Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sid and Nancy

They threw me behind the cashier. I mean the cash register. And I didn't skim anything, then or now."
- New Mayor, Josh Moran

As one wag put it last night, MaryAnn got the praise and the flowers, and John Buchanan got Enid Joffe. But we hardly need to be reminded that life is not always fair, because while we were finally rid of someone we dearly hoped to see the last of, we also lost someone we really needed to stay. Sierra Madre came within a couple hundred votes of being run by three people who would have turned everything around, and given our City government back to the people. But instead we only got two.

And who knows, maybe I am wrong about John Harabedian. Nobody would want that more than I.

The changing of the guard was done in a very respectful and traditional Sierra Madre way. And the contrast with the last City Council Reorganization was striking. Nowhere to be seen was the ugly and vengeful mob that turned out for Joe Mosca in 2010. Hail Hamilton didn't show up to repeatedly insult any members of the City Council. Instead it was an evening as good and sweet as the town itself. Last night left us all with an awful lot to be proud about.

Despite the rumors, Nancy Walsh accepted the job of Mayor Pro Tem.
The position Josh described as "showing up where the Mayor is not, like at a 100 year old's birthday party" actually seemed to sound good to our new Mayor Pro Tem. And there was no opposition to recognizing Josh Moran as this City's next Mayor, either. For the newly seated members of the Council, it just wasn't that important an issue. As with most everything in life, to them it really is apparently about the man, not the title.

For me the better part of the evening was brought about by the unlikeliest of occasions, the privatization of Sierra Madre's City Pool. Why is that? Because it could very well have been our first look at a significant power shift on our new City Council. The three new members had a series of hard hitting and insightful questions to ask about our new relationship with Waterworks Aquatics. The two now titled carry-overs? Not so much.

Chris Koerber asked the City Attorney about our insurance arrangement regarding the pool and the folks that would be running it. Done with the purpose of both saving this cash strapped City some money while also protecting us from liability in what will now be an outside party run facility.

John Harabedian expressed some concern about the costs to the residents for using the City's now run-for-profit swimming pool. Especially to our low income and senior citizens. People who could not only be priced out of this excellent facility, but are also the most likely to use this it because they obviously don't have a pool of their own. Waterworks Aquatics said they would work on that.

And John Capoccia had a series of questions, each laid out clearly and to the point. His question about how the advisory board for the pool would be named being the one that hit home for me. Obviously John's concern here is that while our City Pool would now be run by a private company, community input must still play an important role in the running what is still an integral part of the fabric of our town.

Again, the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem did not really participate in this conversation. Instead that job was done by three people who collectively had been on the City Council for about an hour and a half.

The true highlight of the evening was saved for the very end. When Mayor Moran asked if anyone had any items they wanted to agendize for a future meeting, Chris Koerber dropped the bomb. "I'd like to call for an RFP for legal services. It has been a long time since we have had a market check. There are a lot of lawyers and law firms out there who would compete to work for us. It is a buyer's market out there."

Let the revolution begin.

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110 comments:

  1. What was the Mayor thinking when he proclaimed he wasn't a thief (the skimming reference) - where on Earth did that come from?

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    1. Josh was trying to be funny it seems to me, although quite awkward. Did you notice that our young Johnny was concerned about the poor and hungry who wanted to use the pool, but didn't pick up on what should have been a lawyer-ly question about liaibility? Didn't he say several times when he was running that the Council needed a lawyer to ahem, replace Buchanan. Maybe we can just can C & L and use JH. Would save money while not being much worse. I wish someone could have taken a picture of our erstwhile city attorney when that bomb dropped. Priceless.

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    2. Over priced and under powered, our gob-struck City Attorney must have had a bad night. To be a fly on the cell phone and hear her break the news to Sandi. C&L's cash cow has suddenly turned into a lion.

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    3. I had a direct view of the city attorney when Councilman Koerber made his request for this agenda item. She should never play poker and I doubt she would make a good courtroom attorney. Her facial expression was pure shock, and all the color drained as she looked down and swallowed hard. Priceless!

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    4. She shouldn't take it so hard. Michael and Sandy made it impossible for anyone to save C & L's business with the city.

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  2. It was idle chit-chat, 11:08, that reveals far more than we want to know.

    I was struck by his choice of words to close the meeting: "Let them eat cake." There really could be no more unfortunate political reference than the single sentence that has come to symbolize disconnected and ignorant government.

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  3. All three of the new council members had good questions and positive ideas, bless 'em.

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  4. Enid actually was quite gracious to MaryAnn and it was MaryAnn who beat out Enid four years ago. Strong to the end...MaryAnn's loss will really be sharply felt.

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    1. Enid missed a shot at the funniest line of the evening.
      When she commented to MaryAnn that "you put me into politics", she should have added "and you took me out". Would have drawn a lot of laughs, but it was gracious of Enid.

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  5. Kudos to MaryAnn MacGillivray who showed what a person of integrity she is with the respectful and strong finish she gave as an outgoing council member.
    My respect for her increased greatly last night. The Council will miss her insight and wisdom and common sense.
    Last night was a lot of kumbaya until it came to the consideration of the outsourcing for the pool. It was good to see that the new council was not drawn in to the Sid and Nancy vortex.

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    1. Moran and Walsh were dais decoration next to the three new council people who had intelligent things to say and suggest.

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    2. Dias fluff. And why is Nancy announcing the Tap Chicks performance, of which she is no longer a participant but will attend with her dance teacher. This is a commercial venture. Pay for tickets, it is not a non profit with benefits to the city or charity. If you want to see Nancy as a tap chick going left when every one else is going right (oh, heck, she might have missed a practice while she was attending a SCAG meeting where she was not payaing attention there either) just google around. No don't. It is not worth your time.

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  6. Happy 90th birthday today to Mr. Lee Cline.

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    1. I guess Josh won't be going to the party.

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  7. Why do Josh's sideburns seem to point down?

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    1. It's a part of the cute little devil look. Goes with the Touch of Satan goatee.

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    2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks of Satan everytime I look at Moran's face. He needs to ditch that look...the gotee and sideburns. The look evil. Evil is as evil does. Body language and looks are everything.

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  8. Hopefully, none of the new councilmembers will be taking "suggestions" from Bart Doyle!
    The same Bart Doyle who has done so much damage to Sierra Madre.

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    1. Hopefully, they will take suggestions from MacGillivray who had a lot of items on her "to do" list, including the RFP for an attorney. Her attempts to get action on that were not supported by the G4. Somebody should get her list.

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    2. I think that Capoccia and Koerber are smart enough to know that MacGillivray is their most valuable resource.

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  9. and that's why we elected Chris.....

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    1. Yes, it is.
      I would hope Mr. Capoccia and Mr. Harabedian would be their own men and not follow the failed policies of the Doyle gang.
      Nancy and Josh are lost causes. They will continue to follow their "false guru" Bart, even if it means bankrupting Sierra Madre.

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    2. Chief Black KettleApril 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      Now I attended last night's meeting and after adjournment people gathered in the foyer and who did we spot but a slimmed down Bart Doyle hissing in the ears of various notables. Could it be that this extreme weight loss of Bart's is due to nervous loss of appetite or just laying off the dim sum in preparation to working out "in the yard". Enquiring minds would like to know.

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    3. A lobby lizard you say? Somebody get the broom.

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  10. How much does it save the City to have the pool run by Waterworks? How about saving some real money and have the LASD replace the police dept.

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    1. Give them a moment 7:14. That was pretty good coming out of the gate. The first real meeting will be the 2nd Tuesday in May.

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    2. It was said that it saved the city $100,000. Let's start with that.

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    3. waterworks will Pay the City %60,000 a year and pay all the expenses of the pool including many repairs, hire local people to work at the pool, pay insurance, provide lessons year round, senior prices remain about the same, scholarships for needy, put a cover on the pool if the city enters into a longer than a 1 year contract, and make the pool available to the schools for end of years parties like the city has done in the past. The city will not have to subsidize the pool like end the past. The city will save $45,000 from the general fund.

      Question:How can a private company run the pool for $105,000 less than the city?
      Answer: because they run it like a business.

      Question: What other services can be outsourced and save money?
      Answer: Everything except the Fire Department.

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    4. What about this for a possibility-the problem with the pool has everything to do with the city staff being incompetent. The staff has absolutely no idea of actual costs, expenditures and revenues for the pool. There has been no attempt to get qualified personnel to run the pool. Staff on several occasions has worked around city procedure to cover their butts. The city council looks like fools voting on pool issues that the city staff had already put in place in a move around procedure. Basic cost controls of covering the pool at night when temperatures were in the low 40's. Pool programming was outdated and was actually the result of cutting things out rather than running things better.

      Sierra Madre lost a city gem because of city staff being incompetent, far less than truthful, and skirting city procedure.

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    5. Has the city upgraded the chlorination system? Not long ago I heard that is was completely, unacceptably out of date. That would be a big expense if it hasn't been replaced already.

      Pools are the most expensive facility of any city rec. dept. or school/college to maintain.

      Now the city outsources its parks trash and lawn mowing, etc. In the rain the other day I saw the lawn being mowed at Turtle Park. I remember hearing that it was damagng to the grass to mow it when it is wet. Maybe not so. But at anyrate, no doubt things are scheduled to be done when the time is now but not right, when they could have been rearranged if the task was done by city workers doing another task until the time was right for the scheduled one. Not all is as productive as it seems when you outsource.

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  11. Mayor Moran majored in English or taught English...
    Would he have passed an essay so fraught with shallowness and cliches?
    It is painful to listen to his inept efforts to express himself.
    From John Buchanan to Josh Moran...the pain goes on.

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    1. The Mayor's mind seems to come out in bits and pieces.

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    2. Not sure too many understand his "I'm a lovable naughty boy" routine. And those that do have some real questions about its psychological origins.

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    3. Well that might explain somewhat his lack of knowledge of history, economics and politics....

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    4. Can you say, "incipient wet brain"?

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  12. Thank you Mr. Koerber for initiating a promising beginning to financial sanity, thank you Mr. Capoccia for thorough and insightful questions about the process, and thank you Mr. Harabedian for remembering not everyone in Sierra Madre is wealthy. I don't trust Harabedian after the campaign he ran, but I'm willing to.

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    1. There are those who proclaim themselves to be liberal who actually work for the interests of corporations and their big government allies. And there are those liberals who work for their communities and keeping all control local. Buchanan, Mosca and Moran are the former. Here's hoping that Harabedian is in the latter category.

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    2. It was shocking last night when Moran credited Buchanan with protecting the hillsides.
      Anyone outside of the Ministry of Truth knows that is historical revision at its finest.

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    3. If Buchanan "protected the hillsides," it was through his incompetence as an influence peddler to the developers.

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    4. I listened to the list of "accomplishments" and most was policy not resulting in anything factual. The Goldberg Park--who remembers how that happened? The Sierra Madre Community Nursery School had to buy their facility from the city and then the money could not be used for anything except other park space Friends of Enid Joffee, the Goldbergs, were paid something on the order of $800,000 (who knows the exact figure?). Usually when you get your name on a public facility it is because you donated the land or money for the building not that you got paid fair (?) market value for the thing. Quite the ruse.

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    5. 9:05, I recall the price as $500,000 - according to Gillison. A waste.

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    6. The night the city council voted to approve the 1 Carter Ave. housing map, the Santa Monica Mountiains Conservancy had an agenda item to give the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy $20,000.00 for a feasibility study as to what the Hillside Ordinance would actually allow for houses on the hillside zone and not the cities feeble interpretation. Buchanan was told, he could have postponed the vote based on this information and he didn't! Hillside Zone protector, absoutely not!

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  13. Let's hope Harabedian is smart enough not to be trapped in the Sid-and-Nancy song-and-dance. I will never forgive the "dark pants and shirts" lie, but I don't want the city brought down to the Moran-Walsh level. Harabedian needs to distance himself from those buffoons.

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  14. Why an RFP? Just hire Kurt. Is there anybody who know more about running Sierra Madre?

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  15. How about Zimmerman for the City Attorney?

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  16. Thank you Chris for requesting a new law firm and for checking out the cost of attorneys to the City. When need to replace the City Attorney that represents the City Administration and the City Manager's interests not the interests of the Citizens of Sierra Madre. I hope Chris actually finds out how much we spend on Attorneys.

    I hope the next act of the new City Council is to review the City Manager's contract. We would not be in the financial hole we are in if not for the poor direction and guidance of our corrupt City Manager, Elaine Aguliar. She needs to be fire asap

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  17. Right now our City Attorney is trying to derail Measure V. We need a City Attorney committed to the initiative's protection.

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  18. Kudos to Koerber for agendizing an RFP for legal services. C&L is too expensive for our little burg and the fir

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    1. It's not just the money with C&L. It's also their intense devotion to dismantling local control.

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  19. Speaking of the costs of Attorneys. I heard that the Hildreths had a court hearing on Thursday. Anyone know the outcome?

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    1. The Judge slammed the City's Attorney. It doesn't look good for the City or us as taxpayers. I wonder what this lawsuit is going to cost the City?

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    2. Slammed how?

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    3. It will be a shame if the city loses this one and we the tax payers get to pay for the Hldreth's monstrosity. Just walk on by and see if you think it is a big plus to the neighborhood. Would you like sit on the deck or in the cave to sip a glass of vin rose and risk your life to the poorly, non-permited structure?

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    4. The deck was built for safety from the rain as the City refused to talk to the Hildreths. The deck according to the Hildreths is temporary. They even have tried to remove it but the City wont let them. I read the that letter here on the Tattler. So don't worry about risking your life. The deck I'm told will be concrete and stone. The City is going to lose because the structure is permitted and the City's abuse to the Hildreths is why the City is going to pay. The Hildreth's wine grotto will not be opened if not safe. STOP spreading the lies. Especially when you do not know the facts. Leave it to the Courts. When the Hildreth's win it is because the Court agrees with them. I am sure that the Hildreth's would not want you to even have a glass a wine at the grotto. Personally, I can't wait. The City needs what the Hildreth's are offering. Hang tough Jeff and Taryn the majority of Sierra Madre supports you. I am sorry for what this City has done to you. I hope it is a big award. This City Administration needs a lesson on what should not be done to our citizens.

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    5. 9:52 You are just talking crap. If you have ever seen the inside of the structure you would know it is over built. The question is what do you have to gain by writing such rubbish. You must be part of the DIRT that wants East Montecito for a transportation corridor and developers.

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    6. It's a contentious issue - which is why its ended up in court. It'll be good to have the air cleared by a judge who has evaluated all the evidence and who gives a decision.

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    7. I rather have the Hildreth's deck as it stands now than a homeless Shelter ever. When the Judge does clear the air and the Hildreths win how much is that going to cost us? The Hildreths may be vindicated but at what cost to the taxpayers? Another worthless lawsuit started by the City costing us the taxpayers. I may feel bad for the Hilderths but worse for my pocket book.

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  20. We need a City Attorney whose first loyalty is to the people of Sierra Madre and not a bunch of developers.

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  21. As long as Elaine is our City Manager, there will never be meaningful reform. She needs to go and be replaced by somebody who:

    1. Actually lives in Sierra Madre
    2 Has political experience
    3. Is honest
    4. Is committed to preservation

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    1. And doesn't have SCAG employment anywhere in their resume.

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    2. Buchanan's finale last night included a long list of City Managers he has lived through. He mentioned Don Hooper (may have the name wrong) as being interim twice. We have Hopper to thank for Elaine as he went out and recruited her from Glendale as none of the candidates had made it through the paper cull and the interviews.

      Another piece of nonsense last night was lauding her for staying the 5 years she allowed was possible. We had a mess when we had a city mangager, then called city administrator, who stayed and stayed and stayed. Nowhere else to go. If Ms Aguilar tried to go now there is nothing she could take with her as a big accomplishment. Little ole' canyon zone--only important to us! Hillside Management Zone--look at one Carter ! and see how the city botched the administration of that. Long-lived junk pile at the possible site of an overbuilt ALF. Woooeee! Yeah, only if the city succeeds in overturning the vote of the people who passed measure V.

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  22. Poster 8:37, I think you just described Kurt Z.

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  23. +1 on Zimmerman as City Attorney, but he would make a better City Manager.

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    1. How about two for one City Attorney and City Manager. Savings with the City in mind

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    2. Brilliant idea!

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    3. Charlie was interim city manager on a few occassions while he was our city attorney. Actually it was under Bart Doyle and some other shennigan city councilmembers that Charlie was ousted. He was getting up in years but did not retire from the other cities he represented.

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  24. Why are we talking about having a private company run the pool, when we're advertising for lifeguards who will be paid by the City?

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  25. Who in the City has been responsible for running our swimming pool into the ground? What City privatizes a municipal swimming program?

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  26. Actually, Poster 8:38 just described Kurt

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  27. If we're going to privatize the pool, why do we still need Elise?

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  28. Kudos to all three new Council members for their introductory remarks, especially John Harabedian, who Tattlers view with a degree of skepticism, when he said he will work for all Sierra Madreans, those who voted for him and who opposed him, and he will listen to all of us. Remember newly elected Josh Moran's words two years ago, looking at the audience, "You don't know me. I saw your yard signs, and they weren't mine!" Dare we hope that we have our Council back? Who's going to remind Nancy that now that she is Mayor Pro Tem, she MUST read her packet before City Council meetings, and she MUST not leave early from the meetings she attends, and actually listen...COG, SCAG, General Plan Update.

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    1. Without wanting to take anyone out. Except herself of course.

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  29. The reason that our City Manager had she job review before the last City Council of Corruption was replaced. Elaine feels the heat and can read the writing on the wall. Elaine is going, going,--- gone. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. It can not be soon enough!!!

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  30. A number of cities in California opt for "hybrid" legal representation. A full-time City Attorney, who is elected or appointed, provides day-to-day legal advice, and litigation and special projects are handled by outside firms. This arrangement is almost always more cost-effective than the form of representation we have.

    The hurdle is finding a City Attorney appointee or candidate who is willing to accept the pay cut that comes with being a municipal employee.

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    1. Great information 9:18, thanks. And maybe in this economic environment, the hurdle won't be so big.

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  31. The Mayor worked a cash register, and finds it necessary to say he didn't skim anything.
    Why is that such a convincing indication that he did indeed skim something?

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    1. I think that what was really staggering through his mind was skimming the cashier.

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  32. Not a lot of depth to Nancy's COG report. I think there was more to that meeting than battery recycling.

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    1. It is such a struggle for Nancy to say anything of note. Look at the befuddled look on even Buchanan's face (oh lordy, for the last time) when she "reports" her activities. Filled in for Josh at the Tree Commission meeting. What would be the point? He could read the minutes when he got back and get a much better idea of what transpired than anything she would remember.

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    2. Yes, but the look of admiration (or is it adoration?) on Nancy's face while looking at Buchanan throughout the meetings was one to behold.

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    3. Is there not one kind soul who will explain to council member Walsh just what a council member report is, and that she does not deliver them correctly? Or are we doomed to a full four years of "I attended."

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    4. Maybe she has misunderstood and believes it is an attendance report.

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  33. Replacing C&L would at least get rid of Scott at the Planning Commission meetings where he muddles the Measure V questions so badly, that the Commissioners are perpetually confused. I can hardly wait until next meeting when, at the commissioners request Scott and Danny bring back clarification of Measure V and changes in the codes regarding the ALF. I'm sure Scott will make everything clear as mud so the commissioners will again be on their own about deciding about the project.

    All they have to do is vet the project, say they like the project but can't approve it because of Measure V, then send it on the the City Council to approve a measure V vote. Simple

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    1. That is by design. Scott tries to make things seem as complicated as possible in hopes that the Planning Commission will throw up their hands in frustration. This is yet another indication where our money goes to a law firm that is actively working against our interests.

      Watch and see who stands up to defend C&L in the next few weeks. Those will all be people who want to destroy Measure V. make no mistake about it.

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    2. What the PC needs to do is to ask the developer to scale the project back appropriately, increase parking, etc., so that the project is a more acceptable addition to the community. The scaled back version of the project as recommended by PC is what will be sent up to City Council for review. If Council approves of the project at that point, that is the version of the project that we the residents will vote on.

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  34. After Sandra Levin went to Sacramento to "co author" the scam that became known as "Prop 218". She returned to Sierra Madre to orchestrate the "water tax increase" around that corrupt legislation. In an "open mike moment" she was overheard to say "they (the residents) will never get enough signatures to over ride prop 218". Well... a handfull of residents labored long and hard, and got the required sigratures to invalidate the 218 scam. But the shady dealings between City Manager Aguilar and Attorney Levin behind closed doors "found just enough" (a couple of hundred...who knows?) signatures to purge from the no votes enabling the water tax to pass.

    C&L was a classic case of a Firm doing the bidding of special interests and outside developers in colusion with the City Manager and some of the Council totally disregarding the wishes of the Sierra Madre Taxpayers.

    Hopefully C&L will be terminated and a search for legal advice begun that will benefit the residents of Sierra Madre not the special interests of the City Mgr, Developers, Real Estate and selected City Council.

    Not mentioned would be the rampant violations of the Brown Act during this process and just how corrupt our City has become. A squeaky clean Law Firm or honest competent Lawyer would go a long way to clean up our legal cesspool of City Government.

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  35. Remember when Council Member Zimmerman asked for a copy of the draft environmental impact report for the downtown specific plan from John Gillison, the former City Manager? Gillison refused to provide the Draft EIR to Zimmerman allegedly based on the advice of counsel. Even then, Colantuono & Levin were playing games.

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  36. Poster 12:35. Just one addendum to your excellent post. The City Council actually passed a resolution setting forth the procedures for the 218 water rate protest, which directed the City Clerk to count the votes. The Clerk determined that there were sufficient protest votes to defeat the proposed water rate hike. Then, Mayor Mosca didn't like the Clerk's count; so, he directed the City Manager to perform a recount. Because the Council had already passed the resolution directing the Clerk to perform the count, Mosca lacked the legal authority to order a recount and the City Manager lacked the legal authority to perform the recount.

    Colantuono & Levin remained quiet during these Shenanigans.

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    1. Colantuono + Levin do not work for us. We pay them, but they don't give a damn about us.

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    2. Wow, Mosca was sure a big crook. So glad he's gone!
      Hope we never see him again.

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    3. The dirts are now having to deal with all the Mosca chickens coming home to roost.

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  37. Colantuono + Levin work for developer lobbyist, COG, the State that pushes high density housing policies at us. The do not, will not, ever work on our behalf. It is all about the money! By the way, Colantuono + Levin, are only one of a number of legal firms that work on behalf of Sierra Madre. The Spend and Hire City Manager hires attorneys like consultants. The more is better attitude. Why work when a consultant can do it for you, and have a fall guy when the heat is too hot. Why over load Colantuono + Levin when you can spend more on another outside law firm, another fall guy firm. Why have Colantuono + Levin at all. They make $12,000.00 a month to show up every other week. what a perfect job. Show up approximately 22 times a year and make 144,000.00 grand, who would not want that job.

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    1. 12 x 12,000 = 240,000...

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    2. Uhmmmmmmmm... how is that again?

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    3. I am sorry 12 x 12 = 144 add a few zeros

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    4. The real legal costs we incur every year are a secret.

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  38. BarbaraLeigh ClineApril 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Happy Birthday Dad, 90 years young today! Love you, your daughter BarbaraLeigh. Thank you also, for your years of dedication as a Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem, a member of the 1996 General Plan Steering Committee, hillside preservationist and saving Orange Grove from being widened by total tree removal.

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    1. Happy Birthday, Lee!
      Thanks for all you've done for us!

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    2. Yes, Happy Birthday, Lee Cline! You have been a stolid defender of Sierra Madre against the crooks in the development industry and their hired guns in city staff and council positions. BRAVO!

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  39. If Elaine can't run an aquatics program and keep a municipal pool, open why does the Council think she can run a City?

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    1. She doesn't have to be competent, she just has to be a yes-person for the development industry shenanigans promoted by so many of our corrupt council members

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  40. If memory serves me, Lee lost a City Council election by 1 vote to Bart Doyle. Can you imagine how different and better our City would be today had Doyle lost that election? No DSP, No Colantuono & Levin, no 1 Carter. etc, etc,

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    1. I think it was about 5 or 7 votes, but that was a tragic, tragic loss for us all.
      Had Lee won, we would be in a very different situation.
      Of all people to beat him, it was the devil himself, Bart.
      However, Lee got even with him, he sank his damn DSP with Measure V.
      Even now, at 90, Lee was one of the organizers and fighters against that damn 12-1 and 12-2 unfair tax! Something very near and dear to the demon Doyle's plans.

      Lee is still fighting for us! God Bless you, Lee Cline!

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  41. 4:04. Colantuono and Levin make several times $144,000. You've been fed some really bad information.

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  42. 4:55, Don't forget that Doyle was the political mentor of Stockley, Torres, Buchanan and Mosca too.

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  43. Time to get rid of C and L.
    other people fire overpaid law firms.
    Their time is up.
    We are running out of money,
    they need to go.

    Anyone want to begin a petition, is that
    how this works.

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  44. Great news that Koerber asked for an RFP for legal services. I do like the idea of Kurt Zimmerman throwing his hat into the ring, and he should be considering doing so, but I really like the idea of MaryAnn MacGillivray taking on the City Manager's position (though I do not know how she would react to such a suggestion). We would finally have a manager who exhibited some integrity and could not be bought by development industry cronies, someone who would reveal the level of corruption that has been nurtured in our city government by the likes of Buchanan, Moran, Doyle, Stockley, Torres, Joffe and even little old George Maurer (ignorance - if he was indeed unaware - of the dirty development scheme is no excuse). She meets the criteria listed in one of the posts above: she lives in town, has integrity (honesty), has a lot of political experience and is committed to preservation (hillside zoning ordinance, General Plan 1996 and current update, canyon zoning ordinance).

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  45. We could only hope that Mary Ann would ever consider being the City Manager, but can we get real for just a moment...she has devoted a majority of her adult life to the betterment of Sierra Madre and is grossly overqualified. Maybe when she is ready to retire we could suggest the position of City Manager before retirement. We can only hope that someone of the same calibur, with the same moral fiber and ethics will be hired to replace Elaine. And we hope that the new City Council has the fortitude to hire a candidate that has Mary Ann's attributes.

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  46. I haven't heard any Council Member suggest we replace Elaine and the previous Council just gave her a glowing evaluation. I'm afraid she's not going anywhere.

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