Friday, January 13, 2017

Seaside Courier: Encinitas picks former Sierra Madre mayor as new council member

Mod: Interesting newspaper story on the Mosca appointment in Encinitas

Encinitas picks former Sierra Madre mayor as new council member (Seaside Courier link): The city of Encinitas has a new City Council member: Joe Mosca, a city Parks and Recreation commissioner and former Council member and Mayor of Sierra Madre, a small town in Los Angeles County with a population of just over 10,000. Mosca was appointed to fill the remaining two years in Mayor Catherine Blakespear’s Council term, to which she was elected in November 2014.

He was chosen over 15 other applicants, 12 of whom spoke at the Jan. 11 meeting in which Mosca was chosen by a 3-1 vote, with Councilmember Mark Muir voting no.

Among those passed over were two very familiar names: Planning Commissioner Tony Brandenburg, who finished fifth in the November 2016 race for three open Encinitas City Council seats, and Bruce Ehlers, a former planning commissioner and leader in the successful fight against Measure T, for the city to adopt a housing element.

A resident of Olivenhain, Mosca, 44, moved here several years ago and in September 2015 joined San Diego Gas & Electric Co. as manager, major projects. At the council meeting he said he left Sierra Madre in 2011 because his husband, a doctor, had accepted a year-long, "once in a lifetime" assignment in London.

One news report described Mosca as a “politically ambitious, former rising star in the LA County Democratic party.” A photo on his Facebook page shows him with Hillary Clinton.

He told the Council that he considers climate change "is the moral crisis of our time" and it is "imperative on cities like this to move the ball forward, to decrease our carbon footprint...."

In his application, Mosca wrote, “I am committed to preserving our beautiful coastal community of Encinitas and our unique way of life. With my involvement in our city commissions and local charities and also with two kids in our public schools, I am extremely passionate about Encinitas and committed to enhancing our quality of life. This is an extraordinary opportunity and I am ready to give back to Encinitas in this capacity and be a voice for our communities."

The New Encinitas Network was critical of the appointment. In an email, Mike Andreen, owner of the New Encinitas Network, wrote, “Just after listening to the new Encinitas City Council question over a dozen potential appointees for the 'open' council seat left on the five-person council and seeing very little deliberation by the new council before they voted to appoint a Mr. Joe Mosca into the seat Catherine Blakespear left behind as she ascended up into the directly elected Encinitas mayor's chair, reminding many of us that the mayor and her court are renowned in North County for appearing to violate the Ralph M. Brown 'Open Meetings' Act … the news wave was interrupted by the news that another very poor decision-maker, Dean Spanos, had decided to move the San Diego Chargers up into Carson….” He faulted the Council for “passing on 16 longtime residents who threw their hats in the ring for appointment” and for choosing “a veritable unknown/newcomer.”

Andreen then published a link to a Dec. 31, 2016 story in the Sierra Madre Tattler about Mosca’s quest for an Encinitas Council seat: “So here we go again. Joe Mosca, the fellow who showed up in Sierra Madre one fine day not so long ago, and then quickly began to campaign for a seat on Sierra Madre's City Council despite having only recently arrived in town, is trying to do that deja vu thing all over again. Joe is now attempting to get appointed to an empty City Council seat in the City of Encinitas. Which, as you may or may not know, is a quaint little seaside town just north of San Diego often celebrated for its arts and vintage home architecture. Not coincidentally, Encinitas is currently under serious assault from various predatory development forces that would just love to cash the place in for some big time profits. Does any of that sound familiar to you, Sierra Madre readers?”

Muir said he favored Brandenburg and told the audience had had received a video showing Mosca in a verbal tussle with fellow Sierra Madre Council members. He also said he had heard there was a recall campaign against Mosca, a campaign Mosca said was talked about but never materialized.

Mosca replies to "the video"

Mod: This passage comes to us from The San Diego Union-Tribune (link):


Mod: I'm confused. Does this look like it was "highly edited" to you?

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This from an editorial published by the North Coast Current (link):


Mod: It is going to be interesting watching this story develop.

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28 comments:

  1. Sickening. I believe in climate change also.
    but don't trust Mosca with working on this

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    1. Joe has no new tricks. In his mind land use and climate change are one and the same. He is totally invested in SB375, and will be more than glad to do everything he can to bring high density development to his new victims.

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    2. Joe is a political establishment hack. His positions are predictable, though most people have no idea what they are. He is part of a political subculture that slides by on the grease of voter stupidity.

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  2. Just like with Trump, Mosca supporters are going to be sorry for supporting him. The man has no concern for what the voters want, only what the money people/developers want. He will be good till he is officially elected then watch out community. After a while it was sickening to watch him two face people. He would sweet talk with some of the ladies then when they walked away he would talk down about them and their clothes. One lady he talked about having drunken parties and then some time later she was watching his adopted boys. We will never trust that man.

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  3. Big learning curve on the way for our friends to the south.

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  4. Poor Encinitas, and lucky us.

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    1. They just bought a used fly.

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  5. Mosca is no Trump. His hero is Hillary, did you see the photo op? Both are pay to play. He received the popular vote from a pro development council. Those are the only similarities. Also; dishonest and propensity to engage in lying.
    Sleepy Encinitas just got shaken by how that council is now stacked.
    Dorn Platz housing track in the hillside of the City of Glendale won't compare to what Encinitas will be facing now.

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    1. He is a dependable city council vote for the San Diego Democratic political machine. You'll get no unexpected creativity from Joe.

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  6. Don't think we'll ever understand how Joe pulls this off. I think he is toxic. Charming toxicity.

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  7. Department of Justice WatchDog to investigate FBI Director James Comey's reopening of Hillary's EMail probe before the election.

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  8. 8:36 Mosca is like Trump, compare the two as for what they say and do, not the Party they clam to represent or their photo ops.

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    1. You got to be pretty hooked up with the local political big shots to get yourself a pic with a presidential candidate. Joe is an insider, and he got an insider's appointment.

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  9. as petty Joe once said when he admonished a well respected senior citizen appearing before the Sierra Madre Council, "oh get a life"

    Joe is only about Joe, he said the same spiel here

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    1. He really is a lot like Trump. Narcissism on steroids.

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    2. Wonder whose dog he rented for the Encinitas blitz?

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    3. that's funny 2:14. I remember him borrowing a dog for his campaign photos.

      Started off a lie and kept on lying.

      At least he was consistent.

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  10. 8:36am. Huh?
    And anyone can pay to have their picture with a politician. I ment to say anyone can give a DONATION to have their picture taken or get an invitation to "dinner"!

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    1. Sometimes people the party wants to put forward politically are posed with a big name national figure. It then shows up on postcards, flyers and Facebook pages.

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  11. Maybe Joe was told not to put his arm around Hillary, but otherwise you would have expected that level of friendliness. So he stands there with his arms at his side like a duffus. Hillary looks natural and so does the kid.

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  12. Only thing for Joe to do going forward in his next campaign is to photoshop a dog into the picture with them all sitting on a park bench in Encinitas.

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    1. he can consult with Harabedian on photoshop tips

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    2. Johnny Process is a political pro.

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  13. 11:18am. Sometimes even your Public Relations person pays to pose a canadiate in the mix, with a Professional Candidate on the take.

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  14. Joe looks greasy in that pic

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  15. Doesn't "on the take" indicate illegal activity? Posing with folks who paid money to attend a campaign function is the norm for elections. Over all, just too much money spent on all this. Consider the grandaughter of LL Bean who wanted to give lots of money to Trump just didn't get the political process and do it as a PAC.

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  16. Did the LLBean Granddaughter get a photo op or a big fancy dinner? Maybe the Donald was not on "the take".

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    1. donald was on the take with his university scam

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