Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Is Metro's Doug Failing Attempting to Sell the 710 Tunnel to China?

The Cone Zoner
Doulas R. Failing (some names are assigned by fate for a purpose) is the Executive Director of Metro's Highway Program and a lead mouth in the effort to dragoon into existence the 710 Tunnel. This despite massive opposition here to so environmentally devastating a thing. The Doug, sensing the importance of his little public relations problem, has been making plenty of noise lately about this project having nothing to do with funneling massive amounts of truck traffic out of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and up through our little slice of God's Great Reward.

Doug makes these claims despite the existence of plentiful documents from Metro, SCAG and various other American taxpayer funded agents of hostile foreign economic interests, showing that their intention clearly is for this tunnel to serve as a conduit for vast quantities of port generated truck traffic. The unfortunate effect here being the extension of the environmentally toxic 710 Corridor into South Pasadena, and then up through Pasadena, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge and Sierra Madre, among others.

We posted some excerpts from these inconvenient documents last Friday. If you missed all of the excitement the article is called "Metro's 710 Tunnel Disinformation Process," and you can easily access it by clicking here.

Now what often happens here on The Tattler is that we post information that we feel is pretty important, but then in the comments someone will come along and post something else so good that we realize our efforts are no longer complete. At least not until we take whatever that great new information is and bring it to the attention of you, our esteemed and highly valued readers. And on Friday we got that just that kind of comment. Here it is:

There is no doubt that there are many forces trying to get the 710 Tunnel built. Failing, Ikhrata, Fasana, Messina, Huddy and far more than you can imagine. There is so much evidence that it is being built as a freight corridor; this article outlines just a portion of it. High traffic, high tolls, and Level of Service F projected on the 210 from opening day forward. It's in their own reports. 

The surrounding areas will be jammed, including Fremont when people leap off the freeway to avoid the tolls. Be careful what you wish for, Barbara Messina. And speaking of trolls, uh, I mean tolls, how many of you supporters are going to pay up to $20 one-way, just to go 4.5 miles? I didn't think so. 

And yes, Virginia, trucks will choose to use it whether for local or long haul. Forty per cent of US goods come into the LA/LB ports, 70 % continue on to somewhere else, mostly by truck. They already use the 210 as an east-west corridor and this gap closure will allow them to bypass downtown and go directly up the middle. Metro is doing outreach to investors right now using the assumption that the tunnel will be built. 

This particular presentation to the International Chinese Transportation Professional Association outlines the plan to financially bundle the SR-710 with the I-710 and the High Desert Corridor. It also includes tolling on the I-405, Sepulveda Pass and on the I-5 between the SR-14 and Parker Road, which is being advertised as well. Welcome to the "new normal" per Metro. Local taxes and Highway Tolling in LA County!

The document our star poster refers to here is called "Innovative Project Delivery Strategies," and it was delivered to the International Chinese Professional Association (ICTPA) by Doug Failing at a very happening confab held on October 5, 2012. It shows that anyone with a few billion bucks to invest can get in on the action, with the payoff being real time access to vast amounts of toll money reaped not just at the tunnel itself, but throughout the greater Los Angeles region as well. Yes, nearly everything is now up for grabs. Call Metro today and ask for Doug. It's even better than buying the Brooklyn Bridge.

China, of course, being one of those countries pressuring to have the 710 Tunnel built so its cheaply made products can get from the ports to big box retailers all across America much more efficiently. Time is money, as you know.

You can view this amazing document by clicking here. Metro is holding the first of their three latest Truck-Tunnel Denial Process meetings on January 23rd. This one goes down at Maranatha High School in Pasadena at 6 PM. Perhaps you might wish to print a copy and bring it along so that you can ask Executive Director "Tax & Toll" Failing about it personally. I am sure he will be more than glad to answer any and all of your questions.

Live Blog Tonight's City Council Meeting!

One of the most popular event features on the Sierra Madre Tattler is City Council meeting Live Blogging. We usually end up with well over 100 posts from folks watching the meeting at home and posting their reactions to what is going on right here, as it happens. I will be dialed in, as will many of our regular commenting friends. 

Which I hope will now include you.

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214 comments:

  1. Harbinger of Doom and Destruction reportJanuary 8, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    John, thank you for your airing the realities of the tunnel proposal. To let you know, my barometer on all poltical issues is my dear wife. By seeing how she answers, determines in my mind where the general public feels and understands about where we are going as a population.
    So far, she has been batting 100% on this sort of stuff, and she isn't aware of my using her assessments as being THE expert consultant (unpaid of course).
    So far, I have gleaned this:
    Nobody is paying attention,... to the point where when questioning her these are the following responses.
    "Tunnel, what tunnel? where?
    Oh great, I can get to El Monte faster.
    I didn't know we may have to pay a toll,..
    O.K., what do you want for dinner."

    We are doomed as a society.

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    1. Don't be so gloomy.
      The citizen uprising against this bad idea is inspiring.
      The fat lady has yet to sing.

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  2. If these damn politicians and hatchet men for development (over and inappropriate development) get their way, California will become a state of elitist crooks and the very low income workers. The middle class will be driven out of California or move down to the low income class.
    People better fight these criminals.

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    1. Harbinger of Doom and Destruction reportJanuary 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Too late, they are already in full control, and everyone in decision making rolls are paid off in one way or another.

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    2. I don't agree with you completely, but it isn't hard to imagine the Jezebels running Sacramento getting into bed with Beijing. There isn't much they won't do for a buck, including selling us out to the highest bidder.

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    3. Hey, 7:47 - it's defeatist attitudes like yours that allows these criminals to continue to soak the populace. This is your country, it is ruled by the consent of the governed - that's you and me - and it's time we started acting. These people need to fear us - not us them.

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    4. We can do it, if enough of us wake up! The Tattler hopefully helps!
      Spread the truth to all you know.

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    5. A small group of determined people can make all the difference in the world.

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  3. Level of Service F - if I remember correctly, F is the worst level of service. There's no Z.

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    1. Right you are 7:39. Level of service "F" means no service at all.

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    2. Kim Il Conehead

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  4. The Los Angeles County Transportation bureaucracy is doing some tunnel business with a similarly focused bureaucracy from Communist China? I am certain they have discovered by now just how much they have in common.

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    1. Remember our friend of Sierra Madre, Bart Doyle. He has and is working for the Chinese Corporation (government) that has been pushing the mass transit slums of tomorrow (El monte Transit Center). Is it too much of a co-incidence? I bet if you dig deep enough you will find the same names and faces involved.

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    2. It's a little surprising that Mr. Failing has approached the Chinese with his last name unaltered. Chinese culture, even under the iron hand of communism, is marked by superstitions, and a person's name is meaningful.

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  5. the reason they need this tunnel is to handle all that cargo coming into the ports. The Wall Street Journal has an article on the front page of the Marketplace section talking about new container ships that can carry more than 16,000 containers. they are not currently docking in California, but I'm sure it's in the future.

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  6. This is so sad. California dancing to the tune of the Chinese. What's next, Failing puts on a tutu and sits in the lap of a dictator?

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  7. Now let's think this through. China wants the bottleneck at the ports eased by improving truck access to the inland areas. China coughs up a big chunk of capital to finance the 710 Tunnel because Metro needs the money.

    The 710 Tunnel does not allow trucks, as per Mr. Failing?

    Oh, I'm sure.

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  8. Supply chain critical: LA Ports are key to the service economy. That's why State and Feds are ramming the 710 tunnel through. Metro is just the lap dog.

    http://citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/4312-why-la-ports-are-the-new-factories

    Community opposition, including the NRDC, to rail yards in the LA Ports area. BNSF is owned by Warren Buffet. Another factor in the fight.

    http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mwyenn/los_angeles_community_asks_war.html

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  9. Hasn't the 710 connection been planned for decades?

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    1. It has been attempted for decades. Failed each and every time.

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    2. I can't imagine that Metro is happy to see that document floating around. Makes them look like they leak like a sieve.

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  10. Hey Mod,
    Can you please clarify the dates for the Metro 710 meetings? Your Friday Jan. 4 article says the first one is at Maranatha on wednesday, Jan. 23, yet your article today indicates that the meeting is tomorrow evening. Which one is correct?
    I'd like to attend. Thanks for clearing it up.

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    1. It is the 23rd. I have fixed in the article. Thanks for the heads up.

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  11. Is anyone going to City Council tonight to tell them not to spend big $$ on that "public safety master plan"? I can't comment, I have to work tonight.

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    1. You mean the "let's raise utility taxes so we can pay a public safety consultant" item? Yeah, that one needs to be kicked to the curb.

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    2. You can probably count the things John Harabedian wanted and paid for himself on one hand.

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  12. Two important very pro-freeway names have not been mentioned. Assemblyman Chris Holden and Congresswoman Judy Chu.

    Chris Holden, one of the authors of Pasadena's infamous Measure A, a measure officially placing Pasadena in support of the 710 extension, has for well over 20 years been an outspoken advocate of extending the 710. Oh, wait! It seems that in early 2011 when he made the decision to run for State Assembly his position changed to one of lets wait for the Environmental Impact Report.

    Judy Chu (along with her husband, Assemblyman Mike Eng) has through-out her career been a strong supporter of the 710 extension. Now she simply blows off the controversy by stating something to the effect we should wait for the EIR. (Does that sound familiar?)

    Both now, unfortunately, represent the entire San Gabriel Valley.

    I challenge the Tattler to attempt to get a comment from our two "representatives".

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    1. Heh. Yeah, let's wait for the EIR. Like we don't know how that one is going to turn out. This is called "hiding behind the process." All the big time weasels do it.

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    2. EIRs are the ultimate consultant driven documents - and you know what that means.
      You gets what you pay for.....

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    3. An elaborate and vast web of deceit and BS.

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    4. A good intention manipulated, mugged and beaten to death.

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    5. Process is OK for cheese, bad for people.

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    6. Actually it's bad for cheese, too.

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  13. There are lights in the tunnel....braking truck tail lights, and at the end of the tunnel....the 710 Parking Lot spewing toxic gases and particulates for public consumption. What a marvelous project. Who would want such a thing? Politicians and Construction Companies, Cement Companies, Trucker Associations, and Teamsters?
    That's who. They smell easy money. All that is needed are consultant studies and "riggged bids". The good stuff (money) can be split up after the fact. Its been going on for decades and the 710 tunnel is a crowning achievemnent to corrupt intent.


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    1. It's also a lovely boon for the healthcare industry, what with the documented increase in cancer and emphysema rates in neighborhoods at the mouths of the tunnels.

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  14. On page 7 of that astonishing document pandering to the International Chinese Transportation Association, there is a very telling cost estimate of the I-710 South Corridor. It says, no kidding, $4 to 7B.
    Yes, they have given themselves 3 billion dollars wiggle room.

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    1. You know that in the real world the cost has got to be about 3 times that. Metro Math is kinda fuzzy.

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    2. Don't be so hard on Metro. Far greater frugality is exhibited on the 710 north estimate. There is only 1.7 billion between the low and the high.

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    3. Shouldn't Failing be forced to register as the representative of a foreign power?

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  15. "...American taxpayer supported agents of hostile foreign economic Interests..."

    Just about sums it up.

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    1. It's California. of course it is corrupt.

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  16. Why does the council bother with that city attorney report on closed session when nothing is ever, ever said about it.

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  17. So we begin the new year with agreement between Koerber, Moran, and Capoccia. so far, so good. How long will it last?

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  18. Thank you Councilman Capoccia for having nothing to report! And showing Harabedian to be the sycophant he is.

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  19. Please, enough on the float already.

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  20. Nancy thought the colors of the flowers at sunrise were "just fabulous."

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    1. Yes, and she found it appropriate to share that with the residents of the city as a part of city business.

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  21. Flash! Josh is wearing a wedding ring!!!!!

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    1. Really? Who is the lucky girl? Is she #3 or #4?

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  22. The word "fabulous" gets used a lot at Sierra Madre City Council meetings.

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  23. Don't know - Does she live in town?

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    1. When a mayor gets married you'd think there would be some fanfare or flowers or something. Was there a shotgun involved?

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    2. Cheap shot 6:44. Especially since the only people who haven't heard about this are 6 feet under.Hope the newlyweds make it, despite the odds to the contrary.

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  24. Hooray, the Gestapo AQMD strikes again. No romantic fires at home for us.

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  25. Anybody grasp what the AQMD lady is going on about?

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    1. Various programs to educate and enlighten, with the goal of bringing us into compliance with Federal Clean Air standards.

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  26. Wayne Brown from Metro! SCAG, goods movement, blah blah blah.

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  27. So the secret is, if you are not speaking about something on the agenda, you can talk forever. Oh, boy, Gene Goss!

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  28. Gene Goss. Damn, star power is out tonight.

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    1. Calling on the little children to express their love for the library, so that love can be used.

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    2. "Something real special."

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  29. Figure out the logic here. he library, in order to increase the love of reading, is giving out cash prizes to the winners of their contest. why not give the a book instead?

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  30. My library is Vromans.

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  31. John Harabedian thanks staff. I guess that's easier than doing your homework.

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  32. Awwww, Harabedin is congratulating the staff for saving money.
    Echoes of John Buchanan.

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    1. Yeah, so he can spend it on a consultant.

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  33. speaking of reading, I read in the Mtn. view news under the Radio fishbowl schedule, that on Thurs. at noon, the program, Our Travel Affair, will be hosted by none other than Joe Mosca. he will talk about quote:what it's like to live in a London "superb" this past year. Is he doing this from California or London?

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    1. London is my guess. Just like everything else he did for this city, he's phoning it in. Hopefully he'll be telling us it is so superb that he won't be coming back.

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    2. I wonder if he's picked up a bit of a false accent, a la Madonna?

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    3. Joe sounding plummy?

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  34. Something has happened to my brain, and when Schneider or Inman speak, it turns into white noise.

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  35. So Inman says if the city adopts Resolution 13-01 the Ci will be in compliance with the regional green standards. What do we need a green commission for?

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    1. Agreed. Sounds like Bruce has got the skinny on this.

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    2. You never know when you're going to need an expert.

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  36. What does Bruce mean by "low impact development?"

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    1. Permeable payment, rain barrels, a whole menu of different things....

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  37. Time to tear up your concrete driveway and replace it with gravel.

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    1. Park in the front yard and use old toilets for flower pots.

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  38. Carlson has a new look. Trotsky circa 1915.

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  39. Will the city give me a rebate if I replace my solid surface driveway with "greencrete? Uh-oh, Inman gives a positive shout out to Analyst Carlson.

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  40. Personally, 7:07 I prefer to use old car tires painted white for my flower borders.

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    1. I like it. There was a guy where I grew up who did something like that. He had "The Re-Tire Inn" painted on them in black.

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  41. councilmember Harabedian looks bored. did he not do his homework?

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    1. He has his green tie on again.

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    2. spiffy, what's he got against orange? is he forgetting half of his, uh, gaellic roots?

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  42. This is not very exciting viewing right now.

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    1. Capoccia saves the day, and lucidly presents what the realities are.

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    2. Lucid doesn't work here.

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  43. I wish the Mayor would finish a sentence, rather than mashing them helter skelter into an endless series of parenthetical remarks from mental paths that are staggering around.

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    1. A couple half thoughts followed by a chortle.

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    2. A couple? If only....

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    3. Josh is having a phone malfunction.

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    4. The Mayor's phone goes "boing!"

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  44. Hey, what do you know - Harabedian wants to please the county.
    It does not shift liability Harabedian. Did you hear anything Capoccia and the city attorney said?

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  45. Nancy doesn't find the water thing mind boggling, perhaps because she has lost her mind.

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    1. No, she clearly stated it's because she worked in L.A. Not so clearly stated, she learned idiotic ways there.

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    2. They hired her. Let her work there until she retired. Says a lot.

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  46. The Mayor finds it amusing that his phone just went off with a basso profundo "Droid."
    A little comic relief for Nancy also.

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    1. sure that wasn't a 'roid alarm?

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  47. do you think that's Josh's wife calling him on the phone?

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    1. That was the "reverse mortgage" alarm.

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    2. Some desperate person needs the Mayor's business skills.

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  48. Fellow council watchers, it's 8:00 already. Not sure how long I'll be able to tough this out tonight.

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  49. Elaine: "This assessment will be used to clean up water..."
    Would be, Elaine, would be. It hasn't passed yet.
    Though if you and Levin were in charge, of course Prop 218 would get some rough handling.

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  50. Is there anyone who really wants to vote to support this county water tax? this is something the board of supervisors wants to have pass via apathy of the people.

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    1. More money for more bureaucracy. With a little greenwash to make it sound real sweet.

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  51. there is no difference etween the citizens paying the water tax and the city paying the tax. all the money comes from the citizens, so in essence the public will have the privilege to pay twice.

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  52. A million dollars a square mile.

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  53. Ok, here's what we do. We bulldoze all the home on Orang Grove and create one huge catch basin to percolate all the water that flows downhill. This is becoming absurd!

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  54. Nancy Walsh just slipped up and said people were confused by their permits - and Josh Moran gently corrected her, "You mean protest." I wonder how often that happens off camera too.

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  55. Capoccia is talking about floating a bond.

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  56. I understand what Capoccia is saying, but my understanding is that these funds will go to LA City, not the entire county because LA is already broke. You know, sorta like the lottery goes to schools.

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  57. I do not want to pay $200 more a year on my hefty property tax bill for another ineffective program.

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  58. What did Josh just say about the MWD?

    And are our council people comfortable talking about us being bankrupt?

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  59. Thank you for protesting this absurd tax.

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  60. Here we go - the effort to prune the enormous burden city staff carries.

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  61. Josh is trying to pass the buck of responsibility onto the county for water taxes. My understanding is that when this comes to the mail in vote that it willbe determined by the number of votes received, not on the total number of properties to whom the ballots were mailed. so when the "real" ballots come out, it is imperative that everyone return them with a "no" vote. I think it will need to be a 2/3 "no" vote to ail

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  62. City Staff is too busy to babysit commissions and committees. The assumption on the City manager's part is that anyone really needs their help.

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  63. Ooooooohhh. Elaine just mentioned combining the Green Committee with the Tree Commission. That's it - they want to slide the Green Committee in under the radar.

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    1. Sounds shady.

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    2. hell, cut down all the trees and replace them with giant concrete holes. we can al try to catchour own water outta the sky

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  64. I think the Sierra Madre city staff must have some of the laziest people ever on board. Forget it - keep the staff out of all committees and commissions altogether.
    We'll call you if we need you.

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    1. 2 weeks out of the month they work 4 days.

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  65. Simple solution: turn more city responsibilities over to the commissions. Take staff out of the picture. The world will not end.

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  66. The staff hates xeroxing. Scanning too.

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  67. Elaine is pitching this hard. I wonder what the real agenda is ...

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  68. So, somebody (Walsh, as a coup before she ascends to the chair in the middle) wants to fold together water, green, trees into a Environmental Rooty Toot Toot Commission. Wanna bet?
    The Commission to have in place in order to get all those Billions of dollars for our Greenishness.

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  69. Josh:
    "Staff is overworked."
    And has been for 100 years.
    It's called a boring job. If you don't want it, go.

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  70. If staff doesn't like working here they are free to try their luck elsewhere.

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    1. i need a second job. what, need some xeroxes and long winded circular discussion that starts and ends nowhere? no problem.

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    2. it's my special-al-ity

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    3. I think I know who you are 8:46! You're hired. It would be a nice little shake up for city hall.

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  71. NO STAFF NEEDS TO BE AT THE MEETINGS.
    From the city attorney's mouth.

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    1. there it is, as long as the power minutes are documented, no problem

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  72. Harabedian asks a good question. And the City Atty says staff does not have to be present at commissions. It wouldn't be a violation of the Brown Act. No legal requirement.

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  73. No kidding. why do they always find it necessary to tell us that the city staff are the lowest paid around? we pay what we pay and you either accept that or you find a job somewhere else.

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    1. Standard guilt trip. We're overworked, underpaid, and nobody likes us.

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    2. There are enormous perks for staff and police officers to work here. Why they insist on trying to make the town something it is not is beyond me.

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    3. stepping stone job to the next level in another city. that's how this game works.

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  74. Alcorn is absolutely right. If people want to participate and make something happen, they will. If not, they won't.

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  75. Is Capoccia getting squishy on the UUT tax?

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  76. Capoccia says the cc should assume the UUT won't pass. Again. He is right.

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    1. not flying in this house

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  77. that sure is a nice tie. it would look great in a salad.

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  78. Poor Johnny can never say anything without taking both sides of the issue.

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    1. his point is taken? what point exactly was it......... or wasn't it? wait, what?

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  79. This is an easy solution - bar staff from all meetings.

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    1. mayor moves for bar staff at ALL meetings

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  80. Josh said they are not going to get rid of any committees or commissions. The City Council will get rid of committees and commissions.

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    1. Yes, he did. And he loooooves all the volunteers.

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  81. yeah, those kids get way too many things. we need to put that money into the grey, the ALF will rise again!

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  82. Nancy's not missing to push for the green committee.

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  83. John Cappoccia is the only member of the City Council who is talking about the time when the UUT goes back to 6%. Most of the others are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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  84. They should have polled the people who work on the committees and commissions. The chances are better than good that the majority of folks would say, "Staff not at the meetings? Good."

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  85. Has anyone on the City Council suggested that commissions etc could run without city staff?

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  86. The Civic Club is considering taking over the Halloween Painting event. that would relieve the City of some responsibilities

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    1. the all volunteer green pumpkin committee will handle it

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  87. how to get around brown, wow.

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    1. did i hear that wrong?

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    2. wouldn't want to decide on that action item idea that we can pay someone for now. well maybe we can. what was the question again? let's just have a committee not accountable to brown. bingo!

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  88. without water my tie will turn brown

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  89. Harabedian, "This is how we feel about water." Really?? This is a city council meeting, not a therapy session

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    1. soothing, trickling water. deep breath. breathe in, and hold. adjust your faucet, breathe out.

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  90. Johnny is big on empathy. Short on actually making decisions.

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  91. i think a tax on unbridled horse manure shoveled at city council meetings could patch up that deficit

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  92. The Main Event - Harabedian's Public Safety Master Plan.

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    1. babe, grab me some popcorn, quick

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  93. Shouldn't the chief be out catching home invasion burglars?

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  94. Oh boy, now we get to consider a Buxton study for the police dept. let's spend that money! how many lattes will this cost?

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  95. Chief, did they actually arrest criminals in Monterey Park?

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  96. cutting edge apprehension, like pasadena and irwindale

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    1. up against the wall, pumpkin man. those pumpkins need to be electronic

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    2. green tie needs to justify his bold move on spending our dough. oh, and thanks for the endorsement dudes.

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    3. ask the community. i smell another study.....

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  97. The Chief thinks the SMPD is understaffed. 53% of our General Fund isn't enough.

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  98. go Capoccia. the Chief is admitting that he already knows the status of the police dept. He notes we need more police ok, why do we need to spend 50K on this?

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  99. Lompoc and Wheatland. The world's largest pumpkin patch. The only two cities to do a public safety master plan. Koerber is killing this thing.

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  100. go Koerber, we can't afford this silly survey!

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  102. Harabedian is making an ass of himself. He is as green as his tie.

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    1. He should be ashamed - and I'm not talking about the tie. Who gives a damn about his tie. It's his collusion with the police department that is so shameful.

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    2. the tie is important. it is a statement as significant as a black armband. don't kid yourself 935

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    3. Lizards catch flies with something that looks just like that tie.

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  103. A Community survey can be done via the water bill. this is a waste of money. why do we need outside experts to tell us if the police are doing a good job and why do we need outside experts to ask of people like our police dept? this is insane! What is Harabedian's price point? I can't afford any more lattes!

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  104. Let's see if Cha Cha and Mr. Mayor bail him out.

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  105. Cha Cha wants to hear from the community. This is an attempt to rescue the SMPD. She admits that it is tied in with the 2014 UUT vote. Which is, of course, what this is really all about.

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  106. coppacia good point, program quality reviews and they are done internally to better serve the people.

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  107. Josh has also tied the police survey to the UUT. What a surprise.

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  108. Just how stupid is Harabedian? he just agreed that staff time is money when it comes to commissions, yet he doesn't seem to think there is any expense from staff to do an RFP study. And of course, Moran, and Walsh agree with him. what Morons!!!!!!!

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  109. The fix is in. The UUT 3 want a police survey. Why? To come up with preordained conclusions justifying a yes vote on the UUT in 2014.

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  110. we are totally broke, but we're still going to spend money on an RFP. I hope all of you who voted for Haabedian are happy now.

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    1. I don't think people who voted for Harabedian are reading this blog.

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  111. Harabedian gets the metro seat. Are there any old Mosca assignments he hasn't received yet?

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