Thursday, January 12, 2017

Encinitas Undercover: "The fix is in! Council majority appoints carpetbagging L.A. political climber over numerous eminently qualified longtime locals."

As you can easily assume from today's headline, Joe Mosca was appointed to a vacated seat on the Encinitas City Council last night. If you are not familiar with how the close relationship between the real estate development industry and local machine politics rolls, you might have been surprised by this. Like it was here, Joe did his homework I'm sure. Currying the favor of the San Diego County political establishment, lining up some of the more prominent well-heeled figures in the real estate and development industries, and ingratiating himself with various influential regional party officials, who later would have quietly made it known to their pals on the Encinitas City Council that Joe should be their choice.

How else would have someone who has lived in their community for just a short period of time have been selected over 15 people who had lived most of their lives there? Some with deep records of community service? There does seem to be a pattern to all of this. After all, it happened in Sierra Madre as well.

Here is what the blog Encinitas Undercover posted last night (link).


I am sure Joe had some big time political muscle behind him. When we put Measure V on the ballot to stop the "Downtown Specific Plan" that Mosca sold us out on, the BIA and CAR spent $180,000 to stop it. We raised only a small amount of money, won by around 90 votes, and funky old downtown Sierra Madre was saved. That was the only occasion we beat Joe at the ballot box, but it was the time that meant the most. In a lot of important ways. Had he won you'd hardly recognize the place.

Joe Mosca is in Encinitas for a reason. Initially it has got to be development. If he can beat down local opposition to whatever it is the local building industry wants to put in there, he will have the financial and political establishment backing necessary to move on to Sacramento. Something that has been on Joe's mind for at least a decade, and would have happened here had the Los Angeles County Holden/Hahn political machine not found him lacking and kicked him to the curb.

Not winning the Measure V battle set Joe Mosca's political ambitions back a long time.

Earlier this morning the following was posted on this site by an Encinitas resident and local political commentator who is trying to make some sense of it all.

Hi up there in Sierra Madre. This is Lorri Greene. I have been a resident of Encinitas for 35 years. I am also the moderator of a Facebook group called Encinitas Votes. Our city council had a City Council vacancy to be filled, for reasons too complicated to go in to at this point. The 4 city council members decided to appoint the 5th person, rather than to have an election, which they said would cost too much, and it probably would have. 

So tonight, Jan. 11, 2017, 16 people stood before the City Council giving them the reasons why they would be the best fit for the fifth position. One of the candidates had been a judge and actually ran in the November election. He lost, but did get 11,000 votes. Our city's population is about 62,000. His name is Tony Brandenburg. I would have thought, since he ran, had skin in the game, so to speak, that he would be appointed. That didn't happen. 

Another man, Bruce Ehlers has lived here a very long time, and at one time was on our Planning Commission. He is an activist and helped us get enough signatures for two different measures that got passed by the citizens. The Council was not happy with this at all, so I assuming that is why they did not vote for him. He has lived here about 30 years. There were some awesome candidates that also spoke. Most of them had lived here a lot longer than Mosca and had great credentials. 

However, at the end of the discussion, our Mayor made a motion to support Mosca, and got a second from our newest Council member who will probably vote the way the Mayor wants. Many of us saw the videos that Encinitas Undercover put on their site, and they also posted it on Encinitas Votes. It appeared to me as I looked at the videos that this man may have difficulty getting along with others who disagree with him. Would that be an accurate assessment? 

I would truly appreciate any verifiable information on Mr. Mosca if you have any. My email: lgreene98@aol.com. Or if you want to to go to Encinitas Votes FB group you can post it yourself. Either way, what we are trying to figure out is how he did it. With 16 qualified applicants it doesn't make any logical sense as to why they, with the exception of one council member, chose him over the other well qualified applicants, all with good credentials, and all having lived here a long time, it makes no sense to me. Any ideas from your neck of the woods how he pulled this off? Thanks for any information.

You can link to Lorri Greene's Encinitas Votes page by clicking here.

From a thoroughly selfish perspective, there is a silver lining to all of this. I now have a new city to add to my list of places to cover. The Tattler will now report from time to time on how things are going in Encinitas. I am sure things there are about to get very interesting.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

46 comments:

  1. There is a possibilty that the qualified members of that town will be elected to City Council if they begin a campaign now and plant the seed of change.
    If this pro development council is not kept in check, the entire town will not be recognizable.
    I wonder if anyone serving on Council now has close ties or connections with developers which will be a conflict of interest.
    The hens of Encinitas had better watch the foxes serving on that Cities Council, their way of life is about to drastically change.

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  2. Three members of the Encinitas City Council just revealed that their sympathies do not lie with the people of that city, but rather outside economic interests.

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  3. The fix was in. Incredible.

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  4. Deja vu all over again.

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  5. Why do we as Sierra Madreanos care about Encinitas? It's one big strip mall.It needs a facelift plenty of room for growth.

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    1. Obviously you have never been there. Besides, Joe doesn't do strip mall towns.

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    2. Encinitas is beautiful. In fact, I figured Matt moved up in the world when they relocated there.

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    3. You must be speaking of Old Encinitas where the fabulously wealthy dwell.Please be reminded that they decided to move,Cardiff-by-the-Sea,Leucadia,Olivenhain,and New Encinitas to their "city"for more political clout. The area (5 miles) of Hwy 1 along the tracks from Cardiff to old Encinitas is an eyesore. Youknow where the huddled masses live and work.

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    4. I think you made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in El Centro.

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    5. Old Encinitas? Yeah, maybe. It's clear from your comment which part of that town will be the prey.

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  6. Maybe now you will stop with the Mosca stuff , It did not work out for you and it has been a long time since he was hear

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    1. Sure it worked out for me. I have endless great material to post thanks to Joe. So many people like to tell me what I have and have not the right to report on here. It is pretty funny. You guys sound a lot like Donald Trump, another guy who hates reading about news he doesn't approve of, and wants to shut the media down.

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    2. They shoot journalists in Putin's Russia. Judging by his news conference performance yesterday, I'm sure the germ averse Donald would enjoy doing the same.

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    3. Congressman demands reporter be fired for being disrespectful to Trump
      https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-demands-reporter-be-fired-for-being-disrespectful-to-trump-b85461cfb716#.vjyvjs4ur

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    4. Yes. Real news involves a lot of butt kissing. Especially the butts of thin-skinned pols.

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  7. You can't get on Ms. Greene's Facebook page without joining Facebook, so I'll post this for here:
    In Sierra Madre we have documented Joe's failings in videos of his behavior (thanks to Neuroblast) and articles and comments on the Tattler. It is a complete record, so all you have to do is type in Joe's name on the Tattler search bar and start reading. I think the worst thing for me personally was the flat out lying. Joe told myself and all his other supporters that he was in favor of allowing residents to vote on the Downtown Specific Plan, the Orange County inspired remake of our downtown. Once elected, he no longer supported a public vote "at this time." Yep, it was that obvious a reversal. Many, many people spoke with great purpose about Joe's betrayal. That was the first one.

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  8. Well, don't that beat all? The good folks of Encinitas don't deserve Joe any more than Sierra Madre did. People don't change that much and we can expect that Joe will flak out again. Oh, well.

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    1. Joe will be there until he gets a better offer. He's very flexible.

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  9. Well 7:55am. I HEAR there is plenty of room for you in Encinitas, there is a lack of realtors as honest as Joe.

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  10. Joe will be there until he gets a better offer...OR the Encinitas voters and those City Council members who do have integrity actually hold him to his pro development activities (a given). This is so Trump like that it makes me realize that is why people no longer trust the government. As Pogo said many years ago "We have met the enemy and he is us." Mod, I think you should start a pool as to how long before Trump is impeached; maybe a second pool as to when developers will start lining their pockets thanks to a Mosca City Council appointment.

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    1. If you are smart, or maybe you mean to divide your community politically, please take my advice... stay non partisan. The community is much stronger if you stay, non partisan on local matters if you don't divide your community on Democrat versus Republican lines. That is precisely how these people are able to take over. They are trouble, smart, and have a lot of money.
      I have had my encounters with the "Mosquito", unless you want to destroy what you have.

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  11. I have always wondered what big time county pols and developers see in Joe. It is not like he has ever been able to deliver for them. All he ever does is piss off the residents.

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    1. The boy knows how to work it. He is a flatterer, and way too many people take him a face value. They don't see how mean-spirited he is when he belittles and mocks his supporters.

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    2. Joe used to work the old ladies tirelessly, then make fun of them to others later.

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  12. All the history behind the long-time residents (sure to have had an impact on the four sitting council members decision) ...so, let's try someone new. Joe only being there a little while, so no real understanding of his devious ways...soon enough they'll find out but if he suits the direction of the CC then the opposition will have to get their candidates lined up and get them elected. Usually it takes one horrific project to rally folks who have not been paying attention.

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  13. Sorry, I may have missed this information, but how long is the term that Joe will serve? Was the seat vacated by someone? How long before he could be mayor?

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    1. 2 years. Then he will actually have to run for his council seat.

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  14. Especially in California, folks don't pay attention. Just look how many votes crooked Hillary got here. Just like Joe, she was caught lying and still she got the votes.
    California has a high deficit this year according to Jerry Brown; another "Moscaist" political figure.
    Horrific would be California loosing federal funding.

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    1. Trump got caught lying and got the votes?

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    2. The truth is just so elite.

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    3. News Break: Dept. Of Justice Inspector General to examine actions of FBI before the 2016 Election.

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    4. J. Edgar would be so proud.

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    5. Yes things are horrible here in Ca.stay in your fly over state please.We as Californians monetarily support you just fine where you are.
      Actually the Federal Govt. would be "horrific" if it lost California funding.

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    6. Better dead than red ... state.

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  15. So Los Angeles gets the San Diego Chargers, and Encinitas gets Joe Mosca? We get another football team and all they get is a lousy t-shirt.

    I guess this could be some kind of new 'balance of trade' deal--and if so, the next few years should be pretty interesting.

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  16. VP Joe Biden awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom. Vice President Biden would have made a good President. Too bad the roles wern't reverse, I think Obama learned over time to respect Mr. Biden.
    Possibly in the future we will get to have Uncle Joe back, God speed and thank -you for your service to this Country.

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  17. I was with a group of people who had worked hard to get Obama elected, watching the innaugration on TV. When it came time to swear in Joe Biden, I got everyone to stand in honor during the ceremony. Why?
    This was the man to be our VP and not that woman from Alaska, Sarah Palin or whatever her name was.

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  18. 2:52pm. I didn't realize that Barrack Obama had asked Governor Palin to be his VP over Mr. Biden. Thanks for the FYI. I agree that B. Obama lacked serious experience to be President at this time.
    I do recall President Obama grimacing after Mr. Biden gave his acceptance speech on stage when in typical Sen. Joe Biden style said "this is F@#&ing Great".
    I am happy that VP Biden was awarded the Medal of Freedom. He has always been bi- partisan and worn his heart on his sleeve.

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    1. You seem to stay pretty much in a state of eternal confusion 4:00 Or are you trying to do a Nostradamus impersonation?

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  19. A last "screw you" to Cubans and whatever deal Pres. Obama and the Castro brothers made for lifting "Elite Political " restrictions for their country.
    Again the poor suffer. Pres. Obama resinds the touch dry land and receive political asylum. Now anyone crossing the sea from Cuba will be immediately returned (unlike the Mexican Boarder) to Cuba. Any Cuban Doctors practicing abroad may NOT seek political asylum from the United States.

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    1. So, do we build a net instead of a wall?

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  20. Makes you wonder if Joe was promising special favors behind closed doors. He could have told them to vote for him and he would follow there lead,build the place up, get more tax dollars, you know, those kinds of promises, promises totally different from what he tells the residents. Just glad he's out of our town, dread the day he works in Sacramento.

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    1. 5:03, I'm so sorry for Encinitas, but really glad for us that he isn't here anymore.

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    2. ATTENTION Arcadia Tax Payers!!
      The cities school district is placing another measure on the March ballot to take $288 from you to retain the apparent high quality teachers. The last measure was approved 5 years ago. So they need to return to the well. But, get this, now the measure would be in place for 18 years. Last time, 5 years, this time 18!
      Don't fall for it. Yet another example of the school district taking all the credit for high test scores. Let's never realize it's the quality home life these kids live in and not all praise should go towards the schools. $288 per year. How can that be? Shouldn't it go up each year to cover the teachers salary increases ? Wealthy area so let's just stick it to the people and please don't fall for the crazy claim that these schools are the reason for our higher property values.

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  21. Someone has to put the sin in Encinitas

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