Then there are others who are unhappy about City Hall's passive-aggressive response to what is a severe challenge to yet another longstanding community tradition. One that is under a greater assault than many are aware. As I also hope to show, this is not at all unique to Sierra Madre.
Not that any of this is completely the city's fault, either. Instead it is the result of forces that are far larger than anything City Hall can muster. Small city governments have been significantly weakened over the last quarter century, and outside of overpaying the help there really isn't a whole lot that they can do any more. About much of anything. In many ways they're quickly becoming obsolete.
Here is a comment that was left yesterday to a post from last Thursday called "Kersting Court Art Attack: Taking The Creche Out Of Christmas?" (link).
Doug Mesner, known professionally as Lucien Greaves, is the spokesman for, and co-founder of, The Satanic Temple. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and prior to the founding of the Satanic Temple in 2012, studied neuroscience at Harvard Extension School.
In 2012, Florida governor Rick Scott promoted a bill to allow student-led prayer at school assemblies, and Mesner responded by holding a mock rally outside the Florida State Capitol expressing how "Satanic children could pray to Satan in school."
You wouldn't ordinarily expect a resident here to be devoted to a fellow such as Lucien, or cheer him on should he decide to sue the City of Sierra Madre if it does fight to keep the Christmas Creche situated in Kersting Court Park. Apparently this disturbing character has successfully sued cities in other parts of the country over similar issues, and won. In the process changing the way the courts decide on such questions.
So if the City of Sierra Madre is now reacting to these kinds of courtroom decisions, done out of a desire to avoid being sued by the likes of Lucien Greaves, or even perhaps the fan person whose comment I reproduced above, are you really pleased to know that these are the kinds of people who are robbing this community of an important decades old Christmas tradition?
Are you also happy that City Hall cannot stand up to this in any way, and instead cooked up a park renovation strategy designed to hide the depth of their capitulation to such people?
Let me ask you this. How different is the legal strategy employed by Lucien Greaves from that of Janice Bellucci, the ACLU funded attorney who sued and won for Sierra Madre's various convicted sex offenders the right to hang around kiddy parks, or live in a house situated right next to an elementary school (link)?
What about the government and judicial forces that made it impossible for the City Council to do anything about controlling the ongoing Sober House expansion into this community?
Here is perhaps a bigger question. Why is it the forces of big government have enabled such things, and in the process taken away the ability of small cities to fend for themselves?