Saturday, February 14, 2015

Encinitas Undercover: Is Joe Mosca Planning a Political Comeback?

We interrupt today's report on the ongoing water crisis here in Sierra Madre to bring you the following breaking news … This from Encinitas Undercover (link):


EU notes that Joe Mosca does not have a lot of history in Encinitas. Of course, that hardly stopped him when he moved here.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming …

Are "Excess Water Usage" Penalties Really A Done Deal?

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City Staff put out a press release to celebrate what I guess was a big victory for them. Or at least to deflect a little of the blowback from Tuesday evening's less than stellar performance before the City Council. An event that clearly showed they just did not have their act together. Or perhaps they just want people to know that now they're actually communicating.

This press release has so far been seen on the City's Facebook page, where it has received 3 likes (including one from the the Chair of the EENER Commission), and on the Sierra Madre News.net website. No comments from the readers there yet, though they usually are a quiet bunch on that site. Here is what it says:

City to Impose Penalties for Excess Water Usage - Please note that at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City Council directed staff to begin charging water penalties to customers that exceed their water conservation target numbers, beginning on the July (for the water usage in May and June) and August (for water usage in June and July) water bills. Please look for more information in your March and April water bills.

I'm not sure that this is quite a done deal yet, however. Councilmember John Capoccia, the fellow who ran for his City Council seat as a tax fighter, only to later become a helpful friend to every tax, rate and fee increase imaginable, was quite insistent on the quick institution of penalties for residents who use too much water. To do otherwise would be to appear soft, or something. Government that does not take money from residents, and as often as possible, apparently being a sign of weakness for this Councilmember.

And while it is true that there are some water hogging knuckleheads out there ruining it for everybody else, it isn't the people having trouble keeping their water usage below 12 units that are the problem. Though they certainly do seem to be a target for some reason. Could this also be a part of that "perception of weakness" problem?

So did this press release jump the gun a little? If you go to the latest City Manager's report on the City of Sierra Madre website, you can see that the item is up for City Council discussion again at the Feb. 24 meeting. Here it is listed as the final consent calendar item.


The reason why the "excess water usage" matter has to go to a vote on Feb. 24 is because nobody is completely certain what those penalties are going to be yet. And while the "appearance of weakness" factor obviously plays an important role for some, the fact remains nobody has worked up anything that can actually be used yet.

Something that in my opinion also gives an appearance of weakness.

No penalties are going to happen until city staff finally figures out what they will be, who will actually get penalized, puts it all down on paper, and the City Council votes to approve whatever it is they've  finally come up with. After all, you can't have an ordinance without any words in it.

And the City Council could alway reject whatever city staff does come up with, especially if it is as bizarre as that last batch of nonsense they were pushing. Then send them back to the drawing board all over again.

But there will be penalties some fine day for water abuse. Have no doubt. Hopefully it will be after the drought is actually over in a decade or two. For now, however, you'll just have to "look for more information in your March and April water bills" to find out what is up. A little after the fact, but that does buy the city some extra time to clean up the mess.

Obviously the chaos continues.

More revelations from the City Manager's Report

Those fighting to preserve Sierra Madre from the community wrecking effects of vast quantities of embezzled foreign capital, along with the machinations of those local noisy fifth columnists who are so slavishly eager to betray this community in order to serve that cause, will want to be ready on Feb. 24 for this one:


I'm sure the McMansion development riff raff will be out again in force for this one. It is always amusing when people with a few million bucks in their bank account try to portray themselves as victims. The hyperventilating and hysteria alone are worth the price of admission.

Oh, and be sure to check today's Looney Views News and make certain this public notice is actually there. You know how that one goes.

There is also this unfortunate little number:

Why anyone would want to run the risk of having our City Council elections, along with the intimate community conversations that are so much a part of them, drowned out in the insane howling roar of what presidential elections have become in this country, is beyond me. 

And do we really want to run the additional risk of having our non-partisan City Council elections swamped in the garbage pumped out by the two major parties?

Unless, of course, there are some people who would prefer that those conversations not take place.  

There is that.

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48 comments:

  1. Placing the council elections in with the Presidential elections is the same ploy used by Gov. Jerry Brown. he moved the voting for all ballot propositions to the November ballot and placed the ones he wanted to win at the top of the list. this is stacking the deck in his favor. Harabedian knows that in a Presidential year the turn out of the pro union and bigger and better pensions, spend more money groups are greater. and to folks like Harabedian who never met a tax increase the didn't like, this is a grand idea. plus, with all the other money being thrown around in the bigger elections, some of it will find its way to the council elections too. Great way for folks like Harabedian to get more bang for his buck.
    This is our town, our issues are not the same as other cities. We need to have our own election. Harabedian is trying to dilute the power of good citizens by briniging in outside forces and money.

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  2. Sierra Madre elections are a part of the life we need to preserve here. We don't need to bring national politics into it.

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  3. Parks and Recreation?

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    1. A very busy department in Encinitas.
      Hey, a guy has got to start somewhere.
      You can imagine he'll do a good job on the everybody get healthy stuff. And behind closed doors? Make some wickedly funny jokes about overweight citizens

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    2. Poodle catcher.

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    3. all I can tell Encinitas is the dude lied straight to my face

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    4. poor Joe Mosca. He's using his spouse's money once again to play important.

      the guy was terrible for Sierra Madre, was a well documented master of two faced deception, aligned himself with development which benefited his employer a utility company instead of the city residents

      if Encinitas elects him they will get what they deserve

      I'm sure he's going around telling people how much he "loves the city" - same BS he used on us

      didn't he borrow a dog for his campaign photo?

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  4. Does anyone know what the $$ from the water fines will be used for?

    3 guesses and the first 2 don't count.

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    1. Pensions? Either that or pensions.

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    2. Bruce Inman's leaky pipe problem

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  5. Let's see, Encinitas is a quaint town filled with older homes of decidedly idiosyncratic design. Developers are dying to get in there and make a killing building crap. Sierra Madre is a quaint town filled with older homes of decidedly idiosyncratic design. Developers are dying to get in here and make a killing building crap. Nope. I see no pattern.

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    1. Huh. And to think he could have chosen El Centro.

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    2. well, it is close to the border just in case Mosca needs to leave town in a hurry again. Parks and Rec, doesn't that involve working with children?

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    3. 12:18, I hadn't thought of that! Encinitas has got to know about the Mosca Matheson connection.

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    4. You guys are sick , there is no Mosca , Matheson connection other than voting and to imply he is a child molester 12:18 you should be ashamed of your self
      But of coarse since you do not have to use your name no body can get you for slander

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    5. Not sure what Batt Masterson has to do with it.

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    6. Matheson was a good buddy of ol' Joe and hosted fundraisers for Mosca.

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  6. What can we do to warn Encinitas? That's a nice place.

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    1. I don't know. The guy is a skilled con man. He sure fooled this town.

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    2. He wasn't the first - and he hasn't been the last.

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    3. The city council is like a circus side show. You get to see a lot of exotic acts.

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    4. Does the Encinitas Park and Rec Dept. know about the live elephant his spouse tried to put in the July 4th parade?

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  7. The record is clear on the Tattler, and forewarned is forearmed. But can you imagine the charm offensive Mosca is waging? Young, concerned father, dedicated to the beautiful community we all love so much, wanting to participate in the health of the community we all love so much...

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    1. … this precious jewel that is so near and dear to our hearts?

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    2. He also told a lot of his true believers that he would be back once Matt's obligations in London were up. That never happened. Sold the house and found a new town to screw up.

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    3. Joey don't surf.

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  8. This Encinitas blog is pretty good. Check out this writing:

    We have noted before Council Member Lisa Shaffer's odd uses of language to detach herself from responsibility for her actions. First, Shaffer told the Union-Tribune that she was "sad at the divisive tone and misleading messaging" around Proposition A without mentioning that she was on the subcommittee that wrote the untruthful ballot arguments that the council gave to voters.

    Then, Shaffer falsely stated,

    Meanwhile, a judge ruled in favor of Olivenhain neighbors who sued the developer, asserting that a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) should have been required before deciding whether to approve a density bonus project referred to as Desert Rose.

    The lawsuit and ruling were not against the developer, but against the City of Encinitas, which, under Shaffer's responsibility of oversight, ignored environmental concerns and violated the law. One would expect a council member of a party in a lawsuit to be somewhat cognizant of the lawsuit. Maybe she was distracted by a plastic bag.

    They're going to have their hands filled with Joe, though.

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    1. Looks like Flyman Joe will fit right in.

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    2. I am sure that Joe will tell them that his hard learned experiences in Sierra Madre will allow him to help Encinitas through its time of troubles.

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    3. He is no doubt commiserating with Shaffer, and working it.
      Hope the women in the government there know that Joe says one thing to their faces, and very different things behind their backs.

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  9. I received a notice from our County Registrar of Voters (not LA County) that says the County Board of Supervisors approved a change in biennial election date ... for the odd numbered years to the even numbers years to consolidate with the Statewide General Elections beginning in 2016. It said some more stuff, too. It's just Harabedian trying to put his act to the forefront of a very general discussion. Typical layerese, or Harabedianesque behavior.

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    1. That doesn't cover local city council elections, though. That would be the twist.

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  10. Water : "Obviously the chaos continues"
    How pathetic is that ! This is a simple situation that has become chaotic with endless revisions,studies,consultants dismissals(Mr.Love told the Council there is no water problem!).
    Time for Tattler to clarify the mess ? Nobody else seems to be able to do this.

    1. The water rationing system has to be transparent and understandable.
    I challenge you to find anyone in town who can explain the proposed system/fines/targets to you. How can you expect a system nobody understands to work?

    2.The ration has to be fair.
    People with unusual situations need to have their Appeals handled promptly and intelligently - not just a belated apology letter & no action over 4 months later ! If you propose a stupid,bewildering system there will be many,many appeals.

    3.The ration has to be reasonable.
    Water hogs can easily reduce their glutenous consumption by 30% .Those who have been frugal for years can not. A system that 'rewards' the water hogs and dings the water misers is the opposite of what is(?) intended !

    4. Go after the biggest sinners first.
    There are 62 people using 50+ units over their target.Some are 100 units over their alreay very high Target! Yet Inman wants to ding people with a target of merely 12 units for going over by 2 or 3 units!

    5. And if you don't let Inman's Peeping Tom's snoop all over your house for 1-1/2 hours(that IS the proposal) you won't get any Appeal considered.

    Give us a reasonable target and let US figure out how we want to use it.Inman and his Staff are the last people to entrust with helping us decide how to use water wisely. Particularly when it is being used as an excuse to snoop in your home. Tattler to the rescue?

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    1. Inman's plan for fining residents who had already cut back on their water use over the last couple of years had one aim only: money. If staff comes back with something similar on the 24th then we have real trouble.

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    2. 10:56 you could not have stated your case any better. Please tell the city council this at the next meeting.

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    3. Brilliant 10:56!
      IMHO, Inman is a hack. He hardly has serious answers, always seems to need some pricey consultant... what's up with the French Canadian expert? $50,000! That's a lot of dough, but good to know his leaky pipes are being worked with. Does he even have a college degree required for his position?

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  11. Under the guise of saving money, the mayor will push for the change to November election. This will not only conflict with campaigns but also fund raising. Of course Harabedian won't have to worry but the rest of the candidate field will.

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    1. Low information voters turn out to vote during presidential years. Those are the ones most likely to buy into Harabedian's baloney.

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    2. If Johnny gets Sierra Madre council elections moved to presidential years, then I will guarantee you in solid gold writing that the UUT will go back on the ballot toot sweet.

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    3. And it will lose again. They don't know who there're F'n with !

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  12. Average Encinitas government worker makes $92,000 per year, plus $36,000 in benefits
    http://encinitasundercover.blogspot.com/2014/02/average-encinitas-government-worker.html

    Maybe the unions in Encinitas brought Joe in to help preserve their ill gotten gains?

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  13. I see in the local rag that the church on Highland is up for something to inhabit it. I say the city needs a soccer field. Far more than city employees who want to live here. Way too many problems with that. Clear your calendars and try to attend the next council meeting. Can't let Elain, Inman or John have their way!

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    1. Yeah, what a bunch of crap that is. Once those places are built they will go for as much as the developer can get.

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    2. The Higland thing has been going on for years. I think 3 "workforce" units have already been approved.

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    3. A soccer field would be great. The city could make some money by renting it out to recreational leagues. The city of Claremont has one of the oldest running rec league in Southern California.

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  14. Yes. Years past on that. What takes so long?

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  15. I think the City is going to bankrupt! if the City does not sell the church property for the City's pension, the City could lose the money in bankruptcy. Elaine could never let that happen.

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