Thursday, September 4, 2014

City Hall: It Takes A Village To Get Them To Do Something

I couldn't help thinking last night that the only way to get the folks at City Hall off their duffs and doing something is to get a hundred or so people downtown and in their faces. It happened with the building moratorium, and now it has happened with AWest the child molester. Apparently if people hadn't gotten up in arms and shown up en masse, this city would be well into a suicidal building spree in the middle of the worst drought in 1,000 years, and an individual who was convicted of sexual battery on a 6 year old girl could still be living a peaceful and private existence about 500 feet from a few elementary schools.

But before I get on with the rest of today's reflections about the town we love, I thought I'd post some pictures from last night. It was a colorful evening, and the TV news people were out as only they can be. So much work to produce so little value.

The Eyewitless News fleet docks at City Hall
Chief Giannone is interviewed by thin women in tight dresses
The Chief says some things he wasn't saying last week
The TV newsies await their chance to get it wrong
 A couple of things of interest that came out of this experience. According to Chief Giannone the reason why AWest gets to live as close as he does to St. Rita's, The Gooden School, Turtle Park and Bethany Christian School, is because Jessica's Law does not apply to him. You see, Jessica's Law is a state law, and AWest was kind of convicted in a Federal Court. Or maybe sort of. 

How did that happen you ask? Apparently this was arranged by his clever lawyer. Even though AWest's sexual assault on a 6 year old child was tried by the State of California, that conviction was bundled in with his sentence for the possession of child pornography, which was a Federal affair. Somehow that spirited the state out of the mix, and made AWest a Federal convict instead.

The reason his lawyer did this was to spare his client the indignity (and danger) of serving out his sentence in an overcrowded and violent state pen. Given the nature of his crime, it likely would have been a bad experience for him. Cons hate pederasts, just like everyone else. Only harder.

Instead AWest spent eight years in a Club Fed prison. A less unpleasant, and far safer, experience. His lawyer probably saved his life.

According to the Chief, an unintended consequence of this successful legal maneuver from the distant past is AWest now gets to live in the middle of the most child rich environment in Sierra Madre. That being the elementary school corridor of North Baldwin Avenue. And instead of having to remain 2,000 feet away from any schools and parks in his neighborhood, he gets to be as close as 100 feet. Camera distance, you could say.

But Chief Giannone also said that he is (all of a sudden like) appealing this unfortunate outcome to some District Attorney or other. Or maybe it was the Attorney General? Or both? I forget. And, or at least according to the story we're being told, there is a chance that AWest could somehow end up being reclassified as a state convict after all, and therefore subject to, you got it, Jessica's Law.

Do you know what? I am not sure I believe very much of this. I think we heard something quite similar when people were up in arms about Bob Matheson a couple of years ago. And, as it turned out with The Dirty Kilt, we'll most likely end up never hearing another word about it.

So then, here is a different take. What if Jessica's Law should have been applied here all along, but until now the City did absolutely nothing to bring it about? Didn't bother to lift a finger. Suddenly finding themselves under intense public scrutiny, shouldn't they want to claim that the fault lies elsewhere? And that they have been fighting all along, and against great odds, to undo this injustice? I'll bet you would, too.

Something else. As one commenter noted for us yesterday: "Government does not work very well, but people are used to that. Then something comes along that is actually serious, and the end result is the same. Failure. Then it is shocking."

And that is true. The vast law enforcement bureaucracy failed to do what they needed to do in this case, and now we have to live with the consequences. And no matter how hard this gets spun, the end result is the worst sexual predator this town has seen in years is today living right in the middle of kid central. You should not forget that.

Speaking of government failure, this one is particularly rich. As one resident noted, it took months longer than it should have for AWest to show up in the Megan's Law registry. How did that happen?

According to Chief Giannone it wasn't the fault of AWest. He filled out his papers in time, and handed them in properly. It turns out the fingerprints that were sent to the Department of Justice as well were somehow botched, resulting in AWest's Megan's Law filing being lost in the bureaucratic miasma somewhere. Only after months had passed was the problem discovered and the error rectified. And how did that happen? AWest had been spotted violating water restrictions by washing his car.

So anyway, that is pretty much how all of this was explained away last evening. You have to at least give them creativity points.

Council Chambers was pretty filled, as you know. And by the end of the meeting most of those present were quite satisfied with what they had heard from our law enforcement and political leadership. Nothing whatsoever had actually changed, of course. Nor will it. AWest will still be where he was last week.

But look, if you can blame it all on tricky lawyers, dumb District Attorneys and mysterious lost fingerprints, how could you ever lose?

Most people do not really want to know. They just want you to give them something easy to believe in. And last night many got what they came for.

Bonus Coverage from the LA Register's America Hernandez

"Return of child molester bothers Sierra Madre residents" (link)

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

87 comments:

  1. The chief's federal/state distinction is very dubious. Prop 83 applies to registered sex offenders living in California, period. There's no "I was convicted in federal court" exemption any more than there is a "I was convicted in Indiana" exemption. If you have to register here, you are subject to the rules. My sense from the chief's delivery tonight was that someone fed him that excuse on the fly and he had no clue what he was saying.

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    1. My now adult son watched the newscast and laughed.

      Not at the story but at the Chief.

      Said that the Chief was the then Officer G who during a hostage/bank robbery or some other eventual non-crisis chasing a non existent criminal faction in downtown SM, helicopter's overhead and was hiding behind a light pole for cover and his gut was sticking out - all the kids laughed and still do about that.

      I'm not so sure cause it could have been any of the other heavyweights on the PD department back then

      Course the Chief had no clue what to say who would?

      I'd rather have seen the Sheriff's Department interviewed cause they carry some stick.

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    2. Go live in the county area so you can be policed by the Sheriff's Department, see how that works out for you.

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  2. well, one good thing came of our recent water restrictions, AWest was spotted. Too bad we have to be constantly on our toes about everything -- water cheaters, child rapists, greedy developers, Its hard to believe that even in this little village, we can't relax even for a day without campaigning for (or against) something.

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    1. I blame Obama and watch Fox News

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  3. Once you know his exact address all you have to do is quietly hand out to each and every car that drives a child to the nearby school or par, or people with a stroller via foot or bicycle that the area is dangerous to children. Don't have to say who so where just that it is and refer them to the news article.

    Let Mr. AWest take his hideous self elsewhere.

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  4. Wow, AWest is the top story on my ABC channel 7 mobile app.!

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    1. And to think there was a time we only got media coverage like that for mudslides.

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    2. I still wonder if it was the REALTORS who protected Mathison. Wonder if they were protecting AWest too? Bad for property values ya know. And again, Giannone had an excuse.

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    3. Damn good question 6:46 am!!!!

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    4. Interesting that Toni Moran said when interviewed, "Disappointing we can't do anything about it."
      Are you sure? I'm not.

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    5. Toni has years of practice making excuses for losers.

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    6. I'm 7:27,
      No need to attack Ms. Moran, I just find it interesting that she would make that statement.

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    7. I just watched the news report. The statement Ms. Moran gave sounds like she's saying this is inevitable and too bad. Not exactly pro-active.

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    8. Toni always preaches the City Hall line. Couldn't do anything about Matheson. Can't do anything about AWest. I am sick of the defeatism and victimhood.

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    9. Now all the realtors know about Awest, will they disclose that he lives in the community when they sell a house to a family with children?

      if a realtor doesn't disclose, why can't they be sued?

      they have to disclose if my grandmother died in her house but don't have to disclose that a convicted child rapist lives nearby?

      thanks realtors thanks

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    10. Toni Moran has to say that so her son can deny Knowing Bob Mansonthenson. Just another realtor selling the town down the road

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    11. Sorry but around here when a realtor comes out with political or social commentary, I automatically assume that it's about sales commissions first - if Toni is just spouting the city hall line, she's loses any creditability as a concerned resident - not just Toni but all realtors I know some a good people but it's like trusting a car salesman to not sneak in undercoating as an added feature.

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  5. I wonder how many child predators are now looking at Sierra Madre as a town where they can go and be left alone.

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    1. They are all sure looking up AWest's lawyer.
      Enough money, and they can hire their ways out of consequences.

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    2. didn't he already own the house or did he rent or just buy recently since his release?

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  6. Mod,
    Nice article, great photos. Still chuckling over thin women in tight dresses! And to think, City Hall was dancing in the streets at the thought of your selling your home in Sierra Madre, boy I'll bet their "ticked" you're still tattling. lol

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  7. 6:53,
    I'm thinking the same thought.

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  8. Beware of the danger now again residing at 38 E. Miramonte.

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    1. Wish there could be a biohazard sign on his lawn.

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  9. Awest is a registered sex offender and Jessica's Law applies to all registered sex offenders.

    The only twist here is Awest committed his crime before Jessica's Law became law and the constitution says you can't increase the penalties for a crime after the fact (no ex-post facto laws).

    Clause 1 of Article I, Section 10. "No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility."

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    1. Check your timeline. AWest was convicted after Jessica's Law was enacted.

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    2. For an ex-post facto law its the date you committed the crime....not the date of conviction.

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    3. Then why is the Chief running around trying to find a DA to apply Jessica's Law to AWest?

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    4. A former D.A. lives in Sirra Madre. Ask him.

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    5. I'm 11:53pm (and a lawyer - my apologies). The California Supreme Court has already held that Prop 83 can be applied retroactively to those convicted of their crimes before the law's passage, as long as they were released after the law's effective date (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/jessicas-law-can-be-applied-retroactively-state-supreme-court-decides.html). As a general matter, there is no hard-line ex post facto rule under either state or federal law drawing a line at a conviction date, the date the crime was convicted, etc. (otherwise laws increasing a sentence for prior crimes - like the Three Strikes law - would be unconstitutional). Bottom line, yes, AWest is subject to Jessica's Law...or at least he's supposed to be.

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    6. Hopefully the city will finally take some action.

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  10. So the upshot of the meeting is....nothing.
    Nothing was done, and nothing will be done.

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    1. familiar pattern out of the city council chambers

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  11. Just like the pos who lives up on Lilliano, this vile pos on E Miramonte needs to be watched carefully. Our young boys and girls are not safe.
    Bob Matheson and A. West, you are not welcome in our town. Not only do we disapprove of you, most of us disapprove of your very existence.

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  12. Like Robert W. Matheson, AWest has camera skills - and he's going by parks and school every day.

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  13. California Supreme Court ruled on this in 2010. They said they provisions of Jessica's Law that prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park applies to thousands of inmates who were imprisoned before the November 2006 measure took effect but were paroled afterward,

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sex-offenders-lose-challenge-to-residency-rules-3274386.php

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  14. How can this man be living in a home with an under aged daughter? According to one news report his 14 year old daughter lives there.

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    1. Chances are good she's already been one of his victims. Wonder if there's a mom around.

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    2. The house is owned by Patrycja Awest.
      http://losangeles.blockshopper.com/property/5762014015/38_e_mira_monte/

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    3. Wonder which realtor , if any, sold her/him the house?

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    4. Awest and his wife bought the home on Miramonte several years before his conviction for child porngrpahy and sexual assault on a minor. I can't imagine even Sierra Madre's avaristic real estate sharks selling to a known pedophile. But then it's not illegal, is it?

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    5. will realtors selling in town (both local and the Arcadia buzzards) disclose that two registered sex offenders live in the city?

      they should and if they don't they should be sued by any family that buys in SM

      we all know that registered offenders are everywhere but realtors should be held to a higher standard than just chasing a commission

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    6. This was addressed yesterday...

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    7. There is a realtor on kfiam talking to John and ken about this right now..Ellen Berry is her name and she works at the Kensington in the sales trailer..great gal!

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    8. Is a trailer a suite?

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  15. The people that live on his street should put out signs that say "A registered SEX offened lives at .........." I believe that is called freedom of speech. A picture and photo of him should run every week in the papers. Local schools should send his info home with every child. Since the cops won't do anything, let's make his life miserable.

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  16. Leave me be you JACKALS!!!!

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    1. Never. You will not have peace.

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  17. He, Mod! What is that enormous chunk of cement/stucco behind the parked newsie vans? Let's see a trio of photos (for those of us who don't get out much) of the Kensington abomination. I don't remember the vast expanse of windowless wall in Billy's presentation.

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    1. Mr. Shields, tear down this wall!

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  18. FYI he was released in January according to CBS. It is now September.

    There is still no fence around your local elementary and middle schools. Maybe you should have listened to the pariah family you tried to run out of town a few years ago.

    Toodles.

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    1. Huh? Who ran who out of town?

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    2. In this situation, a fence wouldn't do much.. Actually, the only thing a fence might help with is making it slightly harder for kids to cut class (so far, never a problem). And during afternoon pick-up, make it somewhat less likely for a kid to get hit by a car. I suppose it might make it slightly harder for this guy to grab a kid during the chaos of afternoon pick-up. And for kids who cope by running away, it may make them stop at the fence-line rather than further out. Of course, where shall the budget be cut in order to pay for this? And do those cuts come at the expense of kids getting in-class extra help, and of other safety things being left unaddressed? Would you rather have a fence, or have the air-conditioning repaired on the upper floors so the kids aren't dripping with sweat for the first two months of the year?

      Everything has a cost, it's all a trade-off.

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  19. He is a federal parolee under the control of the US Department of Justice. This is why you have a Congress member.

    Call Judy Chu at and demand that she contact the U.S. Department of Justice's Parole Commission and have the terms of Awest's parole changed to include compliance with Jessica's Law.

    Chu's Pasadena office is 626-304-0110. Let's see how many tattler readers can shake her tree.

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    1. I just called Judy Chu's office and expressed my outrage and concern over this and asked what the Congresswoman planned to do to help. After some checking in the back, I received this response. "This is a city and state matter and does not apply to the Congresswoman"
      I find this shocking since the excuse they are giving us is that he is a FEDERAL parolee and therefore not subject to Jessica's Law. Seems like no one wants to be accountable.

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    2. Judy could care less about Sierra Madre.

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    3. She probably fears alienating a core constituency.

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  20. The post for tomorrow should be "Judy Chu...Where are You?"

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  21. The TV people filmed one or more people threatening Awest last night. If the threat was specific and made Awest afraid for himself or his family (including his 13 year old daughter) then some Sierra Madre loud mouth is going to go to jail for making "criminal threats" Penal Code Section 422.

    If you got caught on camera threatening Awest last night you better start looking for an attorney and a bail bondsman.

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    1. Yes. This is Sierra Madre. Convicted child molesters have special rights and protections here.

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    2. Ooooo, I know I'm scared. A West only assaults little girls. Not loudmouths.

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    3. Oh dear. Look who is claiming victimhood.

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    4. Where was there a threat? Which news station? Because all I saw was accommodation, and a defeatist attitude. No wonder we have a plague of these guys.

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  22. Channel 5 News van is on the streets today. Not a one day story I guess.

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  23. NBC and some independent was also present. Two squad cars were in front of the perv's house. Including the chief, yapping to the reporter.

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    1. Chief was probably telling them how little he can do, and how unfortunate and sad that is.

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    2. Just drove by St. Ritas, and there is a news van there, with a reporter being filmed. There is also what looks to be a news van in front of the pervert's house.

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    3. How soon before this story goes national?

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    4. he bear story went national faster than this - Awest is a common everyday lowlife and his type is news everywhere

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    5. the ip addresses of any convicted child offender home or mobile should be registered with a national database and his library card should be monitored and his home wifi should be linked to a law enforcement agency

      there should be a lifetime monitoring parole where the offender has to disclose any and all electronic devices and any non approved use such as burner phones, etc will result in a automatic jail sentence

      no longer innocent until proven guilty in the future, he has given up that right forever in my opinion

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  24. The story is now on the front of KTLA's website.

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    1. KTLA reports that he "molested" a child. "Molesting" doesn't express it well enough.
      It was rape. And because the victim was 6 years old, it probably qualifies as torture.

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    2. Disgusting, cruel, vile pig of a man.

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    3. KTLA showed a bizarre moment when a woman in the front row defends the guy - as in being convicted doesn't necessarily mean being guilty. Guess no one told her he confessed. Or that he had pictures.

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    4. I saw that 1:29. Looked to me like she had something personal in the mix.
      Maybe she has a man in her life who has convinced her that child predators are treated unfairly.

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    5. I don't think there can be any doubt that Sierra Madre is home to a pedophile community. Complete with sympathizers.

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    6. give Awest the silent treatment

      his personal afflictions will drive him insane when he stops getting attention

      cept he's going always to get attention in SM and deservedly so - he worked on kid's shows and had kid porn on his computer and didn't he willingly confess so why did someone stand up for him?

      it's one thing to be accused and convicted and have a supporter when the only accusation is that of a child (real or imagined) but Awest was accused, convicted and had kid porn so it's reasonable to make the assumption that if he enjoys naked children pictures on his computer he's seriously twisted and he confessed didn't he?

      When you molest children the sentence of disdain is forever regarless if you served your federal or Canadian time.

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  25. Whatever happened to Edward L. Sanchez, 65, of Sierra Madre and his child porn arrest?

    Didn't he ruffle enough feathers politically speaking to get the community outraged?

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    1. Sanchez, Matheson, AWest, Goodman, Graham - and who else?

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    2. Just drove by St. Rita's and HOLY SMOKE!!!! The parking lot is full for O'Malley hall . Cars are parked all across Grandview and up Baldwin. There is a channel 2 /9 van parked on the corner of Alegria and Baldwin. The meeting is going to be jam packed.
      How I wish we could get some of these folks to a city council meeting. Look for this one on the news tonight!

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    3. TV news feeding frenzy!

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  26. The Parent Teacher Organization has their meeting tonight, which explains all the cars. Hope some of the parents are Tattler readers.

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    1. Welcome to Sierra Madre ...Forget about the bears it's the child molesters you need to fear.

      If I had the above statement made into a t shirt or bumper sticker would it be in bad taste ?

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