Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nancy Walsh Will Also Not Be Running For Re-Election

Where have all the good times gone?
(Mod: Noon update. The Mtn Views News neither confirms nor denies that Nancy Walsh is out. "Still open for speculation" is all that is said. Mayor Walsh will be speaking to the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, the day after the filing deadline. She has still not drawn papers, and time is running out.)

It now seems reasonably obvious that Nancy Walsh has joined Josh Moran and Chris Koerber in a mad dash for the exits and will not be running for re-election to Sierra Madre's City Council this April.

How can I say such a thing? The filing deadline for incumbents is Monday, Nancy has not even drawn the papers necessary to do her thing, and City Hall is closed for one of its celebrated three day long rum and cola weekends. Pretty decent circumstantial evidence that the planet's grumpiest Mayor is indeed heading for a last political roundup, presumably with her many resentments, grudges and unisex bathroom vendettas intact.

My suspicion du jour (it was late last evening when I typed this) is that the only reason why this news hasn't been announced yet is The Nancinator wanted to save it. Done so the slow moving tree killer known as The Mountain Views News can break this news in its Saturday distributed edition. There are few good reasons to read the MVN anymore, so why wouldn't Nancy Walsh want to throw her poky pal Ms. Henderson a bone?

Kind of like what happened with the Josh Moran announcement. Or even the Moody's bond bust story that City Hall tried to save for Susan. Except we beat The Looney to that one because we actually read stuff.

Of course, it's not like half the town hasn't figured this one out already. Tattler readers have seen it coming for days. So for most savvy souls this will be at best fairly anticlimactic shocking news.

But who knows? And maybe they'll think this story is so big at our city's adjudicated newspaper that they'll actually work extra hard to get it out on time. Or at least their version of what is meant by on time. You know, perhaps by 3 o'clock this afternoon?

We'll update this story once the paper hits the street. It is our fervent hope that Nancy the Merciless will not go quietly into that political night and, as is her style (or distinct lack thereof), will bless us with a rant or two to enjoy.

If by some stroke of luck this blog is cited as a reason for her departure, I promise you right here and now that we will take credit for saving Sierra Madre.

Here is a question to mull over until that particular elephant is at last brought out into the open. Has there ever been a moment in this little burg's history when three sitting City Councilmembers decided, and all at about the same time, to not run for re-election? Seems a bit unprecedented to me.

While I'd like to be able to say I am certain it is only a coincidence that they decided to hang it up all at once, and each for their own good reasons, what if it isn't?

Is something so bad about to happen that all three figured they'd rather be someplace else when it does? And if so, what horrors await our community? Are we in trouble? Can it be that those Watchtower people are right and the end times have arrived?

If that is the case, then I must begin now to get my spirit ready. I will be watching Oprah tomorrow. Do not call me unless it is really important.

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49 comments:

  1. While I disagree with Nancy and josh on just about everything, the retirements of 3 of 3 members points out the real problem: the town' s political atmosphere is toxic. Who in their right mind would want to wallow in the mud to deal with governance when it involves no more than the joyless collection of taxes to feed smpd and staff? Who would want to turn their hometown into a second workplace where half the residents hate you? Not me. And not Nancy, josh or Chris.

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    1. They're not city staff. They're your personal wards for life.

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    2. Governance isn't much fun when you spend your time telling the citizens what you intend to impose upon them. Might be fun if you spent your time meeting with the citizens and implementing what they want.

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    3. That is exactly what Denise Delmar did as Chairperson of the General Plan Update Steering Committee. With three Town Hall Forums, and hundreds of residents in attendance, and a city-wide survey, no one is in a better position than Denise to understand and implement the will of the people. I'm not naive - it won't be easy, but she has already dealt with City Hall with good humor and tact.

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  2. Hunh. So in the end Nancy took herself out?

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  3. This is not a surprise. Bart Doyle needs new players....old one's weren't working out well.

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    1. So Noah Green, a lawyer who just moved to town, is now running. Where have we seen that scenario before?

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    2. People really have to come and participate in a meetings, in commissions or committees or even just being present at some meetings, before they try to be on the council. Especially lawyers.

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    3. What if you really love Sierra Madre?

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    4. Harabedian did a kind of whirlwind courtship.
      Popped up at a bunch of commission meetings for a two week period before he announced.
      Tried to say all of the commissioners names, more than once.
      Clumsy and phony. Won anyway.

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    5. Got a bunch of money from his rich pals from Stanford and Yale. Silver spooner all the way.

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  4. but, but, but, what about all the great buffets at SGVGOC? but, but, but what about all the ... oh wait, didn't get to that meeting or if I did I was't prepared and pretended not to be there, just wait for the next time to play the diva with the other politicos...oh won't I fool them, it will be so much fun running (figuratively, not really actually possible) around on Monday with my few (only need twenty don't cha know) "friends" to sign my nomination (renomination, as I, Me, LookaMe am an incumbent--rhythmical word, cha, cha, cha) papers. I will show you my stinkin' papers, ha, at the last minute, so glamorous, so daring, so....long.

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    1. What will Nancy do with her days? Long hours of having city staff cater to her every need must have been pleasant. That now goes away.

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    2. I'm sure she'll stay active in her core group, "my seniors" as she calls them.

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  5. Maybe it's the harmonic convergence. let's look at it this way: what does it mean that the MPT* and Cappocia are staying?

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    1. They're midterm and they would have to do a Mosca and resign. Good point, though. If either of them do bag it we'll know something really bad is going on.

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  6. USS Sierra Madre abandon ship alarm has been sounded, the message goes like this; all rats abandon ship now!

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    1. Where is the life raft? I got my skedaddle paddle!

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  7. life without a mayor who is chicken of chickens will no doubt turn around and peck us all in the end

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  8. But, but, but... isn't Monday a holiday? Doesn't Nancy have until COB on Tuesday to pull papers? She must have (or Bart could pull together) 20 or 30 voters who would sign on her behalf. Don't get me wrong. I'm just tickled pink the old hoofer won't be around another four. If at all possible she's done more damage in her tenure than just about anyone since Mosca - of whom she was a strong supporter. I've got a bottle of bubbly on ice waiting for official word from the City Clerk that Dancin' Nancy isn't a contender!

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    1. MLK Day is Jan 20. Monday is business as usual. New candidates have until Wednesday to file. Incumbents have to get their stuff in Monday. The clock is tick - tick - ticking away.

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    2. You are so right! Misjudged my days... but I've still got the juice on ice.

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  9. Moran and Walsh could be retiring because they've accomplished enough of their visions - nice hefty activity in development, polluted water hook-up for unending building, rates and fee increases everywhere, UUT on the ballot.....they're probably satisfied that they've sold out as much of the town as best they could.

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    1. I don't think it is about deserting a sinking ship. All three have good reasons not to be on the council.
      Josh has a new baby, Chris has family with medical issues, and Nancy appears to be in a world of hurt when she walks. I hope the candidates are strong leaders that don't have hidden agendas or are pro-developers. Too bad the majority of the Planning Commission is now in the hip pocket of the developers.

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    2. Good points, 10:54 (though I don't quite buy Josh as reformed - at least not for long). Could be that there are legitimate reasons mixed up with some not so legitimate reasons - like not wanting to be on a council that has to actually cut costs.

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    3. The UUT is going to fail and the next City Council is going to have make real cuts. Not the phony baloney stuff we saw last year, but actually fire some people. Bad stuff will happen soon, and that is scaring some people.

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    4. I know hindsight's 20-20, but damn, if we had started serious water conservation (as in the lawn revolution) 10 years ago, and if city staff had been cut by half 10 years ago..... Just sayin'.

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    5. 11:32 - ironic that the Mayor when the firings happen will be Harabedian. So much for the friend of the working man.

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  10. This is a first for me. I am looking forward to reading Walsh's press release in the Con's Views News.

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  11. Many comments pertaining to the facts that each of the 3 have or appears to have valid excuses?
    Tougher council member's have fought through those excuses to serve their fellow citizens in the time of need.

    This is a good weeding out process, no there will only be the tough and they will have to buckle down and make repairs happen.

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    1. So 12:54 have you filed yet? What's your excuse? Some people have priorities like family and health before local politics. I am happy that the current three are taking care of real business. You obviously have no idea how much time being on the council demands. I bet you rarely if ever attend the council meetings or commission meetings.
      I will look forward to having you draw and submit papers.

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    2. Can I ask a question? Why do you have to draw these papers? Can't they just be written out?

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    3. 1:41, why so grouchy?

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  12. So, Mayor Walsh, per the MVN is giving her "State of the City" speech at Kiwanis on the 14th. Perhaps she'll announce then that she's not running.

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    1. If she doesn't file on Monday she can explain why she decided not to run on Tuesday.

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    2. Tuesday's City Council meeting will be 60% lame duck. Maybe they should put off making any important decisions.

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    3. Isn't that what they've been doing all these long months? Putting off making any important decisions?

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    4. I guess some of them have found a way to make that permanent.

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  13. Three up and three down, no the clowns will be running around.

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  14. I don't even know the way I stopped up right here, however I believed this submit used to be great. I do not understand who you are but certainly you're going to a famous blogger in case you are not already. Cheers!

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    1. Going after the gullible in the UK.

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    2. Why do you hate people from other countries? Have you ever actually been to the UK?

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  15. Is that old hustler Henderson still president of the hapless Kiwanis? If so, it looks like she and Walsh cooked up a mutually advantageous event.

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  16. So, wonder who will try and file on Monday who must have 20 people to sign papers by 5:00. Whoever, they will be late in the race as one candidate started campaigning before she was even a candidate. (who remembers the postcard they received before Christmas? ) Probably not legal, but what the heck. This is the strangest election yet with none of the three incumbents running. With Denise Delmar the only one that is even half-way experienced in dealing with City Hall, it will leave two others as complete novices when it comes to Council business, and Capoccia and Harabedian with only two years of experience. It takes that long to find the restroom.

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    1. I agree, except for one thing. Monday is the deadline for incumbents filing for re-election. The deadline for people who wish to run for City Council but are not incumbents is Wednesday.

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