Monday, December 26, 2011

Too Many Candidates

So here's a problem you probably wouldn't have anticipated. What if too many good candidates were to step up and run for the City Council this April? Thanks to Joe Mosca's still somewhat mysterious vanishing act there will now be three seats open this time around. Two of them for the regularly scheduled four year terms that would have been up for grabs no matter what, and then a special election to fill the remaining two years of Gotta Go Joe's time in office.

And should certain candidates be elected it could change the balance in the way power is allocated on Sierra Madre's City Council, effectively changing the way this city is run.

In the recent past finding candidates that have met the criteria for rational government in this town wasn't an automatic thing. Slow growth, low tax, and fiscally responsible City Council candidates haven't always been that easy to come by. Certainly those who claim to be nicer, or love the city more, or excessively attentive to the special interest needs of their family and friends, have always been readily available.

But what about those willing to take actual and credible stands in favor of preserving Sierra Madre as it is for future generations? Or taking a good hard look at the runaway finances of our city government? Not quite so easy. And this has become something of a problem for this town. As anyone who has witnessed the convoluted monkeyshines of the Buchanan team on the current City Council can attest.

However, so great is the perceived need to elect people that will not run this town into the ground for the benefit of a few local special interests (realty, development and utilities being the three most prominent), it appears that five good candidates are answering the call and could very well be on the ballot next April. This is an unprecedented turnout from some very well-meaning people. And something which, ironically, could present some real problems.

The candidates who have drawn papers are, in alphabetical order, Colin Braudrick, John Capoccia, John Harabedian and Chris Koerber. Assuming MaryAnn MacGillivray decides to run for re-election, that would make five highly qualified and articulate candidates who openly support slow growth, holding the UUT to 10%, the right to vote on downtown development issues per voter approved Measure V and, in stark contrast to what remains of the old Gang of Four, strict adherence to the principles of honesty and fairness in government.

Which, besides being an embarrassment of riches, also presents something of a dilemma. That being with five very qualified candidates running on basically the same ideals, we could very well see a split vote from this community's more aware residents. Which would lead to them canceling one another out and allowing whatever characters the Buchanan-Doyle special interest machine happens to push out onto the stage to become elected.

So far the only potential candidate from that quarter making any noise whatsoever is Carol Canterbury, a somewhat zany figure from the realty community with few substantive accomplishments and is mostly known for zipping around the downtown area in a colorful golf cart. Which, of course, doesn't make her a bad person, just someone you might not want to entrust with the future of Sierra Madre.

Obviously this town is undergoing some significant Josh Moran - Nancy Walsh fatigue. The dishonestly run and seemingly endless campaign to raise our water rates, followed by the call to increase our Utility User Tax hit to 12% (which would make our UUT rate by far the highest in the State of California), has led many to wonder if there isn't an alternative to the kind of soak the citizens government we are now enduring. Add to that the abusive behavior these radical councilmembers have directed at both the volunteers of the General Plan Update Steering Committee and concerned residents in general, and you have a condition leading many to believe that a change of direction is badly needed for our city's government.

You have to ask yourself, is there anything that Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh have done with their two years on the City Council that would justify giving them control of the city? In all seriousness, can you name even one thing?

But with five good candidates potentially splitting the vote, we could very well be faced with a future that cannot be described as being particularly rosy. After all, it only takes one seat to empower a City Council run by Mayor Josh Moran and Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Walsh. Neither of whom have yet to display either the ability or temperament to run this city in a reasonable manner.

Enhance their control with one other highly unsuitable special interest Councilmember and you'd really have to start calling into question the ability of Sierra Madre to maintain itself as a functioning and financially viable city.

Things to think about as we enter the 2012 election season. April 10 is no longer that far away.

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57 comments:

  1. Oh, it would be fun to see Ms. Canterbury run. She has some stories that I would like to hear about. One such story is titled "Naked Mayor Running", of course that's an old story but one that reflects on our cities past, on the other hand she could be a good council person, she knows what some of the bad ones did, is she in favor of raising my taxes????? $ talks.

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  2. Naked Mayor running? Does that have anything to do with that photo of all those former Mayors standing in front of the Podley Waddly office for a "No On V" rally?

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  3. Think I know what your talking about 6:57, you could be right, he could be in that picture!

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  4. At least we know it was a "he."

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  5. If there are many candidates, we need to have a very large candidate forum....not at City Council Chambers or the Kiwanis or Women's club.
    We need to rent out Sierra Madre School auditorium, all resident voters need to be sent invitations to the debate. It needs to be conducted in total fairness. No LofWV. or KIWANIS. or WOMENS CLUB or any CLUB in town.
    Let's push for that.
    Then all the candidates can be questioned and people can make up their own minds.
    The platforms will be sharply divided. Some will favor slow growth. Some will favor development and centralized government, run by Sacramento.
    All political parties should NOT BE WELCOME TO THROW MONEY at candidates, like they have since MOSCA ran and was supported by a major political party.
    Sierra Madre local government should NOT, repeat NOT be finacially controlled by outside interests. No matter what.
    Mosca brought disruption, distrust to this town.
    Thankfully, he is gone, and will not likely be back.
    Let's get back to honest residents, residents who own property and live in their homes here in Sierra Madre.
    Residents who wish to save Sierra Madre's property values....our HOMES being first on the list.
    Thanks to the Tattler, we will have some informed facts to help us decide who we want to lead the city for the next 4 years.

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  6. Never too many candidates...the more the better and good losers are the highest on the list of sportsmanship, these are all adults, aren't they?

    The real problem as I see it from the recent past will be outside money that can't be finally discovered until after the final reporting and the lies that will be told.

    Suggestion: go out early and tell the truth.

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  7. 7:57, sounds good to me, where do I sign up?

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  8. These candidates will be running in different sections on the ballot, yes? There will be one race for the four year seat, and one for the two year seat.

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  9. "slow growth, low tax, and fiscally responsible"

    The rallying cry for the next election!

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  10. But 9:49, everyone who runs will claim to be a "preservationist." Every single candidate, no matter what. And they will all talk about "fiduciary responsibility" too. We ought to ban the word "preservation" in Sierra Madre because it has been misused so much by so many.

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  11. Ms. Canterbury is following the directives put out by the California Association of Realtors to a T. She has participated in every city event possible, attends meetings, volunteers, and is one of the most visible realtors in town The stated and publicized goal of the California Realtor Association is to defeat local slow growth movements, and infiltrate city governments at every level. Ms. Canterbury is aiming for the top realtor prize in being elected.

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  12. Dittos 9:49 However,slogans are not enough.We have been duped before by those who speak with forked tongue!!!!Dig deep,who are they?We can't afford to slip up again!!!"Beware of Wolves in Sheep Clothing".

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  13. Two slots for the four year seat, one for Mosca's seat (2 years)

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  14. Always vote for candidates that represent the people and not special interests like the real estate industry. We now have a City Council run by a utility executive and a guy who hustles home loans for a living. And what do we get from them? Higher water rates that they forced upon us under false pretenses, a ballot initiative to raise our UUT rates to 12%, and a monstrous downtown development project that we are being told we won't get to vote on because of a slick terminology switch. Not only are we being lied to, we are being treated like idiots. How can we not be upset?

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  15. Embarassed to be resident with MORON/WALSHDecember 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Talk is talk, we need to hear the candidates walk the talk. NO REALTORS,we already know their gig in Sierra Madre. PERIOD.

    We need to KNOW how each candidate publicly acted during Measure V and showed the public their view of Measure V. Let us do enough research about each candidate's background and make sure that they are not doing double duty, and will stab the people in the back a la MOSCA.

    Anyone/everyone who wins will outsmart/out-talk/out think Moran-Walsh. But our city will still be an Oxymoran.

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  16. I like to think of this election more along the lines of an exorcism. Believe me, the damned will scream and howl when presented with the truth. Some already are.

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  17. I would vote for Reni Rose and Emily Dugan for city council if you wanted the most successful realtors on City Council, why aren't they running?, maybe they are too busy being successful realtors to get tangled up in the pettiness of your concerns.

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  18. A seat on the City Council would be a poor substitute for any realtor who is successful at their profession.

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  19. http://www.car.org/media/pdf/103309/

    STRATEGIES FOR FIGHTING
    THE SLOW GROWTH MOVEMENT
    AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

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  20. Poor substitute, yes. Potentially lucrative community activity? Also yes.

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  21. Will there be many occasions for recusal for conflict of interests? Inform us please.

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  22. The San Gabriel Valley is filled with the kinds of garbage development the Downtown Investors Club wanted to bring to Sierra Madre around 2006. If the city had fallen for it downtown would be a wasteland of generic development and unsold condos. Unfortunately a lot of the useful idiots who invested their retirements in the DSP are still around, and desperate to get their money back.

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  23. This will be a contest between voracious and purulent greed against property owners who wish to maintain their property and live their lives in what remains of the once beautiful San Gabriels.We can expect mega bucks from Corporate and Building interest,Ringers posing as "Slow Growth Candidates",dirty tricks and slander against their opposition.Be prepared,the economy is shaky and this may be their last chance for years to break ground!Stop them NOW!!!

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  24. I wonder who will fund Henderson's paper this time? Word is she has pretty much burned out the retired seniors in town.

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  25. The tax payers will fund Henderson through the publication of the city Legals. Disgusting, but true.
    Along those same wonderings 1:10, I was wondering if Gotta Go Joe had any friends left in town, or if, eventually, everyone knew that he lied to everybody about everything.

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  26. Speaking of Gotta Go Joe, I had an idea for a game that maybeThe Tattler could set up. Similar to the vastly popular "Where's Waldo?" it would be called "Where's Bosca?" It would come with a map of the world so players could pinpoint the current location of Bosca. Which, most will agree, could be almost anywhere.

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  27. I sense that the Mod's concern is being missed. The Real Estate, Developer, Dirt, DT Investers have a vested interrest in being unified in a select few candidates for City Council. They will get behind two or three and vote unified for their vested interests.

    Unless we find and select only two, plus MaryAnn, and limit our candidates to the best we have, and get solidly behind only those three we will end up short because of the vested Real Estate / Developer / DT Investers and their Churches who will use that strategy to elect their needs into the Council.

    We need to be very smart and strategically positiioned.

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  28. "Colin Braudrick resides at the same home as Concilmember Josh Moran."

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  29. The deadline for the written responses to the ALF Kensington has been extended. Until tomorrow.
    It has magically appeared on the public notice on the city website. Stinky timing to all this. And why wasn't there an "eblast" about it?

    Written comments on the proposed project must be received no later than 5:00 PM on December 21, 2011*. Comments may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the attention of Gregg Yamachika. The contact information is below.
    *The deadline to receive comments has been extended to no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 27, 2011, due to the recent windstorm event.
    Public Hearing: The City of Sierra Madre Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider the MND and proposed project at its regular Planning Commission meeting on Thursday January 19, 2012, at 7:00 PM, at City Hall at 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre. To confirm the date and time of the meeting and for additional information concerning the proposed project, please check the City’s Development Services Department website.
    Gregg Yamachika, Contract Planner, City of Sierra Madre Development Services 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Phone: (562) 292-8323 E-mail: yamachikag@yahoo.com

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  30. Let the smearing begin.

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  31. Thanks, 3:01 pm. This update is buried on the Planning Department page, asterisked in the middle of the original announcement.

    Sneaky, if you ask me!

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  32. Colin Brauderick is a straight arrow kind of guy. Should put quite a kink in Moran's kinkiness, if you ask me.

    For those who don't know him, you should get to! Father, Little League Coach, Detective, speaker for the GPSUC, and donated a kidney last year to someone fresh out of a functioning organ.

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  33. Is Bill Tice running?

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  34. We've seen several of the self proclaimed candidates at the City Council podium in recent months. They're sounding off! Gives us a chance to listen to them so there is less of a chance of surprise. Come on down, stick around after a council meeting and get to know them if don't already. Why wait for some claptrap civic organization forum with made up questions?

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  35. My heart would be broken if Bill Tice doesn't run... he's a treasure and his heart is in the right place. I truly believe he would have been a better council member than "Looky here, take 'em out" Nancy Walsh.

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  36. The so-called debates this town runs are absurd. Instead of an open forum where the candidates discuss the issues, we get a series of mostly meaningless questions selected by some clueless supposedly "neutral" people from Pasadena. It is insulting. Why can't we have a debate where the important issues are laid out and opened up for a real discussion?

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  37. 4:02 Absolutely Correct. We already have a precedent. Its called a Town Hall Meeting where all running must field questions from the audience. Rules can be set so a civil format is followed. All we need is for Council to set the date (2 at least), select a Moderator (neutral) and get on with it. Taxes, Water, Police, Gen Plan, Hillsides, and all topics should be on the table. Lets make Sierra Madre a model and get the City moving where the residents contribute.

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  38. The residents should be allowed to ask their own questions. Enough with out of town people picking papers out of a box.

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  39. 3:47, you say this Colin guy is a straight arrow, volunteer and a detective. If you ask me he sounds just like Mr. Kilts "Matheson", he volunteered in town and I bet he has even donated an organ or two and I'll guess he has even done a little under cover work also. I don't know about these credentials.

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  40. Colin's accomplishments vastly outstrip those of Josh Moran. Colin built a career in a very tough field, Josh never really left his mother's lap.

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  41. Yes to open forums for candidates to answer questions that people want to ask! Great idea. Doesn't mean people cannot or will not lie, but it gives us all a chance to really assess the candidates. And ask some direct questions.
    Don't know who could moderate, but there could be a set format and a stop watch.

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  42. That would be my one misgiving about direct public questioning at candidate debates. Residents who would turn their moment at the podium into a speech. If that could be controlled then I agree, the spontaneity and immediacy would be far more interesting than what we have seen in the recent past.

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  43. Most effective format has been for audience members to fill out card with their questions and then the cards can be sorted by topic. It's the person who does this who determines whether hard questions will be asked; in city-sponsored debates of the past, we have not seen the hard questions surface, but in non-city sponsored debates, we have. As long as we can conduct a town hall type debate/meeting without any city hall employees officiating in any way, we might get something more constructive.

    Also, can Colin answer these questions? Why are you living in Josh Moran's house - was there no other reasonably priced place you could have chosen within the city limits? When did you move to Sierra Madre and why? I'm unfortunately equating you with Joe Mosca at this point, who moved to Sierra Madre and almost immediately ran for city council, hoodwinking the voting public in the process. You will suffer miserably (recall, anyone? And we won't fail this time) if you pull the same thing he did.

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  44. Legitimate questions 8:46, and be sure to bring them with you to an open public forum that is for the residents and run by the residents.

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  45. Can we ask carol Canterbury about her hair style?

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  46. Why don't you run, John? You have a huge following.

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  47. There are 5 people running now who I believe are much better at that sort of thing than I am. Remember, I came in 6th place in a field of 7 in 2010, and if it wasn't for the great Bill Tice I would have been the last place finisher.

    Whatever following I have in town is due to this blog and what I write here. And frankly, I'd much rather do this.

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  48. i guess you would have to actually speak to me and not behind a blog or worse you would have to actually make eye contact with me and have a conversation...glitter on peeps, may the glitter be with you all

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  49. Are you the glam candidate, 8:09?

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  50. Colin does indeed live with Josh Moran due to a divorce. I find him to be a nice guy but his choice in friends is slightly perplexing

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  51. I get the feeling that some of the posters have never had roommates.
    It is not a marriage or a pledge of undying friendship when people have roommates. Most of the time it's an economic necessity. I have had roommates, and it is not usually the ideal living situation, but one that will make ends meet. Because someone has a roommate doesn't mean bupkis.

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  52. 11:43 - I think about the potential for Brown Act violations. And frankly, if I was thinking about running for City Council, I would find a different roommate - seriously!

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  53. I appreciate the skepticism, as we should all clearly vet our candidates for any office. But seriously, likening me to Matheson in an anonymous post?? If you at least used your name in the post I would have maintained some respect for you. I think you should contact me directly and we can speak in person about the issues you have with me. I can show you the life I have lived and the roots of my values. If at that point you believe I am not worthy for City Council, I will understand. Comments that compare me to a pedophile is what undermines the work that John Crawford does to create transparency in our city government.

    I could afford to have a great house, but instead I choose to support my ex and my son. I put my family above wealth, because I am a man of principal. I could be in a much better financial situation if I left Sierra Madre. But Sierra Madre is my home, I have lived hear over 16 years, and love this City with all of my heart and soul. Josh Moran is my friend, as is John Crawford, and many other people in this City. I do not cut someone out of my life for his/her political views, if I did I would be the one who suffers. Instead I feel I can influence people in a positive way by the choices I make and my strong values.

    If you think I just say I am pro-preservation, look at the house I lived in, my hobbies, and the things I have always stood for throughout my life. I am willing to sign a slow-growth pledge that if I violate I will resign from office. I love this City, and it takes only one bad decision to turn it into Alhambra, or any other city that isn't Sierra Madre. My son was talking the other day that he could not live anywhere else. I love my son more than anything on earth, I would never let anyone damage Sierra Madre, so he can raise his kids in the same location and atmosphere that I have been lucky enough to raising mine.

    Here is my email, I am willing to meet with anyone and answer any question.

    Braudrick@mac.com

    For those of you who stood up for me, I really appreciate your friendship and support.

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  54. If you think that one was bad, you should see the ones I'm deleting, Colin. Good to see all the right people don't seem to like you very much.

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  55. Anon bupkis 11:34am
    I guess that's what you would think about Mathesons roomies. They just share the same intrest in film... doesn't mean bupkis, RIGHT. Birds of a FEATHER!

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  56. John,
    Feel free to post all comments that are negative about me, I don't take it personally. The nice thing about living in a small town is it doesn't take long for me to find out who is writing comments like 11:34's. I will talk to these people off-line and see if they are brave enough to admit what they are writing, or will hide behind the cowardly veil of anonymity. At least one of these people has pretended to be my friend to my face for over a year and now is raking muck behind my back. Back stabbers and cowards are people who need to hide. Leaders and heroes stand before everyone without fear in their hearts.

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  57. Come on 6:17, comparing Colin Braudrick to Robert Matheson? Really? I hope the Tattlers see that your comments are severly lacking in logic. I would encourage you to take the opportunity to get to know Colin. You will quickly learn that he is a stellar person and an excellent candidate to represent this community.

    I have a question for the Tattlers. Why on earth would Colin living in a roommate situation take away from his abilities and competency? I have a roommate too. Does that make our education, experience, morals and dedication to Sierra Madre less than that of a homeowner? Rather than judge, please understand that California alone is expensive, much less Sierra Madre. Would you rather him financially overextend himself? I would not. We don't need individuals with that propensity or those who lack fiduciary responsibility.

    Colin, I think you are an excellent contender for City Council! Your heart is in the right place and you don't let outside views or money influence your good morals. You are a good man! I wish you the best of luck!

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