Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gene Goss Is Kind Of A Funny Dude

Really?
"We have two fine candidates. I don't know either one of them." - Gene Goss

Mod: A few interesting things happened at last night's City Council meeting. I am not going to get into very much of that today because I have to get up early tomorrow, and it is almost 1 AM as I am typing this. If I don't get my five hours of shut eye I'll be a little less than functional at work tomorrow. Which is probably OK. I do work in the music business. It's not like I'll be operating on anyone's brain or anything.

The one thing I would like to share with you today is what happened when the City Council selected a new member for the Community Services Commission. Most of the City Council supported the obviously more qualified of the two people under consideration. Gene Goss did not, and ended up casting the only vote for the other candidate. We're going to try and explain that.

Here is how the winning candidate for that Community Services Commission seat, Debbie Sheridan, presented herself at last nights's City Council meeting.

Good evening Councilmembers.  Congratulations Mayor Harabedian on the birth of your son.  Thank you for giving me a second opportunity to speak about my  qualifications for Community Services Commissioner. 

At the July 8 meeting, I let you know about my 27 year involvement with Sierra Madre Little League, Pony and Colt League, girls’ softball, Manager of the Dapper Diner, AYSO, LaSalle Parents Board, Athletic Boosters, and writing articles for the Sierra Madre News and Sierra Madre Weekly, as well as serving as liaison to the Pasadena Star News sports editor.  I mentioned my four year involvement in serving on the General Plan Update Steering Committee.  I coordinated the Outreach Team, which helped the paid consultants with many tasks and provided the publicity for our three Town Hall Forums.  My subcommittee developed and administered the community wide survey.  Tonight I’d like to mention the other local activities I’ve participated in, as well as adding detail to my application for this position.   

I have an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing.  I was an Assistant Professor and taught Marketing, Market Research, Accounting, Income Tax, Business Management, and Ethics.  As an IRS Agent, I audited the tax returns, legal documents and financial statements of small businesses.  I was promoted to the Review Staff, and reviewed other Agents’ work for correct administration of the tax law and technical correctness.

I’ve marched in the Fourth of July parade several times, my favorite being with the Friends of the Arts.  I was an easel, and was painted on down the parade route.  I also marched for the dog park, which shortly afterward became a reality.  I have served on two committees that are part of the Community Services Commission.  As part of the SM3TV committee, Illona Volkman and I reviewed the SM3TV contract, and reported our findings to the committee.  I was on the Art Review Board for four years, and am currently a member of the Friends of the Arts.  I have helped with the Friends of the Library Wine Tasting, Concert in the Park, making and selling confetti eggs on the Fourth of July.  

I played softball in our adult softball league.  We were the Madres and Padres.  About ten years ago, I formed a soccer team, Haute Pink, to compete against much younger women.  It took us a year before we scored a goal, but not only is the team still going strong, an article about us was on page 1 of the California section of the Los Angeles Times.  I have been profiled as Volunteer of the Week in The Mountain View News.

My experience and involvement gives me the expertise to assess contracts and budgets, write articles for the local newspapers, develop surveys and assess the needs of all members of the community.  I’ve worked with City staff as Deputy City Clerk, and on committees, and have learned about the organizational structure of the City. 

I’d like to mention that I’ve had the opportunity to live elsewhere and have benefited from the exposure of living in other cities, other states, and other countries.  

Once again, thank you for this opportunity. 

Others in attendance at last night's City Council meeting also spoke on Debbie's behalf.  
Here is how the candidate that Gene Goss voted for represented himself. Keep in mind that Mr. Loera did not show up at last night's City Council meeting, nor did anyone but Gene speak on his behalf. Instead all we have is the following application.


That is it. About as minimal an effort as you can possibly make. You can only wonder why he even bothered to try.

So why did Goss vote for the candidate who not only has done very little, but also showed that he didn't feel he needed to work very hard to get the gig? Here is how one poster put it last night.

That commission is comprised of intelligent and highly independent people who do not kowtow to City Hall. Instead they do what they think is right for the community. For the people Gene Goss represents that is a bad thing. They want people who will do what the City Manager tells them to do.

Works for me. The only thing I would add is to follow the money. City Hall wants to monetize everything it possibly can. Those belonging to the Community Services Commission would rather do what is right for the people of Sierra Madre. And Goss, as something of a L.A. County political machine kind of a guy, only cares about keeping the unions happy.

Speaking of which, we'll get into that somewhat inaccurate UUT presentation city staff put on in our next post. But I would like to leave you with this reader comment, which was posted here late last evening.

I'm completely irate about the way Gene Goss addressed Rachelle and Denise about their remarks about the future budget and the way it can be changed without employee reduction. He clearly has an issue with women smarter than he is. Good for Rachelle for putting him in his place - very politely. I'm also worried that Capoccia has mentioned such drastic cuts as closing the library. If you want to see a public uprising, just try that one on for size. 

I think Delmar and Arizmendi are on the right track about reorganization of departments, and the fact that the projection of the deficit may not be as large as predicted. Combine the two and problem solved.

You really do have to start wondering what troubles the guy. That and who exactly is feeding him all of the nonsense he so obviously believes.

But that is a topic for tomorrow. At least for me.

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57 comments:

  1. Gene stated that his main goal during his time on council is to make sure all the city sidewalks are in good condition. well, I think he needs t stick to that as he is obviously not qualified to comment or act on anything else

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    1. I'm sure his students in his Political Science classes at Long Beach City College are scratching their heads and thinking, "this dude is grading us?"

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  2. Gene has no idea what he got himself into. He lacks the social skills or the personality to advocate for the kinds of things he wants. The truth is city hall is a self-interested money hog, and that gravy train has run off the tracks. He is going to try and stand in the way, but all it will do is make things worse for his side. The people of Sierra Madre did Gene no favors when they elected him.

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    1. nor did we do any favors to the people of SM when we elected him

      then again, our only other choice was Noah Green, another lawyer who wants to play politician

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  3. If Gene Goss said that he doesn't know either of the candidates, wouldn't he then simply look at their qualifications and look at the one candidate who took the job seriously enough to show up at the city council meeting last night. If you don't know either of the candidates, doesn't that make sense. What else are you supposed to rely on. You really have to question his judgment. Did he offer any reasons why he voted for the other candidate?

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    1. guess he thought it'd be funny

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    2. wait, you mean you didn't question his judgement when he accepted, but said he would not take any outside endorsements and contributions when he ran for Council?

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    3. Goss was against outside union money, then he was for it, then he was against it. Follow?

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  4. It is simply inexplicable as to why he would vote of a candidate he doesn't know, doesn't have any qualifications and didn't bother to even show up to the meeting. It would be better for Gene if he had said this is my cousin and vote for the other person on that basis. At least, he would have a reason. Every other city council member was able to make the obvious choice. Gene may want to be a maverick on some issues but that was was the one to to make a statement about.

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    1. he's just voting like we all do in our own Council elections

      we end up voting in lawyers just cause they are lawyers, like that's impressive?

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  5. Gene's reasons for voting for Loera: 1. He is a 40 year resident (must mean he has never lived anywhere else) 2. He played Little League here (I guess he really learned a lot as a 12 year old) 3. He has a newborn who will avail himself of the services (in the four years he'd be on the Commission? What community services are used by a baby?) I feel that I should emulate Dave Barry's words here when he wrote about preposterous events - I am NOT making this up!

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  6. The candidate spelled "acheive" incorrectly.

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  7. Gene Goss should not get vilified every time he takes an opposing view on things. But at least have some semi-valid reason for making a decision. When you say you don't know of them and then vote for the person with no gualifications and doesn't bother to show up for the vote, something is amiss.

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    1. it is my understanding that the council members contact applicants for commissions to talk with them before the decision is made at the council meeting. they either call them on the phone and chat, meet for a cup of coffee, or at lest send emails back and forth. do you think Gene did any of this?

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  8. One of the highlights for me last night is when Barbara Leigh pointed out that there were two SMPD guarding the proceedings from the back of the room. She asked the City Council how much that cost, and if it is the kind of belt tightening this city needs.

    Obviously the two PD were there to prevent the 10 or so 60 years old plus in attendance at this meeting from rioting.

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    1. our PD is a really tough unit

      racking up them pension hours

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    2. If it's the Chief or Captain, they don't get overtime.

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    3. Chief was in his usual corner seat. Back to the wall gunslinger style. Two officers were standing by the door. Not seated and looking very on duty.

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  9. Goss is the male Nancy Walsh.

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    1. Walsh's front yard has better landscaping.

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  10. Gene Goss is a union hack. The thought of this man teaching anyone anything, and getting paid for it, plus getting a pension, nauseates me. He is what's wrong with the country.

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  11. We live in a small community it is called compassion.

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    1. True compassion is doing the very best things possible for the community. It is not just giving things away with no regard for the greater good.

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  12. De Alcorn nailed it when he spoke as Director of Volunteer Services. He said that he knew one candidate and was friends with the father of the other, so he "had no dog in this fight." He said that what he was concerned about was the process of selecting the best candidate. Well, Councilmember Goss, I'm sure you've given Mr. Alcorn nightmares by your vote!

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  13. If I were to apply for a volunteer position and it was awarded to a better candidate I would appreciate at least 1 vote in my favor and not to be unanimously rejected. That is all I am trying to say. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
    ― Plato

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    1. When everybody gets a prize, nobody wins.

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    2. It's not a contest.

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    3. It's politics. It is a contest. And the compassion ploy is politics as well.

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    4. Have moicy!!

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    5. maybe with her IRS experience, Debbie can audit city hall?

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    6. Council never voted to confirm Sheridan. That way Johnny didn't have a vote on his record against Loera.

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    7. It's OK to get zero votes if you're nowhere close to being the best qualified candidate.

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    8. It is a "civic duty" not a contest, not politics,not a game.

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    9. Thanks for the politics.

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    10. You're welcome. Same time next Council meeting?

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  14. Mod,
    When you say Goss is a Funny Dude, do you mean funny sad or funny ha ha?

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  15. Look, maybe Gene felt sorry for the guy and gave him one throw-a-way vote as a courtesy. If that was his reason, that's ok. He knew the guy wouldn't win anyway so its hard to know why he wouldn't jump on the bandwagon and support Deb Sheridan. That is the only reason I can think of for him voting the way he did.

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    1. Maybe you feel sorry for Gene.

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    2. Give Gene another chance!!

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    3. No more chances, he's a fool and an embarrassment on the council

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    4. I agree with 12:30, 12:01. He IS a fool and and embarrassment on the Council, and showed it with his "I'm voting for Loera because he has a newborn" rationale. Although I didn't vote for him, I was hoping he'd actually do a decent job on the Council, that he couldn't possibly be worse than dancing Nancy, but he is certainly on a par with her idiocy and her "We put you in and we can take you out speech," to the General Plan Update Steering Committee volunteers.

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    5. Good point 10:44, and it's possible - more likely that someone behind the scenes schmoozed him. Even so I have reserved judgement about Goss until he's tested by more over-development issues.

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  16. Many citizens have applied for a commission only to have someone else chosen for the seat. What most of us do is apply the next year or actively participate without having a place on the commission. For Goss to "hang tough" on his vote for Loera was embarrassing. By the way, did anyone hear a motion to formally appoint Debbie? I didn't.

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    1. The Mayor washed his hands of the whole deal. Gene wasn't quite as nimble.

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  17. Question: Would you pay City Staff $72.50 an hour to work at your party?

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  18. Sierra Madre is very lucky to have a candidate interested in the "Community Services Committee" at the level Debbie Sheridan brings to the job. I have known Debbie for a long time and she is a marvel of persistance and good humor doing the tasks that will make our City a better for all of us. I would support her for this or any other position she would like to tackle. When as you did post Debbie's qualifications constrasted to the scribbled self analysis of the other candidate, you have to wonder why Goss or anyone else would not vote for her and give any sppodrt she needed to make the most of the position. It is truly a "no brainer" Jim Engle

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    1. Thanks Jim. I'm sure you're 100% correct 100% of the time and anyone who disagrees with you has no brain.

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    2. Some truths are more evident than others.

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    3. 3:04, you must be a member of the Civility Party. That would explain your ad hominem attack of Mr. Engle.

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    4. Thanks Jim. You can always be counted on for articulating good common sense.

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  19. We must remember that Goss got the library appointment over Goldstein as a campaign consolation prize.

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    1. Yeah. Joshie and Harbedian railroaded that one through. Come to think of it, how much money did Senor Goss raise for the library?

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  20. I don't think Dave has ever done anything that doesn't benefit him directly

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    1. Loera's app is in ALL CAPS. Is he CAPS GUY?

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  21. Did anyone notice 2closed hearings at the city council last night regarding labor negotiations? What is that all about?

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  22. Loera grew up in this town, played in the parks when he was a kid, and played Little League and Pony baseball in town. I have known him for 25 years, and know him to be a great guy who loves this town. He is well known in town because he has lived here for 40 years. I know Debbie, she is a great lady ad has given a ton to this town, including the general plan. But lets not bash Dave (too much) out of support for Debbie. He also is worthy for the position.

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    1. If he was worthy, how come he didn't tell anybody why? Or show up and speak?

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