|Unhappy Ho Returns|
But all of that should wrap up pretty quickly. After which the City Council (or at least those members who are in town this week - the others will remain on their cell phones I suspect), will swiftly repair to the back room with the City Attorney and key staff members to deal with what are apparently some thorny legal issues. And when we're talking big old mean lawsuits in Sierra Madre, you can usually win any bet you might care to place by wagering that at least one of these two closed session items has something to do with One Carter.
As you must certainly know, this has all been going on for longer than a decade now, and with absolutely no end in sight. Ever since the worst City Council this city has ever seen made some of the most destructive and boneheaded decisions ever in the land use category, these kinds of legal debacles have been hanging over this town. Those fools have probably cost Sierra Madre millions of dollars in legal expenses over the years (the city traditionally refuses to ever disclose any exact amounts of money spent on its Colantuono costs), and it is more than likely these troubles have only just begun.
For the more predatory developers owning property up on that hill, the only real treasure of Sierra Madre comes in the unhappy form of tacky and oftentimes vulgar McMansions. Or, as my dictionary puts it, "large houses that are considered ostentatious and lacking in architectural integrity."
The Wikipedia definition is kind of cool (link):
In suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a large "mass-produced" dwelling, constructed with low-quality materials and craftsmanship, using a mishmash of architectural symbols to invoke connotations of wealth or taste, executed via poorly thought-out exterior and interior design.
I've digressed. Here is how this dark cloud appears on tomorrow's horizon.
Outside of guess work, all we really have to go on here is that "Calif. Government Code Section" number. And even that doesn't tell us much more than the reason why this get-together is being held behind closed doors where the likes of you and I are never permitted.
But just in case you've ever longed for a guide to what those numbers might mean (and I know I sure have), here is a helpful guide that you can live by. It can be found on the Internet (also known as the World Wide Web) by clicking here.
That's what I have for you today. I'll be back tomorrow with something else.