Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Tattler Weekend News & Review: "The Waters Run Red In Sierra Madre" Edition

I kind of thought so
(Mod: It may be a world of woe out in news land, but we think there is a solution. Rather than risking any actual contact with that awful stuff, it is far safer to read about it in the Tattler Weekend News & Review. Please wear your safety goggles.)

Colored Water? (City of Sierra Madre link): Several Sierra Madre water customers have contacted the City with questions and concerns regarding water coming from their taps that is yellow or orange in color. Although the discolored water does not pose health concerns, it is perfectly understandable that our customers do not want to drink that or use it for cooking. The water is safe for use, but aesthetically unappealing.

The discoloration of the water is a direct result of the change from our deep well water treated with free chlorine to the use of MWD chloraminated water. The difference in chemistry between the two sources has caused a scouring effect on our distribution system. While the imported water has zero iron and manganese when it leaves the MWD treatment plant, the discoloration is caused by iron precipitating from the City’s older steel pipelines and the galvanized plumbing of many of the city’s residences and businesses. The iron is what gives the water its coloration.

Buildings and homes with galvanized steel plumbing are more likely to see water discoloration. Moreover, within those buildings, a little-used bathroom or faucet is more likely to produce red-tinged water. If this happens, please be patient and allow your cold water to run for a few minutes at full velocity. After a few minutes the water should clear. In addition when running laundry allow for whites to be laundered last as discolored water may stain whites.

Until the City’s water system acclimates to the “new” water, incidents of discoloration will continue. Water Department staff has estimated that these incidents may continue for as long as 6 months, particularly in low flow areas where water system circulation is minimal. In order to reduce the acclimation time, water department staff is “flushing” the water system frequently, by opening fire hydrants to rapidly move water through the system.

The City is dedicated and committed to water conservation. We understand water is a limited resource that must be carefully managed. Since flushing is critical to maintain high-quality drinking water, an efficient flushing program is also essential. The flushing program is monitored to ensure the least amount of water is used. Whenever possible, flushed water is captured in a water tanker and released at the spreading grounds so that it does not go to waste.

(Mod: No matter how awful things seem to get, City of Sierra Madre news releases always sport a certain "it's nowhere near as bad as you think" kind of flair. Sure your water is looking a little bit like the rainbow lately, but that's OK. And perhaps you should be paying extra for all those pretty colors? Hmm? Of course, if one day you turn on your tap and little snakes come out, that would be a bad thing. At least until the City's email blast arrives. I'm sure they would have a comforting and logical explanation.)

RED Closes Seniors Housing Balance Sheet Construction Loan for $20.6 million in Sierra Madre, CA (DigitalJournal.com link): Red Capital Partners, LLC, the proprietary banking arm of RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC, announced today that it closed a $20.6 million seniors housing balance sheet construction loan. Kensington of Sierra Madre will be a 75 unit, 90 bed assisted living and memory care facility. The two story building will be situated in a premier location in Sierra Madre, California. This will be the first purpose-built assisted living facility constructed in the close-knit and highly desirable Los Angeles-area community in approximately 10 years. The property will be developed, owned and operated by affiliates of Kensington Senior Living, LLC.

The non-recourse construction loan will finance the completion and stabilization of the project over an initial five year term. Following successful lease-up, RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC anticipates providing a permanent loan refinance through Red Mortgage Capital, LLC, its mortgage banking arm. The transaction illustrates RED’s ability to support its clients with a comprehensive set of debt financial solutions, which can be applied to high quality seniors housing assets throughout their life cycle, from ground-up development through stabilization.  

RED’s expertise and access to balance sheet capital allows us to provide customized capital to seniors housing and long term care projects in the form of first mortgage, subordinated, gap and bridge loans, participating debt, first loss debt and residual debt. Each transaction financed is project specific and as such each negotiated structure is a customized solution.

“Senior housing debt deals remain difficult to source and RED’s solution orientation combined with exceptional terms provided the ideal capital for us.” said Dan Gorham, Finance Partner at Kensington Senior Living.

“RED is proud to partner with Kensington, led by a top tier management team with extensive seniors housing development experience and a modern, progressive approach to providing high quality of care to seniors in thoughtfully designed settings.” said Adam B. Sherman, Managing Director of Red Mortgage Capital, LLC and lead banker on the transaction. “The transaction demonstrates the capabilities of RED’s powerful financing platform and our ability to provide comprehensive debt capital solutions to our seniors housing clientele.”

(Mod: This is worrisome. Not that the Kensington will begin its existence here awash in $20.6 million dollars in debt, but rather this fine lending institution thinks the place will have 75 units. That is not true, they're suites. Everybody knows that. Danny Castro needs to call these guys up on Monday and straighten them out. I hope it doesn't kill the loan.)

Opponents of transgender rights law say signature-gathering efforts to repeal are “exploding” (SFGate.com link): Republican Frank Schubert, the veteran strategist behind Prop. 8, says the signature-gathering effort to repeal a controversial law regarding transgender student services is “exploding” around California.

Schubert, who is in charge of the referendum effort to repeal the transgender bill, said in an email Thursday that 300 churches have been added to the signature-gathering drive in the last week alone. That brings the total to 750 statewide now engaged in the effort by a coalition called Privacy for All Students that’s circulating petitions to repeal AB 1266, he said.

The law sponsored by San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and signed by Governor Jerry Brown mandates that schools allow transgender students to use services, including bathrooms and sports teams, with which they sexually identify.

The bill passed with Democratic support, and not a single GOP vote. Proponents like Equality California and the Transgender Law Center have argued the law will guard transgender students from bullying and better protect their rights. But it’s become a lightening rod for evangelical and conservative groups, who say it’s unnecessary and an example of more government intervention in California families’ lives.

Though Schubert couldn’t provide us with figures of total signatures collected Thursday, he confirmed that — with donations of at least $250,000 and paid signature-gathering at work — some 320,000 petitions are currently in circulation with a potential of gathering 2.5 million signatures by the deadline.

(Mod: Now that is a blast from the past. Frank Schubert used to run a political consulting firm called Schubert/Flint, which was the company hired by the "No On Measure V" campaign here a few years back. You know, the guys with the hundreds of really stupid postcards? Frank has gone on to find political glory as the sultan of gay negative ballot initiatives such as Prop 8. So why would the people who wanted to defeat Measure V here in Sierra Madre have hired such a fellow? Maybe they're homophobes? Oh, and the next time you see Josh Moran around town, ask him why he had a former Schubert/Flint operative working on his 2010 City Council campaign. My bet is he'll deny ever having met him.)

The iPad Goes to School (Business Week link): In September, the Los Angeles Unified School District began carrying out a $50 million plan to equip 30,000 students in 47 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade with an iPad. Giving kids iPads sounds like installing candy machines on every desk, or worse, Xboxes. The educators naturally disagree. They spent $678 per iPad, loading them up with software from the Pearson (PSO) educational group and locking them down so that students couldn’t wander around the Internet unchaperoned.

It took only a few days for students at Westchester High School, in southwestern Los Angeles, to bypass the filtering software so they could update their Facebook (FB) pages and stream music from Pandora (P). “It was predictable that people were going to find a way,” says Dominique Daniels, a 16-year-old at Westchester. “It wasn’t that hard.”

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) treated the security breach as a crisis. At Westchester High and two other schools where students managed to liberate their iPads, it ordered that all tablets be returned.

In a confidential memo intercepted by the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD Police Chief Steven Zipperman warned of a larger student hackathon and suggested the district was moving too quickly. “I’m guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube, or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices,” wrote Zipperman. “I want to prevent a runaway train scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the rollout.”

(Mod: I am always thankful that God made children strong enough to survive the knuckleheads who run some of our area Unified School Districts. Too bad the taxpayers don't have that same level of protection.)

L.A. County audit finds failures in oversight of drug rehab clinics (The Center for Investigative Reporting link): Los Angeles County authorities have let problem drug rehabilitation providers run away with millions of dollars in public money and failed to follow through on threats to stop funding errant clinics, according to a new report by the county auditor-controller.

County and state officials should communicate better, crack down on deadbeat clinics, set higher standards for approving new ones and conduct criminal background checks of clinic operators, the report stated.

The report, released late Friday, was commissioned by the county Board of Supervisors after The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN revealed pervasive and unchecked fraud in the Drug Medi-Cal system, which provides addiction counseling for the poor. A state audit ordered in response to the investigation is due next year.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who called for the Los Angeles review, said in an interview that he’d like to see the county get clear and strong authority to cut off fraudulent providers.

“Some of these contractors who are fly-by-night operations are certified by the state originally, got funding and then weren’t held accountable by the state or county,” he said. “That’s a troubling situation. It needs to be corrected.”

(Mod: Isn't that a bit presumptuous of the Zevster? I mean, why should drug rehab facilities be operating any better than the rest of the vast bureaucracy he and his fellow L.A. County Board of Supervisors pals are supposed to be running? Maybe they were distracted with other things, like raising sales taxes and extorting money out of cities like Sierra Madre over storm water runoff.)

Support for Weed Legalization Outpacing Support for Gay Marriage (New York Magazine link): Andrew Sullivan wrote something about the marriage-equality effort a couple of years ago that stuck with us, not because he was expressing a particularly new or novel thought, but simply owing to the succinct way he put it: "I'm proud to say it must represent one of the most successful political, social and cultural movements in history," Sullivan said.

Sullivan was obviously right, as anyone who has kept an eye on those swiftly "evolving" marriage-equality polling graphs would agree. However, a new Gallup poll today pegging support for marijuana legalization at an all-time high of 58 percent is a reminder that the stoner-rights movement has been just as successful over the past two decades — if not in terms of material changes to the law, then at least in shaping beliefs. We plotted both Gallup poll trends together on a single graph, and they're nearly identical. Who will hit 60 first? 70?

(Mod: Apparently Frank Schubert is now working for the potheads as well.)

Critics howl over lobbyist walking governor's dog (SFGate.com link): Does the hand that holds the leash of California's "first dog," cuddly corgi Sutter Brown, also have a hand in guiding policy with the dog's master, Gov. Jerry Brown?

That's the question being raised about Jennifer Fearing, the senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, who critics suggest has turned her role as regular walker of the governor's dog into a cannily effective way to lobby the state's chief executive on animal rights issues.

Fearing scored a perfect 6-for-6 record this legislative season in getting bills signed by Brown, placing her in the ranks of Sacramento's most effective lobbyists.

Among the coups for the Humane Society was legislation banning lead ammunition that Fearing said endangered as many as 130 species in California. It was one of 11 bills signed by Brown out of the 18 that the Legislature passed to restrict guns or ammunition.

"The question needs to be asked," said Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for Free California, a gun-rights group that opposed the lead ammunition ban. "Is there a conflict of interest with such a close relationship between a lobbyist and a governor" - and his popular pet?

(Mod: Dog walking is fine. But will she also give Sutter a bath?)

That should do it for this week.

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81 comments:

  1. Oh where, oh where, is my missing moral compass?

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    1. the Church bulletin is so right

      the Church is full of aliens, predomintately out of towners

      maybe that's why their own church endosed coffeeshop failed in business, it couldn't survive on alien business alone

      still confused on how the aliens built a massive addition without permits right across from City Hall and nobody notice from City Hall or heard any hammers and then after the fact the Church gets all of it's additions approved after the fact with no fines or punishment

      must be some kind of alien probe

      you or I try that and see what happens

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    2. It is not only an appropriate sign but a bit ironic as well, given that the Cong uses Sierra Madre as a stop on the underground railroad for illegal aliens.

      Of course, the "Politically Correct" real estate agents and general contractors in town are also responsible for freeing local, American citizens from employment opportunities by hiring those alien day-laborers that gather like pigeons in Memorial Park. But, I suppose the rich, senior citizens living in the ALF will want more than just flora and fauna to look at from their windows.

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  2. Maybe the water department will be able to make the water run red white and blue for the 4th of July?

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    1. A nice Wistaria color perhaps.

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  3. It's not just the color of the water. It now has a strange taste, too.

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    1. That will really help them raise the rates.

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    2. ...and it smells funny

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    3. The water is nasty. It is going to stain the new plaster in my pool.

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  4. Must be a lot of beer-heads, whiskey-heads, vodka-heads, gin-heads, and wine-heads supporting the potheads.

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  5. Q) How do you know you're a pothead?
    A) You studied 5 days for a urine test.

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  6. City hall is happy now, they have the whole city drinking their COOL-AID. We should only hire people who live in Sierra Madre. Remember we got rid of the pod people, well now there back and in local government. I just know that is what happened, the uninformed voted them in. I'm starting to hate them more and more every day, and they are not civil. Pushy and obnoxious me people.

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    1. The time has come to clean house and start over.

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    2. Are you going to clean how with our dirty water?

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  7. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

    Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

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    1. Are exiles aliens?

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    2. I think the preacher at the Congregational Church is suggesting is that his flock are exiles of some sort. From what I am not sure. The Burger King?

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    3. Maybe you could stop in to hear the sermon and then you'd know what the pastor means.

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    4. What if they really are aliens?

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  8. What happened to that $ great $ water filtration system we all paid for?

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    1. We're STILL paying for. The City borrowed the entire $5 million cost.

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  9. If this new water source cleans steel pipe so well, can you imagine what's it's doing to your own pipes when you drink a glass full, maybe it's really embalming fluid?

    Or it could flush away all those pounds you have been wanting to shed?

    Good luck with resolving a City Hall created mess.

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    1. I thought chloramine was supposed to be harmless? Now it also functions as a kind of oven cleaner?

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  10. The filtration system is mixing the cool-aid, we see it is getting to you already. Things will be better for you tomorrow, relax and enjoy it. Soon you will have forgotten the past and will be happy to pay for the colored water.

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  11. Here is a list of 25 Pot smokers. Any comments?
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 01
    "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
    OPRAH WINFREY 02
    "To kick things off, [television show host Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh … 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed. 'I hear it's gotten better.'"
    PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON 03
    "I experimented with marijuana a time or two."
    ASSOCIATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS 04
    "The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college."
    STEPHEN COLBERT 05
    "I smoked a lot of pot...and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”
    JON STEWART 06
    “Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”
    JAY-Z 07
    "I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished ‘Izzo.’"
    JOHN KERRY 08
    "Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?""Yes"
    GEORGE SOROS 09
    "He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.'"
    BILL MAHER 10
    "Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana... About 50,000 times."
    BILL GATES 11
    “As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice…”
    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH 12
    "I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."
    GOV. ANDREW CUOMO 13
    "I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth."
    SEN. RAND PAUL 14
    "According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, "He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot."
    SANJAY GUPTA 15
    "I have tried it."
    LEBRON JAMES 16
    “James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron.”
    RUSH LIMBAUGH 17
    Admitted to Playboy in 1993 that he smoked marijuana twice.
    GEORGE CLOONEY 18
    “The owner of a local cannabis cafĂ© told reporters George Clooney was no stranger there.”
    MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG 19
    ''You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.''
    LADY GAGA 20
    "I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."
    BRAD PITT 21
    “I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much [marijuana].”
    TED TURNER 22
    "CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana."
    TOM BROKAW 23
    “…what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like a lot of other people and walked away…”
    MICHAEL PHELPS 24
    “[Phelps] firmly denies that he takes drugs, suggesting that the notorious photo of him smoking from a bong was a one-time lapse of judgment.”
    JENNIFER ANISTON 25
    “I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”

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    1. Sheesh...Go pour yourself a scotch on the rocks

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    2. I heard a rumor about Josh...could have been just a rumor though

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    3. He's shaving his goatly goatee?

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  12. Here is 25 more, are you still worried about pot?
    DAVID LETTERMAN 26
    “I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night.”
    MORGAN FREEMAN 27
    "Never give up the ganja."
    ANGELINA JOLIE 28
    “… the one that has the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly - I hate feeling like that.”
    MARTHA STEWART 29
    "Of course I know how to roll a joint."
    SETH MACFARLANE 30
    "I don't smoke much pot anymore."
    GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER 31
    "'As I've already been open about in the past -- and as I assume many would expect -- I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others and certainly wouldn't encourage through public policy,' Hickenlooper said."
    ANDREW SULLIVAN 32
    "The blogger and commentator Andrew Sullivan was busted in July for possessing a small amount of marijuana within the Cape Cod National Seashore."
    SUSAN SARANDON 33
    "Cocaine didn't interest me. Not at all. I'm way way back in the early pot…"
    CONAN O'BRIEN 34
    “I’ve tried pot, but it doesn’t do much for me.”
    MATT DAMON 35
    “The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father.”
    GOV. LINCOLN CHAFEE 36
    "In 1999, then-Warwick Mayor Lincoln D. Chafee won accolades for his honesty in acknowledging he used marijuana and cocaine as a 1970s student at Brown University."
    MAYA ANGELOU 37
    “Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon.”
    JUSTIN BIEBER 38
    "Bieber both confirmed that he'd been caught smoking weed and apologized for it."
    GOV. SARAH PALIN 39
    "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”
    PHIL JACKSON 40
    "In 1975 he wrote “Maverick,” a memoir about his days playing in the NBA. Among other things, Jackson spoke frankly about marijuana use."
    JOHNNY DEPP 41
    "I'm not a great pothead or anything like that… but weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."
    MADONNA 42
    "It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn't because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on.
    ROBERT DOWNEY JR. 43
    “Robert Downey Jr. said he started smoking weed at age 8.”
    BRYAN CRANSTON 44
    "Pot always just made me sleepy.”
    MILEY CYRUS 45
    "You know you're a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake."
    HUGH HEFNER 46
    “Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”
    RIHANNA 47
    "Kush rolled, glass full... I prefer the better things!"
    OLIVER STONE 48
    “I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between staying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast.”
    RICK STEVES 49
    "I have used cannabis all over the world."
    SNOOP LION (SNOOP DOGG) 50
    “It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”

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    1. If pot had anything whatsoever to do with creating a Bush or Palin, perhaps it should be banned forever!

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    2. It could lead to irrational behavior. Like spending $50 million dollars on iPads for high school kids.

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    3. Are these lists of smokers meant to prove that pot makes people stupid?

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    4. A lot of herbal lobotomies in that bunch.

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    5. Brain Damage

      I got brain damage
      From takin’ those drugs
      Brain damage from smokin’ those rugs
      All I got to show for my time is
      Just an empty head
      I got mind slippage
      My memory has flown
      Mind drippage. My thinker’s been blown
      All I got to show for my trouble is just what I said

      Just a hollow head hangin’ on a pile
      Of some bones and some blood and some water
      If cancer ain’t far it’s a nuclear war
      So tell me son what does it matter

      - Brewer and Shipley

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  13. I think everyone is going a little overboard on this red water thing. It seems obvious to me that the city has succeeded in turning water into wine.

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    1. It is a sign.

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    2. Bruce Inman is the Chosen One.

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    3. St. Bruce of the Rusty Pipe!

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  14. Red River?

    Isn't that in Texas?

    Are we piping Texas water into Sierra Madre?

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    1. It could have Biblical implications. It was when God turned the Nile into a river of blood that the Pharaoh set His people free. Maybe this means Nancy Walsh is going to resign?

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  15. Never mind the taste of the Sierra Madre water now - you definitely shouldn't drink or cook with this stuff - but you can get a normal color by running it. Won't that push you over your allotted amount? Yes. Won't you have to pay for all that wasted water? Yes.

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    1. Plus you also pay a very high utility tax on that water.

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    2. Don't forget about the energy cost to pump it up the hill.

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  16. Why do we have to continue the conservation if we're just buying the water from outside anyway?

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    1. The City wants the money they'll get from the fines.

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    2. I really don't get it. We had to conserve so we wouldn't be pumping dirt out of our wells, ok. But now?

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    3. The city just lost what little was left of its credibility. They've become an embarrassment.

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    4. The city will color the water red, then tell us to let it run until it clears up...cha ching. Dinero for developers

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  17. Thanks, 8:31 and 8:32 AM for the lists of 50 well-known people who have at least sampled giggle smoke. You can add George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as #51 and 52. Yes, indeed. By law, British colonies were forced to grow hemp. Not only for the wild parties at Colonial Williamsburg, but for all the useful products made from it. Oil, fiber, that's a long list too. But then along came Big Oil and they shut it all down. They had all those petrochemicals to sell, you see.

    But there's a bright side. Hemp is easy to grow, especially on hillsides. And it's a billion dollar world industry. This is the end of Sierra Madre's money troubles! Start planting hemp as far as the eye can see! Aging baby boomers will buy hemp oil by the bucketful. And not just for their arthritis! Craft and knitting circles can start making cloth and paper from hemp fiber. And local scientists can get to work on biofuel formulas. Hallelujah! Saved at last!

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    1. Maybe after it becomes legal the seniors can grow some. Plus it would add a whole new dimension to the baked goods sales at the Womans Club.

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    2. Smoke em if you got em

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    3. They'd be baked but good.

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    4. Hemp is not M

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  18. I don't get the Kensington deal. I thought it was a fully funded project backed up with some real money. Now it turns out they're floating the whole project with loans?

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    1. Business as usual, 10:02. And now maybe that's the reason for all those delays....

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    2. Wouldn't it be something if they just conned their way in here. The location gave them the credibility they needed to get the loan to build. They never did have the capital they claimed they had. If so they faked city hall right out of its wistaria colored bloomers.

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    3. 10:02. What a stupid question. You must be smoking too much marijuana.

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    4. Did you read the article, 10:35?

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    5. The whole Kensington project is a scam. An attack on measure V...the goal posts will slowly be moved. The water issues are also a scam. We were bamboozled, watch the K go over budget now. Lying scumbags!

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    6. Shields, his wife and another relative own some other assisted living facilities.

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  19. I'm calling dibs on this one: "Murder She Smoked: Sierra Madre and The Mystery of the Rusty Water Pipes".

    Jessica Fletcher moves into spiffy new digs at the Kensington, only to discover a swirling mess of intrigue and deceit. Stay tuned to discover what lies beneath this lovely Village of the Foothills.

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    1. That does have a certain verisimilitude about it. Did you know the loan money is from mainland China?

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    2. Is that the RED in the Red Capital Group?

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    3. Mainland China is rolling in dough and eager to buy us.

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    5. Sorry, that was a bridge too far.

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  20. Did you notice when they were bulldozing the old Skilled Nursing place down they never saved anything. They tore up the wood, like it was worth nothing. No thoughts to recycling, just like they have and will continue to treat Sierra Madre. When our city government goes home or retires they never have to see this place again so what do they care, besides, were drinking their Cool - Aid.

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  21. RED is owned by Orix, and Orix is owned by the Japanese
    ORIX USA Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, a publicly owned Tokyo-based international financial services company established in 1964. ORIX Corporation is listed on the Tokyo (8591) and New York (NYSE:IX) stock exchanges.

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    1. Lifetimes of carefully managed personal equity, heading east.

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    2. The Europeans stole this land from the native inhabitants, and now the Chinese are buying it from those of European descent. Civilization.

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    3. Uh..2:40...it would actually be west from here.

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    4. I have never heard of an Asian country referred to as west before. Thanks 10:49.

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  22. so far, just rounding the spend watch, this city has spent over $ 15 millions dollars

    on what?

    how is Sierra Madre - a 3 mile wide city spending $ 15 million dollars on the operation of city services?

    the SMPD has to go - that saves us millions and if it works in Altadena, it'll work here.

    the Volunteer FD isn't really volunteer, it has a big budget and if we sign a service agreement with Arcadia certainly it would be a prudent financial consideration or Pasadena becaues they could use the station to cover the hillsides?

    except for the hometown folkly charm, nobody can claim that the SMPD is on par with the Sherifff's Dept or that the SMFD is on par with Arcadia or Pasadena

    the PD got caught dealing with a swarmy lying bunch of shark lawyers so they have no real voice so it's a good time with the next election to make that a real issue and make it happen

    we can keep a small PD for local safety and code enforcement just like Mayberry and the Sheriff's dept just minutes away for anything serious....just like we do now lol


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  23. I hope to spend my Golden Years on a nice, quiet hemp farm out in the country. Less expensive, chloramine-free, and when it's time to say goodbye, less painful. Life shouldn't be as hard as it's getting to be around here.

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    1. I would do just about anything to avoid ending up in a place like the Kensington.

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    2. Watch your weight, exercise, and have an exit strategy.

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  24. Maybe we should contact NASA and tell them we found the "Red Planets" water in Sierra Madre pipes.

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  25. So did city hall know all along that it would take $20 million in Asian capital to make the Kensington fly? And if so, why was it kept a secret?

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  26. Soon to be known as the Kensington Palace...with Chinese signage...

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  27. Some one who knowsOctober 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    City hall doesn't know or care as long as they get there money. There money means money going into the city so they can cover their pay checks. They don't care one iota about the city so long as they get a pay check and retirement. Saturday night and I'm done for the week and what am I doing, reading the bad news about Sierra Madres incompetent leadership. Think I'll run for mayor, doesn't look like any competition.

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    1. Contact the City Clerk and she'll tell you when the filing opens, 9:05. Have at it.

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