Rate Your Public Official: Who is Best?

With the big election just around the bend, what is your opinion of our City Council members? Who did a good job, and who needs improvement?

With three City Council seats up for election on April 10, Patch wants to know: who has been your favorite public official over the past year? Who did the best job, and who could do a little bit better?

Even though Joe Mosca vacated his seat in the fall, we put him in the poll because he served over the past year.

Take our poll, then tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments below.

Ephrom Reddrow March 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Tara - your nose is growing. Transcripts of the City Council meeting you reference, along with a widely distributed videotape of Bart Doyle discussing this matter before the city in 1997, prove you wrong. This is an example of the dirty smear politics that makes politics in this town so abhorrent.
Pat Alcorn March 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Tara, you can see the video of the city council meeting in which the entire council voted on the ordinance on MaryAnn's website at www.maryann4sm.com. Your lie has been exposed.
Tom Devereaux March 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thank you for citing your references, Tara, which show the truth of the matter. .
Mr. Jones March 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I love Tattler revisionist history. I remember when MaryAnn was a guest on Dr Laura and was preaching about how we had to define a household because it was an issue of morality. MaryAnn and the Tattler groupies make the rest of us in this town look like Tea Party extremists. If you speak out against them Crawford will attack you relentlessly for years. The are very selective in what facts they use so they can manipulate the means to fit their ends. They run a propaganda campaign of vilification, hate, and fear much like Stalin, Mao, and Hitler. It's sad that people in our town could have so much hate. I am sure I will be the next victim of a Tattler lead attack. I am not affraid and will stand up to them. I wish more people would be willing to as well.
Charlene Jacobsen March 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Wow! U folks are taking a simple on-line poll way 2 seriously. Time to chill, Mr. Jones. Stalin, Mao, and Hitler?
Tom Devereaux March 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM
And thank you as well, Mr. Jones. I could not have expressed it better myself. This is the reason many do not want to post on Patch their comments or questions to the candidates - people are afraid or just plain tired of the attacks and the hate from those who support the blog you mention.
Not You, Thank God March 31, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The problem is Devareaux and the other two are lying. The so-called "family values ordinance" was written in most part by then City Councilmember Bart Doyle. The video of Doyle defending it at City Hall is out there and available to anyone who cares enough to find out what the truth is. But apparently this is all the candidates Devareaux favors have to run on. An old and discredited fabrication. You have so very little to be proud of, morally bankrupt as you are.
Not You, Thank God March 31, 2012 at 02:48 AM
And by the way, why is it the MaryAnn detractors are all voting for Josh, but can't find it in their hearts to cast one single vote for poor Nancy? That is just so cold.
ricnalli March 31, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I nominate outgoing mayor John Buchannan. Without his unwavering dedication to the Downtown Specific Plan we would not have had Measure V. Thank you.
Mr. Jones March 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
MaryAnn was the one going to the media talking about family values, not Bart. Do a little research and you will find the truth. I am not lying, nor do I need to, but if MaryAnn denies giving that statement to the LA Times or being on Dr. Laura preaching about eroding family values, she is lying. I can respect an honest person I disagree with, but have no respect for liars, no matter their philosophy. The post above is very typical of the Tattler faithful. They call people liars if they say anything against their beliefs, then personally attack them, and finish it by repeating the same message over and over until people start to believe its true.
Mr. Jones March 31, 2012 at 07:13 PM
In 1997, Then Councilmember MacGillvray prodded the Sierra Madre City Council to adopt a definition of “Family” that excluded same sex marriages, foster parents and couples that, for whatever reason, choose not to marry. She is quoted by Dr. Laura Schlessinger in the book “Stupid Things Parents do to Mess up Their Kids”. “The redefinition was considered important because, as Councilwoman MaryAnn MacGillivray said, ‘We didn’t want to expand the definition of family into a garbage can situation…the fact is this community takes a moral stand.’”
Jonesy March 31, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Yes, Mr. Jones. The purpose of that ordinance, if you actually were to take the trouble to understand it, was to prevent things such as collective drug addict recovery homes and halfway houses for convicts. Why do you lie so much, Mr. Jones? Excited about the homeless housing your boys want to bring to East Montecito?
Tom Devereaux April 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Once again, Mr. Jones sites his references. Thank you for the truth.
Tara April 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The article that is cited in my response is available for anyone to read in its entirety off the Los Angeles' website. Google: Council Weighs Definition of 'Family'. (It was written on September 21, 1997 by Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer.) The Los Angeles Times website link will appear off the Google search. The article did not appear when performing a search on the Los Angeles Times site itself because it only pulls articles within the past month.
Tired of Tara's Lies April 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Yes Tara. But if you watch the video from the meeting the article talks about you will see that Bart Doyle explains very carefully that this has nothing to do with "family values." The article is inaccurate. Do you believe everything you read in print? Watch the video. Make up your own mind. The thing is, you would rather tell disgusting lies about people then find out what the real truth is. It is people like you that make things so bad in this town.
Ryan April 02, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I will never vote someone who supported John Crawford to run for city council. Maryann MacGillvray will never have my vote.
mary April 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I think John Crawford should run for mayor.
Tony Brandenburg April 02, 2012 at 04:06 AM
i love tranparency in posting. will mr. doe and mr. smith please stand up and be counted?
Tony Brandenburg April 02, 2012 at 04:14 AM
it's not fair of them to leave mr. jones hanging like that.
Sir Eric Homophobe April 02, 2012 at 04:33 AM
So glad to have the exact quote from the Schlessinger book. It really gives depth and insight to MaryAnn MacGillivray's reasons for voting on the definition of a "family" in Sierra Madre. Maybe other council members voted for different reasons, but this quote really illuminates MaryAnn's superior morals and reveals her motivation: no same sex trash in our town. Let's call them housekeeping units. (Can you send them up to clean my castle?)
Sir Eric Homophobe April 02, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Shoot - but then we couldn't call them homeless anymore, could we?
Sir Eric Homophobe April 02, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Yes! Write in John Crawford. What an amazing idea! Write him in for the 2 year seat. Let's do it everybody!!!
Tony Brandenburg April 02, 2012 at 04:46 AM
see, either ya allow anonymous voices to rule the blogs, or ya don't. at least crawford is consistent; all of the voices- except for his own, btw- are anonymous..... and there is the beauty of the tattler. all that vitriol comes from the heart of the sierra madre soul- all those vile, hateful voices are your neighbors.
Tony Brandenburg April 02, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Tony Brandenburg April 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
and i applaud everyone who runs for office in this town. i can't think of a less deserving place for anyone to choose to serve
anonymous April 02, 2012 at 09:12 AM
There certainly is no lack of viciousness on the Patch.
Tom Devereaux April 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Tara, Mr. Jones, and Love The Canyon - thank you for the truth. Here is an article recently with more TRUTH:: http://mtnviewsnews.com/v06/htm/n13/p20.htm
Susan Curley April 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Hail Hamilton is the dutiful pit bull sent to attack Mrs. MacGillivray just in the nick of time -- Just before the election! In 2010, when she was not running for office, it was Hail and the SMVFD, as well as a contingent of local misogynists intent on defeating Pat Alcorn, Don Watts, and John Crawford, who were running. It's a waste of Hail's considerable talents as a writer and a misuse of the Mountain Views News' place in Sierra Madre.
carolcanterbury April 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
for the record, there are several "parole" type homes in sierra madre, that ordinance did nothing what "it" said it was going to do....
Ed Rank April 03, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Hmm. MaryAnn has 193 votes, Nancy Walsh has 0. Is Sierra Madre cha-cha-phobic?


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