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.

10 comments:

Anduhrew said...

correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Tom Ursua a past council member?
I see a lot of his signs down on the south side. I also read that he might have lived at one of the co-ops? I'm a Hunter man myself though. I like the fact that he expenses VERY LITTLE each year. from our tax dollars

ren said...

I dont know yet who to vote for but I got this flyer in the mail from Hunter. the first thing that came to mind was look meat head is running for mayor.Am sorry but he looks like the guy from All in the Family.But who knows maybe he would make a good mayor.

Anonymous said...

Hi Goddess, who is this "Samaniego" you speak of?

Anduhrew said...

and FYI
http://media.www.thepolypost.com/media/storage/paper1127/news/2008/10/21/News/Conference.Features.Gandhian.Ideals-3496128.shtml

Anonymous said...

Since you're talking about candidates...I left this comment on M-M-M My Pomona too, but maybe it fits better here. I was out of town earlier this week, so had to read David Allen on line. We should all be flattered, 'cause it looks like more people are engaged with this blog, than either his article or his blog this week. Of course it was good humor, as usual, but not so much the only comment. Check it out. Does anyone know if it's true? If so, I sure don't want Rothman to be Mayor?

me said...

Yeah, Ursua apparently used to be on the council, which is why I said "current" members of the council. Anyone know what Ursua is all about?

The Samaniego family is practically one of the first families here in Pomona. There are at least a few dozen of 'em near as I can tell running around here. I think a couple of them even read the blog. Some of them recently spearheaded the renaming of Madison Park to Tony Cerda Park.

To the second anon: David Allen still holds the record of reader blog comments to one post, which was something like 150 responses to "things that aren't here anymore." I wish we could have the same interest in present-day Pomona. Lots of the time I only get a couple responses myself.

G of P

Anonymous said...

I know it's Halloween and all but last night I saw the scariest thing on the t.v.
An Elliot Rothman for mayor commercial!
Yes, he interupted my extreme food challenge show on the food network with his "5 point recovery plan" for Pomoma.
Scary stuff indeed!
Mark

me said...

recovery? Now did he preface his "recovery plan" with no pun intended?

G of P

ren said...

Its called I drink the 5th I mean I take the 5th.

Anonymous said...

Goddess asked "and what about the former mayor of San Dimas who owns the tattoo place downtown?" Well...he has a George Hunter for Mayor sign in the window.