Sunday, July 30, 2017

The SMPD's War on the Bagpipes


There had been several allusions to this unhappy occurrence in the comments here on The Tattler, and now a much beloved soul has forwarded to me the above item, which was originally posted on a certain Sierra Madre Facebook page. One which has unkindly blocked me so that I am incapable of finding such shocking news by myself.

Which is fine. Not everyone is born with the capacity to share. Hopefully their personal shortcomings have not made their dyspeptic lives too much to bear.

So what this kerfuffle is all about is a noted local bagpiper by the name of Chelsea has somehow gone and raised the killjoy ire of the Replacement Sierra Madre Police Department. So much so that they have now taken decisive action against any public bagpipe performance in Kersting Court by this artist.

Apparently somebody heard something, said something, and in swooped the forces of a Fife-ish oppression to shut Chelsea down.

But there is now local resistance to such injustice, and wouldn't you know it the epicenter of this rebellion is none other than Mary's Market up there in Sierra Madre's noted, yet pricey, Canyon Zone. I think the free dinner in honor of our brave piper has already been held, but certainly Ms. Clymer-Kelly's brief missive has shown the bold spirit deep inside of all that.

Free Chelsea!

Sierra Madre marijuana growers: Don't quit your day jobs

Mod: Speaking of the bold spirit of The Canyon, apparently the green rush is not going to be as fruitful as some might have hoped. 

California has too much pot, and growers won't be able to export the surplus (Los Angeles Times link): A leader of California’s marijuana industry warned Wednesday that the state’s cannabis growers produce eight times the pot that is consumed in the state so some will face “painful” pressure to reduce crops under new state regulations that will ban exports after Jan. 1.

Some marijuana growers will stay in the black market and continue to illegally send cannabis to other states, which is also not allowed under federal law, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers’ Assn.

“We are producing too much,” Allen said, adding state-licensed growers “are going to have to scale back. We are on a painful downsizing curve.”

He said some marijuana growers may stop, while others just won't apply for state permits.

Allen made his comments to the Sacramento Press Club during a panel discussion that also included Joseph Devlin, chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for City of Sacramento, and  Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

Devlin said estimates he has heard put California production at five times the state consumption; one consultant in the audience said the number may be 12 times what is consumed in the state.

Mod: Bummer.

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80 comments:

  1. Is there a law that says no musical instruments to be played in the town of Sierra Madre, or out in public? What is the difference I wonder of playing your radio or playing your instrument? How about driving around with your car radio up loud? Now I wonder about concerts in the park that can be heard at the top of Grove by Carter?

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    1. And what about just standing their singing with your voice, and no instrument? What's the difference between talking and singing (just stretching out the sounds)? Will talking too much get you in trouble too? Where do they draw the line?

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    2. The law is most likely about collecting donations for her desired trip to Scotland. Music is ok, but don't collect donations without a permit. Just like yard sales, the City has to have its cut!

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    3. Tell me, what does the City do for a permit fee for a personal yard sale? Do they advertise for you, help you set up or clean up? They do NOTHING! Yet they want their fee for allowing you to have a yard sale on your property. Disgusting!

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    4. Pretty standard stuff

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  2. Well then I guess some changes need to be made in Sacramento ASAP to change this restrictive law ort laws and allow export ASAP we need the TAX monies.

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    1. Get back under your rock please.

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    2. In order to help the California cannabis economy people here need to up their consumption.

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    3. That's one thing we can all agree on.If not increase consumption at least move to a premium strain.

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    4. Premium strains have removed weed from a nice calming substance to a mess-you-up hallucinogenic addiction. Really too bad.

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    5. 11:08, I'm willing to bet there are more than a few dealers who would be happy to sell you weed to your specifications.
      It's a growth industry.

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    6. "It's a growth industry." Yes. If you don't grow it they won't come.

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  3. Must be easier to pick on the general public than catch burglars?

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  4. Hope this includes politician's when they whine and play their violins of doom and destruction in order to scare the public into believing their LIES. This has to stop also!

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  5. No bagpipes,no freedom of expression,no art,no skateboards,no noisy children. Only happy business owners and responsible adults working at Starbucks allowed in downtown area.
    Use to be a nice town now taken over by bored housewives and fascist fools.

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  6. The guys who play bluegrass from the outside seating at Lucky Baldwins some afternoons, are they safe?

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    1. Do the bluegrass musicians take donations when playing at Lucky Baldwins?

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    2. Private property...

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    3. ...is always private.

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  7. Maybe she needed to pay for a permit. I think there is now a permit for almost everything.

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    1. Yea, if she was asking for money, the City doesn't want any competition whatsoever.

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    2. Business owners pay close to $200 a year for nothing, except a piece of paper that says they are registered as a business.

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  8. Do you need a permit to tap your pencil if you are in public?

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  9. I heard she left her bagpipes unlocked.

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  10. I bet the Anti-safety horn (Georges horn) business are the same ones involved in silencing this artist.

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    1. The first thing I did when I heard the bagpipes was turn on my AM radio.

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  11. Quirky Siera Madre, is shoehorned into being just like every other city; very disheartening.
    The town never really supported the Arts.
    The newest combined committee; can't recall who is combined with whom, tried various solutions for monies for the Arts, to be applied around town.
    The monies for Art in Sierra Madre, was from the agreed upon condictions of build of the Kensington Retirement complex.
    This City Council all voted to take that money for development.
    Kersting Court has been designated as an extension of Star Bucks.
    No more standing in the triangle holding signage, no more Creche, no banjos and no bagpipes.
    A slight glimmer of hope; the fake holiday tree was spotted on ebay (?).
    SUPPORT THE ARTS; period.
    Call and email this same City Council that has crushed the spirt of this unique Village and voice your displeasure.

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    1. Calm down,stop trying to cause trouble for your own self ingrandment . Art lives and breeds in Sierra Madre,art does not need the backing of the government,or councils if it did it wouldn't be art.

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    2. That being said I'm looking for a grant. :/

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    3. "ingrandment"?

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    4. Sorry it's French,get out and see the world,or read.

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    5. 12:30, what you wrote is neither French nor English.
      Think about taking your own advice.

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    6. Maybe Italian? Taking your own advice is a definition of ingrandimento

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    7. Okay 1:49, let's just pretend that this was not what you typed:
      "Calm down,stop trying to cause trouble for your own self ingrandment . Art lives and breeds in Sierra Madre,art does not need the backing of the government,or councils if it did it wouldn't be art."

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    8. I'm sorry I'm fluent in so many languages. Why do you insist on self ingrandising yourself?

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    9. Fluent? No.

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  12. The two private enterprise priorities for Sierra Madre today are real estate and caffeine.

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  13. See Facebook Kim Clymer-Kelley for a delightful video of Chelsea's bagpipe performance at Mary's Mkt. Love it. Thanks KCK

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    1. Bagpipe performance at Mary's Market? I'm thinking Fay Angus would have loved this. I do miss her so much!

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  14. Many of us are not allowed on the Sierra Madre Neighbors Facebook page. It is an elitist one view only place.

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  15. Speaking of Doug H.
    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-08/news/ga-36056_1_water-rate-increase

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    1. Old Doug never met a rate or tax hike he didn't like. And God bless him, he's still at it!

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  16. The anti-horn establishments, the too cool for AM Radio,the rid the triangle of Bagpipes and performance Arts, are the newbies that say; out with the old and in with the new.
    Anything that doesn't fit the "norm" is chastised as outdated; unless it is a "possible historic" structure.
    Sierra Madre is becoming the anywhere town, USA.

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  17. The AM radio was in reference to Georges Horn. Go away you don't live here.

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  18. I consider anyone playing music on public property begging for money to be a panhandler. Let them get a business license like all the other businesses. On private property...no problem.

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    1. In Great Britain it is called busking, and respected.

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    2. Let me guess,you're over 60,white,entitled,and a trump supporter.

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    3. Yes otherwise "a taco truck on every corner"

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    4. Trump is a dangerous clown.

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    5. 11:08. Actually I am a 30 year old non white female and I have a job. I pay for my own travels. I don't beg for money from passerby. My vote is private.

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    6. You're almost 50 hon and you don't travel you loiter at Starbucks all day.

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    7. Will work for latte'.

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  19. 9:28am. You are correct. The Art Fair is held in Siera Madre each year.
    City Hall displays art from locals on the office walls.
    City Hall also gives permits for the concerts in the parks and sign up's for group schedules.

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  20. 10:51am. Again. Good one.
    The piper should have stood on top of a city bench, those are paid with general taxes and belong to everyone. Tossing money into the hat or open music case is a tradition and acknowledgement of supporting Art/Music.
    Private property is for the six pot plants grown legally.

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  21. The Art Faire is very restrictive in their selections of "allowed art" most art is not allowed otherwise the townsfolk would have to think. Puppies and flowers only.

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    1. The Art Faire is only for the wealthy.

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    2. Art has always been for the rich. Andy Warhol's advice to young artists was to get one rich person to buy something, and then all their friends would follow, and an art career was born.

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  22. Will you still need me, will you still feed me...when I'm sixtyfour!
    Art is supported by all ages; experience ART is to be human.

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    1. "l'art pour l'art" I'm going to the Biennale in Venice in Sept where I will also see Damien Hirst's' Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. How kool is that?

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    3. Art wouldn't exist without the rich.

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    4. Art that is collected and patroned by the rich would not exist without the rich. Art lives and breeds among the masses eternally.....

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    5. Damien Hirst certainly wouldn't exist without the rich

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  23. Art as a commodity - museum causing controversy selling some of its art:
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/30/540429888/museums-plan-to-sell-40-works-has-art-world-up-in-arms

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  24. I prefer Art Carney over Art Linkletter.

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  25. I prefer Bagpipes over blowhards!

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  26. He who knows not, and knows notthat he knows not, is a fool, shun him;
    Hewho knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a chid, teach him.
    He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is askeep, wake him.
    He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.
    Persian Proverb

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    1. What's a "chid?"

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    2. Clearly, a chid is something that is askeep.

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    3. He who doesn't use spell check or even cut + paste properly is unclean avoid him.

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  27. 5pm. Good Save.

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  28. PLEASE do NOT come back to the canyon!!! Bagpipes are meant for large open spaces for crying out loud.

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  29. It's about common courtesy. If my child played the bagpipes and thought it was a good idea to play in the middle of town I'd educate them and teach them about common courtesy. Just because a small portion of the community digs bagpipes, which reach 110 decibels, doesn't mean the entire community should be made to listen to them. This was an ongoing problem and not a one time performance. I'm all for concerts in the park and the arts. It's when someone feels entitled to perform in the middle of town with no permit or organized performance, that things get out of hand. This was not an attack on the arts this was an attack on excruciatingly loud, disturbing bagpipes that the majority of the community did not ask for.

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  30. It's about common courtesy. If my child thought it would be a good idea to play their bagpipes in the middle of town I'd tell them, hell no! Bagpipes reach 110 decibels. This was an ongoing disturbance. Just because a small portion of the community digs bagpipes doesn't give them a right to take over kersting and force them on the entire community. People congregate to talk, eat and study. The majority of the community do not appreciate the excruciating sound of bagpipes.

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  31. "Art for Arts Sake!"

    (Whistlers mothers Son)

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