|Barbara Leigh found no takers (link).|
It turned out as most had predicted. The prospect of the City Council approving a spend of $55,000 to pay for a special election to replace a City Clerk who resigned because they wanted to save $7,500 was unanimously rejected. The expense was cited as the main reason, though I suspect the potential embarrassment of such an outcome could have also played a role. I know it would have been commented upon here with zest.
Barbara Leigh Kline did give the City Council an opportunity to reflect upon the exact reasons why things went down with now former City Clerk Carillo as they did, but no elected officials rose to take the bait. Barbara's comments about the unseemliness of the way things had been handled were met with a stony silence, as are most things these days. Any viewers who had tuned into this meeting hoping for additional insight into this ongoing mystery were likely rewarded with nothing but disappointment for their efforts.
The Tattler will continue to investigate this matter, though I will admit we have not made any additional progress. All of the involved parties have now dummied up, and as of this typing seem likely to keep their lips zipped.
City Hall will soon be placing an ad in the Mountain Views News in hopes of obtaining the names of civic minded souls willing to fill the position of City Clerk through April of 2020, which is the remainder of Ms. Carillo's term. Making Treasure Henderson a prime arbiter in the disposition of this troubling matter. Given her remarkable past (link) this is an irony many long time Tattler readers might enjoy.
What the costs of this media outreach will be are unknown at this time, though it will need to be subtracted from that $7,500 bounty all are enjoying. The city has 60 days to resolve this situation according to the lawyer, so expect a media blitz to begin soon.
So you know, we will happily publish that ad here at no cost to the taxpayers.
Laura Aguilar, who is the Assistant City Clerk, will continue to administer all of the requirements for next April's election. With that dump the UUT measure on the ballot, the more egalitarian amongst us will continue to grapple with the uncomfortable prospect of paid city employees running an election that could have a direct effect on their personal financial well-being.
Not that I can imagine anything untoward happening in this special instance, but it could help set an uncomfortable precedent for the future.
I suppose that anyone in this city's government would ask you what other options do they have, and it is a good question. But they did bring this upon themselves. Something they couldn't admit to last night.
|Is Chief Junta Hat's head on the block?|
The Pasadena Star News has clocked in with some impressive coverage on what looks to have been quite a raucous City Council meeting there. Things have reached the boiling point, and hundreds of angry residents let the elected suits have it right between the ties. In an article titled "Tensions grow as Pasadena leaders ask for patience during inquiry into officers who broke black man’s leg" (link), here is how they broke all this down.
Hundreds of community members and activists packed the Pasadena City Council chambers Monday to call for independent oversight of the Pasadena Police Department and swift action against the officers who, following a November traffic stop, smashed a man’s face into the pavement and left his leg broken.
The outcry follows years of growing tension over the Pasadena Police Department’s handling of incidents involving young black men, spurred largely by the police-involved shooting of unarmed teenager Kendrec McDade in 2012 and the in-custody death of Reginald Thomas Jr. in 2016.
Christopher Ballew, who is suing the city for his treatment during the traffic stop, sat in the audience Monday along with his mother, Sonya Ballew.
“The beating of my son has left not only my family hurting, but the community is hurting as well,” Sonya Ballew said. “They can’t deal with those officers on the street. They need to be removed until the investigation is complete, and once that investigation finds them guilty, they need to be removed from the police force.”
There is a lot more to be read there, and I strongly urge you to click on the link and seek that out. However, here are two paragraphs that gave me pause.
Some pushed for the firing of Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, who they argued is complicit because he has not taken enough action against Lujan, Esparza and other officers in the past.
That seems obvious to me. Considering what has gone down in Pasadena, I can't figure out how this guy has kept his gig for as long as he has. Then, again, maybe I can.
Mayor Terry Tornek said the city would try to open better lines of communication with the Ballew family and members of the community, even if they are limited by state law in what they can share about the internal review. The investigation will take time, he said. “These things don’t happen in a hurry,” Tornek said. “I know you would like to have immediate satisfaction. It’s just not going to happen.”
In other words, nothing is going to happen. The city will simply do what they always do, wait out the current public furor and then go on its merry way until the inevitable next bloody outrage.
That's how it goes in the Rotten Rose.
There is an article from Pasadena Black Pages that you might want to check out as well. You can link to it here. It is called "City Council Meeting Goes Beyond Chris Ballew Beating; To The Kedrec McDade & Jr. Thomas Killings," and it starts out this way.
As I sat next to Kendrec McDade's mother and listened to the scores of people who want change in the Pasadena Police Department after the beating of Chris Ballew, I reflected back to that morning a few years ago. That morning was one of the reasons why the Pasadena Black Pages exist. Kendrec's mother told me that she could not sleep another night in Pasadena after her son was shot down by the Pasadena Police because of a prank call from someone who is free and alive now. Kendrec's life was meaningless to the PPD officer who killed him.
People of all races came to the Pasadena City Council meeting Monday night to express their outrage about the latest infraction by the Pasadena Police. What I realized during the meeting is that the Pasadena Police weren't even in Pasadena when the Ballew beating occurred, they were in Altadena and out of the Pasadena Police's jurisdiction. The PPD was actually in Altadena when they saw Chris Ballew in his car, to begin with.
Now go and read the rest.