While this is about our water rates and our right to contest them in a legitimately conducted process, there is something else that is equally important. If it is proven in a Court of Law that the G4 City Council was not honest about the reasons why the water rate hike had to take place - and I am pretty confident that will be one of the outcomes - then we will have quite a story to take to the people of Sierra Madre. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do. And tell your friends as well. I have no doubt that anyone concerned about good and honest government will want to be there.)
Many have asked how they can contribute money for the effort to reclaim our stolen right to challenge the water rate increase. We've been kicking around exactly how to do this, and decided that one big party would be the best idea. So here is your chance.
On Saturday, January 29, from 2 to 4 PM, Sierra Madreans Against Repressive Taxation (SMART) will be holding its inaugural event. The purpose of this gathering will be to raise funds for a potential legal challenge to the City of Sierra Madre's illegal water rate increase procedures. The water rate hike was approved by the City Council on January 11 by a 4 to 1 vote.
Former Mayor Kurt Zimmerman is the guest speaker and will be there to answer any of your questions.
The suggested donation is $50. As this is a fund raising event, all those wishing to attend will be expected to donate. And yes, that is both the single and family rate. If you wish to give more, we'll be honored to receive it.
Food and light refreshments will be served. The same team that provided the food and beverages at the General Plan Update Town Hall Forum will be catering this event. As anyone who attended the Town Hall Forum can tell you, the dishes they create are delicious.
The details: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (very necessary as we need to get a head count in advance for the cooks.) We will send you an email confirming your admittance along with the address of the event plus a phone number for any questions you may have.
Sorry, no press can be accommodated. This will be a private event.