Thursday, November 27, 2014

Video: 91 Year Old Maude Ann Taylor Gives the Speech of the Night at Tuesday Evening's City Council Meeting

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Here is a Thanksgiving present for everyone, courtesy of a YouTube poster who goes by the name of Citizen of Sierra Madre. At the end of the City Council's somewhat frustrating discussion about McMansion development at One Carter, and long after public comment had closed, one meeting attendee decided she'd heard just about enough. With the aid of her attendant, 91-year-old Maude Ann Taylor, a resident in town, walked up to the public comment podium and gave what many now believe was the speech of the night. Judging by the effect her talk had on the room that acclaim is well deserved.

Click Here to view the video.

What Maude Ann Taylor articulated in her public comment so well seems to have escaped the City Council. The issue here is not "less bad" development on our hillsides, rather it is something that is exponentially more important. It is also a discussion that we need to be having.

From Caltrans - the people who want to build the 710 Tunnel

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(Mod: We'll let the TV news writers do all the talking for this one - link.)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — One of the busiest streets in all of Los Angeles is apparently suffering from an identity crisis.

For what was reportedly a few days earlier this month, a freeway sign installed above Interstate 710 was displayed with Olympic Boulevard misspelled with an “I” in place of the “Y”, according to The Associated Press. The large green exit sign was covered with a tarp and eventually removed, but not before drivers snapped and tweeted photographs of the mega-typo earlier this month, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Twitter user and Times Assistant Managing Editor Shelby Grad posted an image of the misspelling Nov. 10 before it was covered.

Caltrans spokeswoman Kelly Markham told The Times that the subcontractor will pay for a new sign.

(Mod: Being Caltrans means never having to say you're sorry. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!)

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36 comments:

  1. During Maude's talk you can see that CETT Attorney Richard McDonald is constantly enveloped in the comforting glow of his smart phone.

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    1. I wish the Chambers had one of those devices that disabled wireless

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    2. Maude Ann was a real problem for them. They had to pretend to be disinterested. Tough to do when someone so gracious is pouring out her heart and calling for the council to be bold.

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    3. She sure was powerful. You contrast her with the attorney not paying any attention to it. He doesn't care about the hillside, nor does the owner or Adele. Its all about money to them.

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  2. She was inspiring. I feel fortunate to have spoken to her for a few moments after the meeting. I am truly thankful for that moment. You are my heroine, Maude.

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    1. if Joe Mosca was still around he'd told her to get a life, remember when he said that to another elderly woman who was speaking ?

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    2. Deep down inside Joe was afraid of any kind of criticism. He wanted so very badly to be loved, and ended up being widely disliked. It's like he knew what was coming. The only mayor in years to use the cut off button.

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    3. Joe is/was a sociopath. He was probably the worst councilmember ever to sit....even worse than Bart Doyle and Glen Lambdin.

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    4. 8:22 I know he lied to me - but I put him on par with Nancy Walsh except she was never prepared and openly a kook - Joe had an agenda and it was himself

      beware of those who profess "love" for the city after living here a short time

      ahem......Noah Green

      and John Buchanan

      notice a trend ? lawyers

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    5. Gone with the wind.

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  3. With all we have to be thankful for here in Sierra Madre it is a pleasure to add Maude Ann Taylor to the list. That alone is reason yo continue the fight to preserve our Hillsides.

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  4. John and Diane Shear wishing all the Tattler readers a Happy Thanksgiving.
    A very loyal Tattler reader is currently in the hospital recovering from a fall.
    I am going to bring this video to show her. She will be very moved to see this.
    Our friend in the hospital is 100 3/4 years old.
    Thank you Maude Taylor for speaking for all of us!
    DS

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  5. Thanks too to our Mayor who allowed Maude to talk after the public portion of the session was closed. It is nice to have civility restored to the council chamber.

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    1. I agree 7:57. I could just imagine John Buchanan saying "No, public comment is closed".
      There have been such hostile people on the council before.

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    2. The contrast is very strong. The Buchanan era consisted of City Councils who were virtually at war with a large portion of the community. The sneers and attacks were strange and unpleasant. What a relief that they are all gone now.

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    3. Yes, thank you Mr. Mayor for bending the rules. Your kindness to Ms. Taylor was noted.

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    4. A good leader wants to know what all members of the community are thinking. It isn't so much a kindness, but it is an intelligent thing to do.

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    5. I too applaud Mayor Harabedian. We probably don't agree on everything but he certainly is thoughtful and considerate of the public in attendance. What a difference from what we had before.

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  6. We here on the Mendocino Coast give thanks for the Tattler Community and especially for John Crawford. While we no longer reside in Sierra Madre, our hearts and minds are constantly drawn there. We start the morning by logging on as we always have and both delight and despair over events as they unfold. The Brandenburgs are becoming our BFF; John and Diane, you continue to have our best wishes; and all the others who remain "Anonymous" but nonetheless brave and articulate! We know who we are! By the way, logging on means powering up the generator, linking to the satellite, and hoping the wind/rain doesn't kick us off.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    1. All the best from us here at Casa Tattler. We started the morning off with a couple mile hike up to the San Dimas dam, and then back. Which fortunately was downhill. We are not sure how many people are coming here for Thanksgiving, but hopefully there will be enough. And we'll be heading up there for Jefferson Independence Day. So hurry up and git 'er done!

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    2. Thanks, John and Anita.....miss you two Tattler patriots.
      Good to see your posts every now and again......as only you can make them......:)

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    3. Definately a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health, and yes John Crawford and the Tattler. It is making a difference in our town. We feel very fortunate to live here with people like Ms. Taylor. She truly speaks for all of us.

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  7. "...comforting glow of his smart phone..." is most likely billable hours to another client or one needing contacting for his current mess.

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    1. One commenter the other night thought he might be reading comments on The Tattler.

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    2. Explains the scowls.

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    3. Nah 10:24.
      Mr. MacDonald's face is frozen in a perpetual scowl.
      That's why he gets paid the big bucks.

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    4. I doubt that Adele and Lawsuit Richie are having very much fun. They must know how they are viewed here in Sierra Madre. What a dirty job they have to do.

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    5. They have no conscience which is why they are willing to do the dirty job. They don't care about what the community feels. I think the owners of the property were there sitting in the back. They obviously don't care either. Not the neighbors I want to have moving into Sierra Madre.

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  8. "Take hold of the gift"
    People in Sierra Madre have got to hear that. And do it.

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  9. I'd like to give a Thanksgiving Day thank you to John Crawford and The Tattler.

    Thank you for digging and sifting thru the not-so pretty side of Sierra Madre and presenting the facts. You rock.

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    1. Thanks Captain. Back at you as well. People seem to have forgotten how much fun practicing actual freedom can be. It is as good as turkey on Thanksgiving. Or beer on all of those other days, and Thanksgiving. All the best from my family to yours.

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    2. What a great post and inspiring video. Maude Ann Taylor is the jewel of Sierra Madre. What an inspiration and what a speech from the heart. Fight on Sierra Madre!

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    3. If I ever get tired of the fight to preserve this "jewel" in the foothills as Maude Ann Taylor says, I will just think of her to draw new strength. She epitomizes the kind of people who make Sierra Madre different from any other town. Nothing short of remarkable.

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  10. Maude Ann Taylor is the conscience of a new movement here in Sierra Madre. When the people at Preserve Sierra Madre and other groups who care about this town, get a little tired or ask themselves if its worth the fight, just keep her speech in mind. She inspired us all last night. Thank you Maude Ann Taylor and may God Bless You!

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  11. I am watching channel 3. The Council meeting from last Tuesday night should be playing, but it's not. An older meeting is airing instead. City Hall has no ethics.

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