|This high, but not quite that high.|
Which is kind of crazy if you think about it. The true driving force behind keeping the UUT at 10%, and now for three elections in a row no less, has been personnel costs, salaries, benefits and CalPERS. That is pretty much where most of that utility tax money goes. Certainly it isn't being spent on water infrastructure.
Yet when dog & pony confabs like the UUT Oversight Committee proclaimed that utility taxes in Sierra Madre had to go to 12% or all the usual sacred cows (Library, Paramedics) would need to be slaughtered, CalPERS just wasn't a part of the mix.
Meaning that their report, and its rationales for putting record setting utility tax rates on the ballot this coming April, was pretty much useless. Apparently somebody at City Hall decided Sierra Madre's tender CalPERS situation was not really germane to the discussion, and as with all of those other UUT Oversight Committees and their reports, it was never to be mentioned.
Did I tell you that Sierra Madre's CalPERS obligations are over $3 million dollars? Maybe more? Funny how that elephant has never brought out into the open before. At least until now. Per Councilmember Denise Delmar's request, that discussion is about to take place.
Kind of historic. Bring popcorn. And a smart accountant. We're going to get some truth for a change.
The Los Angeles Sheriff Department's proposal for Sierra Madre is on-line
If you are fed up with all of the bull crap being delivered by Glenn Lambin and Gene Goss's quite (literally) incestuous "Sheriff’s Contract Proposal Review Committee," you might want to go and check out the actual proposal put out by the Sheriff Department for yourself by clicking here.
The SCPR Committee's entirely bogus conclusion, that no money would be saved by going with the LASD, becomes completely untenable once you take a good look at the real numbers.
Here is a chart from the LASD proposal that should whet your appetite for more.
Out of the eighty-eight cities in Los Angeles County forty-two of them contract with the Sheriff's Department for law enforcement. There are good reasons for that. Saving the taxpayers large amounts of money being among them.
Don't fall for the crazy nonsense being put out by this hand-picked committee of the Mayberry Mafia. They're just not being honest with you.
John Buchanan is running for City Council in 2016?
|Not whistling Dixie?|
The question here being why would Buchanan want to run against them? What did the other Two Johns do that makes him want to toss one of them out of office?
What exactly did they do that pissed him off so badly?
It must have been something pretty awful in his eyes. I'd sure like to know what it was. Wouldn't you?