Sierra Madre of too many sorrows (Pasadena Star News link): I used to live in Sierra Madre. That is where I started writing news, an adventure that has taken me in many interesting directions. One of them was straight out of town. Something that happened several years ago, and with only minor consequences.
One Sierra Madre story we broke had to do with water bonds issued to purchase infrastructure needed to moisten some downtown cheese-box urban renewal. The city had to raise some cash tout de suite to take advantage of a matching federal water grant, so it cooked up $6.75 million worth of 30-year economic bondage. Sadly for these faulty financiers the residents rose up against the demolition of their beloved downtown village, put a measure on the ballot and crushed those identikit development dreams with merciless joy.link). Kind of like a college freshman might do with his first credit card. And if you live there, you’re still paying.link), the fellow now running the Retreat and driving force behind the housing project, details the carnal fall of Fr. Arthur Carrillo. Carrillo was often at Mater Dolorosa between 1970 and 1994. His known prey was an underaged girl.
On the Horowitz Law website you can read about a Fr. Henry X. Vetter (link), another Retreat resident. Vetter was there — off and on — for years. During a near-decade-long span, Vetter molested children. He later fled to Mexico where a truck collision sent him to his unhappy maker.
Bishop Accountability.org discusses Fr. John Ormechea (link), an itinerant Mater Dolorosa occupant from 1974 to 1994. He was shown to have sexually abused four boys during this period.
Mod: Blame the messenger? So says the Linkster. Beats having to think, I guess.
Have you been sentenced to Facebook Bob's 'Sierra Madre Posting Jail' yet?
W'all, it seems that the reg'lars over at the Sierra Madre Facebook page, folks who have been hanging around that place since Lumpy Baldwin was a boy (Lumpy being Lucky's least likely lad), are not happy this weekend. They didn't much cotton to my latest Pasadena Star News column, and boy howdy did they make that known to anyone who dared show up and defend it.
And since most of the reg'lars lack the language skills necessary to type a complete sentence without including a picture of their dog, they weren't winning any of the arguments.
So the Sierra Madre Facebook page's social media cop, Facebook Bob Gjerde, started suspending the accounts of anyone disagreeing with him. Putting 'em in that Sierra Madre Facebook Jail, as it were.
If anyone knows how to bake a saw into a cake, please let us know. We're trying to free some prisoners of injustice.