Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mountain Views News Election Losing Streak Continues

LA County Registrar - click here
Paul Tanaka, the scandal plagued former Undersheriff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, certainly did have his local support here in Sierra Madre. With the endorsement of then Mayor Nancy Walsh, Chamber of Commerce President Ed Chen, and then that prestigious nod from the Mountain View News, you'd figure this was a guy who had it going on. But that was not the case last night. This from the L.A. Weekly (link):

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell emerged from Tuesday's election as the overwhelming favorite to be the next sheriff, finishing well out in front in a seven-candidate field.

With most of the ballots counted, McDonnell held 49 percent - narrowly missing the majority needed to win outright. If the results hold up, he will go into a November runoff with former undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who had 15 percent. 

McDonnell presented himself as an outsider who had the experience to clean up the scandals that have plagued the department under Sheriff Lee Baca, who was forced to resign in January. That message appeared to resonate with voters.

"They want a fresh start," McDonnell told his supporters at his election night party at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown L.A. "They want the Sheriff's Department to reach its full potential, to put the shine back on the badge again."

The reason for Paul's party pooping?
Apparently Tanaka supporters were not taking their fellow's dismal showing lightly, and got kind of grumpy with those who tried to stop by the candidate's post-election get-together and cover the big news. Note the cameo appearance of Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce President Ed Chen in the following accounting. Apparently one of the duties associated with being a Tanaka Campaign Manager is also functioning as a campaign event bouncer. The L.A. Weekly continues:

Tanaka barred the media from attending his election night celebration. The Weekly was thrown out of the event, at Cherrystones restaurant in Gardena, within two minutes of arriving.

"It's a private party. What else do we need to explain?" said one Tanaka supporter. "You're trespassing," said another, who identified himself only as a Marine combat veteran.

Ed Chen, Tanaka's campaign manager, said the party was a "very intimate" event, and that Tanaka's supporters were being "protective" of him. Later on, some members of the press were escorted into the restaurant for brief interviews or photos, and then escorted out.

There is no loser quite like a sore loser, I guess.

Last weekend Mountain Views News potentate H. Susan Henderson had given her highly sought after endorsement to Paul Tanaka for Los Angeles County Sheriff. Here is what she had to say:

Obviously this is quite a strenuous exercise in spin, and you really do have to wonder why Ms. Henderson would have gone to all of this trouble. I mean, I suppose you could refer to the wholesale beating and torture of prison inmates as being a "scandal," but somehow that word alone just doesn't have quite have the same flavor.

And rather than this being merely a case of Paul Tanaka staying down with one of his oppressed Sheriff brothers, or him throwing anyone under the bus, it would appear that Henderson's chosen candidate here is as intimately involved in this corruption scandal as any of the deputies currently on trial. Or at least that is what the FBI thinks. This from the Los Angeles Times (link):

Paul Tanaka wasn't surprised to find himself in a room with a group of FBI agents. "I knew this day would come," said Tanaka, then the second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "I hoped it wouldn't."

An FBI agent told him his "name has come up throughout the investigation.... You're a popular guy."

For the next four hours, as part of their investigation into Sheriff's Department corruption, the agents questioned Tanaka on a range of allegations, according to a recording of the November 2012 interview reviewed by The Times. At that time, it appeared that Tanaka's future within the department was dim.

Once considered former Sheriff Lee Baca's heir apparent, Tanaka was facing heavy criticism that he shared responsibility for some of the scandals that have plagued the department. Eventually, Baca forced him out of the department.

You really have to wonder how Sierra Madre's political elite, especially those associated with the Chamber of Commerce, come to select the candidates they do. That this Tanaka endorsement came hard on the heels of Chamber Vice President Noah Green's naked Facebook selfie woes is telling.

Throw in the recent defeat of Measure UUT, which was fiercely supported by both the MVN and those whose causes it endlessly supports, and you can easily see that it really has been a rough couple of years for these folks.

More: Thanks to a reader, we have the Sierra Madre vote for Sheriff

So much for the power of a Mountain Views News endorsement.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

35 comments:

  1. Disreputable candidates supported by a disreputable paper. Makes sense to me.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This Henderson woman certainly does not deserve any respect.
    Watch your wallets.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ed Chen was the campaign manager? He is a busy guy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He might be spread a little thin.

      Delete
    2. He belongs to 4 Chambers in 4 towns, and I believe he is the president of all of them. Plus he works various cities on behalf of Athens, and he is running the disastrous Tanaka campaign. Busy dude.

      Delete
    3. Ed could free up a lot of time by jumping off the Tanaka ship before it sinks.

      Delete
  4. I think it is a good sign that Henderson supported Tanaka. It is apparent that Ms. Henderson has not had any friends or family in the Sheriffs jail. If she had, she would never have support that man. So, the story here is Henderson does not hang around people that are so bad they go to jail. Remember also that it is ok to take tax payers and old peoples money. Oh, that's not quit right, it is against the law to take old peoples money. If the money take is under the disguise of a loan then maybe that is not breaking the law, she would know being she has a law degree.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Off topic...does anyone know what happened at the Neighborhood Meeting on May 22 at City Hall? The city and Heritage Housing Partners presented preliminary plans for three housing units at 186 W. Highland.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That site has had a lot worse projects proposed for it. 3 is not so bad. And the water meters already exist.

      Delete
    2. And more development fees for the City!

      Delete
    3. City Hall is holding a fire sale. Selling everything they can for those fees.

      Delete
    4. Gotta pay for those gold plated CalPERS pensions and PPO medical plans.

      Where do I sign up for my pension?

      Delete
    5. Gotta hurry up and pay for that Goldberg Park "donation" from Enid Joffe's family.

      Delete
  6. The Chamber of Commerce is not for the home owners. They are a chamber designed to promote commerce for the business in the town they are in. Look at the caliber of the people and where they come from and you will find it very unsettling having them trying to promote more business in Sierra Madre. As an example, try having a cheaper trash pick up company come in town and you would not believe how ugly it would get. Think about it and look up the history of trash pick up and who is involved and that's what our city is dealing with. Supporting Tanaka is no surprise to a lot of us.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Are there actually people in Sierra Madre who believe what they read in that paper? There are some nice people who write for it, but the editorials are not balanced.

    ReplyDelete
  8. For all the power of a Mountain Views News endorsement, Tanaka got killed in Sierra Madre.
    Jim McD 815
    Tanaka 218
    http://www.lavote.net/Voter/PDFS/STATEMENT_VOTES_CAST/06032014_COM.pdf

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh look Neel Kashkari beat Tim Donnelly 399 votes to 229 in Sierra Madre. Brown got 872 votes. So goodbye and good riddance Tim Donnelly!

      Delete
    2. Looks like a Mountain Views News endorsement is pretty much the same as the paper. Useless.

      Delete
    3. Three words for you, 11:48:
      Calderon
      Wright
      Yee

      Delete
    4. Mayor of RealvilleJune 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      11:48 here's two more for your hit parade:
      2012 UUT tax hike DEFEATED

      2014 UUT tax hike DEFEATED.

      Delete
    5. How many times has Tim Donnelly been arrested and placed on probation? Twice. Once for trying to smuggle a gun onto an airplane (for which he is still on probation) and once for breaking into someone's home and stealing their stereo.

      Delete
    6. How much did Holden pay for his Assembly Majority Whip job again? Oh yeah, $199,000. So why was that worth so much to the people who gave him the cash to buy it?

      Delete
    7. Donnelly admitted he screwed up. Leland Yee, on the other hand, hasn't admitted he conspired to smuggle automatic weapons in the USA. That would be multiple alleged felonies.

      Didn't stop nearly 200 Sierra Madre voters from casting their vote for Leland Yee for State Controller. No word how many votes Shrimp Boy got.

      Delete
    8. One political analyst said that Yee probably got votes because of name recognition - voters didn't know why they knew his name, but it was familiar.
      The Tattler has got a lot of great quotes on the right border about politics. The one from Winston Churchill is probably the most appropriate.

      Delete
  9. Humm. Statewide McDonnell beat Tanaka by a 3.3 to 1 ratio. But in Sierra Madre that ratio was 3.7 to 1. Who says Susan's endorsement doesn't make a difference?

    ReplyDelete
  10. thong or granny panties?June 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Maybe Susan should take advantage of her experience using the State Party's credit card at Victoria's Secret and shift from political endorsements to underwear recomendations.

    ReplyDelete
  11. the president of the Chamber of SM should be a business owner in SM, not a sales rep from a vendor

    it's appropriate that a garbage rep is endorsed by Henderson and Walsh for the Chamber

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The business owners don't give a hoot about the chamber.

      Delete
    2. Too bad. Carol Canterbury, Nancy Walsh and Noah Green have deep business wisdom.

      Delete
    3. Read your Buxton report again and shut up. The answers are all in there, Nancy Walsh said so.

      Delete
    4. Caterbury, Walsh and Green - now those are indeed pillars of society and business

      I still chuckle about him when I see Noah about town.

      Delete
    5. How many empty stores will it take before the word "commerce" is finally removed from "chamber of"?

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

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Charming syntax.

      Delete
    2. Every once in a while one of those damn things sneaks through. These get sent out by the millions to blogs and web addresses all over the world. Done in order to drive traffic to their awful websites. Doesn't matter what the website is about (this one discussed cutting hair), the idea is increase hits so their advertisers have to pay them more. I get about 50 like that one every day.

      Delete