If you haven't done so by absentee ballot already, then you need to get out and vote today. There are a number of important reasons for doing this. Let me try and list them for you.
1) Nobody else can be depended upon to cast your vote for you. Judging by modern day voter turnout percentages, most people can't be depended upon to even cast their own vote, much less yours.
2) If you don't vote your taxes will go up. This is a proven fact. Government truly believes that the solution to its problems is to raise your taxes. And since they always have problems, your taxes get raised often. The only way to break that cycle is to vote.
3) The other side thinks it is smarter than you. The way you prove them right is to do what they want you to do, which is not vote.
4) You will wake up Wednesday morning and realize that you won't be able to do anything about the mess the city is in for another 729 days.
5) You will also lose the right to the second most important franchise that a citizen in a democracy possesses, which is the right to complain.
6) "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." - G.J. Nathan
7) Ever since those in power realized that only a minority of the people in this town vote, they have only answered to that minority. Chances are good that you are not a member of that minority.
8) Your next City Council will be an emo one that will constantly tell you how much they care about you. All while steadfastly working behind the scenes for powerful out of town interests that want to cash in on your birthright.
9) Your next Mayor will have a goatee and compare your increased tax contributions with the prices at Starbucks.
10) Outside of telling your children you love them there is nothing more important for you do for them today than take 10 minutes and vote. It is their town, too.
All indications are that today will see one of the largest voter turnouts in recent Sierra Madre history. In 2007 46% of all voters here turned out to cast ballots in the Measure V election. For a number of years now that has been the "big turnout" standard. Today's vote could very well go over 50%.
The reasons for this are fairly clear. People are tired of a City government whose only solution to its problems is to repeatedly ask us to cough up more and more money. And nothing will change if we keep putting into office elected officials who only seem to know how to spend it.
The rule of thumb is this. Candidates Braudrick, Goss and Harabedian don't have a problem with raising taxes. Or at least that is what they said when they first began their run for City Council seats a few months back. They were for it before they were against it. But once elected they will most likely be for it again.
Candidates Capoccia, Koerber and MacGillivray want to break the raise taxes and spend cycle this City has been on for the last few years. They want to give control of this City back to the people who pay for it, not just leave it in the hands of those who take our money.
It's now up to you. Vote.