Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why Do Sierra Madre Politicos Goss and Harabedian Share a Campaign Treasurer with the Calderon Family?

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Easy Gene?
We discussed this briefly the other day, but upon further review I thought we might want to look a little more deeply into this story. As the person who posted the following information asked, why would Gene Goss want to share a campaign treasurer with the Calderon family? It is a mystery, one with no logical answer.

An additional point. This is from a City Council candidate who actually pledged to the voters that he would be keeping his campaign strictly local, and promised that he would never accept any outside support. You do not get any more outside than hiring Yolanda Miranda, treasurer to the indicted and thoroughly disgraced State Senator Ron Calderon. A politician straight out of Montebello, of all places.

Here's another question. Why would Sierra Madre Mayor Pro Tem* John Harabedian have used this very same campaign treasurer for his campaign in 2012? Did he then pass this magic connection on to Goss? And why would he have done this, fully knowing that the Calderon family political empire was collapsing beneath the weight of a blizzard of FBI and other law enforcement agency investigations?

Here is the reader post that opened this story up for today's Tattler 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.

Just to give you the flavor of disgraced State Senator Ron Calderon's woes, here is a Los Angeles Times article from Feb 21 detailing his difficult legal situation (link).

State Sen. Ron Calderon took $100,000 in bribes, authorities allege - State Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a sweeping corruption case, accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes.

Federal authorities allege that Calderon (D-Montebello) took the bribes from a Long Beach hospital official as well as people connected to what he believed was a Hollywood studio. In fact, the studio was an FBI front and the business associates were FBI agents. Authorities claim Calderon received cash bribes, trips and dinners in exchange for "official acts."

Calderon, 56, faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

"Public corruption is a betrayal of the public trust that threatens the integrity of our democratic institutions," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte said at a news conference Friday. 

Calderon's brother, Thomas, faces charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. Thomas Calderon is a former assemblyman who most recently served as a consultant for the Central Basin Water District. Authorities allege that Ronald Calderon took bribes from Michael Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. 

In an article published by The Sacramento Bee on June 21st of this year, the name of Calderon family treasurer Yolanda Miranda is mentioned in conjunction with the State Senator's legal difficulties (link).

California state Sen. Ron Calderon sets up legal defense fund Well-known for fundraisers at out-of-state golf courses and plush resorts, state Sen. Ron Calderon has a new reason to solicit money from friends, family and the interest groups that do business in California's Capitol.

The Democrat from Montebello has established a legal defense fund to cover expenses related to his "public corruption investigation," according to a letter Calderon filed with the secretary of state this week.

"These funds will be only to pay the attorney's fees and other legal costs related to the defense of the candidate as well as administrative costs directly related to compliance with recordkeeping and reporting requirements," says the letter signed by Calderon and Yolanda Miranda, treasurer of Calderon's committee.

The FBI raided Calderon's Capitol offices on June 4, the same day the agency attempted to contact his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon. Federal authorities removed several boxes from Ron Calderon's offices but have not said what they are investigating.

Yolanda Miranda is identified here as being Ron Calderon's treasurer in his less than successful run for a seat in the U.S. Congress. Here is how this is revealed.

FEC Committee ID:C00500488
Name: RON CALDERON FOR CONGRESS 
Treasurer: YOLANDA MIRANDA 
Address: 728 W. EDNA PLACE  COVINA , CA 91722  

If you click here you will be taken to a 2004 Fair Political Practices Commission report that excoriates Ron Calderon and campaign treasurer Yolanda Miranda for the misuse of campaign funds.

CorporationWiki lists an organization known as Californians for Diversity. Ron Calderon's brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon (the indicted money launderer), is listed as President, and Yolanda Miranda as Treasurer (link).

In a March 4th Los Angeles Times article, Californians for Diversity receives the following less than reverent mention (link).

California Sen. Ron Calderon flooded with gifts while facing FBI probe While under investigation for allegedly taking bribes last year, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) openly accepted $6,827 in legal gifts, including concert and fight tickets, expensive meals and travel from special interests, and a golf game from a group that investigators say was part of a criminal conspiracy, records show.

The nonprofit group Californians for Diversity, which is controlled by the senator’s brother, former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon, spent $265 to provide Sen. Calderon with a game of golf in September 2013, the lawmaker reported in his annual statement of economic interests.

Here is a CalWatchdog report on Californians for Diversity called "Diversity PAC: Ron Calderon’s slush fund for luxury" (link).

A shadowy political action committee cited in the FBI’s case against state Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jets, five-star hotels, elite golf courses and extravagant meals at the country’s finest restaurants, a CalWatchdog.com analysis of campaign finance reports has found.

But the biggest questions might be over nearly half-a-million dollars in mysterious payments funneled to a professional political fundraiser, who promises on his website to “put the FUN in fundraising!”

According to the FBI affidavit that was obtained by Al Jazeera America, “Californians for Diversity is a charitable arm of the Diversity Political Action Committee.” In its five year history, Diversity PAC, according to campaign finance reports, has raised more than $1.2 million. More than two-thirds of those funds, $813,766, has been spent on payments to hotels, golf courses, resorts and professional fundraisers.

So knowing all of the above, why would Gene Goss and John Harabedian both hire Yolanda Miranda to be their campaign treasurer? While there is nothing illegal in this, at least as far as I know, why would they want to run the risk of being in any way associated with the now thoroughly disgraced Calderons?

What possible advantage could there be in this for them? Did they both not believe that this would eventually get out? And couldn't they have simply gotten some local accountant to do their campaign financial paperwork for them?

If anyone has answers, I'd sure love to hear them.

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112 comments:

  1. Yep, birds of a feather do flock together. Look at who's on the Chamber of Commerce and tell me there's not some money to be made in this little town.

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  2. It takes a highly skilled accountant to properly track money laundered bribe, kickback, and slush fund cash. Gene only wanted the very best.

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    1. Mr. Goss gives me the icky John Buchanan vibes, like he believes he is smarter than you and can't wait to tell you

      amazing he came in last on last election and will probably get elected because Noah is such a clueless guy - I'm still flabbergasted that Noah's brilliant idea that he is most proud of is that the city should do something to promote Halloween.

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    2. Goss went with Yolanda because he wanted to step up his game.

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    3. I think that Green's efforts to move the Salesmen's' Market to Kersting Court on Saturday is even dumber than the Halloween one, at least for local businesses. Great for the out of town sales people who buy fruit and veggies elsewhere and cart them here. But then, there's his decision to negotiate with any and all developers for the monastery - that was pretty dumb too, tipping his hand all over the place, giving the monastery away with nary a thought. And to work in crying and claiming victimization because he posts naked pictures online - well that stands out, doesn't it? I think it's going to take some time to figure out which of his ideas are the worst. Perhaps the decision to run at all.

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  3. This is shocking!

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    1. no, this is typical Sierra Madre

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  4. you only go local for votes. for all other services yo source out. after all, the guy with the hammer next door can't build the next alf, can he?

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    1. A Mayberry City Council run is not the ALF. Or at least it shouldn't be.

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    2. Take a Hike, TownieMarch 20, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      It shouldn't be, but let's wait and see what new and exciting construction opportunities come waltzing in. We already have that cute little Johnny Harrybeadian kid and which-ever-way the wind blows-JohnnyC. A couple of fresh new cannibals like Baby Wipe My Tears Noah Pants and Mr. Green Gene, we should have everything we need for a bright new beginning in construction, tax break awards for the worst water consumers, and a whole new vision for the New Sierra Madre.

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  5. I read the links. The Calderon's are going to jail because of their financial misdeeds and corruption. It appears that Yolanda Miranda, as the treasurer, was right there in the thick of this corruption. How in the world does she become the treasurer for Harabedian and then Goss for City Council candidates in little old Sierra Madre. Yolanda Miranda was evidently an important player in perpetuating the Calderon's corruption and the LA Times identifies her as trying to hide Tom Calderon's name as the true principal of an entity and then "declining to comment" about her "mistake". The question now becomes why did Goss bring her in, of all people, as his treasurer. Is she the go-to person who can manipulate campaign finance rules and donation money to get certain candidates elected? Then you have to ask if she is following the Calderon playbook for the Goss campaign. How would Goss even know this person exists? Why did Harabedian call upon this person too? I can tell you folks that we need answers to this. This is how a quaint little town like Sierra Madre turns into the city of Belle. If you think it can't happen here, well think again. Do your own research on Yolanda Miranda and ask why any candidate would associate with such a peson. I hope the Star News and some other newspapers will run with this story.

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  6. I'm no fan of either Harabedian (haven't forgotten the dishonest use of police in the campaign) or Goss (same kind of thinking that got us into the financial mess our city is in), but I don't think either of them picked Miranda for her shady skills. They probably both just wanted to win and went with the big party Dem recommendation.

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    1. It was dumb and arrogant. They thought noone here would make the connection.

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    2. Agreed it was dumb. But I don't think they thought there was going to be any scandalous connection to make. It does highlight, again, Goss' hypocrisy in the big no outside stuff emphasis. Maybe he and his team came up with that because they knew Arizmendi bought her campaign from outside.
      At an rate, looks like we're going to be stuck with Goss for four years. Maybe it can be helpful knowing he's a hypocrite from the get-go.

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    3. It shows a willing acceptance of some of the sleaziest aspects of the L.A. County political machine. At a time when this town needs Councilmembers of the highest ethical caliber, we get Easy Gene.

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    4. Yoland Miranda is typical of the shady characters that control and corrupt the political process. The only way I would believe Goss didn't know about her track record is if he now immediately removes her from his campaign. If he doesn't do that, then he supports this kind of politics and condones this kind of corruption. I'd also like to know what these outside forces hope to gain by having candiates like Harabedian and Goss elected to office. What exactly do they think Goss and Harebedian are going to do in office to benefit these outside interests. If our city council members would work for the interest of Sierra Madre residents first then the outside influences would have nothing to gain and wouldn't participate in these local elections. Obviously they feel they have alot to gain or outside money wouldn't flow into local elections and the local candidates wouldn't be able to tap into the machinary that controls so much of politics today.

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    5. a couple posters agree that Goss using the treasurer was a dumb move

      so, we want dumb move Councilmen? we keep electing those types

      or we can have a crybaby Noah who really really really really really wants to be a Councilmember - he really really does - it's a lifelong ambitition of his

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    6. Mediocre ethics, mediocre mind, absence of any real principles. Gene Goss in a nutshell.

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    7. It is really not that difficult to be treasurer of a campaign. I have done it for 3 candidates and I am not a CPA, nor do I have any accounting training. All you need to do is to account for the money coming in, account for the money going out, and be sure your figures are accurate and complete. There are clear instructions on line, and if you have a question, the people in Sacramento are great about answering questions. If you do that, there is no reason to pay an accountant, especially since most candidates have to scramble for every penny.

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  7. Yolanda Miranda is not a dumb bunny. She probably figures that if she gets these neo-politicoes when they first run, why she can keep them in her "stable" of clients as they climb the ladder of political positions. When the politicians' influence expands so does the money, and thus Yolanda will already have a relationship with them and can "fix" whatever needs "fixing" for them. Don't know about Goss ( I just think he's mostly clueless and willing to bend with the wind), but certainly Harabedian could prove to be a much bigger and more profitible client for Yolanda Miranda. And, yes, you can bet the Dems referred her to Johnny.

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  8. A Tangent, but InterestingMarch 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    That on Calderon, he really gets around.
    Here are his sponsored and introduced bills- the inks are a mess from the site because, after all, it is state run- (http://sd30.senate.ca.gov/legislation) but note the topics- film- insurance- plastic bags

    now- read this from February (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-senator-ron-calderon-bribes-indictment-20140221,0,3380086.story#axzz2wVoipjR5)

    and linked from that look at this (http://graphics.latimes.com/calderon/)

    all very interesting stuff.

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    1. But wait, there's moreMarch 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Senator Ron tried to run a bill through changing the way teachersare evaluated, especially for veteran teachers (http://laschoolreport.com/teacher-evaluation-bill-heard-by-ed-committee/) but it tanked. Just barely.

      Marcella Calderon (deceased) sister-in-law of Ron Calderon was a prominent Montebello Unified School Board Member (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/01/marcella-calderon-of-prominent-area-political-family-dies-of-cancer.html). Education tie-in.

      She left a little $ for the campaign for upstart Ian Calderon her nephew- and apparently did him this favor by dying on the right day (http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news/20120211/deceased-montebello-school-board-members-campaign-committee-contributed-money-to-nephew),

      Keep in mind that Yolanda Miranda is not some detached accountant but was aligned with the Calderons in 2012 when she was handling the $ for Marcella:

      QUOTE Her husband, Tom, said he was told that something had to be done with the money and it couldn't be spent on a direct family member. "I talked to Yolanda Miranda and that was one option," he said, referring to Marcella Calderon's campaign treasurer.

      Crawford, your question about Goss is a good one.

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    2. Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brings him back....March 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      PS I see the February link is in the piece you wrote, i double clicked and ended up somewhere else- but the graphic link of the Calderons is especially good, Taking a closer look at Marcella Calderon's positions (which should all be archived at Montebello Unified's website) is what I will probably do.

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    3. It looks like Wee Ian knows how to get in on the freebies, tooMarch 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2013/aug/21/radar-calderon-sleeps-free-barona/

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  9. This is mind boggling, Tattler readers.
    We knew Sierra Madre's Dirt Crime Family was bad, but they are even worse than we ever imagined!
    But we should have known. Bart Doyle has always been linked to corruption since he came to Sierra Madre.
    We are going to end up bankrupt and in the news, just like Bell.
    Goss needs to be recalled when he is elected by default!

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    1. Doyle is a building industry lobbyist and another "lawyer"

      naaaahhh, he's not going to screw us over

      look who he endorses and vote the other way

      I'm leaving my 3rd selection blank unless I just write in someone

      you know if a few hundred of us leave the 3rd selection blank and write in another candidate what happens then?

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    2. Whoever between Green and Goss gets the most votes gets the seat. Even if he only gets 1 vote.

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    3. It is quite a race to the bottom.

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    4. not voting for the 3rd candidate sends a message to both candidates that they aren't really wanted

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  10. Gene and Noah are the dumbest dirt candidates ever.

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    1. hey, stop that or Noah will start crying again

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  11. Honest and Decent citizens of Sierra Madre!!!!!
    Please take down Goss signs in your yards! It is just painful to look at them driving through town.
    Replace them with NO on UTT TAX INCREASE signs. OUR MONEY NEEDS TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THESE CRIINALS NOW!!!!!!! PLEASE VOTE NO ON UUT

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    1. I have seen signs on what is technically within the three feet from curb area, which is City property.

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    2. During elections, it's OK to have election signs in the "right of way".

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  12. Just read through the list of senate bills and some of the bills them selves. Only a trained person can understand them, no wonder so many bills get pasted. Very confusing and boring to understand what they really mean.

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    1. Yep, but they are slipped through every day and done specifically to put people like you and I at a disadvantage. Even when they purport to help us.

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    2. California is a corrupt one party state. The rot is so deep it even shows up here.

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  13. Go back to Oregon, Gene.

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    1. Did you know Gene grew up on a cattle ranch? He knows how to fix stuff.

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    2. He created a pond once by building a dam and the fish he put in it lived!

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    3. Goss built the whole dam project?

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  14. Just read The Calderon family’s connections. Why would any person with integrity want to be connected with the Calderon family? Many areas that bring up questions and one of them is water. Now it is more apparent why Sierra Madre spent so much $$$$ on water storage and not water recovery. The possibility for corruption here boggles the mind and Sierra Madre tax payers are footing the bill.

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  15. I'm will be volunteering to put yard signs up for No on UUT.
    In light of this article today, I have decided to help this campaign.
    Please call me if you would like a yard sign, NO ON UUT
    I will deliver it to your yard.
    Thanks,
    Diane
    355-4776

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  16. This blog would be so much more respected if people would not post mean things like "go back to Oregon Gene" and other hateful sayings. The people I know don't say things like that, makes me wonder how many of those saying are coming from the down town investment club and those that don't want the public reading the truth. The Calderon family’s connection says these people will stoop to any level to get their way and this is just one of them.

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    1. "Go Back To Oregon" is more than likely political career advice.

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    2. Or caused by nausea.

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    3. @951 I think you mean far more respectful. It is already respected by most of us here.

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  17. so why would anyone think Goss can discern right from wrong. His door hanger states. "Independence. I will NOT accept support from any outside party, consultant, ideological group, developer, corporation, law firm, union, etc. I accept donations from Sierra Madreans, friends and family.". Really? He accepted the endorsement of the United Teachers IUnion, but he's says he did not take their money, and he is using an outside person to handle his campaign money. either Gene is really stupid, or he's a liar. I guess that means he's perfect for the City council.

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  18. Apophasis, or denial, is a Figure by which an Orator pretends to conceal or omit what he really and in fact declares.

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines apophasis by quoting John Smith's* The Mysterie of Rhetorique Unvail'd (1657): "a kind of Irony, whereby we deny that we say or doe that which we especially say or doe."

    If poorly done by a ham-handed doofus we sometimes call it "lying".

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    1. Someone should ask Councilman Capoccia why he supports Goss. Make sure you tape it, it should be a colorful response.

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    2. Capoccia thinks Goss is a fiscal conservative. Of course, Capoccia thinks he is a fiscal conservative, too.

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  19. In this Pasadena Star-News story about the Bell corruption scandal linked here, they identify Yolanda Miranda and Associates as "a Covina-based political consulting firm."

    This political consulting firm is listed as Gene Goss' treasurer and has received $250 from Gene Goss' campaign.

    Gene Goss is one of those people who So basically Gene is lying and has been lying from the beginning of his campaign.

    Ah human nature, guilty people have been making florid promises about their virtue from time immemorial.

    "The lady protests too much, methinks." - Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2

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    1. "They're townies. They'll never figure it out."

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    2. Maybe Gene the Dancing Machine should have talked to Noah. Noah could have warned Gene about Noah's discovery and disclosure in Tuesday night's forum that, hey, these people are smarter than I thought.

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    3. A Goss campaign contributor's donation not so well spent.

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  20. 1) City Hall raised the water & sewer rates 161%,

    2) City Hall wants to increase the UUT Tax to 125%...

    3) well... By My Math... that's 161 % + 125% = which equals 186% water & sewer rate increase...

    Vote No on the UUT Taxes Rate Increase!

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  21. Because of her connections with suppliers who provide printing, graphic design, etc., at discounted volume rates.

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    1. There are several printers and media businesses that specialize in campaign literature at low prices. You notice Gene was the only one to use that one.

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    2. Cheap non-union labor, eh?

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  22. Did anyone see the Mother of all signs ....

    Vote No

    No More UUT Tax Rate Increases!

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    1. GREAT JOB!

      ALL SIERRA MADRE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BANNER MUST BE COMMENDED!

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    2. Where is it? (the sign)

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    3. West Sierra Madre Blvd, north side. It's very impressive.

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    4. Try the apartment complex on the north side of the blvd. by the library.

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  23. The term "Thick As Thieves" comes to mind.

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  24. Let Yolanda screw it up for Goss and maybe he can go to jail, too. At the very least both Harabedian and Green should be sanctioned by the California bar for their "misdeeds." It is just too small in the bigger picture of political crime in our town, but when they hook up the big boys they may get pulled in with the undertow.

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  25. Indication that your political career may be in trouble:
    Allegations of hanging with corrupt folks before you've ever been elected.

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  26. Why is. JOHN CAPOCCIA posting a Goss sign in his yard?
    perhaps the Tattler research team needs to investigate?

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    1. No need. It is about the UUT. John Capoccia is a self-styled fiscal conservative who thinks our having the highest utility taxes in the state is just fine. John is a little confused.

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    2. When you use the term in a sentence mentioning Capoccia, use "fiscal conservative".

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  27. I see the for sale sign is gone, oh boy, it's almost Christmas in the sm, the joyous day soon approaches!!!!

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    1. Sorry to break the bad news to you here, but we took the house off the market. I'm afraid you are stuck with The Tattler.

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    2. Whaaaat?
      That is fabulous news for us - but hopefully good news for you too?

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    3. Somebody had better send the paramedics over to 12:53's office. Bring smelling salts.

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    4. The day you long for 12:53 is the day you move.

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    5. Don't blame 12:53 - he or she can't help it . Allergic to honesty.

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    6. Dirts hate Truth. It makes things so much more difficult.

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    7. Truth is like holy water to vampires for dirts. And so many of them really are bats.

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    8. So, the Mod is in for the long haul, glad to hear it. Let the sun shine in!

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    9. Crawford 2016!

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    10. Can we write in the Mod?

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  28. Green is at it again, telling all sorts of misinformation to our citizens, this time at the Senior Lunch. Then, he dropped the Nancy Walsh bomb on them saying he was asked to run by Nancy Walsh. I saw the pencils flying writing down his name as the one to vote for. Seniors in this town are woefully uninformed. They didn't even have any questions to ask the candidates.

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    1. Noah will only get votes from people who don't have a computer or go on the Internet. Anyone who has seen those pictures thinks he's bonkers.

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    2. Was it the usual 30 people?

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    3. There are some naive seniors who will vote for anyone Walsh tells them to. They would whether Green told them lies or not, so never mind. They are unfortunately a lost cause.

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    4. The seniors who follow Nancy Walsh are a small minority of the seniors in this town.

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    5. If I were undecided (i'm not) and I heard Mayor Mean asked Green to run, he wouldn't get my vote.

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    6. 1;36 I think only people who claim to be bothered by those pictures are bonkers

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    7. Somebody needs to bring the old dears a few of Noah's selfies.

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    8. 1:51 - I am not sure too many are offended. I think a lot of people find it all kind of hilarious. As in: "THAT idiot is running for City Council? Bwahahahahahaha!!!" That sort of thing.

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    9. I'm offended. I think the gross miming with the mannequin, and with the hot dog, is disgusting, and if people want to do such things, they really need to keep it in the private realm. And then hopefully get some insight, and not do it at all.

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    10. There might be a gender difference here. I am a woman and I also find some of the pictures offensive. I was surprised to hear he actually has a woman in his life. Her expectations must be very low.

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    11. hilarious, Councilmember Walsh who was NEVER prepared for a Council meeting, went on rants against volunteers, said she could grant water rate waivers "because she can" and didn't accomplish one thing while on the Council asks a 18 month resident to run for Council and he is just about as clueless as Nancy - hadn't heard of Halloween activities in the city and promoted ideas already voted upon by a previous Council and then bawls like a child when he got called out for posting immature pictures on the internet.



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  29. Well, as usual, the council campaign has come down to two options: the unethical, stupid, and hysterical side vs. the integrity, informed, and reasonable side. Which group would you rather have spending your money?

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  30. Lot of seniors in town believe her lies.

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    1. Not the smart seniors.

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  31. Noah's advocating (as expressed in his op-ed in the Mountain Views News on December 22, 2012) that the US constitution be amended to remove the 2nd amendment is why he loses my vote.

    "If this means we need to overrule the Supreme Court by amending the Constitution, so be it.”
    - Noah Green, Mountain Views News, December 22, 2012

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    1. Green is far too radical for this town.

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    2. Green is the first openly Marxist/Leninist candidate for Sierra Madre City Council. Yet another dubious, hallmark moment for Sierra Madre.

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    3. An Officer of the Court who doesn't want to uphold the Constitution of the USA. That is scary, indeed.

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    4. 3:41 this town has always had radicals that is way it is sierra madre

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    5. Sock Puppet @ 8:07 pm

      You obviously are not from around here. If you were, you would know that Sierra Madre has historically been very conservative, and you would also know how to use the English language.

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    6. Come, come 12:35 pm, Sierra Madre is not necessarily very conservative although on some issues I would agree with you. I'm also okay with 8:07's use of the English language. Coming from Sierra Madre doesn't automatically convey English skills. I'm more interested in whether 8:07 is a registered voter and intends to vote for Rachelle and Denise as well as No on the UUT! How 'bout it, 8:07?

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  32. Me. I'd rather spend my own money. That's why I'm voting NO on the UUT increase.

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  33. Some of our locals, Bart Doyle comes to mind, live in a world where corruption and consequent justice enforcement investigations are just part of doing business.
    Goss' next move should be to sever all connection to Miranda and find a new treasurer, just as Green's should be to drop out of the race altogether.

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  34. Noah No Pants is from Newtown? Anyone know what else is in Newtown? I don't mean the school shooting . Dig folks.

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    1. Would that be where Joe Mosca is from?

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  35. Maybe most of you have read the Pasadena Star News by now, but Zen Vuong has written what in my opinion is a good recap of the City Council Debate. Take a look. I'm trying to be open minded but it's hard: Green sounds like he's running for office in some other town; Goss apparently believes he is entitled to a seat because he is a parent (actually in re-reading her piece, he may think he's the only parent).

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