Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pasadena Star News: Sierra Madre Utility Tax Opponents Cry Foul Over Questionable Mailer

The Chiefs
This article is now available on the Pasadena Star News site, and you can access it by clicking here. The controversy over a possibly illegal "Yes On UUT" postcard, the product of Mayor Nancy Walsh's personally selected committee dedicated to raising utility taxes here by 25%, continues to grow. It will be featured prominently in today's Pasadena Star News, our local daily newspaper of record. This from the PSN article:

 Carroll Wills, spokesman for a statewide firefighter labor organization that represents about 30,000 front-line responders, California Professional Firefighters, said city ordinances vary. Yet he said it’s generally not considered proper to have uniformed personnel in any kind of political mailer.

“In most municipalities, it’s not lawful — or at a minimum — it’s against municipal policies,” Wills said. “It’s not something we would ever counsel our affiliates to do no matter who took the photo. In our view … to use the color of public office to promote a political cause one way or another, even if the photo was taken by a newspaper … it’s a line we would not have our members cross because it confers an endorsement from the department.”

In 2012 then-City Council candidate John Harabedian sent a campaign postcard of himself and two police officers in full uniform. The city conducted an internal investigation.

No one blurred or photoshopped any official city insignia from the photos used for the “Yes on Measure UUT” postcard.

You have to wonder whether the people responsible for this "Yes On UUT" postcard really understood what it is they were playing with. For the supporters of Measure UUT this controversy couldn't have come at a worse time.

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77 comments:

  1. It is shocking that the mayor would abuse our police and firefighters this way. And with pictures from our 9-11 memorial no less.

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    1. We will need the Fire Department today because the UUT is going down in F L A M E S.

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    2. Just like in 2012.

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    3. nothing surprises me what Nancy Walsh will do - she has berated volunteers and gave out special favors because in her own words "because she can"

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    4. I'm sure Walsh has no comment for the article or Henderson will neither

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    5. nancy Walsh, the Red Queen...

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  2. Walsh acted to pit public safety employees against at least 50% of the population. What a completely corrupt act. When the new council is sworn in they shouldn't give Walsh even a moment of recognition.

    The failure to place a return address on the piece is a 100% violation of FPPC regulations. You can call the FPPC at 800-561-1861 and make an anonymous complaint.

    If you want to make a written complaint here is the form:

    http://www.fppc.ca.gov/%5C/enforce/complaint_form.pdf

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    1. I read the Star News article this morning. Elaine says she did not "authorize" or "approve" the mailing. I'd like to see her answer one more question: Did she know about the mailing in advance?

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    2. Elaine is a lair!!! She is one hundred percent behind this.. It is Elaine and her cronies that benefit..,No one else. It is always about the money... & Elaine wants it, all of it... Seirra Madre the smaller version of the City of Bell

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    3. hope the Star News follows up - sort of embarssing that they allowed her off the hook

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    4. I hope the FBI follows up.

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  3. Walsh combines arrogance with an incredible ignorance of how our city works. She just blew up whatever shred of hope UUT supporters might have had.

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  4. Save April 29 on your calendar. That is the day the new council will be sworn in and Nancy Walsh expects to be honored for her "service". Instead, the council chambers should be packed with people booing Walsh and demanding she apologize to the firefighters and police for her disgraceful political use of their 9/11 Memorial photo.

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  5. Mayor Walsh has cheapened one of the truly profound things this city has to offer. Our salute to the victims of terrorism. Shame on you, Nancy.

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    1. Ms Walsh and Elaine are as close as two peas in a pod. I find it hard to believe that Elaine was not aware of the infamous postcard. I think the mayor is taking the hit for City Hall.

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    2. The city of Sierra Madre is the town of fraud. It is run by a carpet bagger that have been involved with the largest fleece of our town since the Troll and his minions hired her. Elaine needs to be fired!!!

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    3. and shame on those that elected Walsh and continue to support her

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  6. Or possibly April 22. I for one will be showing up to boo her loudly no matter what the day.

    Later this week the city will get a public records act request for all of Nancy Walsh's emails.

    And Nancy? You better not start deleting emails because destroying a public record in this state is a felony.

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    1. she'll take you out!

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  7. Actually, save Tuesday, April 22. I think a room full of folks sitting n complete silence as Mayor Nancy takes her final bow would be just perfect.

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    1. That would be a class act. No jeers, no cheers. Just silence.

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    2. Better than that would be for everyone in the room to stand up and turn their back.

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    3. boos would be as classless as Walsh has been
      silence is golden

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    4. Turning backs would be good. Very Amish. I think it is called "shunning."

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  8. thats not classy...its wimpy and passive aggressive. these people need to be cruelly mocked and ridiculed...they fear it like a vampire fears a cross. BOOOOOO

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  9. Late word comes that Gene Goss has loaned his campaign $2,500 and has hired Walking Man out of Los Angeles (no outside political operatives right Gene?) to hang Goss door hangers tonight and tomorrow morning.

    Be prepared to hear a rustling at your door in the dark tomorrow morning.

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    1. If Green beats the Mumbling Mortician I for one would laugh loud and long.

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    2. I got my Goss door hanger Monday afternoon.

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    3. Way to go, Goss. Exploiting minimum wage workers for your gain.

      I expected better from you, Gene. I was wrong.

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    4. Goss doesn't deserve to be on the Council nor does Green - both are Walsh/Henderson candidates

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  10. There is nothing to laugh about if Green wins or even comes close. It is a referendum on our inability to completely crush and destroy an enemy such as this.

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    1. leave your 3rd choice blank or write in a candidate but vote for neither Goss or Green

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  11. And we wonder why the politicians are always smiling.

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  12. Ding dong the witch is dead. It's been 4 years of pure hell.

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    1. exactly why we should have 2 year terms

      imagine 4 years of Goss or Green

      Goss came in last place in the last election and by default may get elected

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  13. Nancy Walsh's final big failure happens today.

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  14. Walsh is an embarrassment to all of Sierra Madre who has integrity. She didn't run this election because she knew we could take her out.

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    1. and Walsh endorsed Green and Goss

      leave your 3rd choice blank

      or write n a viable candidate

      or Neil the Pig

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  15. Walsh, as mayor, used the PD and FD to get more money out of the community. This is the worst council Sierra Madre has had in many a year.

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    1. and we have Harabedian, Cappicocca and probably Goss on the next one

      it isn't getting any better

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  16. It doesn't get any lower for Walsh or anyone else who was involved than to exploit that 911 photograph for political purposes. It reveals the extent to which they are willing to go to get their way - even breaking the law. What a disgrace. There should be an investigation to see if there is any link to city employees like Elaine. If there is a link, they should be fired. We cannot tolerate this kind of corruption in Sierra Madre. That's how a town turns into the city of Bell.

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    1. Nancy Walsh is incapable of shame.

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    2. hey, don't forget that Susan Henderson is part of this - she gave Walsh the photo

      slimy

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    3. So according to Nancy and Susan you can use pictures of our PD and FD in any way you want?

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    4. I'm thinking of opening a pet food company called Two Chiefs Dog Chow. I'll put that picture of them on the bag.

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  17. Can you think of a worse run campaign than that put together by Green, Goss and the Yes UUT people? One for the record books.

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    1. the civility party was pretty lame
      so was Harbedian, who also endorses Green and Goss and supports the UUT
      and he also said the same lies that is n the postcard

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  18. Enid Joffe sent an email blast out last night. There's six votes right there!

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    1. One of them was to Chris Holden. The other one went to Carol Liu.

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    2. Don't forget Judy Chu!

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  19. enid joffe....tossed out of office for having a nasty aggressive mouth she couldn't keep shut

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    1. don't forget Goldberg park

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    2. Using public funds to buy a park from your sister-in-law. That's the Chicago way.

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    3. That plus sticking the damn fool taxpayers with the bill.

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    4. Don't fret, the General Funds only owes $300,000 to the park fund before the debt is paid off.

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  21. disgraceful and typical of SM

    Walsh/Henderson endorses Goss and Green

    and both were involved in this mailing

    leave your 3rd candidate selection blank

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  22. I just spoke to The Amazing Kreskin he says we should demand a recount?

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  23. I can go to council meetings again. Without Walsh being there I wont get sick.

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  24. Why is Delmar's campaign manager the official "inspector" of one of the polling places?

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    1. Denise was her own campaign manager. Nice try, though.

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    2. If you have a problem with a precinct, you are welcome to come to that precinct and be a poll watcher, the polls close at 8:00 but you can stay while they canvas the ballots and even be at City Hall when the ballots are taken there.

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    3. Yeah, doofus 1:54. Get off yr fat duff and do some work.

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  25. On their masthead, the Mountain Views News claims "Mountain Views News has been adjudicated as a newspaper of General Circulation for the County of Los Angeles in Court Case number GS004724"

    The case summary from the Los Angeles Superior Court website for that case number says "Status: Judgment by Court-Petition Denied 08/02/2000"

    look it up yourself

    https://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/civilcasesummarynet/ui/?CT=CI

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  26. Inspector ClouseauApril 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I don't think she had a campaign manager based on how she ran her campaign.

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    1. Yes, it looks like money will buy the election again this year.

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    2. 2:09 -- Let's all remember this exchange when we have our long hard laugh at your expense later this evening.

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  27. The Mountain Views News masthead also cites case number "GS006989" as the case number adjudicating it as a newspaper of general circulation for Monrovia.

    But that case number is for a civil harrassment lawsuit and has nothing to do with the Mountain Views News.

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  28. I am providing the above MVN info to the Tattler because Susan Henderson decided to get into the arena, falsely accuse people of crimes for telling the truth and helped craft a Yes on Measure UUT postcard that didn't have a return address which is ironically the FPPC violation she falsely accused others of.

    Glass houses susan....glass houses.

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  29. Denise is the only candidate with no out of town connections. Her campaign
    workers are all local residents.
    All the other candidates have questionable connections.
    I wasn't going to vote for any of the candidates, only vote NO ON THE UUT.
    However when I found out this Denise Delmar is working with a small group of honest citizens, and the other people were not? I voted for her. She deserves to win.

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  30. Hey Tattler readers!
    Someone just told me, Bart Doyle has a Yes on the UUT sign and a Noah Green sign in his yard.
    Wow, that's enough to make any decent person leave those two slots blank!!!!!

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    1. Vote No on Measure UUT. Break Bart's piggy bank.

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    2. Give Noah another chance. Tomorrow.

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    3. Hopefully he'll finally find a little time to wash that "Noah Green For City Council" tee shirt he's been wearing everyday.

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  31. On the Pasadena Star News website the article about Nancy Pant's Measure UUT postcard is the #3 most read today.

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