Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ghandian Acts in Pomona
Here's a link to yet another reminder that not everyone with a smelly T-shirt in Pomona is out to rob you. Though you might want to check that your doors are locked this weekend, as word is there will be a "Walk for Norma" this Saturday.
As promised, I sent candidate questionnaires out to the Lincoln Park city council candidates last night and will post any responses if, and when, I get them.
I did not send questionnaires out to the Mayoral candidates, as I have already endorsed George Hunter, so that seemed a little weird. Other than bashing Torres, I have never before George come out on the blog for any specific candidate. The blog was about unifying what was good about Pomona, and politics seems to necessarily tear people apart. Why I endorsed George was this: I don't see the mayoral seat as being an entry level position, unless you're a Brown - as in Willie or Jerry - or, in the case of Pomona, a Samaniego! And what about the former mayor of San Dimas who owns the tattoo place downtown? That cut it down to George and Elliott Rothman who are the only current council members running. George's reputation for honesty, humor and affection for Pomona, and the almost complete absence of my hearing the same about Elliott or observing it at the two council meetings I attended, made George the only choice.
With regard to Elliott, I won't kick a man while he's down, but even he and his supporters surely understand that Pomona needs leaders from here on out that help us turn the corner, not folks who give others even more reasons to laugh at us and look down on our city. The good news is that the Reign of Torrer will soon be over.
And please, to all the candidates - and their supporters who send out glossy mailers allegedly without their permission - do not send this goddess any more flyers that refer to my city as a crime-ridden ghetto. Remember, it's only people who don't actually live here who think that's true. With the exception of David Allen, of course, and one or two of the Phillips Ranchers!
As I step off the old Tide box, take off my shoes and stike my best cross-legged Ghandi pose, I leave anyone still reading with this alternate definition of Ahimsa:
Ahimsa: the standard operating procedure of the citizens - and non citizens - of Pomona -- except the one or two lost souls you'll read about in tomorrow's headlines.