Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Residents' 37 Input Questions Are Finally Answered


Mod: These are the 37 Questions that were collected at the Fire Station a few weeks back on June 6th as part of the "community input process." Or "outreach process," depending on who you were talking to at the time. The recommendation that utility taxes be raised, which some residents made at that now legendary get-together, received a lot of publicity and attention. However, everything else got shoved to the side (link). At least for a while. Finally answers to the 37 Questions are available. Let's see if City Hall's answers work for you.


Mod: One observation. When certain folks at the Firehouse were suggesting higher utility taxes, or even a new parcel tax, I don't think many were told to go to the City's website and look up that information for themselves. Considering the amount of attention that was put into that June 6th Firehouse meeting, there should have been more here.

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50 comments:

  1. Once again, I am speechless. Looking at the budget is like going through a maze. Could these questions not be answered by the esteemed Elaine? Goss and Harabedian base their claims on these questions from the oh so great firehouse questions? What a crock!

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    1. Goss and Harabuchanan are both crocks. Two overblown and completely unjustified egos.

      blah blah blah

      both endorsed by Nancy Walsh - nuff said

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    2. lol typical of Elaine - answers what she wants and over complicates every answer and no direct answer

      here let me answer these questions and then not answer them

      lazy government overcompensated employee - that is how I see Elaine - sorry

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    3. Nancy Walsh and John Harabedian both endorsed Paul Tanaka. A gentleman of very special interest to the FBI lately.

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  2. It was a little show to justify a tax hike. The rest didn't matter.

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  3. This belongs in yesterday's post but:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/markets/anguished-chinese-investors-see-savings-falling-abyss-n388616

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    1. Seems to be pretty bad.
      http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/08/china-stock-markets-continue-nosedive-as-regulator-warns-of-panic

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    2. Better to invest in GemCoin.

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    3. GemCoins are backed by amber mines.

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  4. Elaine, here is question #38: How long will it take you to clear out your desk?

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    1. Not going to happen. Rerfer to my employment contract, if you can find it.

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  5. Why so many referrals? What is the problem with just an answer instead of referring the citizens to lookup up answers.
    Who's job is it anyway?

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    1. Some of these answers are kind of snippy.

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    2. It's funny because whoever put this list together had to find the information in order to provide the address. Could've just copied and pasted that info in the same amount of time....

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    3. Most of these answers are very dismissive.

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    4. I was wondering if I was the only one 'hearing' the snark in these replies. Glad to know it is not just me.

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    5. Maybe she was having a bad day.

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  6. If Elaine cannot answer any of these questions, then why is she working for "us"?

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    1. she got here by default and if this is the best we can do - we might as well annex into Pasadena where she'd get demoted and shuffled to a low level job according to her work performance

      unless she works for a developer like she's been doing since becoming our CM

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  7. Seems like the information asked in a lot of these questions was already available.

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    1. Ever tried to find something on the city website?

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  8. "The water system is operational and in working order"
    Yet it leaks 30% of all the water consumed according to Inman.
    A clear,simple example of acceptance of appalling standards of performance.
    If we had a real Director of Public Works instead of Inman, we would have a much smaller water & water bond problem .
    Wake up Council and fire these incompetent ,arrogant fools,please.

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  9. Agree 8:45 didn't Inman carry around a rusty pipe one 4th of July?

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    1. rusty pipe - rusty logic - murky misinformation

      amazing that Bruce believes that if he tells us something we trust him after he participated with the Buchanan/Mosca emergency UUT claims

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    2. They just make it up as they go. It's all to save the Library, you know. Really!

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  10. One answer I was knowledgable about was not completely correct. You would think, especially a city manager, would have taken the time to be accurate and complete. This report was an opportunity for our city manager to show the community what a good job she does. I am very disappointed and now concerned about who is running the show at city hall. In my business you are only as strong as your weakest link. As always, many cities are having difficulties, it would sure be nice to feel confident in Sierra Madre's leadership, but, after seeing this information I am more concerned now than ever.

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  11. 38. Please explain why the city bills the Mt Wilson Trail Race almost 700 staff hours in pre-event planning when the event is the same every year? Is staff that confused? Please itemize the hours on what was done, who was there, why etc?

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    1. The community services commission was told that those hours were estimates. And those hours were not charged to the general fund. Where the funds come from is a mystery.

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  12. The city would no more take these questions seriously than they would the results of the last two UUT ballot results.

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  13. ITS ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING!

    The residents have signed the Petition to demand that City Hall put the UUT Tax on the April 2016 ballot.

    The registered voters get the opportunity to vote, check the box and " Repeal " - take away ( ALL FUTURE UUT Taxes ) payments of 9 different monthly UUT Taxes, charged by city hall!

    If you use & purchase
    1) water
    2) gas
    3) sewer
    4) trash services
    5) telephone (s)
    6) fax line
    7) internet service
    8) cable TV
    9) cell phone(s)

    THEN YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED AN ADDITION 10% OVER AND ABOVE THE PROVIDERS SERVICES TO FEED CITY HALL!



    Enough is enough

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  14. by these long awaited answers,

    IT APPEARS THAT CITY HALL HAS BEEN SMOKING LOTS OF POT!

    we the taxpayer do not need to go to another source to find the answer, CITY HALL are the taxpayers employees, If they chose not to answer the questions, so be it, WE NEED TO FIRE ALL INCOMPENTENT CITY EMPLOYEES, that goes for the mayor & council & city hall management!

    THE CAPS GUY!!!

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  15. thank you TEAPAC!

    You have our families vote to REPEAL ALL UUT TAXES in April 2016.

    the Big Cowboy!

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  16. 10:20 am I never knew that there were 9 different utilities that we were paying city hall an additional 10% for - over and above the cost of all those utilities!

    I am glad to find a remedy to remove that tax!

    I will vote to Repeal all UUT Taxes in April 2016

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    1. Are you kidding? You didn't know that the UUT was assessed on your utilities? Where have you been?

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  17. I am looking forward for the Sierra Madre residents to Defeat All UUT Taxes!

    We can close the Baldwin Avenue intersection, have a major party under the City Hall cable which supports city hall approved banners, to celebrate defeat of all UUT Taxes!!!

    Will city management still have a job, and if they do, do you think we will need to pay City hall for a "Party Permit"?

    Can some one call Elaine to request UUT Repeal banner space and also request the cost of the permit to have a Pot Party under that banner?

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  18. Appreciation to my father who told me on the topic of this blog, this website is really awesome

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  19. She was speaking to a subordinate who works for her not the public.She also states she is available to the public to discuss any questions. Stop wining on a blog and talk to someone at city hall if you are genuinely interested.

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    1. Actually it was addressed to the City Clerk, who is an elected official. Elaine is her subordinate.

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    2. ya right you can only hope

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    3. It is her job to answer the questions asked, 5:24P. The questions were asked at a town hall meeting, and these people were told their questions would be answered. What a lovely term you use, "subordinate". I can only think you went to the same school as Elaine.

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    4. 5:24 believes in the infallibility of government officials.

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  20. Hmm. I suppose you're correct. Sounds odd the city manager works for the city clerk. Gotta love government......

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    1. Elaine is an employee of the taxpayers, who are represented by the officials they elect.

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    2. Some elected officials here are afraid of her.

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  21. I would like to know...
    If the Hildreth's win the lawsuit that the City Manager initiated and that has cost us, the taxpayers over a million dollars, will the City Council fire the City Manager?
    If the City does lose the Hildreth Lawsuit, How much could we the taxpayers have to pay them?
    I have seen and read the Hildreth's letters that are posted on the front of their house, the city's case does not look good.
    If the City was right in it's lawsuit concerning the Hildreth's, why has it taken over 5 years with no resolution. If the City was right, why would it take 5 years. Not Good!
    If the Hildreth's do win, will the City have to bankrupt to stop them from getting any money.
    Again, on the fourth of July, I read a flyer about them, the Hildreth's are not going away! Why! If the the City was right in it's pursuit against them why are they still here.
    Makes me nervous . I wish the City luck and that the Hildreth's go away, unless they are right. Than I hope the City Council Fires the City Manager.


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  22. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the July 4th parade and festivities. I did not go on the 3rd but the parade was uneventful in particular the end. There was really no vendors except the the truck vendors and the banning of the water spraying of the people by the fire department was an absolute buzz kill. I understand the water issue but who ever planned this years fesitvities did a crappy job.

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    1. How much time and money did you contribute?

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    2. It was a nice parade. Why people complain so much I do not know. But yes, they should bring back the water pistols and fire truck kid hosing. That was always so much fun.

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    3. If you have some constructive suggestions, please let the committee know. In fact the committee is looking for volunteers and you would be good to head up the Vista Park activities.

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  23. No I dont want to be on the planning committee. I do have a right to my opinion and as far as the pre and after activities aside from the parade this committee did a poor job. Unless on the 3rd there was more to just a beer garden this event was boring.

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