls Ishmael Trone & the Holden Machine. Ishmael, in case you are not aware, is the handpicked candidate of the Holden Political Machine to take now State Assemblyman Chris Holden's vacated place on the Pasadena City Council. Now I don't know what your feelings might be for Chris and his dad Nate, or even their guy Ishmael. But the way Jan B. Tucker describes the Holdens, if you ever happened to meet them you might want to take a nice hot bath just as soon as you get home. Check this out:

If there’s one thing to be said about the Holden Political Machine, founded by scion Nate Holden (former legislator, L.A. City Council member, and California Democratic Council President) all the major male players have female problems.

Nate himself was sued repeatedly for sexual harassment. The lawsuits cost the City of Los Angeles alone millions of dollars in defense costs, which were of course paid for by the taxpayers. In a complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, a Nate Holden City Field Deputy, Carla Cavalier alleged that:

 ”During my period of employment with Councilman Nate Holden, I was humiliated, embarrassed and offended by his rampant and hostile verbal and sexual attacks on me. Councilman Holden personally created, and fostered with other male staff members, a sexually charged atmosphere . . . ,” Cavalier said in the complaint.

 Cavalier alleges that Holden often stared and made suggestive statements, including: “Come here, Sugar,” “Let me see what you have on, Sugar,” “Turn around for me, Sugar,” and “Um, Um, you look good, Sugar.

 ”While saying this, he had a leering look on his face and would be looking my body up and down, dwelling on my breasts, my buttocks, my legs and my pelvic area. . . . Very often he would run his hand down the back of my head and neck in a suggestive manner that mortified me and made me feel degraded,” she said.

The ensuing lawsuit eventually cost Los Angeles $2 million in legal bills and the city settled with Cavalier for $175,000.

Where I work behavior like that would get you into some kind of deep dutch with Human Resources. You really have to wonder what goes on down there in Los Angeles City Hall. Then there is this revelation regarding our newly elected California State Assemblyman:

Chris Holden had an even weirder episode with his wife Michelle. In 1998 she was arrested for sex with two teenage boys, 15 and either 14-15 respectively. While she denied in court that she had done anything other than engage in voluntary oral sex with them, she at one point wrote a letter to the County Probation Department claiming to have been raped. The 8 count grand jury indictment charged her with oral sex and sexual intercourse with the older boy and committing a “lewd act” on the younger one.

At her sentencing hearing, her attorney accused the boys of being “gangbangers,” but given that they had been baby-sitting the Holden family’s children, one would have to call into extreme question why one would hire “gangbangers” as baby-sitters.

Perhaps Chris should have been spending more time at home rather than attending all of those important Pasadena official functions that come with the job of being a City Councilmember.

As far as Ishmael Trone goes, you're going to have to go and read Tucker's article. If what he has turned up is true (and he does supply what looks to be incriminating documents), it would appear that Ishmael Trone is angling for a Pasadena City Council seat appointment tonight in a district where he is not living. Something the applicable California state laws frown upon mightily. Just ask L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon if you don't believe me.

Blog the Sierra Madre City Council Meeting Tonight!

Yes, we will be at it again this evening. A couple of our more stalwart Council Bloggers have real lives and won't be on this evening, which leaves more room for you. Plus I'll be on because that is what I do. It all goes down at 6:30, water rate hike and all.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

181 comments:

  1. Wow Crawford, another site to find some great dirt!

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  2. Damn. if you read Tucker's article it would seem that there is some bad blood between the Holden machine and the Peace & Freedom Party. How cool is that?

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  3. Politicians are definitely a breed of their own.

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  4. That Nate is a piece of work.

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    1. His son is just sneakier.

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  5. That is quite a diary. One can only hope that it gets the wider distribution it deserves. Ishmael Trone may be apartment hunting this very morning....
    As to the sexual escapades of the Holdens - ugh.

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  6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Pasadena City Council going to appoint Chris Holden's replacement? Would they actually take the Holden Machine's word and pick Trone?

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    1. Good question.
      And the policy of how to appoint has been a topic for consideration in this town too.
      Moran was pushing it as an agenda item.

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    2. I wonder if Jan B. Tucker knows if Josh Moran and his new bride are residing in Sierra Madre?

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    3. Sierra Madre City Council now has a succession plan. In Sierra Madre, we vote for our replacement Council members.

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    4. The Moran matriarch, the prodigal son and his preggers wife were seen disembarking for brunch at Mary's Market over the weekend. Reminded this reader of Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons getting ready for the parade. Not too often you see an entire family eating for two...

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    5. That is most unkind, 10:16. Funny, but unkind.
      The canyon would be the logical place for a starter house in town.
      That's a relief, 9:35. Last I had heard it was bringing old mayors back on the council.

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    6. If the Council wants to bring an old Mayor on as a temp, it has to be unanimous with the remaining Council members. That may be unlikely.

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    7. I hope the Pasadena City Council has the good sense to pick Kennedy. He is by far the best candidate. Thank you.

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  7. It looks thrown away junk mail is fair game for oppositional researchers?

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    1. If it shows that Trone is not living in the CC District he hopes to be appointed in? Damn right.

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    2. Absolutely. Once it is kicked to the curb it is in the public domain. Thrown away junk mail is also fair game for the people you support. There are these things called shredders, btw.

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    3. I shred everything personal, but never thought about the junk mail. On the other hand, I am not trying to hide where I really live.

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    4. For the Holdens it isn't where you live, it's if you will help them with their business deals.

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    5. 12 pm, exactly!

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    6. I think some people need to look up the trash laws , I think you will not find them the way you think

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    7. What you say may be true, but shredding personal documents before they are discarded still makes the most sense!

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    8. Sooooo ... This wacky dude gets appointed to the Pasadena City Council because somebody violated his trash rights?

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    9. Trash is sacred in pasadena.

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  8. The Pasadena Star News needs to pick this story up. Pronto!

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  9. The Holden stories were ALL in the Pasadena Star News as well as the LA Times at the time. Google their names. Trone is a player in Pasadena, well connected to the construction and pollitical folks.

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    1. Right, but the Trone story residency needs to get some ink. That is what is new and current. And if Trone is connected to the construction folks, is he in on the building of Poverty Row Estates on PUSD property?

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    2. Don't be a "top reader" 8:37!

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    3. The Trone story is fresh meat.

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    4. 8:57, did 8:37 say Trone had been in the papers? No. Only that Trone is well connected. Don't be a "top reader".

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    5. Trone is endorsed by Holden. That much is very clear, and it has been made so for weeks. Trone is an interesting fellow, has a history with pow-pows, bails bonding, the 710 Freeway,football stadiums and other cool stuff. It's all out there.

      Does anyone smell anything fishy about Estrada dropping out of the race?

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    6. Sure looked like someone was trying to blow that Trone story off to me, 10:01. Good to see the baby survived the bathwater.

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    7. Yep, 10:11. Yep.

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    8. Trone is looking to be elected, the appointment is temporary. The appointment happens tonight. If Trone runs a campaign and isn't living where he says he is, naughty naughty. Line up in the "I am Lost" line with the Alarcons, please. http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/holdens-vacant-council-seat-to-be-filled-tonight

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    9. Does the Pasadena City Council know about this? Who should be emailed?

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    10. How to be at 3 meetings in one night?

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    11. So many City Councils, so little time.

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    12. Peace and Freedom lives!

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  10. http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/holden-endorses-trone-in-district-3-city-council-race

    Endorsement in December. This is important because the absentee vote is what drives this type of election. It is important to get this kind of info out there. Same for the Board of Education.

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    1. The local elections are the ones where the voters are moat disadvantaged. this is where interest groups slide through the most crap.

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    2. If you consider the philosophy in redistricting, and the reality of the elections, it becomes clear that if the spirit was to bring it home to the neighborhoods, it has been a total failure. However, if the goal was to stifle discussion and opposition and dialogue, substituting instead compliance and blind acceptance and yes men/women, then it is a raging success.

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    3. And we still have no vote.

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    4. Most people know nothing about local politics, 4:08. Which is really unfortunate because unwatched politicians turn into thieves quicker than you can say Bell.

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  11. Tonight's City of Pasadena City Council Agenda:

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Pasadena City Hall, Council Chamber, Room S249, Pasadena, CA 91101. The special meeting will begin at 6:00p.m. to discuss the following:
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    5. 6.
    ROLL CALUPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
    PUBLIC COMMENT - LIMITED TO ITEMS ON THIS SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
    CITY CLERK TO CONDUCT RANDOM ALPHABET DRAW TO DETERMINE ORDER OF APPLICANT PARTICIPATION
    APPLICANT PRESENTATIONS, INTERVIEWS, AND CITY COUNCIL SELECTION OF AN APPOINTEE TO FILL A VACANCY ON THE CITY COUNCIL, REPRESENTING DISTRICT 3, PURSUANT TO CITY CHARTER SECTION 404
    OATH OF OFFICE ADMINISTERED TO NEWLY APPOINTED DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMEMBER BY CITY CLERK
    ADJOURNMENT

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  12. Stop the Holden Machine!

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  13. Good eye, Brandenburgs. Good eye.

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    1. Nobody like 'em.

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    2. I was introduced to this page by a person whom I admire. I am glad it was shared with me, and I like to share stuff, too. By the way, are you going to eat that entire Snicker's bar?

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  14. Jan Tucker is on the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Civil Rights Commission.

    http://lulac.org/assets/pdfs/lulacmanual.pdf

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    1. LULAC is a fine organization who look out for the civil rights of people, and help people transition into this crazy society we call home.

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    2. They are standing tall today in my eyes.

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  15. Anybody remember when Nate Holden was in so much trouble for sexual harrassment, and he called all females "babe"? The DJs would play Sonny and Cher's "I Got You,Babe," but would bleep out babe.

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  16. Jan Tucker is a friend of mine. He's a great P.I. and "you" can believe he does his research. He fights for Civil Rights. He is unique, in that he knows and gets along with people on both sides of the double edged sword held by Lady Justice.

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    1. Tell him he has a great blog.

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  17. Which Police Officer was terminated?

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  18. Johnny Harabedian got his ears lowered. At least he's not wearing his green tie.

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  19. Why is Harabedian giving the library report?

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  20. John Harabedian went to League of California Cities Camp. Did he drink the kool aid? Yes, I think he did.

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    1. How much did it cost us?

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    2. Maybe the League told Harabedian how to save Community Redevelopment Associations.

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    3. Maybe Josh let him wear his encumberbund.

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  21. So the Public Safety Master Plan of one of the two cities that have such a thing, was so inconsequential that the City Manager of Wheaton didn't even know it existed. And Harabedian is pushing that point in comedic style because....?

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    1. Johnny has been hanging out with Chris Holden. makes sense. The Holdens like them young.

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  22. Josh just made a funny about water boarding.

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  23. Nancy just said Travis-Miller worked for San Bernardino County. She worked for the City.

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  24. Everything is very complex for Nancy.

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    1. She said that about 5 times.

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  25. Excellent point 6:39.

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  26. Why is Noah Green pointing out that the mayor will be at the citizen of the year? Will The new Mrs. Moran be with him?

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    1. Maybe they'll dance like the Obamas did at the inaugural.

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  27. this playhouse guy is ripe for a copy of the Buxton report.

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    1. They could sell bar-b-que equipment in the playhouse lobby.

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  28. "A large batch of invoices." I guess they get handled bulk.

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  29. so Nancy and Harabedian have no questions on the consent calendar, but they jump right in to approve it. I wonder if they even read it first.

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    1. They're big on consenting.

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    2. Nancy can't read.

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  30. I think we're being swaged.

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  31. Inman didn't answer Moran's question. do we have to spend the full185k to know if it will work or not?

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    1. I thought he was going to pull out the rusty pipe again.

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  32. "You asked my questions." - Josh Moran.

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  33. Josh is warming us up for the water rate increase pitch. He can't wait.

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  34. Inman is proposing the city do lots of curb cuts. At least someone is talking about cutting corners somewhere.

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  35. shame on John Capoccia! here is no such thing as "free" money. It's all your tax dollars at work.

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    1. Get your ears checked, unicorn. That is not what he said.

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    2. I thought most of the unicorns have had a little too much to drink by 7:00 pm? Go have another drink 7:14.

      It's bad enough we have to sit through these damn council meetings, without having to read comments by you damn unicorns.

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  36. I hate these discussions. The Feds are offering money with strings attached, and we do 't really need it, but in order to keep it for the future, we have to find something to spend it on. We should be bold and tell Uncle Sam to keep the dough.

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    1. I agree. I'm sure it sounded real good when Congress passed this, but by the time it gets here it is nonsense. No wonder we're drowning in debt.

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    2. We should make a statement about the national debt and give the money back to Washington.

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  37. This is a crisis! Nancy says some seniors can't get through the bathroom door! How does she know?

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    1. She's projecting.

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    2. A senior in a walker or a wheel chair may have difficulty if the door is less than 36" wide. One would hope that as active as Nancy claims to be in the senkor community she would have some knowledge of specific instances.

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    3. It was just more Walsh garbling. She may have been trying to think her way through the words.

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  38. I agree heartily 7:22!

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  39. Ahh, Sierra Madre's one growth industry. Assisted living care. Was that covered by Buxton?

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    1. At least the British Home has roots here. It's non-profit and it has been part of the community for a long time.
      Not exactly like the Kensington.

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  40. Danny should consider a career as a professional nursery rhyme reader.

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  41. I'm watching the numbers move on the Tattler hit counter. It is more interesting than Danny.

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  42. Good point from John Capoccia. Are they dwelling units? Funny how none of that came up for the British Home.

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  43. Josh is in favor of a large British Home sign because the Queen drove down Manzanita in 1981. What a beautiful mind.

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  44. the council needs a ruler for the British sign. and shouldn't it be in metric anyway?

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    1. How many stone will it weigh.

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  45. Nancy says she has spatial issues. I agree with her.

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  46. Tonight's City Attorney must go to the same hair salon as Sandi Levin.

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  47. If they put in a smaller sign, can they move it closer to the street?

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  48. So can I put a 20 square foot sign in my front yard?

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  49. why is Josh so adamant about allowing a large sign especially when the developer said he would be ok with a smaller sign?

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    1. Why do dogs bark in the middle of the night?

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    2. because when i deface it, he want's me to go large

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    3. Don't deface the nice British Home sign. The Alfington, though,....

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  50. what would it say?

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    1. Who is Frazier Thomas? Why did they send a junior?

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    2. They sent Fredo.

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    3. Fredo Thompson.

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  51. We should contact our new Board of Education representative. Oh wait, we don't have one.

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  52. What was the criteria for the selection of pre-qualified bidders? Special pals of Bart Doyle?

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  53. Oh no, so we either approve another bond to build this middle school or we let it go. these school people are so slimy!

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  54. Johnny asks a good question. is the money still there? Does the PUSD even know?

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  55. the school is doing it's best to not build this school, no matter what they say.

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  56. Frazier says the campus will be built. Anybody taking bets?

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    1. He did not say that.

      After Koerber perfectly stated the facts that we think the school won't be built, and that we'll be hit up for more money to build it, the PUSD spokesman said:

      "I don't personally see it as an issue."

      That is not a "Yes, it will be built." Not at all.

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  57. If the news was good, we would have gotten one of the top guys from the PUSD. We got a messenger boy.

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  58. Where is Dr. John Poppalardo? Why are we need important enough for his presence?

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    1. He was oh-so-sorry that he had to be at another Board meeting. Very, very sorry.

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    2. Pappalardo really was at another Board meeting. He was at Cooper/Honowitz's "Trying to sneak another one by the Public 'Special' Meeting" of the Board of Education.

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  59. Joint meeting. So that is what Fredo has been smoking.

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  60. Wow, so Sierra Mesa School is the number one priority! I'm glad it's not any lower on the list! My bet is that this school still won't get built. They'll find some other reason to delay it later on.

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    1. They're stalling.

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    2. It's number one on Mr. Thompson's list - his priority. Not the PUSD's.
      You've got to catch the specific words with these people.
      He was speaking only for himself on that one.

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    3. You've got to be kidding! Frazier Thompson is still on this project?

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  61. Fredo is wearing his jacket. Is that a subliminal message that he wants to leave quickly?

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  62. This guy is nuts! The cooling system is too expensive, so the district will go with a cheaper system. but the cheaper system in the long run will cost more in maintenance and in cost to run. This is pretty good obfuscatory talk.

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    1. Uh oh..... Tony, can we introduce you to the MAYOR? Don't you know who you're talking to?

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    2. It is perfectly understandable that you might mistake this Mayor for a fire hydrant.

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    3. very simple, do not make comments on public comments except to ask questions. open it up with a statement, that breaks the comments rules. break the comments rules, and i will, too. i follow the leaders.

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    4. We now know that Josh is very afraid of the issue of no Board of Education representation.

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    5. Tony, think you can split yourself to attend both the PUSD and SM City Council meetings? This could be fun.

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    6. Quite right, tb. Mayor Moran made the big mistake of responding to your public comment, and initiating a discussion that he then tried to shut down. Wonder if that taught him anything.

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    7. it is my belief that THIS city council should be held accountable for being Sierra Madre's voice on the BOE until the year 2015.

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    8. 853, i was out the door talking to the school principal, and i heard him make comments before closing public comment. he opened it up, and i let him know it.

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    9. i wish 852. i think it would be too much wind blowing for me to consume in a night

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    10. Moron hasn't watched Tony at PUSD Board meetings yet, or he'd have known what he was going to uncork.

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    11. I think Josh needs a clean pair of underoos.

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    12. he had no idea that i am a teacher which means i have a playground voice louder than a whistle, and 30+ years of hollaring as loud as a two 100 watt marshall amp heads and an ampeg. i can blow that puny pa out of the water when i whisper

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  64. Josh says it is not my fault. It was somebody else's fault. Wahh!!!

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  65. Measure A screwed Sierra Madre. Admit it Josh!

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  66. Josh says, "Trust the PUSD! Bart told me everything is good!"

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  67. Excellent remarks Mr. Brandenberg. Effective. Democracy in action, and now the great problem solver and nobody's fool, John Capoccia, will be involved in following the progress for the upper campus. That's a good development.

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    1. Yes, and Tony dropped the responsibility for no Board representation until 2015 right where it belongs....catch Joshie!

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    2. Josh panicked at the suggestion that he was responsible for our having no Board of Ed rep. Now we know he is.

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    3. i sincerely hope mr.c will take that to heart a timeline is critical, the interest on three years at 23 million needs to automatically grandfathered in at no discussion, and the city council needs to step up for the kids.

      keep in mind, none of my kids will attend the school. this isn't my battle, but the failure to have a voice on the BOE falls squarely on this council to resolve until 2015 and that does affect my kids. without a board voice their is no one looking out for the kids, mine and yours

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  68. We will not be allowed to have our own Board of Education representation until 2015. 2 years after most of the others. Why? Why was Sierra Madre singled out like this?

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    1. The rationale presented by "We got screwed" Doyle was that it was being faithful to the public's vote that put the current representatives in place, and those terms won't be up til 2015.
      The real reason is a point of much discussion in many Tattler articles from the past.

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    2. The screw was in when Josh and Buchanan picked Doyle to represent us.

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    3. No worries everyone, please! Don't you know that Honowitz is technically our rep until......May.

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  69. Walsh says you have to have faith in the staff!
    Faith?

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    1. Faith because you can't know for sure.

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  70. I like that we don't have any pension, health etc. incurred if we go with wil-Dan.

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  71. I agree with Capoccia. We could get better prices than Wil-Dan, and the quality of the work would be just as good.

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  72. The WillDan representative agreed to lower the costs, and then backtracked as fast as his little feet could carry him.

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    1. Wil-Dan gave us a fat bid the first time. Then when the City Council pushed back, they gave us their real bid. That dude is lucky to leave with his shirt.

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    2. Yes, but he agreed to further lowering - which meant it was still possible for them to keep their business healthy and give us a better price. But then some of our council members talked him out of it.

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  73. Oh boy. It is raise the water rates time again time. This should be predictable.

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  74. Karyn: "You either raise the rates or I will keep talking until you do."

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  75. Harabedian does a great Howdy Doody impersonation.

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    1. i'm late to the party. where's the slick tie?

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  76. Is Elaine suggesting we hire a consultant? How unlike her?

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  77. At least they're bringing up the water bond debt this time. Of course, they're dealing with it like making minimum payments on a credit card.

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  78. Well, well, well....... Ihave an idea. we have the naughty kids dig holes 6X6X6 with nothing but a shovel to build character. That would give us plenty of wells.

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  79. Nancy says she is running around with her hair on fire. I believe her.

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    1. well we better get that water tax figured out, quick!

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  80. Nancy says she has a term for herself that she can't mention on television. I believe her.

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  81. ugh. i think i will go watch the metronome. g'night y'all

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    1. Wait! Wait! Bruce is showing us his water meters!

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    2. He's promised us a month ago he'd look into our absurdly high water bill and let us know what's wrong. That hasn't happened. And why are his meter readers walking around reading meters if it's such an automated system? Something is not right...

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  82. Why are we talking about buying automated water meters when the water department is going broke? Another rationale for raising water rates?

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  83. so the mayor thinks we need to hurry up and spend one million dollars to save two hundred thousand dollars. Can he also help me with my reverse mortgage?

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  84. http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/weekly_exclusive_hitting_home/11846/

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