Of course, there are lots of folks who would not question the authorities even if you held a gun to their noggins. In some circles this is taken to be the mark of both a good citizen and a civil person. In particular by the easily confused. Which to our way of thinking is a entire load of nonsense.This is especially true when you're talking about the case of the Sierra Madre Mayor who first ran for office as this city's great tax fighting hero, only to later vote for every tax, fee, cost and rate hike opportunity that came his way once he got into office.
And he can get rather haughty about it as well. Here is a recent example of the reasoning behind the somewhat thin-skinned Mayor Capoccia's current capitulations on the utility tax question.
For the purposes of this post, the big line is found here:
I appreciate your suggestion to balance the budget, but it is not feasible. The majority of our personnel are represented, and even if they weren't, we still need to set compensation levels such that we can attract and retain competent employees.
And that is what the push to raise utility taxes to 12% (or more) is really all about. "Represented" in this context means unionized. Proving that this was never about "Services" or "The Library" or whatever other fallacious nonsense is currently being spooned down the throats of this community's most credulous residents. It is, and always has been, about city employee union compensation and CalPERS retirement benefits.
Which is, of course, why SMPD members make double what you, Mr. or Ms. Average Sierra Madre Wage Earner, are earning in compensation these days. If you think this is about infrastructure, then I have a Water Company you might want to buy.
But I digress. Sierra Madre resident Judy Gold has sent a series of emails to Mayor John Capoccia, none of which have been shown the favor of a response. We thought we would share them here in hopes that this will help Judy get some answers. Though we're not exactly holding our breath.
All reasonable questions I think. Hopefully we'll have some equally reasonable answers soon.