|Noah Green: City Council or Bust!|
Yes, have come far in this community. So why wouldn't we want to elect a man who is not afraid to admit he enjoys PDA with a store mannequin? Maybe this is all a lifestyle issue, and we need to be more accepting.
Besides, he has only lived here for 18 months, has just begun talking to the people of this community in the last six weeks or so, and recently admitted he was surprised to learn that a lot of those who do live here are well-informed, quite intelligent, and care deeply about their community. Folks he had previously described as "townies." Who could have ever known?
All of this is unfortunately very bad news for his election chances. An informed electorate being not quite so likely to cast their ballots for an arriveste' carpetbagger with an unfortunate penchant for posing in flagrante delicto before a smart phone, and then posting those pictures on the Internet for all the world to see. Including Sierra Madre voters.
So let's get down to it. Here is how the editrix of the Mountain Views News expresses her undying support for the vastly underqualified (and oftentimes undressed) candidate she was dopey enough to help talk into running.
BREAKING NEWS: Mountain Views News endorses Noah Green for Sierra Madre City Council!
"This candidate has demonstrated a willingness to represent the entire city and work as part of a team that will always put the best interests of Sierra Madre first!!" Susan Henderson, Publisher and Editor
This in direct contrast to what the editorial board of the Pasadena Star News had to say when they recently recommended that you vote for anybody but Noah Green (link).
If the enduring political hubbub in the tiny — pop. 11,000 — middle-class-to-affluent hamlet of Sierra Madre were writ large in other Southern California cities, we’d be the most electorally engaged place on the planet. If many readers have only visited for the Wisteria Festival or mountain trails access, they may not know that many of the same issues that affect us all are hotly debated there: Preservation vs. development. High utility taxes. Public pensions. How to pay to repair an aging infrastructure. Unusually, there are three open council seats this election, and four candidates with good ideas vying to join the council. Noah Green’s good ideas are mostly confined to the excellent one of promoting gray-water solutions to the drought problem, and he needs more time in town to understand issues.
Has anyone ever been called clueless and unqualified in so civil a style?
Now some of our readers might be stunned that our adjudicated and taxpayer supported weekly newspaper of record would be making such an unfortunate endorsement. After all, Noah Green first came to the attention of most people in Sierra Madre through an Internet-wide distribution of the naked and debauched selfies he himself had posted on his Facebook page. And if you talk to just about anyone you meet in town right now, you'll find that this really is about the only impression most people have of the guy.
But you know, that sort of thing does appeal to a certain small segment of this community. And none more so than H. Susan Henderson, the publisher of The Mountain Views News. After all, she too ran afoul of an outraged public opinion at a sensitive moment in her political career.
Would you believe that part of her sudden fall from grace as the Executive Director of the California Democratic Party had to do with her using the California Democratic Party's official credit card to make unauthorized purchases at Victoria's Secret? Or that she claimed academic honors on her resume' that she had never earned? Including the false claim that she was a graduate of a University of California law school?
Here is that story straight from the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle (link).
Demo leader resigns under fire - H. Susan Henderson, onetime Republican turned executive director of the California Democratic Party, has resigned her $78,000-per-year post amid controversy over alleged resume-pumping and questionable expenditures on a party credit card.
State party chair Bill Press announced Henderson's departure Wednesday, the same day The Examiner reported that she had registered to vote as a Republican barely two years before taking the $78,000-per-year Democratic Party post.
The Examiner also reported that the University of California had no record of awarding Henderson a law degree and an MBA, as she had claimed on her resume, and that a Sunnyvale business executive said Henderson had failed to repay a $2,000 loan.
Henderson states that she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University, but a spokeswoman said Ohio State had never granted a degree to Harriet Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole, Henderson's maiden name.
Henderson's resume also says that she holds an "M.B.A. / J.D." from the University of California, without specifying a campus.
Spokesmen at UC-Berkeley, UCLA and UC-Davis, the three UC campuses that have both law and business schools, said no such degrees had been issued to H. Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole.
Party credit-card records show that in a three-month period in 1995 she ran up $12,000 in charges, including $74 at a Victoria's Secret lingerie shop in Washington, D.C., $220 at a golf course in Palm Springs, $137 at a Los Angeles beauty-supply outlet and $26 at a laundry.
So there you go. Sure helps to explain Susan Henderson's endorsement of Noah Green. After all, she too got caught for some rather flagrant indiscretions, and then very quickly fell from grace because of them.
Birds of a feather, as they say.
Oh, and there is a City Council meeting tonight
It starts at 6:30. There is nothing really all that earthshaking on the agenda, which you can view by clicking here. Though it will be the last gasp of the Mayor Walsh's four year term of office. A momentous era distinguished by an inability to accomplish anything of importance. We'll sure miss the poor dear. Presumably she will now go off to work full time for the Noah Green campaign.
We'll be covering it here, anyway.