Are they renaming Sierra Madre's 4th of July Parade?
Mod: I am a little confused. I am also not quite certain I understand the following from the 4th of July Committee's Facebook page. Who, by the way, are a great committee and don't deserve any of my guff. But life being unfair, here it is anyway. Does the Kensington's "official sponsorship" of Sierra Madre's 4th of July Parade mean its name will have to change? Is it now going to be called something like the Kensington 4th of July Parade at Sierra Madre?
Are McMansions designed for growing marijuana?
Mod: There are many conspiracy theories about why McMansions are being built in such great numbers all over this part of the world. I happen to be on board with all of them. Even when they don't agree. But now there could be a new reason why some people are creating these immense barns. They need the extra room to grow pot. Probably so they can afford to make their immense mortgage payments. This from the Pasadena Star News (link):
438 marijuana plants seized from Arcadia home; suspect arrested - Police seized more than 400 marijuana plants from an Arcadia home late Saturday and arrested a 60-year-old man in connection with the indoor pot garden, officials said.
Yong Fa Jiang of Arcadia was booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The bust came about 10 p.m. after police officers patrolling the area spotted a “suspicious vehicle” parked along the street in the 2000 block of South Sixth Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Cullen said in a written statement.
“Officers contacted a person near the vehicle, and their preliminary investigation revealed that a marijuana cultivation operation was being conducted inside a nearby house,” Cullen said.
Dogs overthrow the Mayor of San Marino
Mod: The other day I posited the controversial theory that dogs are now bypassing human beings in the evolutionary chain. Take a walk around town on any given day and see if I am not right. And now dogs at this end of the valley have scored a stunning political victory. This also from the Pasadena Star News (link):
San Marino mayor resigns after being censured over dog poop incident - Mayor Dennis Kneier, who set off a political firestorm when he tossed a bag of dog poop onto a neighbor’s yard, resigned his post Wednesday, just 10 days after a surveillance video of the incident went viral.
He will stay on as city councilman. Effective immediately, City Councilman Eugene Sun will assume mayoral responsibilities through June 27. The council will meet next week to select a new mayor.
In his resignation letter, Kneier admits his actions were inconsiderate, disrespectful and wrong.
“I have apologized to my neighbor for my action, and I will pay a fine for littering,” Kneier wrote. “These events continue to be embarrassing to me and to the city. Because of this, I have decided to step down as mayor.”
Can we seize the Sierra Madre Water Company by using eminent domain?
Mod: Yes, I do know. Eminent domain is what faithless government uses to seize private property. Such as when a city administration confiscates somebody's single family home so their political cronies can build a so-called sustainable condo development and help save the world from global warming. Or some such thing. But is it eminent domain when the citizens take over a government holding because the nitwits running it are doing a miserable job? That I do not know. Here is a marginally related news item from the Los Angeles Register (link):
Claremont considers eminent domain takeover of private water utility's infrastructure - The City Council will vote Tuesday evening on whether to put a $55 million bond measure onto the November ballot – and position Claremont to force the water company that serves the community to sell off pumps, pipes and wells to the city.
Skyrocketing water prices have prompted city leaders to consider using eminent domain – usually used by governments to grab land for civic projects or for private ones deemed crucial because of the tax revenue new development would bring.
But Claremont, after residents’ years long frustration, is poised to try this creative approach of snatching Golden State Water Co.’s equipment and forming its own water company.
“The city wants to gain local control of its water destiny,” said City Manager Tony Ramos. “If the city had control of the assets, the City Council would have to approve rate increases.”
Residents have absorbed a 100 percent increase in prices over the last decade, according to city documents. Claremont customers pay on average $156.08 per month – 54 percent higher than Pomona, 65 percent higher than La Verne and 182 percent higher than Upland.
Mod: One more question. Haven't the residents of Sierra Madre been hit with 100% in collective water rate increases over the last several years?