Saturday, September 27, 2014

X-Mayor Nancy Walsh: The Blue Sky Hair On Fire Speech


This is the latest video in our series of Sierra Madre X-Mayor Nancy Walsh's oddly incoherent City Hall performances. It was taped on September 23rd, the date of our most recent meeting of the City Council. As it always is with Nancy and her speeches, it truly is one doozy of a show.

For those of you with iPads and other devices like them, you can link to this video by clicking here.

While not quite as off the chain as her "We can take you out" tirade (link), this speech was intended as a kind of broadside against the City Hall reorganization and financial reforms initiated by current Councilmembers Rachelle Arizmendi and Denise Delmar. Instead it comes off as a toxic mix of poorly thought out and disconnected canards, Library hostage taking, and all larded over with a rapidly ramped up tone of hostility and resentment.

Much of her talk was haltingly delivered from notes that Nancy at times seemed barely capable of reading. As you watch notice how she paws at them throughout her short talk, as if desperately trying to dig a way out of her growing confusion.

While viewing this video it is also possible to wonder if she'd actually spent very much time with these notes before the meeting. A possibly bigger question being who might have actually written them for her.

If these notes had been ghostwritten for Nancy, then who are the cowards sending this poor confused woman to City Council meetings so that she can deliver their messages for them? Do these individuals lack the courage necessary to deliver these sorts of strange and incoherent speeches themselves?

Should we see this as an admission that even they know her attacks are pointless and irrational, and therefore would never care to attach their own names to them? Instead preferring to send in Nancy Walsh as their messenger, a furious one woman distraction from what really is an extremely serious matter?

At the end of this short video two uncomfortable things happen. First, and as you will see, Nancy steps back from the podium, looks over to the City Manager, smiles, and then loudly sucks her teeth. A tell if ever there was one.

The other is the stunned expressions on the faces of all five members of the City Council. As Nancy Walsh leaves the podium to walk up the aisle and back out into the night, their looks of embarrassment and silence are profound.

Obviously there were no questions for Nancy. You could have heard a pin drop.

Next Tuesday's Special City Council Meeting On The Budget

Here is an all too brief description of the excitement, taken from the September 30th City Council meeting agenda.


This may be a very significant meeting as it could indicate whether the Dude Faction of the City Council intends to honor the vote of the people of Sierra Madre on the UUT, thereby allowing it to sunset back down to 6%.

The people of this community have voted in favor of cutting their utility taxes twice, and within two years no less. Obviously this is a legitimate, and now legally reinforced, demand of the people. This City's government must now reduce utility taxes to their pre-2008 levels.

But will they? Is the era of the $37,600 a year health care plan really at an end? I personally doubt it. Apparently the City Council Dude Faction doesn't care to listen to the voters. They instead appear to believe that they are above the law, and beyond the reach of the taxpaying citizens of Sierra Madre.

There is even talk that rather than reducing the size of city government here, the CCDF will instead attempt a third vote on what are currently the highest city utility tax rates in California.

So who knows? Maybe we'll need to hire a lawyer and fight for this community's rights to have its UUT vote honored. And in the process restore democracy to Sierra Madre.

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62 comments:

  1. So this is really all about Elaine protecting her power base and she enlisted her ally Nancy to help her out.

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    1. what? no 3 minute limit for her esteemed highness?

      speaks for 5 minutes and like her term on the Council, said nothing coherent

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    2. If Nancy is part of Elaine's power base, then Elaine is in serious trouble.

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    3. Elaine just hit rock bottom.

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    4. Say what you will about John Harabedian, but remember when Nancy Walsh was mayor and how she tried to run the meetings.

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  2. Unlike the ginger john/walsh/moron council, this group is actually doing a good job. Under the mayor's leadership they are dealing with development and fiscal issues consistent with the town's wishes without creating unnecessary drama. While Nancy may wish otherwise, they are not going to poison the town and john's desire for an assembly job (and 50% pay cut) by trying yet again to shove a uut hike down our throats. If they do I suspect there will be a matching but cut on the ballot and it will be civil war again. Then again, it might be fun!

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    1. john's political career will start and end in SM

      once he showed his lack of ethics and respect while campaigning, once googled, any opposing candidates will learn all you need to know about him

      only a idiot photoshops police patches off uniforms and then uses the photos as campaign pics and claims the pd doesn't have sleeve patches

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    2. Johnny believes he is privileged and therefore above the law.

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  3. A great moment is when Nancy turns around to look for her supporters from the library, and they aren't there.

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    1. just another bully

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    2. the more you tune Nancy out, the more shrill she becomes

      Nancy isn't grounded in logic and those pesky facts - who needs them?

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    3. Nancy was looking for the calvary to come inand rescue her from her state of befuddlement. Unfortunately, for Nancy she was alone.

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    4. Cavalry perhaps? She SHOULD look to Calvary for rescue from her travails.

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    5. Maybe God will grant her the wisdom she clearly is lacking now.

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  4. In a democracy a vote of the people is the final word. Who are these people who put themselves above that?

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  5. What really aggravates Ms. Walsh (actually one of the things) is that the residents don't want a 10/12% UUT and the City needs to spend less.

    She and the 3 boys are smarter than you. You just don't know what's good for you.

    Maybe Namcy can share some of that fat LA County pension of hers with some of us working stiffs.

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    1. I'll vote NO again and unlike last time where I only spoke to my friends about the UUT, I'll make an effort to expose the lies and those telling them

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    2. We voted down the double digit UUT twice. Doesn't that mean something?

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  6. Nancy Walsh in her remarks says that the water dept. was bankrupt?

    Perhaps she could post those document proving same so we could see them.

    I missed the news of the water dept. bankruptcy filing she mentions...

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    1. she's taking a cue from Susan Henderson, make up the facts and make outrageous claims

      and she also endorsed Harabedian and Goss

      is that why Harabedian let her ramble over her 3 minute limit or he was terrified of her?

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    2. C'mon, how would you stop her? If Harabedian tried to shut her down she'd start hissing like an adder.

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    3. My $5 bet is Henderson helped Nancy write this nonsense.

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    4. Why not? It sure worked for Noah.

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  7. while smart individually, the collective IQ of the three dudes drops to a moronic level

    bickering, badgering, blathering and really wanting to sound important

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  8. if it weren't so far and a waste of educational time, I'd enroll at Long Beach City College and take Goss's political science course and pepper him with questions

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  9. Ism sure Elaine is hard at work with her editing skills to erase "Mad Nancy" from. Public comment

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  10. What did Walsh do that she got a County Pension from? Looks to have been very tough on her, what is she 66 now? My guess is she helped raise money by spreading deception and confusion.

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    1. Walsh was a manager for LA County Mental Health.

      Oxymoron alert!

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  11. Nancy Walsh is Sierra Madre's "Captain Oblivious". She has no idea what's going on but that has never even slowed her roll.

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  12. If Ms. Walsh is on a county pensions that explains it all. More money raise taxes, more money raise taxes.

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  13. I actually feel sorry her Nancy Walsh. It was a pretty pathetic performance. It was kind of the last gasp of the old guard who find it hard to accept that we have reformers in office who are actually trying to make a difference. It was kind of sad to see actually.

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  14. This whole "wage compaction" issue is nothing other than the "we must raise the minimum wage" argument. by raising salaries beyond what they market value is you end up raising all the costs associated with it and thus the "raise" you gave someone only creates higher prices for things that the person who received the raise must also pay. it's a never ending spiral of inflation. We are a small town. What we pay for services should not be based on what neighboring cities pay, but on what the value/responsibility of each job is. a person supervising 5 people should not receive the same pay as someone supervising 50 people. all these folks are doing is padding their salaries so they can get bigger pensions (that you and I pay for). Nancy Walsh is a case in point, here. So is Tony Buckner.

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    1. The minimum wage in this state is a done deal. No other choice than to try and meet it. What the plan is trying to do is cap benefits as well as upper management salaries. It will cost a little more but save in the future as caps are in place. That's why elaine and Nancy are against it. I believe one of the men agreed with nancy regarding the financial dept. that's scary in itself. Why would anyone agree with her? The plan may need to be tweeted and it gives them 5 years to do that. It's a start and there is nothing right now to cap salaries and benefits in place.

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    2. Mayor Harabedian owes the POA for the illegal postcard. Internally they took the disciplinary hit, not him. They want Denise and Rachelle's reforms shot down and benefits to stay just like they are now. Quite a tight spot for the boy wonder.

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  15. Has anyone else noticed that the September 23 City Council meeting is not available on KGEM? So much for transparency. The question is, why? I think the city is afraid to air the meeting. (And I don't believe that this is due to KGEM's ineptness, either. I think the city controls KGEM.)

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    1. The City has a contract with KGEM to provide certain services. One is to replay the council meetings. They will do that to fulfill their contract. If the meeting is not being replayed, then it is not their decision, and I would guess it is not the city's decision either, but rather some sort of technical glitch. It is also not in the contract to edit the contents so that is on the City. I have noticed that tapes are being edited. Whatever happened to the 10 pages of city council minutes that were edited out of existence by the city manager?

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    2. I went to read the staff report for Tuesday's special City Council meeting on the budget. The agenda is dated correctly, but if you scroll down you'll see the attached staff report is from last July. Why is that?
      http://docs.cityofsierramadre.com/tylercm/eagleweb/downloads/Complete_Agenda_Packet___Special_Council_Meeting_09_30_14.pdf?id=DOC185S32.A0&parent=DOC185S32

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  16. As of September 27, 2014 - 8:46 AM - the video link seems to be broken? Back to "fright Night" those dark powers inside city hall might not want change rather status quo seems to furnish their wallets and purses just fine - putting Old Nancy up as a spoke person was an insult to those in the community who are acting responsibility and insisting on financial responsibility.

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    1. They know that they're losing the PR war. The tall tales don't work anymore. Almost everyone is on to them now.

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    2. Interesting that Nancy would state that changing the chain of command of the finance department would cause the powers at be to "fiddle" with the revenues presumably to make them appear better than they are not to mention that they would be doing something possibly illegal. This coming from someone who, along with Elaine, . has always predicted lower revenues the could be expected. If she was speaking at the behest of the City Manager, then she gave the distinct impression that the new assistant manager is not capable of managing and might do something illegal.

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  17. Nothing quite like that combination of ignorance and aggression. Thank heavens Walsh is no longer on the council.

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  18. Sierra Madre Has the Single Most Expensive Individual City Employee Health Insurance Plan In California
    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2014/03/sierra-madre-has-single-most-expensive.html

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  19. Busy upcoming week for concerned residents. Tuesday the special budget meeting, and Thursday what looks to be the approval for the first MacMansion at Carter.

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    1. It will be interesting to see if CETT supplies a design that is in compliance with Sierra Madre's codes and ordinances. They might not. If that is the case, then it means they want a law suit instead.

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    2. The staff report looks like they've complied with every specific recommendation...except maybe the hugeness of the appearance from a certain perspective. If the commission says yes to this, there is no lawsuit.

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    3. If it looks like a McMansion, and the numbers are not right, the Planning Commission will do what they did all those other times. I don't think the CETT people can count on any good will. They lost that a long time ago. I think McDonald wants his lawsuit. He is a lawyer who has been involved in lots of them. This one might be for the courts.

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    4. If I understand the staff report, and that's a big if, it looks like they reduced the second floor by 93 square feet. Not a whole lot.

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    5. 1:37, just enough for a micro house.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1AiqYDRMXs

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    6. A micro house would be hell on earth for the mcmansion crowd.

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    7. Their bathrooms are bigger.

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  20. They have been trying their hardest to get turned down so they can sue. McDonald will make a ton of money on that law suit.

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    1. Lawsuit Richey has been very thorough.

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    2. Maybe with a house not quite as gargantuan as they wanted to build they figured the cash would be better if they sued instead. Everybody likes to sue cities because that is where the dough is.

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    3. They have acted in a bizarre manner.

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  21. Nancy Walsh is at a point where I feel sorry for her - embarrassing.

    also feel sorry for us for her rants

    bless her heart

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    1. You should also feel sorry for us. The voters turned control of this town over to people like Nancy Walsh. We are now suffering the consequences.

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    2. You're kidding! Nancy Walsh is the kind of gal that asks "who wants gum?" and pulls the pack back when you say, sure thank you. People don't change when they get older, they just become more of what they always were. Maybe they hid it better when they were younger and had a better social filter. Nancy has always been a meanie. I witness her meanness directed to a friend and that friend'e elderly mother. She was a pretty foolish tap dancer, too.

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  22. In the last local election, "we the people" rejected extending the UUT and elected two new council members who sought the chance to make things work without it. Nancy is openly furious with democracy.

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    1. Nancy worked for city staff. Still does.

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  23. I hate to ask again because I might have missed it but where did Walsh retire from and what did she do?

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  24. I worked under a high school principal the last few years of my career (there were 7 over the course of my 31 years) and she was by far the absolute worst. I really wanted to outlast the idiot but the age/time factor told me to get out. Anyway--her faital flaw: ambitious and dumb. Which reminded me of Nancy's nonsense at the podium last CC meeting.

    I just looked at Nancy's 5 minute speechifying, hair pushing, arm waving, dry month/dry tooth sucking, looking leftward even before the last telling glance to Elaine, paper shuffling and could not for a momment for an instant imagine why anyone in this town could have voted for her.

    Then I remembered the candidates night at the women's club, overhearing the 'ladies' say how good Nancy sounded. I watched Pat Alcorn with her ankle in a cast, broken while out campaigning, get sidelined by her discomfort, maybe pain, not give a very convencing delivery but I knew that Pat was so much more intelligent and kind than Nancy could ever dream of being. Sorry for us the town was set against Pat Alcorn. We really needed her.

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  25. Poor Walsh. She starts out by saying the report has been made intentionally complex. Complex to her brain.

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