Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chris Koerber Will Not Be Running For Re-Election

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(Mod: Chris stopped by my house last evening to discuss this. Am I stunned? You bet. He is right, though. Family comes first. I wish him all the best.)

Date: 01/09/2014 - For Immediate Release

Press release from Chris Koerber, Sierra Madre City Council Member

I will not be running for re-election for Sierra Madre City Council in April, 2014.

When I pulled papers on December 17, 2013 to run for re-election little did I know that, in the next 10 day, two members of my family would be diagnosed with very serious medical conditions. Obviously the possibility of my being called out-of-state, on short notice for an indeterminate length of time, is extremely high.

If I were to be re-elected, I’d be unable to put my full attention to the needs of the City for the next four years. Also, I do not want to be in the situation of leaving my elected position early. That would be unfair to the fine folks of Sierra Madre.

I have been blessed and honored to serve the citizens of Sierra Madre for the last two years. I have met so many caring and genuinely nice folks!

I pledge to finish my term to the best of my ability. This will include City issues like the extremely important water rate increase scheduled for February 1, 2014 that will put our Water Department on a solid financial footing.

I make this decision not to run with a heavy heart, but family comes first.

Thank you, Sierra Madre.

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70 comments:

  1. There's a spot open Joe Mosca, please come back!!!

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    1. I hear they're planning a welcome back party at the Kilt's house.

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  2. so the current line up is Noah Green, Gene Goss, Rachelle Arizmendi, and Denise Delmar for three seats.

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    1. Well, at least four candidates gives Tax Me Goss another chance to lose.

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  3. I'll vote for one of them. Delmar. Weak choice, but others are no good.

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    1. Delmar is an honest person, and also intelligent. Not the usual Sierra Madre council member.

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    2. all I can say about 3 of the candidates is YUCK

      another here we go again lawyer and another enlightened community college scholar that demand to bestow their superior intellect to the common people of Sierra Madre

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  4. Anyone know if Nancy Pants has pulled papers yet? When is the incumbent deadline to file?

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    1. like her term on the Council, Nancy wasn't prepared for any follow up

      we were so lucky to have her on the Council, made for hilarious headlines of ineptitude

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  5. Koerber was the only live one on this council. The rest were bobbleheads and order takers.

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  6. We'll miss his financial expertise and his fearless manner.

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  7. Your City Manger is the real cancer on the council.

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    1. THE city manager is not on the council

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    2. No, but she has the votes of at least 3 of them in her pocket. Which in some ways makes her more powerful.

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  8. Chris kept the weak sisters on the council from going completely off the deep end. Now there will be nothing to stop them. Add Goss and Green to the 2 Johnnys and Nancy and you have a recipe for financial disaster in this town.

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  9. Nancy Walsh has until the 13th to file. She hasn't pulled papers yet. Connect the dots.

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    1. Nancy can't find her papers. They were just sitting there a minute ago.

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  10. Bring back Mary Ann

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    1. Probably the only person who can save this city right now. Talk about a competence void.

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    2. I'd vote for Mary Ann.

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    3. I sure would not

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    4. Competence and intellect intimidates the inept.

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    5. Men can't stand a powerful woman. It threatens their ego.

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    6. I think it is the sweaters

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  11. Stunned is right. Denise is not a weak candidate. She is strong in her convictions, has the same values of Koerber, is honest and open with all of her thoughts and opinions, and will make a great council member. While we were hoping that she would have the backing of at least two others on the council, she will be able to hold her own in all accounts. If Nancy decides to run, she will not win over the two strong ladies running.

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  12. Nancy is an ignoramus but she is not stupid. It will be interesting to see where she goes with this one. The decision is not her's to make. If Bart thinks he has enough chance to win it without her I am sure she will fall by the way side.

    The real pitty is that she doesn't have any real friends who could wisper in her ear and give her the real skinny: darlin' you look the fool and are the fodder for too many jokes, unbecoming of an old dolt. Give it up. (Notice: I used 'real' three times in this little discussion.)

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  13. John Capoccia is competent but it seems he has veered from his original focus.

    Look, however, in the statement above where Chris states: "I pledge to finish my term to the best of my ability. This will include City issues like the extremely important water rate increase scheduled for February 1, 2014 that will put our Water Department on a solid financial footing."

    So even Chris supports the water rate increase, which would also indicate a veering off from his original focus.

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    1. Koerber explained his position clearly during the meetings - he is in favor of the water rate increase and strongly opposed to the UUT. He suggested that the council not go after the UUT and make that part of the persuasion effort for the water. They didn't hear him.

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    2. Chris did not veer off any road. He does exactly what he pledged when running. He vowed to hold the line on budget matters and do what is best for the city. He has done exactly right. One cannot stubbornly hold onto an idea just because. One has to be a real council member and do what they have to do for the City. It is folly to think that the City Water Dept. can continue to perform without a reasonable rate raise. The UUT is another matter, and you know Chris' views on that. He opposes it.

      Sorry to see you go, Chris, you are a great council member and advocate for the city. Best of luck with your family.

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    3. Chris has not veered for any path. He does exactly what he stated in his campaign, hold the line on the budget and help Sierra Madre stay fiscally secure. One cannot hold the line on any idea just because. One needs to be responsible enough to look at the facts and know when it is time to compromise for the best of the City. It is folly to expect the Water Department to continue without a rate raise.

      All the best to Chris and his family, Chris is a great council member and he will be missed.

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  14. I had doubts about Chris Koerber in the beginning but came round. A real asset on the Council. I am sorry to hear he will not be seeking re-election. To the Koerber family goes my best wishes.

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  15. I have never been more fearful for my city than I am now.

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  16. I am so sorry that he will not be running, but send my best wishes to his family. Every encounter with Chris has always been wonderful and pleasant. He is an amazing asset to this community.

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  17. It has been refreshing to hear an honest man speak his mind. And he actually read the documents the city council is given! This is a big loss.

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  18. Everybody on this blog thinks Chis is a god and he thinks we should have the water rate increase . He is right we need to increase it now and stop the protest vote we are only digging a deeper hole if we dont pass it

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    1. Did you see the Star News today? Article on the water rate hike that only talks to city hall employees. Inman says the hike is about paying for infrastructure, not fixing bond debt problems. I guess we are back to 2010.

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    2. 9:30 lost me on "Everybody"

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    3. Why doesn't the Star News print other sides of the story?

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    4. Lazy reporter.

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    5. Hope laziness is all that's going on....

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    6. The Star News is dead as a "news" organization. It is little more than a press release outlet for local agencies and any real news is simply recycled from other sources. Sad, but true.

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  19. I'm sorry, but when three incumbents decide to not run, you do have to wonder what is up.

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  20. The Mosca Syndrome

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  21. Awfully hard to imagine what the council will look like with three absolute newbes on board. Of those running, only Denise Delmar has the experience of working with city staff and can understand the background of the issues. The others? Rachelle is on the community service commission but has not followed any other issues regarding the city. She presumably will follow directions from someone in the background. Gene Goss? On the Library Board of Trustees, his only experience. Nothing to brag about. Noah Green? Been in Sierra Madre a couple of years and has absolutely no background whatsoever in city issues. Who else will come out of the bushes? Any past council member can run again since they have all been off a full term. I'm not counting on Nancy to run again. I think she understands the difficulty of winning again considering her past indiscretions. i.e her "We can take you out speech", her untruths about the storage room issue, and now her endorsement of someone under investigation for ugly deeds. She had no business with that endorsement which is not even in her purview of city business.

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    1. Great post 11:47. Thanks.

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    2. What is the purpose of smearing candidates this way? Green, Goss and Arizmendi are all intelligent, educated people with multiple college degrees. They also have the courage to get into the arena unlike the peanut gallery of kooks on here who apparently think that the water company should be forced into bankruptcy and forced to default on its water bonds because...Bart Doyle. It's not only stupid...its actually dangerous. What if there is a massive fire and the water system you people refuse to adequately fund fails? You are also endangering home values by refusing to adequately fund and maintain even the most basic services. Water rates need to cover the cost of supplying water, including infrastructure and the borrowing to build infrastructure.

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    3. Can you give examples of what you call "smear." As it is the only smear I see here is from you.

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    4. 12:34 - you are sadly misinformed. The water rate increase is to deal with the city's water bond indebtedness and has little to do with repairing infrastructure. This information is available on the City of Sierra Madre website. The indebtedness from the 2003 water bonds is $15 million dollars. $9 million of the debt was created by the city paying only on the interest. It is a bad situation. Put down your gumdrops and lollipops and listen to what the adults are talking about.

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    5. Regarding 12:34, sounds like Steve got up on the wrong side of the bed.

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    6. 12:34 - Where is the smear re: other candidates? The post only gives facts about the potential candidates. If you think that post was a smear, you haven't been following Sierra Madre politics to see what was done to MaryAnn MacGillivray, John Crawford and others.

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  22. Was there a smear by omission, leaving out the name of another educated, intelligent candidate with multiple degrees?

    In another post, 11:03 states three incumbents as not seeking reelection. That post counted Nancy as not running? What does that poster already know?

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    1. Sorry for the omission if there was one, who, pray, is this multiple college degree, intelligent person not mentioned in 11:47's post?

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    2. Bill Nye the Science Guy

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    3. Albert Einstein

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    4. Larry The Cable Guy

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    5. If you don't have what it takes to be a member of Mensa, perhaps you should join Densa instead.
      http://home.comcast.net/~czell/densa.htm

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  23. For those who think the current or former city council member's of Sierra Madre runt he city from day to day and make plans for the future are:

    a.) stuck on stupid
    b.) don't understand how local governments work.
    c.) can see the little man behind the curtain pulling the strings and levers.
    d.) still believe the city council set the pace and direction of the city.
    e.) understand that the city manager set the agenda and set the M.O.U.s in place before the dog and pony show gets underway to fool the tax payers with a dumbed up city council meeting for the public to attend.

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  24. Who are you, CSI?

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  25. 1:07 - Nancy Walsh has not drawn papers yet, city hall is closed tomorrow, and as an incumbent she is required to get everything in by Monday. Hope this helps!

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  26. Have we heard from anyone out there that she has lined up 30 plus quick-to-gather-up 'friends' to sign her nomination papers. Party at Nancy's--come by and sign my paper--don't make me take you out!

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    1. Her guests will be asked to check their pitchforks and brooms at the door.

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    2. Nancy wasn't going to run but since Chris will be gone, she can be Queen!

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    3. Hey 2:41, selling witches short.

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  27. the bonds are a priority claim that have to be paid out of water company revenue nimrod. so if they have $100 and they have to chose between replacing a 90 year old pipe or paying the bond they have to pay the bond because its a priority creditor. you people who keep claiming that the rate increase isnt needed because its to pay bonds are like a crazy old lady who claims she doesn't need to pay her home mortgage and real estate taxes because her dead husband overpaid for her house so she is free to ignore the debt. under the law that debt gets paid first and if there is a shortfall then water main maintenance gets deferred....which is what has been happening because u dont pay enough for water

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  28. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission now states on their website that only Vitamin C can be used to remove chlormaines from municipal water. Here is the quote from the Commission:


    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has recently been included in AWWA Standard (AWWA, 2005b) as one of the methods for dechlorination of disinfected water mains. SFPUC and other utilities have used Vitamin C for dechlorination prior to environmental discharges of chlorinated and chloraminated water. Since ascorbic acid is weakly acidic, the pH of water may decrease slightly (Tikkanen et al., 2001). Ascorbic acid has been used for a long time as one of the dechlorinating agents for preservation of chlorinated or chloraminated water samples for laboratory analysis.

    The full document can be found here.

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  29. best to you and your family chris, and thank you and your family for all you have done for our city

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