Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Mountain Views News and Measure UUT

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In this upcoming weekend's edition of The Mountain Views News we are supposed to be treated to something known as "The Pros and Cons of Measure UUT." What this purports to be is an unbiased look at both sides of the UUT question, with the author, Ms. Henderson herself, making the final judgement on what is a very important ballot measure for Sierra Madre. One that could, if approved by the voters, saddle those who pay utility taxes in this town with a 25% utility tax increase by the year 2015.

This presumption of impartiality is, of course, complete nonsense. Henderson is deep in the pocket of City Hall, and has a personal stake in Measure UUT passing. She runs the only adjudicated rag in town, and as such is the recipient of quite a bit of taxpayer dough in the form of city advertising and legal notices. In the course of a year we are talking about many thousands of dollars. Susan Henderson will come down on the side of Measure UUT, and why wouldn't she? Her paper survives thanks to our tax dollars.

What many people in this town do not know is that Susan Henderson, the publisher of The Mountain Views News, has quite a notorious past. And we thought we might share it with you here.

As longtime Tattler readers know, Mountain Views News head honchette Susan Harriett Henderson Carter Poole's reputation for veracity is second to, well, just about everything else in town. The once upon a time #2 ranking Democrat in the State of California, pushed out a year or so after getting that gig for both lying on her resume and using the party credit card for things like golf excursions and lingerie purchases at Victoria's Secret (which is more than most of us really need to know), fell from those lofty heights and somehow ended up here. An extremely long fall from grace. It also doesn't say very much for Sierra Madre's karma.

The details of Susan's slide from great political power to nonentity can be read in three articles archived on the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate.com site. These are: "State Demo Chief's Resume Disputed" (click here), "Demo Leader Resigns Under Fire" (click here), and "State Democratic Party's Top Paid Staffer Quits Amid Charges" (click here).

All of the sordid details of Susan's scandalous and dramatic fall from grace can be read in these three articles, including such false claims as having received a law degree from UC Berkeley, and making various "Who's Who" books for achievements that turned out to be nothing but baloney.

One of the funniest passages in these three articles details the White House's impatience over how long it took for the California State Democratic Party to fire Susan. The thought that President Bill Clinton might have been asking something along the lines of, "Why haven't they fired that idiot yet?" still strikes me as pretty amusing.

Like I said, Susan Henderson fell, and when she finally stopped falling she ended up here in Sierra Madre. Which, as nice of a place as it may be, really is quite far from the California centers of political power where she used to hang out. Perhaps that explains the seething anger that lingers just below the surface of so much of what Susan writes. The California Democratic Party elite declared her persona non grata, and cast her out into the wilderness. It had to hurt.

Once here Susan started a newspaper in town, a partnership with Katina Dunn. Only to later find herself dragged into court a couple of years later to face a colossal lawsuit over financial "misappropriations." A case that Susan lost to her former partner, and at the cost of a $42,000 judgement. The details of this judicial decision can be read here.

To date it appears that Susan has not paid off very much of what she owes the Dunn family, and the Court continues to be a hovering presence in her life. Some are of the opinion that because of this judicial ruling she doesn't even own the paper she publishes. At least until she pays all of the money she owes the Dunns. Instead she could be functioning as a kind of squatter.

So this election season, make certain to take everything you read in the Mountain Views News with a grain of salt. Very little of what you read there will be true. Especially anything to be said about Measure UUT, and the two candidates who oppose it.

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57 comments:

  1. Between this sordid past of Henderson's, the Bart Doyle era, and the current movement in the city to gouge residents to facilitate overly generous pensions and benefits, it's no wonder Sierra Madre's in the mess it's in. My question is, what ignorant fool or set of fools agreed to shuffle money Henderson's way with the type of scandalous past she has? It seems like in the recent past, this city is the product of one bad decision after the next combined with a level of ignorance among the majority of the uninformed residents that goes unrivaled.

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  3. Susan prints whatever the city manager and mayor ask her to.

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    1. Yes, agreed that whatever Manager Aguilar hands Henderson goes directly into the paper - but the mayor? I think it's more likely that Henderson tells the mayor what to think....cleverly of course. Cons are very good at particular kinds of flattery for different people.

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    2. Mayor Henderson? It does explain a lot.

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  4. Higher pension costs could be heavy burden for San Gabriel Valley cities
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20140219/higher-pension-costs-could-be-heavy-burden-for-san-gabriel-valley-cities

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  5. Any UUT article that Henderson writes will be 100% propaganda for city hall. And it will include a bit of a lecture about moral responsibility.

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    1. I just paid a huge property tax bill, water rates go up in March, and this idiot is going to lecture me about my moral responsibility to pay even more? To hell with that.

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    2. There is always a "do the right thing" tag in her editorials.
      The irony seems to have escaped her.

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    3. Susan's idea of the right thing is whatever puts money into the pockets of her cronies.

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    4. No, that would be too generous. Her pocket, not theirs.

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  6. A fine spokeswoman for the Downtown Investment Club members. Very appropriate.
    And Noah Green is their candidate. Yep.

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    1. Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh, Joe Mosca and now Noah Green. They surely do have a keen eye for top tier talent.

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    2. The needy and the greedy and the just plain lost.

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  7. I don't think you need an election season to find untrue things in the Mountain Views News.

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    1. Quite right, 11:15.

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    2. Blatantly untrue and always full of grammatical errors. I've heard that everything Susan writes needs extensive editing - and whoever is doing the editing is not all that sharp either.

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    3. It is written at a 4th grade level. Comforting pablum for those with the critical abilities of gnats.

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    4. Fourth graders know the difference between its and it's, or at least, how to use a dictionary.

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    5. So you're saying ALL CAPS guy hasn't made it past third grade?

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    6. He is special. He hangs with the loud crowd.

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    7. ALL CAPS guy is against a 25% UUT increase in 2015. That makes him a friend of mine.

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    8. It's not that ALL CAPS guy speaks loud, it is just his truth speaks volumes.

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    9. I am going to write in ALL CAPS.

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    10. CAPS and lower case together
      We shall not be moved
      CAPS and lower case together
      We shall not be moved
      Just like a tree that's standing by the water
      We shall not be moved

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    11. NO TRUTH NO JUSTICE
      Down with the UUT 4/8/14

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    12. I propose a progressive tax on caps. With no cap.

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    13. CAP ital idea.

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  8. If I'm not mistaken, Henderson still makes false claims about college.
    Weren't those lies on the The magazine influential women blurb, or the Democratic Party Pasadena site?

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    1. Don't forget that Susan "bought" her rag sheet from Steve Tobia, THE magazine's editor and publisher. Probably had to bribe her to get his back payments.

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    2. She bought Tobia's publication to get the city legal advertising.

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  9. a con artist at best

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  10. have you left town yet

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    1. No. Probably be here until the end of May. Definitely here for the election. Gotta cover that. And the blog will go on as a regional one. I will still have the honor of writing about the affairs of Sierra Madre. Plus about 10 other cities. Going to try to kick this up a level or two. The Tattler is ready for that.

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    1. People need to learn to deal with their anger issues.

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  12. Someone should do a poll of the seniors who have either contributed to keeping the Mountain Views News going (especially a few years ago) and/or who have given money directly to Henderson.
    Now it's all those legals from here there and everywhere that keep the paper going. But before? Some of the older residents got hood-winked.

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    1. Isn't it weird that the legals come from so many different places?
      Almost as though the people are doing what they have to do, but don't want anybody to see it.

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  13. It would be interesting to see who never got paid back.

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    1. You think anyone did? Really?

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    2. We'd only need a couple to talk to the DA.

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    1. Huh. Looks like somebody just sent a bitter twitter.

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  15. Anybody besides me having trouble getting on the City of Sierra Madre website?

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  16. I had no trouble. Even read a couple of documents for tonight's Planning Commission meeting with no difficulty.

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    1. Anything big happening tonight?

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    Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proposed ballot initiative – known as Six Californias – could move forward Tuesday."

    Petitions will be coming to a shopping center near you. This is our big chance!!

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    1. How will this help us get rid of Buc Nekkid Noah? Which side can he come down on? Get a photo and a statement!

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    2. I would sign that petition in a heartbeat. Just as long as we get to leave LA County.

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