There have been quite a few postcards in this election to date, but it appears that the only one that was put together and mailed out by actual Sierra Madre residents is the example we've posted here today.
There are those postcards and mailers printed up by the Sierra Madre Police Association, but they were taken from prefab designs that get used for various purposes by cop unions all over the state. Besides, not only do none of the members of the SMPA actually live in this town, a large portion of them no longer even work here.
Of course, the "Yes On Measure UUT" materials being received in the mail by residents on a near daily basis are also not of Sierra Madre origin. Rather that baloney is being processed by the angry and quite secretive Pasadena political consultant John Capoccia and John Harabedian apparently hired so that they could "win at any cost."
That cost has now been estimated as closing in on $30,000, and counting.
You really do have to wonder what all of this is worth to some of the out-of-town contributors to the 66% utility tax increase campaign. Special favors at City Hall, perhaps?
The main text of the above postcard was taken from an editorial the Pasadena Star News published last week. The editorial board of that paper urgently recommended a NO vote on Measure UUT, and for some very good reasons. If you haven't read this editorial yet, here it is in its entirety.
You can link back to the PSN editorial in its original on-line setting by clicking here. That will also enable you to read the three reader comments left there as well. All of them written by a Pasadena Attorney named Mark Davis.
How many thousands of dollars are needed to defeat a write-in City Council candidate in Sierra Madre?
One indication of just how thoroughly unhinged John Capoccia, John Harabedian and various other colorful yet eccentric "Yes On Measure UUT" personalities are over Barry Gold's write-in candidacy is the amount of money, time and effort they've committed in their attempts to defeat him. On one day alone four separate articles (none of them true, of course), were posted on various Yes On Measure UUT sites about the write-in candidate.
When Barry Gold attempted to reply to the slurs directed at him on the Yes On Measure UUT Facebook page, he was blocked and censored. A stone cold indication of the control freak atmosphere driving the "Yes" campaign.
Barry then tried to contact Yes On Measure UUT headman Ed Garcia (Yes on Measure UUT Campaign Committee, FPPC# 1382371, 117 E Grandview Ave, Sierra Madre, CA), but Mr. Yes refused to take or even acknowledge his calls. Barry and Ed had served together on the UUT Oversight Committee together, and apparently got along quite nicely.
Some fellow, that Ed Garcia. My guess is that he received orders not to reply from his almost always angry Pasadena master, and was completely obedient in that regard. Apparently Ed has been told by this perma-irked one man political machine that if he behaves himself he'll get to be a City Councilman in 2018.
Have you begun to detect a pattern here? Apparently that is the going rate for useful idiots this year.
As for all those well-funded personal attacks, bigotry and (why beat around the bush?) bald-faced lies being thrown at him? Barry Gold had this to say in one of his near nightly e-mails to his supporters.
The more you get to know Barry Gold, the more you have to respect him.