Friday, July 14, 2017

The Mountain Views News Refuses to Print a Letter that Complains About Their Dead Bear Picture

A happier bear picture
Mod: You may recall that last Friday we helpfully posted an article titled "What's Up With The Dead Bear Picture In The Mountain Views News?" (link). Apparently Susan Henderson was not amused. She has also been refusing space in her paper to anyone writing in with criticism of her rather gruesome taste in wildlife photography. One letter writer was Terry Miller, editor of such fine weekly newsers as the Sierra Madre Weekly, Arcadia Weekly and The Pasadena Independent. In the American spirit of keeping free speech alive, here is Terry's letter in its entirety.

Dear EditorDeanne Davis’ amazingly disjointed column in your paper July 1 left me wondering what the hell I just read, and moreover, why ever did I read this disorganized diatribe?

What actually grabbed my initial attention was perhaps one of the sickest most thoughtless photos I have ever seen published in a local newspaper was that which appeared on page 3 of your current edition next to that above mentioned column.

The photograph depicts a grinning hunter, Rick Bennett, holding a high-powered, scope driven rifle with his ‘trophy’… a beautiful, albeit very dead, black bear.  Photos like this are usually seen in NRA publications, not a community newspaper.

The author of the piece deemed it appropriate to describe, and in vivid, sickening detail no less, that the hunter can murder a grizzly bear… “blow out the heart and still race [the bear] 40 yards in 3-4 seconds, kill your graveyard dead and run a couple of hundred yards more before collapsing.”

Really?

As I read this in utter disbelief, I was reminded how many people out there are 'sport hunters' with no regard for animals.  However, there are many more of us who respect and love wildlife and would never harm a single animal let alone a symbol of the west like the Black Bear.

Another recently published photo (Telegraph and National Geographic) comes to mind when a trophy hunter was killed by the very animal he shot as he was posing with the massive elephant carcass when the poor creature fell on top of said hunter and crushed him to death.

I mean no harm to man nor beast, but you have to admit, that’s poetic justice.

Thank you,

Terry Miller
News Editor
Photography Editor

Beacon Media News

John Harabedian, Orwellian Councilman?
Mod: There is an interesting article today in the Pasadena Star News titled "Sierra Madre decides fate of controversial Darling house demolition" (link). I'd post the entire thing here, but they would probably complain. The PSN likely prefers you view it on their site. However, there is a quote from John Harabedian that requires highlighting here. 


Mod: While every situation, no matter how mundane, is unique in its own special way, this one was hardly commonplace. Here we saw how a scofflaw attempted to circumvent a specific city code, got caught in a highly publicized manner, was roundly chastised by both the Planning Commission and many in the community, yet somehow managed to get the entire Sierra Madre City Council to shower him with praise, apologies and a demolition permit. So tell me, how does allowing this guy to get away with it in so grandiose a manner not diminish respect for the city's ability to enforce its building codes?

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65 comments:

  1. Neighbors are down right tired of looking at the disgusting mess from the remains of the darling house. We as neighbors need to know what is going on in our city and report it immediately. We as neighbors need to stay alert to preserving our city and the life we so enjoy here in Sierra Madre.

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    1. You as neighbors should be mad as hell at Kafalas. He created the problem. He also made the problem worse by delaying the outcome until he could buy a report to his liking.

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    2. This ain't Russia we do not report citizens to the government for possible infractions of laws.
      "We as neighbors need to know what is going on in our city and report it immediately." You sound like some fanatical communist.

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    3. Kefalas lied every step of the way. That's why the Planning Commission was so mad. He never intended to save the house. His penalty: a groveling apology by the City Council and, going beyond that, actually thanking him for what he did. What a disgrace!

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    4. The house should never have been turned into a disgusting mess. That was all Kefalas. He knew from the very beginning what he wanted to do and I can assure you that it was not a restoration. He lied about all that and he got rewarded.

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    5. I feel sorry for the Brown family. They made the mistake of telling the truth about their plans and went about it the right way even though many people disagreed with their plans. Kefalas and his sleazy contractor pulled the wool over the eyes of the Planning Commission and City Staff. Sometimes crime does pay. Let's see what he ends up doing.

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    6. The Brown family thought city hall meant it. Kefalas knew they didn't.

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  2. How much more can the loyal voting residents of Sierra Madre BEAR? The dead bear image in 'The Mountain Views' pretty much says it all and what has become the fate Sierra Madre at the hands of non believers.

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  3. Harabedian will say just about anything.

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    1. ...to support his contributors !Remember the Felikian scandal ?

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    2. The "Ians" take care of their own. John also voted on the side of the illegal two story on Highland. Another "Ian". Just saying. I see a pattern.

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    3. I saw Sandra Saraganian sitting near Kafalas as well. Hate to say it but tribalism was put ahead of all else including what's best for the community. Harabedian did this with Felikian and Sahanian.

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    4. I too have noticed a disturbing pattern with Harabedian. He's just another corrupt politician.

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    5. Remember how Harabedian had his own formula for the floor area ratios that just happened to allow the Felikians to do their plan. But that was just a coincidence right? Yea, sure.

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    6. So you're saying his pattern is that he does special favors for Armenians?

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    7. Looky here 9:42 am, I think you are onto something with your "tribalism" argument. Just you remember how the Catholic enclave in Sierra Madre and the Irish councilmembers have stuck together, too. And the SMVFD - sticking together against the citizens and Measure V! It's like a giant macrame. Wait long enough and the the tribe you belong to will have it's turn. But as with most movements, if you look too deeply you'll find an "ism" in there somewhere. I think you're onto something called racism and it is indeed ugly ...

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    8. No racism. Just facts. Harabedian does do favors for Armenians and he's done it over and over again. It's so obvious that it has become the proverbial pick elephant in the room. First Fekikian trying to build their big mansion, then Salisian trying to build an entire 2nd unit without permits and then Kefalas tearing down the Darling House. The truth hurts which is why some will not refute it and just shout racism. Sorry but identity politics has no business in Sierra Madre. Everybody should be treated equally regardless of your ethnicity. Equal justice under the law.

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    9. Agreed 5:20. Identity politics has no business in Sierra Madre. We are all Americans first. Whether it's Armenians, Catholics or Irish, no one should receive special treatment and everyone should be held to the same standards. 5:49 pm is just trying to justify special treatment.

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    10. I'm an Irish Catholic. I don't special treatment because I'm Irish or because I'm Catholic. I'm an American first.!

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  4. The PSN would complain? Based on the rip offs they do of other papers and websites without giving attribution the staff is lucky to be taken seriously.

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    1. It is not misappropriation, it's research.

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  5. Thank you Terry Miller!

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  6. The Tattler, hands down can be trusted with reporting "the news", unless the moderator is writing an opinion piece, which is open for argument.
    Kudos, on usually giving an open forum to the opposite side of "your" take on the subject in text.
    Mt. View news; well, enough said. The gruesome photo of the bear kill in relation to, ah nothing.
    Thank you Tattler, I enjoy your style; and your writting!

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    1. Haha I love how troll says the tattler's reporting can only when troll agrees with it

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  7. "So tell me, how does allowing this guy get away with it"; get away with what?
    The city codes were enforced, and now an oversite and loophole were corrected.
    Good thing the water moratorium has been in place, it has allowed time to clean up the codes, zoning and ordinances.

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    1. Sure, I believe you! Well, OK. Maybe not.

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    2. It's the Sierra Madre two-step. Candidates always advocate for ordinances controlling development and preserving historically significant properties. And then once elected they actually put them into place. In time though, and especially when they are not up for reelection like the majority of the current City Council, they overrule their own ordinances in favor of whatever local house hustler has an issue. Never fails.

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    3. What he got away with Skip is the total destruction of the very home that the City Council had saved from the Brown family when they voted for the emergency demolition moratorium.

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    4. It is almost like the city council suffers from some form of schizophrenia.

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    5. Goss has got to go. He has been a disaster on the City Council. A lot of people predicted that and our worst fears came true. When he's up for reelection, we need to run a good candidate against him and get him the hell out of there.

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    6. Problem is we need three Council Members out of five. One member winning is a year of 4 to 1 voting.

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    7. Who ever runs is going to need a lot of money to beat Ed Garcia and his handler who ran the YES on UUT. I understand Rachelle will be running again.

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    8. Considering all of the lies Garcia and his Yes UUT campaign told, the jerk will have a lot to answer for.

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    9. No mercy. None.

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  8. it sure would have helped if the part-time building code guy had been checking on the darling house during the tear-off of the roof. the city didn't go out and check, stop the work and red-card the property until after several residents called to say that the entire roof was gone. the guy on highland just skipped the entire permit process all-together. was called before the planning commission, and the outcome? who knows. so yes council-member Harabedian, i would say that people are definitely "thumbing their noses" at our building codes. they've been taught very well by the CC how to do exactly that.

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    1. There are a lot of places to point the finger in this debacle including the Planning Commission who eventually realized they were hoodwinked by Kefalas. City Staff once again had their role in the mess. They don't know how to say know once they become buddies with the developer as they go through the process together.

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    2. Harabedian is partial to Armenians as he was with Felikian, Salisian, and now Kefalas. He doesn't care about what's best for the city. He only cares about benefitting an interest group that he has ties to. It's called cronyism or corruption.

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    3. Many city staff employees are emotionally needy and vulnerable to the attentions of strong personalities.

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    4. I'd go with corruption

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    5. Problem with code enforcement is they work week days. Destruction happened on the weekend.

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    6. Just a coincidence, I'm sure. Well, maybe not.

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    7. Maybe Harabedian, Kefalas and the Pasadena Police can sell guns out of the new Henry Darling Safehouse. As long as the kick back keep coming.

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  9. The rights of a property owner must always "trump" the musings of preservationists.

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    1. The majority of property owners in town are enjoying the benefits of very high property values. This is in part due to keeping the minority of property owners, gafoon developers, in check.

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    2. Maybe we should crowd fund the purchase of the mineral rights under 8:40's property from whoever owns those rights, then start digging and drilling.

      Bet he'll change his property rights vs preservationist tune then.

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    3. Why don't you just purchase the air and suffocate me,you'd have just as good of a chance buying the air as you would mineral rights. Fake News,empty threat,
      uninformed,illiterate hay seed.........

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    4. Love is in the air this morning.

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    5. "I've had the blues
      The reds and the pinks
      One thing for sure
      Love stinks"-- Peter Wolf, Seth Justman

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    6. 8:40/10/53: One cannot purchase or hold title to the air (gaseous) around a property, but subsurface mineral rights often are not included in your land purchase. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/who-owns-the-minerals-under-your-property.html

      Now what did you say your address is?!

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    7. True. In Texas many people own property located over producing oil fields, but outside of possible rents for the land pumps sit on, realize no money from it.

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    8. @ 11:35 Did you read the article you forwarded? You may want to before you semi quote it.

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    9. How so? If your sighted with your eyes,if not there are "readers" available. I'm at 242 w Sierra Madre Blvd. You threatening me 11:35?

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    10. I own property on Manzanita st. I will sell anyone stupid enough to buy them the "mineral rights" for $1.00 sq. ft.

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    11. That would be the address of the Police Department. Do they actually allow you to carry a gun?

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    12. You must be the person who sleeps with his gun. Didn't mean to frighten you. I just want to buy the mineral rights under your property and start drilling and digging. Then, as I previously stated, you will change your "property rights vs preservationist tune...."

      You can come out from under the bed now.

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    13. Guess you didn't read the article,as I previously stated. "Additionally, U.S. laws regulating mining and mineral rights typically prohibit the mineral owner from damaging, or interfering with the use of any homes or other improvements on the land when extracting minerals". About 7,500 sq.ft. lot the rights are yours for $7,500.

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  10. We need to get the bears to chase all the bad developers out of town.

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    1. Let's get the bears to chase all the Councilmen and Councilwomen out of town. Then have a new election!

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  11. 10:21am. Crowd fund? Afraid to face troubles alone? Are you the racist that posts ethnic "slants". There is professional help available; unless inbreding was involved.

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    1. Quack! Quack! Says the duck.

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    2. Troll is motivated today

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  12. Get over it and move on people.

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