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Town council up in arms

posted by Jeremiah 6/21/2007 08:51:00 AM

Crown City News

Pasadena Star News

Town council up in arms
Campaign battle shakes meeting
By Elise Kleeman Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/20/2007 11:43:19 PM PDT

ALTADENA - The normally sedate monthly Town Council meeting turned raucous and emotional Tuesday night as council members struggled to resolve allegations of misconduct during the recent elections.

For about three hours, veteran Town Councilman Steve Lamb was disqualified from returning to his seat for a 17th year when Election Chair Jamie Bissner ruled that Lamb engaged in negative campaigning, violating election rules.

But by the end of the meeting, which was rife with accusations, threats of legal action and even challenges to manhood, Lamb had reclaimed the seat he won June 9 by a 29-vote margin.

The controversy began two weeks before, when an interview with Lamb aired on the Crown City News Web site. During the interview, Lamb said that his opponent, Matt Littell, had paid

$1.5 million for his house and was an employee of Council Chairman Ken Balder.

Similar claims were made in a flier Lamb distributed in his census tract, 4603.02.

Littell disputed both claims and lodged a complaint with Bissner about negative campaigning. Lamb later lodged a counter-complaint about negative campaigning by Littell.

According to election rules, the election chair and Town Council chair arbitrate any disputes. Because Balder was mentioned in one complaint, though, he recused himself, leaving Bissner to reach his own conclusions.

Tuesday night, Bissner issued his decision.

"I do determine that it was negative campaigning, and so Steve Lamb is removed from the election," he told the standing-room-only crowd.

He did not find Littell guilty of wrongdoing.

His unilateral declaration left several council members aghast.

"You can't have one person make all the rules," said Councilman Dennis Bridwell.

Adding to the confusion, although the election rules ban negative campaigning "as defined in the Bylaws," the council bylaws do not mention negative campaigning at all.

When the dispute came up for discussion later in the meeting - by which point Bissner had left - debate got heated as council members discussed alternatives.

Some suggested voiding the entire election. Others supported forming an investigative committee. At one point, Lamb agreed to pass out fliers clearing Littell's name, if that would resolve matters.

In the end, though, it came down to an apology. At the urging of Councilman George Lewis, Littell agreed to drop his complaint if Lamb apologized, which Lamb did.

With peace restored, the council resolved to review the bylaws and rules before the next election.


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At 6/21/2007 9:54 PM, Blogger Isaac Garcia said...

This is the most hilarious things I read today.

What a joke.

At 6/29/2007 10:37 AM, Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

I miss that wacky foreign land of Altadena.

P.S. Not sure if I linked you on my site at proctorformayor.com - will check this afternoon and do today.


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Bad fire season predicted for region

posted by Jeremiah 6/15/2007 08:48:00 AM


Bad fire season predicted for region
Firefighters warn residents to prepare
By Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/14/2007 10:54:03 PM PDT

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Faced with the driest weather in history, Southern California fire chiefs warned Thursday that firefighters and residents need to brace for an especially dangerous fire season.

Fire chiefs from Ventura to San Bernardino counties stressed the need for fire training - and brush clearance.

"The most important thing the public can do is to clear their brush ... to give firefighters a fighting chance to defend their property," said Chief Doug Barry of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who met with area chiefs at a county fire station at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Fire prevention plans are being drawn from Sacramento to Southern California at the close of the driest weather season in history. Since July, Los Angeles has received a scant 3.21 inches of rain.

Wildfires, including the nearly 1,000-acre blaze that burned a quarter of Griffith Park last month, have increased from 296 from January to June last year to 2,100 in 2007.

Brush moisture levels are dropping toward critical levels throughout the region.

On Friday, a firefighting DC-10 jumbo jet will be deployed in Victorville under contract to the state to battle future blazes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has also signed an executive order to add resources to firefighters across the state.

"We're preplanning what could happen this year in order to be ahead of the game," said Chief Bob Roper of the Ventura County Fire Department. "Our firefighters are doing training, training and more training."

Residents should not only cut back brush and flammable ornamental plants, the chiefs said, but also make evacuation plans that would include more than one route, what items to bring and where to take family pets.


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See you soon Aaron Proctor

posted by Jeremiah 6/15/2007 08:33:00 AM

Well, I'm just aggregating the news, so you may have already heard, but Aaron Proctor is taking a leave of absence from our community. He says he'll be back soon.

Even though I don't know him well, I will sincerely miss his contribution to local politics. Aaron has the unique ability to do his civic duty with a terrific sense of humor, and local politicians would do well to learn from Aaron's pure heart. Most people could not pull off his unique style and natural sense of humor, but everyone can learn from his integrity and sincerity.

Come back soon, Aaron. We need you in Pasa/Altadena politics. It's too predictable and boring without you!

Jeremiah (and Fiona)


Thanks For The Night
Published by Aaron Proctor June 15th, 2007

I just wanted to thank everyone who has shown their friendship and support - not only in the past few trying weeks but in the past few months and the past year as well.

This is going to be a challenging and sometimes troubling time for me but I appreciate the well-wishes and the love.

Confused yet? :-) Well, if you haven’t heard by now, I’ve formally resigned from the Human Relations Commission because I’ve temporarily relocated to another area of the United States due to losing my job and, subsequently, my apartment in Pasadena.

I thank you all for being such rockin’ people.

Stand & Deliver for life.

- Aaron


Proctor leaves Pasadena
Eccentric former mayoral candidate garnered attention
By Kenneth Todd Ruiz Staff Writer
Article Launched: 06/14/2007 09:10:10 PM PDT

PASADENA - There will be a little less snickering over the local political scene with the departure of its biggest fan and unlikeliest participant.

Cakey eyeliner and a Goth-rock aesthetic drew attention to Aaron Proctor's mayoral bid as the only candidate this spring against Bill Bogaard.

But his brief political stagecraft ended this week with a consistently atypical admission: He was broke and leaving the state to move back in with his parents in Missouri.

"I lost my job, and I lost my apartment. I didn't really have a choice," Proctor said by telephone Wednesday from a highway rest stop in Tucamcari, New Mexico. "I didn't really want to become homeless, you know?"

Drawing attention was one thing Proctor did well.

Although his mayoral campaign didn't convince, or given his $7 war chest, reach many voters, the 25-year-old garnered attention after his electoral loss in March by turning his campaign Web site, proctorformayor.com, into a blog for his irreverent take on members of the political establishment.

Among his sometimes acerbic - but mostly silly - commentaries, he famously described Bogaard as "170 years old," made a tribute video to "sexy" Councilman Steve Haderlein and ridiculed Councilman Victor Gordo's references to his days on Pasadena High School's football team.

"He's the self-proclaimed king of self-promotion," said Robin Salzer, former candidate for District 1's council seat and frequent victim of Proctor's polemics. "We talked after the election; I have no beef with Aaron."

Actually he does.

Although Proctor may be gone from Pasadena, he will live on at Salzer's restaurant in east Pasadena.

As a patty melt.

Arriving on the menu of Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill as "The Noticeable One," his stage name during a former career promoting professional wrestling, is something of a political arrival for Proctor, who will be featured alongside sandwiches dedicated to members of the City Council.

Ultimately, Proctor's appetite for attention seemed to temper his rhetoric - he made up with Salzer and was less critical of Bogaard after the mayor appointed him to the Human Relations Commission after the election.

His departure leaves the mayor with that seat to fill.

Once he's re-established himself, Proctor vowed to come back to Pasadena.

Meanwhile, he'll still have the Internet to keep tabs on the Pasadena scene.

"I don't know who's going to make fun of Victor Gordo, but it's not like I'm going to stop following things," Proctor said. "I'm hardly interested in St. Louis politics."


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At 6/15/2007 7:39 PM, Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

Thank you for your kind words. I will never forget the day I met you and your beautiful daughter at the bus stop.

I'm going to miss Pasadena a lot. I found work rather quickly out here (hey - it's only my first full day in the STL!) so I'm going to be saving every penny and sending money to my girlfriend so we can find an apartment back there. So, even though I may not return to Pasadena but some other area of Los Angeles, I will always care deeply and follow intensely the trials and tribulations of the Crown City.

My only regret is that I didn't make more real friends and less "acquaintances". I wish I knew someone who would have been kind enough to let me stay on their couch while I found a job. It would have been a lot easier. But, c'est lat vie. And I guess it's nice to spend an extended visit with my parents whom I haven't seen in a few years.

Thanks for being such an awesome person.

Your friend,



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Altadena Town Council election results

posted by Jeremiah 6/10/2007 01:04:00 PM

From: gino sund
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 20:52:07 -0700
Subject: Re: ATC results?


News flash Tim Kelly wins. Actually running unopposed he got 60 votes.
Quite an impressive showing by our Census Tract. It is very encouraging to
see the neighborhood be so involved. The total vote at Patticakes was 145,
the highest vote total was Webster's at I think at 167. Total vote count
for Altadena was 613 up almost 30 percent from last year. Ken Balder was the
highest vote getter at 102. I don't have all the totals be polling station
but will get them in a couple of days.

Tim Kelly

Justin Chapman

Keith Gibbs

Steve Lamb

Gene Campbell

Michele Zack

Ken Balder

Lorie Judson


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Altadena Town Council Elections June 9th

posted by Jeremiah 6/05/2007 09:45:00 AM

ATC Representative, Gino Sund (4601), provided us with this list of this year's candidates by census tract.

(no incumbent)
Tim Kelly (unopposed)

Sarah Fuller
Justin Chapman (incumbent)

(no incumbent)
Alice Wesson
Keith Gibbs

Matt Littell
Steve Lamb (incumbent)

Gene Campbell (incumbent; unopposed)

Michelle Zack (incumbent)
Jerry Rhoads

Ken Balder (incumbent)
Laura Graham
Peter Baumer

Lorie Judson (incumbent; unopposed)

From: gino sund


I think it is a good thought to share info about all candidates in the Altadena Town Council Election. It is important that everyone vote even in census tracts that candidates are running unopposed. The greater the community involvement, the greater the voice of Town Council to the various government entities and departments with which we work.




Election date
Saturday June 9, 2007


Altadena Main Library, 600 E. Mariposa

Farm Fresh Market, 2260 Lincoln Av.

Gordies Garage, 843 W. Woodbury Road

Webster's, 2450 N. Lake Av.

Pattycakes, New York and Allen

Loma Alta Park, 3330 N. Lincolin Av

Proof of residency (census tract) required

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