|Hail's A Poppin'|
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.