Sunday, April 27, 2014

On Sundays We Have Our Looney Views News Report

Hail's A Poppin'
Not every Sunday. Just when they've printed something particularly erroneous or odd. Which, of course, would be far more times than even I'd ever care to remember.

I call it mood swing journalism. Whatever the reason may be, the publisher of the Looney Views News, H. Susan Henderson, apparently only writes her articles when she is at the far end of an emotional arc de triomph. With the final print product from her idiosyncratic journey into that wild news yonder oftentimes so absurdly incorrect and slanted to promote whatever bogus agenda she's pushing at the time that any resemblance to what is popularly recognized as reality being at best only coincidental.

As an example of Susan's pulped palpitating, this week's Looney Views has an article about last Tuesday's reorganization of the City Council. These occasions are usually kinda schmaltzy affairs filled with bromides, honorary bric-a-brac and har-de-har har knee slapping about how great it is going to be to enjoy some time off and get all of that long postponed yard and home repair work done.

But apparently that is not what Susan saw. And in her article this week about the City Council reorganization, aptly titled "Sierra Madre City Council Reorganizes," Ms. Henderson makes the following somewhat confused observations:

Tuesday's City Council meeting was a night of 'firsts.' It was the first time the city bid farewell to three council members at one time. It was the first time the city installed three new council members at one time. (Usually there is at least one incumbent).

I am not certain Susan can remember that far back, but in 2012 John Cappocia, John Harabedian and Chris Koerber, each of them newly elected, were "installed" all at one time. Made possible in part by the blessed though mysterious departure of Joe Mosca several months earlier. Just so you are in the know.

Ms. Henderson continues:

It was also the first time that the city has had an Armenian Mayor (John Harabedian) and the first time the city had an Asian American council person (Rachelle Arizmendi).

According to his 2012 campaign biography, John Harabedian was born and raised right here in Sierra Madre. And as far as I know he has chosen to remain a citizen of the United States. Of course, if John is from a faraway land as Susan apparently believes, then this would truly be a first. Never before has a foreign national become Mayor of Sierra Madre.

However, where Susan's koo koo kettle really gets ready to boil over is with this rather remarkable observation:

It was also the first time in a very long time that the transition was done in a very dignified manner without any animosity or personal attacks from the audience.

Now we know that 2012 might not be tracking very well on Susan's way-back machine, but I do not recall anything untoward or unpleasant occurring when John Capoccia, John Harabedian and Chris Koerber were sworn into office that year. If anything, it was a very calm affair, conducted with great aplomb and bonhomie.

What Susan might believe she has remembered here could be the 2010 City Council reorganization, the night the so-called Civility Party first took its seats at the dais. A particularly unpleasant affair that had an almost lynch mob atmosphere about it. And perhaps the very lowest moment of what was truly an unfortunate evening was the speech made by Looney Views News columnist Hail Hamilton.

If you have never seen Hail's walk on the wild side before, there really is nothing quite like it. Probably the most unhinged rant ever given in Council Chambers, and that is saying a lot. You can view it by clicking here.

Of course, Hail Hamilton is hardly the only Looney Views News inmate to misbehave in Council Chambers. Susan Henderson herself has had her own moments of Decorum Deficit Disorder during a City Council meeting.

You can view a particularly bizarre Susan Henderson DDD outburst by clicking here. Apparently the loss of a law suit to her former business partner Katina Dunn was weighing heavily upon Susan's mind that evening, and she just had to let it all out.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

42 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting the Hail Hamilton diatribe. What a nut. I'm sure him and Susan Henderson planned that one out. It certainly shows the Civility Party in Action.

    ReplyDelete
  2. After Susan had her head handed to her in Los Angeles Superior Court she came running back into town and told all of her cronies she'd actually won the case. Which was about as true as a lot of the other things she tells people. Mayor Zimmerman's crime here is that he actually dared to tell the truth about Henderson having lost. Susan wasn't going to stand for that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan has a law degree so did she handle her own case in court and why didn't she sue Kurt?

      oh right, her law degree is as honest as she is

      what a doofus she became

      Delete
  3. The two women to the side and rear of Hail in the video clip were appalled and barely hiding it (they are not well known in town) but it was the collective off-camera gasps and negatives that really tell the story of how awful this was and how badly it was received. The addtional story is who was sitting there as mayor letting this rantster go on and on without the decency to stop him mid second sentence.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That year was a virtual hate fest in our town. Mosca sat smiling through much of Hamilton's crazy ranting, and only after it became obvious that it was even too much for his fans that he made the most meek of complaints. Hail was only trying to give Joe and the rest of the Civility Party what he thought they wanted to hear. After all, it wasn't that much different from what Mosca and Henderson had been saying in private.

      Delete
  4. Katina Dunn, Plaintiff,
    Vs.
    DEUXAMIS PUBLISHING, INC., a California corporation; SUSAN HENDERSON, an individual; and DOES 1 through 20, inclusive. Defendants.

    Case NO. GC039149

    This case came on regularly for Trial on December 8, 2008 through December 9, 2008 in Department R of the above-entitled Court, the Honorable Edward C. Simpson, judge presiding. Plaintiff, KATINA DUNN ("DUNN"), appeared by her attorney of record, LAURA V. FARBER of Hahn & Hahn. Defendant, H. SUSAN HENDERSON ("HENDERSON") appeared In Pro Per. Witnesses on the part of both Plaintiff and Defendant were sworn in open Court and examined and exhibits were admitted into evidence. After hearing the testimony, reviewing the evidence and the arguments of counsel, the Court rendered its decision as follows:

    Based on findings of fact and application of the law, the Court issued a Judgement for DUNN against HENDERSON on the shareholder derivative claims brought against HENDERSON for breach of fiduciary duty.

    WHEREFORE, by virtue of the law, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that DEUXAMIS PUBLISHING, INC. ("DEUXAMIS") has a judgement against HENDERSON in the amount of $41,994.74 on the basis of HENDERSON's failure to provide capital contributions to DEUXAMIS.

    WHEREFORE, by virtue of the law, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that DEUXAMIS be dissolved.

    WHEREFORE, by virtue of the law, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that due to HENDERSON'S misappropriation of design, masthead and formatting of the Mount Wilson-Observer, that injunctive relief be granted against HENDERSON and that she be required to eliminate use of the word "OBSERVER" in all Mountain Views-Observer newspapers, published both in print and on website and on any other documents bearing the name, "Mountain Views-Observer."

    WHEREFORE, by virtue of the law, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that DUNN as a shareholder having successfully brought a shareholder derivative claim on behalf of DEUXAMIS, is the prevailing party against HENDERSON.

    Dated: DEC 30 2008

    Edward C. Simpson
    Judge of the Superior Court

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That certainly explains why Kurt Zimmerman could;t believe what he was hearing in that video clip. Does Henderson even own that paper? Or is she just squatting there...

      Delete
    2. Did Henderson ever pay that $42,000? If she hasn't the paper should be seized and its assets sold off for scrap.

      Delete
    3. Well, that explains why it's the MVN, now.

      Delete
    4. If Susan doesn't have full legal title to the newspaper, why is she the adjudicated paper in town?

      Delete
    5. How many copies does she print? Why is it that we as the taxpayers who fund that paper have never been told?

      Delete
    6. 10:39, Susan owns the paper all right - the Dunns did not fight that. It's more accurate to say, she owns the shell of what was once a real paper.

      Delete
    7. 10:39, she bought the adjudicated status from another paper owned by "in my opinion" Steve Tobia - while the dude was a complete tool, I did appreciate that he sold Susan his paper so she could get the legal notices, he kept all the money paid by the city for the year and Susan got nothing until the following year

      Susan wasn't actually printing her paper as she said and was in violation of the legal notices publication requirements and Kurt asked that the city manager report but was overuled and ignored and Susan was quite angry that she was being challenged cause she was called out on what she actually was doing which was fraudulent.

      She is the lapdog of the city cause they are paying her to do what she is told to write - she pretends that she has a voice but it is weak and incoherent - she prints the city slant verbatium and never questions what she is told.

      Her backbone is all jangled up.

      Delete
  5. Very little of what gets printed in that paper is true.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. some of the paper is okay - but Susan pretends to be a regional paper but never published editorials or candidate endorsements for other cities, just Sierra Madre only

      her own editorials or articles are full of inaccuracies, outright lies and made up quotes or sources

      she has a couple of looney writers like Hail who is full of silly rants and borderline hate

      Delete
    2. Some of the most venomous hit pieces come from Susan herself. My guess is she uses stoops like Hamilton to deliver them for her.

      Delete
  6. If Harri S Henderson ever told the truth she would choke herself to death!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To say something like that is just dumb

      Delete
    2. you do notice when Susan quotes residents she always leaves them nameless

      we all know she is just making up quotes herself

      the only time she was specific was the time she claimed an "elderly Jewish woman" verbally attacked her and we all know that Fay did not speak that way - Susan just lies plain and simple

      Amazing that advertisers support her paper - undocumented circulation and as far as I know, she refuses to produce proof of printing which is a notarized document from the printer establishing that she is indeed printing her reported 10,000 weekly copies of her paper

      amazing how she gets away with it

      Delete
    3. WTF? An anonymous poster complaining about another piece of media remaining nameless, this whole blog is nameless, who's to know for sure what posts, if any, are legit.

      Delete
    4. What in your opinion constitutes legitimacy?

      Delete
    5. 11:57, focus on the content of the remarks. It'll help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

      Delete
    6. Some people just want to be offended all the time.

      Delete
    7. 11:57 big difference, Susan is claiming to write factual articles and has sources which aren't true

      she's making up her quotes and sources

      Delete
  7. My question is what exactly does she get out of putting out that silly little paper? Where's the money?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She rakes in the bucks on the legals - those 3-4 pages at the end of the paper. That's what keeps a little paper going. Not the advertising or the city legals, though they bring in a little. It's all the DBAs and other legal requirements that keep her in business.

      Delete
    2. city legal notices and realtors

      realtors are her lifeblood income source

      Delete
  8. why doesn't the SM Weekly try to get the legal notices contract or is it not adjudicated?

    the city likes Susan's paper cause she is easy to control

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan is like the stray dog you feed. A bag of kibble now and then is all it takes to get her undying loyalty for life.

      Delete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Too much Easter candy, I'll bet.

      Delete
    2. It's the peeps. Those things are deadly.

      Delete
  10. Change of Subject
    The Vanishing of the Bees movie tonight at city hall council chambers 8:00 . The film maker will bee there to take questions after the movie

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nice to see a change of subject to useful information. thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Did you know that there has never been three new city council members seated at the same time before?

      Delete
    2. I truly resent the references to Harabedian and Arizmendi's national heritage. They are from Sierra Madre and are representing Sierra Madre. I voted for them because I thought they would do a good job for the city and not because they were Armenian or of Asian heritage. It would be like referring to John Capoccia as an Italian, I know they are proud of their heritage, but why make a big deal of it in a city election..

      Delete
    3. better luck next time bucApril 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      and all three were clothed

      Delete
    4. Is that a first, too?

      Delete
    5. amen 5:41! I don't think anyone's heritage or gender should play any part in why some one is elected. I voted for the candidates I did because of their ideas. I am so very tired of all this intentional divisiveness based on surface matters. It does absolutely nothing to further the conversation.

      Delete
    6. 3:52 Guess you missed 2012, huh? Three new members then.

      Delete
  12. I have not watched that Hail Hamilton clip until today, as I was in the council chamber during that fateful day. I am ashamed I didn't get up then and walk out, as all of us should have done. I am sure that that rant was the beginning of the end of the healing that should have taken place since the Measure V fight. Susan Henderson continued to publish Hamilton's hate until last year when Crawford called Hamilton out for two plagiarized columns published about a month apart. Susan Henderson, the shame of Sierra Madre.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Let's pick on this a little more: Tonya Torres, Enid Joffee: want to work on their ethnicity or religion affiliation? Remember when Kennedy was eletion there was a country that went ape regarding the pope taking over. With Rachelle, we get a lovely Philipina (too bad the Philipines are so close in hugging the Asian mainland or we could claim her as a Pacific Islander--guess we will have to wait on that). Joe Mosca was our first openly gay...good for us! And of southern European ancestry (Catholic? I don't know.) so that might have never happened in another time another place.

    One other thing that was overlooked, so John, you have it here in print first...this is the FIRST time that we have had two women elected at the same time. Yes, there have been two sitting women at one time, but never elected at the same time. Good for us.

    ReplyDelete