I am sure there are some well-meaning people who will go to this event. And a few of them probably believe that there actually is a possibility that the vastly overhyped Sierra Madre Police Department might go away, and that the Sheriffs will then take their place. Something that could make sense from both a financial and quality of service perspective. Though such rationality can get lost when you're discussing the emotional attachment some have with the boys in blue.
Obviously there isn't a chance in heck of that happening, though. The deck has been stacked and quite honestly the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department are just wasting their time by coming here. They'd be better off staying in their offices and catching up on some paperwork. Because there is absolutely no way in that the so-called "Sheriff's Contract Review Committee" is going to recommend that the city dump the Sierra Madre's Police Department in favor of the Sheriffs. It is not going to happen. And they were all chosen to make certain it does not.
And why is that? Because this is a prime example of a bad faith negotiation. The actual purpose of this meeting has precious little to do with making any changes in law enforcement agencies. That decision has already been made. Rather it is to make the more gullible residents of this town believe that if they don't vote to raise their utility taxes to 10%, the City of Sierra Madre will have no choice but to get rid of the Police Department.
And how awful would that be? Well, not awful at all. But you know how that goes.
I mean, who wouldn't want more effective and higher caliber officers on the streets of Burglary Burgh, and at a better price? But unfortunately many here can't quite get their head around what would be the more logical and cost effective hire, and instead will vote themselves one of the highest utility tax rates in the state for inferior service.
You know, so the Sheriffs don't come here. Proving that there really is one born every minute, and some of them have chosen to live in Sierra Madre.
This from the Pasadena Star News (link):
But that is hardly all of it. Here is a comment posted on The Tattler a couple of weeks back:
Throw in the offbeat Glenn Lamdin and it is obvious that each of the members of this committee is a specially selected status quo choice. Some coming with a deep personal stake in CalPERS as well. And all of them deep in the pockets of the Sierra Madre PD cop union and the politicians who take their political campaign money.
You can only wonder who picked them. Well, maybe not.
Here is how Marilyn Diaz is compensated these days:
And that doesn't include the money Marilyn is getting from Sierra Madre.
Trust me, the fix is in. Just like the fix was always in on putting a utility tax measure on the ballot in April of 2016. And for the third time since 2012.
From the perspective of the so-called Sheriff's Contract Review Committee this is all about business as usual. The City of Sierra Madre and its hand-picked cop committee is about as committed to financial reform as foxes are to giving up chicken.
The only way things will change is to deny City Hall its utility tax increase. Only by taking your tax money from them will they even start to make more financially responsible decisions.
And that is what this is really all about.