The other is City Hall guilefully predated this press release because they were incensed that the news outlet breaking this story was The Tattler. Certain parties from within the permanent city government wanted to make it seem like the information was already out in the public. Even though nobody had heard about any of this yet except themselves.
The MVN doesn't hit the streets until sometime on Saturday. Had the press release actually been issued on Sept. 6, it would have made this Thursday's print edition of the Sierra Madre Weekly. It didn't because it appears that City Hall sat on it. The SMW instead posted two articles on their website yesterday that confirmed our story - (link) and (link).
The first newsie to go public with the city's press release covering Elaine Aguilar's retirement was the strictly on-line Pasadena Now (link). A news source that is often sadly reliant upon recycling press releases word for word. Here is a portion. Note the date and time this item was posted.
What follows is the entire official City of Sierra Madre press release, which is dated September 6. Despite the "immediate release" prompt up top, apparently it was only made available to local media three days later.
In many ways the City Manager position in Sierra Madre is the most influential of all here. City Council members and Mayors may come and go, but a City Manager remains in place, scripting meetings, hiring personnel, and handling finances. Making the question of who will take the place of Elaine Aguilar the most important one Sierra Madre will face in years.
Here is what one commenter said yesterday:
The next City Manager will also eventually leave this city a millionaire. Don't you think it is important that the people of Sierra Madre, whose money will vastly enrich this lucky individual, will be able to select someone who actually represents their interests?
There are those who will say no. You know who they are. The permanent government will attempt to hand pick someone who will always do exactly as they ask. The money to be made from big development projects like One Carter and the Mater Dolorosa Monastery is too important to them.
This is a fight worthy of your attention. Strap in.