Political ‘silly season’ in Sierra Madre

Prop 218 protest votes growing deadline Jan. 28

Our friends over at the Tattler bring up a good point in a post Tuesday with a great headline: “Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Civility Party, Once the Hope of Many, Is Now No More.”
It seems that everyone is either leaving council, has left or is planning to do so.
Last week two announcements were made. One being that of Josh Moran deciding not to seek reelection and this latest from Chris Koerber:
“I will not be running for re-election for Sierra Madre City Council in April, 2014.
When I pulled papers on December 17, 2013 to run for re-election little did I know that, in the next 10 days, two members of my family would be diagnosed with very serious medical conditions. Obviously the possibility of my being called out-of-state, on short notice for an indeterminate length of time, is extremely high.
If I were to be re-elected, I’d be unable to put my full attention to the needs of the City for the next four years. Also, I do not want to be in the situation of leaving my elected position early. That would be unfair to the fine folks of Sierra Madre.
I have been blessed and honored to serve the citizens of Sierra Madre for the last two years. I have met so many caring and genuinely nice folks!
I pledge to finish my term to the best of my ability. This will include City issues like the extremely
important water rate increase scheduled for February 1, 2014 that will put our Water Department on a solid financial footing.I make this decision not to run with a heavy heart, but family comes first.Thank you, Sierra Madre.-
Nancy Walsh apparently did not file by Monday’s deadline, although we received no formal announcement from her or Josh Moran.
As the Tattler says…..“They’re all gone. Not a one of them is left for us to marvel at their decorum and civil ways. The Civility Party, the three 2010 Sierra Madre candidates for City Council who won feverish acclaim as those who would restore our community to something it probably never really was, all of them have now gone away.
Has there ever been a Mayor anywhere in this troubled old world who decided to leave office and didn’t bother to tell anyone? Nancy Walsh, who never drew the papers necessary to run for a second term of office, became ineligible to seek reelection after yesterday’s 5PM deadline for incumbents. She didn’t issue any public statements or press releases about this momentous decision, no condolences were given to her disappointed followers, no speeches were made, no dinners held, nor did she speak to the news media about why exactly she has chosen to so abruptly end her career in politics.
She didn’t do anything. The deadline for filing came and went, and nothing was said. That was it.”
The Tattler has also been keeping a running tab of the Prop. 218 Protest votes received at City Hall: The latest as of Tuesday follows: “Envelopes now at City Hall – 808
(Important Note: envelopes may contain multiple ballots.)
Total ballot quantity needed – 1,848”
Deadline – January 28th @ 9AM
Final tally won’t be known until the end of the public hearing on Jan 28.

By Terry Miller

January 16, 2014

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