Sunday, June 26, 2011

Which City of Sierra Madre Website Has the 6/28 City Council Meeting Agenda?

I have noticed a couple of posts this beautiful Sunday morning from people wondering why the 6/28 City Council Meeting Agenda has yet to be posted on the City's website. I think there is some state law or other (what isn't a state law?) which declares that notifications of gummint meetings such as this Tuesday's City Council confab must be made available to the public a full 72 hours before they can legally get their party started.

However, if you go to the current City of Sierra Madre site you will note that no such City Council Meeting Agenda is listed. (http://cityofsierramadre.com/) This is as of 9 am this morning. Things do change sometimes after they are revealed here, so there is no guarantee that is the way things will be when you let your fingers do the walking.

But if you go to the still under construction new pastel color themed City of Sierra Madre website (http://gosierramadre.net/) you will discover it listed under "Latest Events." The date June 28, with the time listed at 6 pm.

This presents a problem to my way of thinking. My way of thinking being, of course, to find problems. And here it is. If you look at the current City of Sierra Madre website the following is said:

The City of Sierra Madre will be launching a new website! The address will be the same, but (it) will have a new look ...

Which to me means that no notice has been made of this City Council meeting. At least on what is still the City's official website.

However, the City of Sierra Madre site is not the only place these meetings can be legally noticed. They can be hung on the wall at City Hall (Hear Ye! Hear Ye!) or just put on display at the Library where such things are seen by literally dozens of folks.

So it is no deal breaker. But as a public service to you, the Tattler reader, if you want to see this week's City Council meeting agenda, it's Go Sierra Madre!

After all, we'd hardly want an error as unfortunate as this one to suppress attendance at Tuesday evening's set-to. The scoundrels are set to discuss raising our utility taxes again. This after expressly stating on numerous occasions that they weren't considering such a thing.

It ain't right, I tell you.

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25 comments:

  1. I wonder if it matters? Only the "regulars" attend the meeting whether there is an important matter to be discussed or not. Would like to see some of the complainers of the council there at the meetings. Otherwise, the Council 4 think all is rosy and just the handful are -- what does Moran call them? -- the sore losers.

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  2. Josh will also tell us that the rate hike is "just pennies a day." The pennies keep adding up, though. Ever take the time to add up your entire User Utility Tax spend over the course of a year? Those are no pennies.

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  3. The thing that really suppresses attendance at City Council meetings is the dreary and obvious fibbing of the Gang of 4. Who would go out of their way to listen to that?

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  4. The gang of 4 are not the only liars in the bunch. How many times has Elaine told an out and out lie with such a sweet straight face? The answer? Too many to count.

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  5. "The water rate increase is needed to do water pipe repairs."

    Lie.

    "The budget is balanced and we are not going to raise utility taxes."

    Lie.

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  6. Nothing stronger than the TATTLER=TRUTHJune 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    If the gang of four ever told the truth?

    They would choke themselves to death.

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  7. Posting comments on the Tattler is an excellent way of participating in city business. Far more read/heard than comments made at council meetings.

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  8. The City Council will spend a total of $2,163,043.39 Tuesday night. This includes some huge CRA spends.

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  9. Huh. No wonder they're raising utility taxes. Buchanan has them in a spending frenzy.

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  10. So I took a brief spin through gosierramadre.net site. It seems to be more user friendly (remember I said "brief"). Did you know that the Green Committee only has four members? Ms. Kim Green Jeans is not listed. Was this an oversite or has trying to maintain a facade of green become too much for her?

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  11. 10:47 - if you add the total spend for the month of June it is over 4 million dollars. That has to be a Sierra Madre record for spending.

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  12. The council that Buchanan speaks for, the council majority, defended the big spending spree last meeting and the one before it.
    There is a disproportionate amount of spending because they are in such a rush to boondoggle the state out of any CRA bucks that they have.
    Not because they are dishonest and pretending that blight exists where none exists, but because they know what's best for us.

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  13. How many people even watch council meetings?Not many,or the current council reps would never have been elected.

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  14. 10:44
    The Tattler is a source for accurate, up-to-date news that must be disseminated by
    any/all means possible. That means via the Council Meeting videocasts as well as word of mouth, and by distributing copies to your friends and neighbors. The Tatt gets lots of hits, but I know for sure that not everyone who watches the council meetings reads the Tattler.

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  15. The City is spending like drunken sailors, all the while telling us everything is balanced and under control. But the UUT Oversight Committee is telling us that utility taxes need to go up 2%. Where is the disconnect?

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  16. Legally, it is to be posted at City Hall, the website has no bearing on complying with legalities.

    However, it makes me conclude that these people are playing hide the ball. They are avoiding revealing something. Could it be that they plan to raise the tax this week? And shouldn't that have all kinds of notice?

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  17. Seems pretty obvious to me, Doc. All funds totaled together the city council blew over $4 million bucks this month. Certainly one of the biggest spends ever. And of course 3 of the UUT Oversight Commissioners - by a 3 to 2 vote - would recommend raising utility taxes. The yes votes coming from 2 volunteer fire department members plus a relative of Nancy Walsh. Water rate hike, utility tax hike, can't stop them I guess. Get ready for bonds as well. Why? Please notice they're not just talking tax hikes, but RHNA numbers as well. In a meeting just before the 4th of July.

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  18. The real reasons the UUT's gotta go up? To pay for Fire Life Safety! No money in the general budget to up the SMPD's compensation 12 percent; no money to run the EMT program without the UUT; and no money to finally transcend the V in the SMVFD. Very soon there'll be an announcement that due to the lack of volunteers the city will need to hire a fire department. The SMVFD has been a staunch supporter of the City Council (except for MaryAnn MacGillivray). It's now time for payback. The UUT is the mechanism. Just watch. You'll see.

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  19. During the election many of the SM volunteer Fire Department were told that if the voted the dirt slate they'd get full-time paid positions. Hasn't happened yet.

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  20. As it stands right now the V in volunteer fire deparment stands for Very far away from here when it comes to emergency response time. Do not expect to see 80-90% of the roster in town-they will be elsewhere, attending to their family, their neighborhood Very far away and the roadways to Sierra Madre will no doubt be impassable anyway. Better prepare yourself.

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  21. Conserve, conserve, conserve--no extra dollars from the 12% UUT hike if you waste less water, electricity, gas and cut back on some of those phone service costs. The cell phone companies hate you anyway, don't cha know?

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  22. Looks like the crafty Mayor turned the UUT Commission into a way to get that extra 2% out of the hides of the residents.

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  23. Buchanan counseled us that he is in office to make the hard decisions.

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  24. Yeah, meaning he will do whatever he feels like no matter how much the people who pay taxes around here hate it.

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  25. Look! We have a new website!

    You can trust us now!

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