So there you go. About as nice a write-up as you will ever get to see. And just to let you know how prestigious a position that #11 spot might be, Sierra Madre finished one entire level above Santa Claus, Indiana.
Sierra Madre has apparently beaten Santa Claus at his own game, letters from children and all. Not bad when you consider that as far as this particular part of Christmas goes, the jolly old elf pretty much invented it.
However, there is a problem. According to this latest Larry Wilson column, which I believe was published in today's edition of the Pasadena Star News (link), Country Living Magazine didn't get everything completely right.
Martin Truitt, who when not packing the political seats at City Hall, the Ed Center and PCC through his political consulting, enjoys perusing the Web to find something wrong, caught a nasty little double-error in Country Living magazine’s “America’s Twenty Best Small Towns for Christmas” feature. Not only does the mag, to which MT has a lifetime sub, misplace Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane in Sierra Madre — the pic it uses for our favorite Foothill Village is “a Getty stock photo from Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills.” Well, at least it made No. 11, beating out Taos and Oxford, Miss.
Hopefully this controversy will not become as serious as some of the other problems currently facing "our favorite Foothill Village." Please, everyone remain calm. It's not like Santa is cutting off the water supply for ten days and didn't even bother to tell anyone about it.
Speaking of which, here is a water update
I received this email from a city official yesterday regarding the MWD 10 day water supply shut down in late February and the effect that could have here.
I'm told that we have up to 35ft in the wells and that they are in process in draining the reservoirs to fill the wells. All that being said, that should cover us for the 10 days. The bigger question is if it is prolonged longer that 10 days.
I'm still putting my money on El Nino.
The latest on Earl Richey's "NO UUT" ballot measure petition drive
I received the following two emails recently from Earl Richey. It looks like Earl and his colleagues are now within 30 signatures of hitting their goal.
Monday morning we agreed that we need 100 more Sierra Madre signatures. Monday we got 29 and Tuesday we got 25, so we need 45 more. Wednesday Marcia committed to 14 and Dave McGonigle 5. So we are 21 short. Will be working Wednesday and Thursday to achieve our goal. So we will have 390 gross for submittal with 191 required.
This one arrived last evening:
We are getting close:
1) we have in hand 365.
2) Marsha stated she has 14 signed + David stated he has 9 signed -- ready for pick up which equals 388.
3) our goal is to get 30+ more by Saturday, then we are done, which will total 418 of 191 valid signatures required.
Certainly looks like this is going to happen. We'll then get to see how Los Angeles County (which does take a cut of those local UUT moneys) and the City of Sierra Madre deal with this. As you probably know, the County shot down their previous petition by one lone signature. This after disqualifying a couple of hundred.
Pot shops will likely go up in smoke at tonight's Planning Commission meeting
Or at least the whole matter will be sent to the City Council so they can deal with it. It probably should have gone there first anyway. Here is how the staff report reads (link).
What is probably the most interesting part of the meeting will take happen in a place where none of us are allowed to go. We're talking closed session here. It involves the development corporation CETT and their apparently unhinged desire to build McMansions at One Carter (link).
Just in case you thought those folks had somehow dried up and blown away. One fine day we'll get to know how that all went.