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Harabedian Responds to Questionable Postcard

City Council candidate John Harabedian's campaign postcard, which shows him talking with two Sierra Madre Police Officers Association members, came under fire today on a local blog. Harabedian defends the photo, saying it's legal.

City Council candidate John Harabedian recently mailed campaign material to Sierra Madre residents that included a photograph of him conversing with the President and Vice President of the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association: Police Officer Ed Delcoure and Corporal Esther Doyle, respectively. 

John Crawford of the Sierra Madre Tattler blog called the postcard into question today, alleging that Delcoure and Doyle "appear to be wearing their police uniforms" in the photo and could be in violation of a state code that prohibits on-duty or uniformed officers from engaging in political activity. The code can be read here under section 3302 (a).

However, Harabedian refutes Crawford's claim, saying that the photo is legal, that Delcoure and Doyle are not in their uniforms and were not on-duty when it was taken.

"This story is a complete farce, like most on the Tattler," said Harabedian.

"Neither of the police officers were on duty or in uniform," said Harabedian. "They’re both complying with the law; neither of them violated the law in either way."

Harabedian said that Delcoure and Doyle are simply wearing dark shirts and pants. "They're not wearing badges, patches or stripes," said Harabedian.

"They were very careful not to wear their SMPD-issued uniform," he said, adding that the two were aware they were posing for campaign mailer material.

The photo in question is pictured above. We've also included a few recent photos of SMPD officers in uniform.

Delcoure and Doyle were not available for comment at the Sierra Madre Police Station today.

However, Sierra Madre's Public Information Officer Elisa Weaver said that the City is reviewing the photo.

"We are aware of the situation and we're looking into it," said Weaver, adding that she has seen the image.

Blog Diverting Attention From Real Issues

Harabedian said that the recent blog entry on the Sierra Madre Tattler detracts from the real election issues.

"This is a prime example of individuals, specifically certain blogs in town, focusing on issues that are not issues in this election, rather than focusing on candidates for their ideas and what they bring to the table," said Harabedian.

"I think it's an example of my campaign being attacked from the flank instead of head-on."

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Tell us: What do you think of the photo?

Tricia A March 22, 2012 at 05:20 AM
These are not dark suits like Harabedian claims. These are obviously police uniforms with the sierra madre patch photoshoped out. You can clearly see the female officers name tag and the male officers badge. Trying to convince us otherwise is Harabedian calling us stupid. I expect better from someone looking to represent me on the city council. John also needs to address his statement claiming to have support from the local police force as stated in his mailer. Has the Sierra Madre Police Department also endorsed him? The SMPD is different than the SM Police Officers Union which has endorsed him.
VFD March 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
This is why the City does not need any more lawyers on the City Council, especially one that has not even been a lawyer for a year. Ladies and gentlemen of Sierra Madre, don't let Mr. Harabedian make our city one of his hobbies.
Patrick Holland March 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
How stupid does Harabedian think the citizens of Sierra Madre are? I can definitely see a shield(badge) on the male officer's uniform and he calls their "outfits" dark shirts and pants!!! And of course that is not a firearm on the hip of the female officer, give me a break. If he is trying to pull the wool over our eyes now, just think what he would do on the City Council. And he also states this is not a real issue for the City of Sierra Madre. I beg to differ, truth and honesty are big issues for our fine City. The Police Department needs to thoroughly review this issue and take a definite stand.
VFD March 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Patrick you are spot on the point, it is a matter of smoke and mirrors which is just an example of what you would expect from a wanna be politician that is a newly admitted lawyer. These two police officers are the ones giving tickets to residents for not turning their wheels to the curb or having a burned out tail light.
SCOTT RAY March 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Some people, primarily uneducated ones should be banned from posting there comments on the internet.
Scott Phister March 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Scott Ray, at least we know the proper use of there versus their.
Dr. Benway March 23, 2012 at 02:47 AM
More proof that too much Kool Aid can lead to brain damage.
SCOTT RAY March 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Congratulations
News Mang March 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM
This matter is now back in the news. http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

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