Tuesday, August 7, 2012

City Council Special Meeting Tonight

Tonight's Special Meeting of the Sierra Madre City Council has to do with a topic entitled; "Consideration of Kensington Election Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement." This is very much Measure V related. Apparently the attorneys on each side of the question have been pondering the language involved in this important part of the deal, and it is now time for the City Council to give their approval to whatever it is these two parties have been discussing amongst themselves.

Here is how it is summarized by City Manager Elaine Aguilar and City Attorney Teresa Highsmith in the Agenda Report:

At the July 24, 2012 meeting, the Council approved the various election resolutions placing an initiative to amend the density limitation of Measure V, to permit the development of an Assisted Living Facility at 33 N. Hermosa Avenue and 245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The Council approved a Kensington Election Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement (Agreement), but stated that in the event the developer (Fountain Square Development West, L.L.C.) had modifications, that it may be necessary for the Agreement to return to the Council for consideration.

It is recommended that the City Council provide staff with direction regarding the authorization of the attached Kensington Election Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement.

In other words, should something go south in this process, such as the voters not approving the Kensington question, the City wants to make certain the developer won't turn around and initiate some kind of legal action. It has to be understood by all that the involved issues are resolved by the vote of the people. Nothing else. No lawsuits, please.

The rest of the Agenda Report has to do with the actual changes themselves. In order to look these over yourself you can do so by clicking here. This will take you to the same documents our City Council will be pondering this evening at City Hall. Except for one meeting attendee, who apparently will be phoning in from Kapaa, Hawaii. Which sounds like a vacation spot to me.

Somebody's Great "Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year" Idea

A lot of the good ideas around here come out in the comments, and late yesterday afternoon was no exception.

Thank you for highlighting this story of success. It was wonderful to watch and learn from. I am proud to know people from JPL and Cal-Tech. They need to be our Citizens of the Year.

We should make this happen. Sierra Madre has residents who work at JPL and Caltech, and their contributions in putting the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars should be recognized.

Crime Wave Hits Sierra Madre

I don't know what it is about this town, but we certainly do get our share of robberies, home break-ins and general criminal mayhem. I am not certain all of those tickets being given out by the SMPD are helping much, either. This from today's Pasadena Star News (click here):

Burglar targets Sierra Madre home then church - A burglar stole cash and other items from a home then swiped money from a parishioner's purse at a church during services Sunday.

Then if you go to the latest Police Blotter report over on the Patch, there is more (click here):

Five Sierra Madre Burglaries Reported in Six Days - A string of burglaries occurred in Sierra Madre over the course of six days - from July 31 to Sunday night, Aug. 5. The incidents varied in terms of type of location and only two of the burglaries seem to have similarities so far regarding the suspects that were described.

Instead of the Police Department suing us, perhaps we should sue them?

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54 comments:

  1. This is very alarming, Tattler, please give us more information about these crimes?

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    1. I would like to know where the burglaries happened.

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    2. Better check the article links, then.

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    3. You have to wonder why there can't be a map made up to help people be more vigilant, but here's the Patch stuff, without exact dates, but in the order Patch had it:
      Sunday, Congregational church, robbery from a purse left in another room
      Sunday, 100 block Lima, robbery from a purse
      Thursday SM School, punks scattering school supplies
      Tuesday, Sierra Meadow, home in remodeling construction, laptops taken
      Weds. car window smashed, Lima & Laurel, purse on floorboard

      So 3 out of the 5 have to do with an unattended purse, 1 is punks expressing their feelings about education, and the one on Sierra Meadow drive could be anything - the place may look ripped up and easy to enter to a neighborhood teen or a person working in the area.

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    4. guaranteed that Officer Top Dog Berry will be all over the scatttering of school supplies and will spend countless hours bringing the culprits to justice.

      I laughed to myself when he introduced himself as a Detective and I had seen him a day before writing parking tickets.

      This is the same PD that had kids with red tipped Airsoft guns (when they were legal), the PD pulled out their weapons and had the kids lay down on the ground while they searched them and the same PD that responded to a trespassing on the Nursing facility and was TOLD there were some young kids in the building but our PD responded with weapons drawn.

      Our PD is a overblown joke and needs to be removed before they kill someone.

      Officer Amos almost did because he panicked and freaked out.

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  2. Sierra Madre is famous in a small way for being an easy place to rob. People tend to leave doors unlocked, windows open, especially in the miserable summer heat, and thieves know this.

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    1. Good point. Churches should never leave their windows and doors unlocked. Especially during services.

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    2. People need to take steps to protect THEMSELVES from crime in Sierra Madre. We can't depend on the police here.
      This is very serious.

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    3. We can also take a stand and save the taxpayers a million dollars a year. Bring in the Sheriff's Department. Big article in the LA Times about how Fullerton has gotten sick of paying so much for police services. Small cities just can't afford this kind of luxury anymore. Especially when it doesn't work.

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    4. So the parishioner decided to let God guard her purse?

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    5. How much does He cost per year? He is eternal, so the retirement question is off the table.

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    6. 10% to 15%, or so I've been told.

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  3. How do we know it's even true. Interesting that the police blotter wasn't being published, then when the PD is filing a grievance, the blotter reappears with crime wave supreme. We have more cops on the street, and crime goes up?... Even describing "black suspects"... Fear works wonders. Time to look at bringing in the L.A. Co. Sheriffs Dept.
    Fullerton is also looking into dumping their PD and going with O.C. Sheriffs....

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    1. Agreed. It would be good to have a more professional outfit in town rather than one that seems to spend an inordinate amount of time cooking up scams to get more money.

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  4. Proud Sierra MadreanAugust 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Yes!! Citizens of the YEAR!!!

    We cannot miss this one. Do not take away the honor and pride of the JPL Cal Tech employees who are the most brilliant and the best of the Americans, who worked with diligence and collaboration with 7 other countries to build Curiosity and "drive it" from right here in Pasadena. Their job has just begun as they research Mars.

    Impressive role models for all our children!
    Thrilling!

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  5. I agree - JPL Citizens of the Year!

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    1. What a colossal misdirection of resources...a sad day indeed.

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  6. Dont forget the meth lab up in the canyon that got busted a few years back. And the prostitution ring in the Vietnamese nails shop. Many other Sierra Madre crimes go under the radar so as to keep the "image" of Sierra Madre clean. I used to live on the west border and there is an apartment that seems to house "Altadena" criminals. Ive seen suspects face down on the ground being handcuffed behind Albertsons a half dozen times.

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  7. Just sort of read the documents for tonight. Think it's going to be a long meeting.

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  8. 2:07, agreed.
    It'll take a good half an hour for the city attorney to translate into normal English, one second for Walsh and Moran to nod "yes" to whatever the city attorney wants, and then maybe another half an hour in which the thoughtful members of the council ask questions for their and our enlightenment. Wish we could just skip to the thoughful people.

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    1. That is an excellent suggestion. Why not have Koerber and Capoccia run the meeting?

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    2. The efficiency and lucidity would cause certain staff and residents profound shock.

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    3. If the meeting were quick and productive, how would the city manager know there had been a meeting?

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    4. They need to come to an agreement or the Kensington won't make the ballot. My guess is this will be quick because it is before the GPUSC get together.

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    5. Your experience of the council is very different from mine 2:44.
      When did making another meeting wait ever speed up the municipalese?

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    6. why is it I can't fathom a sliver of trust towards the city with the dealings of the Nursing facility development?

      I certainly have zero confidence or trust in Josh Moran and especially Nancy Walsh.

      I automatically expect our city attorney to lead the Council and deceive the public as it's firm has done in the past.

      I expect our city to try as screw us over to benefit a developer or spin real estate yarns.

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    7. Seems unbelievable, doesn't it? I keep waiting for the other shoe to fall. Hard to believe they might be playing this one straight.

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    8. Tonight could be their last chance. 104 in the shade is just the right weather for that devil in the details we've all heard so much about. It is never too late!

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  9. I thought we had one of the most elite police departments in Southern California, at least that is what the SMPD keeps telling us blah blah blah - sue sue sue

    I would be surprised if the crime wave is solved without the help of an outside police department or resources. Or, Barney will stumble across it or Amos will shoot them in the back

    Shouldn't be a matter of public record to have available the lawsuits filed against the PD or when the union sues the city?

    Just how much did Amos cost us when he shot an unarmed person?

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  10. each of us had better hope that our PD doesn't need to draw it's weapons EVER out in public

    I heard atraight from the mouth of a Sheriff's officer who is an elite task force that he has seen SMPD at the range, several are cocky (for what reason is baffling) and their markmanship leaves something to be desired except he said his thoughts in street language and low opinion toward the SMPD in terms of respect and standards.

    Except at close range like Officer Amos.

    the police blotter is published when it serves the marketing and public relations purposes of the union or the SMPD.

    I did notice how now the Chief no longer places the arrests or tickets issued outside the city limits on the blotter. Diaz went on record defending her officers making arrests several miles outside our city instead of patroling inside of Sierra Madre but from that point forward we aren't notified when our PD isn't even in our city but patrolling outside the city.

    Common knowledge that our PD isn't all that.

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    1. Interesting that our pd are policing outside the borders of our fair town. I've seen them as far afield as Second Avenue and Foothill (near Paco's) in the SUV, wondering what could have justified their straying so far from home. I often see them driving up Hastings from the Ralph's shopping center, as well. If they don't have enough to do within their own jurisdiction, that's a big argument in favor of reducing manpower (and, subsequently, great expense to the city), if not for terminating our contract with them altogether.

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  11. Let KLN build with Sierra Madre drinking water and have 100 people living on the bl. with out paying taxes; that's thinking ahead for the progress of this town.

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  12. Let's compare Officer Amos actions to that of WWYD? Let's say a fake camera guarding your front and rear doors. But then you are surprized by an unarmed intruder. Would you ask them in for tea? OR would you pick up the phone and call your local police?

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    1. Excuse me Mr. Unarmed Intruder, I have to make a phone call. Can you wait here for a minute, please?

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    2. I am a police supporter because I know how important they are. There are circumstances in which the police are the only alternative. But! We cannot afford our own private department. They are driving us to financial ruin, and seem damn smug about it too.

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  13. an unarmed intruder?
    I'd knock him on his rear end

    however our PD might shoot first and coverup later

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    1. You need to be careful. The intruder might be moving your TV so he can read your water meter. That is where the real money is.

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  14. Where is Moran? Sounds like he's calling from his bathroom....

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    1. He is on vacation in Haiwaii. I think he is staying at Lambdin's love shack.

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  15. Jeeze...turn the city managers mic on!

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  16. ....however, feel free to turn Nancy's mic off...

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  17. Does witless Walsh even know what they are talking about?

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    1. Is she grimacing and grunting? That means she is upset and needs some ice cream.

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    2. Painful and sad to watch.

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    3. The last gasp of the No On V bunch is Nancy Walsh.

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  18. did I hear Josh order a tequila from the bar?

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  19. Now, to get to the real issue instead of only carping about Nancy Walsh. The City Attorney gave the most articulate, clear overview of the document than she has ever done. She gave advice and her opinion clearly, which helped move the meeting along. However, the City screwed up. The document was sent to Shields atty. on the 25th. They returned it on July 26th with corrections. It was only August 6th (24 hours before the special meeting,) that Shields got notice of the special Council meeting. By that time Shields was in Northern California, and Scott, his Atty was on vacation. Either the City is playing games, or they are incompetant ---or both. The Council did their very best as did the atty representing Shields. But this didnn't have to happen. Ask Elaine next time you see her why a special meeting wasn't called on the 31st, or any day last week?

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  20. Did you feel the Yorba Linda earthquake around 11:23 pm?

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    1. 4.4 magnitude, on the Whittier fault line.

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    2. Very minor, I just assumed it was Josh falling off a bar stool.

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    3. I felt nothing. But then again, I never feel anything. I am alone in this world.

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    4. A Tattler is never alone.

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  21. It's high time to get rid of our local police department - the cost is overwhelming and we get little to no return on investment in this particular case. I've been followed out of town a few times in the last couple of weeks; some officer just looking for ANY little thing for which to ticket yet another resident. Their behavior towards residents is provocative and antagonistic, which makes them unworthy to even carry a badge, let alone a gun. They have stopped a guy who has lived in Sierra Madre for over 50 years THREE times in the last month or so while he walked in town and have searched his backpack without cause (this is a super nice guy who I'd guess just about everyone in town knows, at least by sight). They don't seem to understand the legal ramifications of what they do to residents (or they don't care) and I truly would not be surprised to find that whoever is perpetrating these petty crimes is somehow connected with the pd. Call me paranoid, but I think there is no limit to what someone with absolute power will do to retain that position.

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