There were two statements issued by the City Manager about East Alegria's Halloween festivities. The first, which ran in Elaine's "City Manager's Report" on the unhappy date of September 11, claimed that the city had for all intents and purposes abandoned the folks on East Alegria, and they would have to fend for themselves this year without the kind assistance of the Sierra Madre Police Department. Who, just so you know, care deeply about this city despite all of their lawsuits. Here is how that piece of bad news originally read (link):
After that revelation was posted on The Tattler there was quite an outcry around town. The result being the City Manager was apparently forced, and by all five members of the City Council no less, to issue a clarification of her earlier statement. This time Elaine claimed that everything was hunky dory and that the City of Sierra Madre's local government agency had this after all (link):
However, and according to this widely circulated and rather urgent e-mail from the Sierra Madre Woman's Club (dated just three days before Halloween no less), that might not be the case. At least not yet. And while a few generous private organizations have stepped in to fill some of the gaps, things apparently are not quite all of the way there yet.
Again, while it is laudable to see that private organizations have stepped in to take care of what are some of the essential needs of an event of this size and magnitude, it also appears that things are not quite as under control as the City Manager claimed back on October 15.
Which, and at this late date, is both unfortunate and kind of scary. It is hard to understand how City Hall can be so cavalier about an event that yearly attracts 10,000 people to this town, and at night no less.
Can it be police pensions really have stolen Halloween?