Saturday, December 31, 2011

Windstorm Disaster Fund Relief Is Not Coming?

You may recall that here in Sierra Madre the clean up after the windstorm of a month ago (where has December gone, anyway?) was dependent upon us receiving Federal and State aid to help remove all of that debris we had just pushed out into our streets. Without such aid the funds required to do the job would be a budget buster that would pretty much clean out the City's General Fund, and then some. And it was only after our receiving this cash was assured that the clean up could commence in earnest.

Earlier this month we were honored with a visit from Anthony Portantino and a FEMA guy, who then drove around town with Councilmember Nancy Walsh to assess the windstorm damage related to our just declared State of Emergency. With a report on all of that gathered information to be later generated and then sent up to Sacramento for careful review. Nancy reported upon her interesting experiences that morning at an ensuing City Council meeting, and did so in a way that seemed to indicate that disaster relief funding was on the way and the City would soon be saved from tree debris and other storm related effects.

Today the streets are pretty much tidied up and all that tree debris has vanished to wherever it is such stuff goes after it is collected. But can it be that the money to pay for all of that work is also gone as well? As in we're not going to get any of it? An article in today's Pasadena Star News (click here) would seem to indicate that this early cheer might have been a case of Unsubstantiated Overly Optimistic Reality Creation (UOORC).

Beck: Federal disaster aid gone with the wind: (PASADENA) - City officials said Friday that cumulative costs from the recent windstorm will not reach the necessary threshold for federal disaster assistance, forcing them to now pursue state assistance instead.

"Unfortunately, it is now clear that the cumulative costs of the disaster will not reach the statewide public sector threshold of $50.3 million to make us eligible for federal reimbursements," City Manager Michael Beck wrote in a city manager update, noting that current estimates of eligible public sector costs are about $33 million.

The city will instead focus on seeking state disaster funds from Gov. Jerry Brown.

However, Beck said that California Disaster Assistance Act funding is currently $140 in the red based on previous obligations "so this effort may be fruitless."

Not a cheery prognosis. Hopefully the City of Sierra Madre had made other arrangements and none of this will apply to us.

With the New Year comes New Laws!

A newspaper from way out there in the Inland Empire called the Daily Bulletin (click here) has put together a list of all the fine new laws that will take effect once the clock strikes midnight this evening. You as a law abiding Californian will need to be made aware of what it is that is expected of you in 2012.

Citizen, here are your new laws:

1) The Dream Act - Legislation allowing students in this country under less than legal conditions to receive financial aid for things like a college education kicks in at midnight.

2) SB 746 - If you are under 18 you will no longer be allowed to legally use a tanning bed. The effect this could have on today's already stressful teen lifestyles could be immense.

3) If you own a farm and are found to have violated farmworker union election rules you could find yourself in a world of hurt. In case you are concerned, there is no indication that this new law applies to lawn guys.

4) SB48 - The requirement here is that public schools include upbeat history lessons on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Though this law takes effect tonight, new textbooks reflecting this state mandated curriculum change will not enter the system until 2015.

5) Shark Fins - They are within hours of becoming a controlled substance in California. If you are traveling today you will need to know that similar laws already apply in Guam, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

6) Caffeinated Beer Ban - Here is a lifestyle killer. Apparently some college students drank too much of this stuff and had to be hospitalized. Of course, if everything college students drink too much is outlawed, we'll probably be back to prohibition by July.

7) HPV - Kids as young as 12 can now be vaccinated for human papillomavirus without letting their folks know. I am not sure what the origin of this legislation might be, but I imagine that pro-human papillomavirus parental groups are probably going to be pretty upset about this.

Here's hoping that we all get through 2012 in one piece.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

66 comments:

  1. GOD! YOU'RE AN IDIOT!!

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  2. I don't see how blaming God is going to make any difference, sir.

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  3. Dear Tree guy, don't even try to mess with our beloved editor, you will find yourself reduced to toothpicks. When I get frustrated or depressed, I like to use my chainsaw, so you little tree person which you are not because all trees also love our dear editor, you can tell because three a trinity of euculyptus trees blessed his house.

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  4. Blessed be
    His holy name
    Never to be used
    in vain

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  5. Ah! The 4:30 am poster... we've heard about you. And I might add, never anythng good. But this time? Over the top. One can't insult the almighty and get away with it; there'll be a price to pay.

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  6. We have too many damn "laws" in California.
    Some of the ones mentioned here, really don't make a lot of sense.

    To city officials:
    Please let's not hire "consultants" to deal with tree cleanup. We can work this out without pulling another scam on us.

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  7. yeah, 7:29 lets tattlerize him,

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  8. I think lightning is going to strike his tree in the very near future. Let's hope no squirrels are harmed in the process.

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  9. Maybe the city's need to be loved caused them to make a hasty decision.

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  10. His tree has left the forest..

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  11. I know! His tree has a very small twig and he has to overcompensate.

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  12. The World's Largest Flowering PlantDecember 31, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    In Germanic cultures the term "grow your tree" is synonymous with one's life force. A tree is planted at your birth, and in time its growth becomes a representation of how it is that you as a person are doing in life. If you have tended your tree well and it grows tall and strong, that is an indication that you too have done well. But should your tree become stunted or wither, through sloth, inattention, or a self-destructive refusal to honor the Gods, that then is an indication that you have failed in life.

    Grow your tree, 4:37. And step back from the path of blasphemy.

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  13. I think 4:37 suffers from TDS, or Tattler Derangement Syndrome. There are some in town who share in that affliction, and one of its most distressing symptoms is the use of foul or disrespectful language. I am not certain that it can be cured.

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  14. The last leaf on the treeDecember 31, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    I think what we're dealing with here is something called a "windfall". Before we start complaining about who's going to get the fallen trees cleared up I might point out that in places like Santa Rosa, California, people are paying $400 a cord for wood to burn in their fireplaces, a cord being a pile of wood 4 feet x 4 feet x 6 feet long. So when you're enjoying your cheery fireplace, ringing in the new year, consider the money you're saving.

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  15. Today UCLA is playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. I think this means that everyone who needs it is going to get some macaroni and cheese.

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  16. A city emergency fund exists to pay for just such micro disasters.
    Whether it's enough to cover this, is a good question to ask.
    The normal operating funds should be safe.
    The city has been building this contigency fund for years.
    They know this type of cleanup is necessary almost every year since the town was incorporated.

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  17. SB48 is the next step in normalizing what for many is aberrant behavior. Matheson's clan does not yet enjoy the official sanction of this legislation but I woud expect that in your lifetime it will. With appropriate official guidelines in place of course.

    When the laws of society are based on the need to promote and sanction every personal inclination, then no inclinations can be prohibited. It is an interesting phenomenon.

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  18. Off topic, but ... I hope Ron Paul wins in Iowa Tuesday. I don't agree with much that he has to say, but boy does he put the fear of God into all the right people.

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  19. Why you pay your utility billsDecember 31, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    All private/ public utilities build in a fund to pay for these types of things as part of your utility bills.
    Don't let them try to fool you otherwise.

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  20. 8:49 - UCLA is playing against Illinois, the Fighting Illini. The Big Ten has run p.c. amok. They banned Chief Illiniwek and his dance at halftime, now want to ban the fight song, "Os-ke-wa-wa." That has nothing to do with Sierra Madre, but it's nice to fret about something besides our nutty politics...be sure to watch the Coachless Bowl, starting at 12:30!

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  21. 4:37 is a few trees short of a forest.

    This is fun!

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  22. 9:00, since you were bold enough to bring up that third rail, SB48, my question is how the textual materials will be decided on. For the last two or three decades people have come out, so it's all above board to include them and their accomplishments in historical reviews. But before that? The majority of people who were gay did not express it openly. Does this mean there will be something like the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, going back into time to take people out of the closet whether they want it or not?

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  23. Good Morning Tattlers,
    I have many things to be thankful for this year, and I want to share them with you.

    I want to thank John Crawford first and foremost for creating this Blog. I thank him for maintaining a high code of ethics, and keeping the unethical feet to the fire.

    I want to thank all the Tattlers, the researchers, the legal department, the IT department, and ALL the posters, anon's too, well the non-dirt ones anyway. You have helped to spread the news!

    I want to thank Bart Doyle, for getting investigated by the FBI, Nancy Walsh for insulting exemplary volunteer during a city council meeting. Mayor John Buchanan for remaining idle while our city is without power for 5 days, and being friends with a convicted child porn smuggler Robert Matheson. I want to thank Josh Moran for lying to the press about his knowing Robert Matheson, same convicted child porn smuggler. Lastly I want to thank Joe Mosca for leaving. I would be remiss if I were not to thank Jerry Brown for doing the right thing, by killing the community redevelopment agencies.

    Thank you 2011.

    2012 I am expecting alot out of you!

    Neuroblast Films

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  24. One person's political correctness may be another person's meaningful words, Chief.

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  25. There will be a protest today against the tanning ban at Kersting Court. The chant will be "Don't let the man take our tan! Grab your Alba and make a stand!"

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  26. 9:00 even in the most libertarian circles, the most victimless crimes kinds of advocacy, age limits still apply. Any society that does not protect its children is not going to survive.

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  27. I cannot believe SB48 would actually condone and legalize the sick behaviors the likes of Matheson.
    If this does, society really is crumbling.
    What will the safeguards be to protect the young and innocent?
    I suppose this is inevitable, that what goes on in the bedroom regardless of the perversion will be public and o.k.
    Maybe they can have a float in the July fourth parade.

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  28. Hi tatts okie here, I had a lot of trees on my property, in CA. About two years ago there was a story about a tree that fell in a trailer park and killed the tenants. I had a huge avocado tree that overhung my tenants trailer, so I called one guy and he wanted a thousand bucks to do a large limb. I found the best guy who did the tree, he climbed up with his spurs cut the limb, chopped it up for firewood and stacked it for less than 200.00. I just called and left a message, telling him you folks might need help. but I will email his number to John. Happy new year, big hugs.

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  29. For Matheson's friends in Sierra Madre the law that was followed was "don't ask, don't tell."

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  30. And I want to thank Neuroblast for keeping the video flame alive!

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  31. What I find notable about the pre-dawn poster is that he has the energy to yell, but not to proofread to avoid the unfortunate appearance of criticism against the Almighty.

    Now is that an individual who lives by the wise dictate, Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, or is it someone who's passed beyond indulgence into the borderland between sleep and wakefulness?

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  32. Good point, 9:31. And if he was still drunk at 4:30 this morning, how will he make it to midnight tonight? He'll be snoring on the couch and making his wife think about calling a good attorney.

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  33. 9:00 That will never happen. The children will always be protected. Adults of consenting age may do what they will. In nature, genetically, hormonally, homosexuality exists. Scientists have found that after menopause men become more feminine, nesting, and actually their brains shrink. Women become more male, aggressive, salty we do a change over. While I deeply believe in God, I do not agree with the Corinthians verse that rabid homophobes use to batter unfortunate men and women born with a different hormonal mix.

    But the abuse of children will never be allowed or accepted. It does not matter what laws make it acceptable as you believe SB 48 will. Men will destroy the types that think it is.

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  34. Not the California League of CitiesDecember 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    The redevelopment on-line poll the Star News is conducting on their website is close. 245 votes (53.61%) Yes, 212 votes (46.38%) No. If you have not voted yet, please do so soon.

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com

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  35. Is there a connection between brain shrinkage and femininity?

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  36. Perhaps if the locals had put their green waste from their YARDS out for Athena or had their tree trimmers haul it away like most of our neighbors did, Sierra Madre's clean up bill would have been less costly in dollars and man hours.

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  37. Wind clean up costs
    No CRA $$$$
    Time to tighten the belt.

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  38. Most of the windstorm clean up heavy lifting was done by private contractors. Who even worked on Sundays. That will be a hard cost to the City.

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  39. The windstorm that is blowing now is right through the city's financial ledgers.

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  40. 9:48 I have read several books on the subject, the best is by Jed Diamond. "Male Menopause"

    I did research at the USC medical library and they hide the male menopause hot flashes in the woman's section of hot flashes books.

    There are also several books on brain studies, calcium channels and the like.

    I cannot say it is the brain shrinkage that causes feminity. I can say that hormones play a larger part in our lives than we think. But if we are just talking today, Our social security system is set up around men. Men start menopause on average from 35 to 65, it takes thirty years. Women on average start at 42 and end at 52. Women should be allowed social security at 52, since it really is hormones that rule our strength. Best read for yourself.

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  41. Sounds as if the celebrations have begun!

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  42. Ideas are fun to play with, 10:28. Do you have any that you would like to share?

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  43. Okie update:


    Francisco Gil Tree Services
    Pruning-Topping-Tree Removal
    Ivy Topping-Stump Grinding-Brush clearance for Fire Regulations-Lots and Hillside Clean ups-Palms trimmed/Skinned/Removed

    That is from his card and he said it was okay to post his number 626 625 4672. He is a big wonderful kind man and appreciates the work

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  44. The question is how can the City afford the services that are provided before a natural disaster strikes? We have an over bloated City Administration, Service Section, Police Department and a Development Department with no development to speak of, not to mention the numerous lawsuits that we are currently involved in. How can we possibly have a budget that is going to balance? The Citizens have never been told the cost of the lawsuit concerning the water bonds, the lawsuit due to our inept police department and their actions, nor the other numerous lawsuits that we don’t know about. It has been over a year since the City’s lawsuit against the Hildreths and they still appear to be in their house and have now filed a lawsuit against the City. The lawsuits against the owners of 1 Carter and Stonehenge have been ongoing for years, with no end in sight. How much have these lawsuits cost us to date? Only the select few know. Now with the CRA gone, the City will not be able to rob Peter to pay Paul in order to balance the books. We need that audit that Kurt Zimmerman suggested years ago. We have a financial iceberg in sunny Sierra Madre where the City Manager allows us to see only the top of the ice. I hope that 2012 brings the needed change that the citizens of Sierra Madre deserve. It has already started with the departure of the police chief. Lets continue to clean house, starting at the top. A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

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  45. If Sierra Madreans knew what we've spent on legal costs in the last 12-15 years, Kersting Court might turn into Tahir Square.

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  46. Hey Tattler, great list of the top 10 most read articles. What a year.

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  47. How much of that legal expense was spent defending faithless City Councils and City Hall from this town's taxpayers?

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  48. 11:42 - thanks! The blog's readership more than doubled in 2011, and in large part that comes from the stories we got to cover. 2012 will be even bigger. The old guard development crowd is desperate, and you know what they do when that happens. Count on The Tattler to call them out on each and every one of their bizarre contortions.

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  49. The Tat failed to mention that in the Star News article today they also stated in one article that Pasadena had "as many as 6000" customers out of service after the windstorm, SCE had "more than 400,000". Might that not make a difference in the type of service? Just asking.

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  50. You need to reread both yesterday and today's articles, friend. Pasadena's utility customers only suffered 10% in outages. In some Edison cities that figure was between 90 and 100%. Significant difference in my opinion.

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  51. Social Engineers and Eugenicists seem to have a friend in the Tattler. The State can now administer drugs without parental notification or consent. And you think that is just fine.

    These same pharmaceuticals have caused thousands of excruciating deaths of teenage girls in the State of Texas, where governor Rick Perry, by executive order, forced the schools to administer them. But, I suppose knowing that would require one to have actually investigated the issue.

    Stay stupid Tattler. A lot depends on it.

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  52. I'm thinking there is a lot to be said for the old days of The Tattler... the ones where we all knew each other and our foibles. 3:04 pm represents a new breed and definitely an aluminum foil hat wearer.

    Stay sane Tattler. Our very survival depends on it.

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  53. At least now we know that Rick Perry and Jerry Brown have something in common. I was always afraid that should they ever bump into each other they might not have anything to talk about.

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  54. Grow your tree, 3:04.

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  55. And the thousands of deaths of teenage girls in Texas has been surpressed by which agency?

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  56. SB 48 is to learn about the CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE GBLT COMMUNITY.

    PLEASE do not jump to irritational conclusions.
    The pedophiles will not get praised in the history books. The many men and women who had to hide because of the cruelty and narrow mindedness of so much ignorance will now be publicly taught.

    But remember, the contributions of many of these people has already been recognized. If you do not know about their suffering, perhaps that is why you lack compassion and understanding why we need a law to be able to teach our children the truth. Most well educated people know anyway.

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  57. Matheson is a PREDATOR, not an artist or historian, architect, writer, political thinker, poe, song writer, painter or designer.

    Matheson contributed his sick criminal behavior.

    Why do people insist that LGBT people are criminals. This is WHY we need this class in public schools!!

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  58. I'm your huckleberry, bring it HDecember 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    3:04 Jeez, you must recognize some comments made on the third part of the Alex Jones segment about the social engineering vid. The editor simply listed the laws that were passed, most of us already know about the gardisil deaths in Texas but as far as I know Alex is the only one covering it. But we did not discuss most of the laws passed except in ridicule. The gardisil issue is very serious, but we have seen a lot of laws passed like the redevelopment ones that were just overturned recently. I am a friend of Dave and Alex Jones, I sent Dave my id and real name in 2007, he said I sounded like a real life James Bond, but you miss the point in your attack against the tattler. Where were you when the law was being passed in CA? Why did you not take your social engineering and eugenicists issues up then. Because you just heard it the other day on Alex's show. They had brought up issues used in 1969 to promote planned parenthood, homosexuality, and genetic planning. So instead of bitching and insulting why don't you bring something to the table.

    For those of you that do not know gardisil has caused a great deal of deaths in Texas. As with most vaccines when you use a live virus, in some people it causes the disease. Like the polio vaccines did about 3 in a hundred contracted the disease instead of aguiring an immunity. I imagine the lobbyists paid a great deal to promote it in CA but Rick Perry is being called on it in Texas. So I agree it is bad medicine and it should not have passed. But I love Alex Jones, and the Tatts, but you are drinking too much electric koolaid to make such a sweeping inane anal judgement.

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  59. Here is something to be thankful on New Year's Eve. The Marilyn Diaz crime wave ends at 11:59. Thank God.

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  60. Okie!
    Damn it's good to hear from you!
    Hope all is well in OK LA HOMA !

    Keep following the Tattler, gonna get real interesting.

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  61. Room for any Tatts want to comeDecember 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    I love you guys yepper jumped into the wireless internet age. Lots of shark fins in the tattler waters today. Bear careful.. OK? Been a good year Leung, Doyle, Redevelopment, got my black eyed peas going and a bottle of sparkling blueberry grape to toast with. Here's to the tattlers, crimefighters extraordinare, long may they reign. !!!!

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  62. I'll drink to that 6:13 and here's to our super hero/reporter, John Crawford!
    You're the greatest, J.C.
    Keep sweeping those dirts from under the City Hall carpet of shenanigans.

    DEMAND A FORENSIC AUDIT. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THAT CRA SLUSH MONEY.

    KURT????????? Are you in, brother?

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  63. It's kind of a tough New Years for me. I have to drink all of my caffeinated beer before it becomes illegal.

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  64. Happy New Year everyone and yes, please, John Crawford, DO keep pounding those dirts back into the ground...!

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  65. AB 130 goes into affect today which allows illegals to apply for scholarships....AB 131 goes into affect in 2013 and this law allows illegals to apply for and receive cal grants and fee waivers. Stop AB 131 petition signing will be at Ralphs on foothill and also at Sprouts today from 11 to 4.

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