Monday, June 29, 2015

Movoto Proclaims Pasadena "Snobbiest City In America"


(Mod: Here is a stunner from from the always entertaining Movoto blog. What makes the following article special for the San Gabriel Valley is it names Pasadena as the "Snobbiest Mid-Sized City In America." Here is how they lay to all down - link.)

These Are The 10 Snobbiest Mid-Sized Cities In America: Do you turn your nose up at anything unrefined? Then you might feel right at home in these supremely snooty cities.

Everyone’s a snob about something. Wine, video games, books, clothing, food…you probably have your own particular thing you’re snobby about. Still, there are some places where people are just a little more stuck up than others, and you might be surprised where those are.

Here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we’re kind of snobs about our top 10 lists, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to indulge our passion. We put on our boat shoes, canceled our reservations at Chez Fancy, and used our new state-of-the-art totally chic computers to make a list of the most persnickety places.

After some math and research, we came up with this refined and high-society list of the snobbiest mid-sized cities in America:


(Mod: How awesome is that? Congrats to Glendale as well for their #7 finish. Here is what Movoto had to say about the big winner.)



(Mod: So how is it so wealthy a community has such an at risk school district? Easy. Snobby Pasadena hates its poor. When they are not denying their poorest citizens a decent public education, their $220,000 a year cops are shooting them. After which they are given a raise by the City Council.)

Pasadena Weekly feature writer Justin Chapman & the LA Press Club Awards

PW scribe Justin Chapman, who used to turn out some ridiculous nonsense for the Sierra Madre Patch (remember them?) back in the day, actually got nominated for something at the LA Press Awards. That happened this weekend, and he didn't win anything. Probably for a good reason.

Here is what Justin was nominated for:


Here is how that article is described on-line. But there is a little bit of a problem. Check this one out first.


Now get a load of this:


You catch that? Chapman's piece, which was nominated for an award to be given for an article that appeared in 2014, was actually a rehash of a "news feature" that he'd published the year before, in 2013. Something that the Pasadena Weekly ran both times, possibly proving they don't read some of the things they put in their paper. And even if they did, all they pretty much changed was the name.

Which means, as a 2013 article regurgitated a year later under a different name, it never should have been nominated for an LA Press Club Award this year.

That said, it really is too bad Justin Chapman didn't win. I would have had so much fun calling those folks out.

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38 comments:

  1. Is it snobby when you know you are better? Doesn't that mean you are just being honest?

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    1. the nazis thought they were better

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    2. It took a concerted effort to prove to them they were not.

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  2. Well, let's see. #1 private school attendance, 18th in personal income, and bottom tier in public schools. Yes, this is a caring city. About themselves.

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    1. Those in positions of power in Pasadena know that crappy public schools are for the poor and minorities. Sure expalins why they don't give a damn about the quality of a PUSD education, as evidenced by the overall test scores.

      Come to think of it, that explains Pasadena's disdain for Sierra Madre and our two schools with excellent test scores.

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    2. Maybe Peter Dreier will "help" us.

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    3. Happy face racism.

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    4. Peter Dreier has done so much already. Can't you tell?

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    5. Help us, Peter Dreier, help us!

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    6. Maybe if we sing loud enough, he'll hear us all the way in Eagle Rock!

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    7. I wonder how the Tiger Temps are doing.

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  3. Pasadena ciy hall had one of its city employees steal $16 million dollars form the general fund and did not even know it! How much money has been stolen from Sierra madres general fund?

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    1. Less than that.

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    2. Sierra Madre is a smaller city with a smaller tax base. But if we raise utility taxes to 12%, who knows?

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    3. There was that redevelopment / bond money thing. Was there ever any audit of that?

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    4. Not that I ever heard. Water Department needs a good wringing out as well.

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    5. $6.4 million, not $16 million.

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  4. Speaking of snobby, whatever happened to The Magazine? I haven't seen a copy in years.

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    1. You don't qualify to receive it. Sorry.

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    2. LSQ. Low Snob Quotient.

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    3. HAL. Have A Life. If Steve Tobia is telling you how to lead an enriching and fulfilling life, then there is no hope for you.

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    4. "The" was (is?) nothing but a tribute to people's worst instincts.

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    5. Please, let's be politically correct: it was THE Magazine. Otherwise everything else mentioned is quite true - it was a shoddy piece of gloss and those who appeared in its pages seemed extravagantly self absorbed.

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  5. If you are knowledgable about Pasadena's early days, you would know that it was the climate that brought the wealthy to the area from the East and San Francisco in the 1880's. With them they brought a way of life that included good education and culture. Most of the private schools and parish schools have been established for over 75 years. Orange Grove was once known as Millionaire Row. It saddens me that most of the old homes in Ora ge Grove have been replaced by condos and apartment buildings. The public schools in the sixties were among the best in the State until bussing ruined everything. The main ingredient missing in the public schools is Parent Involvement. The teachers care but they are only with the kids a few hours a day. The parents must step up to the plate and value education and make sure their kids behave, do the work, and show up..

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    1. The best indication of the lack of parent and community involvement is the extremely low voter percentages in school board elections. Now they are appointing board me bers to save money on elections. Nobody cares.

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    2. True 9:58, and the snobbery around some of those early founders was intense indeed. After all, they had to show that they were as good as anyone in London or New York. They brought their servants with them, and while the mansions on one part of Orange Grove were showplaces, the servants neighborhoods on another part of Orange Grove became ghettos.

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    3. Personally I am very happy that Pasadena has top notch colleges, wonderful museums, and many wonderful private schools. Would you rather have it like South Central? I don't like the traffic that all the density has caused nor am I thrilled about the freeway/tunnel mess.

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    4. Cal Tech made it to the top of the best universities in the world list that The Times puts out every year.

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    5. Pasadena does take care of its entitled. Everyone else not so much.

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    6. It's more like they take care of themselves, 12:10; and they guard their privileges jealously. You can't get in the club unless you've got the right blood. Money is nice, but it's not the price of admission.

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    7. Yes, but why would anyone want to join that club? Overbred and insufferably self-involved people like that are a ticket to extreme boredom. It would be like hanging around with the Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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    8. Bite your tongue, 1:11. The Valley Hunt is light worlds apart from the tacky and boorish Beverly Hillian.

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    9. I would never want to go to a place that would allow me in.

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  6. 10:02 you've hit the nail on the head. The last Arcadia school board election was cancelled due to no interest. With AUSD getting $3.05 per new square foot and passing a large school construction bond, it's easy to understand why most teachers and administration retire with pensions well over $100,000.

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    1. AUSD is running like a well-oiled machine. It never has had the challenge of a population with such economic extremes, like PUSD has.

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    2. PHS has kids in the honors and AP classes that go on to colleges like Yale, so that part of the school works.
      If the students are just average, there's no way teachers can make up for the huge disparities in their home environments, so they coast along.
      Special ed is a nightmare, and worth moving out of the district to avoid.

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  7. Pasadena white took flight but went to a town with a good public school system--Claremont. So the middle class decamped from Pasadena and the public school support with it.

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  8. It's not just White flight ... Lots of Black families have also left Pasadena .

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