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Don Watts Puts in His 5 Cents

April 30th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune


Joe Mosca, lost his bid to become mayor on a toss of a coin!

MaryAnn MacGillivray Selected Mayor by Coin Toss

By Terry Miller

In an interesting twist to an interesting meeting, Sierra Madre Councilman Don Watts decided that his swing vote on the choice of Mayor succeeding Kurt Zimmerman be decided by a coin toss of a nickel he’s had since his days in the armed service. Watts said he didn’t know which way to go (Joe Mosca or MacGillivray), so he thought he’d toss a coin — and it came up heads.

watts tosses coin

Mosca, according to Watts, had apparently asked for tails some time ago when Watts had asked him what his choice would be on such a toss.

The heated, deeply divided council meeting Tuesday night (perhaps 50 % of the packed audience in favor of Mosca) listened as the public commented on why Mosca should or shouldn’t be Mayor. One woman called Joe Mosca ‘Traitor Joe’, while another sang his praises for community involvement.

Throughout the whirlwind meeting, there were lots of audience utterances and profanity as well as laughter at some of the comments.

There was talk of civility and talk of tradition. But In the long run, after many long-winded and extremely time-consuming speeches by council members and citizens alike, it was time to take the vote.

The vote: MaryAnn MacGillivray as Mayor; Don Watts as Mayor Pro Tem.

getting layed

Faye Angus donned MacGillivray with a lay of what appeared to be Wistaria blossom petals and MacGillivray in turn donned Mayor Zimmerman with a lay of similar color.

Councilmember John Buchanan made an eloquent and impassioned pitch for Joe Mosca, as did Sierra Madre resident Pete Siberall during the public comment section of the meeting. But the persuasive pleas continued on the other side of the fence too, with perennial podium pontificator and a loyal Zimmerman camp supporter Faye Angus coming out in no uncertain terms in favor of MacGillivray for Mayor.

Representatives from the offices of State Assemblyman Anthony Adams, State Senator Bob Huff, and Congressman Davis Dreier were present to hand out the usual accolades Mayor Zimmerman and Mayor Pro Tem MaryAnn MacGillivray.


Joe Mosca handled the personal insults and Bible thumpers as well as any seasoned veteran could have hoped.


Though to many, he looked hurt by some of the comments, in the end he vowed to continue serving on the council and to continue being a positive voice for residents of Sierra Madre.


Other memorable moments from the meeting were considerably lighter, like when the Girls Soccer team from Alverno was honored for their CIF victory and a Sierra Madre Police officer Gonzales was honored by Chief Diaz for her upcoming tour of duty in Afghanistan.

angus lays marryann

Photos by Terry Miller

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