No surprises here. Last evening the 12% UUT Astroturfing Process (link) continued on its merry and predetermined way with a meeting of the Sheriff Contract Proposal Committee held at City Hall. As you likely know, the UUT Oversight Committee has already concluded that a 12% UUT is absolutely essential. Now this committee will decide that the largest consumer of those UUT taxes, the Sierra Madre Police Department, must remain both in place and untouched in any possible way.
Which is, of course, why they were chosen. Getting the highest utility taxes in California history on the ballot and passed by the voters will be no easy task. It takes a village. Or at least a select part of it.
In other words, this darling deck was carefully stacked. Throw in that merry maxi-taxer Gene Goss, along with the 30 or so residents who attended last night (the majority of whom were apparently veterans of that tax happy astroturfing outreach gathering held at the Fire Station last June and still don't have the faintest clue about the underlying financial aspects of the issues at hand), and the cupcake is complete.
A disappointed and skeptical Tattler stringer was on hand, and filed the following report.
I have to come to the conclusion that most of these people are not well informed about the cost of the police unions and CALPERS. Increase of $300,000 last year alone. I can't tell from the committee what they think. A couple of these people are really uninformed.
No one on the committee brought up the cost of the PD alone. I am led to believe that the whole city is for the highest UUT in the state, that can be done plus donate all you can with no questions asked about what about next year and the next.
I watched the camaraderie among some at the end of the meeting. One man who spoke is a husband of a commissioner and called Goss Gene and Lambdin Glenn. Goss as the advisor may have made some calls. You know about Gene and his calls.
The Chief's questions to the Sheriff bordered on ridiculous. And he just finished them tonight?
The committee seems not to have been motivated to get things done in a timely manner. No one wants to write this report. Coburn keeps looking for help.
Other then Caroline Brown, Marguerite Shuster, Michael Paris and the Alcorns I have never seen any of these people at a meeting before. Nor have I ever seen anyone but Lambdin on the committee.
It sounded like the firehouse meeting-all of those people who were there and backed everything the CC wanted. All thousand of them right? Sure. Same thing tonight.
It was a really odd group of people. The committee kept referring to all of the audience wanting to save their Police Department.
Also, never really talked about in a year or two what would change? Would we still be asking for donations and a higher UUT? One other thing. Goss, who has always been for the library, seemed to have no problem throwing them under the bus if the UUT didn't pass.
On October 26, the Los Angeles Sheriff Department will be here to answer questions.
Of course, the real reason that any of this has come up is because City Hall was instructed by the residents to cut back on its spending. A message that was delivered by the voters in the most recent two elections, 2012 and 2014. Ballot measure votes where proposals to raise utility taxes were rejected. This is something the maxi-taxer City Hall crowd and the municipal employee unions calling the shots are loathe to accept.
Here is the actual reason why law enforcement costs in Sierra Madre need to be reformed (link). These are 2013 numbers, which are the most recent released by City Hall. It is a shame this committee did not care to discuss any of it.
When you have so many members of the Sierra Madre Police Department making well over six figures in total compensation, and in a small town of around 11,000 people no less, you are going to have to tax the hell out of the residents. And as we have pointed out before, the 12% utility tax rate the cop union subservient majority on the City Council wants to dun the citizens would be the highest in California history.
By the way, according to the Los Angeles Times (link), the median income for Sierra Madre residents is $88,000. Why does the Police Department have to be compensated at a much higher rate than the people whose taxes pay them?
We covered a lot of this a few weeks back in an article titled "So Who Are These People That Want Sierra Madre To Pay The Highest Utility Taxes In California History?" You can link to it here.
It seems obvious that City Hall lacks the will or desire to institute the kinds of financial reforms that are needed. Nor do they see any reason why they should adhere to the will of the voters.
Perhaps the only way this will ever be accomplished is if the voters take away the City's utility tax funding altogether.
So maybe Earl Richey was right after all.
Johnny GemCoins is being investigated by the FPPC
Wuo's woes continue. This from today's edition of the Pasadena Star News:
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