Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pat Holland On Sierra Madre Mayor Nancy Walsh's Endorsement Of Paul Tanaka for L.A. County Sheriff

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(Mod: Sierra Madre resident Patrick Holland forwarded me his letter regarding Mayor Walsh's endorsement of Paul Tanaka for L.A. County Sheriff - link. It has been printed in the Los Angeles Times, as well as the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Pat is a retired L. A. County Sheriff's Department Division Chief of the Court Services Division, a former Commander with the L.A. County Marshal's Department, and has lived here since 2007. He spent 30 years in County service and in the U.S. Army.)

I recently read that Mayor Nancy Walsh of Sierra Madre endorsed Paul Tanaka for Sheriff of L. A. County.  I have the following questions for her:

1.  Does she know that an independent commission in the County of L. A. stated that Tanaka was responsible for the jails and he encouraged a culture of brutality and it urged his firing?  ( Per L. A. Times)

2.  Does she know that Tanaka has stated that Baca told him to run the jails and that Baca was responsible for the abuse and corruption; and that Tanaka stated that "If your boss tells you to do something, you do it." ? What about ethical behavior and not doing something that is unethical, Mayor?

3.  Does she realize that as Mayor of a city which has its own Police Department, she has no reason to offer her opinion on Tanaka, unlike the Mayors of Temple City and Rosemead who employ the Sheriff to patrol their cities, who have endorsed Tanaka?

4.  Does she realize that the citizens of Sierra Madre may not feel the same as she does about endorsing Tanaka or any other candidate and that she should keep her endorsement on a personal level and not in an official capacity as Mayor?

5.  Finally, does she realize that the position that Tanaka is seeking as Sheriff is significantly different from being mayor/city council member of the City of Gardena?  There is no comparison!  However, both are political!

Patrick Holland
Sierra Madre, CA

(Mod: To highlight what Pat is saying, I'm including a portion of an article that appeared in the L. A. Times on January 10. Link here.)

Problems at the Sheriff's Department will outlive Baca's tenure - The shock of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's resignation is fading and the jockeying among his would-be successors is ramping up.

Two of Baca's assistant sheriffs, a trio of high-ranking retirees and several current and former LAPD officers are considering throwing their hats in the ring; some have already launched their campaigns.

But it's naive to think that electing a new sheriff will remedy problems that have been building for decades.

The institutionalized thuggery in the department began before Baca's tenure and will persist beyond his departure unless something fundamentally changes. Top-ranking insiders who accommodated that culture share responsibility for the department's failures and shortcomings.

The county jail has been considered a cesspool since many of its current deputies were toddlers. A 1992 investigation found rampant abuse of inmates by guards and lax discipline by their commanders — the same problems found by a citizens' commission studying the jail in 2012.

Beyond the lockups, tattooed, gang-like cliques of deputies — like the bunch that embarrassed the sheriff by brawling at a Christmas party a few years ago — have been part of the department's culture for more than 40 years, and cost the county millions of dollars in brutality claims.

One of the men who'd like to succeed Baca, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, belonged to the most notorious clique when he was a sergeant in the 1980s at the scandal-plagued Lynwood station. That group, the Vikings, was labeled a "neo-Nazi white supremacist gang" by a federal judge.

Last year, Tanaka retired from the department after the commission investigating the jails blamed him for promoting a culture of favoritism, aggression and misconduct.

Last month, a federal probe led to brutality charges against 18 current and former deputies. The accusations include trying to intimidate an FBI agent and beating up not only inmates but jail visitors.

Now Tanaka, Baca's right-hand man for years, is trashing his former boss and promising "new direction and leadership" if we elect him.

(Mod: Embarrassed yet, Sierra Madre?)

Governor Brown Declares Drought State Of Emergency (link) - With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” said Governor Brown. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.”

In the State of Emergency declaration, Governor Brown directed state officials to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions and to ensure the state can respond if Californians face drinking water shortages. The Governor also directed state agencies to use less water and hire more firefighters and initiated a greatly expanded water conservation public awareness campaign (details at http://www.saveourh2o.org).

In addition, the proclamation gives state water officials more flexibility to manage supply throughout California under drought conditions.

State water officials say that California’s river and reservoirs are below their record lows. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of normal average for this time of year.

(Mod: Water Wise Jerry is now talking about statewide 20% reductions in water usage. This could get interesting.)

Blogger protected by 1st Amendment, appeals court says (L. A. Times link) - A federal appeals court unanimously overturned a defamation award against a blogger Friday, ruling that 1st Amendment protections for traditional news media extend to individuals posting on the Web.

“The protections of the 1st Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities,”  Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The panel said its holding was the first of its kind within the 9th Circuit but that other circuit courts already have extended protections for journalists to individual speakers.

The case was brought by Obsidian Finance Group and one of its principals, Kevin D. Padrick. Writing on several websites she created, blogger Crystal Cox accused them of fraud, corruption and other misconduct.

(Mod: Someone call Diane Feinstein - link - and give her this exciting news.)

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40 comments:

  1. In regard to Walsh endorsement....WHO CARES?!! I could not care less who this nincompoop endorses, Nancy Walsh has ZERO influence, she is a nobody and will remain so because she brings nothing to the table, please move on John.

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    1. The point that Pat Holland makes, and it really is a good one, is Mayor Walsh endorsed this Tanaka fellow on behalf of Sierra Madre. Not a good look for us.

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    2. I saw Nancy and Noah last night. She was taking him for a walk.

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    3. All I ask is that she keep him off my lawn.

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  2. It does nothing for or against Sierra Madre and she wont even be Mayor or on the council soon

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    1. She is Mayor until April. And she is running Noah Green's campaign apparently. But don't get me wrong. I do appreciate your telling me what I can and cannot post about.

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    2. I don't think Walsh is running anything. More like she is being run. Judging by their rare appearances at a council meeting, it may be that Ms. Buchanan and Ms. Moran are running campaigns for the pro over-development crowd.

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    3. Oh, that is not good. Will we be seeing more of their "I Love This Town!" postcards?

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    4. There can be no doubt about that. They may even institute an oath of Love.

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    5. I hear Goose is going to propose a Love Commission.

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  3. Does Governor"Moonbeam" declaration really say that we should not build more houses then we have water for?

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    1. I must have missed that ...

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    2. As our city manager has explained, in order for a building moratorium to take place, we all have to cut usage by 30%. Don't know, but I imagine there's some kind of law like that at the state level too, crafted over long hours by the attorneys of the construction and realty businesses.
      Those businesses have a death grip on us and our politicians.

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    3. Our little elected officials in Sacramento are bought and sold by lobbying organizations like the BIA and CAR like so many beefy cows.

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  4. Well, 7:15 and 7:32, our esteemed Moderator, whom I do not always agree with, is not telling you what to post. We should be concerned for the two reasons already mentioned - she is still our mayor (sigh!) and she is running Noah Green's campaign. If you want a City Council member you can be proud of, get to know and vote for Denise Delmar, who was Chairperson of the General Plan Update Steering Committee. You can watch former City Council meetings on you computer by going to the KGEM website to see how Mosca and Buchanan tried to skewer her when she was reporting on the progress of the Committee, and how she responded with her usual grace and factual statements. Then watch a few months later for Walsh's infamous diatribe "Lookie here. We put you in and we can take you out," about her and two other members of the Committee who dared to address Council on Ms Delmar's professionalism.

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  5. Warning; No real or meaningful change will take place if a "former or current officer" is allowed to take over the Sheriffs department.

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    1. So all you folks rooting for SMPD replacement by the Sheriff's Department - what do you think now that all the abuses are coming to light? Of course it does sound like a Mean Nancy/Green kind of organization but do you want your skateboarders and soccer moms treated to the abuses Tanaka espouses?

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    2. The chances a soccer mom is going to be locked up in any pokey are pretty slim, you think?
      This rotten guy and the barbaric behaviors he tolerated is no reason to continue being financially gouged by our own PD.

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  6. Thank you Mr. Holland for that excellent summary of the sheer idiocy of our "mayor" in endorsing Tanaka. She was obviously thoroughly bamboozled and used. Anyone surprised?

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    1. Our current Chamber of Commerce leadership at work.

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  7. I've been reading this blog for last few weeks,very amusing and informative.Do all your commenters just b**ch or do they ever have any remedies for their perceived injustices?

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    1. Sure they do. Try reading the words.

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    2. 10:49 -- Good news! We have several excellent tutors in town that can help you with your reading comprehension difficulties.

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    3. 10:49, a big part of problem-solving is analyzing what the problem really is.

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  8. Mod, have you noticed that we're getting troll activity every day for the last couple of days? I think someone has been assigned a campaign duty.....

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    1. It is how you know election time is getting near. All the usual suspects get to reveal their latest "What are we going to do about The Tattler" strategy. Last time a 350 pound man tried to convince everyone that he was a "Lady."

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    2. Tattler comments most likely explain why Nancy didn't run again. She was too embarrassed (if that could indeed happen with Nancy) to admit she made a horrible mistake. That she is endorsing Noah Green speaks loud and clear. The Chamber thinks they have some power in Sierra Madre and they don't have a wit of power.

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  9. Here is the white elephant scenario for the ALF: water is so expensive that they have to raise the rates to the point of astronomical rates and the lack of occupancy reduces their profit margin. City officials and their misguided vote screws the tax payers again as in the water bond ratings.

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    1. The rates were always going to be astronomical.
      Because of the kind of facility it is, there is no cap on what they can charge. None at all. And a very small amount of training required for staff - like an 8 hour workshop, and hey, you can be the head of the Memory Care Unit. Another great choice for Sierra Madre.

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    2. You know the old saying about how you can't take it with you? That's because the ALF gets it all.

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  10. Mayor Nancy endorsing someone running for county office is just a typical mistake made by an ignoramus who dosen't even know what part of the governmental structure she functions in, much like she behaved her entire time as on city council. Soon she will be no longer be an elected official and that embarassment for Sierra Madre will pass into the oblivion of it all.

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  11. Korber asks people to recind their water protest ballot

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  12. This is actually posted on the Mountain Views News website:

    IMPORANT NEWS FOR SIERRA MADRE RESIDENTS: The news information that mentions SIERRA MADRE BLVD., are speaking of SIERRA MADRE BLVD. IN GLENDORA AND AZUSA, not Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre

    Doesn't get any dumber.

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  13. There's a reason that older homes don't have a gazillion dollars worth of lush, green, water-hungry landscaping. First, the declaration of a drought, then the "water hours" and, once again, we "old timers" will get to watch our neighbors' lawns and out-of-place tropical landscaping turn brown and die.
    I can't wait to hear the newbies whine about all the wildlife moving in and occupying the oasis they've created around their homes.
    When there's no food or water for them in the hills, they'll make our yards their home.

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  14. Dirt party at Nancy Walsh's tonight. Noah Nothing's kickoff soiree.

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    1. Well at least his affiliations are crystal clear.

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    2. Want more disasters? Vote for Green and Goos.

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    3. Think of the fabulous conversations ...

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    4. Just as long as you talk about them.

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  15. Guys: we need a write-in campaign for upcoming election..someone actually worthy of the honor of serving the residents of Sierra Madre in a city council member capacity. Delmar will be great, Green and Goss would be disastrous choices and the fourth candidate I know nothing about other than the card she sent out a few weeks ago on which she claims to have a conservative view towards development, but we have been lied to so many times before.

    As far as Walsh endorsing on behalf of the City of Sierra Madre, this proves how foolish and stupid she really is. It will be a great pleasure to see her departing from council chambers in April for good.

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