Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mayor Nancy Walsh Has A Situation Going On

Our Nancy
You know what Nancy Walsh loves? Things she can control. Nancy loves City Staff because they do all the things that she wants with big happy smiles on their faces, and even help her find new things that she didn't even know she wanted yet. No questions asked. Nancy also loves consultants because they will do what she tells them to do as well. It might takes hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to please her in the way she prefers the most, but why should it matter? As long as they let Nancy believe she is calling the shots and making some really big and important things happen around here, all is right with her world.

Do you know what Nancy Walsh does not love? People and events that she cannot control. Especially when those involved are not only smarter and more accomplished at what they do than she is, but also do things the way they want to without caring one whit about what Nancy might think. And in ways the poor dear often finds to be most complicated.

And there is no group of people that she cannot abide more than the General Plan Update Steering Committee. Their independence, integrity, hard work, clearly established abilities and, most of all, their lack of willingness to do what she wants when she wants it, makes her very very mad.

Last night Nancy Walsh launched another of her somewhat bizarre attacks on the volunteers of the General Plan Update Steering Committee. A group of people who for four long years have given their time and professional energy to work very hard on mastering and bringing to life the intricacies of this City's General Plan. People far more concerned about what those living here want for their city than the outside special interests that Nancy cares about.

But it certainly wasn't anything we hadn't seen from her before. Demeaning the good works of caring volunteers is not something Nancy Walsh is at all shy about.

What set Nancy off last night was a letter from the Chair of the GPUSC, Denise Delmar. Chair Delmar felt that the City was on its way to spending a lot of money for General Plan consultants that was completely unnecessary. $30,000 for editing and typing documents to be exact. The GPUSC had done their job, and now it was time for City Staff to do what they get paid to do. But instead they would have rather spent a lot of taxpayer money.

Denise wrote a letter to Councilmembers Koerber and Capoccia about this irresponsible squandering of taxpayer dough, along with a few other things. Councilmember Koerber read it out loud to all who were gathered there last night,  and this is what she said:

Dear Chris and John,
          
I hope this finds you both well. I'm writing to you regarding an agenda item on the Tuesday, June 11th City Council agenda.  I am unable to address the City Council due to a business obligation in San Jose, and quite frankly my experience as GPUSC Chair has made me very leery of addressing  the City Council.
           
I am concerned about staff's request to increase the consultant's fees to "finish" the General Plan Update. The GPU is complete, all policies have been vetted and updated where needed, this was done with the community's  input and the development of the Guiding Principles.  In August of 2012, a list was developed on all open items that needed to be completed before the GPU Draft could go to the Planning Commission, and the items on this list were completed in October.  Planning Commission members and GPU members were told to expect this to be on the November Planning Commission agenda.  In January 2013, committee members were given differing explanations for the delay, and then a March meeting was called. 
          
The March meeting was with our consultant who gave the committee feedback, such as word usage, the matrix format, etc.  I was shocked to get this feedback in March, when much of the text had been completed months, and even the year, before. The consultant had not seen any of it, until January 2013.    I asked the consultant in March if the introduction, appendix, glossary and implementation plan have to be included to move to the review process.  She said they do not need to be included. 

So, the committee once again pulled it together went through and indicated where the staff needs to insert the graphs, change the "questionable words"  and even did the staff's work of preparing a non-matrix document, in order for the GPU to move through the review process. 
        
We met again in May, and decided that the implementation plan committee would continue working and have something by Labor Day.  The Appendix committee would continue working and have something by Labor Day as well.  We also suggested asking the consultant if they have a general glossary at their disposal to send to the Appendix committee, who could then modify it for Sierra Madre.  We suggested a City Council Member, Planning Commission Member, and GPU Committee Member update the introduction once it has gone through the Planning Commission and City Council review process.  In the meantime, the first page should just be the Guiding Principles.
        
 As you probably know by now, I "calls 'em like I sees 'em", and I see more stalling on the part of city staff.  This document could have gone to the Planning Commission in November; it is a draft, not the final product. When I interviewed the consultants I was told by this firm that they would help with the formatting for the end product, in order to submit it for a public hearing and the state review. It is baffling why we are being charged now.  The implementation plan is not a requirement, so why would we pay a consultant to do work that is not a requirement?  We don't even know if the City Council wants an implementation plan in the General Plan.  

Staff is more than capable of correcting the very few typos , and sentence flow problems, since they are the ones who initially pointed them out. If staff is not capable of such minor clerical tasks, then we have a much bigger problem.  Further, the introduction is not a requirement, and therefore it should not be written by a consultant.  Staff has the  graphs, we have indicated which graph goes where, and all they have to do is insert them.  This does not have to be done by someone who has  General Plan experience, or even Planning & Development experience. This is basic word processing.  Why would we pay expert rates to do word processing?
           
This is the people's document, and the people have written the document, but at this point staff has to own it, and actually do some work.  Through this whole process, it has been the committee members who have put together the work plan, the timelines, the deadlines, the sub-committees, and we did not get direction from staff at all. 
            
Four years ago, when I started on this committee I had no idea of the amount of hours that would be put into  managing this project. I thought that job would have been done by the paid staff.   Now that we aren't managing the project anymore for free, the city staff  is ready to pay almost $30,000 to someone instead of doing it themselves.  Remember, a part time planner was hired to help with the work load of that department because of all the work the GPU would generate. 

Thank you for your attention,
Denise Delmar

It was at this point that Nancy Walsh blew up and launched her attack. Here is how someone commenting on this blog last night described it:

How dare Nancy Walsh spew her uninformed nonsense regarding the qualifications of the General Plan Update Committee. She stated that it was the city that got the meetings televised so it would be transparent. The committee asked for that so the community could follow along better. The committee asked for additional meetings so they could proceed more rapidly and that was met by a NO as it would take up too much staff time yet there is staff all over the place at meetings where they are not needed as Elaine is such a micromanager she cannot let an underling answer a question without her interference. 

Where was Walsh when the 1996 General Plan was created? All she has to do is look at the credits given for the participants and she will see that it was the work of the citizens of the city of Sierra Madre, then, as it should be now. This consultant firm at the cost of $200,000.00 (the exact amount was quoted by Capoccia) could not do the work without the imput of the volunteers. Much of the data procured by the consultant had to be reworked as it was boiler plate and did not match the facts on the ground.

Denise was right, of course, and despite Nancy's unfortunate and uncalled for attacks on goodhearted volunteers who have worked so hard for the people of this community, the City Council agreed that City Staff could do some honest clerical work and save the taxpayers $30,000.

Danny Castro, under whose purview the City Manager stated this all falls (welcome to the undercarriage of the bus, Danny), stood up to say that he and those he works with have a lot to do, and while they can do this kind of work, questioned whether it would be a good use of their time.

Which to me is yet another good argument (along with the water shortage) for establishing a building moratorium in this City. It would free Danny up to do the editing and typing necessary to help complete the General Plan.

How out of touch is our City government?

If you had attended the meeting last night you would have seen that Council Chambers were packed. There were two distinct groups in attendance, one was there to protest the recent peculiar City Council decision to inappropriately fine water customers for what they believe is rampant over-usage, the other to protest the remarkably unfair treatment of a much beloved Sierra Madre physical therapist named Yvette Natalia del Corazon.

I am not going to spend too much time describing what was said last night by either group. A lot has been written here about the water situation lately, and I am sure you are all up on this situation. And the wrong that was done to Yvette is clearly obvious. Both of these groups of folks featured many highly articulate and well-informed speakers who delivered strong arguments that in the end had a profound impact on the City Council.

Yvette was "grandfathered" back into good legal graces with the City, and the City Council made some serious noises that sounded like they were going to try and fix many of the problems associated with their ham-handed decision to financially penalize water users no matter what their individual situations.

But what needs to be asked is how is it our City government has become so out of touch with the residents of Sierra Madre that this large outpouring of resident anger became necessary in the first place? I was there, the place was packed for both portions of the meeting, with the concern being genuine and at times even intense.

So how did it get to this point? And why didn't our city government understand that their unfortunate actions could evoke this level of concern from the residents?

Can it be they are really that out of touch?

"We are only obeying orders"

This is my favorite example of how badly out of synch City Hall has become with the folks they supposedly are working for. On the Consent Calendar last night was an item identified on the meeting agenda this way:

SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1337: ADDING CHAPTER 17.29 ENTITLED “R-3 H MULTIPLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL HIGH DENSITY” TO THE SIERRA MADRE MUNICIPAL CODE AND AMEND THE ZONING MAP

What this bright and shining example of city-speak indicates is that those who supposedly carry out the will of the people of Sierra Madre were in the process of legally enabling the building of 20 unit high density "stack and pack" single acre condo complexes at a time when the city is also fining residents over their water usage.

This is an incredible disconnect on two levels. The first being that very few people in this town want that kind of development here, and haven't for decades. The other is how can you possibly allow that high level of development in a town when our water situation has gotten so bad that people are not only about to be fined wholesale, but also threatened with having their water actually turned off?

The City Manager defended all this by stating that the City had no choice but to do it because Sacramento mandates such planning be allowed to happen.

So since when did obvious wrong become an acceptable solution in Sierra Madre? Don't we have the will to fight for the right things anymore? Do we merely take and obey central government orders these days?

I thought that kind of thinking ended badly about 70 years ago.

Can you handle some good news?

By a 5 to 1 vote last night the Pasadena Unified School District's Board of Education voted to approve a contract for the building of Sierra Madre's soon to be brand new Middle School. The long frustrating wait is finally over, and starting in the first week of July we are going to see the construction of something that will not only be a great addition to our community, but also something we can all feel a lot of pride in.

Think about it. How ridiculous would it have been just two months ago to think that not only would this school would ever get built, but we would also have a Sierra Madre representative on the Board of Education to vote for it as well?

Thanks to Councilmembers Chris Koerber and John Capoccia for all their hard work to help make these two important events happen. Plus the efforts of many other equally effective people as well.

Sometimes we win one. Or even two. But we always have to fight like hell to do it.

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101 comments:

  1. Nancy Walsh is the most disgraceful city council member to ever sit at that dais.

    She makes creeps like Bart Doyle and Josh Moran look like nice guys!

    If this horrid woman gets re-elected to office, the voters of this town are brain dead.

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    1. This attitude comes from a Council member who since her election as a Councilmember has virtually never ever never comes prepared or presented any ideas, except to rant about citizens, offers insignificant quips like "the meeting was good" for city business meeting attends and has a responsiblity to US to answer why she went to the meeting and how it helped US, not her.

      Walsh has an obvious disdain for those she perceives as being beneath her (which is laughable considering)and according to her own words, citizen volunteers are beneath her.

      I had heard that about her with her own "volunteer" work - she was always the boss and gave the orders. Meet the new Walsh, same as the old Walsh. The cause she worked on, she took the limelight and the attention.

      She's been abrasive since day one for what reason? She had a negative and overtly hostile attitude since she was elected and I can only guess is she didn't think she'd get elected because she knows (or at least acts like) she is competely overwhelmed. She snaps off rants every few months and considers her job done.

      Obviously she's got a problem with us so why doesn't she quit? Who's she there on the Council for and why did she run?

      She never said why she wanted to be a Councilmember when she ran, how about now?

      I suggest that those that are inclined at public comments, just pepper the three amigos with individual questions about specific events, votes, suites, meetings or situations or them being self centered jerks like not answering ever why a Councilmember was able to use SMPD in his campaign materials and never offer an explanation.

      Instead of going to public comments and yakking away abotu what ales ya, ask a specific question to Josh like, "as a mortgage salemman, how is it not a conflict of interest for you to make development decisions for the city?"

      or ask Nancy, "tell me why you are a Councilmember?

      Ask a 1 minute question and be silent for 2 and use up your precious 3 minutes that Mayor Walsh rules with an iron fist. Fight the temptation to walk away from the podium, just ask the question and stand there. Have a couple of follow up questions and enjoy the show.

      If you attend a meeting and so does Nancy, take notes at the meeting and ask her a question.

      The silence will be amusing and so will be the answers and denials. A little accountability is fair play since Mayor Walsh has made it very clear who is in charge.

      Mayor Walsh will insist that the serfs are wasting valuable taxpayer money by not talking during public comments.

      It will be hilarious to hear Walsh, who buzzed speakers short of their full 3 minutes that their time was up, Walsh will chide speakers for not talking for the full 3 minutes

      She tunes us out - so does Josh and John - let's tune them out but make them accountable for every word, vote, meeting, decision etc that they make on the Council going forward.

      Mayor Walsh will insist that you speak for 3 full minutes or she'll have you escorted by the SMPD out of the building

      Us the public comments time judicially but wear them out or at least get them on record with their answers.

      Just an opinion, but I don't believe that Moran, Walsh and Harabuchanan can keep quiet for 2 minutes, they are too into themselves to be quiet.





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  2. actually, thanks to lots of good parents like Gretchen Vance and Fred Thomas from Sierra Madre schools. They, along with many others, have closely followed the entire process from keeping parents informed, to attending and speaking at PUSD meetings, and finally, last night rallying all the troops to show up at the school board meeting. congratulations to all the Sierra Madre school parents for a job well done!

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  3. City Hall is too caught up in its own BS to hear what anyone else might be saying.

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  4. It's a curious night when Nattering Nancy makes Josh Moran look appropriate and reasonable in his promise to agendize the water issue. The disgust on the faces of the Council as she reviled the volunteers, the residents, and the former mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray was cause for hope. One can only hope they will distance themselves from her and her batty demented ranblings.

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  5. Go ahead,Nancy,try and run for re-election.

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  6. Nancy runs city hall like its the big house at the plantation.

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    1. imagine being a city staff employee and having the incompetent likes of Nancy Walsh, Josh or John making requests of you

      it's no wonder that we can't attract quality staff - look who we elect and I'd never take orders from someone like Nancy Walsh

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  7. Off with their Heads!June 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Please replace the unflattering picture of Nancy above with one of the Queen of Hearts from Walt Disney's classic animated version of Alice in Wonderland.

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  8. It became apparent last evening the name of the game was the City's deliberate assault to impoverish the small single family dweller making it impossible for many to remain.The city's goal is well known to remake the community with large mega units compounds and hillside mansions.Sierra Madre has from the beginning been basically a small community basically middle class.It has resisted large development for many years however it never loss it's appeal to those who can't stand any space that they can't ravage for personal enrichment. Single family dweller,remember we are still the majority.Make your voice heard stop the harassment ,,,stop the tyranny!

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    1. Have to get those single family homes on the market - where else will the 20 units per acre structures go? Where else will the McMansion Contagion from the hillsides be able to go?
      Lot of wasted land in those single family home lots.

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  9. And you thought it was "cream of the crop" raising to the top and above all other's, during last nights city council meeting. Fooled you when the lights came on to find a "brown ring" like a dirty bath tub ring encircling the whole meeting, where did this come from?

    A couple of guess's one City Staff or two certain City Council member's? Take your pick.

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  10. Did anybody else see jony h point out that Maryann had exceeded her time but "queen nancy" was not going there to try and quite her.

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    1. I was watching TV and he could be heard.

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    2. Johnny has found a real role at City Council meetings as the three minute clock monitor. He has a remote control and everything.

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    3. teacher teacher Maryann is talking.

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    4. Harabedian must be very relieved that he can validate his usurpation of the mayor pro tem position through assisting Walsh in telling time.

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  11. there should be a best of the worst webpage just for Mayor Walsh.

    just to be fair, we have to include the positive things she has accomplished as Councilmember and Mayor.

    I can't think of any

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    1. The Take You Out Times

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    2. The Three Percent Tribune

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  12. Now that she's in Power, Nancy requested last night that the Volunteer Program be put on an agenda. She is most likely planning to take us all out, just as she promised to do two years ago during her infamous rant. Her arrogance is exceeded only by her inability to grasp what the volunteers do for this City. Now is not the time to alienate the very people that have made this City great. I have never advocated for a recall which is too divisive and costly, but I think it's time for the Citizens to voice their displeasure with this woman. Her distortion of the facts is truly amazing.

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    1. I think she sees herself as the champion of the poor overworked staff - and almost everyone on the council has swallowed the malarky that staff is burdened beyond human capacity. But Walsh is going to save the staff, and that's why she gives herself the permission to be so aggressive and base. In her mind, she's the hero.

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    2. great point 9:41. First she derides the entire General Plan group of dedicated volunteers and then she wants to review the volunteers in town. If her goal is to increase volunteerism, I think she will have a tough row to hoe with that one. Of course, maybe she's planning a mini coup to take over all the volunteers and staff them with her own little puppets.

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  13. Nancy Walsh is a vile, mean person with some real issues. Walsh had hoped the new nine member committee would fight among themselves and the whole process would implode. Her hopes which were shared by other members of the council were that the GP Committee would need to be disbanded and a Holy Consultant could be hired to write the document which would have changed the city forever. She can't stand that her hand picked additions to the General Plan Update Steering Committee, once on the committee, saw exactly what staff was doing and how staff was stonewalling the committee. All nine members came together and work hard to update a very complicated document. The nine members should be considered Sierra Madre's "Dream Team"

    If the consultant was going to charge $14,000 for formatting and fixing typos, how many hundreds of thousands of dollars would they have charged to write the document and do the work of all the volunteers.

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    1. We would have paid half a million dollars for a document that would read like it was written in Sacramento.

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    2. Nancy hates it that the plan is called the document of the people. She wants it to be her document.

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    3. Dancin' Nancy only values that which is paid for with the people's treasure. Henceforth I shall refer to her only as Nancy Antoinette.

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    4. As far as the UUT 3 are concerned, they can spend whatever they want.

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  14. So much for the rotation idea for mayor and mayor pro tem. Some people should be skipped over. Actually they should have never have been vote for in the first place.

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  15. While it was obvious that everyone in the room last night was sympathetic to Yvette and when she asked for everyone to stand who supported her, they did with an enthusiastic applause. However, it was very, very unseemly and lack of decorum that our Mayor Pro Tem* also smiled broadly and applauded. This was way before the Council had any discussion on the subject. Tacky

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    1. And here we have the MPT* showing off his moves - stepping to the more popular side. Did he take on a different hue? Puff up his cheeks? Master of disguises he is.

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    2. A friend to all is a friend to none.

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  16. I am not sure what 9:06 is talking about.

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    1. I saw it on TV.

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    2. Leveling a criticism at our city government with an analogy.

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  17. I feel sorry for the predicament the massage therapist has found herself. However, she is 100% to blame for her situation. Most people know to keep a personal copy of transcripts and reviews. Had she done this, there wouldn't have been a problem.

    Also, not everyone needed to speak last night on her behalf. Everyone said the same thing. The show of support from her backers was evident.

    I did not hear the outcome, but I hope she can continue her business.

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    1. I agree with you. I have a sealed copy of all of my college transcripts and a photo copy also.

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    2. Yes, 10:52 am. You are to be commended. On the other hand, things happen. Think all those folks who lost homes in wildfires can put their hands on their college transcripts? What about the home invasion robberies where the home is cleaned out? How about those unfortunates who put their important documents in storage while their homes were being renovated or worse yet foreclosed and couldn't pay the bill? Or victims of vindictive ex-spouses? 'Nuff said. While under the best of circumstances what you say is true and commendable, in this instance it wasn't the case. It should be sufficient that there is evidence they once existed and the City accepted her certificates/transcripts.

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    3. I agree with both of you.

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    4. Did the institutions she had her training with cease to exist?
      They have copies too.

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    5. Yes. The school she took her training closed its doors many years ago when the owners retired.

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  18. IT IS THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE WATER AT A FAIR PRICE TO ITS RESIDENTS PURCHASE!

    THE CITY SPENT $500,000 TO PURCHASE A NEW SOFT WARE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM....
    ???? THEN WHY ARE THE GENERAL FUNDS (COMMINGULED) WITH THE WATER ENTERPRISE?

    THE CITY IS WRITTING A JOURNAL ENTRY FROM THE SAME BANK OF THE WEST CHECKING ACCOUNT?

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    1. WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?

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    2. Probably because they want people to become aware of the ongoing sham,hoax and lies offered to we peasants by our shameful city staff and elected representatives...

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    3. I get the all caps thing. A little knowledge about city hall, its mistakes and cover-ups, its whining and manipulating, makes for enormous frustration.

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    4. Caps Lock: UNLEASH THE FURY

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  19. The City is paying their water bill by transferring money from the general fund to the water department. It is the same a writing a check to the water department. The funds are not commingled as they were in the past. Having said that, I am furious about the water restrictions and will work to help the 218 process (vote NO) and will work against the UUT..

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    1. The only way to stop them is to cut off their cash flow.

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    2. KAREN & ELAINE LIED....

      THE CITY HAS NOT PAID FOR THE WATER & SEWER SERVICES...

      WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF AN AUDIT!

      WE ARE DEALING WITH A BUNCH OF LOOSERS!

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  20. Hey, ya all.....Bart Doyle recruited Nancy Walsh, he promoted her, schooled her and she takes orders from him, when she can remember them.

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    1. Has to chuckle - Bart was at PUSD last night taking credit for the bond issue that will make Sierra Madre Middle School possible (I'm paraphrasing.)

      Maybe the Bartster is feeling old and sorry since he's not getting any credit on the SMMS approval.

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    2. Bart has become an embarrassment even to the dirts now that the water company is falling apart.

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    3. I disagree 10:53. My bet is that John Buchanan is Walsh's handler. Probably a pretty tough job!

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    4. The water company will be revived and saved by fraud and deception planned by the City and approved unanimously by our compliant City Council! Single family owners,you have no friends!

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    5. The water company is $19 million in debt and it's infrastructure is falling apart because all the money goes to pay debt service. It's dead, the dirts killed it. They need to stop pretending.

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    6. If the City is in such dire straits,file for bankruptcy! The City should come to terms with the fact that it "SCREWED UP!!!"

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    7. 12:21 pm, Bart Doyle was her Campaign Manager.

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    8. omg. That's why Walsh is continuing Doyle's campaign against volunteers.

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    9. and against the Tree Commission.

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    10. even without the makeup, Walsh is still a clown

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    11. anyone like her hair cut?

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    12. DO YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF "SCHOOLED HER"?

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  21. you just figured that out? better late than never.

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  22. Why is the ALF not being built? Is Fountain West having cash problems.

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    1. They are just letting the dirt rest.

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    2. ALF is still going through the Planning Process. Lots of details for Danny to figure out, ya know. I'm sure Billy is as anxious as we are to get started.

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    3. So the assisted living facility project was approved without all the plans in place and checked?

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    4. That's just perfect. Say you have plans, tear down a building, wait, oops! we don't have finished plans yet. Just kidding! Sounds like the Upper Weed Patch all over again. Only this time I would rather it stay just the way it is until the 'water crisis' is over.

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    5. I don't mind Danny working on the ALF project, but only if he gets his typing done first.

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  23. Walsh does not understand what she listens to. When the General Plan folks were talking about televising, and the need for it as part of the community outreach, jokes were made about the embarrassment of being on TV. Walsh did not understand the remarks were jokes, so now she claims that she somehow became a fighter for Democracy regarding televising the meeting, and that is as inaccurate as can be. What she did in reality was completely miss the point, or as another poster put it, distorted what she thought she heard. The same thick-skullness shows in her council member reports. She has never said anything of substance, no matter how important the meeting, and I think it's because she doesn't mentally follow what is going on.
    This is really a problem.

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    1. City business is one big Rorschach test for the Mayor.

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  24. Delmar is a highly respected professional in Human Resources. She knows a thing or two about work loads and job performances.

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  25. Nancy Walsh hates the volunteers who she believes are all friends of MaryAnn MacGillivray's and Tattlers to boot. She is going to attempt to do away with them for all but the most menial tasks. If Nancy has her way volunteers will need to submit resumes and be vetted by a committee of her choosing. Certainly they will not be appointed to the Committees and Commissions without her imprimateur. So sit back and watch as the acolytes of Doyle and Buchanan, Joffee and Torres, and Hayes and Stockly emerge from their long sleep and once again lead us into mega development real estate heaven.

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    1. Invasion of the Pod People.

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    2. Yeah, they've done such a good job so far of preserving the village they all love so so much.

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    3. Nancy will be lucky to get 600 votes next election. She has been a disaster for this city.

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    4. Getting rid of the MacGillivray and Tattler fans would get rid of 3/4 of the volunteers in town. She thought we'd turn and run when MaryAnn didn't win last time, but we are true Sierra Madreans who love this town. She would also be surprised if she took a moment to see the list of volunteers for the GPU Committee which includes many on her side of the aisle.

      Nancy also stretched the truth when said she attended most meetings. I attended all but 3 meetings and Nancy was nowhere is sight for the earliest ones, and when she did come for the later meetings, left way early to get a feel of how the meeting was going. The she could watch on TV but I'm betting she did not.

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    5. It wouldn't matter if she did watch, 4:28. She doesn't understand what takes place. She thinks it's "nice" or not. That's it.
      This is becoming painfully clear, and I'm sure even her supporters must notice by now.

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    6. NANCY WALSH LOOKS VERY OLD......

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    7. Maybe we're looking at it all wrong. Having Nancy as Mayor is the best way to find out who she really is.

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    8. What are you 4:56? Eternally youthful?
      Walsh is a disaster because she doesn't think, not because of how she looks.

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    9. I gotta tell ya, 5:00 pm, I could live the rest of my life without knowing and not feel like I was missing a thing.

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  26. I googled Volunteering in Sierra Madre and the first item on the list was

    City of Sierra Madre-Volunteers www.cityofsierramadre.com/volunteers

    So, if you open this you get to a programed volunteer sign up for 5 areas the city if trying to fill and a method for signing up.

    This is entirely new and it looks like the city and/or the city council is completely at odds on what they are trying to accomplish.

    So, if volunteering is so bad for Sierra Madre (and the mayor's inabilty to control the world around her says it's so) then what are they going to do for the 4th July, the Fire Department, the Police Volunteers, CERT?

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  27. Aren't the City Council members volunteers? They get a stipend but they are not "paid." Elected officials, sure, but still volunteers.

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    1. Nancy needs to take herself out. She can do it, you know.

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    2. You should see her scold herself in the mirror.

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    3. The finger shaking must be intense.

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    4. I can see the yard signs writing on the wall. If you are a volunteer, you'll be gone if you had the wrong yard sign.

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  28. Lacking in community volunteer involvement has often caught elected city officials up short. Or they volunteer for one short stint and have a very small-minded idea of what it is all about. Walsh was a Senior Commissioner for some chunk of time and if I remember she did not make too many friends while there. How she ingratiated herself into the community and got elected is baffling.

    Her membership in the Civic Club (others?) is fun to point out: joined in Jan the year she ran for office and came to meetings until April (end of election cycle) and then one more time. Just too busy after that.

    Hey, girls, you were used!

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  29. no thanks on Rob Stockley - he's works for a bank that profits from development in Sierra Madre -

    he's another guy that moved into town and immediately started volunteering with the high profile social groups because it helped market himself

    next we'll vote in a shill for SoCal Edision, oh we already did that twice

    at least he haven't voted in a mortgage salesperson...dang it....

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  30. Hmmmm.....Sound familiar..??

    "Looting Main Street"–Matt Taibbi on How the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Ripping Off American Cities with Predatory Deals


    http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/12/looting_main_street_matt_taibbi_on


    This interview includes mention of how water & sewer projects are exploited by banks.


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    1. Well those banks found some real chumps in Sierra Madre!

      1) Doug Hayes
      2) Rob Stockley
      3) Bart Doyle

      Buh bye water company!

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    2. The three individuals mentioned above may very well be chumps, but to assume they are merely stupid, is naive to say the least. In fact, based on election outcomes, it would appear that we are the real chumps. Our government is corrupt, because we (as a society) are corrupt.

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    3. They are the ones who bought into the bond deal that is now killing the water company.

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  31. Congrations indeed; and good news for the vacant lot on Canon avenue, Sierra Madre City will have a newly built Middle School. Iam sure that the development contract included extra fees to meet the water shortage we have in this town, after all everyone involved in the talks were well aware in advance. Would this be a separate contract with PUSD and the city for use of water for the development? How much money can the city expect to be put back into the water department in order to begin building in July? How much will this extra money help to pay down the loans the city owes? The PUSD has plenty of money and we all know that nothing is for free.

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    1. There is a functioning school of sorts there now. And yes, it is hooked up to the Sierra Madre's water company. The PUSD is replacing a temporary school that replaced the previous permanent school. Why didn't you know this?

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    2. because they also think that PUSD has tons of money, too.

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    3. there certainly is no shortage to what they waste

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  32. When do we hear from the Mayor Pro Tem on his anticipated rise to Mayor. Are we to believe he does not understand the train wreck just ahead or he does not have a thought on his own leadership? Serious concerns need to be articulated and a plan put into motion. He inherits a disaster both intelectually and administratively. What should we expect from him? Please tell us John!!

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  33. Comment #100: I'm sure glad no one reads the Tattler. Right, Joshie?

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