Monday, April 7, 2014

Part 1: Does Responsibility For The Illegal "Yes On UUT" Postcard Fall On Sierra Madre Mayor Nancy Walsh?

Politically Exploited Employees?
12:30 add - City Hall replies: Hello John, You have also emailed Chief Giannone and Chief Heydorff -- on behalf of both Chief Giannone and Heydorff, and myself, we did not approve or authorize the use of any photographs on any political mailings for or against Measure UUT, as that would have been contrary to law. Nor were City resources used to take, provide or forward any photographs, as this too would be contrary to law.    As you are aware, the City has no control over photos that are taken by members of the press or the general public.  Sincerely, Elaine Aguilar

(Mod: "Contrary to law." And to think is was the Mayor, their boss, that did this.) 

Back to our regularly scheduled program: Yesterday we discussed the highly controversial "Yes On UUT" postcard and how the unfortunate abuse of uniformed Sierra Madre Police and Fire Department personnel found there, and in what was basically a political advertisement for a tax increase ballot initiative, was quite possibly a violation of California election laws.

If you click here you will be taken to a page titled "Police Officer Employee Rights in California." There is a section that deals with "political activity" and what is and isn't permitted by state law. Here is what it says about our topic for today:

A police officer has the right to pursue public office and participate in politics. However, a police officer must be off duty when engaging in political activities in the state of California. In addition, a police officer must be out of uniform before participating in political meetings or functions. A police officer may not wear her uniform while campaigning for public office or while supporting a political candidate.

The people responsible for both this postcard, along with the illegal use of the picture above (among others), is the "Yes On Measure UUT Committee." And who exactly comprises this committee? Would you believe it is headed up by the Mayor of Sierra Madre, Nancy Walsh? Here is this committee's CA Form 410 paperwork:

I sent out e-mails yesterday to Chief Giannone and Chief Heydorff, with a backup to City Manager Elaine Aguilar. My question to both of them being were they asked by this Yes On Measure UUT Committee for permission to use their images, and in uniform, for what is basically a political postcard. I have yet to receive any replies, which is understandable. I am not sure I would want to reply too quickly either. At least not without first discussing the "Yes On UUT" postcard situation with the City Attorney.

Since the YES On Measure UUT Committee is headed up by the Mayor of Sierra Madre, who may therefore be required to take her portion of the blame for exploiting our Police and Fire Departments for political purposes, this does put them in a bad position. After all, the perpetrator is also their boss.

My hunch is that the Mayor of Sierra Madre did authorize the use of photos of both Chiefs, and in their uniforms, for a political postcard without even bothering to ask them. Along with all of the other uniformed Police and Fire Department people who appeared on the Yes On UUT postcard.

In other words they were exploited by their rude employer for a political purpose. And in a way that may very well have violated state political campaign laws.

As employees I can't imagine they are feeling too comfortable about this right now.

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64 comments:

  1. I'd like to know what are the consequence for violating election laws. Is there any teeth to the laws at all? For the purposes of the Yes on UUT crowd, it is clearly an effective card in trying to manipulate and scare the residents of Sierra Madre into voting for another unnecessary tax. Because the police and fire are usually the primary beneficiaries of such a tax, it will be interesting to see how the Chief's and City Manager respond to your email. I guess I'll reserve judgment on them until we hear a response. However, I expect that the public employee unions were right there in the thick of things. Its all of the usual tactics.

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    1. nothing will be done it's Sierra Madre

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    2. you won't hear from the PD or Fire Dept until after the election and then they'll just blow you off like they did when Harabedian pulled the same dirty trick

      they benefit from the postcard so they'll play dumb

      makes me wish I could vote NO a dozen times

      the entire arguement for yes is a total fabrication

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    3. so basically Elaine is flipping you off

      she's not concerned about it so we shouldn't either

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  2. Excellent research, John! Let's hope this issue is reported in the Star News!

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    1. and what will make bigger news if Neil the Pig comes n 3rd ahead of Goss and Green

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  3. I think the FPPC is going to have some fun with this one. I just forwarded them this article. That a sitting mayor was involved in these shenanigans is too delicious. They're going to get some headlines out of this one.

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    1. I hope there will be a perp walk. A film clip of Nancy Walsh being frog marched out of city hall would require repeated viewing.

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  4. I think at one time Bart Doyle had to pay $1500. Because he voted to underground utility poles on Baldwin when he should have recused himself.
    so, maybe Nancy will get slapped.

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  5. 6:56- hope you also filled out the required form.

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  6. Don't you just love Sierra Madre politics? These kind of sneaky under handed lies have gone on for years. It really got dirty when the Beth Buck Hired Gun really got nasty. There were so many lies going around you could not tell the truth from the lies. These lies have ruined a few honest peoples lives, some even left town. This is just a prime example of how the "Downtown Investment Club" has played all these years. They will break any rules to get what they want and more of your money. I guess it wouldn't be as bad if they were making good decisions for the town but they haven't, just look at the mess our water system is in. Lets get some leadership in city hall with an agenda to help the city and not put money in their friends pockets. I'm voting NO on the UUT.

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  7. Mayor Walsh has always demonstrated her we can take you out attitude. I bet Mrs. Putman was pressured into breaking the law. It's obvious Walsh has no respect for the law. She is the worse Mayor this town has ever had.

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    1. Do the same laws that most of us abide by apply to Mayor Queen of Mean? I do believe she thinks she is above all of that after all she is "Mayor".

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    2. Putnam knew exactly what she was doing - anybody who associates with Nancy Walsh knows exactly whats going on

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    3. I don't know. This postcard was exceptionally stupid. The FCCP number was wrong, they forgot to put a return address on it, and they used photos of uniformed officers illegally. I think they screwed up out of both arrogance and ignorance.

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    4. 10:46, I believe that what you stated was competely intentional - you don't forget to put a return address and I agree it was arrogant

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  8. It was $5,000.00 fine for voting for the underground utilities that he benefited from as a resident of the area. At the same tie Margie (last name escapes me for the moment) our long-gone city finance director, was fined $5,000.00 but it was on the cities dime. Bart had to pay his own fine. It would be interestig to see if he ever did, or if it is hanging out there same as the $45,000.00 levied against Susan Henderson in the court case with Katina Dunn. This election is probably going to be our Bell that will finally tip the scale. So far it has been too little too late, and nothing ever comes from the "dust up."

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    1. Bart Doyle was fined $2,000.00 and her name was Margie Tucker.

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  9. Nancy has badly embarrassed our uniformed safety services. If she was capable of it she should be feeling a lot of shame right about now.

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    1. Nancy Walsh is a puppet and a stooge. Stop giving her more credit than she deserves. The crooked cops and firefighters in those pictures knew exactly what they were doing and should each be held accountable.

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    2. So how do explain the City Manager throwing Nancy Walsh under the bus?

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    3. Wow. Nancy Walsh is now out there all on her own. This makes her "we can take you out" moment look like an ice cream social.

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  10. The men in blue especially our chief should be ashamed by that picture and how out of shape the Sierra Madre Police Department. The only town where the physical requirement is over looked. No other force would ever hire our misfits. The force of over weight ticket writers, where the only physical requirement is how long it takes to get out of the patrol car, without spilling the coffee and keeping the donuts off the uniform.

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    1. Gold's Gym needs to open a franchise here. Maybe they can rent some of the retail space stuck on the front of the ALF. That way our public safety service officers only have to walk across the street.

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  11. Elaine Augular our corrupt city manager is behind this embarrassment the whole way if it was not her idea to begin with. It is Elaine and her cronies that benefit. She is the one that has the power, control, and the means. She is exactly like the city manager from the City of Bell. I can only hope that she can share the same cell as the others from Bell.

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  12. Oh, I think the triumvirate of Doyle, Walsh, and Henderson are more than capable of perpetrating the dirty tricks being used in this election cycle. Do not underestimate the despicability and just plain dastardly deeds these three will stoop to. Aguilar, when confronted by the prospect of illegal deeds leading to prison, will defer to legal persuasian but not the former Mayor, the Mayor, and the voice of the Mayors.

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    1. anybody else notice how Henderson was able to report on the Goss postcard as it was being mailed - it's like she already knew what was going on

      and using her own photo for the UUT postcard - well nothing illegal by Henderson surprises me anymore

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  13. That post card alone shows why we need the Sheriffs Department. The current force of misfit ticket writers are not real cops. I for one do Not feel safe in this town with the police force we currently have. Look at the picture people. Time to take a real life assessment. We need a real police force! not overpaid, bad attitude misfits. Where the only claim to frame of our police department is shooting a sleeping man in the butt. than promote the office for doing such a good job.

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  14. A Chuck Berry salute to you Mod, Go Go Go, Johnny GO, Johnny Be Good! ....great sleuthing John!

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  15. Nancy Walsh really screwed this one up. Judging by the shoddy work and strange grammar shown on this card, she had the incapable assistance of Susan Henderson.

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    1. Quite a little echo chamber, those two. Bet they really wound each other up.

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  16. Thank you Tattler, you are a brave person. Some think the Tattler is mean but those who know or can see the truth thank you for this blog. If we forget the past we are destined to relive those mistakes again. Keep the truth coming, PLEASE.

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    1. The truth always sounds mean to the dishonest and corrupt.

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    1. Somebody trying to drum up some interest in their shortcomings.

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    2. He prolly meant to send that comment to ChristianMingle........

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    3. What's love got to do, got to do with it?

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  18. Maybe? Pic? Stats?

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  19. Margie Tucker, on leave from West Covina as their City Finance Director, when we hired her. It was Bart that pushed for her. I saw the fines levied against her and Bart in the city council packet of one of the members of the City Council at the time. It was in the packet for the agenda when Joe Mosca, (who may have voted absentee by the way!--still registered to vote here in SM!) Kurt Zimmerman and Don Watts were seated the night there was the sad sack performance of Tonya Torres taking a bow as she left the podium, along with two others (one termed out, one incumbent who decided not to run again, and her, not reeleted as an incumbent). That was quite a night.

    On another note, this is the first year in my forty plus years of living in Sierra Madre that no incumbent ran for re-election. Two had logical, acceptable reasons (Chirs and Josh) but Nancy? Just a big fade off, stage left, stage right, she couldn't tell you if you asked.

    And furthermore, be very careful when you vote: do not bubble in any more than three (if you put in Neil or his gal pal Nelly) only bubble the MAXIMUM OF 3 bubbles or your ballot will be voided. Voided!!!!

    Here is my plan: NO on uut. Bubble the names of Denise AND Rachelle. And leave the other space blank. Because blank is what it is!!!

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    1. I'm adding Neil cause I would rather see Neil get more votes than Goss or Green

      and it sends a clear message to Walsh, Henderson, Harabedian and Buchanan/Doyle

      we'd rather a pig get elected than have their group involved in the city any longer

      but thanks for the reminder, I will vote NO, Denise,Rachelle and Neil

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    1. Wrong stop, 1:51. You want the MVNews. And be sure that Susan Henderson's contribution to the yes campaign gets reported, will ya?

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    2. No On Measure UUT. 2012, 2014, and the next time as well.

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  21. The Mountain Views News ran photos of our police and firemen in an ad supporting Measure UUT. Since this is our adjudicated paper, and as such receives taxpayer money, will the city launch an investigation? It was illegal.

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    1. how dare you question the integrity and eithics of Susan Henderson, her judgement is beyond reproach

      ....my meds are wearing off

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    2. no, of course not the city will launch an investigation

      but maybe the next Council will opt to put legal notices online and save the city some $

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    3. I saw Susan talking to space aliens the other night. They were delivering the Yes On UUT postcard.

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  22. so, Nancy Walsh is going to plead ignorance?

    how appropriate

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  23. The city won;t do anything. We pay them millions of dollars in taxes every year so they can hire lawyers to hide behind. All they want is more and more money for their pensions. No On UUT. This has to stop. Now.

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  24. Haven't you people heard? The PD and Fire guys have a new job. They're tax models.

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    1. Tax tramps.

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    2. If the mayor says the chiefs' images can be used in a tax ad, why can't they be used for other things as well? I'm thinking of starting a company called Two Chiefs Beer. The beer that's an emergency service for when times get tough.

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  25. all we have to do to hire the pasadena police is create mail with these fat ugly Sierra Madre cops on one side and some slender handsome pasadena cops on the other side and send it to women with the caption "who do you choose?"

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    1. That picture is kind of embarrassing.

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  26. If there is an investigation, it will be after the election, so it won't change the results one iota. Things are really getting messy, and I suspect Noah Green is in the middle of it.

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  27. An election preview for the Tattlers:

    Turnout will be approximately 10% below 2012’s turnout of 2,956 voters

    predicted absentee voters = 1,200
    predicted precinct voters = 1,450

    1,007 people have already voted absentee through Monday.

    20 more ballots will be received by the city clerk in the mail tomorrow and another 150 absentee and provisional ballots will be dropped off at the precincts tomorrow. These 150 ballots (containing a total of 400 votes for various candidates) will not be counted on election night but will instead be counted approximately a week later. These final 150 ballots will not change the election night results because they will be spread between all four candidates in the approximate proportion of their precinct vote. (Unless Delmar and Green are less than 20 votes apart on election night).

    Of the approximately 2,650 ballots in this election, 450 people will bullet vote (vote for only 1 candidate) or cast votes for only 2 candidates instead of the 3 votes they could otherwise cast.

    Thus, there will be a total of approximately 7,275 votes (cast on 2,650 ballots) spread among the 4 candidates when all is said and done.

    Current models show the following election night results with 6,860 votes to be counted (cast on 2,500 ballots with up to 3 votes each...the remaining 400 votes cast by 150 voters who turn in their ballots at the polls will not be counted on election night):

    based on observed quality of and quantity of campaigning (including Goss’ name recognition from 2 years ago) election night results are projected to be:

    Arizmendi = 1,950
    Goss = 1,825
    Delmar = 1,600
    Green = 1,485

    Despite all the hand-wringing over hit mail last weekend, Green already had essentially ceased campaigning three weeks ago when he stopped sending mail.

    When the absentee results are posted before 9 p.m. both Arizmendi and Goss will have very large leads over Delmar and Green.

    As the precinct results are reported, Arizmendi and Goss will widen their leads over Delmar and Green but not by the percentage margins they will win the absentee vote.

    Final conclusion: Noah largely threw his chance away to defeat Delmar because Noah stopped mailing.
    The revelations regarding Noah’s Facebook photos were a factor mostly because they apparently caused Noah’s supporters, and more importantly Noah himself, to lose faith in his campaign.

    Elaine Aguilar can order the nameplates now.

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    1. Oh Dark Lordy - Over 1,000 families sent in Prop 218 protest ballots during the water rate so-called protest vote. Only one vote per family was permitted. If each household has two voters, that means 2,000 people will vote against Measure UUT. The people who sent in protest ballots are among the most motivated voters in the community. A large portion of what remains doesn't even know where city hall is located.

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    2. The Dark Lord or the Apex Predator. Both monikers excite me.

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    3. Bess of HardwickApril 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Oh, Dark Lord, why do you share your wisdom in such abundance with those who lurk among us and wish us ill?

      Be still, and refrain from sharing your dark secrets.

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    4. Thanks, Martin!

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  28. There are 4,420 families in Sierra Madre containing 8,251 voters.

    Over 75% of those families chose not to protest the water hike, which had a very understandable and much larger economic impact than does the hike in utility taxes proposed by Measure UUT

    However, Measure UUT will lose because basically the same voters that defeated Measure 12-1 in 2012 will also be voting in this election and they are likely to vote against Measure UUT

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    1. I have thought that the 1,000 Prop 218 protest ballots sent to city hall must have been regarded there with extreme trepidation. The 1,000 households against the water rate increase is the kiss of death to Measure UUT. In a 30% turnout election those people will dominate the results.

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  29. Vote YES on UUT.

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