With Buc Naked now out of the running there are only three candidates left, and for three seats. Which means the City Council race is for all intents and purposes over. The new City Councilmembers will be Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss. As for any real contest all that is left for us election junkies to wail about is Measure UUT. And with only one serious pro-UUT candidate remaining to speak on its behalf (Gene Goss), that will make its passage all the more difficult.
Especially when you consider that this is basically a do-over of the same idiotic UUT extension measure that failed by over 60% in 2012.
There is also this to ponder. A lot of the people I have the pleasure of speaking with about our ever changing political scene do not believe that Gene Goss is really entitled to win a seat on the City Council. Outside of Eagle Bill, our man Gene was the last place vote-getter in 2012. And, because of his support for Measure UUT, he will likely be the last place finisher in this year's election as well. Except for Buc Naked, of course.
Meaning that Gene Goss is likely to become the least popular candidate to ever win a seat on our City Council. So much so that the only way he can actually succeed is if there is nobody else left in the race. And that is exactly what we have now in our somewhat problematic election for the year of 2014. The planets have aligned for Professor Goss.
So could a write-in candidate ever muster the 1,100 or so votes it would take to deny Goss the seat that many feel he in no way deserves? It would be hard. Without having their name on the ballot, or in the sample election booklet we all get in the mail, how would anyone know who this person might be?
And would a write-in candidate be able to participate in the debates? Or get invited to party in all the usual election hot spots? Again, chances are that person will be left out in the dark.
All that said, I wish I wasn't moving out of town. Which, in case you weren't aware, I am. Packing up the family and heading east around 10 miles for a much better public school district than what we have here. But running as a write-in candidate suits me. Being a devotee of lost causes (I more often vote third parties than not), I'd be as happy as a clam.
Plus I wouldn't win, which is also a plus. For me being put into that Brown Act/City Council straitjacket would be a living nightmare.
The point is moot, however. Instead I will have to be content with turning The Tattler into a regional San Gabriel Valley blog. Which I will be doing later this spring. Going big time, baby. But that is a whole 'nother story. Just be assured that I will still be writing about Sierra Madre. I find it to be an interesting town.
But I digress. Here are the rules for running as a write-in candidate in this small portion of God's great reward. Please remember that you will need to get in touch with our marvelous City Clerk should you decide to take on this difficult challenge. Also know that if you are sincerely against Measure UUT, I will give you as much support on The Tattler as I possibly can. For what that's worth.
Between the days of February 10 and March 25 (both days included), any person who desires to have his or her name as written on the ballot of the election counted for a particular office shall file a statement of write-in candidacy which shall contain a candidate's name, residence address, a declaration stating that he or she is a write-in candidate, the title of the office for which he or she is running, the date of the election and a nominating petition with the required number of signatures.
That is about it. So tell me, who wants to be our hero?
The Pasadena Star News Checks In On The Buc Naked Story
You've probably seen this article already, but in case you haven't the title is "Revealing Photos of Sierra Madre City Council Candidate Surface." You can link to it here.
A couple of points before I wrap this one up. The first being that this Star News piece is driving a lot of web traffic to The Tattler. Any article beginning with the words "Revealing Photos," and is then followed closely by a live link to them, is certainly going to draw the interest of the curious.
I am not certain Noah Green thought this one all the way through when he agreed to take Star News reporter Adam Poulisse's call. People just want to see the pics. The rest is, for them, not quite as important.
Another one is this:
“Call it an honest mistake,” said Green, 38. “It has nothing to do with who I am as a person. Everyone takes silly photos. If people want to look at those photos and form opinions, that’s up to them."
The pictures that we posted here on The Tattler yesterday are from somewhere around 2011. Which means that Noah was 35 at the time they were taken. So let me ask you this, what were you doing when you were 35? Maintaining a career perhaps? Raising a family? Paying the mortgage and dealing with all of the usual anxiety and stress of work-a-day adulthood? I suspect that would be the case in most peoples' lives.
Chances are pretty good that you weren't lavishing unwanted sexual attention upon bikini-clad mannequins in bathing suit shops.
Once more into the breach:
“I challenge (Crawford) to put the other pictures up,” Green said. “The vast majority shows what kind of person I really am. I’m a responsible person, a hard worker and an honest guy.”
Since Noah has now taken his Facebook page off line it will be hard for anyone to verify what he has stated here. And quite honestly, I don't have all that many of the pictures in question. As I said in the Star News article, I received them from a Tattler reader. Someone who found them to be quite offensive. And, in the spirit of helping voters learn a little more about a candidate running for a very important office in town, I shared them with you here. After all, this site is called The Tattler.
However, since Noah asked, I do have one I can post today. I call it "The Hot Dog Picture."