Friday, November 7, 2014

If You Had the Endorsement of Two Sierra Madre Mayors, the Local Weekly Newspaper and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, You'd Expect to Win Here, Right?

Thanks Sierra Madre!
Most people would figure you'd have to be a lock to take the vote here in Sierra Madre with that kind of powerhouse local support, right? And for Los Angeles Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka that level of encouragement here was virtually unprecedented. I know I can't recall that kind of political firepower lining up for any one candidate or issue since 5 Sierra Madre Mayors announced their opposition to Measure V some years back.

Of course, when you consider that Mayors John Harabedian and Nancy Walsh, along with Mountain Views News publisher H. Susan Henderson (link) and Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce President Ed Chen, are all also on record as being adamantly opposed to ever replacing the Sierra Madre Police Department with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, you do have to wonder why they ever got involved in this particular race in the first place.

However, we are talking politics, and sometimes you just can't tell where people are coming from when that sort of thing comes into play. Especially when you consider that Paul Tanaka remains under investigation by the FBI and other rather heavy law enforcement entities for all sorts of bizarre malfeasances, committed while serving as LASD Undersheriff under the equally controversial Lee Baca. A fairly complete compendium of Tanaka's legal and ethical difficulties can be found here.

But that hardly stopped our guys. If you go to the Paul Tanaka for Sheriff website (which is still proudly up and running), you can find the endorsements of our current and former Mayors. Here is John Harabedian's strong statement of support. Note the non-traditional spelling of the word "Couny" (link).


You can still find then-Mayor Nancy Walsh's effusive praise of the controversial former LASD Undersheriff on Tanaka's still defiant campaign page as well (link).


So how did Paul Tanaka's campaign to become elected the Sheriff of Los Angeles County do here in the famous Foothill Village on Tuesday? Here are the near final results from Sierra Madre.


In case you've misplaced your reading glasses, that would be Jim McDonnell 1879 votes, and Paul Tanaka 475. Or, if you prefer the percentages, 80% for Big Jim, 20% for Little Paul.

As bad as these Sierra Madre numbers are for the Tanaka campaign, especially when you consider the kinds of political firepower brought to bear on his behalf here, they are even worse than the overall percentages County-wide. Here are the near final numbers courtesy of the fine folks who take care of this kind of stuff for LA County (link).


Not a good night for Sierra Madre's esteemed community leadership. And given the record in office of the individual they endorsed for this important job, you really do have to wonder about what happened to their judgement.

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33 comments:

  1. nancy Walsh, John Harabedian, and Susan Henderson. Aren't these the same wizards of smart that thnk we need to increase the UUT tax?

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  2. Nancy, John, Susan and Ed were strong supporters of Noah Pants as well. They are on quite a winning streak lately.

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  3. They are all Bart Doyle puppets.

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  4. why would anybody give a rip about Ed Chen? He's a garbage company saleman and that's what his endorsement is worth - garbage.

    I don't recall except for the last few years where the ceremonial title of "Mayor" was used so blatantly to promote oneself with silly endorsements or ego grandstanding.

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    1. Ed Chen is the President of three different Chambers of Commerce. And in each of those cities he got the halfwit mayor to endorse Paul "Beat 'Em Black & Blue" Tanaka. That is some fine work.

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    2. Ed must have a certain amount of charisma, because he seems to do a pretty good job of hustling people.

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    3. Carnival barkers have the same skill for fooling naive small town folks.

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    4. If you read her endorsement of Tanaka you can see how easily Susan just invents things. The whole thing is amost entirely untrue. Fortunately she didn't fool anybody.

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  5. of course when Tanaka copy and pasted his welcome and thankfulness to have the endorsement of Namcy Walsh without doing any research into her political track record - just proves that he'd be incompetent as a Sheriff.

    figures that he's under FBI investigation and gets the endorsement of nobodies in podunk SM

    Susan Henderson's support is the kiss of death in SM - she hasn't figured out that to a good majority of us she's sort of a joke now.

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    1. I think she is sort of a joke because when you think of all the harm she has caused this community it is not funny.

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    2. Oh I do hope that's true, 6:51. Drives me crazy to see an injustice minimized.

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  6. Sierra Madre is kind of different in that a lot of the establishment positions are occupied by outcasts. Check the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce. In most cities they'd be hard pressed to become officers of the local kennel club.

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  7. “As a liaison between the City Council and the Sierra Madre Police Department, and a former Policy Analyst for Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Mayor of Los Angeles, I am well aware of the needs, concerns and dangers regarding public safety,” said Mayor Pro Tem John Harabedian. “I believe it is extremely important that public safety officials have a leader who can motivate deputies, reallocate department resources if needed and decrease crime throughout our communities. I believe Paul Tanaka is that leader and I am proud to endorse him for Los Angeles County Sheriff.”

    What a boatload of crap that is.

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    1. Not too self-important, are we.

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    2. With Harabedian's endorsement of Tanaka for sheriff, does that create a conflict of interest in a discussion of getting rid of the police and bringing in the Sheriff?

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    3. Pretty funny, Harabedian being a Dem and all, endorsing a Republican.

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    4. Does the Central Committee know this?

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    5. Anyone got a defibrillator? Someone's political career may need a jump start.

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  8. Johnny became an expert on policing after he got a couple of SMPD officers to partially undress for his postcard.

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  9. 475 votes for Tanaka? 475 people here actually thought he was a good choice?
    No wonder our history of electing bad city leaders.

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  10. What is sad, are the lack of people who didn't care enough to vote. Out of 58 counties only 11 had over 50% turnout. The one thing we have left of value. No wonder this city is so messed up. You have no right to complain about anything if you don't vote.

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  11. Some people vote strictly along "party lines" not a good thing.

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  12. From the LASD Abuse Sheet:

    Paul Tanaka is planning on being the next Sheriff of Los Angeles County. Tanaka is also a tattooed Lynwood Viking gang member. Before resigning as Undersheriff, Tanaka was relieved of his duties as head of the department's intelligence unit where he served along with fellow confirmed tattooed Viking, Lt. Greg Thompson. Both men are accused of being directly involved in hiding a jailhouse F.B.I. informant from the F.B.I.

    Viking Lt. Greg Thompson is also accused of covering up an incident regarding a deputy's involvement with a powerful skin head gang member. "An inappropriate relationship exists between certain LASD personnel and various inmate jail gangs, expecially white supremacists. LASD personnel use these jail gangs as proxies or agents to retaliate against other LASD deputies and inmates. Within these inappropriate alliances, the gangs are given certain privileges that they are otherwise legally precluded from. Similarly, the gangs provide LASD personnel with certrain benefits, which include carrying out certain tasks on behalf of LASD personnel. Thus, these gangs often act under the color of law because of powers delegated or provided by LASD," (Courthouse News Service, Deputies Rothbun, Sexton vs. County of Los Angeles et al).

    Courtroom News link - http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/04/26/57064.htm

    I can't believe a past and present Mayor of Sierra Madre could have endorsed such a person.

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  13. Deputies Say Racist Gang Wields Power at Top of L.A. Sheriff's Dept. - White racist gangs operate at the highest levels of Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Department, threatened the lives of deputies who exposed it and branded them as "race traitors" and "snitches," two deputies claim in court.
    Deputies Michael Rathbun and James Sexton sued Los Angeles County, Sheriff Leroy Baca, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Lt. Greg Thompson and "Detective Perkins," in Federal Court.
    They seek damages for retaliation, constitutional violations, malicious prosecution, conspiracy, harassment and other charges.
    The 39-page complaint makes alarming allegations, including that the Sheriff's Department hid an inmate from the FBI, that Thompson and Tanaka covered up an incident involving a skinhead deputy, and that Sheriff Baca blew off the threats to his deputies and was indifferent to the corruption.
    Rathbun and Sexton claim they worked in an intelligence unit known as Operation Safe Jails (OSJ), using jail informants to help prevent gang violence and crime in America's largest local jail system.
    Though Lt. Thompson and Undersheriff Tanaka oversaw the intelligence unit, they are members of a racist cop gang, the Vikings, according to the complaint.
    "On or about August 2011, Lt. Thompson ordered Rathbun, Sexton, and other members of OSJ to transfer and hide a specific inmate, 'Anthony Brown.' Rathbun and Sexton learned that the inmate was being hidden from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On information and belief, the order to hide Anthony Brown came from Sheriff Baca and Undersheriff Tanaka in an effort to obstruct a federal
    investigation," the complaint states.

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  14. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

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    1. Is Nancy Walsh a Viking?

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    2. Why? Is she singing?

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    3. Tap dancing.

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  15. Finance Director City of Sierra Madre The City of Sierra Madre is looking for a customer service orientated Finance Director to administer the City's financial affairs and oversee the activities and operations of the Finance Division including accounting, billing, budget, payroll, and... 11/23/2014

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    1. Hopefully they pick someone who believes a city should live within its means rather than just constantly demanding more.

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  16. Baca and Tanaka were running their own version of Abu Ghraib in downtown L.A.? Of course Sierra Madre's leading political lights would want to endorse that!

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