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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.
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.
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.