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.