Monday, June 22, 2015

The "Process" To Raise UUTaxes Will Take Another Step Forward @ Tuesday Evening's City Council Meeting

What, no City Council meeting?
As I'm sure you already know, the decision to put yet another Sierra Madre utility tax increase on the ballot, and for an unprecedented third time in six years, is pretty much in place. Signed, sealed & delivered.

But seeing how the voters of Sierra Madre have not been particularly crazy about tax hikes lately, and made their opinions on the matter known twice already, City Hall needs to gin up a fresh dog and pony show to sucker in the marks. It is, of course, "a process." Which I guess is better than calling it a newly enabled propaganda campaign designed to cozen even more money out of you so the city can shovel additional cash to its municipal employee unions. Like the cops.

Following hard on the heels of those community input meetings, we will now see the reintroduction of yet another recycled pro-tax increase consensus building strategy Tuesday evening. One that, while it never worked very well in the past, is also pretty much all that City Hall has up its sleeve. Old dogs are not always very good at coming up with new and credible tricks, and there is absolutely nothing groundbreaking about any of this.

Here is how the City Council Agenda Report clues us in on the next step in the utility tax raising process:


Pretty much the same old same old. First we were treated to the bizarre notion that the 100 (to be generous) or so people who showed up at a city sponsored event held in a garage to chat about tax hikes with City Staff made for an event immense enough to overturn the results of two city elections.

And next we will bear witness to a committee of fine citizens, handpicked by the city, who will dutifully ponder whatever budget data the City Manager carefully selects for them, and then come back with a less than surprising recommendation that Sierra Madre needs its third utility tax increase ballot measure in six years.

This is an example of something called "astroturfing." Here is Wikipedia's definition:


Once that comedy is concluded the City Council will then regretfully scratch their heads, sigh profoundly, chat for a bit amongst themselves, and then proclaim that while this is not what they'd hoped to ever have to do, it is something that must be done.

After all, wasn't it the consensus opinion at both the community input meetings and committee deliberations that utility taxes need to be increased?

At which time the City Council will wash their hands in the very finest Pontius Pilate style, assign much of the responsibility to folks other than themselves, and once that political cover is clearly established and astroturf in place, vote for the tax increase.

The Mountain Views News Chimes In


There you are. The budget town outreach (not input?) meetings were some of the biggest events "in Sierra Madre's recent history." Or at least according to H. Susan Henderson. The committee meetings will be really big, too. Possibly even historic.

Just you wait and see.

When City Hall and the cop union are working as hard as they are to overthrow two election decisions, every event they enable to accomplish these shared platinum dreams is going to be the super-de-dooper biggest that has ever been seen.

By the way, it certainly does look like Susan Henderson's grammar editor was on vacation this week. And yes, "tomorrow isn't look good either." Especially if you're going to that City Council tax increase meeting.


I ran this yesterday, but what the heck, I'll post it again


Still not sure what is up with that. Anybody know?

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60 comments:

  1. why on earth s the city thinking about creating a new committee to study budget increases? wasn't it just a few short years ago that they were busy eliminating and/ or consolidating committees and commissions so that the city could SAVE MONEY? I think the arguments then involved the expense of staff time and facilities usage. so now the city wants to SPEND MONEY on a group that is supposed to look at how the city should save money? actually, that's just the spin so that this group looks legitimate. the city really wants to SPEND MONEY on a group of citizens who will only affirm that the UUT needs to be increased. this way the city gets the town to make the noose that will hang them and the city can cry innocence. Just say NO to any new citizen committee and say NO to a UUT increase. Tell Elaine to "sharpen her pencil" and spend less of our tax money.

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    1. Elaine is the City Manager and works at the will of the Council. If she cannot lead & get the budget cuts requested, she needs to go. Call if "failure to execute job duties in a timely manner"if you like.

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    2. This City Council is turning out to be no different than all the other tax losers.

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    3. Yep. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Vote NO.

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    4. Won't get fooled again!

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    5. Voting NO for 3rd time.

      How about living in the REAL WORLD city hall?

      do something about your obscene pension plans?

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  2. It is true. Everyone in Sierra Madre wants to pay more taxes. No, really!

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    1. No More UUT Exemptions for those who are currently exempt.

      Take away the UUT exemptions and there is no way in hell another UUT increase would pass.

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    2. Yes by all means tax the poor great idea

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    3. Considering that SMPD officers make upwards of double what the average Sierra Madre taxpayer makes, most people here are poor in comparison.

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    4. 7:25 how about we don't raise taxes for anyone? The City has the money, they just want to keep paying for those Platinum Pensions.

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    5. This is all union driven. Our city council lacks the guts to fight them.

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    6. We the taxpayer of the Sierra Madre Village love taxes. Just ask the three little boys on the City Council. The balls that they play with are not enough for them. They're the play ground bullies. If John, John, & Gene want your ball, they take it. If the little boys forget to bring their ball or lose it, they just ask to have yours. The City has ask to play with our balls twice now and I keep telling them No. I still want my own ball to play with, they have there own, it is just not big enough for them. So now the City Administration is going after my ball for a third time! Make the City play with their own balls, Quit trying to steel mine!

      No UUT Stop insulting the Village Taxpayers

      Three Thousand of the Village taxpayers received an additional tax burden this year in the form of a SMPD Ticketing policy

      Sierra "Tax Us to Dead" Madre

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    7. I'm willing to pay up to 24% if it'll keep the library open...

      ...oh wait, no I won't.

      Ink me in as a NO vote.

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  3. City Hall can do what they want but when it comes time to vote the people will speak, NO MORE TAXES.

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    1. this UUT started with a bunch of lies and misinformation

      nothing has changed

      it's a NO for me

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  4. Raising taxes is how we preserve Sierra Madre. Can I get you a nice glass of Kool Aid?

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  5. No matter what people said at the input/outreach at the fire station, the privacy of the voting booth is the real story to come.

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  6. I will go door to door to fight this 3rd. time UUT. I think people are tired of it all. When the city manager has to go to the people with a dog and pony show for answers it's time for a new city manager. Let's get someone in there that knows how to run a city. We still have council members who don't know how to make decisions. The three men holding onto their backers wishes will not listen to the 2 ladies who know the problems and do this kind of work every day. It's like the guys against the girls. Mean Nancy is still pushing her influence.

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  7. Astro Turf me, Goose!

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    1. "I've been talking to a lot of residents and, well, they're all telling me they now know they made a mistake and, gosh, now they want a tax increase. No, really."

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    2. What gene thinks is truthJune 22, 2015 at 9:02 AM

      I've been getting a lot of email from people who know we need to raise taxes. I don't have any records of it in the city's email archives, but I get lots of email supporting the UUT

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    3. Thanks, Gene. So what is a lot for you? 2??

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  8. Maybe that local history tour is the City Council meeting? After all, they're saying stuff we have heard in the past.

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  9. The worse person on the City Council is the current Mayor!!! John is a turncoat. His best friend is John Buchanan. If I would have know the friends he keeps, I would have never voted for him. I voted for John because of his then views on being a financial conservative. The Mayor stated he would make the tough decisions... He has Failed!
    If the Mayor decides to run for another term, I will do my best to make sure he is Not reelected.

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    1. The Great Taxfighter, once elected, became The Great Tax Lover.

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    2. Harabedian was NEVER a fiscal conservative. Face it , you voted for him because he's a smooth talker. I will give him that.

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    3. John Harabedian our former Mayor supported a 10% UUT in 2012. Get a grip.

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    4. 9:03 John Harabedian is not the current Mayor!

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    5. what you expect?

      the dude skirted with unethical campaign mailings and he knew it

      just another blowhard lawyer

      I'm smarter than you

      no you aren't - run again so I can vote against you

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    6. If you are exempt and therefore do not pay the UUT, you should not get to vote on it. It does not concern you.

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  10. The Three Stooges:
    Mo - John Harabedian
    Larry - John Capoccia
    Curly - Gene Goss

    Hey Mo!

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    1. HEY!

      that's in insult to the Three Stooges

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    2. I resemble that!

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  11. I agree, there seemss to be many people in town who have had too much kool-aid. Most of these drinkers are still uninformed. They listen to what they're told, fear what they may lose, and rarely do any research. More money in the coffers of city hall only helps pay the salaries of the people who work there. Those employees are the herd mentality, also. They have fed at the trough too long and refuse to compromise by cutting their salaries and perks to save their jobs. So, the UUT will pass, with much back slapping and we will face the same deficit next year and the next. The infrastructure will remain undone, our water will still be gross,bonds not paid off, and the only answer wil be a parcel tax. How else can they get past Prop.13? Whether we agree or disagree with more taxes or a parcel tax or any other tax they can make up, they will still have their jobs and perks as well as their annual raise. Get ready for if the UUT passes, we can expect more and more. This city needs a forensic audit and it needs one now!

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    1. How do citizens demand and get an audit ?

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    2. Examine the discussions that went down a few years ago and start with that.

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  12. TEPAC.... We the residents must Repeal All UUT taxes. Repeal UUT 2016

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    1. I don't think you can win. But I do think we can fight and win to keep the 6% we voted for in 2012 and 2014.

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    2. Not only will the extremist approaches lose, they might even be counter-productive, as in making people think, "Well the city needs some money..."
      I hope the TEAPAC stuff doesn't make us lose.

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    3. The dumb bunnies who gathered at the firehouse with their 12% UUT are one extreme. The TPac 0% is on the other. The middle of the road is 6%. You get that by voting NO on whatever shows up on the ballot.

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    4. 5:11, well said.

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  13. John Capoccia is the current Mayor. John is the Financial Turncoat!!!
    He should have been re-call with his change of his position as a Financial Conservative.

    If your Best friend is John Buchanan and is a known DIRT, does that make you DIRT as well?
    I believe so.
    What we have is the Wolf in sheep's wool clothing. The same Wolf guarding our Village's Financial Hen House
    Too late to recall Capoccia the Wolf, but April could not come soon enough to replace the three Stooges!

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    1. Get a good candidate, you can throw Capoccia out in April 2016, no problem.

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    2. He's so full of himself that he'll run, too.

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  14. How much are the water fines some on the eastside will be paying soon?

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  15. The city staff wants the committees to do the staff's work.

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    1. The committee is just for show. The people chosen will do as they are told.

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    2. I hope that some of our more informed Tattlers will volunteer.

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  16. Mod, Henderson can't make it without an editor. That can't be the only doozie in that edition...

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    1. There are a lot of snoozies. It is a very boring publication.

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    2. if the Grammar Police arrested folks for their grammar transgressions, Susan Henderson would be serving a life term with no parole.

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    3. Susan's grammar matches her "ideas."

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    4. The fact that Henderson (aka ?) managed to take over a paper and be the editor is a testament to what a great con she is.

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    5. Susan still owes the actual owners a lot of money. She's kind of a squatter there.

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  17. 9.%6 am city hall states that if you use more water than city hall states you can use, you pay a $500.00 water fine. Vote to Repeal All UUT taxes 2016

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  18. Better Late Than NeverJune 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Tomorrow evening's City Council meeting is now listed on the City of Sierra Madre site.

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    1. That's a funny thing to miss....

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  19. If you want to get an idea of how shady city government is I suggest you watch True Detective on HBO ... Shady developers,a city manager,and a bullet train .
    It's kind of creepy when fact and fiction blend and play out more like reality T.V.

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  20. HOW MANY SIERRA MADRE PROPERTY OWNER'S WILL HAVE A FIT WHEN CITY HALL " tries to implement " a $500.00 water penality tax for over usage? This nonsense should really make city hall an unlikable party! City Hall tiered water rates were found " illegal & un constitutional " by a court of appeals , but our city hall states all rulings were incorrect! I believe there should be a class action law suit and enforce city hall to return all overcharged monies to its resident's!

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