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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Pomona Harrassing Bloggers or the "Not Ready for Prime Time City Attorney"

In the past, we've linked to some of the many excellent stories at the Foothill Cities blog, sort of the Mayor Sam of the San Gabriels.

Now it appears FC is having some impact as they recently revealed they've received a "cease and desist" letter from some clown named Arnold Alvarez-Glassman, the Pomona City Attorney over a series of stories about alleged shadiness and shenanigans when it comes to Pomona's City Manager, Doug Dunlap (who amongst other things has been alleged by Pomonaians for allegedly putting his allegedly decades younger alleged girlfriend on the alleged City payroll). You can read FC's post as well as Alvarez-Glassman's ridiculous letter here.

As a sidenote, in most small cities the City Attorney is not an elected official like Rocky Delgadillo but usually a law firm that is contracted by the city to handle legal matters. Alvarez-Glassman has served more than just Pomona; in 2003 he was terminated by the City of El Monte.

Pomona is one of those shithole eastern Los Angeles County cities whose only real claim to fame is hosting the LA County Fair annually and RV shows and off-track horse betting the rest of the year.

Perhaps they're pissed that Zev removed the goddess Pomona along with the mission cross from the LA County Seal.

Seriously however its completely reprehensible for a government official to attempt to intimidate a citizen and member of the press for exercising their first amendment right. This fool isn't even up to speed on libel laws; numerous court decisions have protected the right of bloggers to be critical of public officials.

So it looks like its time to put in a call to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and see if Zuma Dogg's Bat Computer picks up signals from the 626.

Foothill Cities - we have your back. Don't let these bastards push you around. And private memo to Arnie and Dougie: We're not going to let you fuck with FC. You've already made a mistake there. Don't even think about fucking with us over here - you will look like the biggest clowns to ever inhabit municipal government ever.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good afternoon Mayor Sam,

These small town City Attorneys like Glassman and other of their yoke like Leal, Beltran, and Olivos, are hire guns for the small town politicos who rule their feiftoms. In the case of Leal and Beltran, they would coerse city politicos to hire them and use recalls to remove city council people who were not allies.

May 12, 2007 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

is this guy some latino who married a jew chick and had to take her name or vice versa?

May 12, 2007 3:23 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

I love this thread. see what a little cajoling can do for a blog.

now ur on fire (no pun intended)

this is what people want to read.

10 out of 10.

kudos.

long live freedom of expression. its the difference between the queen's english, and pure unadulterated american speech.

May 12, 2007 7:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam can you post the stuff they took down?

May 13, 2007 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unlike Leal and Beltran, Arnold used to actually be a councilman - in the city of Montebello. This is the city that just hired Beltran to be their attorney - pn a controversial and disputed 3-2 vote.

May 13, 2007 9:58 PM  

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