Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Civility Party, Once the Hope of Many, Is Now No More

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They're all gone. Not a one of them is left for us to marvel at their decorum and civil ways. The Civility Party, the three 2010 Sierra Madre candidates for City Council who won feverish acclaim as those who would restore our community to something it probably never really was, all of them have now gone away.

One left the country for reasons never really fully explained, and despite promises made to the contrary has yet to return. Another quietly retired from politics after a single term to raise a family out from under the public spotlight, and the third? Well, that is the biggest mystery of all. She just sort of vanished from public sight. Slipped quietly into the ether and blew away, without any explanation whatsoever.

Has there ever been a Mayor anywhere in this troubled old world who decided to leave office and didn't bother to tell anyone? Nancy Walsh, who never drew the papers necessary to run for a second term of office, became ineligible to seek reelection after yesterday's 5PM deadline for incumbents. She didn't issue any public statements or press releases about this momentous decision, no condolences were given to her disappointed followers, no speeches were made, no dinners held, nor did she speak to the news media about why exactly she has chosen to so abruptly end her career in politics.

She didn't do anything. The deadline for filing came and went, and nothing was said. That was it.

And here is the really crazy thing. Nobody seemed too concerned about it, either. The Mountain Views News, the paper most clearly aligned with the policies and personality of Mayor Walsh, had precious little to say about her mysterious political fate. The Pasadena Star News, The Sierra Madre Patch, the Sierra Madre News.net, Sierra Madre Weekly, none of them had any news about this strange and remarkable event. There were no "will she or won't she?" kinds of articles. No speculation, no questions, no demands for any explanations from concerned citizens, no letters to the editor, bake sales, dog washes, nothing. Only silence.

It's almost as if none of this ever really happened. The Civility Party, after four years of dithering over some of the worst kinds of problems this city has ever faced, finally just collapsed under the weight of its own absurdity.

And nobody seemed to notice, or care.

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43 comments:

  1. I notice, I care....I'm very happy they are gone. All bad people.

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    1. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE JEFF HILDREATH LAW SUIT?

      HOW MUCH MONEY IS CITY HALL GOING TO PAY JEFF HILDREATH?

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    2. WHEN ARE THE "WATER USERS" GOING TO SEND IN THE "PROTEST BALLOTS" ?

      IF THE PROTEST BALLOTS ARE NOT SENT IN...

      IT COUNTS AS A "YES" FOR INCREASE WATER & SEWER RATES!!!

      COUNT ON YOUR WATER & SEWER RATES DOUBLING...

      EXAMPLE... A $200 Bill could be $400 "counting all your tears"

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    3. Please dont waste space , You are the Mcmansion of Typeing

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    4. Please Mr. Caps Man, no shouting!

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    5. mr. caps man,
      give me your keys,
      and while you're at it,
      STOP YELLING AT ME
      i swear i'll listen
      just won't you please
      step away from the shiny white keys

      caps man
      i don't wanna drone
      but i ain't got a toilet
      to call my own
      ever since i turned off my water
      no more showers just like I oughtter

      mr. caps man
      bring i had a dream
      i saw the water flow
      just like a spring
      i tried to give it to all of my pals
      to all the old guys and gals
      over at the alf

      mr. caps man
      i'm not alone
      just another guy taxed
      out of my home
      please turn off your yelling machine
      mr. caps man hand me your keys

      please mr. caps man
      won't you give me those keys?
      don't make me beg
      just give them to me
      your keyboard warrior days are over
      the drought killed all of the four leafed clover

      mr. caps man,
      give me your keys,
      and while you're at it,
      STOP YELLING AT ME
      i swear i'll listen
      just won't you please
      step away from the shiny white keys!

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  2. For a civility party they were sure cranky.

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  3. Kind of sad, in a way, for the Tattler. who will you have to kick around now?

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  4. Does anybody know who the guy in the picture is?

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  5. I think he's a paid democrat operative hired on Mosca's benefit.

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    1. Kind of makes it as phony as our most notable exile.

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  6. No, we all know that is/was Mosca's best bud who came to the podium time after time and teary voiced eyed support for Joe--doe eyes that is. Forget his name, someone will blog it ASAP.

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    1. Paulie Goosebumps? Naw, that ain't him.

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  7. Don't cha forget that Nancy has the power of her office until she is finished with her first term...lots of harm is yet to be expected by this hasbeen.

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  8. I wish rthe civility party was gone - I think they're just revamping.

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    1. They await the return of one of their most effective advocates:
      "Now we have a clear choice in Sierra Madre, and a chance to clear the air (of) the foul behavior that has tainted the civility of our City Council. Voters can reject others of this ilk and elect three candidates who, I know, will put responsibility before rhetoric and character before character assassination. I’m voting for Moran, Mosca and Walsh. Thank you all for running, and for giving us a chance to save Sierra Madre." - Bob Matheson 3/25/10

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    2. Never vote for anyone just because "they love this town" and/or "they are a nice person". It would be nice if the candidate forum questions for this election cycle allowed for more individual questions for each candidate instead of the blanket "one question fits all".

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    3. "Not with a bang but a whimper."
      T.S. Eliot

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  9. Didn't I hear that Walsh was speaking at some luncheon today at High Noon.

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    1. Yes, but a little after the fact. Don't you think?

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    2. High Noon plus 40 minutes. She's going to be speaking about the "State of the City" during her reign. It will be interesting to see how much credit she takes for things she didn't do and how much blame she casts for things she is responsible for.

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    3. That should take about three minutes.....

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  10. The deposed party was nothing more than a scheme to grab the reins and run the cities government and finances into the ground, which they have done a fantastic job of.

    Flip a coin and see what happens next.

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  11. She is going to pitch her picks for council.

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  12. Which do you think will be the bigger draw at the Kiwanis today. Nancy's speech or the cheap lunch?

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  13. The faces change but the goal remains to remodel our community....!

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  14. Time for a "citizens committee" to run a slate of competent local long-term folks before the developers get a fresh start. Survey friends and residents, make it a platform. Throw in a bone for the church that doesn't do too much damage. Big tent can get things done the right way.

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  15. I'm reminded of the demise of the wicked witch who dissolved into a puddle...

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  16. DS (decline to state)January 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Hey! I recognize that guy -- it's Steve! Steve has now gone the way of the flowers...

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    1. Where have all the flowers gone?
      Down to Beantown every one
      When will they ever learn?
      When will they ever learn?

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  17. Taking bets, Walsh is campaigning for her picks for council. More of the same.

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  18. The Civility Party contained 2 of the signers to "Raise The UUT" argument - Moran and Walsh. How much you wanna bet that Walsh will say "vote "yes" on the UUT? There's never been a tax hike she didn't like.

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  19. I recognize that guy: it's Paulie (the people person) Goosebumps. I drove by him standing in Kersting Court holding his handmade sign and upon recognizing me he abruptly turned around and displayed his posterior with the intent that I should pay homage I suppose). So much for civility.

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    1. Chief, I think you're right. It just takes a minute. Most of us know his face from a different angle, the one that results from the placement of the TV camera in council chambers. You, on the other hand, got the full view. It's Mr. Hovesepian. Most faithful fan Mosca's ever had.

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    2. It is Goosebumps? Good lord.

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  20. I noticed, and went dancing last night on the grave of the Civility Party. There was never a more uncivil group than that one in Sierra Madre, starting with Nancy's "I'll take you out" speech, to her distain for the Community Services Commission, to Josh's sneers and behavior during and after council meetings. They won't rest in peace because they have and will do much harm between now and April.

    My guess? Nancy will not endorse Denise Delmar which is all the reason why we should vote for Delmar.

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    1. Denise would not want her endorsement.

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  21. CSI: Civility Party:
    Tonight's episode shows John Crawford of The Sierra Madre Tattler as a "person of interest" in the death of the Civility Party.

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  22. Paul Hapsovian--my apologies to all my Armenian friends--I cannot recall the correct spelling of his name but that is him.

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    1. Hovesepian. Or at least that's what it sounds like.

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    2. He'll always be Paulie Goosebumps to me.

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  23. Photo archives---Paul Hasopvian (sp?)

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