Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Measure UUT's Defeat Will Loom Quite Large At Tonight's City Council Meeting

Tattler cat eating the tweeting
Before we get to the heart of what I think will be the big hoo-hah at tonight's City Council meeting, there is one thing that needs to be highlighted here first. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then count us all buttered up. This from the May 9th City of Sierra Madre eBlast:

NEW! We will be live tweeting the City Council's decisions at Tuesday's Council Meeting. Follow the action @CitySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC #mySierraMadre. 

Now we here at The Tattler have been "live blogging" City Council meetings for a few years now, and with some success I might add. So is the City taking our fine idea and adapting it to their Twitter feed? Live tweeting? Hmm, that sure does sound familiar. Of course, City Hall doesn't read The Tattler so that couldn't possibly be the case. Though I have heard that others read it for them.

Besides, there are probably only around 3 people in town who both follow City Council meetings in Sierra Madre and tweet about it. Live or otherwise. But whatever the derivative case might be, we welcome any kind of participation in the affairs of this town. We will just have to make like a cat and incorporate some of that "live tweeting" as we live blog tonight's meeting. Little blue feathers and all. And it starts right here at 6:30PM.

That is, of course, if you can't make it there in person.

There are some undoubtedly fascinating topics on the agenda for tonight's City Council meeting. The Sewer Cleaning Machine is one of them, the somewhat similar approval of the Strategic Plan another. Then there is the all important appointment to the Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council. Mayor Harabedian apparently serves in this role now, and is desirous of continuing to do so.

And there is a precedent for this. Joe Mosca served a couple of terms as the City's special go to meetings Metro minder (which he did, tho' rarely), and it is considered advantageous for aspiring young politicians with an eye on bigger things to maintain that position for as long as they possibly can.

Besides, somebody needs to try and make the trains run on time.

The cash spending portion of the meeting is always a highlight for us here at The Tattler. To me the numbers often seem remarkably high, yet those tasked with approving these spends always do so with an insouciance that puzzles me. Tonight will be no different, I'm sure.

$572,956.70 will fly out the door to meet the city's many "certain demands," and while that figure would be more than enough to pay off the mortgage on most homes (even here in pricey Sierra Madre), it is actually a relatively modest amount of money for City Hall to offload.

Among the items contributing to this mighty spend is $4,210 to Axontech for keeping the City's apparently very expensive computers running (they should switch to Apple products), $33,500 for the Community Forest Management Plan (apparently it really does grow on trees), $39,632 goes to the improperly identified Colantuono & Levin for legally keeping the townies at bay, and $12,240 is for the snoops at Wildan. 

Oh, and a $100 campaign sign bond refund check will go to the two ladies who ran the Yes On UUT committee. It's nice to see they're getting a little something back.

However, to my mind the real excitement tonight lies with the item titled, "Midyear Budget Update FY 2013-2015 Biennial Budget; Third Quarter Financials for the Period Ending March 31, 2014; and Budget Direction to Staff Regarding Reduction in Utility User Tax Revenue (link)."

This one kinda rocks our world because it reveals a lot of the financial anguish City Staff is facing as they struggle to deal with the cruel indifference shown by the voters of this community in turning down Measure UUT. Which, as you are likely aware if you are reading stuff as abstruse as this, was their second attempt at raising utility taxes here in a very short period of time.

But what really intrigues me, jaundiced though motivated observer that I am, is the almost passive-aggressive approach City Staff is taking here. It reads like an appeal to the City Council to do something about the great injustice that has been visited upon them by the residents, but without ever actually saying what it is that they want.

As per the usual, a list of precisely worded options is offered to our elected officials for them to choose from. In this case it is a lucky 7 menu. Check this out.

Staff is seeking direction regarding the current and FYE 2015 budgets, and also regarding any actions regarding the projected deficits in FYE 2016 and beyond. There are a number of alternatives.

1. The Council could choose authorize the adjustments summarized in this staff report for FYE 2014 and FYE 2015, and designate any portion of the General Fund reserves balance, including the projected surplus from FYE 2014 resulting from one time resources as summarized on page 4. This option could provide the Council with opportunities to balance FYE 2016. However, FYE 2017 projected deficit of $1.2 million will need to be addressed. Staff would need direction on the timing to address the projected FYE 2017 deficit.

2. The Council could direct staff to place this item on the next City Council agenda for further discussion. Tonight’s discussion could be considered an “introduction” and additional time could be provided for the Council to independently review this matter so that detailed direction could be provided at the next meeting.

3. The City Council could direct staff to return with a department by department presentation of the FYE 2015 budget. (Given the timing, the current fiscal year’s budget ends in approximately 45 days, so it may be more productive to start with the FYE 2015.)

4. The City Council could direct staff to return with proposed options to begin reducing expenditures FYE 2015, with the goal of “leveling out” the budget reductions over three fiscal years; for example a $400,000 General Fund expenditure reduction in FYE 2015, 2016 and 2017 (or a $1.2 million reduction over three fiscal years.)

5. The City Council could direct staff to return with information regarding reducing or contracting out specific programs or services; such as public safety. Public safety is mentioned, because of the previous correlation between the 2008 UUT revenue increase and 2008 Measure UA.

6. The City Council could direct that General Fund revenue estimates be revised. The Council could provide policy direction that staff’s revenue estimates are too conservative. This could be combined with corresponding expenditure reductions to achieve a balance budget in future years.

7. Any other option the City Council directs.

So what is City Staff really asking for here? What is the one thing they really hope the City Council will agree to do without ever actually saying what that might be?    

Put Measure UUT back on the ballot for the November election, of course. Let's call it Alternative #8. Trust me, even though it is not among the items listed above, this is the one option that will loom largest tonight. The veritable elephant in the room that no one will see, at least at first.

Trust me. It might not happen tonight, but that is where this conversation will be going before too much more time passes. How else are they going to be able to pay for things like $36,000 a year health care plans? And do you really see Mayor Harabedian and Mayor Pro Tem Capoccia making the cuts necessary for City Hall to exist in a brave new 6% UUT world?

Get ready for round three.

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143 comments:

  1. All these recommendations do nothing but cry poor. will the Finance Director be allowed to tell the truth about the income side of the equation? Like the over 800 thousand in fees from the Kensington? where did that money go? Or all the additional development fees paid by folks remodeling or building new condos? What about the additional UUT received from the 19% water rate increase and the projected increase in electricity rates? the city is always crying poor. They sound like my teenager. it's time for this new council to hold the finance director's and the city manager's feet to the fire and give the real (as opposed to the"real") facts about the city's financial position.

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    1. SM Councilmembers need to ck their ego and agendas at the door. I dont want to hear them speak for long drawn out explanations, lectures, like boring lawyers, ending up to be big snots.

      we don't need a Director of Development in SM

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  2. we recently received a post card from Reni rose, realtor, and she lists 23 homes that sold in Sierra Madre in the first three months of this year. Will the city be honest about how much income this brings the city? will the be prudent with it and actually save some of it?

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    1. realtors are one of negative influences in the town against what we want for the city

      sure we want good property values but the realtors have always led the charge to build downtown into a condo cavern

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    2. The money received by the city is negligible, only when a pre - prop 13 home is sold and the property tax rate is adjusted does the city's "take" become significant.

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    3. Good. The less money they have the less damage they can do.

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    4. 100+ home sales in the last 12 mos. Wanna bet the finance director tells council that the property tax income hasn't increased?

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  3. I guess what this all boils down to is will the City Council instruct City Staff to get out the buzz saw and chop everything down to the point the budget is back in balance. If that doesn't happen then yes, it looks like they will be asking the voters to raise utility taxes for the 3rd time in 4 years.

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  4. If posting a message on Twitter is tweeting, does that make posting a message on Facebook facing?

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  5. THE UUT WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT!

    The Sierra Madre Residents get to vote to "ABOLISH the UUT in its entirety!"

    The city is swimming in money and does not need the residents more money any more!

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    1. Bess of HardwickMay 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      8:39 - This is a fools errand. The UUT in its current form will sunset to a reasonable level. I am a conservative who abhors out of control government spending, but Sierra Madre will always need some form of a utility tax.

      Take your tricorn hat off and think logically and strategically and quit being a kook. You will fail.

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    2. My vote depends on how City Hall adjusts to the voter verdict on Measure UUT. If they drag their feet and don't make the adjustments they need to make, then I will vote for no UUT at all. As far as I am concerned the ball is in their court.

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    3. As far as you are concerned the ball is in their court, and so if they don't do what you want you'll engage in an irresponsible and city-damaging vendetta? Sounds like you are part of the problem.

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    4. Blame the taxpayer.

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    5. Whose blaming the taxpayer? I'm blaming the guy who's offering a stupid threat. A city is not its government, its everyone in the city. If you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

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    6. A bromide followed by a cliche'. Must be the heat.

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    7. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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    8. Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

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    9. Throw the budget cuts against the wall and see what sticks.

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  6. Twitter and Facebook are not appropriate social media for local conversations. They're sort of like monitoring the police scanner on radio, people who do that are sifting through raw information feeds that don't rise to the surface of official reporting. Very time consuming and is like trying to paint a moving train. For the big conversations on global issues, Twitter is very good for mini-conversations with folks you'd never get to communicate with otherwise, plus the large consensus that some issues generate. You can take the temperature with those issues on Twitter, and that will get more important going forward as we all hit the really difficult issues (economics, climate change, etc.). What happens is that you get huge clusters around small groups that are having relevant conversations and then those tidbits go all over the place.

    Facebook generally doesn't have that kind of reach, but some of the topic pages have international discussions that weren't possible before, however. That's kind of new because anybody can get involved with that and influence the discussion, within the limits of the Facebook format. Which is very focused, specialized topics with discussion threads that don't hold together very long since they're not indexed.

    Again, local reporting on important community issues is an entirely different animal, that's what moderated blogs and newspapers are for.

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    1. You have a short memory Anonymous 8:42 am
      January 25th 2011
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2011/jan/25/egypt-protest-president-murabak-video
      Twitter did that.
      It appears big conversations on global issues can be held on twitter indexed or not.
      It took about 2 seconds to search that Google is the index my friend.
      Neuroblast Films

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    2. I personally can't wait for the tweet on the sewer cleaning machine.

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    3. Newspapers are written from the perspective of the advertisers about what happened yesterday.

      Moderated blogs are a kingdom of words ruled by a word God. By that I want you to understand ALL the words on a moderated blog exist because the Blog God created it or allowed it. All other comments never are seen. In fact you see the "removed by admin" comments only after they have been up long enough to get the desired reaction.

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    4. Twitter has pictures now.

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    5. Don't tell Noah.

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    6. 9:48 - if you don't like the blog don't read it.

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    7. Yes, Google can be used as a Twitter index for subject (twitter:murabak) but you get a ream of fake profiles plus articles. Better to subscribe to http://trendsmap.com/ to do the sifting.

      Also the national twitter protest in Egypt was partly engineered using specialized systems:

      " A really good example of this kind of technological innovation was provided last week by Google engineers, who in a few days built a system that enabled protesters in Egypt to send tweets even though the internet in their country had been shut down. "Like many people", they blogged, "we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we can do to help people on the ground. Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service – the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection."

      They worked with a small team of engineers from Twitter and SayNow (a company Google recently acquired) to build the system. It provides three international phone numbers and anyone can tweet by leaving a voicemail. The tweets appear on twitter.com/speak2tweet."

      http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/feb/06/twitter-speak-tweet-mubarak-networker

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    8. Twitter has been described as a mini-blog.

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    9. With state-of-the-art advancements, these backgrounds can include special effects and text transformations. If you ever aspiration about owning an exotic automobile, then there are several possibilities to choose from. The memo also included an exemption for chaplains permitting them non-participation in any ceremony 'if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion.

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    10. twitter has been very productive in bring the kidnapping of 300 girls to the world's attention. #BringBackOurGirls

      It has also been very effective for turning my family's "local issue" into an international one.

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    11. Sure it has. That's why our foreign policy is to use the first lady using twitter hash tags.

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  7. As usual we're talking about how the city could act terribly in the future, rather than talking about which choice of the 7 selected the city should make. I assume most people here think option 6 is the one to go with: assume the city was too conservative in its projected revenue, and only small cuts are necessarry, specifically cutting all health programs to below average. No one has provided any evidence to back this up as a workable solution, but we can all trust angry gut instincts to work out, right? Oh wait, we're not even to that point yet, we're talking about how the city is going to try to pass the UUT again instead, even though it's not mentioned.

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    1. Past experience would indicate that gut instincts are the way to go. I know that there are soothing aspects to going with the process, but I have long stopped trusting these people. Years of deception and half-truths will do that. Besides, the city has now tried to pass a UUT increase twice. Not the best track record.

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    2. I am always eager to be proven wrong. Unfortunately, I am usually right.

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    3. What's past is prologue, 10:29. That's what William Shakespeare says.

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    4. Gotta love how the city is prepping us for a THIRD UUT tax increase since 2008 (yikes.)

      Of course the prior councils didn't collect the UUT legally allowed (10%) on water and sewer since 2009. That would have been a heckuva lot of revenue still in the "surplus" if they didn't spend it. On the other hand, Nancy Walsh wanted to "go shopping" with the extra money.

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    5. Ah, so the fine citizenry of Sierra Madre believe the best way to improve the city is to loudly complain about what they think is going to happen, then hopefully be proven right. That's definitely going to fix things.

      If only I had understood how the real solution would have worked! If only I understood the best way to manage this city, the solution everyone is sure is out there, yet no one actually ever presents!

      What should the city actually be doing? Yeah yeah yeah. Why talk about that. What would the point of figuring out what the PROPER answer is when it's so much more fun to explain why all the answers provided are NOT the right answer. And yet no one ever talks about what the actual right answer is.

      It's almost as if no one here has an answer. But that couldn't possibly be true. Right?

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    6. Well, one thing is obvious. It is pretty clear that you don't.

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    7. What exactly is a PROPER answer, anyway?

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    8. "We have to raise utility taxes to 12%. If we don't the library will have to close."

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    9. Gotta love the assumption "we have to do something!" Yeah, spend less.

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    10. I would gladly pay a 12% utility tax to keep the library open. Oh wait I'm exempt! never mind :-)

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    11. Yeah spend less. 1 million less. So anyone have a plan on how to make that cut?

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    12. We have highly paid staff whose job is to make recommendations. Of course, b*tching and moaning is easier than making "the tough decisions".

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    13. "My clothes are old but seldom dirty,livin' just enough,just enough for the City"
      Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder...........

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  8. Chris Koerber is a frequent Twitter user, so are a lot of his friends.
    Nice of the City of Sierra Madre to give Chris a significant voice on their Twitter website! LOL
    Give 'em hell, Chris!!!!!

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    1. OK, then, heads up, Mod!!

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  9. The new City Council seating arrangement. Men in the middle, women on the fringes. Very patriarchal.

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    1. I think these women can handle themselves just fine, no matter where they are sitting.

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  10. Hey, Delmar had nothing to report and Harabdeian followed that great lead. Yay!

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    1. Too bad Goss lacked the good sense to follow their example.

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  11. Someone should tell the Professor Goss to turn on his mic.

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  12. The first City Tweet!

    City of Sierra Madre ‏@CitySierraMadre 54s
    Welcome to the Sierra Madre City Council mtg! Amended agenda; items E & F pulled from consent calendar for discussion.

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    1. Fascinating

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    2. Here are those items:

      e) RESOLUTION No. 14-26 APPROVING PARTICIPATION IN THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BRIDGE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

      f) RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION FROM WATER FUND RESERVES IN AN AMOUNT OF $98,100 AND AWARD CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR NORTH MOUNTAIN TRAIL WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT TO FRAIJO BROTHERS, INC. IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $863,600

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  13. Some people need to learn to cheer down.

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  14. So much money rattled off like it's pretend money.

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  15. Delmar has some questions - this should be good.

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  16. Uh oh! An alternative tweet!

    NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 6:46 PM
    City Council assumes "Mad Men" posture. Why do the women council members have to sit on the outside? #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC

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  17. Good questions Denise. Inman seemed to squirm a bit there, and that's good.

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    1. He resents smart women.

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    2. disagree. I think Bruce responds with fear to everybody.

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  18. Thank God!

    City of Sierra Madre ‏@CitySierraMadre 2m
    CC approved purchase of a new sewer cleaning machine #SierraMadreCC #mysierramadre

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  20. There is nothing out of line with the seating of the ladies. Harabedian is Mayor, and Cappocia is Mayor Pro Tem. Goss was the top vote getter, thus his seating position. The ladies are in the correct configuration.

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    1. It looks like a good old boys City Council arrangement to me. Maybe if Gene wore a wig?

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    2. Fortunately the women are smarter.

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    3. If what you say is true, 7:03 (it isn't) why was the top 2012 vote getter seated on the outside? Hmm.

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    4. 7:34 - Could not agree with you more. Harabedian was a swine. He was not the top vote getter even though he bamboozled everyone in to thinking that somehow Koerber's seat didn't have the same weight as his. He is not only a bully, but someone who is dying to be someone in the political world.

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  21. Lower bids sound good, Councilman Capoccia. Please pursue that, no matter how Inman fills the room with obscuring speech.

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    1. Bad night for Brucie. Hopefully he doesn't go back to his office for the rusty pipe.

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    2. Ever notice how he always uses "staff" inside of "I"?

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    3. He is deflecting.

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  22. Sound off on Kgem

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  23. Thank you Council member Delmar! Huge difference between the bid Bruce wants and the lower bids.

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    1. Way to lead, Denise!

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  24. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 7:09 PM
    Cable TV sound is dropping out a lot! #SierraMadreCC #mySierraMadre

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    1. It's a whole new day.

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  25. Inman was fighting to take the easy way out.
    Some of the city council wants people to work a little more.

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  26. Do the popcorn and do the horse
    Show everybody where you're at
    You got to be boss
    When you do your little thing
    Step in a small ring, and jump back, baby
    James Brown is gonna do his thing
    Popcorn, yeah...

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    1. Musical interlude because the sound is off on KGEM.

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  27. Cash for grass?

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    1. Move to Colorado.

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    2. You can make more money here, and skip all the taxes.

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  28. Good point from Barbara Leigh. Is the water use increase due to the Kensington and the Middle School? No answer. That question has been out there for a while. Never seems to get answered.

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    1. Again she brought it up. Ms. Leigh does wander sometimes, but she also has great points. They're almost never answered.

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  29. Hey, the strategic plan retreat (brought to us by a consultant) is actually being discussed before the end of the meeting! Weird

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    1. Usually that is saved for the end of meetings to lull whatever people are still watching to sleep.

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  30. Sometimes it seems like the city manager and directors just specialize in empty words. Lots of them.

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  31. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 7:27 PM
    Council Strategic Plan Goals same as last 3 years. So why do we spend taxpayer $$ for a 2X a yr. retreat? #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC

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  32. Anything in the Strategic Plan Goals about the McMansion explosion?

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  33. Capoccia the Great Tax Fighter is now talking about sustainability. About as much nutritional content as a loaf of Wonder Bread.

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  34. They are not very sustainable. And how do they fit with the "small town atmosphere"?

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  35. City tweets are really boring.

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  36. Mr. Capoccia is an expert in all areas.

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  37. Goss looks like Max Headroom 30 years later.

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  38. Gene is all about sidewalks. And he likes to ramble on and say nothing about the water. Glad I don't have to sit in any of his classes.

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  39. Johnny would like to thank the staff.

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  40. City Tweets do not belabor the obvious.

    City of Sierra Madre ‏@CitySierraMadre 38s
    CC approved Strategic Plan Goals & Objectives for next six months #SierraMadreCC #mysierramadre

    OK, maybe they do.

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  41. I don't get the plan updates at all. The same people sitting up there are the people who were at the meeting where the ideas were discussed, yeah? Why do the trot it all out again.

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  42. The main bout. The anguish of the staff over the defeat of Measure UUT.

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  43. Ok, so Karin Schnaider admits that in the first quarter they knew there would be a budget surplus, yet, the entire city staff was telling everyone that if the UUT increase failed, the library would close and the police and fire would disappear. what a bunch of liars!

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  44. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 7:44 PM
    Ouch. #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC #Texas pic.twitter.com/vhVqfAN9dLN9dL

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  45. And now Schnaider admits that there will be an additional $200,000. Plus in property tax receipts. Wow, that's almost equal to one percentage point of UUT income. Again, what liars!!!!

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  46. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 7:52 PM
    Can anyone at home read this budget PowerPoint? Looks like 4 pt. font. #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC

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  47. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 7:55 PM
    UUT revenues ~29% of budget +$500,000 of surplus in Gen. Fund. They forgot to tell us before UUT vote. #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC

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  48. Finance Director: outsourcing parking services has been very successful.

    Well, duh.

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  49. Karin is trying very hard to sell us on a third UUT vote.

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  50. so the city is awash in money but Karin keeps reminding us that they are one time monies. Does this mean the city will save this money?

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  51. The people of Sierra Madre spoke twice on double digit utility taxes. City staff is getting the city council ready to ignore both of those votes.

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  52. Every thing is "one time funding." That is how Karin explains that the city has lots of money but still needs higher taxes.

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  53. 66 properties sold in Sierra Madre in he last six months. Will the additional property tax received from this be only a one time event or will the city receive it every year? Oh yeah, I guess they get the increased property tax money every year.

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  54. Glad Nancy and Josh aren't part of this anymore.

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  55. so half way through the year the city has over 500,000. In surplus plus the 250,000. Held over from last time. This is pretty close to that "million dollar loss". The Yes on UUT crowd kept talking about. What a bunch of liars!!!

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  56. Uh oh. UUT income will remain flat. Yet another lie. if water is up 40% this year, even if folks use less, which according to Inman's report, they're not, the UUT income to the general fund will increase. What liars!!!

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  57. How much does the city of Pasadena charge us every time SMPD calls in the PPD chopper?

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  58. And now the tears and additional lies begin. We will have a shortfall of one million dollars per Karin. No on UUT!!!!!

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  59. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 8:15 PM
    Surprise! For a city that was allegedly broke, $500,000 extra in Gen. Fund surplus means "Yes" folks lied. #SierraMadreCC #MySierraMadre

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  60. Currently '0' people are following the city's tweets of this meeting.

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  61. Capoccia is doing his best to be irrelevant.

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  62. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 8:26 PM
    Finance Director "concerned" re downward trend in property mkt? Now 11 homes (91024) listed < 30 days. #MySierraMadre #SierraMadreCC

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  63. Karin is misleading again. Hoe can she know there will be a 400k shortfall with the UUT in 2015?

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  64. Spend the surplus. So that we'll be broke and the pressure to raise utility taxes will be even stronger.

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  65. So Capoccia and staff don't want to talk about the good financial position wears in. Instead they want to lament how poor the city will be because of the UUT sunset.

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  66. Yeah, it takes three cop cars to write a traffic ticket.

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  67. Mayor Johnny can't suck up to the Chief enough.

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  68. We'll have more vacancies on the PD? Why does that matter? Attrition is fine for the SMPD.

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  69. NoOnUUT (@NoOnUUT)
    5/13/14, 8:40 PM
    Hey @CitySierraMadre can you please fix the mics? Sound is awful tonite. #SierraMadreCC #MySierraMadre

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  70. Great Question Barbara Lee! let's keep those 90 non PERS police. In fact, let's get more of them!

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  71. Denise mentioned health plan benefits. Johnny shuddered.

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  72. Mayor Harabedian mentioned voicemail system upgrades as being "vital."

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  73. I get a tingly feeling when the council talks about budget cuts.

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  74. Professor Goss just said "real bad". I think our dear professor needs a grammar lesson!

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    1. He talks like he has marbles in his throat. I think the word is "plummy."

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  75. what?! Elaine just said that there is an approved budget for this year and next and no matter what the city will continue operating? Some one needs to alert the Yes on UUT committee.

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  76. So the ladies want more detail on the budget and Elaine doesn't seem too happy about it. I guess it's too much transparency for her.

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    1. I'm glad I voted for Delmar and Arizmendi.

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    2. Me too. To think the dirts tried to defeat Denise with that strange man Noah Green. What a disgraceful bunch of people they are.

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  77. Johnny is stalling.

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  78. Takeaway from tonight: without Josh Moran, the civility on the council has increased a lot.

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