Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Tattler Posts Unfortunate News

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Mod: While it is true that The Tattler posts unfortunate news, that doesn't mean it is necessarily a bad thing to do. If the truth be told, we rather enjoy it. I mean, if it was good news you wanted, then what in the blue blazes are you doing here? And to be completely open with you, if someone presents me with good news, my first instinct is to try and find out what is wrong with it. Trust me, it never takes long. Here are four examples of unfortunate news. Enjoy, but only if that is what you're looking for, OK? I'm not here to try and help make your decisions for you. I have plenty of my own to deal with, thank you very much. Including whether I should have written this post or not.

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?

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71 comments:

  1. Yes, seize the Sierra Madre Water Company by using eminent domain.
    Fantastic idea.

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    1. We should do that. We can take it into bankruptcy and get out from under all of that Bart Doyle era bond debt.

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    2. I think this would be reverse eminent domain.

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    3. Yes. Another term for it would be "residents taking back their city."

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    4. The only way to get out of the terrible situation Doyle and his ilk have created is to declare bankruptcy. It's clear now that the intention all along was to make the MWD hook-up a permanent source of water, and to feed the development machine. Otherwise it's just a snake eating its own tail.

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    5. One stupid man's greed has done so much damage to this town.

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  2. Why does the Kensington feel they need to do all of this PR work?

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    1. You're right. That is not a good sign. I wonder what we have to look forward to.

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    3. Ah, they're just trying to buy good will. It'll help their profits.
      Let's hope that will be the last oversized thing built in our nicely sized town.

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    4. When the City raised all of their fees they also slapped a fee on those entering the 4th of July parade. The Committee believed that because this is a hometown parade, no one should be required to pay a fee. So, the Committee tried to find a way to circumvent the fee. In steps a sponsor. Kensington. Great pr for the company and a win for the citizens. Nothing more mysterious than that.

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    5. Just as long as it is tastefully done. I'd hate to see big money sponsorships start to dominate our smalltown parade. Especially controversial ones.

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    6. there is no "tasteful" way 11:35

      I've basically ignored the parade for the last 8 or so years, since the Joe Mosca trainwreck took over the parade, it was strung out and full of out of town realtors or businesses. It's long and boring and adding advertisers just tells me to ignore it more.

      and it's hard not to flip off annoying pompous Councilmembers cause so many run for Council just to be a big shot or ride in the parade waving to the parade and nobody knows or cares who they are and some were downright rude and arrogant but claimed to be "civil" and "rational"

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    7. if it takes 200 staff hours to pre-plan the Mt Wilson Trail race, how many does it take for the 4th of July Parade?

      how much that cost?

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    8. I think the fee for a business that has a license in SM should pay a set amount and for any out of town participant should be charged up the wazoo so they stay away

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    9. There is a lot of buyer's remorse in town about the Kensington right now. I think they would be wise to quietly go about their business and not try to be everybody's special pal. The money they charge people to live there is unconscionable.

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    10. Some Council members have walked or biked in recent years. More sustainable.

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    11. 1:39, excellent idea.

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    12. I get it that there needs to be some kind of security force to keep the peace at the city parties, but why else is staff involved, at all?

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    13. They do have a nose for other peoples' money, don't they?

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    14. Sorry Tattlers that I'm a broken record on this, but if volunteers can't handle the celebrations, we shouldn't have them.

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    15. Here's a question. How much of that Kensington 4th of July Parade money will end up being siphoned off to City Hall?

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    16. You make it sound like money laundering, 4:31.

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    17. the sponsorship is just one more reason to ignroe the 4th of July parade - it's getting tackier and tackier - it's more about "marketing" than the 4th of July

      how are the sales going for Kensington? I heard it was like $ 50,000 a year to park your Mom or Dad there?

      how long before the complaints about the fire and police sirens or did the city make a deal for the sirens to remain silent until they get a few blocks away

      what a dumb location

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  3. A loyal Tattle poster is in the hospital recovering from surgery.
    She'll love this article today.
    Come home soon.... MVW!

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  4. Disclaimer: This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

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  5. San Marino needs to be muzzled.

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    1. Amazing. The one issue that has seized the attention of San Marino residents is dog poop.

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    2. I saw the vid that caught the mayor in his bad choice, and what's kind of funny is that the woman he is walking with clearly indicates to him that he is to throw the bag where she points. A small scale Lady MacBeth.

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    3. Athens Garbage Collection is supposed to provide the city with 15 dog waste bag dispensers when that gonna happen?

      typical city, takes hundreds of hours of reviews, consultants and blah blah blah to tell Athens to put up the dispensers as they promised

      can't we complain to the Chamber? the Athens rep is the Chamber Prez, speak up Prez.

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    4. Maybe people should go with the San Marino "share with your neighbor" plan.

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    5. 9:23, your'e not up to speed on San Marino activism. Large numbers of residents show up for council meetings, or planning commission meetings. Sometimes it's because of a tree, or an ordinance, or taxes or....they do a better job participating in decisions than the residents of this town do.

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    6. San Marino residents are highly active because they spot a sellout right away and nail it. Next Wednesday is another one at Planning Commission where a developer is asking for special privilege to build a 9-unit planned development right at Huntington Drive and Los Robles. Better believe folks will be out there in droves to shut it down. And if the developer appeals to City Council, well, one mayor down and two councilmembers to go to get rid of the county control over the City (that's what this is really about). No backdoor deals on this one.

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  6. Justin Bieber got a billion hits, ya' got a ways to go sparky!

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    1. That's true. But then again The Tattler has not caused millions of adolescent boys to go and get really bad haircuts.

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    2. Or get arrested for possession of illegal drugs. Just saying.

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    3. How's that Measure UUT working out for you, 7:57?

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  7. 7:57 As long as a very large group of voters in Sierra Madre stop reading the Tattler...your side is going to be hurt, Snarky! LOL

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    1. 7:57 may be projecting.

      "Psychological projection is the act or technique of defending oneself against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in oneself, while attributing them to others.[1] For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude."

      Courtesy of Wikipedia
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

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    2. 7:57 longs to get his hair biebered. And then walk into the Buc.

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    3. http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/06/celebrity-bieber-bangs

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  8. Obviously, a lot of Sierra Madre voters read the Tattler. It's hurting you dirts....as well.
    Too bad.
    Thanks to John Crawford and Tattler posters the truth about this "dirty little corrupt secret" the city has been hiding as come to light.....and it's very, very dark. The gigs up dirts. We now know the truth. Thanks John Crawford.

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  9. whichever city staff worked the Mt Wilson Trail race and billed the race or got paid for their hours should be ignored when they claim they are overworked, underpaid and unhappy with working for the city unless they get paid astromnical wages and excessive benefits to work in SM

    I couldnt imagine how insane it must be to have a rotating ego train of "employers/councilmembers" and always being pushed around with iditotic agendas like spending staff hours on a non issues like a bathroom at Memorial Park (took Walsh 4 years on the project and she didn't accomplish one thing on her only issue while as Councilmember or being instructed to drop everything to serve the needs of a developer and being told to do this by a SoCal Edision lawyer who moonlighted as a Councilmember or ignored the requests of another Councilmember who asked for audits of massive expendtures resulting in the City Manager stalling the audit until the Councilmember's term was up and then it was a non issue with Council majority even though residents questioned on what was being done and why?

    and now we find out that city staff billed the Mt Wilson Trail Race hundreds of staff hours to pre plann and provide 1 day event support and city staff got paid over 60% of the operating budget of an annual event that has almost zero changes or "planning" required

    I can't believe the SMPD allegedly charges city events $ 150 an hour for "security"- isn't that their job already?

    Nancy Walsh who is openly supported politically by the local paper, key civic organizations, the realtor clan said that the city didnt' need volunteers and volunteers served at the Council bequest of the Council.

    The city staff apparently was billing the Mt Wilson Race for something and it took over 200 hours of their time for a one day - same old same old event.

    What I dont' get is why the city staff was charging for staff time and when the time was being recorded?

    were they working off the clock or extra hours or did they do race planning while already getting paid as an employee?

    either way sounds like double dipping and is this the same for every event in the city? I don't get why the Director wasn't complaining and I've always understood that the Trail Race raised funds for trail maintennence, not for staff overtime and 2nd income.

    hundreds of staff hours on "planning" the Mt Wilson Trail Race hat is the same year after year? lol no wonder we need the highest utility rates in the state

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    2. Great post. That is my question, too. Since city staff is already paid a salary, why does money from organizations hosting an event have to go to them as well? To cover for work the taxpayers are already paying them to do? It is like we're being taxed twice.

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    3. Mayor of RealvilleJune 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      2:02 the reason the city is taking $$ from events like the trail race to cover salaries is because:

      (whispering) The admin budget is being subsidized by special event & redevelopment monies. This way, instead of cutting costs from the general fund, you just make special events, etc. pay part of them.

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    4. Pensions and benefits! Thank you volunteers!

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    5. There is no great productivity or accountability In the weepy victim worldview that dominates city hall.
      I'm willing to bet that when they see comments criticizing them, if they do, they feel utterly misunderstood.
      There are so few efficient people connected to our city government that it's a marvel it functions at all.

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    6. I think they believe they're fighting for survival. It is a kind of bunker mentality.

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    7. the poop flows uphill - I'm sure there are alot of hard working caring employees but the "visible" leaders are sort of sucky when it comes to listening to residents and putting developers at the front of the line at city hall

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  10. isn't the law for growing your own medical mary jane that an individual can grow up to 5 plants?

    I remember the good old days when the police blotter used to be comical like the time a resident called in a suspicous persons report of 2 young males wearing white shirts and ties riding bicycles and after investigation it was determined to be Mormon missionaries.

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  11. The Kensington is here for one reason only - a healthy profit on their investment. If memory serves, that means Billy, his wife, and her brother, or some other third person. They own it, they are rich beyond the imaginings of most Sierra Madreans, and they are here in order to continue living in the manner to which they have become accustomed. Not in that facility, mind you. There are much better, safer, places to go when you are elderly, if you have enough money.

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    1. The Kensington is the kind of place specializing in removing everything that you can't take with you to heaven.

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    2. well I hope the Kensington fails miserably cause the owners reek

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    3. I found Mr Shields to be honest and has a very good reputation. He did everything the City asked him to including agreeing to the Measure V vote. He made his money as a pro football player and has a Super Bowl Ring to prove it, plus being a very good investor. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make money. I hate the project and think the City could have done a better job in toning it down, however, they didn't. But to say he was dishonest is just talking off the top of your head.

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    4. I'm curious. Can you point out where someone said Billy is dishonest?

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    5. Billy did get the city to pay for his wine tasting room, and I recall the steps to the storage units on Montecito that he owns did not comply with the city building codes. That was swept under the rug.
      Special treatment Billy.

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    6. While your allegations may be true, you've identified the worng Billy.

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  12. Pasadena Star News: Southern California Edison explains 8% rate increase for all customers
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20140618/southern-california-edison-explains-8-rate-increase-for-all-customers

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    1. More UUT revenue for the city. Mr. Kumbaya was right.

      Higher electric rates = boatloads of more tax revenue.

      PS: is the Library still open?

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    2. I hear the city fired half of the Police Department today.

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  13. I'm surprised you haven;t discovered that our pipes also contain Dihydrogen Monoxide. It's a major component of acid rain and can corrode and oxidize many metals.

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    1. Well Mod, it looks like you're supposed to be a chemist as well as the Bieb.

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    2. Bieberist. Actually now I'm curious. Gonna check it out when I get home.

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    3. Dihydrogen oxide would be H2O, also known as water. Ha ha.

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  14. I agree with poster 4:23 pm If social events like the Mt Wilson Trail Race end up costing the City of Sierra Madre money, then it may be time to put the race to an end. Don't want the fun to be gone, but really don't want extra monies to paid out.

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    1. no the Race Director needs to better manage the event and not rubberstamp hundreds of city staff hours "planning" the event and not providing the actual service of the event, raising money to maintain the trail year round

      not pad the pockets of staff with event revenue

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    2. City Hall just turned it into a line item for staff to log their time to on their timesheets to justify more expenditures. Dirty little accounting trick because most of that time was probably not even remotely connected to the event, other than maybe reading emails about it.

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    3. It is all about the money. They're funding their pensions.

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  15. Thank you Anonymous: June 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM
    "When the City raised all of their fees they also slapped a fee on those entering the 4th of July parade. The Committee believed that because this is a hometown parade, no one should be required to pay a fee. So, the Committee tried to find a way to circumvent the fee. In steps a sponsor. Kensington. Great pr for the company and a win for the citizens. Nothing more mysterious than that." Exactly True! The Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee hit the streets for donations and a parade sponsor. We could not be more grateful to The Kensington for their generous donation and making sure no one in our community has to pay an "entry fee." We will not be changing the name of OUR HOMETOWN Parade... EVER! - The Fourth of July Committee.

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