Posts Tagged Editorial

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Wednesday April 02 2014

Guest Op-Ed by John Harabedian – Vote Yes on Measure UUT

Guest Opinion/Editorial Column by Council Member John Harabedian, posted 4/2/14 When deciding how to vote on Measure UUT on Tuesday, residents should be asking themselves one overarching question:  what type of city do I want to live in five or ten years from now?  The reason why I am voting Yes on Measure UUT is [...]

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Thursday March 20 2014

Guest Op-Ed by John Capoccia – Measure UUT – Your City, Your Choice, Pt. 2 of 3

Posted 3/20/14 –  I’ve received the second of three parts of an EDITORIAL OPINION piece by City Council Member John Capoccia regarding the UUT measure on the April 8th ballot. (Here’s Part I).  I’ll post the third as I receive it.  Differing viewpoints are always welcome, as long as it stays civil.  Feel free to use the comments [...]

Saturday March 02 2013

Editorial – Following Tragedy, a Community Pulls Together to Do Good

Editorial – Following Tragedy, a Community Pulls Together to Do Good

Editorial posted 3/2/13 – I want to congratulate two groups of people today, for doing a great thing that shows just how much humans can accomplish when they put their minds to it.  But maybe that’s wrong.  Actually, they showed us what can be accomplished when a group of people put their HEARTS to it. [...]

Friday December 14 2012

Editorial Re: Newtown CT

Posted 12/14/12 - An emotional, knee jerk reaction to today’s tragedy is not appropriate. Every time something like this happens, there are lots of calls for a ban on guns. I don’t think that’s the answer. Maybe, just maybe, we should be putting time into educating people about the warning signs of mental illness. Maybe, just [...]

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Wednesday April 04 2012

Editorial – This is One Definition of “Affiliated With”

Posted 4/4/12 This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 17-year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. I’ve had several people ask me if I was going to write anything about Chris [...]

Sunday March 11 2012

E-ditorial – Yes on Measure 12-1

Posted 3/11/12 – By Bill Coburn This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 17 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Click here for the City page with the sample ballot [...]

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Saturday September 24 2011

Editorial – AT&T Cell Service Improving? Apparently Not Any Time Soon.

On July 13, 2010, AT&T Director of External Affairs Richard Roche appeared before the Sierra Madre City Council to discuss the addition of two new cell towers for Sierra Madre, one in the east, one in the west.  In introducing Roche, then Mayor Mosca stated that “It’s been a notorious problem in Sierra Madre that we [...]

Monday June 27 2011

Council to Discuss RHNA, Consider Action

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council will discuss the 2012 Regional Housing Needs Assessment process at the request of Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray.  Council Member MacGillivray will be providing an update regarding the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Update (RHNA) and Council action may be requested, for example, if the Council would like to submit a letter [...]

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Saturday May 14 2011

Editorial re: Nominations for Parade Grand Marshal

Editorial – There is a movement around town to have John Shear named Grand Marshal for this year’s 4th of July parade.  Shear, 90-year old resident of Sierra Madre, jumped in front of a runaway horse at Santa Anita and (quite possibly) saved the life of a young girl that was in the horse’s path.  The story [...]

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Monday May 02 2011

Editorial – On the Death of bin Laden

by Bill Coburn I have mixed emotions today.  I was raised to believe that it is not okay to rejoice in someone else’s misfortune, and to rejoice in someone’s death is never okay.  Don’t get me wrong, I recognize that Osama bin Laden was an evil man.  I believe that the world is safer without [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Editorial Re: Grand Marshal Nominations

Editorial – There is a movement around town to have John Shear named Grand Marshal for this year’s 4th of July parade.  Shear, 90-year old resident of Sierra Madre, jumped in front of a runaway horse at Santa Anita and (quite possibly) saved the life of a young girl that was in the horse’s path.  The story [...]

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Monday November 15 2010

General Plan Update Committee Hosts First Town Hall Forum

General Plan Update Committee  Hosts First Town Hall Forum

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated.   While I really had no idea what to expect, the meeting far exceeded any expectations [...]

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Sunday November 14 2010

Editorial – Attn: City Council – She’s Not Always Wrong Just Because She’s MaryAnn

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Last Tuesday night at City Council, four members of the Council again rebuffed Council Member MaryAnn [...]

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Tuesday September 14 2010

Editorial – Did Council Members and Administration Withhold Water Bond Debt Information from Other Council Members?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated It was reported yesterday that former City Council Member Don Watts was surprised by the City’s [...]

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Friday July 30 2010

(7/30/10) Editorial – Council Gets Some Things Right, But Not All

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the City Council did the right thing by setting the [...]

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Saturday July 24 2010

(7/24/10) Editorial – All Valid Signatures Should Be Counted, Not Just Some

Date approximate, within a week This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated The results of the verification of resident protest letters regarding the [...]

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Tuesday July 20 2010

(7/20/10) Editorial – What Are The Real Numbers? Who Cares? I Do, NOW

(7/20/10) What Are The Real Numbers?  Who Cares?  I Do, NOW – Editorial This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated Last Tuesday night [...]

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Sunday April 18 2010

(4/18/10) Editorial – Post-Election, 2010

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Okay, it’s been a couple days.  Frankly, I think what I posted on my blog more [...]

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Monday April 12 2010

(4/12/10) Editorial – 2010 Election – Can We Please Get a Little More Accuracy?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Candidate John Crawford has had on his website, for some time now, a photo of what [...]

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Wednesday April 07 2010

(4/7/10, 5:56am) Editorial – Crawford Turns Back on Supporters, Leaves FD Out in the Cold

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In a move that is being seen by many as an attempt at damage control, John [...]

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Friday April 02 2010

(4/2/10) Editorial – SMFD Volunteers – Heroes or Hosers? Where Does Your Candidate Stand?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In the days following the Santa Anita Fire in April and May of 2008, the grateful [...]

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Tuesday March 30 2010

(3/30/10) Editorial – 2010 Election Candidate Endorsements – Joe Mosca for Mayor!

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. I doubt anyone is going to be particularly surprised by my endorsements, but you might be [...]

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Sunday March 28 2010

(3/28/10) Editorial – These People Walk Among You

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t feel that a person is responsible for things that other people say.  However, [...]

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Wednesday August 05 2009

(8/5/09) Editorial – SCAG Decision Should Not be Based on Scare Tactics and Misinformation

Bill Coburn is publisher of the SierraMadreNews.Net website, and a 15-year resident of Sierra Madre. He is also Executive Director of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, however the opinions stated in this article are Mr. Coburn’s alone, and should not be construed in any way as representative of the views of the Chamber of [...]

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Monday March 09 2009

(3/6/09) Editorial – With a Little Consideration and Civility Toward Each Other and Respect for Each Other’s Rights, Sierra Madre Can Handle This Smoking Issue Without Having to Legislate It

First, let me say that I’m writing this editorial as a 15-year resident of Sierra Madre and publisher of SierraMadreNews.Net.  The opinions you will read here are my opinions, and they are not intended to be representative of the Chamber of Commerce, its Board of Directors, or its members. Obviously, as president of the Chamber, [...]

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Tuesday October 28 2008

News Net 11/4/08 Election Endorsements

Date approximate, late October, 2008 I don’t have confirmed opinions on all the issues done yet, but I’m posting some of the ones that I’ve already made up my mind on.  As I learn more, I’ll post more. President/Vice-president – Obama and Biden (I prefer Obama, but could live with it if McCain should win [...]

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Friday October 24 2008

(10/24/08) Op-Ed re: Prop 8

Recently, I asked someone I know and respect about his position on Prop. 8.  The reason I did is that I know he is very active in the Catholic church, and I was curious as to whether he was toeing the Church line, or if he was taking a position in opposition to the Church.  [...]

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Thursday May 01 2008

(5/1/08) All Things Considered, It Went Fairly Well, Don’t You Think?

This editorial was originally posted in my coverage of the Santa Anita Fire, and was not posted on my editorial page. Recently, on another blog, a poster stated that I had pulled this editorial down, because as they said, “Bill’s Downtown Investor Club (DIC) friends were furious with Bill for writing anything nice about Kurt, [...]

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Monday March 31 2008

(3/29/08, modified 3/31/08) City Clerk’s Self-Serving Gesture Shouldn’t Fool Voters

When the City Council (rightfully) rejected Nancy Shollenberger’s offer to reimburse the City for expenses incurred because of her error in preparation of the sample ballot, It would seem the next obvious thing for her to do would be to announce that she would not accept the City’s payment of $6500 for managing (mismanaging?) the [...]

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Tuesday March 25 2008

(3/25/08) Editorial – Should Nancy Pay? I’m Not So Sure

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger announced today that she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample ballot. She gave no indication as to whether she will also take financial responsibility for the City’s Court costs if the election is challenged, or if the resolution of the challenge is that [...]

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Sunday March 23 2008

(3/23/08) Editorial – Time for a Change

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger responded to my e-mail asking if she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample Ballot by saying that she would be making a public announcement at the Kiwanis candidate forum and the City Council meeting this Tuesday.  The implication is that Ms. Shollenberger will [...]

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Wednesday March 19 2008

(3/19/08) Editorial – City Clerk No Stranger to Controversy – Ballot Error Just the Latest in String of Issues Involving City Clerk

The error on the sample ballot under City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger’s stewardship is just the latest in a series of issues that have occurred through the years, ranging from outdated handbooks being given to candidates, concerns over judgment regarding partiality, to an eight-year period in which no ordinances were published, and thus did not officially [...]

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Sunday March 16 2008

(3/15/08, modified 3/16/08) Why Sierra Madre Needs Karma Bell

Karma Bell wants to establish regular office hours for the City Clerk.  And Karma Bell wants to spend those City Clerk hours actually in the place where much City Government business takes place – City Hall.  There’s a novel concept.  A City Clerk, who is accessible to her constituents for multiple hours each week, in [...]

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Saturday June 16 2007

(6/16/07) Editorial – All-America City – It Really IS a Big Deal!!

News Net All-America City Coverage I admit it.  I didn’t get it.  Just like some of you that I’ve talked with over the last few days, I didn’t see what the big deal was.  What’s the big deal about being an All-America City?  I wanted somebody to tell me that it meant that we’d see [...]

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Wednesday April 11 2007

(4/11/07) Editorial – Why I’m Going to Vote No on Measure V, Part 2

2-30-13 Let’s break it down.  Two.  As in two stories.  I talked a little about this in last week’s editorial.  Two is too restrictive, and sets limits on the rights of the downtown property owners that, I can guarantee you, you wouldn’t want placed on you if you owned the property.  Properties on a slope?  [...]

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Thursday April 05 2007

(4/5/07) Editorial – Why I’m Going to Vote No on Measure V

I’ve decided to vote no on Measure V.  And here are some of my thoughts as to why I came to that decision. I think there are too many flaws in the initiative, too many angles that have not been thought through.  Ambiguities.  Things that could be interpreted in more than one way.  So we [...]

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Friday March 02 2007

(3/2/07) Editorial – Recalling Joe Mosca Not in City’s Best Interest

City Council member Joe Mosca has been served with recall papers.  In my opinion, anybody that would choose to recall Joe Mosca has an agenda that is something other than who can best represent this City as a Council member.  For me, it’s that simple.  I can not recall anyone who has worked harder and [...]

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Friday September 15 2006

(9/15/06) Editorial – What’s Being Said, What’s Not Being Said About 2-30-13

Well, I guess I’m in for it now.  I’ve decided to bring my opinion into my writing.  You’ll notice that when I did so, I put the word “Editorial” in front of it.  I wish more papers would do that.  Anyway, I expect I’m in for it now, since I’m sure many of you will [...]

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Friday August 29 2003

(8/29/03) Editorial Regarding Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Rail Station

I spoke Friday morning with Matthew Raymond, who is in Communications at the MTA.  He informed me that the MTA has adopted a new name for the Sierra Madre Villa Station, based on requests made to the Executive Staff and the Board of Directors of the MTA by the City of Pasadena City Council.  Because [...]

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Thursday July 31 2003

(7/31/03) Editorial – Sierra Madre Villa Station of the Gold Line

The MTA has changed the name of the Sierra Madre Villa station to the East Pasadena station.  Business owners should be calling upon our City leaders to make an effort to reverse this decision, and expressing disappointment that not one request was made by our administrators/council members to prevent this change by the MTA.  Having [...]

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Sunday March 23 2003

(3/20/03) Editorial – Just Do It!!

Follow-up to our “When Bush Comes to Shove!!” Editorial With apologies to Nike — Now that we’ve invaded, there’s no looking back.  We’re there.  Let’s JUST DO IT!  Regime change is necessary.  Let’s change the leadership, and then go about the business of trying to rebuild the relationships we’ve nearly destroyed through our bullying, unilateral [...]

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Monday March 17 2003

(3/17/03) Editorial – When Bush Comes to Shove!!

When Bush comes to shove, everybody loses.  I have, as yet, not taken a stance on the crisis in Iraq.  Today, I think it’s time that I did.  Because it’s not a crisis in Iraq.  It’s a crisis in the world.  It’s a crisis in every community in the United States, where we must all [...]

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Sunday October 20 2002

(10/20/02) Editorial – Pioneer Days, 2002

I would like to put to rest a rumor that I heard that the reason for the cancellation of Sunday’s events is that the City took over Pioneer Days.  The City bears no responsibility for the cancellation of three events this year.  The structure of Pioneer Days has always left the individual event planning to [...]

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Wednesday August 21 2002

(8/21/02) Editorial – Coordinating Council

My first editorial, ever.  It’s a busy weekend, this weekend.  Friday night has opening night at the Playhouse, Parks and Rec.’s Dodger night, and Lew’s Salmon Dinner benefiting ACS Relay and SMVFD.  But I won’t be covering any of them, because I’ll be camping with my son and Cub Scout Pack 110.  Four Sierra Madre [...]

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