Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sierra Madre Final Vote Is In - And Nothing Has Changed!


Well, OK, the numbers are a little larger than the last time we checked. It does look like Bencosme is going to remain stuck forever at just under the 1,000 vote mark. Which is kind of sad because even I broke that threshold. I think I was at the $5 a vote level. Modest by today's standards, though at the time it seemed like a lot.

However, I don't recall having had a budget of anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars. No, I know I didn't. We won't really know about MrAndy B's complete boodle for certain until sometime in July when final campaign financial disclosures will be revealed. And yes, we will find out. It is very important that we do.

Remember our latest Tattler aphorism: "The big money is in lying. Truth is for volunteers."

But I digress. These truly are great days for Sierra Madre. The city is in the best shape it has been in years, preservation is making regular work-a-day folks into home owning millionaires and, God bless us all, the voters have actually become smart enough to elect people who represent their interests. As unbelievable as that may have seemed just a few years back.

So, can we celebrate yet? Well, I am happy to tell you, folks are getting ready for that. The political juggernaut previously known as Preserve Sierra Madre (actually, they still are), sent out the following email blast yesterday. For people who worry so much they sure do sound happy.

Dear SupportersThere will be an installation ceremony for the new Mayor of Sierra Madre at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 24th beginning at 6:30 pm. 

We are very pleased and excited at the re-election of the three candidates endorsed by Preserve Sierra Madre: current Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi, Mayor Pro-Tem Denise Delmar and former Mayor Gene Goss.  They have done an outstanding job in their four years on the City Council and we expect the same from them over the next four years.  

All of you made a difference in this election and helped to make this day possible so it might by fun to attend this event.  The formal presentation will occur towards the end of the meeting and refreshments will be served in the City Hall reception area immediately following the City Council meeting. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your support. Steering Commiteee

Did you see that? The word committee had three e's at the end. I'm telling you, I have never seen them so wild before.

For those of you who enjoy walking on the analytical side of life, I was on an e-mail chain yesterday where they broke down the vote totals in some surprising ways. Or at least I was impressed.

We had a meeting of Inspectors with Laura Aguilar yesterday. Interesting facts: Vote by mail was 1,521 ballots, or 19.8%. Precinct voting was 1,161 or 15.0 %. Overall that was 35.9%. Total ballots cast: 2,682.  I don't know how that compares to the last few years, but in the '80's and 90's we had well over 50%. 

Another interesting fact: Many ballots had only two votes, Denise and Andy.  And, many had single votes --- most of those were for Delmar. Of the vote by mail ballots, the County invalidated 10.  

There were an additional 7 with no signature. Laura contacted those folks and got signatures from 6. And, all in all, only 12 ballots were not counted, those were for signatures that didn't match the registration. People who say that elections are not on the up and up need to take heed. I think Sierra Madre has the fairest elections anywhere.

Many ballots voted yes on Measure D and didn't vote for the council candidates. But the no votes got 81.7%; Yes 18.2%

You know what? Somehow all of this makes me happy.

Paul Lauritz (1889 - 1975) "The Evening Hour, Sierra Madre"

Wait. Even more good news for Sierra Madre?

Mod: I know. You might find yourself wondering, am I reading The Tattler? But this really is more good news. Remember the conversations here recently about some impending Sacramento high density housing development mandates, and how even Sierra Madre's funky little bus station by Kersting Court might have become the cause of some big LULU (Locally Unwanted Land Use) development? Well, all of that misery died last week. Here is an article you should enjoy.

The takeaway from the sudden death of California's most controversial housing bill in years (NPR link): The most controversial state housing bill in recent memory died with a pretty resounding thud.

Senate Bill 827, which would have forced cities to allow taller, denser development around public transit, got only four votes on the 13-member Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers voted against the bill.

Authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat from San Francisco, the bill would have allowed developers to build five-story apartment buildings near major public transit stops, including neighborhoods previously zoned for single family homes. The bill received a ton of media attention, including a fairly flattering write-up on the front page of the New York Times.

UrbanistYes In My Backyard” (YIMBY) groups mourned the bill’s death as yet another roadblock to building the new housing the state so desperately needs. Cities and anti-gentrification groups cheered the demise of what they viewed as an unprecedented inroad on local control.

Mod: Too much joy, I'm telling you. The rest of the good news is available at the link.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

126 comments:

  1. We’re in good hands with the city council for another two years.

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  2. So much good news. Now I can go enjoy my breakfast for the first time in months. Thank you Mr. Tattler and all your researchers.

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    1. Preserve Sierra Madre had too much champagne celebrating the victory so forgive the misspelling of Committee. They are entitled to an extra "e" now and then.

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    2. Preserve Sierra Madre has a goal of 500 new members for their already influential coalition. People can join and get on their email list by emailing PreserveSierraMadreNow@gmail.com. Every year the group gets stronger and stronger.

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  3. Secret donations/off book monies and support groups like churches, lodges etc. Follow the untraceable money trails.

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  4. Don't get too complacent, the beast is dormant for now but not dead. Things can turn on a dime with one bad election. The real estate interests and developers failed in their attempt to gain a foothold on the city council with their candidate Andy Benscome. But they will try again and he will try again. We have to be ready.

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    1. Is there a chance in the world that this city council would pass some sort of campaign spending limits for Sierra Madre elections? Maybe cap spending at $5,000? That would hopefully discourage big money outside interests like the Arcadia Assoc of Realtors from trying to buy seats on our City Council so they can influence land use policies.

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    2. I like it. More public forums, less stupid post cards.

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    3. I think removing the need for a lot of money to run for City Council would encourage more people to run. Very few candidates are throwing their hats into the ring these days, and the crazy cost has to be one of the reasons.

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    4. I agree 6:41. We can be sure the bad guys will put up two more developer friendly candidates in two years when the incumbents can't win and my guess is that they wont be so stupid as to have a kick off party at the Arcadia Board of Realtors.

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    5. Agreed, 6:41. Developers in California are desperate for land.

      Election reforms would be great. Cap the cost at $5,000, and prohibit those expensive and wasteful lawn signs.

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    6. Yes. Debates don't cost much. Fib cards are $5,000 a pop.

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    7. It is a good idea. I wonder if there are any Sacramento laws that would prevent something like this. You know how they protect the interests of the people who give them money.

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    8. How about making it mandatory for every US Citizen adult 18 and above to vote in all SM local elections? Fine each per $1,000 for non-compliance.

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  5. A lot of good news. We can all take a break for awhile and then rise once again for the next election or maybe before that if some crazy issue comes up.

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  6. Lets all pack city hall Tuesday night at 6:30 with a standing room only crowd for the swearing in of the 3 incumbent candidates.

    A big show of support will show the out of town realtors and developers that they are going to have a hell of a fight 2 years from now when they run 2 of their surogats for city council .

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  7. Committee's? Hold onto that extra E, that's the ticket for the wild ride the new council will be taking us all on, would not have mattered who was elected to council.
    It is comforting to acknowledge that the gang's all their, congratulations, they all are up to speed with the complete package of "happengings" that will be coming from city hall.
    No one should be shocked or uninformed.
    The issues the city now faces has zilch to do with developers.

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  8. What a joke. Delmar came in a very distant 3rd. The idea she got “many” votes is absurd. In fact Delmar is the lowest vote getting and least popular council member. She also got less votes than capoccia or Harabedian.

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    1. Sell any houses lately, sour puss? She got a heckuva lot more votes than that dude you ran.

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    2. Not bad for virtually no campaigning.

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    3. She won.
      Andy lost.

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    4. I'd call 1531 votes "many" in our little town where 35% vote. My daughter lives in a town of 40,000 on the East Coast. Their voter turnout was 2%! How about limiting mailers, might be easier than money.

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    5. Delmar did not have a professional campaign manager like Arizmendi did although Deb Sheridan is the new David Axelrod. Delmar had about 1/10 the money of any of the other candidates. Delmar also is not a political animal who had her eye on running for re-election for the last four years and positioning herself for that goal. In light of all that, I'd say she did pretty darn good. I'd also say that if she had all the money and resources that the other three candidates had she could very well have ended up the top vote getter.

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    6. Denise was also targeted by the usual unhappy whispering campaign ladies. Most of whom sit in real estate offices all day and have nothing better to do with their time. Fortunately the people of Sierra Madre are far better than anything they have to offer.

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    7. Don't forget about the huge role played by Preserve Sierra Madre. You can bet that they really got their people to the ballot box as well as all their friends.

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  9. The good news is, with no meaningful development most of you will eventually be priced out of this city, and your hate will die with you. Then the rest of us can live in this land of happiness and gumdrops, without the pitchforks and vitriol. Oh happy day.

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    1. This person talks about people he/she doesn't like dying, and then accuses others of hate? Get the straitjacket.

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    2. So much senseless anger, 7:55. Have you tried Rolfing?

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    3. Thanks for posting, 7:55. I couldn't disagree with your more, both with your ideas and your way of expressing them. It's helpful to my understanding to realize that there is no possibility of communication.

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    4. Actually lots of communications or noises are happening on this blog. But each side just wants to pontificate their own opinions.

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    5. Thanks for pontificating.

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    6. 9:47, pontificating, insulting, declaiming is not communication - it's expression. But communication involves both sending and receiving. It's a one way street with someone like 7:55.

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    7. 12:30,
      That's the usual meaning of communication. But there are one-sided communications. For instance, when the Pope or CEO communicates to the public, employees, etc. It's usually not a Q&A session. And what about sarcastic statement like 9:47 made? Thus they are still communication.

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    8. I'm the boss. I talk. You listen. Capeesh?

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  10. 8:01am. Reading comprehension, try again.
    Stagnation of growth translates to your pockets taking deep hits so that the doors of City Hall remain open.

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    1. How do they explain the explosive growth of home prices in Sierra Madre on your planet?

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    2. Sierra Madre home prices aren’t ‘exploding’. Same general trend is all

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    3. Of course I believe you. Why should I go trusting things like my eyes and ears?

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    4. You are wasting your time 9:46. You can't convince someone that is living inside a thick bubble.

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    5. Hey! It's the Bubble Guy!

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    6. I own a house in Sierra Madre. Value rising but not exploding

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    7. Using the word "Exploding" describing price of houses, buildings, structures, is not cool. I would avoid this word completely in real estate markets located in cities of Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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    8. Can we say the housing market is booming?

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    9. 4:50: No. Sounds to close to bombing.

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    10. Homes prices in Sierra Madre are dynamite right now.

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    11. Things are really popping around here!

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  11. Denise does upset some people. And that is good. It comes from actually having something to say.

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  12. Delmar was saved by the No on Measure D campaign. Delmar's pic and name were on all their mail and ads and reminded people Delmar was an incumbent and blocked out Bencosme. No on Measure D spent more money advertising Delmar than Delmar did.

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    1. Excuses, excuses.

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    2. So I guess if Delmar had the money the other candidates had to spend on mailers and ads, she would have trounced Bencosme by an even higher margin and could have beaten out Goss and Arizmendi. What she did with what she had, was nothing short of remarkable. How little Bencosme did with what he had is also remarkable. The results reveal that Deb Sheridan is a political genius.

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    3. She had no money because no one gave her any because no one likes her.

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    4. So why did Denise get 500 more votes than Andy? Because they wuv him?

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    5. 5:25 - Say hello to Mayor Delmar.

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  13. Just remember what that No vote on Measure D will get you.

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    1. yeah...solvent city government.

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    2. Sierra Madre's debt problems are not the fault of anyone currently at City Hall. Nor can the city just drop its financial obligations.

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    3. The purpose of establishing bureaucratic institutions in society is longevity. They will remain intact long after you, your children and grandchildren are gone.

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    4. The irony is those elected officials responsible for Sierra Madre's debt crisis were also so-called "property rights" supporters. The same people now complaining about the debt problem and the resulting taxes voted for the people responsible.

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  14. Talk about insensitivity and bad customer services. Starbucks' plan of closing down thousands of stores for an afternoon of sensitivity staff training is overreacting. Why is Starbucks punishing millions of devoted caffeine-addicted customers that have nothing to do with the action of one incompetent store manager? Can someone explain to me like a 5 year old?

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    1. Have you asked a 5 year old? Most of the ones I know are pre-Starbucks.

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    2. I'm looking for constructive answers. Your response don't fit the bill.

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    3. Have you ever thought of paying people to take you seriously?

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    4. Since you ask, actually I pay people all the time and in US currency.

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    5. Fascinating.

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    6. Please don't take 11:47 question likely. Racial profiling and avoidable arrests are happening all the time across the US, do you see police departments close down their entire operation for a few hours to have racial sensitivity training for their staffs. I know it sounds like a absurd question. This is really a window dressing PR stunt by Starbucks.

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    7. I suspect 11:47 is upset about something, but it is not Starbucks.

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    8. Thank you 12:17 for your insight. Though I suggest you to dot the i's before submitting your post next time (s/b lightly, not likely)

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    9. Must be the Grammar Man.

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    10. You shouldn’t be drinking coffee.

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    11. Starbucks's website has an answer for your question 11:47. Go there and search the word "coffee."

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    12. 2:29 Are you out of your mind?

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    13. 2:40: This is what I found on the SB website. Lots of corporate speak.

      About Us
      It happens millions of times each week – a customer receives a drink from a Starbucks barista – but each interaction is unique.
      It's just a moment in time – just one hand reaching over the counter to present a cup to another outstretched hand.
      But it’s a connection.

      Here are 2 definitions of barista from the Urban Dictionary

      barista:
      Pretentious sounding word used by dejected art history and drama majors that describes their employment in order to make themselves feel better about serving coffee.
      -So what have you been up to since you graduated?
      - I'm a barista at the Coffee Bean, but only until I get a sitcom

      Barista:
      A person who is overworked and underpaid.
      I'm just your local overworked Barista!

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    14. Coffee is readily available every 10 ft. or make it at home. Stop by the Buk for fresh cup....

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    15. No, just that one guy shouldn’t be drinking coffee

      Too excitable

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    16. My mistake 11:47 & 4:25. Not the Starbucks website. The answer will pop right up if you Google the word "coffee."

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    17. 5:05: I'm not working for free. Just post what you found on this blog.

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    18. Working for free? What a joke. Your question. Do your own research.

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  15. 11:51am. Thats right. No one's at fault!

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  16. 12:17pm it's agiant PR stunt. Afriend of mine worksfor Starbuks says the company is hiring subs for the day and paying them more thanthe staff that has to have sensitivity training.
    The subs will restock etc.

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    1. Subs getting more pay then the staffs. Is that how SB treats their employees? Not very sensitive and demeaning?

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    2. There is always Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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    3. Do the so-called subs get benefits?

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    4. Sounds as if it’s their full-time staff that is the problem. Congrats to Starbucks for doing the right thing

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    5. I don't understand all the griping here. Starbucks has acted like a truly responsible corporation. I wish more companies were like them.

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  17. Congrats Colin:

    Amnesty International on Saturday named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2018 Ambassador of Conscience for his kneeling protests against racial injustice.

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    1. What is Amnesty International?

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    2. Amnesty International
      Non-governmental organization
      Amnesty International is a London-based non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The organization claims to have over 7 million members and supporters around the world. Wikipedia
      Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
      Founder: Peter Benenson
      Founded: July 1961, London, United Kingdom
      Members: More than 7 million members and supporters
      Location: Global
      Motto: It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

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    3. I’m gonna remember that motto

      Good’un

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  18. 2:34pm. Colin was waiting to use the Starbucks restroom, took a knee inorder to release the pain.

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    1. Colin is an accidental hero created by the liberal media. Everyone thought he was protesting when in fact he was just kneeling to tie his shoelaces.

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    2. 4:31 needs sensitivity training

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    3. I'll bet 4:31 doesn't like certain people exercising their 1st Amendment rights--or being President.

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    4. Trump is a traitor and belongs in Guantanamo with the rest of the terrorists.

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    5. Send him to Abu Ghraib

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    6. Colin kneeling would not have been the media circus it became except for the moron we have in the white House who made it a big deal.

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    7. What is it about Colin that infuriates self-proclaimed defenders of the Constitution, especially Amendment 1. [Head scratching....] What is it?

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    8. It's that he blames others for the predicament that he has put himself into.

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  19. Sure we know that the rest rooms are there for the convenience of the patrons, but over the course of one day, how can the few people who take advantage of the facilities without buying a coffee or a pastry ever be worth this. The server, when asked for the combo, says simply, "sure it is 1234, and let me know what you want to order afterwards --implying but not stating it is for customers ONLY." Then if nothing is ordered you just remember that 1000s of other patrons did order and LET IT GO!

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    1. In this Starbucks petty episode, I think the restroom requires a key to get in. Even if I'm not a patron, I would never ask for a restroom key. Who would want to hold a germ-infested key held my so many strangers? The smart thing is to wait outside the restroom and enter it after someone leaves.

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    2. I blame the 3 police officers for arresting the 2 men for a petty matter. Dumb move and wasting resources and taxes.

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    3. They were waiting for a friend who arrived as they were being arrested. Cops follow orders.

      Fear of black people is the problem

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    4. I've seen homeless people sitting and using McDonald restrooms, and no store employees asked them to leave.

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    5. 6:30,
      As shown on YouTube, the white man friend protested to the cops why they were arresting his real estate clients (2 black men), the cops should have realized they made a mistake and stop the arrest. These 3 cops collective brains were not working. We all know that cops are not the smartest people. High school diploma is the minimum education requirement to enroll to a police academy.

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    6. 6:30,
      The theory that a a white female store manager afraid of 2 black men sitting and minding their own business inside a very busy SB store during daytime does not make sense. Let's just say that she is either a racist or a moron or both and should be fired.

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    7. 5:13 agree, a lot better than turning them away to go relieve themselves in the parking lot. These metro train stations need damn toilets. Do what San Fran does, small toilets so no group get togethers and hanky panky. People gotta go !!

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    8. Fear of a black planet

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    9. Yellow and brown planet

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  20. If you need to use a public key for the rest room you need to follow a scrub protocol to wash your hands and use a paper towel to return the key (and on the door handle, too) and not let any looking askance at you bother you one bit. It's your health darlin'. Same goes for any surface you need to touch in a public restroom.

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    1. I'm way ahead of you. I requested my own private restroom key at work. No need to ask for it from the receptionist.

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  21. I'm confused. What about the asexual restrooms out in public? when i need to go,i dont wish to appear insensitive and use a paper towel to open doors.

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    1. Paper towel in public restrooms! Where have you been? We need to save trees and all those conservationist feel good things. Paper towels have been replaced by the electric hand dryers that sound like a jet engine.

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    2. Just wear depends

      It suits your style anyway

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    3. 8:29,
      Don't overthink. There are implied universal rules when it comes to using public restrooms. Such as don't shake peoples hands afterward and using paper towels to open doors are acceptable. Okay to bring out that Howie Mandel hiding inside you.

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  22. Hey 5:05pm,
    Here is a much better website for knowledge
    https://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/full-list-of-stuff-white-people-like/

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  23. Hey 5:05:
    Guess what? Coffee is the #1 on the Stuffs White People Like List website.

    There is no doubt that white people love coffee. Yes, it’s true that asians like iced coffee and people of all races enjoy it. But I promise you that the first person at your school to drink coffee was a white person. You could kind of tell they didn’t enjoy it, but they did it anyways until they liked it – like cigarettes.

    White people all need Starbucks, Second Cup or Coffee Bean. They are also fond of saying “you do NOT want to see me before I get my morning coffee.” White guys will also call it anything but coffee: “rocket fuel,” “java,” “joe,” “black gold,” and so forth. It’s pretty garbage all around.

    If you want to go for extra points – white people really love FAIR TRADE coffee, because paying the extra $2 means they are making a difference.

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    1. 5:05 was so long ago

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    2. 5:05 said:

      "My mistake 11:47 & 4:25. Not the Starbucks website. The answer will pop right up if you Google the word "coffee.'"

      Sounds like 8:44 got himself all caffeinated and spent 3.5 hours searching and searching for the answer.... Sorry 8:44. I meant Google "Google coffee."

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    3. Just having my first cup of coffee. I'm white and I like drinking everything caffeinated. So what's this fuss about?

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  24. Yet another gun idiot

    An Ohio mom who had a permit to carry a concealed handgun accidentally killed her 2-year-old daughter, Cleveland.com reports.

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    1. Do you get mad when thousands of little kids died everyday in Iraq as of writing during and after the US invasion of the country under the pretense of WMD?

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  25. 7:55 got it right when he/she used the term "meaningful development". What the developers are going for is "unrestricted development". Be thoughtful. Development is not all bad and can benefit a community if it is in "meaningful way". Just what that is depends on reasonable people crafting out a plan that retains the small town ambiance but moves us forward. Electing development interests to the City Council would be a death wish. Rather like swimming with sharks. Watch out they have no scruples and send trolls spreading lies throughout your neighborhoods.

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