Monday, April 14, 2014

The Mountain Views Sore Loser

Not happy.
There seems to be a pattern developing here. For the second election in a row the support of Mountain Views News publisher H. Susan Henderson has not exactly carried the political day. Henderson, as the former Executive Director of the California State Democratic Party, who was canned from her job after it was discovered that she had fibbed repeatedly on her resume' while also using that party's credit card to make purchases at places like Victoria's Secret (link), to this day still imagines herself to be quite the political strategist. As delusional as that may seem.

Here in Sierra Madre, where you'd think that Susan's vast statewide political experience would outstrip anything those darned townies might be able to come up with, things may have changed. For the second election in a row nearly everything Susan touched turned into something you'd hate to find floating in your swimming pool. Her performance as a political strategist having been that bad.

Both in 2012 and 2014 a UUT ballot initiative calling for tax increases she herself loudly supported tanked, along with most of her candidates. Including the one she handpicked specially for this election, an individual who turned out to have an unfortunate penchant for posting very strange selfies of himself on Facebook.

Henderson, like so many people possessing both an outsized ego and meagre abilities, does not enjoy taking the blame for her failures. After all, Susan's value to those who employ her rests on an ability to deliver real election results, especially with tax increase initiatives. Otherwise of what possible use could she be to them?

Now that Susan has overseen two election defeats in a row, there has got to be some discomfort in certain quarters about the value of her services. With the inference being that she has become more of an embarrassment than an asset. And Susan Henderson really has become an embarrassment, and to this entire community. It isn't just the many unfortunate typos and spelling errors in her paper, either.

For the second election in a row, Susan Henderson is now blaming The Tattler for a political defeat that was of her own making. And in the second over-the-top and frankly hysteric "editorial" in her small press run newspaper in a month, my name gets filtered through the dank and airless passages of Susan's cerebral bat cave. Like somehow her failures are all my fault, or that if she blames me there will be someone out there who might actually believe it.

Here are a few of the patently untrue statements found in the latest edition of the Looney Views News, along with my comments:

Henderson: "During this election cycle we had the unprecedented exploiting of personal photos taken by one candidate's wife while they were on vacation."

There is nothing unprecedented about the press picking up on any strange Facebook pictures of a politician running for an elective office. Anything that appears on the Internet is fair game, and if you post pictures of yourself doing lewd and sexually suggestive things, and on a public forum like Facebook no less, people are going to find out. Just ask Anthony Weiner.

Here is what the Pasadena Star News had to say about Noah Green's unfortunate Facebook selfies (link):

Photos showing City Council candidate Noah Green letting loose on a 2011 vacation, and possibly getting naked, surfaced online Tuesday.

The photos were pulled from Green’s and his wife Melanie’s Facebook pages and appeared on the Sierra Madre Tattler blog. They show Green with his mouth between the breasts of a bikini-clad mannequin; Green sitting naked in a hammock holding a beer; and Green stripping at a party. The photos were taken in 2011 while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Miami and Costa Rica, the Greens said.

There is also a screenshot of a Facebook status Green made in 2011, when he was “getting ‘buc’d up’ (with the) townies” at Buccaneer Bar in Sierra Madre after first moving there in 2011.

I am sorry, but those picture were news. They still are. And judging by the thousands of hits received by this blog when I posted those pictures, along with the related Pasadena Star News article that became the #1 most read on their news site that week, people were very interested in seeing them.

Just because the Mountain Views News doesn't like to print very much in the way of actual news doesn't mean the rest of the world should start suppressing important information. Susan Henderson not approving of something is no reason to institute North Korea-style news censorship in the Foothill Village.

Henderson: "… I cannot get over the blatantly called (sic) Gene Goss a liar regarding campaign contributions when it was a well known public fact that Gene never solicited a contribution from the Teachers Union and when they sent him one, he returned it and stated that fact over and over again."

Henderson is referring to a post card that I had nothing to do with. However, that hardly means the authors of that card were wrong. The issue here is that Gene Goss clearly stated on his campaign website that he would never solicit or accept the support of any outside agencies, including labor unions and political consultants. Here are the exact words from his campaign website (link):

PledgeThe trend in recent years of outside organizations trying to influence Sierra Madre politics is unacceptable. Therefore, in the interest of the independence of this town, my solemn commitment to fellow Sierra Madreans is that I will absolutely not solicit nor will I accept any support from political parties, outside political organizations, outside political interest groups, outside political consultants, labor unions, law firms, developers, etc.  

Gene Goss "pledged" that he would not solicit or accept any support from organizations such as labor unions. Yet on this same campaign website he lists the endorsement of the United Teachers of Pasadena.

Support from such an organization is hardly limited to cash contributions. It also comes in the form of campaign publicity, volunteers and favor within the community supporting that organization. All of which are equally beneficial to a candidate running for office. Goss actively pursued this union endorsement, and once it was offered to him, accepted it. Despite his stated claims that he would never accept such support.

There is also the matter of Goss's connection to the criminal Calderon political organization through his campaign treasurer, Yolanda Miranda. Her company being yet another outside interest that he relied upon for support. All of which points to a certain ethical squishiness on Gene Goss's part. Something you should find troubling when considering the kinds of responsibilities that come with the City Council seat he will soon occupy.

Henderson: Sierra Madre has a lot of challenges to deal with. Should the UUT remain defeated, we have to figure out how to keep the town the pristine village that it is. We can't do that if we have council members who refrain from doing the right thing for fear of being (called out) on "the blog" or dressed down in council meeting (sic). 

What Susan is referring to here is John Capoccia's flip-flop on the taxation issue. He ran as a self-styled tax fighter in 2012, and won his seat on the City Council because a lot of people believed John's claim that he opposed utility tax rates that to this day are still the highest in California. John later went back on his promises on that issue and supported the large tax increases called for by Measure UUT. He has taken a lot of criticism in the community because of this, and justifiably so.

Apparently what Susan is saying here is that if a politician breaks a campaign promise, which is about as bad a thing for a politician to do, we should not say anything because it might discourage other people from running for office.

To which I would say that any politician who would promise one thing during a campaign, yet do the complete opposite once elected, should definitely be discouraged from running for office. I know I will do anything I can to help in that effort.

It is also important to remember that in 2012 the people of Sierra Madre voted to sunset our double digit utility tax rates starting next year. Our vote not only counts, it supersedes everything else. The last thing we need is flip-flopping tax happy pols trying to undermine basic democracy.

Henderson's real problem here is that she failed to deliver for her clients in the last two elections. Susan fears that she is quickly becoming irrelevant, that her paper doesn't influence very many people anymore, and she's now lashing out at just about anyone or anything in hopes of diverting attention from the fact that she can't get it done anymore.

Maybe Sore Loser Susan needs to retire from her political consultant gig. Obviously it just isn't working out for her anymore.

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82 comments:

  1. Keep exposing this Susan Henderson fraud, Crawford. More and more people are finding out what a liar and cheat she is.
    She is becoming increasingly unpopular.

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    1. jeez, Susan get a grip on reality. Your newspaper is highly read and quite influencial (shoot a Mountain View spelling errer) and you are one of our top civic leaders

      so how is a lowly blog on the internet have more influence than you?

      oh yeah, it tells the truth

      never let the truth and the facts get in the way of story, according to Susan

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    2. sure Susan, we all are indeed quite sick of your own cancerous behavior

      delusional

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    3. the only elected officials or candidates Susan wants held accountable are those she disagrees with

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  2. My question is of all of the towns for Susan Henderson to land in, how in the world did it happen to end up being Sierra Madre. And then to own the local newspaper to boot. I believe its the same mindset as others who may think they can come into little Sierra Madre filled with a bunch of townies who they think just fell off the turnip truck and try to be a big fish in a little pond. Well, thanks to the Tattler and others, that ain't working out too well. And then for Henderson to try to blame the recent defeat on mean old John Crawford who has the temerity to say when the emperor has no clothes. - literally and figuratively, it just doesn't get any better than this. However, these folks will be back and we have to stay vigilant.

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    1. I've wondered the same thing, how did she end up in a small town like this, which is so unfortunate for all of us? I think she holds the belief that Sierra Madre is a modern day town out of Blazing Saddles, filled with ignorant, hick buffoons that can have the wool pulled over their eyes without difficulty. That element certainly exists here, but I'd like to think it's being phased out. Contrary to that theory is the fact that the UUT measure was shot down by 61% of residents in 2012, but only 51% today.

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    2. Susan sort of stole the paper from the Dunn's - she was supposed to buy them out and defaulted - the Dunn's sued her - won a judgement and she hasn't paid them and the Dunn's moved on, Kevin is in high demand with his acting and Katina produced and directed a documentary and Susan is still peddling her sidewalk smut

      yes the vote was narrow this time but the public will see just how much the yes campaign lied when none of the doomsday scenerios come to pass, like closing the library and that the city will actually be better

      welcome to the real world city hall

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  3. Henderson is a classic bully who enjoys dishing it out, but sobs like an infant when someone calls her on it. Good work, Tattler. Now everyone knows.

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    1. Susan once claimed she was assaulted at a local coffee shop by an "elderly Jewish woman" and of course that was a lie, but Susan wails that she is a victim of bigotry and racism but she dishes out hate like it's on sale at Target

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  4. H. Susan Henderson is irrelevant in Sierra Madre, or any where else on the planet. Please go away Susan, Sierra Madre median IQ will jump 100 points that day.

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    1. hey, she has a law degree or is it two law degrees....so watch out

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    1. she can have a cryfest with Noah

      hopefully Noah will realize that he got sort of screwed over by Susan and Nancy

      so, he's sort of one of us cause they've done that to alot of us

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    2. Noah is a nice guy who was taken advantage of by Walsh and Henderson. I think they promised all the publicity he could get and a guarantee of a win, when it took a knowledge of the City to win the office. If he really wants to be on the Council he should get active in City Government.

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    3. or if he wants to be on the Council, he should know something about the city - lives here 18 months and "has" to run for office

      one of his brilliant ideas was for the city to do something to promote Halloween to bring in visitors and the other was to move a Farmer's Market to Kersting Court

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  6. Susan seems to believe in free speech, but only for herself.

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    1. Best bet is to go in the opposite direction of anything Susan says.

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  7. Reading Hendersons paper turns my stomach. She writes about others all along while she is doing what she is writing about. She is the one running in the political circles around town and bad mouthing people like Crawford. One time she called me out in public and another time at a friends get together. She raised her voice and it became a challenge to just sit there and let her run off at the mouth. All my friends asked why I didn't say anything, told them this was a friends house and her family was around so I would not stoop that low in arguing at a friends get together. In the past Henderson called me a cracker, had to go look that one up in the dictionary, guess if I had spent a little more time in the south I would have known what a cracker was anyway what an insulting person. To sell her side of a story she has to lie and distort the truth as she see's it, she does have trouble seeing the truth.

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    1. Susan is a racist who often referrs to white people as "crackers "

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    2. Susan just uses people

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    3. who believes that if one of the candidates Susan was opposed to published childish party pics of him or herself on the internet that Susan wouldn't attack that person?

      poor Susan, bless her heart, she aint' right in the head

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    4. Why Susan Henderson & Mayor Nancy Walsh would support a misogynist like Noah Green is beyond me.

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    5. 11:07, Noah was gullible and easily persuaded. in his Kiwanis appearance he started crying shamefully and said one of his life's ambitions was to be elected to a political office

      Susan and Nancy just used his ego but he deserved what he got and he alone posted juvenile pics of himself and tried to protray himself as a bigwig lawyer type

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    6. If Noah was punked by those two, it must be because he is new to town. Anyone who has been here a while would have known better.

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  8. Glad I didn't have to go to school with Henderson, bet she was the recess bully. Don't know if she sweet talked or bullied a lot of money out of some seniors in this town. I would bet she has never paid back a dime of any of the borrowed money.

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    1. The rumors are that when Susan Henderson was fired from her big Dem job, it was because the people who worked for her did her in. She apparently was a terrible and mean boss, and they sent the information about that resume' padding and credit card abuse to the newspapers to get rid of her.

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    2. In reality, who ever really wants to work for a constant liar that cannot be trusted.....

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  10. Susan uses her (supposedly objective) newspaper as her bully pulpit to slam opponents and yet she cries foul when the Tattler exposes her for who she truly is. sorry, Susan, you can't have it both ways.

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  11. Advice from Harry TrumanApril 13, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    If you can't take the heat Susan, get out of the kitchen.

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  12. Ok, I understand the headline spin in the MVN "Measure UUT trailing by 56 votes", because it is Susan, after all. I guess I also understand the unexplained asterisk*, because it's Susan, and, I guess as I get to the end of this post, I understand the "trailing by 56", too. I mean, if the Yes on UUT get 56 more votes and the No receives zero, wouldn't that make it a tie? Isn't Yes on UUT really trailing by 57 votes?

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  13. I love that baby picture. It is perfect.

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  14. Sounds more like sore winners?
    At least you didn't get accused of "trash picking" this year..........

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    1. How can winners be sore? Winners are happy. Losers are sore. Are you sore?

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    2. I am "comfortably numb"

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    3. Yes, I am sore! We got spanked! Again!

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  15. Promises, PromisesApril 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    if Stumbling Sue really cared about saving the integrity of this town, she would have rallied against the ALF MONSTROSITY that is now our centerpiece.

    as for the rest of her mumbling.... i am probably eligible for the cut-throat plan that would allow some- but not all- of us to get that UUT reduction had it passed. which it didn't, and which it won't. and that cut-throat reduction hardly stopped me from saying NO to the cockamamie thing altogether. NO.

    How difficult is this idea? NO.

    do you get it SUE? NO.

    do ya get it NOAH? NO.

    Goss? Little Big Britches Johnny H? John Dostoyevsy Coppacia?

    are you hearing us yet? NO.

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    Buc Naked lost the election because he climbed up the townie ladder really fast due to the impetus of his EGO driven by the whispers of Nancy the chicken lady. it's not OUR fault that the doofus didn't clean his facebook and left it WIDE OPEN even AFTER the story broke. that's because he didn't know what he was doing.

    not the fault of anyone but himself.

    Looking for someone to BLAME instead of accepting FULL RESPONSIBILITY for one's own FOLLY doesn't set the kind of example i seek in a DECISON MAKER.

    Buc blew it. Had he JUST SAID NO TO THE UUT he would have won my full support, and I STILL WOULD HAVE LAUGHED AT THOSE GOOFY PICTURES while coloring in the box next to his name.

    i may be a TOWNIE but don't mistake that for a FOOL.

    close the library, close the parks, stop watering the grass at the fire station and close city hall. check it out: I DON'T CARE. You aren't scaring me with all of that rhetoric.

    Stop talking and SHUT IT ALL DOWN,

    the sun will still come out. i promise.



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    1. Shhhhh.... Too LoudApril 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      it's Sunday.

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    2. Palm Sunday btw

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  16. Susan's biggest problem is that she just isn't all that smart. Despite all of her bogus claims of advanced educational honors, I doubt she even graduated from high school. Who else is more impressed by educational credentials than the person who does not have any?

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    1. Good point 9:00am

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    2. Lying about having degrees you never earned is sad and pathetic.

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  17. One problem with having only 4 people running for 3 city council seats is Susan Henderson could only lose once.

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    1. I believe that one of the reasons people won't run is because that if you aren't pro-development or part of the realtor crowd (Henderson's biggest advertisers), Susan will lampoon you in her paper

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    2. Susan is guilty of everything she accuses the Tattler of doing. She's a few nuts short of a Snickers bar.

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  18. Save the trees, save the planet. Put city legal ads on the internet instead.

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    1. the city should do this and then instruct the city attorney to make it happen

      the newspaper lobby is a ghost of it's former past

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  19. Susan's credibility is null and void given the checks she receives from the city. Any fool can see that a serious conflict of interest is in place with respect to her publication. She would never go against the will of the greedy city employees that want to fully gouge the residents, but set themselves up with abundantly generous benefits and pensions that those of us in the private sector will never come close to experiencing for ourselves. Just imagine getting to the height of your careers and then locking 60-70% of that pay scale in for the rest of your life, long after you've retired. Even worse for public safety (fire, police, etc.), which is 90% of the biggest year. These public employees have the biggest ponzi scheme in the history of the country going and unlike the lottery, these bi-weekly payments never run out.

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  20. check the court cases she cites in her masthead as authority for being an"adjudicated" newspaperof general circulation

    one of the cases cited is a phony and another shows that the motion was DENIED

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

    go there and put in her case numbers she cites in the masthead of her paper and u will see

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  21. all you gotta do is when you see Susan's paper out, pick up 10 copies and bring home with you and toss in recycle

    certainly the paper is printed on biodegradable paper so it could be tossed in the trash so do that

    it's already compost as soon as it's printed

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  22. maybe Josh Moran was right back when a local paper was printing pro-Measure V editorials and he called for a boycott of advertisers

    boycott all the realtors that advertise in her paper

    if I was selling a house and a realtor placed an ad in it cause it's easy, I'd question their placement

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    1. Right, 10:00 am. Stoop to the level of the DIRTS and the Mtnviewsnews. Boycott the advertisers. Right down there with Josh Moran. Shame on you. It's your choice what businesses you shop at and where you distribute your hard earned dollars. Fine line between exercising your democratic (small "d") rights and denying a business their's.

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    2. I think a person has the right to base their judgement on any factor that works for them. I have not boycotted any businesses in town, but having seen someone's ad in the MVN has made me think twice about doing business with that person. It is an automatic and natural reaction. It is bad enough that my tax money goes into that woman's pocket.

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    3. Um... seeing ad in the MVN? But that implies you have read or are reading the MVN... Maybe you should have a long talk with yourself about what drivel you are reading...

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    4. If you don't read drivel you're missing out on 95% of the news.

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  23. all Susan is doing is giving creditablity to the Tattler and less to her own paper

    mindboggling how simple she is

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  24. ahem, Goss returned the campaign contribution AFTER he was called out on it and he still accepted the endorsement

    so, he did sort of lie didn't he? no wonder Susan endorsed him

    of course with Susan she has a different set of ethics which she lives by

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    1. Goose had to go through at least 2 steps to get the Teachers' Union endorsement:
      1. Fill out an application
      2. Interview

      Lemme think about this. Goose said he didn't want outside groups influencing the campaign. Then he applies and interviews.

      Yep, that's a lie.

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    2. Maybe it is a rite of passage for candidates from that side of the equation. The test is to tell some really big whoppers, and then act like there is nothing wrong when people ask you about them. If you pass that test you get to become a member of the John Buchanan Blowhard Society.

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    3. not a lie according to Susan and she's an expert

      that postcard probably did more harm that good in the public - probably got Goss some votes out of spite

      how long before he tries to undermine the NO vote?

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    4. My guess is Capoccia, Harabedian and Pinocchio Gene will try and get the UUT back on the ballot soon. It will cost the city even more money, but what do they care?

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    5. 11:44 - No, the card was a warning shot. Candidates like Goss need to be spanked for their lies. Every claim on the card was backed up with proof. Look it up for yourself instead of armchair quarterbacking after the fact.

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    6. Holding the feet of politicians to the fire is important. Of course, they don't like that.

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    7. Capoccia is a good example. He was "against" the UUT increase before he was "for" it.

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  25. Susan is right in her own twisted logic but her aim is off

    those that care about the city need to continue to speak up and push back regardless of being attacked and ridiculed in the sidewalk rags like she publishes herself

    or in fear of being "dressed down" in a Council meeting, I guess she is referring to Nancy Walsh who took multiple opportunities to insult and "dress down" residents because she had the bully pulpit

    Susan is a just a plain old bully

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    1. In Susan Henderson's world, her side is the only one who gets free speech.

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    2. Susan lost, and now she's crying about it. Boo hoo how sad.

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    3. Susan at least is very open about her bias. What was disturbing was the whisper campaign that was going on with the seniors, the realtors, and the MaryAnn/Crawford haters. Mighty disturbing to hear someone say "I would never vote for anyone who is a friend of MaryAnn." And that is what the town gossip was saying right up to and after the election.

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    4. I would never vote for someone associated with Susan Henderson. I would automatically assume that person doesn't have my best interests in mind.

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  26. If you ever need to list a house for sale in Sierra Madre and want a realtor with a history in this town I have a suggestion: make the acquaintance of the great old-timer whose mother was the last cook at Lizzy's Trail Inn. He grew up living next door in the Richardson House (this is at the Mt Wilson Trail). He is there on Saturday mornings when the little museum is open from 10 a.m. to noon. Maurice Orme is his name and he and his wife are the best! Formerly at an Arcadia office, now in Pasadena.

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    2. Actually I kind of liked that post. But I didn't like yours. Go figure.

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    3. Sorry I'm just a little ticked off because I thought this was the one place to discuss issues with out some person acting like a greasy used car salesman trying to sell something. We all have our opinions about where people should shop, what apples we should buy, etc. Why should this blog become the sounding board for such things?
      Possibly even worse, why are you now endorsing a Realtor?
      If a comment exists here it does so by your allowance, or creation like God himself, so why pray tell? Do you now "like" that Advertisement?

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  27. Anyone BUT Canterbury!

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  28. Thanks for leaving this up Crawford.
    Even more people will read and hear about it.
    Susan needs to be treated as the disgrace she is, to everyone in this town. Liar, cheat, deadbeat, con artist. Only thing I can say for Harriet Susan Henderson is that she is a damn good con-artist. How many of you seniors and others has she conned out of money. How many of you has she never paid what she owes? How many of you has she lied to.
    I'll betcha it's a damn lot, but most of her suckers don't read the Tattler.
    Challenge to our Tattler fans, print this article and give it to a chump you know, someone who thinks Henderson is a nice lady.

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  29. mr. Tattler, are you ok? There is no new blog post this morning.

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    1. Got home late and took the night off. Besides, I kind of like the post that is up there now. Has a nice flow to it. We will resume our normal publishing schedule tomorrow morning.

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  30. Don't you think Henderson is just one person in a group that is doing more than just living here, that group is trying to profit off our little town of Sierra Madre. Follow the money is apparent in all the problems of preserving our peaceful way of life here and water is just one of many mismanaged areas that keeps calling out for more money, that's our tax money were talking about. People are hoping this new blood on city council will work together in preserving our town and improving performance on the TAX money being spent. A majority of us love this small town living we have here but some people want to change that and Henderson is just one of the for profit group fighting us.

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    1. I'm curious. What do you think I owe you? I could pull this whole thing in a heartbeat, and then what would you have? You going to do it?

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    2. The voters of Sierra Madre just improved the performance of the "TAX" money. We'll be sending less of it downtown.

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  31. Susan said Goss told us over and over that he gave back the $ and he wasn't endorsed by a union

    Susan also subscribes to her own theory that if you say something, including her own lies, over and over, regardless of the facts and truth, that the lies become the truth according to Susan

    like her telling us that she had degrees from both Stanford and Ohio State

    Susan doesn't actually dispute that Gene was lying, just that he told us that he wasn't and that is all we need to know





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