Saturday, June 6, 2015

UUT3: How It All Got To This ... And No, It Was Never About the Library

The good old days.
This leg of the City's long road to where we find ourselves today began in December of 2007. It was then that a City Council led by then Mayor Enid Joffe basically gave away the farm to Sierra Madre Police Officers Association. All of which was contingent on the voters casting their ballots for the largest utility tax increase in the history of Sierra Madre. Which, of course, they did.

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.

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19 comments:

  1. it doesn't matter if all Sierra Madre city employees are "the lowest paid in the San Gabriel Valley". If what we pay is so unfair why then they can just get a job in another town that will pay them more. they do have a choice in the matter. And don't give me the line bout low wages will not attract the best employees - have you ever seen competence from a government employee, no matter what they are paid?

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    1. Every city employee could be replaced in two weeks. There would be hundreds of applications. When Adam was promoted to Rec Manager there were 50 applications for thte positions.

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  2. The average compensation for an employee in California is $65,000. Henry Amos's total compensation in 2013 was $143,000. City government employees are ridiculously overpaid, and comparing their salaries to other government workers is ridiculous. Throw the salary of the average private sector worker into the mix and you can see that.

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    1. According to Wikipedia the average family income in Sierra Madre is $79,500. Still a lot less than our put upon PD.

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  3. The policing costs in Sierra Madre are bleeding the city dry. The police union has been pushing the city council around for years. We'll get to see of anything has really changed today.

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  4. Too many cops for too small a town. And too unfriendly for such what once was a group of friendly cops.

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    1. Their arrogance and unfriendly attitudes come from being so far ahead financially than most residents here.

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    3. The '60s ended a long time ago, man.

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  5. Sierra Madre is run by a lot of out of towners who work very hard on their own interests and against ours.

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    1. Those interests being Platinum Pensions and Golden health Plans?

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  6. We need to be careful how the S.M.Police pay issue is framed. Often they are refereed to as "our" Police Dept. Nothing could be further from the truth. They certainly are not 'ours' except when it comes to paying the bills.They are their own law unto themselves.They display little allegiance to Sierra Madre or it's citizens. It is just about the money,fat pension and an easy job with total job security.
    So let's refer to the Police Dept in honesty ,not misleading little words like 'our' Police Dept.It belongs to the Police themselves and their Union -P.O.A.

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  7. The union is actually called the "Police Association" or PA, now. That's because they let dispatchers join, too. Need more dues.

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  8. this is the residents remedy!

    We need to make sure that the UUT tax petition gets signed!

    furthermore, we need to replace the SMPD with the Sherriff Dept.

    1) It will reduce city expenses paid to SMOD by $500,000 per year,
    2) We will get more competent police offices (more educated provide better services)
    3) we will get rid of the multiple SMPD lawsuits with we can no longer pay (city hall has failed to reveal the costs)
    4) the city manager and several city council members must be replaced also for incompetence

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  9. I am so glad I did not go to this really, really stupid meeting. I thought it was going to be a question and answer deal. Not so, I understand. Half the audience seemed to be city people. Your vote is only for what they ask you on a paper. The police department contract ends this month. Elaine says it will probably be renewed for 3 years. What a bunch of garbage.

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  10. we need to get rid of those bums.

    we can longer afford them.


    we can no longer afford the lawsuits which they bring

    if there was to be a law suit, the Sherriff dept would sue the county, not the city which they serve

    Elaine has no ability to run this city, she is a puppet for the city council!


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  12. the reason that city hall wants to control their meeting so questions do not get out of control!

    its just like growing mushroom in a dark room which are planted in the shit!

    we the residents are the mushrooms who pay city halls expenses if you like it or not!

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  13. Check out The Tattler update posted today in a separate post! Interesting.

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