Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The "Vote No On UUT Tax Increase" Facebook Page Lives!


As longtime Sierra Madre Tattler readers have heard me say much too often before, I am not a big Facebook kind of guy. My take has always been if you want to communicate with like minded folks on the Internet, get all the way in and start a blog. Get your hands dirty, do your own digging, and write like there is no tomorrow. There is a tomorrow, of course. But that could all end some day. I've been told that by people who know a lot about such things. So you'd better start writing now, the end is near.

That said, I do have a Facebook page under the pseudonymous name of Eric Maundry. It is a bit of a mess, but I don't actually care too much. I started it so that I can post links to Tattler articles on other peoples' Facebook pages, especially those who don't agree with me. That is about it, though. I've never taken it much farther.

The thought that billions of people use this particular form of social media is sobering. But I also know that a lot of the people who read The Tattler have Facebook pages and enjoy them immensely. They communicate with their friends, swap pictures and gossip, snoop on the neighbors, and generally have a whole lot of fun.

And this No On UUT Facebook page is really kind of cool. Very informative and it even has a Tattler link or two. It is brand new as I guess you know, I think it has only been around for just a couple of days. But it is attracting a lot of attention in town already, and those behind it are looking to draw even more people to their site. Which is why they have asked me to write about it.

One of the page's features is a picture of Earl Richey's "No On Measure UUT" banner, which was displayed along Sierra Madre Boulevard in front of an apartment building he owns. As you know, this banner was stolen by local utility tax fanatics. The good news is Earl did eventually find it. The bad news is it was badly damaged and is taking some time to repair.

You can link to the No On UUT page by clicking here. And when you get there be sure to "Like" it. I am not completely certain what that means, but apparently if a site such as this particular one gets more "Likes," it develops a kind of magic power that makes it stronger. Like Popeye when he eats his spinach. Or, if you are on the "Yes" side, when a unicorn gets its sparkles.

Or so I've been told. Go and do it and let's see what happens. My understanding is if enough people "Like" it, we all get free winning California Lottery tickets. And wouldn't that help solve a lot of problems?

An article posted on the "Vote No On UUT Tax Increase" page

(Mod: The following was written by a Mr. Hugh Hemington.)

INCREASE!??? Get rid of it entirely!

If your city is incorporated (not a named area of a County), property taxes paid by property owners, residents, landlords or commercial businesses, fund your city. Learn where that funding comes from, how it is handled and where it is being siphoned off! A government that is convinced it can spend ANY of your money better than you, is convinced it can spend ALL of your money better than you.

Your city's UUT is likely a response to being squeezed by the state or county. Of course, money is fungible, so that "squeeze" may be manipulated too -- using funds for things only a small minority wants, starving things virtually everyone wants, knowing they'll agree to tax themselves AGAIN to get them back.

City councils shy away from fighting the state for funds because many believe "what can one city do?", and others want jobs in Sacramento, and know attacking them is a sure way of killing any future political career. As long as they can replace the lost revenue (or generate more) by taxing you AGAIN, they will, and the state will continue to bleed you and your city.

Let's face it citizen, you are at the bottom of the government motivation hill, with the state at the top, county right below, and city below that, and all their programs and desires are going to roll over you as long as you allow it to happen. If you don't push back, you're cooked. And if you let this duplicative taxation gain momentum, it'll be "the norm" and virtually impossible to reverse later.

Here's a good place to start: http://www.californiacityfinance.com/

Dueling Newspaper Articles

(Mod: These two articles were posted right beside each other on the TotalCapitol.com site at 1AM last night.)

Economists: California drought impact to be minor (UT San Diego link) - California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.

Californians, like their native plants, have adapted to periodic droughts, with major ones recorded in 1864-65, 1928-35, 1947-50, 1976-77 and 1987-92, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

"The fact is, aridity and recurrent drought, if expected or normal, are not a detriment to economic growth. Arid states in the U.S. over the past decade have not performed worse than their wetter brethren," said a section of the report by Anderson Senior Economist Jerry Nickelsburg. "Agriculture, industry, fisheries and households are not passive players in this game but react to drought-based incentives."

For instance, thanks to conservation, Southern California isn't using any more water than the region did more than 20 years ago, despite tremendous population growth, Nickelsburg said.

In a "normal" drought period, the expected impact of the drought won't have much impact on an economy with 16 million jobs, the report said.

Drought in California may hinder job growth for years, economists say (Los Angeles Times link) - The ongoing drought in California could dampen employment growth in coming years and have a ripple effect on several industries in the state, according to a UCLA report released Wednesday.

Economists said in the quarterly forecast that arid conditions in 2013, the driest year on record for the Golden State, could diminish the fishing and manufacturing sectors in the state. However, the effect depends on whether the drought is "normal" or the beginning of "a long arid period."

California's employment could be suppressed about 0.2% during the next few years because of the drought, the report concluded.

"If the drought is like the ones we had before, which are plentiful in California, then the data suggests it's not a big deal economically," said Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA forecast. "If this is really a climate change, that is a different story."

(Mod: A lot depends who you happen to be reading at the time, I guess.)

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42 comments:

  1. Stop stealing signs, DIRTS.

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    1. It could be their unicorns.

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    2. You never want to get too near to one of those things. They're nasty, not very bright, and that sparkle gas can take the paint off a car.

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    3. They also drink a lot. If you don't believe me, check out some of the unicorn tabs at the Buc.

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  2. here's what I don't get. the folks who are out making sure the NO voice is not heard are breaking the law and behaving in an unethical manner. yet these are the same folks who are telling us that we can trust them to do the right thing. What are they afraid of?

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    1. What those people say is all nonsense. They just want the money. They have pensions, benefits and sky high health plan costs to cover. This is all about municipal employee union empire building. They want us to work for them.

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    2. Earl needs to get security cameras and point them towards his sign. It would be great to see who it is that stole his sign.

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    3. when you got Nancy Walsh and Susan Henderson leading the Yes campaign, expect low life antics

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    4. It is very depressing to think that things are this way.

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    5. 7:54....be sure he gets one of those back in time cameras, what an absurd comment.

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    6. You kidding? The same idiots will try and steal it again. C'mon, we're talking Noah supporters here.

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  3. if I was on Facebook, I would like the page.

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    1. I don't like anything on Facebook, all it does is send out ads to others and I get annoyed when some "friend" likes Wal-Mart and I get a Wal Mart ad

      just keep putting up NO signs and surround the yes signs

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    2. I would like Facebook better if it had a "Don't Like" button.

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  4. Hugh Hemington's words could have been written by my husband. Remember, Tattlers, that we are suseptible to these taxes because the State government is taking (stealing?) from the cities. We need someone on City Council who WILL stand up to the phoniness of SCAG, will say that we don't need a UUT extension for more mismanagement of our funds. Remember when you go to vote that Denise Delmar HAS studied the budget, which is why she is convinced we should vote No on the UUT extension (as we did two years ago). Noah Green's big solution to our problems - have events downtown scheduled for Halloween - proving that he hasn't lived here long, since Halloween has been a big event for years and years.

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  5. Take back OUR money!!!
    Don't just give the crooks even more!!!
    NO ON THE UUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Sierra Madre has a very large retirement facility opening up, which will bring in additional funds. Your local funding picture is looking brighter, not dimmer. So don't be fooled into thinking the funds starvation is occurring locally. And be aware that Utility Taxes grow as utilities grow, so a UUT creates an incentive for disadvantageous handling of water and power distribution. How's that water bill of yours?
    Only concerned Sierra Madre citizens can determine where the problems exist. In most cities, employee pension costs are driving an ever growing proportion of outgo. Other cities "enjoy" councils that see themselves as event coordinators, spending huge sums on gatherings that invariably serve as a stage for locals (always themselves). It's your city. Take it back and hold it.

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    1. The best reason for shooting dowm Measure UUT is that it will dramatically curtail the ability of City Hall to carry out its private agendas. Without our money they would be just another small group of people with opinions. Just like everyone else.

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    2. and the next Council needs to reverse the special favor that this Council gave to businesses but penalize the residents

      as Walsh put it, she and others granted the business discounts on water because "they can"

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    3. It is not a "retirement facility" , WTF Crawford, why do you post such nonsense?

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    4. What would you prefer to call it? Heaven's Gates?

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    5. " Cash Cow "

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    6. God's Waiting Room

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    7. Where what you can't take with you ... stays.

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  7. There is a frightened group of people in town who are afraid that Denise Delmar is going to win.
    Her signs are being removed in many places.
    Show your support and order a Delmar sign.
    We must have her leadership in this city. She is not intimidated by the city administration and it is the only candidate that has a proven history of getting things done.
    Unlike the other 3, Denise H A S read the budget.
    If you vote for someone that has not taken the time to read the budget, you are a fool.

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    1. And who do they have going up against her? Noah Green. Not a contest. Denise is in and we will all be the better for it.

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    2. Can't count our chickens before they hatch.
      Get a sign.

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    3. If Sierra Madre elects Noah Green, it will become a national laughing stock.

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    4. but if we don't elect Noah he'll bawl and cry like a 6 year old

      imagine a 38 yr old lawyer crying at a debate because he really desperately wants to be elected to a political office cause it's been a lifelong ambition of his

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    5. Lifelong ambition as opposed to someone who wants to help Sierra Madre? That's why I'm voting for Denise and Rachelle.

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    7. I'm writing in the mannequin. She's the real victim.

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    8. 4:21 is in a state of psychological distress. Somebody get him some ice cream.

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    9. ok. you called down the thunder...well now you got it.


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    10. Just promise that this time you'll keep your clothes on.

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    11. Please, please keep clothes on, Noah. For G*ds sake.

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  8. I'm not voting for No(ah) Pants because I want to see him cry (again).

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  9. Sign/Banner stolen by local Utility Tax Fanatics, or was it a message and a request sent out from "our" city hall to treat all citizens of Sierra Madre as third class?

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  10. Hugh Hemington's comments remind me of the "forgotten man" passage Koerber read at the last council meeting. to wit: As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X. what I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. He is the man who never is thought of.... he works, he votes, generally he prays - but he always pays.... W.G. Sumner

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  11. California is waiting to become ocean front property, what drought?

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  12. Who is stealing Denise's signs, and defacing the No on UUT signs. Jr. Hi Kids? or is it adults who are really Jr Hi Kids.

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  13. The signs in my yard have disappeared.

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