Monday, May 14, 2007

Planet Glendora: Teenage Girls Attack Councilman

A piece of campaign propaganda by Glendora city council candidate John Harrold
So as Centinel recently pointed out, not only will the two teenage girls arrested for "vandalism" not be charged by the District Attorney: they'll be charging forward with a lawsuit to the tune of $5 million against the city councilman who put them under citizen's arrest after he caught them putting stickers on his illegally placed campaign signs. So saith Alison Hewitt of the SGVT, who may just be the most quoted journalist on the FC blog.

Although I'm not surprised by the suit, I'm not really rooting for it either. However, this story illustrates a lot about our local governments. I have some sympathy for Councilman Clifford, who was caught up in the midst of another acrimonious Glendoran election. But if, as an elected official and a former cop, you can't understand the PR problems you are going to have if you put two teenage girls under citizen's arrest until 4 police cars show up to arrest them for putting stickers on your illegally placed campaign signs . . . well, I don't know what to tell you. Especially when you voted for the ordinance that made the placement of the signs illegal. As I said before, he has an argument for what he did, and I can understand that argument, technically speaking, but the fact that this man couldn't foresee such a lawsuit coming bares the sorry state of many of our FC. Up until recently Clifford and many others were acting as if the girls should be charged with a crime.

It kind of reminds me of the recent moronic public relations strategy of another city we cover. I'll give you a hint: this city's name rhymes with Pomona.

Speaking of Planet Glendora, there's an interesting letter on the strange world's NIMBYism in the SGVT. There's also plenty more on the Glendora "vandalism" case if you scroll down here. A few choice posts:

Planet of the Glendorans, Part I of III: The Media
Planet of the Glendorans, Part II of III: The Law
Planet of the Glendorans III of III: The Future

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sympathy?

This word is a red herring for this article.

This was the same council person who conspired with two other incumbents to hid the facts, that ALL political sign rules and regulations had be secretly suspended during the last municipal Glendora election.

I feel this was done to try and entrap the opposition candidates in to placing their own signs as the three incumbents were doing, on State, County and public property.

When you think your KING then you can make up the rules as you go along.

So while your article has a certain fairy tale flavor to it, most people living in California and Glendora just do not swallow it.

Lawyers-Or-Us

Publius said...

I think I agree with you more than you are giving me credit for. I have some sympathy with him because it would be normal for any candidate to stop the car in anger when they saw someone doing something to their signs.

But, as I think the post above and my previous posts make clear, this was a ridiculous incident. I'm not one for lawsuits such as this one, but I won't feel bad if the girls get some cash out of it. The point of my post, which was probably unclear, is that cities like Glendora and Pomona are infested with many people who think they are King--they aren't used to anyone taking them on.

Cheers,
Publius

Anonymous said...

In an attempt to turn back time:

Glendora Police Department has re-filed charges againist these two young ladies, Cristina Giammalva and Keleigh Marshall.

Monday May 14, 2007 - this case was re-filed, and to what's end does this try and change the past two rejections, one by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the second by a HIGHER authority, California State Attorney General.

All this reminds me of desperate people sliding down a slippery slope in to the clutches of there own destiney.

Once this latest attempt is rejected the real show will begin, once again the spot light will be shown brightly on the inner political workings here in Glendora, California.

This city is a throw back in time before the average citizens knew they were equal in voicing there opinions on what and how a local government ran Glendora. Not a bunch of well connected political and money savy donators.

"Play it again, SAM"

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