Political office seekers just can't make mistakes like that in the Internet age. There are no real secrets anymore when it comes to publicly posted man-mannequin testimonial love photography anymore. People are going to see it, and today they can do so right from the comfort of their own homes. And judging by the continued strong traffic we see on those pictures here at The Tattler, sometimes more than once.
But this hardly means that those backing Noah Green are walking away from his candidacy. They can't replace him at this point anyway as the deadline for manchild abandonment is long past. So what do they have to lose? Just throw his campaign signs and shiny colored post cards in the trunk of the car with Gene Goss's stuff and see if maybe a miracle can't happen.
Though they cannot be all that happy about any of this. I'm certain this wasn't the outcome they'd originally hoped for.
However, there might still be one arrow left in the Noah Green for City Council campaign quiver.
Tonight's City Council debate is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. And just by coincidence, or maybe not, the Vice President of Sierra Madre's branch of the worldwide Chamber of Commerce empire is none other than, you got it, Noah Green. Perhaps the first candidate for Sierra Madre's City Council ever to sponsor his own televised City Hall debate.
In other words, the biggest debate of the campaign season in town is being conducted by the very same people who first talked Noah Green into running for office in the first place. And we're talking about such highly partisan Green supporting Chamber of Commerce poobahs as Nancy Walsh, Carol Canterbury and Harriet Susan Henderson-Poole-Carter. It is a remarkably cozy arrangement, and really quite unprecedented for what has long been touted as a non-partisan event here.
Now the claim is being made by certain Chamber apologists that The League of Women Voters (Pasadena version) will actually be moderating this event, and that when it comes to any kind of political bias they are as pure as the driven snow. Except they are not. Because as many will recall, when it came time for them to keep quiet about one of the most prominent partisan political issues in recent Sierra Madre history, they took a side. They did so quite loudly, and yes, it was a very big deal.
This from the old Foothill Cities blog (link):
BREAKING NEWS: Measure V not endorsed - Okay, it's only breaking news in that it has to be breaking hearts of Measure V supporters, but the League of Women Voters, Pasadena Area, came out against the controversial anti-development measure in a letter to the Star-News.
"First, Measure V removes decision-making from the hands of duly elected and appointed representatives - the City Council and the planning commission.
Second, Measure V does not encourage citizen participation in the decision-making process, because its provisions on building height and units per acre can only be amended by another initiative, a costly and inefficient process.
Third, by making land use decisions through the initiative process, consideration of potential environmental impact and comments obtained through public hearings appears to be secondary to height and density restrictions."
Here it is again, this time in the form of a letter from the President of the Pasadena League of Women Voters to the now defunct InSierraMadre.com blog (link).
The League of Women Voters, Pasadena Area, urges a No Vote on Sierra Madre's Measure V, which will be presented on the April 17th ballot. Called the Voter Empowerment Act or 2-30-13, it is an initiative amendment to Sierra Madre's general plan.
While the intent of the initiative presenters may in fact be worthy, Measure V is written in such a way as to weaken our system of government ...
We urge a No vote on Measure V. Sincerely, Sondra Hauge, President
All of which was pretty much straight off the script boilerplate. Typical of the consultant written anti-Measure V nonsense going around at that time.
So there it is. The Chamber of Commerce's special boy Vice President will tonight be one of four candidates participating in a debate conducted by the Chamber of Commerce, and moderated by the Pasadena version of the League of Women voters. A group of apparently quite partisan people who in the past saw no reason why they shouldn't stick their long noses into Sierra Madre political business that had absolutely nothing to do with them.
After all, the same old boy network the League of Women Voters tried to help out with their Measure V problems a few years back are today some of the very people now running the Noah Green for City Council campaign. Small world, eh?
Keep your eyes and ears open tonight. Who knows what shenanigans may be afoot.
More "Goss Pledge" Problems
Yesterday we had the honor of revealing the contradictions in Gene Goss's stated promise to not accept political support from outside organizations trying to influence the results of our City Council election. In particular law firms, paid political handlers and labor unions.
It turned out that Eugenius has actually accepted the endorsement of the United Teachers of Pasadena, which is very much both a union and an outside organization. Something Goss is so proud of he included news of this endorsement prominently in his wistaria flavored full page Mountain Views News ad.
But wait, there's more. A savvy Tattler commenter has now dropped another bomb on the tarnished "Goss Pledge" with this interesting post:
According to Goss' FPPC forms, Goss' treasurer is the notorious Yolanda Miranda and Associates located at 728 W Edna Place, Covina CA.
Yolanda Miranda was also the treasurer for indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and other Calderon family members.
http://www.fppc.ca.gov/enf_letter/JulyNoViolation/ENF000.pdf - Cut and paste that link to see a nasty letter from the FPPC sent to State Senator Ron Calderon and Yolanda Miranda.
Click here to see an LA Times story detailing Yolanda filing false FPPC forms for Tom Calderon
I don't understand why Gene Goss decided he had to go all the way to Covina and hire the Calderon's treasurer for Goss' tiny little city council campaign.
Which, by the way, is the same treasurer John Harabedian used in 2012. Maybe she gave him some advice on his patchless Police postcard as well?
Wouldn't it be something if the League Of Women Voters were to ask that question tonight?
Trust me, they won't.