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The consensus in Sierra Madre is that Rachelle Arizmendi is quickly becoming one of the best City Councilmembers we have seen here in quite a while. There have been some notable elected officials in town over the years of course, and Rachelle now needs to be numbered among them. And as the Foothill Village struggles with what has become an obvious burning need to reorganize the way it does city government, she will be one of those we can depend upon to make this essential effort work.
Recently Rachelle was interviewed on the Brad Pomerance "Charter Local Edition" news show, which is a pretty big deal. Brad's guests are often the likes of Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Bob Huff and various Los Angeles County Supervisors, so this is definitely a couple of long strides up from anything you might see on, say, KGEM.
Here is how the show likes to describe itself (link):
Brad Pomerance has become a fixture on California’s television landscape, serving as the Host of California Edition, broadcasting statewide on the California Channel and on Charter Channel 101. In this capacity, Brad has interviewed a panoply of politicians at the local, state and federal level and countless celebrities about their favorite causes. Brad conducts his in-depth interviews at several bureaus throughout California, including Chatsworth, Glendora, Irwindale, Long Beach, Riverside, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Westchester.
How is the new City of Sierra Madre website better than the old one?
One of the highlights of any day at The Tattler is the time we get to spend researching stuff for the many informative articles posted here on a daily basis. There is certainly no greater joy in life, let me tell you.
I am actually serious about that. I like looking stuff up. Which is why I was so excited to hear that the City of Sierra Madre website was finally being rebooted and brought into line with the standards of what for us is still a new century. After all, there are 85 years of it left.
My big beef with the old website was that it had minimal search engine capabilities. Despite the hundreds of thousands of important documents stored there, you just couldn't get to very many of them using the site's search engine. At least not the good ones.
And outside of the many fine pictures of plants and village architecture you could always see there, along with current city agendas, what good is a city's website if you can't look older stuff up? Does Sierra Madre have no history?
So I thought I would give the new version a test drive and share the results with you here. And trust me, I take no joy in telling you the results are just about as bad as they were with the old one. If not worse.
Here is the City of Sierra Madre website search engine result for "Josh Moran."
The Google ad is a nice touch. Here are the search results for "Joe Mosca."
And "John Buchanan."
Now while it is true that none of these three recent Mayors have left us much in the way of a legacy, or at least one that is currently being celebrated as relevant, you would think that at least a couple of documents associated with them would turn up when you put any of their names into the City of Sierra Madre website search engine.
Right? To me the real proof that a City's claims of "transparency" are on the level is being able to locate important information on its website. All of it, not just the stuff from this week.
Good luck with that on Sierra Madre's new city website.