|The good old days.|
The consequences are still very much with us today. After two successive UUT increase initiatives failed at the ballot box, certain portions of the current City Council are now pushing for a third. And why might you ask? Don't the votes of the taxpaying people amount to anything? At least when they are cast against utility taxes?
Maybe it is just me, but I don't recall any ballot re-do just to make sure people really wanted that utility tax increase they voted for in 2008.
For at least two City Council members, apparently the answer is NO, your vote that denied a utility tax increase does not count. Or at least those votes don't mean quite as much as the needs of the cop union, along with the regional political powers that support them.
Because you know what? That problem never really went away. Rather it was kicked down the road all the way to 2015, where it will be discussed this morning at 10AM somewhere in the Fire Station.
This has all been more of something that has been going on for years.
The Mountain Views "Observer" article that announced all of this is partially reproduced below. That phrase Enid trotted out for the occasion, "It Ends Years of Discord Between the City and the POA," could likely be some of the most inaccurate prophecy ever spoken by an elected official here.
In case you are wondering what ever happened to Dieter Dammeier and the law firm that was representing the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association back then, here is an interesting article you might want to check out.
You can link to the rest of that article here.
We'll post something about the happenings at this morning's meeting first thing tomorrow. If you are going, please remember how this all started. It is a part of something that has been going on for years.