Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dr. Hélène Baribeau - Know Your Water Consultant!

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As a public service for those of you who will either be attending or watching tonight's City Council meeting, The Tattler is providing as much background as humanly possible about this evening's proposed $50,000 consultant hire, Baribeau Environmental Engineering. Or BEE if you are into Environmental Consultancy Acronymic (ECA). Few do get that buzz, though. It really is a very select audience, and you could probably count all of them on one hand and still have your thumb and a finger left for other things. Like squeezing your nose.

We discussed what is at stake for Sierra Madre here yesterday. It was not a pretty story. First, this consultant will set our beleaguered water division back a cool $50,000. That has to be said. The other matter at hand, the possible nitrification of our drinking water, which includes the potential for severe health consequences to our very youngest residents (Blue Baby Syndrome being the most frightening), is an even more serious matter. Apparently City Staff cannot handle this one by themselves (they are very busy, you know), and feel the need to turn to an expert for relief.

Certainly staff going before the City Council and asking for $50K in this kind of a political and tax environment is not something anyone would really want to do. Or at least they shouldn't want to do it. The heckling and derisive laughter alone ought to be deterrent enough.

Bruce Inman has selected Baribeau Environmental Engineering (BEE) for this important work. He will present this firm's credentials to the City Council for their consideration later this evening. Here is how this company introduces itself to us all on their website (click here):


There are some questions, however. BEE is a very new company, and it has only been around for about a year. The website only lists Dr. Helene Baribeau herself as being employed there. And if you go and Google this company there really isn't very much for you to find. Where we usually discover pages of reports and agendas from the various cities that had hired our consultant of interest previously, there wasn't a single city talking point that we could find about Baribeau Environmental Engineering.

There are some distinguished looking academic papers that Dr. Baribeau has contributed to listed, plus various business communications and Linked In style networking sites that include her name, but nothing much from cities detailing any outcomes from their work with Dr. Baribeau.

On the BEE site there is a brief bit about nitrification along with claims of work having been accomplished on behalf of actual cities. However, it is a slim resume' in my opinion. Here it is:


Being a first class PITA, I also Googled each of these client cities along with the words "Baribeau Environmental Engineering." Nothing came up. Linked In was present of course, laundry lists of engineers and whatnot having little to do with this topic did appear. But again, we could find no reports or references to any work having been done by BEE in any of these towns. Very unusual.

This in no way means that these things didn't happen. It just means I couldn't find anything. Look as I might.

Oh, and just so you know. The acronym for Nitrification Action Plan is NAP. Many people take theirs right after they have a midmorning donut.

There is one bright ray of hope to be found here, however. Dr. Baribeau has done some overseas work in countries where sanitation isn't the greatest, and problems with such things as nitrification (raw sewage without borders being a possible contributing factor) are widespread. Here is a description of her work in such pestilential places:


Now it all starts to make some sense. So unhappy is the state of Sierra Madre's decayed and decrepit plumbing that Bruce Inman has deemed it wise to hire someone who is an expert in Third World water hygiene problems. Something that is both genius and appropriate. A good fit, as they say.

And to think that some people don't believe Bruce knows what he is doing.

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175 comments:

  1. If that consultant is the most qualifed and experienced company out there, that's fine. I would like to know from Mr. Inman the answer to a very simple question: "How did you find them/" In other words, did he after extensive reearch come to the conclusion that they are the best company to perform this task or, as happens to often in government, is this someobody he went to college with or some other personal connection which has nothing to do with their qualifications or experience.

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    1. I did not know that Bruce Innman went to college. Anything he knows or thinks he knows he learned on the job here in SM. He has no business running that department.

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    2. Did he go to college? I have a feeling that Inman and Ms. Baribeau have very different levels of education.

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  2. The City of Cambria up on the Central Coast has a water shortage. There is a building moratorium up there which was the prudent thing to do. Sierra Madre's situation is a little different but not by much. To make the comparison more apt let's say Cambria had the ability to make a "tempory emergency connection" to another water source that gave them yellow and maybe even dangerous water at a higher price. Can you imagine that they would say, ok our problem is solved, let's now lift the building moratorium and allow unmitigated development. Its so ridiculous that its hard to even fathom. Yet effectively, Sierra Madre, which doesn't have a building moratorium is allowing unmitigated development so that we are stuck with our connecton to the MWD and never have a chance to return to getting the water from our own wells. It makes about as much sense.

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    1. OK, that's about the 10th time Cambria has been mentioned. I get it. We all get it, by now.

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    2. Sorry, but until a building moratorium is put into place we will pound whatever drum is provided.

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    3. Cambria is a superb example. Why? They successfully put in a water hook-up moratorium. Legally. Set precedent. Thank you Cambria.

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    4. Agreed. And with Sierra Madre's terrible water problems creating an even greater demand is insanity. Why can't the city understand that?

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    5. There are 450+ cities in Cali. If Cambria has such a great idea, which is it that not even ONE other city has followed in its supposedly esteemed footsteps?

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    6. Why haven't other cities followed Cambria's lead? Because many cities in California are run by corrupt governments, controlled by powerful private interests. (As examples: the recent Calderon arrests. And the city of Bell.)

      Look at the big spenders in the California's economy. Who has invested the most money in the state. Who stands to profit by certain decisions about developing McMansions in desirable locations. Who wants a superhighway connecting the Port to Walmarts all over the region.

      The indigenous people of California are not in favor of over-developing their state, or over-populating regions already devastated by excessive demand for resources like clean water. But voters aren't in charge of what's happening in their own neighborhoods, let alone their own state. And something tells me, 11:49AM, that you know very well that this is true. Unless you're just a paid troll.

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    7. Great post. Thanks.

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    8. Indigenous people of california? ..you do mean the Indians right...cuz' if you aren't indian, you aren't indigenous. ..get a clue.

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  3. Part of any study should be to find out what we need to do to return to our previous source of water so that we can get off that connection to the MWD. Certainly we need some more rain. But the other question is what increasing over-development does to our ability to get off the MWD source.

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  4. What a mess. How did things ever get this bad?

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    1. With the current staff, would you really think the outcome could be any different?

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  5. Bruce Inman is someone else who should be fired for incompetence. He's known about this problem for some time now. The MWD water source stinks literally and figuratively. Is he cautioning anyone about over-development? Doesn't he see the connection between continued development and being permanently dependant upon a source for water that no one wants. Why isn't he sounding that alarm? Why isn't he telling Danny Castro, our Director of Over-Development, to slow things down, we have an emergency here. The residents of Sierra Madre are drinking and bathing in water that kills fish. The City Council needs to ask some tough questions of the people in charge of this mess. Bruce Inman now wants to spend $50,000 of our money to hire a consultant to deflect blame off of himself. He needs to show some leadership on this issue himself. However, council members need to ask him a simple question: If we continue with all this development at the Kensignton, One Carter, Stonehouse, Mater Dolorosa and elsewhere, are we more likely or less likely to be able to disconnect ourselves from the MWD? That is the crux of the matter. If the answer is that we are less likely to be able to disconnect ourselves from the MWD, then we should have a building moratorium immediately. Let Mr. Inman go out on a limb and voice his opinion that will flush him out. Somebody needs to ask the tough questions of these people. The easy way out for them is to spend more of our money and hire a consultant. Mr. Inman is in charge of the water. Let him go on the record about his views on these matters first before we spend the money to hire a consultant.

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  6. Are we perhaps being herded in the direction to deduce that since we need to replace all the water lines in west Sierra Madre to accommodate the monastery tract the developer could save the taxpayers millions by building mansions and replacing contaminated water lines as a kind gesture to the "townies" ?
    Surely Mansions and pollution are better than dying a slow painful poison water death.

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  7. Arcadia and other cities get the same water, right? How are they affected? What are they doing? Why so much worse here?

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    1. Arcadia continues to pump from the same source that we used to . How can the basin recover if Arcadia continues to pump. The know the problems with MWD water and refuse to subject their residents to that poison.

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    2. No, Arcadia is too busy to stop stealing cheap water from the Raymond Basin.

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  8. The water supply for the City of Arcadia comes from three sources, groundwater from wells in the Main San Gabriel Basin, groundwater from wells in the Raymond Basin and imported treated surface water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
    I dunno?

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  9. Maybe staff wants this water quality consultant to help them make the case for another water bond.

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    1. You mean create a panic and then claim that our only recourse is to float another bond? Naw, they'd never do that.

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    2. Don't water rates go up again on July 1st? Won't that be enough?

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    3. They are getting a consultant to shield themselves from potential lawsuits. Now anything they do, they can blame the consultant.
      Should have gone with the other law firm that specialized in water.

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    4. Fortunately our bond rating is in the crapper along with our rusty water.
      No new bonds possible at this time.

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  10. I spoke to several officials about the drilling at the Monastery yesterday.Mr.Snyder our Fire Marshall has not yet responded to my fire safely question, SMPD apparently does not do code enforcement,USFS was contacted regarding fire danger and referred me back to SMFD. Council member D. Delmar took the following actions for me.
    Thank You Denise

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    Thank you Danny for your response, and for visiting the site to ensure only soil sampling was being conducted. Mr. LInk please contact me if you have further concerns regarding the drilling at Mater Dolorosa this morning.
    Denise Delmar
    Sierra Madre City Council Member

    232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
    Sierra Madre, CA 91024
    Tel (626) 355-7135
    Fax (626) 355-2251
    ddelmar@cityofsierramadre.com

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    1. Maybe Mater Dolorosa has given up on their big dreams of making it rich in the house building business and they're drilling for oil instead.

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    2. people!!, they're taking soil samples, no fire hazard, not drilling for oil, no fracking...SOIL SAMPLES!!!

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    3. Have a nice glass of water.

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  11. why do we need a consultant for this? why do we have a Public Works Director or a highly paid assistant?

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    1. Better question is why do we have Bruce Innman?

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  12. Did everyone check their email for some unintended hilarity today? A cheerful blast from City Hall where everyone is all aflutter about some research done by Movoto, a real estate blog. 'Sierra Madre one of top ten safest places* in California!' (* All cities w/ pop. over 10,000)

    Sure, it's safe. As long as you don't drink the water.

    I understand why City Hall is gleeful, but here's my vote: It's time to go all Cambria on their asterisks.

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  13. According to our latest analysis at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, here are the 10 safest places in California:

    1. Town of Hillsborough
    2. City of Saratoga
    3. City of Laguna Woods
    4. City of Imperial
    5. Town of Moraga
    6. City of Rancho Santa Margarita
    7. City of Los Altos
    8. City of Sierra Madre********************************************************
    9. City of Palos Verdes Estates
    10. Town of Danville

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    1. Kinda makes you want to buy an ad, doesn't it?

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    2. It sure isn't base on crimes solved. Our guys couldn't find their #$% with both hands.

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    3. Where does Sierra Madre rate on ID theft?

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    4. What does that say about cities number 11 and on?

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  14. Thank God we raised water rates. Otherwise we 'd be in a hell of a mess right now.

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  15. Just saw that The City of Sierra Madre named one of the 10 safest places in California! Unless you drink the water or have a burglar.

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  16. The SMPD under the leadership of Chief Giannone is to be commended. Sierra Madre is not safe by luck. We are one of the safest due to the diligence of our men and women in uniform.

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    1. Uh oh. Somebody drank the water.

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    2. Just don't use your debit card

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    3. These Are The 10 Most Exciting Places In New Jersey
      http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/most-exciting-places-in-new-jersey/

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    4. Don't fall asleep in your car.

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  17. Does she cost more because she speaks French? If Bruce knew how to use google, he could find everything anyone would want to know about nitrification.

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  18. Great just what we need. Someone that protects my family's health that gets info from Yahoo answers.

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    1. But what if yahoo charged $50,000 for their answers?

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    2. Then they would be Yahoo Consultants.

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  19. My water is yellow, my neighbor's water is yellow and the entire block is yellow. They flush our lines twice a week. It looks like my kids bathe in urine. I have emailed pictures to the city they have sent workers out and their only solution is to flush the lines 2xw. So much for a water shortage and let's be honest, this is not fixing the problem.

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    1. How about sednding a picture of the water to the Moderator?

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    2. I received a bunch of them. Thanks!

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  20. What's the old saying? "if you have yellow water make lemonade" or "don't eat the yellow snow"

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  21. San Marino Mayor caught on video tossing bag of dog poop on neighbor’s walkway
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/oddities/20140609/san-marino-mayor-caught-on-video-tossing-bag-of-dog-poop-on-neighbors-walkway

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  22. The next water rate increase is July 1st. 18%. Don't you think that is a little much considering what it is we are getting in exchange?

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  23. REMEMBER:
    Tonight's City Council meeting kicks off at 6:30 PM.
    Be there or be square.................................

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  24. John Capoccia seems happy about the county sewage rate hike. Didn't this guy run as an anti tax conservative?

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  25. The sound on KGEM is bad.

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    1. KGEM never gets better.

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  26. Mayor Johnny loves him some COG.

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  27. "COG is worried about how the process goes." - Mayor Harabedian
    The process. Is that like the force?

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  28. Speakers mike is not on

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    1. That's one way of keeping the public unheard.

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    2. If you have watched any of the city council on KGEM you will notice the mic at the podium ALWAYS will lower in volume as public comment strikes discord. ALWAYS! It is the work of the AV person behind the scenes controlling the audible feed to KGEM. The issue is created in the Sierra Madre chamber.

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  29. When does the actual business part of the meeting begin?

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    1. It is like going to the movies. The first part is all ads. Then previews. Then the main event.

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  30. Hey the Mater Delarosa apologist!

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    1. Must have some investments.

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  31. Fix the public's mike!

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  32. I think this guy is making a great comment, but can't hear it.

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    1. It was a great comment. The gentleman moved from Arcadia to Sierra Madre to get away from the McMansion boom there. He does;t believe Sierra Madre should be the home of homes that look like they need a moat around them. A private citizen who came down to the City Council meeting to discuss something that our elected officials have yet to address.

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  33. Bruce Inman has just stated that the drought continues.

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  34. City Hall hours. It is good that the public is kept out of city hall until 11. That way private meetings with folks like the developers at Mater Dolorosa can go on without interruption.

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  35. Professor Goss is concerned about staff productivity. What could be less productive than having to deal with the public?

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  36. Townies. Who needs them?

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  37. People calling, people coming in with questions. Interruptions at development services. Oh, what a bother!

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  38. The Hart Park House was a waste of time. Pat Alcorn was right. A huge amount of time was spent on Mayor Walsh's vanity project. All to build a storage room. Too bad that won't be said.

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  39. Denise is trying to give City Hall back to the people who pay for it. What could be more important than dealing with the needs people have? McMansion developments?

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  40. Hah! Harabedian is blaming it on the UUT.

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  41. It is closed for business. Only open for special business. To hell with the townspeople !

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  42. Mayor Johnny thinks development services is special, and shouldn't be bothered by townies in the morning. Now why would that be?

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  43. Just open the planning dept early and close it earlier to the public.

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  44. Delmar has great ideas on improving productivity.

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    1. She knows efficiency in the workplace.

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  45. Denise is saying that city hall's productivity problems are not just due to townspeople showing up at City Hall before 11AM. That the place could be reorganized to become more productive. I can't imagine Elaine enjoyed hearing that.

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  46. Well said Denise!

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  47. Start by firing the city manager and Inman

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  48. What does city staff do before 11AM? Work for the developers?

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    1. They're planning the development boom. That's where the money is.

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    2. Enjoy the cocoon of a city hall that doesn't have to wait on any pesky residents.

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  49. The city manager has to be schooled by Delmar.

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  50. Customer service the #1 priority at city hall? How radical! The big money boys won't like that.

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  51. There's a million different ways you can work this out, but the first thing is custoner service for the residents. Yes!!
    All the surrounding cites with the same ratio of staff to residents can do it so we shold be able to, too.
    Thank you Council member Delmar.

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  52. Nobody picks up the phone a city hall? What kind of attitude does it take for that??

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    1. Thank goodness it is being exposed and excised.

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  53. Elaine's solution. Make them go on-line.

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    1. That little discussion must have been humiliating for Aguilar.

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    2. She's had a lot of that lately. Been a long time coming, too.

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  54. I am so glad that we voted for Delmar!

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  56. Denise is on a roll. Allowing certain privileged water users to evade utility taxes on their usage does send a bad message.

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  57. Good old Barbara Leigh.
    The cap makes the city lose money.

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  59. Businesses get a UUT break on water. Businesses get access to city hall that residents are denied. Helluva message, Johnny.

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  60. Incentivizing new businesses by letting them get away with excessive water usage, when the residents have to cut or pay? Not good Mr. Harabedian.

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  61. I am sick of hearing how our downtown was not or is not "healthy" or "vibrant".
    Businesses make it here when they serve something the community needs.

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  62. Why does Goose feel the need to take both sides on every issue?

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    1. He's following the past master at it, Harabedian.
      Johnny made no sense at all - I voted for it but it'll be ok if we change it. Good grief.

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  63. I love the women on our council.

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    1. We are lucky indeed.

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    2. The two women are taking the lead. Goss mumbles, Harabedian juggles and Capoccia grimaces. But the ladies offer clarity and smarts. Good on them.

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    3. I still think it would be good to have Nancy Walsh making her classic faces, in a small box on the screen...like they use for the hearing impaired.

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  64. UUT cap be gone. Thank you Denise Delmar.

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    1. woo-hoo! Another step in the direction of fairness and responsibility!

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  65. Congratulations, Council repeals the special tax break for businesses 5-0.

    Another Nancy Walsh "accomplishment" dies.

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  66. Let me rephrase that... Fix the damn mic!!! We can't hear the public!!!

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  67. Bruce has trotted out nitrification. The real issue has arrived.

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  68. So the public speakers' mike is not working, but someone at the dais has left their mike on so we can hear them turn pages. argh.

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    1. The person in charge of the Audio Video send to KGEM is incompetence used to disavow any knowledge of why the public can not be heard. Can we get an AV professional in there please?

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  69. Hey Bruce...you're fired !!!! Love the way you always blame the State, or the County. Come on man, saddle up and get the hell outta here!!!

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  70. They didn't know any of this before the sold us out

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  71. Bruce is going to be hating life before this meeting is over. My prediction. $50 grand my keester.

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    1. Hope you're right. Bruce has hustled a lot of council members.

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  72. Inman wants to spend fifty thousand so he doesn't have to do his job.

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    1. No, he wants to spend 50 thousand because he can't do his job. The SGVMWD has been using chloramines for years. Why haven't they had this problem?

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  73. Hey Bruce, you are pathetic. How the heck do you keep your job. You should be working on building the storage space, you sure don't seem to do anything else....except collect a paycheck and benefits from us.

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  74. Alright ladies, get ready, it's slam dunk time. In your face, Inman!!!

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  75. That's a little better sound. What kind of accent is that?

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    1. French Canadian. Look at the picture and descriptions at the top of today's Tattler post.

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    2. Ah, yes. Thank you, didn't see that. Hey Montreal...L.A. Kings, baby !!!!

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  76. This lady is probably better equipped to run public works than Inman is.

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  77. Is there a brawl going on in the back room? All I can hear is a bunch of clunking noises.

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    1. Bruce is juggling microphones. He is looking for a live one so his career savior can be heard better.

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    2. Kgem is buffering, buffering....

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    3. If Sierra Madre hired Christy Brown, and he was just using his left foot the Audio Video send would be better.

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  78. Who the hell are these people. You could do a sitcom with all these characters that have been paraded in front us. It could be called "The Consultants". The lead character is the dude that was in their for the water rate studies...the green suite and little carney style mustache. What the hell is happening in our great little town ?!!!

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    1. The experts will save us. We're just little people. Leave a bag of gold at the door and they'll handle the big people duties.

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  79. This woman is being given as much time as she wants to give a sales pitch to the City Council that could result in her receiving $50,000. Ain't we just a bunch chumps.

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  80. The Doctor is proposing meetings with city staff. Now there's a really proactive idea.

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  81. I have no problem with the consultant herself - seems a lot more knowledgable than many we've had - but why can't staff do everything she's talking about?

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    1. I see a lot of it as PR. The perception is that the city has failed us on water. By spending money it looks like something meaningful is being done.

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  82. Enough of this film flam. City Council had better get back to serving the people of Sierra Madre, if not, I guarantee you that there will be a massive recall movement headed your way. Don't serve us, serve the special interests, and you will be recalled! Also get new blood in City Hall, some people need to lose their jobs....and you know who!

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    1. What's a "massive recall movement" did you remember what you dropped at the pool?

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    2. 4:44. What's the matter? Couldn't sleep?

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  83. Goss is asking about nitrification. Huh.

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    1. Inman answered, and offered the consultant as some "who knows a lot more than I do"
      No kidding.

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  84. We are not using our wells because Bruce Inman doesn't know what the effect will be?
    You mean he lost our water system and now it's too dangerous to get it back?

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  85. Water chemistry is constantly changing. Makes sense. Everything else is too.

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  86. Nitrification increases during the summer months. Germs loves heat. Frenchy and Broo are backpedaling on this.

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  87. Inman needs to be fired now!! How the heck did we get to this...it's a long way from his dog and pony leaky pipe show he did awhile back. He and Elaine need to be fired. I don't want my tax money going to inept people that don't serve our City.

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  88. Chloramines produce nitrification. Huh.

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  89. Who brought this doctor in.

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  90. The only reason we are going through this exercise is the nitrification issue. If this problem wasn't out there this conversation wouldn't be taking place. Staff is downplaying it because they fear the issue might gain traction with the public.

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  91. Great comment from the lady who gives her dog bottled water. Yes, the hydrant water is completely wasted. And why didn't we know about these potential problems??

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  92. Good point - Is the study being done because the connection to the junky water is permanent.

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  93. In the staff report it says that nitrification is a serious problem. In this meeting the City Manager said it isn't a problem. What is the real story?

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  94. Capoccia just said that we didn't know the problem would not go away - he's talking about the discoloration. It's the nitrification that's threatening. Why wasn't that known earlier?

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    1. I don't think he was telling the truth.

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    2. He is a professional liar

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  95. The Great Tax Fighter wants to spend the $50,000. Awesome. I want my vote back.

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    1. Who was the "Great Tax Fighter"

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  96. Denise - "We don't have that chemistry skill in the department." This happened because the people running the water department don't know what they're doing.

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    1. No, you got it all wrong. They are oh so qualified and running tests and consulting experts and...uh...must be gremlins that are to blame.

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    2. The townies did it.

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  97. The council just spent $50,000. Enjoy your undrinkable water.

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    1. There are some more pipes that won't get bought.

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    2. That's ok, we'll just raise water rates again!

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  98. Mayor Johnny wants you to know that just because they didn't take care of this earlier doesn't mean they weren't doing their job. They were just busy with other things.

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  99. Euuuu, Harabedian is praising 3 people on city staff as being expert and working on water every day. Except they couldn't handle it.
    The man can't help but kiss up to staff.

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    1. That is how he deals with staff failure. Praise. It makes them feel better.

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    2. That's Harabedian's m.o. All that hail fellow well met stuff.

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  100. Has anyone else noticed that Harabedian & Capoccia are having staff address all the water issues brought up in The Tattler?

    Well done, Moderator.

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    1. Thanks. They sure are backpedaling like hell on the nitrification issue. I think we scared them.

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    2. Staff always performs better when they know people are watching.

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