In 2016 John Harabedian and John Capoccia would each be up for re-election to another four year term should they choose to run. Current Mayor Harabedian, at his recent State of the City address, strongly indicated that he would be in favor of not only a 3rd utility tax increase attempt, but a newly created Library parcel tax as well. Why the Mayor would favor the separation of tax raising efforts into these two distinctly different parts has yet to be fully explained.
John Capoccia, who ran for his office in 2012 as a fiscally conservative candidate opposed to what were then among the highest utility taxes in the state, has since come around on the UUT increase question. He will likely favor tax increases.
The word out of the most recent Coordinating Council meeting, and per Community Services Department head Adam Matsumoto, is City Councilmembers will soon be available to make 30 to 45 minute presentations to any community group regarding what possible effects the lowering of the UUT to its twice voter approved rate of 6% will have on their particular interests.
We are going to assume here that the purpose of these Councilmember talks is to explain to each city organization how projected losses in revenue through voter mandated utility tax cuts will effect them individually. The hoped for effect being to create a consensus for an unprecedented 3rd UUT increase ballot initiative in six years, along with a new Library parcel tax.
There is no indication regarding which City Councilmembers will be delivering these tax talks, or if any organizations have yet to accept the offer. It is hoped that at least some groups would pass on this opportunity out of the belief that any efforts of this kind should not be surreptitiously conducted behind the scenes, but rather such important news should be taken directly to the public.
More on this story as it develops.
If Sierra Madre's yellow water problem has eased, why this?
I received the following e-mail yesterday.
Hello Mr. Crawford,
I think you have covered this story before but in light of the new developments with the Gov. and his water use mandates I think it's time the city stop letting the water out at Orange Grove and Michillinda. I don't understand why they don't capture the water, instead they let it run down the street almost to Foothill. I can't imagine how many gallons of water are wasted where they could be recycled and used as water for the city plants or dumped back into the basin. This happens several times a week and I really don't think the general population realizes what is happening.
Thanks for your blog :)
A 26 year resident of SM
The observation is a very important one. The word coming out of the Water Department these last several months is colored water problems have largely been dealt with, the strategies of our water quality consultant have worked, and they have received no new resident complaints lately.
However, if this is so, then why is water still being flushed down the streets and into the storm sewers of Sierra Madre, and in such considerable quantities? In light of recent highly publicized news about the State of California being down to its last full year of water (link), the sight is an especially jarring one.
The following pictures were included with this e-mail.