From the man who was supposed to be buried six feet "Under The Dome" to the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest. Quite a well-planned transition to the next step in a storied career and a fine example of crisis management. Thanks for showing them how to get it done, Michael (link).
Here is what I said about the continued survival of Michael Beck in an op-ed piece in the Pasadena Star News that ran last April during the election there (link).
During the first round of campaigning these two candidates, possibly fearing a negative political reaction to the Wooten scandal, pointed fingers at the city manager and at least appeared to demand his head on a plate. But only in the most metaphorical sense since Michael Beck still has his gig, and his head. He will likely keep both long after Tornek or Robinson is elected.
And why not? Mr. Beck, ever the proper city employee, dutifully took the blame for things that were not entirely his fault, which, I suppose, is behavior expected of a City Hall hire. Taking the fall for the failures of elected officials being a form of job security. Especially when politicking mayoral candidates are claiming they want to remove you.
It is now November, over 7 months after the mayoral election in the thorny Rose City. Michael Beck kept it all under control. Right up until the end he wanted.
Does anybody know when the trial of Danny Wooten will finally begin?
The Real Reason Why Sierra Madre City Hall Wants To Raise Utility Taxes
There are two reason why City Hall wants to raise utility taxes in Sierra Madre to 10%. Neither of which has anything to do with water infrastructure or anything else useful. Rather they are to pay salaries and CalPERS pension costs. Which, if you haven't heard yet, is going to costs small cities all across California a combined additional $600,000,000 bucks over the next few years.
Chickenfeed I guess, unless you number among the poor slobs having to foot the costs. Just don't try and convince the folks spending your dough that they actually might owe you at least a debt of gratitude. Here is a Sacramento Bee article that explains it all.
What does this mean for Sierra Madre? How about yet another big hit from CalPERS? When you consider that in 2013 the top 26 most compensated city employees here made over $100,000 (link), you are talking about a lot of additional money.
Add it all up and it is more money than even a 10% utility tax will ever cover.