Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When the Old Sierra Madre City Hall Sued the New One

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Mod: This is an article that appeared a little while back on the California Eminent Domain Report (link). It involves the current owners of the old Sierra Madre City Hall building at 55 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard, and electricity they had been unknowingly paying for since they bought the place in 1985. Apparently they had been paying those charges for lighting the parking lot out back, and without their knowledge. Now they wanted their money back.


Mod: A link to the Court document is available here.

Press Release from the SMPD Grenade Incident

Mod: Here is the official version of what went down over the weekend (link).


Is El Nino already here?

Mod: A possible explanation from the Los Angeles Times for our not very July weather lately.


Mod: You can read the rest by clicking here.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

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    1. The day is off to a fine start.

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    2. 7:11 must be out of coffee!

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  3. Slow day thought some Limericks we called for

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    1. You should leave your mother out of it.

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    3. I think this is a cry for help. Do the paramedics do interventions?

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    4. Sorry I took some MDMA last night.

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    5. Ecstasy is not very good for the brain.

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    6. They said it was Molly? Idk?

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  4. This is what happens when people get excited about El Nino. And this may be just the start. Wait until the city declares they are spending another $44K on a consultant to confirm the horn should only be blown once/wk, and every now and then when a grenade is dropped off at the police stn. Lovely weather. Get our your buckets and get ready for rain.

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  5. There is also the matter of a $50,000 consultant being looked into so that the need for consultants in Sierra Madre can be studied.

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  6. OK. So why didn't the city pay Don Murphy his money back rather than let this go to court twice? Which would have been the cheaper solution?

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    1. They tried. The Murphys refused to accept GemCoins. Even though they are backed by an amber mine.

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    2. I don't get it - did the Murphy's lawyer do the wrong thing? It's pretty clear that the city should pay them back.

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    3. I understand the new owner of the old city hall had two electric bills coming in and paid them year after year. The city didn't tell him to pay. How can the city refund money it never received? SCE has the money.

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    4. That is what the judge said. But still this never should have gone to trial twice. Can you imagine what the Colantuono gang must have made off this?

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    5. if you use another form of logic,the city should have been paying Edison all those years so they should pay back what they owe now to pay Murphy.

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    6. Case is closed. However, this is the Tattler and we can beat a dead horse. I don't really care if a landlord wasted money. Not my rodeo, not my clowns.

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    7. I suspect the city would have saved a lot of money if they had just worked something out with the bldg owner. This is another example where city hall chooses to go legal no matter what they cost. I don;t think we as taxpayers have an obligation to keep Mr. Colantuono in alligator shoes.

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    8. Yes, Preserve is having a peaceful protest. Be at the gate to the monestay at 3:15 P.M.

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  7. I hear there is some sort of protest in front of the Retreat Center on Thursday afternoon? Anyone have information,hear anything?

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    1. guaranteed there won't be any realtors there

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    2. 3:48, hah! Fat chance. They'll be there, perfumed and after-shaved and ready to kiss up.

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  8. The arrival of El Niño rains will be a welcomed relief but I can hear it now...the complaints: too much rain/always at the wrong time/place etc.) but what is really needed are long periods of heavy snow in the Sierra and San Gabriel/San Bernadino/San Jacinto Mts to fill the frozen reservoir.

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    1. We can watch millions of gallons of usable water rush into the storm drains....

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    2. You mean it isn't going to percolate into our aquifers?

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  9. It takes over an hour for the bomb squad to arrive and Giannone called that quick and efficient? They could have just txted an image of the thing to the sheriff squad and they would have known in an instant it was deactivated.

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    1. Our police can't tell a live grenade from one that has been deactivated? That makes me feel safe. As for the idiot that drove it to the station, she is a perfect candidate for the SMPD. Why in the world didn't she call the police when she found it. The manner in which the police handled a potentially dangerous situation just proves they are a bunch of Barney Phifes and we need the sherriff.

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    2. The lady with the grenade didn't want to inconvenience the officers, so she drove it down herself.

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    3. 8:24 - a civilian police officer should not be expected to know how antique military ordinance operates. They should be expected to know how to calmly and competently follow though.

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    4. the widow who brought it to the station did the right thing. She's not an idiot.

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    5. The PD did what anyone would do when the danger was thought to be real. They called the Sheriffs.

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    6. Thank you 8:37. Unless you are Donald Trump insulting military veterans or their families is out of bounds.

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    7. I am 8:37. This particular widow is not an idiot. but there are plenty of idiot veterans who get insulted for good reason. No one military person is 'out of bounds', just because they were in the military.

      Coincidentally Trump and McCain are both losers.

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    8. Suddenly I feel like I have wandered into a TV cable news show.

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    9. what do we expect from our PD? same PD that had an officer literally freak out and shoot an unarmed man in the back

      and that same PD subsequently promoted the officer

      why we expect any level of competence from them?

      it's obvious that sub-standard is the level of acceptance to be on the SMPD

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  10. BROUGT? Did Susan Henderson edit that press release?

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    1. Spelled brougt in one place and when I typed this my autocorrect got it right, but look at the text again...spelled brought in the second place. Oh, please, leave S. Henderson out of this. Pertinent comments are far more usefull and when the first comment has to be pulled by the mod and even another one shortly after that you just have to wonder what early morning thinking/thinkers are out there posting away (or rather blathering away).

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    2. Give Susan another chance, or two or three or...

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  11. Now that El Nino is returning I guess we will get to see those green, yellow and red flags in front of the fire station again. It has certainly been a while.

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  12. We heard that it was Susan Henderson who brought the gernade to the Sierra Madre Police department. Evidentially editorial did not get the story correct again!!!

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    1. The only thing that Susan bombed was the local newspaper circulation.

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  13. Posted yesterday:

    Anonymous July 21, 2015 at 5:47 PM
    1--if the box was closed and the woman transporting it to the police station says "I found this granade in an area I was cleaning out" it would be most judicious to move it out of the building without opening the box...
    2--"secured the area" stringing some caution tape across access and keep the world (including SM Blvd.) and the residents at Kensington back a safe distance (City hall was closed on Sunday)...
    3--the sheriff's bomb squad was on the way...
    Monrovia and Arcadia PD would have done the same thing?

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    1. All three of your statements are correct except for the ? at the end of the last sentence.

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