Now the first few rounds of this meeting deal mostly with the usual spending demands. Preliminary bouts I guess. A couple of shiny new fire trucks are on the docket, as well as renewing our contract with Pasadena for a dogcatcher. Is there anybody upset that we're going out of town for our dog catching needs? Is the Dogcatcher Officers Association (DOA) aware? I guess we'll see. More money for the CRA, payroll, the library, yadda yadda. The MTA comes up. Something to do with the Shenanigan Shuttle perhaps? Interesting that Sierra Madre is being given $45,000 by the Homeland Security folks. Perhaps we're being paid to help keep the Taliban from coming over the San Gabriel Mountains to terrorize Arcadia? This is followed by our accepting some sort of funding for public safety. I guess we're really raking it in. Not that any of this is a complete gift, mind you. The stuff still comes out of taxes that we all pay.
The first feature bout of the evening is sure to erupt quickly as the City Council decides who will serve as our delegate to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, or SGVCOG for those of you suffering from Acronym Dependency Syndrome (ADS). As was first revealed right here on this blog, our current delegate, Joe "No Show" Mosca, has not been attending very many of the meetings. And given the notion that issues of great importance to the citizens of Sierra Madre are supposedly considered there, this lack of presence is a serious matter. However, Joe doesn't see it that way, and chances are quite good that he will resist removal with his usual snarks and barks. For reasons still unclear, the SGVCOG thing seems to mean a lot to him. Of course, not quite enough for him to have actually attended the meetings in question. Bring plenty of popcorn. This one is certain to make it to the Neuroblast site.
The next feature bout deals with the desire of many in the Canyon to have an "interim moratorium" on all new construction put into place. That is until some sort of permanent Canyon specific building codes and practices are officially established. Colorful hill gentleman from the home improvement industry could put in appearances at the podium for this one, and as gruff and tough as they might hope to appear, the effect can be comical at times.
And wouldn't you know it, SCAG finds itself a place on the agenda once again. This time the California Association of Governments would like us to "accept and file" their exciting new 2012 Regional Transportation Plan. Or RTP for those of you with acronym challenges. Here's a couple of lines from the summary of this chuckle bucket prepared for the edification of our Council members:
"According to the estimates provided by SCAG for baseline year 2020, the City's population is expected to increase by 32 residents for a total of 11,099, and the number of households is expected to increase by 140 for a total of 4,972 over the next 11 years."
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but how can an increase of 32 residents result in an increase of 140 households? I don't care how much Hasan Kool Aid you might be consuming these days, that makes absolutely no sense.
But if you thought that was bad, check out this three-headed dog:
SCAG utilizes widely used cohort-component methodology that utilizes fertility and mortality rates, net immigration, domestic in-migration, and domestic out-migration in their key technical assumptions.
Cohort-component methodology? Fertility rates? What do they think we are, breeding stock? And doesn't "domestic in-migration and domestic out-migration" just mean people moving to - and from - Sierra Madre? Then why don't they just say that instead of relying upon such nonsensical cant and jargon? And you know what they say about assumptions, technical or otherwise.
One item that a few might find to be of minor interest does have some surprising importance in this community for others. That being the request for a "Temporary Use Permit" (TUP for those of you with acronym disorders) for a real estate sign at the site known as "One Carter."A sign being important because without one there to tell you what's up the place could be mistaken for a landfill. And it looks like the gentlemen attempting to market the Stonehouse site have now decided it best to change the name of that unfortunate locale to "Stonegate." As in, "You can't get blood out of a Stonegate."
The final match of importance will be a discussion regarding a "settlement plan proposal" for Stonegate and One Carter. Apparently the developers want us to abandon our Hillside Ordinances so that they can build McMansions up there. Here I hope the City Council just tells these characters where to get off. Such laws are in place for a reason. And if they want to sue, then let them. They're going to sue us over something anyway, so we might as well just get it over with now. And who knows, if we actually fight back maybe we'll win something for a change. After all, wasn't it the Mayor Rob "The Chickenhearted" Stockley administration's fear of lawsuits that got us into this mess in the first place? And, as everyone knows, we were sued anyway. And quite often.
The last two items are nonsense stuck on the agenda by the Greenwash Brothers. I mean, "Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy?" What in God's name is that supposed to mean? Seeing how they are employed by what are two of the more significant greenhouse gas producers in the Western United States, they have got to be kidding. When these guys get going on about this sort of stuff anybody with at least a modicum of common sense will quickly turn off their TV set and get some beauty rest.