Saturday, December 26, 2015

Joseph Mosca: The Next Step In His Political Career

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As we are all aware, Joe (or Joseph as he now prefers to be known) abruptly resigned and moved to Europe halfway through his second term on the Sierra Madre City Council. Despite repeated promises to do so, he never came back here. There has been some unkind speculation in this community about why he cut and ran. We shouldn't go there today.

Joseph Mosca did return to the United States eventually, and resettled in a quaint seaside San Diego County town known as Encinitas. Which, and by the wildest of coincidences I am completely certain, is a place where locally unwanted redevelopment has become a highly contentious issue. Just like Sierra Madre back when he first showed up here.

Also like Sierra Madre, it wasn't too long after his arrival that Joseph became involved in local government. He wasted no time in the effort, applying for and winning an appointment to the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission. And while this might seem like a rather modest post when compared to being the Mayor of a city like Sierra Madre, it could provide him with the foot in the door he'll need for that Encinitas City Council run he is probably planning.

After all, while still brand spanking new to that community, he will have served on an actual commission. Something that probably would carry some weight with the more politically naive and poorly informed residents, giving his run for elective office there a level of credibility it otherwise might not have. And who doesn't like parks?

So, seeing how it is December 26 and there isn't much else going on, I thought we should check in with the City of Encinitas and see how things have been going for Joseph so far. Surely there must be some items of interest for us to explore.

Here is how Joseph's appointment was first announced in a local weekly called the Encinitas Advocate (link).


That was September 9. Joe's first meeting as a member of the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission took place less than a week later, on September 15. Here are some examples of how Joe participated, as taken from this meeting's minutes (link).


The first time our former Mayor spoke out at this meeting was on this next item. His suggestion seems reminiscent of what he often advocated for during his City of Sierra Madre years.


As I am sure we all remember, things such as Senior of the Year Awards and "volunteer recognition banquets" were pretty much Joe's meat and potatoes when he was here. He worked events like these hard. Certainly they would present opportunities for him to get out there in an official capacity and mix it up with the lokes in Encinitas. Important for someone with his political ambitions.

Here is one of the featured items Parks and Recreation discussed that evening. Again, this is all comparatively modest, far from proposing utility tax and water rate increases like he did here.


This next item is equally placid.


Good to see the work plan passed unanimously. Then there was this item. No news if these are happy trails.


Two hours of heavy lifting later, the whole thing mercifully ground to a halt.


Only one other Encinitas Parks and Recreation meeting has taken place since Joseph Mosca was appointed to that commission. And this time they actually had something important to consider. Again, from the Encinitas Advocate (link).


So how did Commissioner Joseph Mosca use the opportunity to speak out on an issue as important as this one?


Kind of reminds you of that old "No Show Joe" excitement here in Sierra Madre, right? Joseph Mosca was actually removed from his SGVCOG gig by then Mayor MacGillivray for repeated nonattendance at meetings (link).

The highlight of the evening for this observer was the beginning of a process that will likely result in Joe Mosca being relieved of his SGVCOG duties. The reason being his poor attendance at COG functions as revealed in the meeting minutes published on this organization's website. After hearing from SCAG about the importance of participating in the activities of the regional planning organizations, certainly we need to have a liaison that will actually show up at the meetings. Once staff prepares the necessary documents, the eminently qualified Don Watts will likely serve as our new liaison to the San Gabriel Valley Council Of Governments. The vote to move this process forward was 3 to 2.

Joe Mosca's response to the initiating of the process to knock him from his SGVCOG perch was typical. He admitted that there are many "things I have missed," but went on to claim that he is personally committed to COG. Then he blustered to Mayor MacGillivray that "you don't even know what COG means!" And then, in a statement fraught with pathos, blurted out, "Do you know how embarrassing that would be?"

Memories. Hopefully Joseph will remember some of the problems he ran into back then over his lack of attendance, and he will show up more often at Encinitas meetings than he did while here.

We will continue to follow events in Encinitas and report back on what we find.

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56 comments:

  1. Joe Mosca is not a good choice for any public office.

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    1. But he goes to places that don't know him and that's how he gets elected. If he stays in one place, he eventually implodes.

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    2. Somebody powerful must want another pro-development vote on the Encinitas City Council.

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    3. all I know about Joe is that he lied straight to my face about development - should have know he was deceptive - a lawyer and a lawyer for a utility company - a double whammy

      dude moved into SM, claimed to "love" the city and immediately starting running for a Council seat, why? he loved us so much that he wanted to change the city

      also he borrowed a dog for his campaign photo so he'd look political

      a complete slime ball

      Encinitas, watch out

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    4. If you were for this, Joe was on your side. Then if someone else was for that, Joe was on that side.

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  2. Why would he want to get involved in Encinitas's government? Makes no sense. How long has he lived there? A year? Two?

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    1. The clock is ticking on Joe. He has only just so long to claim any special status.

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    2. What, 7:38? That's exactly what he did in Sierra Madre, after coming from Glendale.

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    3. Joe didn't wait that long when he moved to SM - he was immediately working us from day one

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    4. Did Mosca come from Glendale? I thought it was Thousand Oaks. This from the Pasadena Star News:

      "He moved to San Diego after law school and then to Los Angeles, where he landed a job with the William Morris talent agency in their business and legal affairs department. After passing the California bar exam in late 1999, he was hired on by a small law firm in Sherman Oaks, where he practiced consumer and corporate bankruptcy law for a little over six years.

      In 2002, he met Bosse, then a family practice resident in Santa Monica, through a friend of a friend. They started dating, bought a 1940's ranch-style home in Sherman Oaks together in 2003, and held a commitment ceremony the following year in their backyard. The event was attended by about 100 family members and friends.

      "It seems just like it's gone by fairly quickly," he said. "We just started dating and always had fun and we just keep on having fun and having great experiences ... It's an amazing relationship."

      Mosca, a life-long Democrat, chaired the public safety committee of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and was a member of the city's homeowner's association.

      Mosca and Bosse moved to Sierra Madre in 2005, after driving through the town on the way to Monrovia for a holiday party."
      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/article/ZZ/20100502/NEWS/100508967

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    1. Joe does not bring out the best in people.

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    2. I think those people who cussed out the Sheriffs a few weeks ago at City Hall were Civility Party members.

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    3. Some civility.

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  4. Yes 7:38 just as persons who vote improperly should be prevented from doing so persons who have not lived long enough in a community should be prevented from being a part of that community.

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    1. Are you proposing a change in the law, 8:02? In Sierra Madre you can move into town on Monday, and submit a petition to run for city council on Tuesday. Just ask Josh Moran.

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    2. I see the problem more as people in smaller towns are too trusting, and a little lazy.
      A hustler like Mosca moves in and self promotes, flatters everyone, looks for the group that will do the most for him, and the race is on.

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    3. He'll be a viable candidate. Our Joey is quite a schmoozer.

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    4. All most people want is a pat on the head and to be told they are liked. Joe is very good at that.

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    5. Mosca is a liar, and he'll tell people what they want to hear.

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  5. Encinitas can have him. Good riddance. He was part of the cabal that led to some of the darkest days in Sierra Madre.

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    1. Yes. And we still haven;t recovered.

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    2. I'm sorry for Encinitas. We know Joe is a fraud - they will have to learn it.

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    3. This will be interesting to watch. Thanks Mod!

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    4. But if he runs for City Council, I think we need to speak up.

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    5. The main blog there has already connected Joe Mosca to Sierra Madre.

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  6. At least now he won't have to borrow someone's dog for his campaign materials. He has kids this time.

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  7. "Trails Master Plan" huh. That's familiar. I remember being inclined to vote for him when he was talking up our mountain trails....didn't realize what a pro-development shill he was.

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    1. Don't feel bad 8:55. He came in as "buddies" with two of the finest councilmen we ever had, Don Watts and Kurt Zimmerman. We know the truth about Joe Mosca now, but we didn't at first. Neither does Encinitas.

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    2. What ever happened to those golden retrievers?

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  8. Joe was merciless to the seniors.
    He was everyone's respectful, caring son.
    He would praise them and their decisions to their faces, and ridicule them behind their backs.

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    1. he told one senior citizen to "get a life" when she dared to question him

      he's a brat

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  9. Ugh, the Mosca years. Thank goodness there has been so much progress in gay rights. He won't be able to get a lot of milage out of that "one of the first gay mayors" malarky.

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    1. Joe is very sensitive to microaggressions.

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  10. A Mosca article - thanks! Gives me a chance to watch Heather Allen's speech again - better than a cup of coffee:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7Rd0B4M74&list=PLCF6280E6D3C27C8D&index=11

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  11. Have carpetbag, will travel.

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  12. i am glad everybody is in the christmas spirit , it only took 12 hours

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    1. There is something wrong with making fun of politicians?

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    2. My New Years resolution is to make more fun of politicians, 10:16. You may want to avert your eyes.

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    3. 10:16, one of the strongest virtues of the many virtues in the Christmas spirit is truth.
      There is never a good time to excuse intentional deception.

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    4. Thank you. Very well put.

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  13. It appears the city of Encinitas, California thinks it has landed a great political asset but all they have to do is check his track record at his last place of employment and that record could be upgraded with RED ink associated with is previous actions. Cities should have a law on the books that any new appointment be voted on by the public/voters rather than take on a problem person that is just being passed on down the line to another city.

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  14. Maybe. If we are lucky, cappouica - goss- hardbedian will move to Encinitas also. It's the city council who has continued to make the wrong decisions and caused us to drink the yellow leaded water.

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    1. According to today's Mountain Views News everything is getting better in Sierra Madre. The article bases its claim on press releases put out by John Capoccia and John Harabedian.

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  15. That a very interesting point. If a large part of our city thinks of capouccia, hardbedian and goss as the three stouggies, then why do we allow them to run for any office in town again?

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    1. What is a stouggie?

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    2. Urban Dictionary: Stouggie
      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=stouggie

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  16. The taxpayers, the registered voters must be nutter that the Three Stoggies, because we voted for them. You can only blame the outcome it on your shelves,!

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  17. Vote YES to Repeal the UUT taxes in April of 2016. The Three Stouggies will have less money to misaproeriate!

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  18. Oh i get it, The Three Johns are John cappoccia., John hardbedian, John goss.

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    1. Goss's first name is Eugene. Gene is what he goes by. So I am not sure you get it.

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  19. Does anyone know what kind of law work Joe is doing or is he a stay at home mom still?

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    1. Joe is an important government official.

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  20. Joe applied for the Tree Commission but was not appointed and went on to do nothing in Sierra Madre until he started smoozing many long-time residents and inviting them over to his house to get to know him on his way to running for City Council. What a lying sack of "borrowed dog" doodoo. His big story was how influencial he was in open space protection in Sherman Oaks. Excuse me! The area he was referring to was being protected by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy not the likes of Joe Mosca.

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