Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Mountain Views Mess? Public Hearing On the Water Related Building Moratorium Cannot Be Held at July 22nd City Council Confab Due to Newspaper Foul-Up

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How long do we have to put up with this? Why can't City of Sierra Madre legal notices and other advertising just be posted on this city's website? Improving accuracy and saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars in the process?

The Tattler has now been made aware that because The Mountain Views News failed to run the properly authorized City of Sierra Madre Public Notice advertising for the upcoming Public Hearing on the water related building moratorium question over the weekend, this vital matter, originally scheduled for July 22nd, will not happen on that date.

A 10 days notice for a Public Hearing of this kind must by law be published in an adjudicated paper before any such meeting can take place. By "losing" this ad the MVN has confiscated the public's right to a hearing on the date originally scheduled.

The two August City Council meeting dates were recently shined off so that Councilmembers could take their summer vacations undisturbed by the cares and affairs of Sierra Madre. This extension has to be in place before August 22nd, and with no meetings scheduled until September this matter is now in some doubt.

A special meeting would need to be held, if possible. So far none has been scheduled.

I will update this post as more news becomes available.

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64 comments:

  1. Susan is an evil, thing wearing, pro development genius!

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    1. her influence is wearing thin and her audience is dying off

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  2. Who needs soap operas when it's all happening here in Sierra Madre in real time?

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    1. all we need now is a cop to shoot an unarmed man in the back and later get promoted with a salary bump

      ....oh wait......

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  3. If I were to suggest this was done deliberately, will city hall accuse me of engaging in conspiracy theories?

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    1. this has happened before and the city is just fine with it

      why expect competence from a vendor when it doesn't matter?

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    2. Ah yes, the old conspiracy theory. Did it ever occur to anyone that they are just inept?

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    3. Then let's fire them.

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  4. Was this part of a planned agenda? Is this why we had a unanimous vote on the moritorium etc. ?

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  5. While the Council is scheduling a special meeting to fix this, perhaps they should also schedule a meeting to review legal publishing? I hear the Pasadena Star-News is reliable.

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    1. I have Terry Miller's phone number if anyone needs it.

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  6. From the brilliant mind that gave us Noah Green ...

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    1. Did you know I'm a lawyer? I'm very smart.

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    2. Susan likes to tell some people she is a lawyer. Especially older residents. Maybe you two can start a law firm? You could call it Poole Pants.

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    3. Another gold letter day for the Chamber of Commerce.

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    4. hey leave Noah alone. We all know that he really really really really wanted to be elected to something

      sniffle...sniffle...snifflee...boo hoo Noah

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    5. If Noah runs again, we can start a Kleenex drive
      (sniff)

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    6. oh Noah will run again cause he desperately wanted to be elected to something for validation of his life's ambition

      just hope it's somewhere else

      I'll never vote for another lawyer on the Council, cept for Kurt or maybe a female attorney but she'd be too busy with real legal work, we keep getting lawyers with tons of free time to be our $400 a month Councilmembers cause they want to play politician

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    7. $250 a month

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  7. John,
    I don't know how ya do it, but this photo has given me the laugh of the day. I wonder if the guy is reading the Mountain Views News?

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  8. This was done deliberately in order to give the developers more time to prepare their case against a building moratorium. I would not be surprised if money changed hands. Is law enforcement looking into this?

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    1. It is a pretty huge coincidence, friend.

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    2. Somebody call the FBI.

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    3. Jack Bauer can look into it, after he gets back from Russia.

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  9. "I see the train a comin', comin' down the track..."

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    1. "And I ain't see the sunshine since I don't know when..."

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    2. I think it is more like the children's song:
      Peanut sitting on a railroad track, his heart went flutter, flutter.
      Along came a choo-choo train, toot toot, PEANUT BUTTER!

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  10. When Henderson is involved, incompetence is always a possibility.

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    1. So is corruption.

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    2. True enough - but in this case, I think sloppy work. Because it's actually better for resident participation to have one specialized meeting than it would be to get people out for hours of droning.

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  11. "whoopsies" like this are SO convenient

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    1. You have to adk yourself this. Who does it help? The developers and the city unions.

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    2. Disagree 9:18.
      It helps the residents have the one meeting which is all about the one issue.

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  12. Find out if the Pasadena Star-News can take the ads

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    1. Susan will argue that the Pasadena Star News isn't local and doesn't have her circulation.

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    2. Bet they'd match the MVN rates.

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    3. Nobody knows Susan's circulation numbers because she refuses to share them. Nor do we know her press run. I suspect the reason this is so is because Susan's numbers do not come close to what is required for legal adjudication.

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    4. advertisers have the right to know circulation numbers but the paper doesn't have a circulation

      all Susan has to do is provide a notarized print invoice which is commonly done by noncirculated papers

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    5. Then why doesn't she do that?

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  13. a simple mistake by Susan

    like the simple mistakes of telling many people that she had two law degrees

    or the simple mistake of misusing a corporate credit card and getting fired cause of it

    just an oversight

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    1. If it was intentional, it backfired.

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  14. I wonder when the city places other ads for events etc if the city is charged for that advertising?

    for a antique industry, the newspaper lobby has some empty clout doesn't it?

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  15. after is was uncovered that the city made over $ 18,000 in preplanning the Mt Wilson Trail Race, nothing surprises me anymore

    "they run up Baldwin, make a right turn and then up to Mt Wilson Trail..anything else?".....okay that'll be $ 18,000 for staff time

    only in SM

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  16. did Susan make the mistake or did the city not meet deadline?

    Susan has gotten the paper printed on a Friday for a Saturday distribution

    and the city knows that the copy has to be into the printer by a certain time so the fault lies with the city manager

    for as little as I think of Susan, I don't think she'd pull a legal ad or forget to place it, well maybe but I think the city manager was at fault more than Susan


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    1. I too wonder if the City Manager is behind this devious action?

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    2. someone made the error

      either the ad didn't get to the Mt View News on time

      or the Mt View News didn't insert the ad

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  17. anybody know what the contract amount is for printing city legal notices?

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  18. Susan can hardly call her paper "local" or for SM cause she lists multiple cities in her coverage

    cept SM is the only city she focuses on for editorials or endorsements

    is the Mt View News adjudicated in Aracadia, Duarte, Pasadena? if so, the paper should be able to publish those legal notices also

    gotta remember that the Susan didn't petition for the adjudication, she bought it off Steve Tobia's old sidewalk rag and what was funny that Tobia had the city prepay for legal notices, he kept the $ and Susan had to run legal notices free for months

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  19. Replies
    1. WWJD? (What Would Joshie do?)

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    2. "boycott them all" said Josh.

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    3. How many lattes does a boycott cost?

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    4. Replace them all!

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  20. how to become an adjudicated newspaper

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=gov&group=05001-06000&file=6000-6008

    6000. A "newspaper of general circulation" is a newspaper published for the dissemination of local or telegraphic news and intelligence of a general character, which has a bona fide subscription list of paying subscribers...

    6004.5. In order to qualify as a newspaper of general circulation the newspaper, if either printed or published in a town or city,shall be both printed and published in one and the same town or city.

    6005. "Printed" and "published" are not synonymous. Each relates to separate acts or functions necessary to constitute a newspaper of general circulation.

    In 2012, a bill was introduced AB 1902 which sought to allow online posting of city legal notices but didn't make it out of commitee but was eligible for reconsideration

    what happens is SM just posts online anyway? who's going to sue us? Susan? lol with her "law" degrees?

    if ciities were able to post online and publish local flyers we'd know more than relying on the haphazard distribution and printing of the Mt View News

    this printed adjuication nonsense is no longer viable - it also wastes resources and is a inefficient method of communication which might be what our city manager desires

    the less and lateness we know, the better

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  21. There is nothing on the Mountain Views website or Facebook page about this. Does Susan even know? Did anyone from City Hall tell her?

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    1. Susan never prints news of her failures.

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    2. She's probably got a ghost writer on it right now.
      Humble apology, statement of pride in work done, serious responsibility, heartfelt thanks for the honor, that kind of thing.

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  22. Does the Development services Dept now try to push projects on a fast track past the Planning Commission or should they be dark until the moratoriums are in place?
    If they approve a project would the moratorium put it on hold?

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    1. Fast isn't in the vocabulary of development services. Were they in charge of helping complete the General Plan? They should have fast tracked that.

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  23. There is nothing about The Mountain Views Screwup on the city's website. Don't you think that they should be explaining this to the residents?

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  24. something is wrong. the failure by the city attorney to put in language in the agenda item finding that the ordinances are categorically exempt from CEQA is a problem. Also, we need answers on whether to not the One Carter development has been halted or whether it already has the entitlements and water hookups that allow it to move forward.

    The council needs to meet in closed session with the city attorney and demand answers.

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  25. So every council member, city staff and all the concerned residents have been impacted by this neglectful newspaper 'editor'?
    What a waste.

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  26. Susan will put one her cracker jack ace reporters on this, she'll get to the bottom of this - trust her.

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