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By Popular Demand: Recipe for Humble Pie (aka "Town Hall Decadence")

We received several emails* requesting the recipe for Humble Pie mentioned in our most recent Weekly(ish) digest.

*not really

Here's the recipe:

Step 1: Preparation

  1. Call anything you disagree with "fake news" and "misinformation"

  2. Use the terms "internet trolls" and "vocal minority"

  3. Direct residents to the Town website for "real facts"

  4. Suggest resident input doesn't count as much if not participating in one of the Mayor's preferred town volunteer activities

  5. (optional) Shut down for two weeks, tell residents after you’re already gone

Step 2: Mix together in a bowl, stir slowly

Step 3: Place in pie crust/pan

Step 4: Bake

option 1 - "money" style: Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (the amount of time Council spent discussing/approving the annual budget and declaring a fiscal emergency)

option 2 - "poet" style: Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (the amount of time Council spent discussing a poet laureate)

Step 5 (Important!): Check results before serving

☑ Fail the SMARTMoraga Fact Check Series 0-for-6

☑ Have the Lamorinda Weekly say the Town is "on the Brink"

☑ Get the SF Chronicle Managing Editor to scold the Council

After confirming results, it’s ready to serve (and pairs well with a hubris aperitif).


Did you know?

This Humble Pie is also known in some circles

as "Town Hall Decadence"


noun 1. the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay 2. moral degeneration or decay; turpitude. 3. unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.


adjective 1. characterized by decadence, especially culturally or morally: a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility.



The Fact Check Series is here

Lamorinda Weekly article is here

Our Chronicle article and their letter to the Council is here and here

The Humble Pie edition of the Weekly(ish) Digest is here

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