Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Yes On UUT" Campaign Is Exploiting Poorly Paid Memorial Park Day Laborers To Deliver Flyers

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The purpose of Measure UUT is, as I am sure you know by now, to keep benefits and health care plans for unionized City of Sierra Madre workers at some of the highest levels in the state. That was the deal the City made, and they are doing everything they can to make it happen. Of course, the participation of the actual taxpayers in regards to this matter was not welcomed at that particular bargaining table. The result being that, at over $30,000 per year, a number of our unionized employees receive some of the highest costing health plans in California. Here is a link to an article where we covered this story. It contains some very good information.

But that hardly means that the "Yes On UUT" campaign is above exploiting undocumented and poorly paid day laborers picked up at Memorial Park. There are labor rights, and then there is another utterly exploitative system for those who have been traditionally excluded from of the benefits of our society.

Personally, I doubt the "Yes On UUT" people are paying anything related to Social Security for this work. I suspect that they're paying hardly anything at all.

Here are a couple of pictures of one gentleman out this morning delivering "Yes On UUT" campaign material door to door. He asked that I keep his face out of the pictures, for obvious reasons. I honored that. We're not about victimizing the victims.



Apparently the "Yes On UUT" folks are not quite the friends of the working man they have claimed to be. Either that or none on that campaign deign to do any of the hard work themselves. Probably both.

Let's face it, they're far too posh for that door to door stuff.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

65 comments:

  1. an its Ceaser Chavez' birthday on monday.

    check the material they are handing out for any mention of the UUT oversight committee's actions on Thursday night


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    1. I am sure the Yes people would pay lots of lip service to the memory of Cesar Chavez. But they'd hire undocumented labor anyway.

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    2. Nancy Walsh will fire the guy and smile while doing it.

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    3. After they've delivered the flyers Nancy takes them out.

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    4. how much they yes klan paying? $ 10 a hour?

      I'll deliver next weekend

      and also drop off a NO at the same time

      it's ballsy for the yes to tell blatant lies and misinformation, but that is typical

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    5. Each carrier receives a specially bound copy of The Great Speeches Of Mayor Walsh.

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    6. "an its'?
      Do you mean: And it's*
      * (it is = it's)

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    7. Oh, 9:30 am, there is so much more wrong with that statement that your puny little correction just shows how insecure you are in your use of the English language. Please, enjoy the sentiment, encourage the participation, and forget the spelling nanny jabs.

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  2. This might be the guy that destroyed the NO on UUT sign on South Baldwin this morning.........

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  3. good work, Mod. you can see very plainly in the photos that this guy is holding the "yes on UUT" flyer.

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  4. Typical lefty hypocrisy. Lame, very lame.

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  5. I'd say call the cops, but the POA probably hired them.

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    1. true, does the yes camp have a permit for this?

      they can still be ticketed after the fact

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    2. The POA would be angry if the city hired non-union cops. But they have no problem hiring non-union information distribution personnel.

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  6. This is just not right that Nancy Walsh and the others who are leading this scare campaign resort to hire people to do their job. They should get off their butts and do the work themselves. Is this flyer the same one full of lies that they have been using all along?

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    1. you would think that Nancy Walsh after failing in her one 4 yr long project as a Councilmember, which had something to do with a bathroom (how appropriate), she'd get off her fanny and do something

      even her work on the yes on the uut is beneath her

      NO and writing in Neil the Pig

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    2. How very Leona Helmsley like of Nancy Walsh, Susan Henderson, and Amy Putnam.

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    3. Nancy is paid by the step. The "Yes" campaign can't afford her.

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  7. As a resident of Sierra Madre, I was out walking later this morning, knocking on doors and trying to personally hand something to the nice residents of Sierra Madre on behalf of one of the City Council candidates. Because this is a local election in a small community, I wanted to personally interact with my neighbors. Well, I was soon passed by someone who obviously was one of those day laborers who was rapidly going from door to door ahead of me and using a rubberband to attach the flyer to the doorknob. He was obviously incapable of discussing the UUT issue with anyone and perhaps not able to speak English. I think that tells you everything you need to know about the Yes on UUT campaign. Evidently, they want to do their misleading campaign at arm's length. I also looked at the handout itself and its filled with the usual lies and scare tactics that is used in every city by the public employee unions to get the tax passed on the backs of the already over-taxed residents. I'd like to know whose funding their campaign. Unfortunately, I spoke to one resident who had just received a flyer and he told me that he was against the UUT until he found out that incomes that are below $40,000 are exempt. So now he's in favor of it. I guess as long as someone else is paying for it, why not jump on the gravy train too. How sad. As someone has said, we are getting close to reaching the tipping point where more people are in the wagon than pulling the wagon. Once we have that voting majority than its over.

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    1. current UUT rules give a break to 40K and under.

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    2. How many households in Sierra Madre subsist on less than $40k a year? 10?

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    3. I wonder if the same person who makes less than $ 40 K a year and exempt from the UUT is okay with the Council giving businesses a larger break and not being regulated with regards to water use

      so, it's only fair if it benefits you?


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    4. did Nancy tell the flyer walkers to bypass any house that had a NO sign?

      that'd be alot of houses to skip

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    5. How many of the houses with "Yes" signs are empty? Did Nancy tell her walkers to pass by those as well?

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    6. "As someone has said, we are getting close to reaching the tipping point where more people are in the wagon than pulling the wagon. Once we have that voting majority than its over". Haha
      Who said that comedian Rush Limbaugh?

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    7. 3:41- some people only think about themselves.

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    8. 4:33- Some people survive on a limited pension and struggle to live here. I'm not leaving to give my town over to Yuppies

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    9. Make one penny over the $40,000 and the exemption goes away. How short sighted can some people get.?

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    10. If Measure UUT passes the yuppies win.

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  8. The "tax me" folks don't want to walk door to door because they are afraid that voters will slam the door in their face. The majority of voters will not vote themselves a tax increase. And of course, the "Civility Party" don't want to have their fingerprints on this. The hardworking taxpayers of this town don't need a tax increase. We have just under a million dollars in revenue coming in with just the developer impact fees on the Kensington, the Sierra Place townhomes, and eventually more revenue with the 1 Carter and Stonehouse projects. Don't be fooled by the "Yes on UUT" loons.

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    1. Some of them could benefit from a nice long walk.

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    2. Walking is for the poor.

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    3. Once again, "it's simple math" as the CPA at Tuesday's council meeting stated. when what is taxed, I. This case the 60% water rate increase, goes up so much, even if the tax rate decreases, that is the UUT tax rate, the revenue realized will be more, yes more, than the city is getting now from the current UUT rate. As that same CPA noted about the "yes" side, either what they are saying is silly at best, or deceptive at worst.".

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  9. that's absolutely correct 12:45. there is a lot of revenue flowing into the city. And the UUT does not begin to sunset until 2015, so a prudently managed city will have plenty of funds foe all those public safety items they scare people with.

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    1. heck, close the library - I can go to Pasadena

      or better yet, annex the SM Library into Pasadena and get rid of that over the top salary paid to a small branch librarian

      does the Libraian at the Hastings Ranch Pasadena branch make over $80,000 like our libarian?

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    2. In Part 3 of his War & Peace sized explanations of why we need to bring our utility taxes back up to the highest level in the state, John Capoccia claims that our city employees are not well paid. $80,000 seems like a pretty decent wage to me. More than a lot of taxpayers in this town make.

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  10. Don't forget that CALPERS is requiring a 25% increase in "employer" (taxpayer) contributions from 2014 to 2018, because they're only 75% funded currently. That's the lion's share of the reason for this desperate need to raise money. A friend of mine's brother in law is a police Sargent for Pasadena. He's 49 and in his last three years until retirement. He's working 80-90 hours a week in this last three years, because that's what Pasadena uses to base their pensions on. He's pulling in a whopping $230,000 a year with this schedule and will get 90% of this figure starting at age 52 for the rest of his life. That's $207,000 a year + Cadillac healthcare + cost of living increases periodically. He essentially won the lottery on the backs of the taxpayer, but unlike the lottery, this never runs out.

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    1. What alot of the retired police offers do is not retire. So they get this big fat pension for the rest of their lives and then they go back to work because 50 is too young an age for retirement and take a job away from someone who doesn't have a pension to fall back on and desperately needs a job to feed their family. What a joke. That's what the UUT tax is for and that's why the public employee unions support any tax increase anywhere at anytime. There is no exception to that rule...ever. Coincidentally, the arguements in favor of the UUT - or should I say scare tactics - are the same in every city. All of us schmucks have to work harder and retire later to pay for the police and others to retire at 50. Go figure. Vote Yes on the UUT to pay for this....yeah right.

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    2. so one policeman retires on a lucrative pension and yet the city must hire someone else to fill his vacated position, so now there are two people receiving paychecks for one job. because that's a good idea.

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    3. sorry, but I sincerely hope that the pensions just imploded and those cops retiring at age 52 with full salary pensions and abusing the system, I really can't sympathize with them

      not just police officers, but city managers and everyone else - work like the rest of us

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    4. didn't Steve Abernathy retire at an early age from the SDPD with a decent pension and took a job working security at the Santa Anita Mall?

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    5. He works security at Santa Anita race track, I'm sure he is completely ineffective like he was here.

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    6. If you talk to public employees, they are the most knowledable people you've ever met about benefits and retirements. The unions have made them experts on human resources and estate planning. And they all know what is at stake and how to game the system. I think its the highway patrol where you have some astronomical percentage of people who reitre with some kind of disability because it shields their pension from taxation. I have always respected the police and fire but they have become corrupted by the union and the promise of a gravy train when they retire. That is becoming more and more of their focus. They have also become too politicized in their efforts to achieve their financial goals. That Pasadena Police Officer that an earlier post mentions is going to retire with 90% of his last 3-years salary will receive about $207,000 per year with full health benefits and, I'm sure, cost of living increases. To generate that kind of income assuming a 4% return, you'd have to have assets of over $5,000,000. On top of that, as someone else mentioned, they often times don't even retire because they are too young to retire, and they end up taking a job away from someone who doesn't have a huge pension. The whole thing is a scam. And they have the nerve to keep meddling in politics to take more money out of the pockets of the taxpayers who end up paying for all of this. The only thing more outrageous than this, is that we all allow this to happen by passing measures like the UUT or electing people to office who will do the union's bidding.

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  11. tax me noah pants

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    1. Listening to Noah is taxing.

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    2. The only newser to endorse Noah Green is Susan Henderson. Which is actually worse than no endorsement at all.

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    3. "Henderson states that she holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University, but a spokeswoman said Ohio State had never granted a degree to Harriet Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole, Henderson's maiden name.

      Henderson's resume also says that she holds an "M.B.A. / J.D." from the University of California, without specifying a campus.

      Spokesmen at UC-Berkeley, UCLA and UC-Davis, the three UC campuses that have both law and business schools, said no such degrees had been issued to H. Susan Henderson or Harriet Poole."

      http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Demo-leader-resigns-under-fire-3155055.php

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    4. she's a liar and a con artist, bad check writer and all around crook. The fact that certain people in this town still buy into her con....is really disgusting. No wonder we have such bad public officials here in Sierra Madre. Shame on the clueless, no information voters.

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    5. hope the next Council will put legal notices online and save the taxpayers some change

      simple to do, not so simple in SM

      got to stop electing simpletons -

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    6. "Party credit-card records show that in a three-month period in 1995 Henderson ran up $12,000 in charges, including $74 at a Victoria's Secret lingerie shop in Washington, D.C., $220 at a golf course in Palm Springs, $137 at a Los Angeles beauty-supply outlet and $26 at a laundry."

      http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Demo-leader-resigns-under-fire-3155055.php

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  12. Heard it on good authority that the neighborhood around Noah in the canyon has many signs put their to be agreeable to a neighbor but are not going to vote for him in actuality. Too bad they feel this kind of pressure it would be nice to see the true support (or lack thereof) if many of these bogus supporter signs came down. Come on folks, truth up!

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    1. you gotta put up a Noah sign or he'll start crying on you

      boo hoo Noah

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  13. Also, on good authority, when asked what his "platform" was he had no idea. And later seems to be saying one thing to someone and contridicting himself when talking to the next person who he determines to feel otherwise. What a putz!

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    1. Not buying NG's contradicting patterMarch 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      No(pants) Green believed he was going to bring light to the unwashed. No need to develop a platform or clean up his Facebook; the voters were too backward to maintain the pace of his too trendy patter. Green's big claim to fame is that he can fire employees without a second thought or backward glance. After all he's an HR lawyer. Now who else do we know that's an HR lawyer? The name Buchanan comes to mind. To He** with the residents and full steam ahead to the enlightenment that an HR lawyer can bring to the local townies.

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    2. Perhaps that's the bond between Henderson and Green: believe what they tell you and not the truth. Seems there are many similarities.

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    3. Both are filled to their hair roots with crap.

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    4. Noah is out visiting the "townies"

      he pay his tab at the Buc?

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    5. Noah was asking the day laborers at Memorial Park if they were going to vote for him. They all told him yes.

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    6. Noah doesn't have a platform cause he hasn't lived here long enough to know anything about the city

      His lame idea to bring the Farmer's Market to Kersting Court isn't viable and his other brainstorm...light drizzle was for the city to do something with Halloween...like decorating, having a big party and doing something to bring in out of town residents to the city on Halloween.

      His next original idea is for the city to have a 4th of July parade and hire a consultant to determine if the city should start participating in the Rose Parade.

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  14. FACT...

    1) City Hall has no warrants or invoices for the MWD water which the Sierra Madre Residents have been provided for the past 6+ months ?

    2) Is City Hall receiving this water for "FREE" ?

    3) and if so... why did City Hall increase the water & sewer rates by 161% and want to increase the UUT taxes by an additional 125%?

    $$$$$$ 161% + 125% equals 186% water and sewer rate increase...

    City hall must be swimming in money ...........

    4) The Arcadia Newspapers refer that Sierra Madre City Hall is or will be suing Arcadia for stealing - over pumping water which Sierra Madre states does not belong to Arcadia ?

    Anyone have any input ?

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    1. Ya, you are an idiot, how's that?

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    2. So, whadda ya think? Elaine and Karen are stashing water on their persons and stealing it? Every night they exit City Hall by the back door so no one hears them sloshing...

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  15. No on the Yes for the UUT brochure. Looked over the Yes brochure this morning and what a weak stance of misinformation. Anyone who graduated High School can see the weak argument for the yes vote. First off is the threat of not "providing services such as Police, Fire/Paramedic, Public Works, Library, and community services at the current levels", sure get tired of them bringing that out every time it suits their argument. 2nd. they brag about reducing expenses by $1.3 mil., that's nothing, there is still over a million dollars that can be cut out, easily. 3rd. according to two CPA's their numbers are wrong. I could go on and on but this is such an insult and joke it pains me to try an point it all out. Use common sense and vote accordingly,,,,, Vote April 8th. a big " NO on the UUT" , VOTE NO MORE TAXES. Remember the city just tacked a whopping 61% on the water bill last year. I haven't forgotten that, have you?

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  16. Problem is: a certain age group is very afraid and this plays into their fears. At a Senion Center lunch Noah was heard to say "Nancy Walsh suports me...' and people were making a note of his name. Someone earlier summed it up: What a putz! Remember the earlier post about a women discovering that city hall was closed on Friday. She was trying to drop off her absentee ballot. When the discussion continued she said she voted for the UUT increase because we didn't want to lose any services. The lies were believed quite early on I am sorry to say!

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    1. There is no accounting for stupidity. Fortunately, and as we saw in 2012, those kinds of people are a tiny minority. Sierra Madre is far too smart for Naked Noah and Calderon Goss.

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