Saturday, February 17, 2018

All of the Sierra Madre News you'll ever want to read

Mod: We get our share of complaints here about the blog, and that's fine. When some people aren't complaining you probably need to check and make sure they're still breathing. One of the gripes we hear quite often is that The Tattler doesn't carry enough Sierra Madre news anymore. So here you go.

San Gabriel Valley water board accepting applications for Sierra Madre representative (Pasadena Star News link): The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is accepting applications for an appointment to represent Sierra Madre on its board of directors.

Applicants must reside in Division 4, which encompasses Sierra Madre, be a citizen of the United States and not have any felony convictions, according to the board. Mailed and personally delivered applications will be accepted until 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6. Board members will interview candidates in March.

The successful applicant must commit to attending board meetings at 8 a.m. the second Monday of each month in the district’s board room in Azusa, as well as special meetings as necessary.

Mod: Like anyone ever needs an excuse to go to Azusa, right? You could be the next Tom Love, and wouldn't that be wonderful? Another near volunteer job that has been out there for a bit is the Sierra Madre City Clerk gig. The last one left when the city cut her pay by a few thousand dollars, but don't let that discourage you. If writing down every nugget of wisdom shared at a City Council meeting appeals to you, then go for it!

City Clerk Application (City of Sierra Madre.com link): In the United States, the office of city clerk was one of the first to be established when early colonists set up local governments.

Today, a city clerk is an elected or appointed senior official who is responsible for many administrative functions that relate to maintaining the public records of a municipality. The Sierra Madre City Council is soliciting applications to fill the vacancy of the elected City Clerk. The successful candidate will be appointed by the City Council to serve as City Clerk until April 2020.

The statutory duties of the City Clerk, as described in Government Code Section 40801 through 40811, are:

· Keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the legislative body

· Keep and record all city ordinances with the clerk’s certificate annexed to each, which record, with the certificate, constitutes prima facie evidence of the contents of each ordinance and of its passage and publication and is admissible as such evidence in any court or proceedings; and

· Act as the custodian of the city seal

The appointed City Clerk will receive a $250 monthly stipend commencing the month they are appointed and concluding the end of April, 2020. If you are interested in applying for the City Clerk position please return a completed  application to Sierra Madre City Hall at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Mod: Former Sierra Madre Mayor Joe Mosca abruptly left the Foothill Village behind a few years back, and is now Vice Mayor in the City of Encinitas. However, San Diego County has not been as accepting of Joe and his family as they probably hoped. 

Santa Fe Christian school discouraged same-sex couple from applying (The Coast News link): When Matt Bosse began looking for a middle school for his 10-year- old, Garrett, several friends told him to consider Santa Fe Christian Middle School, a school known for rigorous academics, proud athletics and a Bible-based curriculum.

After all, they said, Garrett is a high-character, straight-A student at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, an altar boy at his Episcopalian Church and plays competitive lacrosse.

So it came as a surprise, Bosse said, when school admissions director Vicki O’Rourke late last year discouraged him from applying because they weren’t the type of family that would be welcome at the school.

The reason, Bosse said? Because Garrett has two fathers. Bosse’s spouse is Encinitas City Councilman Joe Mosca, who became the city’s first openly gay councilman when he was appointed in 2017. Bosse and Mosca said they were “shocked” and “disappointed” by the school’s decision, which they called outdated.

“It was the first time in our experience that we have faced that sort of discrimination,” Bosse said. “We respect SFC and their right to run the school, but in this day in age, it seems antiquated.”

Mosca echoed Bosse’s sentiments. “When they told us that we weren’t invited to apply because we were two dads it was shock to us,” Mosca said. “Hopefully by telling our story it can effect some change.” Santa Fe Christian Middle School Director Todd Deveau said in a statement that the school doesn’t comment on specific admission decisions, but commented on the school’s admissions practices.

“While we do not provide details on matters involving students or prospective students, I can say that our policy is to encourage the family of any student committed to academic excellence and spiritual development to apply,” Deveau wrote. “As a matter of practice, we do not attempt to persuade or dissuade prospective families from applying.

“At the same time, as part of the admissions process, we make clear to prospective applicants that they will be joining a Bible-based community designed to disciple students to embrace biblical truth,” Deveau’s statement continued. “This is our mission and our purpose, and a vital component of the SFCS experience.”

Mod: This next item should be received as good news for anyone hoping to save Sierra Madre's current Library. Apparently the Feds no longer care as much about "ADA requirements" as some still claim.

Bill slowing lawsuits for ADA non-compliance passes (The Hub link): A bill that slows the process of filing a non-compliant Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit passed the House on Thursday. The ADA Education and Reform Act, or H.R. 620 was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas).

Businesses will now have an additional 60 days to devise a plan to fix non-ADA compliant issues and another 120 days to implement the changes before being sued. “These ‘drive-by’ lawsuits all too often create a negative impression about the goals of this important law. Suits of this kind saw a 14 percent increase in 2017,” Poe said in a statement on his website. Supporters of the bill claim it will help both small businesses and people with disabilities.

“We’re very excited for H.R. 620, it’s long overdue for the business owners and for the disabled,” said Maryann Marino, the Southern California representative for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA). This nonpartisan group focuses on fighting against lawsuit abuse in California.

ADA lawsuit abuse has been explosive,” Marion said. “I can line you up with hundred of shakedown lawsuits that have wiped out or nearly wiped out a lot of family-run businesses.”

Opponents of the bill feel it discourages businesses from making their spaces ADA-compliant and could result in long delays.

Mod: Just when you began to fear that the planet might have forgotten, a new article about Sierra Madre's mighty Wistaria Vine has now appeared on the World Wide Web.

Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine (Atlas Obscura link): Every spring, a breathtaking swathe of purple emerges within the shadow of the parched Southern California mountains. This spectacular colorful display is thanks to the beautiful flowers that burst from the branches of one extra-special vine.

This lovely “Lavender Lady,” as some call it, is the largest flowering plant in the world. Every spring, more than a million gorgeous purple blossoms drape from its tangled branches. Its seeds originally came from China, and two homeowners planted it in 1894 to celebrate their new house.

In a sad twist of fate, the wistaria eventually grew so large it destroyed the home it was planted to honor. It now occupies a staggering one-acre stretch of space.

Though the Guinness Book of World Records lists the vine as the world’s largest blossoming plant, the massive specimen is strangely hard to see. As it’s on private property, the public is only able to visit the behemoth beauty once a year during the annual Wistaria Festival. On this day, the whole town (plus plant-loving travelers) gather to celebrate this local celebrity.

It’s worth the wait. Witnessing this rare botanic gem is a true treat. Being able to walk under its sprawling canopy of delicate purple flowers is a magical experience. It’s no wonder it’s considered to be one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world.

Mod: We all know that the Pasadena Unified School District has some serious woes, but that should never prevent the usual suspects over in Pasadena from screwing things up even more. Very few people in Sierra Madre will be aware of this next item.

A New Way - Council to hold special meeting on changing charter to suit new state law (Pasadena Weekly link): The Pasadena Board of Education and the Pasadena City Council will hold a joint meeting at Pasadena City Hall to vote on putting a proposed City Charter change on the June 5 ballot. According to a new state law, cities with low voter turnout must move election dates to coincide with state election dates if local election participation rates result in contests with low voter turnout.

City Council and Board of Education races over the past several years have been plagued by voter apathy, forcing city officials to comply with the law. Under the California Voters Participation Rights Act, the city will change its election calendar from March primaries and April general elections, which are currently conducted in odd years, to June primaries and November general elections in even years, or when the state holds its elections.

The city’s election calendar is regulated by the charter which can only be changed at the voting booth by Pasadena residents. Because the Pasadena Unified School District includes Altadena and Sierra Madre, those residents will have a chance to vote on the proposed charter change regarding Board of Education elections.

Under the new system, elections will no longer be run by the city, and instead be supervised by county officials. Voters will be asked a simple yes or no question:

“Consistent with state law, shall the Pasadena City Charter be amended to: 1) change the city’s primary and general election dates to coincide with statewide primary and general election dates, beginning with the November 2018 general election; 2) extend the current terms for the mayor and councilmembers by 19 months on a one-time basis in order to transition to the  statewide election cycle; and 3) change the timing of the mayor’s thematic budget message?”

The City Council would maintain part of its current system which requires the winner to receive more than 50 percent of the vote. The school district will move to plurality elections. Under that system, the candidate with the most votes wins.

The current system could extend elections by months and make it even more expensive to run for office, thus making it more difficult for newcomers to be elected.

Mod: Hopefully that is enough for now. More Sierra Madre News as it arrives.

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73 comments:

  1. While I am not a fan of Joe Mosca, I am sorry this kind of attitude still prevails at "Christian" schools. Back in the 80's I was a divorced single parent with two children attending a certain "Christian" school in Pasadena. I worked for Miller Brewing and the parent company was Philip Morris. They matched any charitable donations. I was going to donate to the school and get it matched. The school refused the donation because the money was tainted by beer and cigarettes. From where did they think the tuition was coming? Some things never change. I thought treat others as you want to be treated was a Christian value. Any ugly judgements are OK in Trump world.

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    1. Trump has taken us back to the 1940s.

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    2. Second article. Quite a media blitz down there. Does Joe have an election coming up soon in Encinitas or something?
      Encinitas Deputy Mayor, husband allege discrimination by Santa Fe Christian Schools
      http://www.delmartimes.net/encinitas-advocate/news/sd-cm-enc-0223-discrimination-20180216-story.html

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    3. Campaign gold for old lying' Joe.
      Victim is by far his best schtick.

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    4. Joe played the gay card in Sierra Madre as well. I'm surprised they are looking for a private school anyway. Our grandchildren went to Olivenhein public schools and had their pick of universities from Caltech to Cal, Stanford, and Ivy league schools.

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  2. Can you apply for both the water board and city clerk jobs?

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  3. Trump just has to go to Mar a Lago after ‘visiting’ near the Florida shooting location. Does he or any of his staff have any compassion? A president with class would simply return to the White House and not continue the long weekend at a resort while countless humans are mourning the tragic loss of life. So ashamed of you President Trump, in so many ways.

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    1. Thirteen Russians have been indicted by the FBI for cyber-espionage against the United States, and all Trump cares to do is talk about himself. Not one word of condemnation of this act of war. The President of the United States is a traitor. He is working for our enemies. This is the greatest crisis of our times.

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  4. Biblical truth is biblical bigotry.

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  5. Both are voluntary positions. Neither of them are jobs in the usual sense of the word. The city has appointed an interim City Clerk and we will vote on the position in two years after the term that the interim is filling expires. If the city wants the residents to consider a method going forward for appointing a city clerk rather that voting for someone that runs for the office, the voters will get to vote on the change.

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    1. City Clerk is a big job so no one is willing to do it for $250 a month. If it is an appointed job it will likely go to a city employee. Take your pick: an independent city clerk, or a city employee beholden to the city manager..

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    2. City Clerk is a big job so no one is willing to do it for $250 a month. If it is an appointed job it will likely go to a city employee. Take your pick: an independent city clerk, or a city employee beholden to the city manager..

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  6. Dear 7:10am. When did you return from your candlelight vigil in Florida? Oh no; you didn't go? Hypocrite.
    6:58am I don't recall smoking along with libations in the Bible; possible when worshipping the Golden Calf.
    There is a tiny mention of not being widely accepted of procreation with two men or two women as a virtuous in the continuation of mankind.
    But hey, very few honor the "treat your fellow man with kindness". So we all may agree that Armageddon is sonner then we were taught.
    Good reporting on the highlights of Sierra Madre happenings.
    Have a Great year of the Dog/Chinese New Year.

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    1. Parkland Students to President Trump: Stay 'Far Away' From Us

      Few imagine that the president would provide any comfort. Many fear he will make things worse. Two days after enduring a horrific school shooting, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and parents of the victims have one request for President Donald Trump: stay away.

      "In my opinion I do not want Trump here at all," Ameer Hussain, a 15-year-old freshman at the school told The Daily Beast.

      Trump is scheduled to be at his resort in Mar-a-Lago this weekend. And reports on Friday said that he would be paying a visit to Parkland, Florida—the site of the shooting that claimed 17 lives on Wednesday while wounding 15 others—to, in his words, "meet with some of the bravest people on earth."

      It’s common for presidents to visit the sites of national tragedies and, while there, meet with the affected. But Trump is neither a conventional president nor one whom many people in Parkland particularly want to see. Hussain imagined that Trump would “use this event to make himself look better politically.”

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/parkland-students-to-president-trump-stay-far-away-from-us

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    2. Sounds like the gun kept hidden under your pillow misfired

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    3. 7:39, you’re correct. I didn’t go to Florida and attend any candle light vigils. But, I’m also not the president and not expected to be a national and world leader and set an example of class for millions to witness. I do that for what matters, my family and humans I encounter.

      You just sit there all day and continue to try to attack any anti Trump post on this blog. You’re in the certain minority and for whatever twisted reasoning you’ll continue to support the worst president in history.

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    4. Trump took $21 million from the NRA. If he shows up at that school today it will be a colossally ugly moment.

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    5. 7:39 is a perfect example of confused thinking resulting in confused writing.

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    6. Too much acid is my guess.

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  7. 6:58, Wow, what a story. As if you’re some evil person working for Miller. Bet almost everyone running the school and parishioners drank alcohol. School must have been part of Church of Hypocrisy.

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    1. Stephen Miller or Miller Lite?

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  8. So 13 russians goofed on the 2016 campaign when Hillary spent 1 billion dollars and had tens of thousands of volunteers. and after the election the russians revealed their existence to try and delegitimize the election results. And this blog fell for it completely. Who was president when the russians began their disinformation campaign in 2014? and who was president for the entire time the russians were goofing around? and who is the guy that got caught sending the message to Putin that he would have more "flexibility" after the 2012 elections? Obama.

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    1. Thank you for helping Russian espionage agents spread their disinformation this morning, comrade. That's the thing about useful idiots, they work for free.

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    2. The noose is tightening 8:45. The noose is tightening.

      Better find another job. Pretty soon Putin won't need you to post for Trump anymore. Trump's done.

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  9. Michael Moore attended and was interviewed at an anti-trump rally organized by these russians. he was fooled into being part of a disinformation campaign spread by our enemies. so were you.

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    1. Lots of people were fooled. But unlike you, they wised up.

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  10. 8:24am. Ha ha ha good one! If you drank from Stephen Miller and not Miller Lite you would know which social group you hang with!

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    1. It has now been confirmed that Hillary Clinton also met with a Russian agent in 2016. His name was Donald Trump.

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    2. By "drank from Stephen Miller," are you suggesting fellatio? That is much more a Trumpling kind of behavior.

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  11. 8:05am. Testy. You continue to attack the President of the United States. Very unsupportive of this Country. But you are allowed to do that in America.
    The President attended the vigil. He then left to go and spend time with his family, just like you.
    You are twisted in your not supporting the best thing that has happened to this Country in two hundred years.
    I admit, I had the opportunity to meet #44 but I gladly took the high road and crossed the street to avoid that misfortune.

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    1. 9:06. Please enlighten me with respect to “... the best thing that has happened to this Country in two hundred years.” Exactly what good has the pig done so good ?

      Thanks for the laugh. And what does you claiming you could’ve met #44 have to do with anything? Feeling insecure today and needing a boost ?

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    2. The Tea Nuts are suffering from tin foil overexposure.

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    3. They need to stay out of the sun. Obviously their silver hoods are overheating.

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    4. You are really creey

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  12. http://observer.com/2016/10/2006-audio-emerges-of-hillary-clinton-proposing-rigging-palestine-election/#.WBOP6mO8ojs.twitter

    hillary proposed rigging a foreign election. wake up. nations have been doing this for decades (including the US)

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    1. Thanks for the continuing disinformation, comrade. Your "America is just as bad as the Russians" narrative must be warming the hearts of all of our enemies.

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  13. 7:14am. So basically this current council took away our rights from our last vote for a City Clerk only to ask if we should try again? So it was about the money and control of City Hall.
    The Clerk position will just be added as city duties.
    Time for new appointees on council.

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    1. You know, I was all ready to take up the cause of the departed City Clerk. It certainly wasn't a pretty picture at that City Council meeting. But you know, the woman just disappeared. There is always the possibility she just got bored with the job and wanted out. You doing have to take that into account.

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    2. I knew you were supporting her, Mod, and I couldn't figure out why. If she had been your employee, you probably would have let her go for missing deadlines.
      We've all had plenty of work experience where one person doesn't fulfill their part of a job that others have to have before they can proceed. Very frustrating.

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    3. She was not an employee that could be written up and fired. She was an elected official. If she wasn't getting the job done, then city staff needed to pick up the pieces and make it work. It is a much bigger issue than you seem willing to accept.

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    4. You're right that I wasn't thinking about the larger issue of elected/hired.
      But it's doubtful the staff would have pulled together to help someone who was a slacker.

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    5. Staff works for the elected officials. When staff goes to some elected officials and they unseat someone because staff doesn't work well with them, then we have a problem. The city clerk did resign, so the issue is moot now. But this was poorly done. There have been lots of bad elected officials in this town. Was the City Clerk worse than Nancy Walsh? Or Joe Mosca?

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    6. Walsh and Mosca set such very low bars. She probably did not hit those depths.

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    7. Wait, maybe I mean very high bars. It would be difficult to be as bad as Walsh and Mosca were.

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    8. Yes. City Staff propped them up and neither was forced to resign.

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    9. I understand she was ready to resign after the first few months but liked the money enough to hang in there until the Council started talking about reducing the pay.

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  14. This whole investigation was to try and create leverage over trump to keep him from smashing the democratic operatives inside the FBI and DOJ. When he fired Comey they knew they were next and so they pushed and pushed for a special counsel to distract people. Wake up sheeple.

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    1. Yes, it is all a vast conspiracy made up of 10s of thousands of people in the government, law enforcement and the media to get poor Donald Trump. Go pack up your tinfoil unicorn and fly away, Snowflake. Nobody is buying your idiocy.

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    2. Whoa, 9:17. Your either taking some powerful drugs or possibly secretions occurring in your brain from long lost drug days. Get to hospital stat.

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    3. The same kind of people who cheered on the Viet Cong in the 1960s are now rooting for the Russians to defeat the FBI. Tea Partiers are the Jane Fonda's of our time.

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    4. Mueller is leading the cavalry charge to the rescue of America from foreign enemies and domestic traitors.

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    5. As this Russian attack becomes clearer it's going to be more and more difficult for Republicans in the House and Senate to defend their covering for DT. Fixed Noise and all the RW talk shows will look more and and more like the traitors they are. They will be seen as defending Russian spies.

      Thank you Mr. Mueller for the unmasking.

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    6. This Russian Hacking Indictment Makes It Real Hard For Trump To Fire.....Rosenstein or Mueller now. If Trump does fire them - he really would look guilty and that he is obstructing and trying to hide something.

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    7. He is trying to hide something. Some of the greatest crimes ever committed against the Constitution of the United States of America.

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    8. So, democratic ‘operatives’ hired republicans to investigate other republicans? You’re an idiot

      A desperate one

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    9. MAGA = My Ass Got Arrested

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    10. Wait, what? This is now erupting into a Trump bash? Out of here.

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  15. Thank you, Mod, for these informative articles about Sierra Madre. The Tattler is the only real source of truth regarding what happens in our town.

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    1. Right!
      I hope we can get info about the upcoming city council campaign....like why the Arcadia realtor is running.

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    2. The realtor is with Century 21 on Baldwin. Let us all focus on getting the three incumbents re-elected and not give their challenger any more publicity.

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  16. Trump: "Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President."

    Thank you mr. pr*sident for acknowledging that Russia actually had an ongoing criminal anti-US campaign to interfere with our elections.

    Thank you mr. pr*sident for walking right into Mueller's obvious trap by acknowledging the investigation is not a witch hunt.

    Upcoming indictments will show just how Trump and his team knowingly joined and actively participated in what they knew was an ongoing criminal anti-US campaign to interfere with our elections.

    The question then is what will be Trump's Reichstag fire?

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  17. MOD: Did you receive any information this week from Chris Cimino explaining the traffic study on Baldwin and Sierra Madre Blvd? Thanks.

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    1. Is it time for a traffic light there?

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    2. Time to move the city beyond Mayberry R.F.D.

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    3. I have a better idea. You move.

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  18. Does the city know about the new ADA guidelines that slow down lawsuits? This would seem to have some bearing on the Library situation.

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    1. Are you kidding? The new law just gives you several weeks to make the required changes before they can sue. How does that change anything that relates to this issue.

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    2. It will take a couple of years to make the changes in the library to make it ADA accessible. This law does nothing to help our situation.

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  19. The city of Pasadena is considering a .75 sales tax increase with .25 going to the PSUD. That should really be a boom to the Pasadena business community. It's not the city's responsibility to bail out a poorly run school district. The city can't even run itself.

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  20. So Steele wrote a dossier for the purpose of interfering in the election and defeating Trump. does that mean steele shoudl be indicted and hillary should be indicted for funding this foreign interference?

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    1. Sorry chump, no one took the bait on that. Keep fishin’

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