Saturday, July 19, 2014

Richard McDonald Discovers That People In Sierra Madre Are Not Especially Intimidated By Lawyers

Tremble, townies
Attorney Richard McDonald, who represents whomever it is that is so adamantly trying to build McMansions at One Carter (or whatever they are calling that sadly abused place these days), strode up to the public comment podium at the June 24th City Council meeting to voice his umbrage at the temerity of the people of Sierra Madre. Plus the troublesome notion that there might not be enough water around here to support the construction of 6,000 square foot McBarns with 5.5 bathrooms in them. Obviously Attorney McDonald was interested in laying down the law and putting an end to all such foolishness. So how did he do? Let's go to the videotape and see for ourselves.

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At the July 8 City Council meeting the One Carter Stonewhatever (Stonehenge?) developers sent another Attorney to speak on their behalf. Apparently Richard McDonald, after his Sierra Madre City Hall success, was off to the Ice House in Pasadena showing off his hitherto unsuspected talent for comedy. In his place was Attorney Frank Nicholas, and he had a letter of great importance to share with us, along with a spoken warning as well. Was Frank a more effective and intimidating legal representative for the One Carter wannabe McMansionizers than Richard McDonald? Here's a video to help you make your own personal call:

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I guess the only question needing an answer now is what exactly is a Vice Mayor?

City Hall covers the ample backside of The Mountain View News
As you know the City Council will not be permitted to hold their previously announced Public Hearing on the water saving Building Moratorium next Tuesday. Something the two comedic attorneys in the videos above probably think is just fine.

This is because The Mountain Views News, our somewhat dimwitted adjudicated weekly newspaper of record, somehow forgot to print the legally mandated advertising for this hearing sent their way by City Hall to announce this occasion. And without that the show can't go on. State law being what it is.

A major screw up, right?

But for City Hall, apparently the priority is not getting the complete story to the public, rather it is airbrushing the responsibility of The Mountain Views News for this mess completely out of the picture. This from the City's latest "e-blast."

City Council Consideration to Extend the Interim Moratorium
On July 8, 2014, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1357U, establishing an Interim Moratorium Ordinance Pursuant to Government Code Section 65858 on the issuance of all building permits and any discretionary approvals for construction of new development requiring new water service connections. The interim ordinance was an urgency ordinance, making it effective immediately. The Interim Ordinance 1357U will expire on August 22, 2014, unless the City Council takes action to extend the moratorium before it expires. The City Council will meet on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers, to consider extending the moratorium for an additional 22 months and 15 days (until July 5, 2016).

They do supply a link that will take you to another story, one posted earlier this week on the City of Sierra Madre website. And that one does mention the MVN, but without specifically identifying the paper as being the culprit in this failure.

So how many people would actually care enough about a matter described as this one is above to chase that link down? Based on the inconsequential and somewhat puzzling sounding blather written above, why would they ever feel the need?

Once again the Mountain Views News skates, and we are left with having to pick up the tab for a City Council meeting that didn't even have to take place until the MVN's unfortunate mistake.

Why is it that those who run this city don't feel they need to share the truth with the residents? And exactly what kind of influence does the Mountain Views News hold over City Hall?

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Some folks using iPads and tablets have told me that they cannot view the above videos on those devices. Here are the YouTube links.

Richard McDonald link here.

Frank Nicholas link here.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

80 comments:

  1. Whatever you do, don't call him Ronald.

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    1. And don't call Frank Nicholas "Saint."

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    2. what's the big deal about a law degree? Susan Henderson say's she's got two.

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    3. Lawyers are paid to bloviate. Anybody can sue anybody for anything. They can't intimidate Sierra Madre. Let 'em find some other town who falls for thier nonsense.

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    4. I'm tired of attorneys who don't live in Sierra Madre coming into this town and telling us all how we need to conserve more water so their client can build more McMansions and ruin this town. Who do they think they are?

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  2. The only people perhaps on the face of the earth who have said we don't have a water crisis are the two lawyers for the developer and our very own Tom Love - coincidence?

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    1. remember when we had two utility company lawyers on the Council and they declared a city emergency just to cover up what had been going on with our water bonds?

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    2. Heck, the lawyer was quoting from Tom Love. That's tells you all you need to know about what Tom Love was doing at that meeting.

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    3. Yea, the lawyers are all taking notes from what Tom Love was saying Tuesday night. Thanks Tom for trying to help.

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  3. I think Henderson makes people nervous, either through false friendship or blustery intimidation.
    She knows how to use people.

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    1. She was probably whining on the phone to Elaine all week about all the things people were saying about this. This city takes care of its own, no matter how incompetent.

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  4. Those attorneys are paid to "vigorously defend their clients". Lawyers interpret that commandment as allowing them to lie on behalf of thier clients in order to "win" the case. So here are the two lawyers, getting up in a public forum and telling us with a straight face that we have plenty of water. I think both lawyers say that having water for only two years means we're good to go with more housing projects with 5.5 bathrooms that guzzle enough water to maybe shorten our two-year supply to only one year. According to that recent news report from a federal meteorologist, California could run out of water entirely in two years if this drought continues. While the crowd on both those nights was respectful to all the speakers, the laughter generated by these lawyers's ridiculous statements was well-deserved.

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    1. The laughter was spontaneous. Kind of along the lines of "I can't believe that guy just said that!"

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    2. Gene Goss is planning on introducing an anti-laughter ordinance. Especially when it is directed at stuffy middle-aged white guys in business suits.

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    3. Lawyer get paid the lie and will lie for their cleints. They see that as doing their job and giving their clients a good defense. They don't care about getting at the truth or finding justice. It doesn't exist for most lawyers unfortunately.

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    4. Did you hear about the terrorists who took over a court house full of lawyers....They threatened to release one lawyer every hour until their demands were met.

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  5. The second guy sounds like even he doesn't believe what he's saying while he's saying it.

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    1. He was the sub that night for (don't call him Ronald) McDonald. Pretty thankless task and I wonder if he knew he would likely be laughed at. Deservedly, and likely.

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    2. They'll be laughed at in court as well if they attempt to use that whopper. CETT needs new representation.

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    3. That would be a sight to see - a couple of developers' lawyers telling a judge that anyplace in California has plenty of water.

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    4. It's a punch line that would work anywhere.

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    5. The lawyers have pretty much lost all credibility. But let's not forget, the lawyers only do what they are told. They are only the mouthpieces for the owners and developers who they represent. These people are just as guilty as the lawyers.

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    6. Attorneys like those two will do or say anything for a buck.

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    7. I wish they would take off their uniform sometime and just relax. They think the suit and tie gives them some extra gravitas - well it doesn't.

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  6. I have a good guess what that letter said - we'll sue you for this and we'll sue you for that and we'll sue you for everything else.

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    1. The boys are doing it for Adele. She means a lot to them.

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    2. Adele is just a hirling like they are. The moves are dictated by Ms. Hui Ru Han, aka CETT investments, aka get out of my way while I make this bargain priced deal a winner.

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    3. Adele is a strong and courageous voice for the needs of modern families.

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    4. That's right 7:07, every modern family needs 5.5 bathrooms.

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    5. Where is Sigmund Freud when you need him?

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  7. I think the MVN should make a nice donation, in the same amount of what her error cost the city, to the paramedic program, or one of the library reading programs.

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  8. I believe "Vice Mayor" is a non to Nute Gunray, Viceroy of the Trade Federation. Here in the famous "I will make it legal" clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz20lu2AM2k

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    1. I hope the reference wasn't to Miami Vice.

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    2. Somebody's head should roll over the delay in the notice. It costs the City money. I thought the City Council was going to be dark over the month of July. They should be angry that they now have to come in for a meeting.

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    3. Ummm, you meant August?

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    4. You'll have to ask Susan. She sets the city council schedule.

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  9. Who would SH hit up for the "loan" so she could pay for this "mistake"?

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    1. Any really nice and polite persons over 80.

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  10. Thanks to whoever called out doublespeak at McDonald's comments. Refreshing bit of truth.

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  11. Has anyone figured out why they were so freaked out, when they already have water meters up there?

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    1. Because a building moratorium will hold up the permits necessary to build up there. It effectively shuts them down. Why else would those attorneys show up here and risk being laughed out of City Hall?

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    2. They have nice ties and they wanted people to see them.

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    3. And they should be shut down. We can't put any more water users on line until we solve the emergency.

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  12. The city protects Henderson because her paper is the only way they have of getting their message out. Probably a reason why so many people in town think Sierra Madre is run by circus clowns.

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    1. 7:33, your comment is a insult to circus clowns

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  13. In the McDonald video the CETT attorney gestures towards Bruce Inman and refers to him as "your General Manager." Bruce shot him a dirty look.

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    1. Bruce usually kowtows to developers.

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    2. I think he's scared of them.

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    3. Maybe they have something on him.

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    4. Like competence?

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  14. Mod,
    If we ever had a Vice Mayor, it was Josh Moran.

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  15. Sierra Madre residents are older and wiser when it comes to lawyers and their threats. We know they will not play fair, and treat them accordingly.

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    1. with the lawyers we've had on the Council and those who attempted to get elected, we've had our fill of blowhard lawyers

      we've only had one real attorney on the Council and that was Kurt Zimmerman

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    2. most lawyers are needle nose agiatators

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    3. Anybody notice that weird little body shifting move McDonald makes at the very beginning of that video? Is he adjusting a truss do you think?

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    4. His underwear was too tight.

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    5. His thong was riding up.

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  16. New Looney Views News has hit the street, and while the building moratorium public hearing being pushed back to August is mentioned, the reason for this is not. Lies, lies and more lies. That is what you get from our adjudicated weekly.

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    1. But the notice is there? The legal part is straight?

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    2. I don't see it. Anybody else looked yet?

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    3. It is not there. No public notice about the building moratorium.

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    4. Susan has veto power. If she doesn't want something discussed by the City Council she just doesn't run the ad. The city will do nothing a out it. Susan is the most powerful person in Sierra Madre.

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    5. There's a required time limit - not sure, but I don't think it has to be published til next week or the week after.

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    6. You'd think the publisher of that rag would want to remedy her error as quickly as possible. At the very least this is an act of defiance and arrogance.

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    7. How much money do you think Susan charges developers for that service?

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    8. thanks for the notice, I'll make sure to pick up a dozen copies to take home and toss in the recycle

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  17. Is an adjudicated paper required to run public notice advertising for the city? Can it say no? And if it can't, and fails to do so, and then it doesn't run it for the second week in a row, is that paper breaking the law? Or did the City Manager just give her a wink and said it would be OK not to? Lots of questions, and no government official will answer them. They'll just organize another cover up, and every news outlet in the city outside of the Tattler will comply..

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    1. hmmmm, Susan prints all the other legal notices on time and this one she happens to overlook?

      boycott her advertisers in honor of Josh Moran

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    2. Better we just boycott her paper. Every time you see a stack, grab some and drop them in the trash. Because that is what they are.

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    3. The Mountain Views News did provide some pretty good coverage of the water crises recently. I'd say Susan may be on board with the cause. After all, doesn't she live on Sunnyside or her son does or something. They don't want to see Sunnyside turned into an extension of the 210 freeway if Mater Dolorosa has its way.

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    4. She is all over the map. Last month Susan said that the development at Mater Dolorosa would definitely be built. A month later she said it wouldn't. Now she put the building moratorium in jeopardy. What is next? Mood swing journalism is just so hard to follow.

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    5. 7:16, unfortunately Henderson is for hire. She may seem to be on board with a cause, but is more than likely to jump ship on a whim - or the scent of some advantage.

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  18. Here is what bugs me. The City's email blast, which is what a lot of people read, wrote out the MVN from the scene of the crime. And that is what was also published in today's MVN. In other words, a city employee wrote a PR piece that covered up Susan's role in all of this. And then the city distributed it to everyone they can using its email list. That is not a good thing.

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    1. Don't kid yourself, the city wrote Measure UUT as well. Do you really think Nancy Walsh wrote it, even tho she volunteered to do it?

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    2. Nancy said Harabedian "helped" her which means he wrote it with the help of Elaine and the city attorney.

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    3. Dancin' Nancy's strange obsession with the public restrooms at Memorial Park begs for a psychological evaluation.

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    4. The techinical term is a "fixation". Restrooms are a big deal to her.

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    5. Fixation with fixtures.

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