Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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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