Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Election Wrap Up: What's Going On With The Pasadena Weekly And That Pay to Play Scandal?

Being a dedicated political junkie I got way caught up in the Pasadena run off election vote tallies last night. And, rather amazingly, the two candidates that were not backed by the often dominant city employee unions won.

This despite the many assurances I'd heard proclaiming that Terry Tornek and especially Tyron Hampton didn't stand a chance against such money and tactics. And as you know I am sure, the Jacque Robinson for Mayor campaign was primarily based on the promise of delivering for the not exactly downtrodden and oppressed municipal employees of the Rose City. No matter how much more it would cost the people who have to live there.

All of which now begs the question, how will Pasadena survive without $225,000 a year beat cops? Or multi-millionaire Fire and Police Chiefs?

Here are the results.


In case you haven't been following this as closely as I have, the rather nasty whispering campaign unleashed against Tyron Hampton by the Calvin "Millionaire Chief" Wells campaign was one for the record books. They even attacked Hampton over a personal disability. Financed by a lot of union money, it was their hope that by keeping Hampton off of the Pasadena City Council there would be raises and bennie bumps all around. This in a city where the average city employee salary is around $128,000 already.

But the two union candidates lost, and somehow fiscal sanity carried the day. Or at least so it is hoped. We'll have to wait and see how this all works out.

But there is one big mystery that remains. The Pasadena Weekly, which apparently selected itself to be the print venue for much of the garbage being slung at Tyron Hampton, became something of a target as well. With its preeminent political columnist, Andre' Coleman, being accused of soliciting money from candidates in exchange for favorable treatment in his political reporting.

The rumors about these alleged attempts at influence peddling (or, if you prefer, extortion) got so bad that the Hampton campaign released the following press release in late March.


Now that Hampton has been elected to the Pasadena City Council, this all takes on a heightened level of relevance. And if true, it is one hell of a scandal. One that calls into question the integrity of the Pasadena Weekly and its role there. The paper may very well have become an embarrassment to both itself and the city it claims to represent.

The elections in Pasadena are over and Tyron Hampton is the newly elected City Councilman for District 1. So can we at last get to the bottom of this mess?

It is now time for the Pasadena Weekly - or somebody - to finally come clean.

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34 comments:

  1. Wonder who's going to run for Tyrone Hampton's PUSD seat?

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    1. Good question. Are there any other Republicans in that district?

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    2. Thankfully for Pasadena residents, the union-backed candidates lost. If they had one, you can bet that the public employees would have been rewarded with even higher salaries than tha average $128,000 that now exists.
      I hope that Tornek and Hampton will take some actions to roll back some of the excess so that Pasadena does not continue on the road to insolvency.

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    3. The Pasadena Weekly needs to come clean and admit that, the earn more revenue, they are charging people for coverage. Its a huge scandal and the sooner they come clean and remove the offending party, the better. That newspaper has violated every jurnalistic principle and should pay a heavy price for doing so.

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    4. Maybe the paper should change its name to The Pasadena Pimp.

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    5. "The Pimpalicious Publication for Pay To Play Political Punditry."

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  2. congrats M.T. You had a good day yesterday.

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  3. So what is Steve Madison doing this morning? Having a bitter bowl of failure flakes?

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  5. The rumor around town this morning is that Andre "Pay to Play" Coleman is finished. He was nowhere to be seen last night and there many who want to know how his story will be slanted in the Weakly once it comes out. But after the hit on Hampton and the hidden correction some think he's been pulled from the street altogether. He's creepy and probably done in Pasadena until he pays back all those "loans."

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    1. Maybe he can sit on a blanket in front of Poobah's and sell autographed copies of his books.

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    2. Andre' didn't show up last night? Damn. Is that a first?

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  6. Hopefully, the PUSD will call for an election to fill Hampton's seat. That would be the democratic thing to do.

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    1. Maybe the Board of Ed will appoint Ruben Hueso. After all, he came so close last time. The Rubester was seen looking solicitous at the ballot count last night.

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    2. The only way Hueso would ever get a Board of Ed seat is an appointment.

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    3. Maybe his brother can buy it for him.

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    4. The Huesos might be a little cash strapped right now.

      State Sen. Ben Hueso to Serve 3 Years' Probation in DUI Case
      Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/State-Sen-Ben-Hueso-to-Serve-3-Years-Probation-DUI-286318691.html#ixzz3Y5FhJ4Ih

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  7. The difference is Hampton knocked on just about every door in his district, while Wells thought his endorsements would carry him to the City Council and put a crown on his head. He deserved to lose.

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    1. Wells still gets his $200,000 + pension. That'll drown a hell of a lot of sorrows.

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    2. Drowning in the Wells of sorrow.

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    3. Nothing like good old Double Dipping to keep you in the pink. This goes down with City Managers all the time, as Rick Cole discovered. And many local cities are finding out. San Marino's City Manager is the former Police Chief, which tells you everything you need to know.

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    4. Stackin' pensions.

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  8. This should be interesting. There's a vacated seat at PUSD as well as the now-vacated City Council seat that was Terry Tornek's. And don't forget that Jacque Robinson is termed out next month as well. Bet there will be an election!

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    1. In Pasadena voting is a sport that only a very few participate in.

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    2. Good. Most people there would only screw things up worse if they did vote.

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    3. Martin Truitt is having a very good day today

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  9. Isn't Tornek a developer?

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    1. Doesn't matter. Pasadena is a lost cause anyway. Run for your life.

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  10. Let's face it, rumors of Hampton's ethics abound. Moreover, rumor is he is far from the sharpest butter knife. Now we will see how he survives among the Council. He will either prove the rumors wrong or expose himself as one step removed from a pet rock. Let's see. As for Tornek, let's see how he does getting a majority of the Council to move with him. I am told he's struggled to do that in the past. Again, let's see.

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    1. I always get a kick out of certain Pasadena political establishment types questioning the intellectual abilities of Tyron Hampton. Considering that he has now beaten their very well financed candidates twice like a cheap rug, it doesn't speak well of their smarts.

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    2. my money says he's closer to a pet rock. My friend works at the school district H.Q. and tells me the jokes about Hampton's intellect are fairly common. But, yes, he did win.

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    3. Wells is a Chia Pet.

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  11. So, did anyone notice who was tied to Tornek's hip at last nights election event at City Hall? You bet, Richard "Richie Rich" McDonald. So, look out, McDonald and his developer cronies will be looking to cash in on Tornek. In fact, I bet if you follow Tornek's contributions you'll find all those developers looking for deals and land use entitlements. I bet $1 that the Signpoli Chinese money gave handsomely and Richie Rich gave on behalf of all his clients. So, let's see how many more times Richie comes to feed from Terrible Terry at City Hall....talk about special interest. Geez!!

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    1. I don't think there is any doubt that Pasadena is a mess. This was a Mayoral race between a union hack and a development whore. A pretty awful situation.

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