This is only one of the many nagging questions Sierra Madre resident Earl Richey has for the City Manager, Elaine Aguilar. Richey says that he and other residents in town are noticing holes in their pipes and suffering some serious leaks as a result. Richey is also questioning the actual amount of water Sierra Madre actually has. And why is Arcadia so different? Mr. Richey told Beacon Media that: “Denise, Rachelle and Harabedian were given Elaine’s response and agreed to support me. No one had the backbone to say a word (at council meeting Tuesday).”
In point of fact, Richey has filed many public records requests with the city and hasn’t exactly been pleased with the response from the hallowed halls of Sierra Madre city.
In fact this is how our friend, John Crawford over at The Tattler put it this morning on his blog:
“Speaking of Arcadia, the topic of why they still have plenty of that fine mountain water in their wells while we, who used to get our stuff from the very same source, have very little, did arise. Bruce Inman, called upon to reply, brought up his bedrock theory again, something that has been met with skepticism in certain quarters of this community. Barbara Leigh, in one of those classic asides she is so famous for, quipped: “I am surprised to hear that Sierra Madre and Arcadia have different water tables.”
The Tattler also added this:
“Earl Richey rose to speak about his Public Records Requests and the belief that they have not been honored to the full spirit of the law by City Hall. While I have to admit that Earl has an unfortunate tendency for going off half-cocked at times, I too have had a similar experience with these kinds of City Hall records requests.
Elaine Aguilar replied to Mayor Harabedian’s questions about Earl’s accusations by stating he was given the option of coming down to City Hall and picking up copies (at .06 cents a pop) of the applicable documents. Sounds reasonable, right? However, what this actually means is that when you get down there you will be shown into a room largely filled with boxes of documents, the vast majority of which having nothing to do with your request. Or perhaps even all of them. Who can tell?
Faced with the burden of spending 8 hours at City Hall searching through a lot of inconsequential stuff for something that might not have even been made available to you, most would just pack it in and give up. Earl should just bite the bullet and hire a lawyer. Nobody deserves to be treated like this.”
Richey’s request for Public Records is on-going and an email request for comment from city hall by this newspaper has not been received as of press time.
John Crawford’s always entertaining and very often highly amusing take on council meetings also took a nice dig at a developer (Todd Boden…presumably of the Fred Boden Development Co.), who would like to develop despite the moratorium recently issued. Here’s what The Tattler said:
“The comedic highlight of the evening came courtesy of a developer by the name of Todd Boden. Like many who are attempting to make some major bank in real estate insane Sierra Madre, he wishes to take a single lot and magically double his pleasure by splitting it into two. Kind of like an amoeba. Much to his chagrin, Mr. Boden has lately discovered that he will not be able to get a water hook up for one of his reproductive plots. Or maybe both. I can’t exactly remember those details at this moment.
But where Todd really rocked the planet was with his claim that by pulling down old homes and replacing each with a couple of new ones, it would actually save water. Kind of a version of the old “development is green” canard …”
And so it goes, in Sierra Madre.
We have an update to Terry's Report
(Mod: We put our own photographer, I. N. Ternet, on the Mountain Trail case. He has now filed the following report.)