Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Will This City Council Have The Fiscal Discipline Needed To Run Sierra Madre On A 6% Utility User Tax?

The Library campaign takes flight.
Are you kidding me? There is not a chance in hell that a Harabedian-led City Council is going to show the backbone it will take to stand up to this city's employee unions, the Chicken Little Library claque, plus Nancy Walsh and the entire John Buchanan corporate Sellout Sierra Madre crowd. This one is over right now. Stick in the fork already.

Rachelle Arizmendi and Denise Delmar can talk until there is no tomorrow about establishing modern employee fiscal management practices for the first time ever at our sadly antiquated and old school City Hall, but I don't see it happening. Why? We are talking about a city government that has been literally awash in taxpayer cash for years. They're used to getting whatever they want, and don't really believe they will ever have to change. And who knows, they just might be right.

The highest utility taxes in California, the highest costing health care plans in California, Sierra Madre City Hall has had it all for years. And I don't think that the majority of this City Council will have the backbone it takes to break those bad old habits and stand up for the taxpayers. Even if they wanted to, which they do not.

Enablers like Harabedian and Goss are big time political machine union guys who want to give city employees as much as they possibly can. Capoccia will talk endlessly about saving money and being prudent, but in the end he'll vote with the union guys. You know, because he has some doubts and he wants to be fair.

This will be the girls against the boys, and the people of Sierra Madre will lose on a 3 to 2 vote.

So where is this all really heading? What will the immediate consequence of this loss be? A third attempt to raise the UUT back up to 10%. Or, if they think they can get away with it, 12%. Three of the five members of this City Council apparently do not wish to respect a decision the voters of Sierra Madre have now made twice. That being to cut utility taxes and rein in the costs of running City Hall.

You can bet the farm on it. The chickens, too. The UUT is going back on the ballot for a third time. And far sooner than you might think.

City Hall finally deals with the sex offender issue  3 years too late

Yep. Three years of not having a solitary clue about how to deal with an issue that twice has had a devastating impact on this community, and now City Hall is writing a letter to Judy Chu and Chris Holden.

Far too little, and way too late.

Chris Holden

All you need to know to realize what a phony this guy is can be found by clicking here. The epitome of what a bought and paid for L.A. County machine politician is all about.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

82 comments:

  1. Only thing I can say is that if the ladies wanted this plan accepted then I think it had to be easier to understand. Having read it several times, I found the goals confusing. All I understood was more money, not a lot, and no clear plan for when there was no money in 2 years. Grant you, I don't understand all the lingo, like compacted salaries and the like. What I do know is that I support the ladies generally and was surprised by the males voices. Someone needs to take the time to put this plan in simple, understandable jargon. Maybe I'm not smart enough to follow it. As a non-Union, simple city dweller I need to understand how this plan, is helping us. I would like the men to come up with a plan and tell us what they feel would be the right thing for the city and its people. Not necessarily the employees but the tax payers. I can say this. After last nights meeting, I am more sickened by politics than I ever was before. I know there is something very wrong with the 3 guys. And it probably is their desire to raise taxes. I also see city staffs hand in this. Reminds me of the old days when you had a job, you wanted to learn, you did all you could see to do , regardless of some job description, and became a valuable employee. That's what I think the ladies are trying to do with the new structure. At least I think so. It's not just the council who has to understand its us, too. I guess you can see how confused I am.

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    1. It does away with those obscene $36,000 health care plans, no raises for management and lower paid employees are protected from being dinged. The unions hate it. This whole phony library campaign is designed with their interests in mind. Plus it is driving poor Nancy Walsh out of her mind. That should tip you off.

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  2. NO INCREASED UUT!!!!! Bring back the Koerbers to help defeat this!

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    1. Why can't you do it?

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    2. Those are the magic words 7:03. Don Watts used to say people always think somebody else is the government, but really, it's us.

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    3. It was definitely a team effort that killed the UUT both times.

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    4. The same UUT losers are back with another story for the kids. Last night was the roll out.

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    5. In 2008, the City Council and staff promised a UUT tax rate reduction in 2015. Time for promises to be kept.

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  3. While I like the idea of having a library, the times I have been in there, it is over staffed. A title is a title, nothing more. I don't understand their concern about being demoted. It could be run more efficiently.

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    1. It isn't really about the Library, though. It is about employee salaries, benefits and pensions. If it was about "saving the library" nitwits like Walsh would be happy about cutting the costs necessary to keep it running. But that is not really the point.

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    2. Harabedian and Goss aren't big time anything - a couple of yokel wannabees playing dress up politics

      no surprise both were supported by Buchanan and Stockley

      Rob has gotten very boring with his "the library will close" sob story which he's been spinning that yarn for several years

      and if the librarry had to close, so be it - the Pasadena system is better and convenient and the SM library could annex into that system and save the city $$

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    3. the UUT hatched with the lies and coverup of Buchanan's Council and it continues today

      I'll vote the same next time, NO

      it's had to take Goss and Harabedian serious



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  4. Goose and Happybedian are joined at the forehead. The tax me Siamese twins.

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  5. There will be fewer Libraries in the future, the young people use the internet and can get more up to date information faster, books are great, and there will always be a few libraries. The Sierra Madre Library is outdated, over staffed, and not really needed, except for the Ego's of a few DIRTS!

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    1. The Library is a sacred cow being cynically used by the 12% UUT party to push their big govt agenda. These people have no shame.

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    2. Something I heard last night that kind of slipped by me was the pool. I thought the people running it were supposed to redo it. Now it's being done out of the rental monies the city gets. And I also hear that the bids gotten by the people who run the pool were less than the bids the city got. So why not let the people who are running it do it? Elaine said the bids the city got are more expensive because of all the legal requirements. Does this make sense?

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    3. Looks like Johnny, Goose and Cappy's tough guy negotiating talk on the pool was just another one of their carnival acts.

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    4. Unless people have a school age kid, they might not realize the degree to which printed texts are becoming obsolete. Within a couple of years, the only textbooks kids will have will come through apps. It won't be long after that when books just won't be in the form we are used to anymore.

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    5. True. My kids read all of their English class novels on a Nook. The only time they ever went to the library is when their school took them there.

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    6. If the pool operator contracted for the work directly, Bruce "Rusty Pipes" Inman would not be able to assign any Public Works staff to "oversee and assist" in the work. He's not about to pass up an opportunity to reallocate payroll costs for his bloated and underworked department. BTW the way, if the water dept. is not longer pumping from the wells where are the cost savings for the electrical utility expenses (pumps no longer running 24/7) and the cost of chlorine formerly used to treat the water.

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    7. The reason Waterworks was awarded the contract over two other bidders is that they agreed to have the rent monies placed into a fund for improvements on the pool. Waterworks makes their money by giving lessons. The other bidders were not going to pay rent, but merely run the program, therefore keeping all the fees they collected. That meant that the City would have to pay all of the repair and maintenance costs. With Waterworks, it is a win-win for the City. They pay money that goes into a fund for repairs, and the City doesn't have to dip into the General Funds.

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    8. Still should have used the bid Waterworks got. I don't see why that couldn't be done. Isn't that one of the purposes for contracting out?

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    9. The maintenance fund is legally the City's money so they have to abide by the stupid rules. No one ever said that government used common sense.

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    10. Then why did Waterworks go out for bids? They didn't get the memo? Is city staff "charging back" anyone for the precious time they used getting less favorable bids?

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    11. Kinda hard to control kickbacks if city staff not involved

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  6. Political leadership in this city is posturing and stammering and pretending to be fair and knowledgeable/well-versed, and oh yes, interested, in so many diverse subjects. So, maybe this is impossible and these folks are just that, folks. At least the ladies don't have to wear poorly fitting business suits that are past their prime and style.

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  7. Haven't been on here in some time but after seeing last nights little insult I have to say something. As a male I was embarrassed to see the 3 men start raising their voices and getting red in the face for over what I don't understand, they said they didn't understand. The ladies should not have to put up with that kind of reactions, reactions that came from these 3 guys saying this isn't there area of expertise but, their but went on to discuss the parts that they wanted even after being informed it's part of the big picture and needed to be discussed. I'm only guessing but seems like most of that conversation should have taken place behind closed doors. I vote for people who I think are going to be good for the city. From what I saw last night it seems obvious that more taxes and higher density is still on the way. Come on guys, these ladies are professionals in this field and if you don't understand it you get upset in public, get behind closed doors and discuss this. Really.

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    1. Don't understand something. Then get indignant and raise your voice. Bad management, ala 1970s, has no place in Sierra Madre.

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    2. I may not be an expert or have any clue about the subject but that won't stop me from blathering away

      childish men - boys

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  8. I think a 8% UUT would be fair and balanced. Think of the children who would suffer,and the elderly if there were closures and reductions.

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    1. Gotta pay for those Platinum Pensions. Do I hear 10%

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    2. Better call the LASD SWAT Team. Somebody is holding the Library hostage!

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    3. Oh! Did I mention I'm exempt? As are many seniors and working mothers.

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    4. That is no excuse for not brushing your teeth.

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    5. Exempt but still voting yes on a UUT increase? Why is it ok to waste other people's money?

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    6. If the city can't get it done with a 6% UUT, they might find themselves having to try and do it with no UUT at all. Then we'd all be exempt.

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    7. "Exempt but still voting yes on a UUT increase? Why is it ok to waste other people's money?"
      Redistribution of wealth.............and city services are not a waste of money.

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    8. Platinum Pensions and Golden Health Plans are a waste of money. Where are the taxpayer's Platinum Pensions?

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    9. The roles have been reversed. We now work for city hall.

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  9. People who want the Library should have no problems with cutbacks at city hall. That some of them do raises a lot of doubts about their honesty.

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  10. I am a firm supporter of the library. As one once said, a library is more than just books. It is a meeting place, and a place where children can learn how to find the information they want, be it by computer or by reference books. But, the recent outrage from the Trustees and our former librarian over a title change, and eventually a shift in management alignment is disgusting. For those who claim to have the City at heart, they sure don't act like it. The Library is being given more hours to do what librarians do by having the website responsibilities taken to City Hall. They get to keep their same budget and then some. As far as Nancy Walsh is concerned, she may have had a point about the finance director position, but that point was negated by her snarky and vastly untrue remarks prior to her point. But don't get me started on Nancy Walsh who has some sort of vendetta against the two very brilliant women we elected to our City Council. Nancy, jealousy will get you nowhere.

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    1. The weirdest moment of Nancy's appearance last night is when she accused Rachelle and Denise of being "angry." All while she was practically cross-eyed with rage herself.

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    2. If a man were to accuse women in executive positions of being "angry," it is almost always considered sexism. What do you call it when Nancy Walsh makes that accusation?

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    3. For whatever reason, three councilmen do not share the Citizen's concerns regarding the future development of our City nor do they show any interest into the shocking revelations of the city's financial fiasco. Time for a change....RECALL....

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    4. I agree. It is strange that the City Council Boys Club believes they can ignore a voter verdict that was delivered twice. All so they can pay employee pay increases, Lexus health plans and platinum pensions. Recall? Hell yeah!

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    5. What do call it when Nancy Walsh says anything? Stupidity, of course.

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    6. Walsh has an anger management problem, so it's no surprise that she projects it on others.

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    7. Nancy is a stone cold hater.

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  11. So let's close the library!!

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    1. I'd rather cut back spending at city hall first. Why should a service that is actually available to residents be shut down first? Who invented that priority list?

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  12. The ladies have it right. At least 2 of the males are angling for taxes and more building. We need to address this at the next city council meeting.

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    1. The fellows were working together. It was obviously organized. The most laughable of the three was Capoccia. He claimed to be concerned about more spending, so he was against an idea that would cut spending. All three were on a Brown Act offensive last night. Where's the FBI when you need them?

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    2. Capoccia hasn't met a tax or rate hike he didn't like since he was elected. That he was furrowing his brow over so-called cost increases last night, and then carrying on like the big bad tax fighter he wants people to believe he is, was hilarious. He is quickly becoming a fool.

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    3. BABC - Brown Act Boys Club.

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  13. No one invented any list. It's economics. In order to get city hall open and to keep other things going, the best place to start is the library. How often do you use it? I want to see perks cut, top heavy salaries within reason, no McMansions, no misuse of open land at that ilk. The library not so much.

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    1. How often do you use city hall?

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    2. Nobody uses City Hall. City Hall uses you.

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    3. Good point. Keep city hall hours the same. I love books. I read a lot and I refuse to download at this time. I'm not anti library but for the amount of people I have ever seen in there, it doesn't warrant the amount of staff or increase in hours. I would love to know what a head librarian or an assistant does during the day. Anyone?

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  14. Why was no hunting connected to the doomed-to-fail gun control issue?

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    1. Chief Giaknownothing would love nothing better than to disarm the residents of this town. That way they can't go taking the law into their own hands. Which is pretty much the only way you'll ever get any real law enforcement here.

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    2. NO Hunting and the restriction of hunting weapons in parks was not a gun control issue. You will be able to hunt, with a license (after passing the required Hunter Education course and with the proper tags for the animal you want to hunt) during the season in which you want to hunt, but accessed from your vehicle within the National Forest. This way you don't have to truck the kill down the hill on a garage hand truck. Anyone who headed into a city parking lot with a hand truck in their car knows pretty certain that they are going to find game (deer in this case) in easy reach. They probably cheated on the test questions about hunter's ethics.

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    3. I guess they missed the point that this was a bow hunter kill and not a gun. Gun banners never let facts get in the way.

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    4. if you decide to sleep in your car - ALWAYS be armed in SM

      then you'll have a fighting chance against the SMPD when Officer Amos starts blasting away on you

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  15. Only one comment about the guys ganging up on the gals, who in this case were the experts in human resources, budgeting and finances. Say what you want, it's the dirt's, hard at work.

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    1. these three dudes IQ collectively drops to the infant level

      what is Goss an expert on?

      Harabedian?

      I've said it before and it's still the same, they are not on this Council for either you, me or our neighbors

      for themselves

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  16. Cracks me up when people think a suicidal person is going to know or read a law and follow it, oh, can't shoot myself here, it's against the law. Do note, only the honest obey the laws, the lawless sure don't. Lets get real here and put the emotions aside.

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  17. Local laws are trumped by State and Federal.

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    1. Can you hunt in California State Parks?

      Can you hunt in California on Federal Lands--National Forests
      National Parks and Willife Refuges

      Can you hunt on pirvate property, within the city of Sierra Madre (ie the Monastery)?

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    2. Nancy was angry last night before she sat down. I got the evil eye from her as we passed in the hallway and bathroom a couple of times. She sat in the aisle on the end away from me and it started there. Nancy wakes up angry. Here is an observation about the aging process: it dosen't make you something your were not already, but it exaggerates more of what you always were. Plan on seeing Nancy get angrier and angrier and angrier.

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    3. yeah but angry Nancy is comical

      she doesn't realize that she's already a laughing stock

      come on now while on the Council Nancy didn't accomplish one minor thing and spent her entire 4 years trying to get rid of the bathroom at Memorial Park and turn it into storage for the Senior Hall

      she'll tire soon cause apparently she doesn't have any supporters at all

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  18. I thought Capoccia was going to blow a gasket right on the spot, he must really hate women in a place of authority, definitely old school man.

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    1. Misogyny is alive and well on the Sierra Madre City Council.

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    2. that's common in SM - two women I know served on the Sierra Madre Little League and the two or is it three term President regularly shot down and ignored comments or suggestions from the "womenfolk" and it was a good old boys club

      As a male, I'd like to see a 3 female majority on the Council, as long as Nancy Walsh isn't one of the three

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  19. 3:53, guess only a hunter would know that. Can we assume the answer is no to all the above?

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  20. All 5 council members should vote to change all employees titles. Have each employee Increase their contributions to their health care plans. Give homework to the guys on the council to follow up with cities similar to Sierra Madre (not South Pasadena or San Marino) and then make a presentation as to how the City of Sierra Madre will move forward into the future with out an increase in taxes and then for good measure, include the pay down of the water bond.

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  21. Once the city hall is open, it is a very uninviting place. I am sure the workers in the horseshoe are in a teetth grinding mood before they even set the brakes as they park their car.

    You all might not know this but the signs on the little steel poll at the outter edge of the horseshoe, telling you to wait there (I forget the exact wording) to be address from some one inside the horseshoe, is the brain child of Elaine.

    The geometry of the place is very off-putting and it predates Elaine by decades but I could rearrrange the space so workers work together and greet the public with a lot less tension. Waiting until 11 a.m. to address a problem starts the tension even before the resident leaves home.

    A lose, lose. lose situation all the way around.

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    1. I disagree. We'd be better off with a part-time City staff and City Hall. Less hours in which to spend our hard-earned money. Leave public safety on 24/7, part-time the rest.

      PS: Harabedian Goss & Capoccia could balance that budget, I think.

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    2. The 3 Dudes want to jack up our utility taxes again. After they do that then they'll brag about how they balanced the budget. Sorry, no more employee $36,000 health plans. If they keep it up I will vote for a 0% UUT.

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  22. I bet that it was Elaine Aguilar who contacted Nancy Walsh - Aguilar knows full well that Walsh is incapable of staying on point, and that Walsh's comments will always degenerate into personal attacks.
    I cannot imagine the amount of kissing up that Aguilar has done to Walsh to make her obedient.

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  24. Goss and Harabedian are traitors. The fact that they can't take no for an answer with regard to the previous UUT outcomes is pathetic. I wish absolutely nothing but the worst for Harabedian's future career. You shouldn't even be allowed to be on the council without owning property in the city. No skin in the game and very little integrity throughout.

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    1. what u expect - he was completely unethical with his campaign marketing so why change now

      at least we all know that with a simple google search his future political career is doomed

      he's a pawn, just like Joe Mosca was

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