Friday, October 16, 2015

Tax Politics: The City Manager Changes Her Tune About Halloween On Alegria

Let there be taxes!
There apparently was quite a flurry of activity downtown yesterday as many residents voiced strong concerns about what appeared to be a law enforcement pull out from Sierra Madre's traditional and gloriously over the top Halloween celebration on East Alegria. As a direct result of all that excitement a brand new edition of the City Manager's Report has now emerged, and a full 24 hours earlier than is usual. This report now sings a decidedly different tune from the first time the matter was broached on September 11.

As a review, here is what City Manager Aguilar originally reported back in September (link):


That impression was reinforced this week by the following widely circulated email. This went out to quite a few residents, many of them directly involved with the Halloween celebrations on East Alegria.


We reported on all of that rhythm yesterday, and apparently many people were not especially happy to hear it. The widely held perception being that City Hall was playing utility tax politics with that signature Sierra Madre Halloween children's event on Alegria, in the process leaving this town's biggest yearly holiday event open to all sorts of bad things. Much of which could have fallen on the heads of some of this community's youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Apparently City Hall, along with all five City Councilmembers, heard the resulting community outrage quite clearly. Meetings were held downtown, discussions had, with the end result being there is now going to be some law enforcement help for East Alegria this Halloween after all. 

Go figure.

Like I said, and for whatever reason, the latest edition of the City Manager's Report is now available a full day earlier than usual. Done I suspect in order to deliver this following message (link):


Yes, that certainly is quite a change. And a linguistically challenging one as well. How can you have a "minimal" police presence on Alegria due to "budget cuts" on the one hand, while at the very same time running pretty much the same law enforcement operation we've seen there year after year on the other? 

That really would be quite a trick.

I also suspect it is a lot of nonsense. What really happened is the people spoke out loudly, called the City Manager on her strangely tone deaf political tax agenda, and City Hall changed its tune as quickly as it could. Assisted by five City Councilmembers eager to put yet another embarrassing City Manager blunder behind them.

As you know, The Tattler is always here to help.

The PUSD could be the worst functioning school district in California

This from the Pasadena Star News:


You can read the rest of this article by clicking here.

In case you are not aware, Cleveland Elementary is one of those infamous dumping ground schools the PUSD maintains. All while piously denying that such things have ever existed. 

Here are the stats from a website called California School Ratings (link):


The Pasadena Unified School District remains today the same class and racially divided mess it has been for years. With its poorest children and families shoved off into specially designated dumping ground schools like Cleveland Elementary.

Where it just so happens an alleged child molester was apparently allowed to operate unimpeded for a considerable stretch of time. 

Some coincidence.

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50 comments:

  1. Thanks Mr. Mod, that makes 2 of us.

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  2. Thanks Tattler for calling out those who wanted to scare residents into supporting the 10% utility tax.

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    1. Important to note that without Tattler's alert intervention Elaine Aguilar would have succeeded in her callous trick.
      Her statement in the early panic edition of her Report just proves her deceptiveness and spite.
      So a triumph for the inestimable Mr.Crawford and his Tattlers.
      Just received notice of a Special Meeting on Monday about Water fines and other self-inflicted disasters.
      When will the City Council act to remove the fools who got us into this mess?

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    2. Leaky Bruce Inman will attempt to assign blame for Sierra Madre not hitting its state water reduction goals on the residents. The topic of the city's constantly leaking pipes will be avoided.

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    3. Beware .Buried in Page 10 is a disclosure that Inman will be experimenting with Aqua Pipe.This is a pipe linng technology developed in England for fixing leaking sewers. Sounds right for us?
      Since Inman does not read much on this subject : the APWA (for Inman's benefit -that is the American Public Works Assoc.) concluded one version (SIPL) was not viable. The other technology CIPP is viable.Guess which one Inman will use? Probably flip a coin !
      This lining technology is a band aid.The chemical coating is a thermoset plastic resin. You can roughly simulate the proposed simulation by lining your old coffee cup with JB Weld. Add some of chloramine water and you'll have a seasonally appropriate Witches Brew in your cup.
      In fairness, the technology in the right hands is fine for non potable water supply at low pressures.
      It requires a lot of excavation -read the reports of ACTUAL installations for the practical problems. For an incremental cost we could install a 'real' water pipe system. What a mess one man has made of this issue !

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    4. Anyone care to check out this link: http://geotracker.waterboards.ca.gov/profile_report.asp?global_id=T0603712427.
      The City (Bruce) hasn't responded (in several years it appears) to the regional boards request for information, which puts the city out of compliance. It may be only a matter of time until the reg. board comes back hard on them, since water matters more these days. Bruce must have this easy one on the back burner until the other issues of the day are resolved?

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    5. 10:23A I viewed the website. Where did you look to see reports had not been filed. I'm dull today, so I need direction. Thanks.

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    6. Bruce tried this with the sewer line on Sierra Madre Blvd some years back, it caused the sewer to become blocked and sewage went thru city hall buildings. It must be a good idea, Bruce thought it out, just like to corroded pipe game at the park, just like the water bond bluff, JUST FIX THE OLD WITH NEW

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    7. How many disasters has Inman caused ?

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  3. Yes thanks Mod. great hatchet job yesterday,lots of comments great for traffic on your site.

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    1. Thanks for the bitterness, Dave.

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    2. Dam I hate that function that defaults to my blogger name from anon. foiled again!

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    3. How did you get that shiner in your picture? Walk into something?

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    4. Fell actually prescription valium,alcohol, and bbq grills don't mix. Let this be a warning to all you young folks

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    5. City hall is all trick no treat

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    6. Well, look at the bright side. At least you had a Christmas tree.

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    7. Love ya, Dave.

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  4. Pasadena Unified School District needs to be taken over by the state ... completely reinvented from the bottom to the top ... and this comes from me who attended the schools in the late 60's - early 70's ...

    So incredibly sad ....

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  5. Way to go MOD. Our hero.

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  6. Everything is always about the money money money.

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  7. What is our PUSD representative, Torres, doing about this?

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  8. I'm glad that the city will help the residents on Alegria, rather than make them sacrificial goats.

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  9. What a mess Cleveland must be!
    You actually have to work at being bad in order to dull the natural intelligences of young kids.

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  10. What a mess Halloween would have been this year if people had not spoken up. Thank you. The best part of this town is its residents.

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  11. "There was some confusion"
    That's a good one, City Manager Aguilar! It had nothing to do with you, huh?
    Like in a vacuum. confusion developed, all by itself.

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    1. SMC, Spontaneous Municipal Confusion

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  12. First Rule of Leadership
    1.Take ownership of your problem.
    The words were all Aguilar's and in print .No hearsay.No confusion.
    What would happen to an employee like her in the real world?
    And we get to pay her a huge salary benefits package for the rest of her life -for this incompetence, deviousness and lies.

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    1. The rule at city hall seems to be never admit fault, even when you have been caught red-handed.

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    2. The worst part is Elaine said things that just weren't true. How can she be trusted?

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    3. She's cornfused - give her a break.

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    4. She's working on a fund raising campaign for retired government workers.

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    5. I can't help but wonder if "with all the running around" there wasn't opportunity for Brown Act Violations. Not that we'll ever know, but ...

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  13. Who will protect our children from child molesters on Halloween? Remember Matheson.

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    1. Sorry. No money in the budget.

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    2. doesn't one of those live on Alegria?

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    3. A West lives one block up on Mira Monte.

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    4. Watch out 11:27! Attorney Bellucci will come after you...

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    5. Yes, that child molester lives on Alegria, still, and last year when we pitched a fit about him being there during Halloween the SMPD declared he would be out of town for the night (think the guy himself volunteered to leave).

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    6. In Sierra Madre's " registered citizen" community the SMPD pull out news from Elaine must have been good news indeed.

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    7. The two guys we know of are A West who lives on Mira Monte close to Baldwin, and Robert W. Matheson who lives on Lilliano.
      There are rules in place for what these creeps can do on Halloween - or there were. What with all those 'registered citizen' rights lawsuits, who knows what has happened to the protections people have tried to put in place.

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  14. Sorry. No budget. It is your fault.

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  15. I posted this yesterday, and seems like the question still pertains:

    If this has always been a block party, which one of the many residents applied for the permit for the street closure? If they did not have to get a street closure permit, then it is a city sanctioned event, even if they say they do not provide any financial assistance. Who brings in the city barricades? Who brings in the portable light standards to illuminate the intersections at both end of Allegria? How does the city contract with Athens waste pickup extend to this unsanctioned neighborhood event? How does the city-owned Police Volunteers' car get gassed up and insured? Is this all by default and therefore a city sanctioned event by default?

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    1. All great points, 1:07. The assumption is the City Manager was playing on the level.

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  16. U.S. deficit now lowest since 2007

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  17. First step for getting our water "issues" cleared up...fire Inman and Aguilar !!!

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    1. Yes, I'm sure God would be pleased to see Inman and Aguilar gone and send up an El Nino year to help us with our water problems.

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  18. Did I hear the words ' the sky is falling' then the tune changes to 'if you do this it will not call' the old political play of bait and switch don't fall for it - kick them all out on their behinds right now - you will find younger and cheaper replacements down the road to happiness.

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