Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Have You Been Invited To John Harabedian's "Mayor of Sierra Madre" Celebration Party Yet? Why Not?

~ RSVP Required ~
Is it permissible to want to be Mayor of Sierra Madre quite this badly? At least in public? Isn't it supposed to be like getting chosen to be the next Pope or something? You know, you have to deny wanting the job three times before the terrible burdens of the office, along with the burning needs of your desperately pleading peers, force you to accept so onerous a responsibility?

Besides, I would have thought that you'd actually have to be voted Mayor first before announcing a party celebrating your having having been presented with this gig. After all, isn't this a job you have to be elected to by your fellow members on the City Council? So wouldn't sending out party invitations to your fellow City Councilmembers, past and newly elected, celebrating your having been chosen by them to be Mayor when they haven't actually voted for you yet, be a bit, well, presumptuous?

Then there are the inevitable Brown Act questions. While this party is scheduled to take place after the actual selection has taken place, couldn't sending out private celebratory party invitations to your fellow City Councilmembers a week prior to that gala event be construed as being an attempt to influence their vote, and out of the view of the people? Does accepting this invitation become tacit recognition that John Harabedian is indeed the next Mayor? Before his being legally assigned the job?

And as it is with any other piece of the public's business, doesn't anything involved with this (or any) governmental process (so called) need to be done in the plain view of the citizens? And not through issuing invitations to a select group of people for an exclusive private reception?

There is also some precedent for believing that John Harabedian has been a bit overly ambitious here. You may recall that during the 2012 City Council reorganization Chris Koerber, having received the most votes of any candidate that year, was by longstanding Sierra Madre tradition expected to be chosen as the next Mayor Pro Tem. However, at that reorganization meeting John Harabedian, the second place finisher, loudly protested.

And for some of the most specious and obscure reasons ever heard here, declared that it was he who should be picked as the next Mayor Pro Tem, and therefore become next in succession for Mayor in 2014. Josh and Nancy joined with him in disrespecting the will of the voters.

This was a notable event, and one that left many wondering why John Harabedian so badly needed to receive an honor he had not earned, and therefore was not entitled to actually have. Why the big rush?

Then there is this unfortunate and inappropriate and reference in an article recently published in the Los Angeles Daily News (link).

All the sessions, held in small conference rooms on City Hall’s 10th floor, were closed to the press.

But after the meetings concluded, L.A. County reps chatted up reporters. Torrance City Councilman Kurt Weideman said he learned about countywide earthquake precautions, and intended to look at possibly retrofitting structures. “I have to know if all my buildings are safe,” Weideman said.

Sierra Madre Mayor John Harabedian attended a session on water, and learned new ways to capture rainwater, he said. Sierra Madre is so impacted by the drought that it is currently importing all its water, he said.

“We talked a lot about sustainability, and how to work together as a region,” Harabedian said.

Was this a mistake made by the paper's reporter? Or did John Harabedian actually misrepresent himself at this conference as being the Mayor of Sierra Madre? It does fit a pattern.

Look, I know John Harabedian is going to be chosen as the next Mayor. I don't sense that any potential coup are is to be unleashed by a suddenly militant John Capoccia or Gene Goss. Though theoretically any of the five City Councilmembers could be chosen as our next Mayor next week.

But there are ways these things are supposed to be done. And this isn't one of them. We're not a city that usually caters to the singular needs of any special people. Nor should the government of Sierra Madre be used to buff up the resume' of an overly ambitious politician.

Maybe everyone should RSVP. Try City Hall.

I'd need to thank some good people

I received the following e-mail recently.

Mr. Crawford,

Congratulations on your likely success in defeating Measure UUT.

I first learned of your efforts when you prodded the city to release pay data for our Transparent California website, and am gratified that you were able to use the site in the campaign to oppose UUT.

We created Transparent California in the hopes that local activists would use it to change public opinion, and your efforts are the first tangible evidence that we are accomplishing that goal.

Thank you for being an effective warrior for freedom.

Mark Bucher
President
California Policy Center

The contributions made by the California Policy Center, and in particular Robert Fellner, emcee of the Transparent California website, were nothing short of amazing.

The information and guidance provided to us by this organization, especially revelations regarding the previously unsuspected and outrageously costly health care plans of select City of Sierra Madre employees, likely the most expensive in the entire State of California I might add, was an important element in defeating unfair utility tax increase initiative Measure UUT.

On behalf of a lot of grateful people here in Sierra Madre, thank you.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

76 comments:

  1. It seems to me there should be a certain humility that goes along with serving the people. Whether at the city, state or federal, we are always going to get into trouble wtih those who are reaching for the levers of power too ambitiously and for their ends. That undoubtedly reveals that their motivation for serving in public office is to satisfy their own grandiose amibitions and not for serving the people. That mindset is kind of the difference between Washington stepping down from office and basically deciding not to be a dictator and Chavez in Venezuela who changed the constitution so he could be a dictator.

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    1. This is clearly Johnny's preemptive strike designed to ward off any possible dissension during the vote

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  2. Oh, little Johny is going to be the mayor. Bet his parents are so proud. To bad he wont be good for the town.

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    1. What concerns me is that Harabedian was living with his parental units when he was elected to city council. I know how my own mindset shifted from living with my parents until I bought my property here in SM twelve years ago, and all of the aspects of "reality" that set in after purchasing it. At that point, you have "big person" responsibilities that change your perspective on the world rather quickly. It frightens me to think of any of our council members, such as Harabedian or Moran that just recently, at best, moved into this phase of life. . .

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    2. The Extended Adolescence Aristocracy.

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    3. yeah, but he's a "lawyer" so all is right with the world

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    4. question - is this the first time a private reception to celebrate a Mayor has ever been held and done so publically?

      this is pathetic - we are in for another joy ride with this Council

      I truly hope that the next election rights the ship and gets rid of all of the lawyers and those desperately wanting to be important in SM

      and no more lawyers

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  3. Lucky Sierra Madre. We get to go from Red Queen Nancy Walsh to child king Johnny Harabedian.

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    1. Henry III beat him to it.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_III_of_England

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  4. Is this going to be a problem here in sierra Madre ?

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/environment-and-nature/20140415/state-agency-unveils-new-chromium-6-limit-in-drinking-water

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  5. the Harabedian family seems to have a problem with party appropriateness. Remember during his campaign when he peppered the town with invitations to his kick off party to be held at St. Rita church and then had to change it at the last minute to a private residence because he didn't know that it could have jeopardized the church's tax status to host a political candidate's function on its grounds, and now he sends out a Pre-election invitation to celebrate his election to mayorship.

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    1. This scenario sounds like a replay of the situation with his campaign photo taken with the SM cops, which also violated a set of guidelines/laws. It appears that he's a bit naïve to the world and potentially in a "dark room looking for a light switch" on a variety of topics.

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    2. I dunno. I think Johnny believes the rules don't apply to him. He thinks he cannot be touched.

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    3. Sounds like the kind of guy the democrats really love in Sacramento. Especially in the state senate.

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    4. come on now, being Mayor isn't that big of a deal but to some it's a lifelong ambition or some type of image....look Mommy I'm Mayor

      we've had a greeter at the local diner as Mayor so what's the big deal

      only in his own mind

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    5. Will Chris Holden, Carol Liu & Judy Chu be attending?

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    6. God help us all. If so, let's make it a REAL ding dong fest and invite Pelosi and Brown.

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    7. State Sen. Leland Yee can't make it. He's a bit confined right now.

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    8. Robert Rizzo has also asked for a raincheck.

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  6. In John's case we are talking about royal succession. From Queen to King. Have a drink, and do try the hors d' oeuvres.

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    1. na na na na na - I'm the Mayor

      yea for me

      does he still have birthday parties at Memorial Park under the pavillion with a inflateable bouncer ?

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  7. In other words-- John Harabedian pushes his way to the front of the line, kicks and screams and stomps his feet until the Council caves in and lets him have his way? And now we suffer the consequences of rewarding bad behavior. Little Johnny, Mayor Pro Temper Tantrum.

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    1. "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to." - Leslie Gore

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    2. You would cry too if it happened to you.

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    3. he was the guy at the playground if he wasn't n charge he'd take his ball home with him

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  8. Wow, how ostentatious and arrogant of the Harabedians.

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  9. Sierra Madre badly needs adult leadership.

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  10. at the meeting Delmar nominates Capoccia....arizmendi seconds it...and then they vote...tempt Capoccia to vote for himself

    or the same gambit with Goss....

    Harabedian has cast yet another shadow over all his colleagues because Harabedian's invitation is evidence that Harabedian has conducted illegal serial meetings with at least two other council members seeking and receiving their support for mayor.

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    1. Love this idea!!! Do it

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    2. Any councilmember who RSVPs for this does so at their own peril.

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    3. just show up and crash Corfu that night

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    4. Bring your camera and be a member of the paparazzi.

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  11. I hear there is a "no townies allowed" policy for this party.

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    1. I hear they've hired Townie Bouncers.

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    2. Noah "Dead Last" PantsApril 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Pants optional?

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    3. Sorry Noah, you weren't invited.

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    4. Neil the Pig got 0.9% of the vote yet he wasn't invited. The rumor is it's because pork products are going to be served.

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  12. As I remember, traditionally there is a reception at City Hall that is open to all citizens celebrating the outgoing and new council. Cake, punch and good wishes. To have a private reception seems to me a slap in the face to the other Council Members - specifically, Chris Koerber, who in no fault of his own, had to withdraw from the race due to family issues. But then, the outgoing council members have slapped Koerber before, so this isn't something new.

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    2. Issues or illness?

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  13. What is also outrageous and sick with narcissism is Harabedian's attempt to step on and wreck the victory parties of Delmar, Goss and Arizmendi. These candidates presumably worked very hard for 4 months and the night they are sworn in is their night to celebrate. They are the victors not Harabedian,

    How incredibly inconsiderate and junior high school for Harabedian to schedule his event on the same night as the real victors are celebrating in an attempt to steal the spotlight.

    For Harabedian to attempt to preempt their victory parties with his own party which essentially "celebrates" nothing other than Harabedian routinely rotating into a basically ceremonial role is the essence of 21st century narcissism.

    City Council members for small cities are supposed to have a servants heart.

    In Sierra Madre, we have had too many years of screeching man-child narcissists and unhappy self-righteous old ladies.

    On a final note, I can see that Noah Green wasn't invited. Sorry Noah...we can only take one screeching man-child narcissist on the council at a time.

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    1. This is just to funny...Like watching chimpanzees playing house...

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    2. Noah wasn't invited because of possible dress code violations.

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    3. Wardrobe malfunctions can be a problem for Noah.

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  14. Who all has been invited to this affair? Corfu isn't all that big, so it seems as it this must be a very private party for a chosen few. If this is to be also celebrating and thanking the outgoing council members, shouldn't they have a hand in inviting their friends and supporters as well?

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    1. I'm sure all of the social dregs of SM be in attendance

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  15. 9:06. You have stated it well: Harabedian is a screeching man-child narcissist. And he is joined on council by "I'm smarter than all of you" Capoccia, and "I will say whichever lie I need to to advance myself" Goss. Hopefully the two adults, Delmar and Arizmendi will be able to control these spoiled boys.

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  16. Harabedian = Buchanan

    both negative for the city

    but positive on themselves

    John loves him some John

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  17. The current council will conduct some business, take some votes and then approve a resolution declaring the election results and then make presentations to Walsh, Moran and Koerber.

    The outgoing council is then supposed to adjourn “sine die”.

    The clerk is then required to administer the oaths of office to Arizmendi, Delmar and Goss.

    Once the new members are sworn in, Walsh, Moran and Koerber are then out of office and the prior council body no longer legally exists. The office of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore are vacant.

    At this point there is no presiding member and any member may move to appoint a temporary chair for the purpose of conducting the election of a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore.

    However, Harabedian will improperly and unlawfully insist that he is the presiding member and continues to be the Mayor Pro Tem (even though the council body that elected him to that position no longer legally exists) and Harabedian will insist on presiding over the election of a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore.

    This will be the first true test of the backbone of Goss, Delmar or Arizmendi because they should not allow this to occur.

    As they take their place after being sworn in, one of them should move in a loud voice to appoint Capoccia as the temporary chair for the purpose of conducting the election for mayor and mayor pro tempore with another seconding the motion. The maker of the motion should then say “are there any other motions? No? All in favor? and a voice vote taken.

    Capoccia can then preside and request nominations for Mayor and the council can proceed in good order.

    The key is to tell Harabedian and the community that council meetings will now be conducted in good order and the era of people screaming “this is my meeting!” is over.

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  18. Here is the Guest list

    Attending
    Councilmember Capoccia
    Mayor Walsh
    Mr. & Mrs. Alan Dahle
    Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bates
    Mr. & Mrs. David Loera
    Mr. & Mrs. Eric Dahle
    Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Shantz
    Mr. & Mrs. Tom Brady
    Mr. Chris Cimino
    Mr. Ed Chen
    Mr. Jim Kennedy
    Mr. John T. Harabedian
    Mr. Mike Gallagher
    Mr. Mrs. Emmanuel Kim
    Mr. Raffi Kassabian
    Mrs. Carol Canterbury
    Mrs. Denise Delmar
    Mrs. Gilda Shantz
    Mrs. Joanne Harabedian
    Mrs. Judie Cimino
    Mrs. Shoghig Yepremian
    Mrs. Teri Buchanan
    Mrs. Young-Gi Harabedian
    Ms. Susan Henderson

    Not Yet Replied
    City Manager Aguilar
    Honorable & Mrs. Dario Frommer
    Honorable John C. Harabedian
    Mayor Buchanan
    Mayor Moran
    Mr. & Mrs. Dan Alle
    Mr. & Mrs. Fredrik Svanberg
    Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Gallardo
    Mr. & Mrs. Jim Keene
    Mr. Bill Coburn
    Mr. Brett Shaw
    Mr. Daker Staggs
    Mr. Gregory Jukic
    Mrs. Bevin Eustace
    Mrs. Bonnie Colcher
    Mrs. Susan Gallagher
    Mrs. Suzanne Levoe
    Mrs. Young-Sun Kim
    Ms. Kristine Lowe
    Vick & Amy

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    1. reeks of realtors

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    2. and the primary topic of convesation other how great and awe shucks about Harabedian is how the city elite can undermine Measure V and ignore the NO vote on the UUT

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    3. alot of Hannibal Lector's on that list

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    4. Will we ever get a government by the people and for the people in Sierra Madre? All I see are special interests and shady pols.

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    5. there will be many other private celebrations that Moran and Walsh are out

      a 2nd celebration for Harabedian as Mayor and Goss being elected will held at the cemetary immediately following the shindig at Corfu

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    6. 10:37, excellent question. Will we? I'd like to add to that a request to have such an administration at the county, state, and federal level as well. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves.

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    7. Very strange guest list. I don't see Rachelle's name on there, or Chris Koerber. Guess this is just a Democrat shindig.

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    8. Not many townies, either.

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    9. No Neil the Pig...

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    10. Sad to see Yolanda Miranda or any of the Calderons were left off the list. They are so much a part of that culture.

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    11. From the looks of that list, I do hope the Harabedians are not going to turn into the Kardashians of Sierra Madre. Where we're seeing them all on the cover of the Views News every week, shopping and lunching and getting Botox and marrying pro basketball players. This town has been through a lot lately. And we're a tough bunch but I don't think we should be made to suffer that.

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    12. 11am. My eyes are old, but I don't see Gene Goss on the list either, and he is a registered republican.

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  19. I see Fresco's at Albertsons (almost Sierra Madre) is closed anyone know what happened or what is to come?

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    1. When we were in there about a month ago, the waiter said they had a new owner when I asked about the application for alcoholic beverages. We stopped there last week and it was closed. Don't know if new owner is remodeling or what.

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  20. I am not sure the Harabedian crowd has quite figured out how big a defeat Measure UUT was last Tuesday. Not so much the money thing, but also the effect it had on the people of this town. This was a huge smack down on the old line establishment. And apparently they're too dumb to notice.

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    1. People are sick to death of all the double-talk and BS. They have had enough.

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  21. Harabedian is lining up his political support so he can push through an agenda a lot of people in this town don't like.

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  22. An attempt to be thoughtful? Not sure. Having been voted in as a servant of the people, this invitation is in very poor taste and shows a lack of political education.
    The Los Angeles Daily News had the date of March 03 2014, for the meeting of minds in downtown L.A. Was Mayor N. Walsh ill or not able to attend? Is this group now sitting in the Council Chambers of Sierra Madre now making up their own rules?

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  23. These exclusive parties seem to be prevalent when the DIRTS don't get their way... remember the mass walk out a few years ago, the losers taking representatives of elected notables with them? Reconvenened at the Sierra Madre Congregational Church with much revelry and tasty tidbits leaving only the victors in City Hall. By the way, who is hosting this soiree for Harabedian? To whom does anyone RSVP? Harabedian's sense of noblesse oblige and superiority knows no bounds! What a toad.

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    1. Call City Hall. They should have the RSVP details.

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  24. Looks like the Fire Dept. should be invited for any violations of the capacity crowd of your scratch my back and i'll scratch yours. Any Brown Act violations being committed?

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  25. I heard Beantown will be serving beer and wine sometime in the not to distant future, not sure that's a good idea.

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    1. The Beancaneer.

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    2. I think Matt at Beantown is doing all he can to not lose business to the new Subway in town.

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