Tuesday, December 22, 2015

April 2016 Election: Two City Council Candidates Emerge

The Eagle flies again
Two candidates have now drawn papers for the April 2016 City Council election. Both are very well known in this community, with the first to declare his intention to run clearly needing little introduction. Eagle Bill Tice, the near perennial candidate (he did not campaign last time) is once again prepared to soar high in his quest for a seat of elective honor and influence at the dais in Sierra Madre City Council Chambers.

I honestly have no idea what Eagle Bill's positions will be in this race, though you can be assured he will likely have at least a few to share with us. After all, even Bill cannot attend a candidates' debate and have absolutely nothing to say. Not that there is anything wrong with this, mind you. Many have in the past and did quite well.

My guess is Bill Tice can be counted on to claim that he loves both the Library and the Sierra Madre Police Department. But until we are completely certain we're going to have to leave it at that.

Just so you know, Eagle Bill is often referred to as the candidate people wish they had voted for when their original choice went on to do things in office completely at odds with what they had promised while campaigning.

Speaking of which, the other candidate to pull papers this week is the current Mayor of Sierra Madre, John Capoccia. Some recently speculated that Mayor Capoccia might have had his fill of struggling to find ways to keep Sierra Madre's boat afloat during these financially troubled times, but perhaps a sense of duty outweighed the need to find something better to do with his time.

Far be it from me to try and put words in other peoples' mouths, but some might be tempted to contrast Mr. Capoccia's stance against raising utility taxes in 2012 with what he is claiming today. It does seem fair to say that he was against the UUT before he was for the UUT.

Here is how John put his beliefs in a campaign statement issued 4 years ago.

For the upcoming April 10 election, Sierra Madre voters will weigh in on two Ballot Measures.  Measure 12-1 will authorize an increase to the Utility Users Tax (UUT) from the current ten percent to twelve percent on July 1, 2013 and delay the sunset dates by four years.  Measure 12-2 is a companion “advisory” measure, which is intended to allow voters to advise the council to spend the increase in the UUT on public safety.

As a candidate for Sierra Madre City Council, I want voters to know where I stand - I recommend a NO vote on both measures. Now is NOT the time for voters to authorize the increase and extend the sunset.  Let me make one thing perfectly clear – Voting NO on Measure 12-1 WILL NOT reduce the current UUT revenue stream, and it WILL NOT jeopardize Public Safety in any way!

Apparently John Capoccia's stance on the Utility Users Tax here in Sierra Madre has evolved since then. I am pretty sure we won't be hearing statements this time like: "Voting NO on Measure 12-1 WILL NOT reduce the current UUT revenue stream, and it WILL NOT jeopardize Public Safety in any way!"

But you never can tell. John might have a few surprises left up his sleeve.

Rumors are swirling that former Mayor and current City Councilmember John Harabedian will also be drawing papers to run for reelection, and fairly soon. But then again, they were swirling last week as well, but in an entirely different direction. To put this in a way that Yogi Berra would have been comfortable with, I guess we won't know for sure until we do.

No news about any other potential City Council candidates has been received at The Tattler news desk. But do you know what? I will be so bold as to predict that at least one more candidate will emerge. I have no solid proof of this, but nobody should ever be afraid to speculate. And yes, there are reasons to do so.

You can also look at it this way. If it turns out that only the two incumbents are running this time, along with Mr. Tice, then Eagle Bill could could end up being the lucky recipient of a significant amount of protest votes.

All he'll have to do to get them is show up.

Stay tuned.

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79 comments:

  1. Not to take away from today's subject - but just a reminder - turn off your automatic sprinklers!! I was on my way to work this morning and noticed several yards were watering and it is raining pretty good right now!! Every yard makes a small difference! (Now back to the main attraction).

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    1. 5:54 your an idiot if you think it matters!

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    2. No, you're an idiot. Saving water is important, and watering your lawn in a rain storm is plain stupid.

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  2. Who pulled papers in Arcadia? That's going to be a nasty race.

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    1. Rumor has it Bulldozer Bob Harbicht will try to get elected yet again.. He's run some of the nastiest campaigns that the city has seen. First elected in the mid-eighties, Bulldozer Bob has voted yes on the biggest developments Arcadia has seen. Why or what does he get from so many terms? Hey Bob, let other views onto the council. If elected, he will vote with Jolly Roger every time. Nothing changes, ever, with the Bulldozer.

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    2. The Arcadia Realtors Assoc think the Harbichterator is a perfect peach. They'll show this by showering him with thousands of dollars. Then there are the developers. I think they have naked pictures of him.

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    3. Repeal the Arcadia UUT (it;s on their April ballot) and Bulldozer Bob may be too busy with fiscal restraint to build more McMansions.

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    4. What about April Verlato? Now that her petition drive has stalled does she have a chance to stop Beijing financed fat cat developers from taking over Arcadia?

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    5. I have heard that the petition drive has been very successful. What do you base this opinion on, sir?

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    6. Did it qualify for the ballot madam?

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    7. Has the due date for signatures arrived yet, Ceefus?

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    8. Ceefus? Are using some coded slang to name call madam? Ad hominem seems to be your go-to fallacy when the facts don't bolster your case. If the petition had any real legs it would have been filed already. That fact alone insures this post will never see the light of day on the tattler.

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    9. We will have an update with all of the information regarding the state of the Save Arcadia ballot initiative soon. You probably won't like what you'll read.

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  3. Any word on where mayor profile in courage stands on the polic Union initiative?

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    1. My guess is he'll be against it. The Police Assoc initiative will strip the city council of some pretty serious powers if it passes. Giving them to the police union instead. It is an ugly and subversive initiative that any serious person will loathe.

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  4. I wish I had voted for Bill Tice instead of:
    1) Joe Mosca
    2) John Capoccia
    3) John Harabedian

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    1. 4) John Buchanan

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    2. all of the above

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    3. Joe Mosca - never voted for Buchanan or Goss. Capoccia is actually doing a credible job, and Goss comes though every once in a while when he remembers he isn't in a classroom, and his actions will actually have consequences.

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  5. 7) Any member of the so-called "Civiity Party".

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  6. Poll: If the election features these three candidates, which would you be the most likely to vote for?
    1) John Capoccia
    2) John Harabedian
    3) Bill Tice

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    1. I'd fly with The Eagle.

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    2. Automatic spell check can be quite annoying. Disregard "Jehovah" and sub in " who else". Oh my

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    3. Jehovah has the power to bring the rain. He would also be able to heal the pipes and make city hall stop spending all of our money. You don't get that with most candidates.

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    4. Can he turn SGVMWD's water into wine?

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  7. Jehovah else is running? I vote for Rick De la Mora. He sounds sensible.

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    1. I wish he'd run. One of the smartest guys you'll ever meet.

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  8. I'm concerned. I understand that Bill Tice has very serious medical issues which precluded his appearance in the 2012 election. Has he recovered or is his "return" a waste of our time?

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    1. Bill did pull papers. Hopefully he has recovered.

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  9. When is the deadline to pull papers or file to run for city council?

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    1. January 15th our thereabouts. Nancy Shollenberger's election announcement can be found here:
      http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2015/11/city-clerk-announces-april-election-in.html

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  10. If a candidate has shown that he says one thing to get elected then does the opposite once elected, why vote for them?

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    1. People change their minds.

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    2. Sometimes. And sometimes they just say what they think you want to hear.

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    3. But if they "change their minds' - don't they owe those who voted for them a clear,honest explanation of why they changed ?
      And if they discover new facts about the issue, wouldn't they want to share those before they changed their minds?
      It just doesn't pass my standards of simple decency to promise and then quickly renege.
      What does Elaine have over him anyway?

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    4. Unfortunately John Capoccia is one of those guys who thinks transparency is a form of weakness. He'd rather cock a snoot in hopes of making you believe he knows a lot of things that you don't understand.

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  11. You can't fault Bill Tice for sincerity. He's a genuinely honest kind of guy.
    However, he's naive, and has been very supportive of some of the most destructive elected officials we've ever had.

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  12. I was able to sign a protest letter to quash this rate increase as my husband and I are partners in a family farm of 80 acres in Yuba County. Water Board mismanagement is everywhere.

    http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/north-yuba-water-district-protest-appears-set-to-block-rate/article_b2b183f2-a859-11e5-8311-479199eef828.html

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  13. Here's the true facts, cappuccino, hardbedian, and goss can not even manage their own check book. It is clear that they have continued to make bad decisdions by managing the city Halls affairs. We as a city need a Donald Trump type of a person to get us out of the overspending and financial crisis which the city manager and city council have got us in. When the residents finally figure it out, maybe something will change or bk will make the change happen!these guts are just dreamers and have absolutely no ability to run or represent any type of city decissions or city spending$$$ there is absolutely no argument, lets face it, cappuccino can't even make his own grass grow!

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    1. The last thing we need is a Trump type in our city council , and how do you know the "TRUE" fact that they can not manage their own check book sounds like you can make up as many things as the Donald

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    2. Is there an insufferably entitled billionaire running for Sierra Madre City Council?

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    3. Just read that comment to my daughter, who said that whoever wrote it is incredibly old - checkbook? Donald Trump???

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    4. The ageism of the big tax crowd is very sad.

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  14. Update. John Harabedian has pulled reelection papers. Now there are three.

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    1. Yay! I've been disappointed in Harabedian at times, as well as Capoccia, but this City Council is the best we've had in the 30 years I've lived in Sierra Madre. They are actually getting things done to protect our town!

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    2. Wait'll they get reelected.

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  15. All that is needed are 2 honest people who are not affiliated with the Good Ole Club whose motto is; run the city like it has always been ran club. I t will take 2 votes on council to bring anything to the floor for discussion this will allow the public to see and hear why the other 3 don't want change etc.. Be advised the 2 honest ones will need to have thick skin and lots of supporters showing up at each city council meeting.

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    1. Yeah, and who is going to get people to the City Council meetings??? It is the same 2-10 people who show up and speak - myself included, and it gets very tiring.

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  16. As much as I like Bill Tice if you have watched him over the many years he has run he is not a viable person for the council

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    1. He makes a good protest vote.

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    2. Sadly, 11:21 is right. Bill is maybe just too good and sincere a person for any political office.

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  17. Dave Link has my vote a true Libertarian. Vote for Link he's no fink.

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    1. He is running for City Council?

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    2. I'd vote for Link. He's a preservationist. Lives at the top of Sunnyside.

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    3. Dave Link is hard to figure out. Sometimes he's spot on when you see his comments on the Tattler. Other times, I don't know. I'd have to know more about his position. Seems like a nice guy though.

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  18. Have any of you ever changed your mind after you have learned the facts on a subject? If not, I say you are a bigger fool than anyone who has run for City Council. Capoccia has told you the reason for the switch now for the UUT, and last election. Again I see you holding your ears and saying LALALALALA I can't hear you. Capoccia deserves a second term because he does his homework, he is sincere, and lives and believes like he talks. He doesn't have any grass to grow because he has torn it all out, and please don't start any lies like Hillary and Trump about e.g. not balancing one's own checkbook, even if you are saying that symbolically. Be careful also about protest votes, they can sometimes come back to bite you in the buttocks.

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    1. Lay off the Kool Aid. Your eyes are turning purple.

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    2. I am in agreement with you, 1:01, and I have not had any Kool Aid for many decades.

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    3. Actually Cappocia did not clearly explain his reasons - not to my satisfaction anyway.
      Here is what he said in 2012:
      "I would be honored and privileged to represent the Citizens of Sierra Madre on the City Council."
      In fact he changed HIS mind ,we did not ,so I claim he is not representing US.If he just wants to represent his own views and not those of we who elected him - that is fine.But don't tell me we all also changed our minds, we did not. If anything ,anti-tax views have hardened over the last few years in the community.
      I contend he has been turned by Elaine because he is vulnerable to 'persuasion'.

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    4. Capoccia never changed his mind. He just did whatever it took to get elected. That is what really mattered to him.

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    5. You can say one thing for Capoccia - he is an honest guy. He's not in the pocket of anyone including the unions. He's a little cantankerous sometimes, but that's ok. I want honest people in office.

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    6. That is the problem, he is in the pocket of the unions. That UUT increase he is pushing goes right into the pockets of Sierra Madre's municipal unions in the form of CalPERS. It is a CalPERS tax.

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  19. Could we persuade Nancy Schollenberger to run?

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  20. Here's the problem...running for City Council the first time is a lark...reality sets in when you have a life to live and have to rely on the City Manager's ever scurrilous explanations of what is when and where? Best thing to do is vote down the UUT at 10%. Just vote NO.

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  21. Want theCity Council to save $880,000 (not including saving the $$ for a Director of Public Safety? I do. I'm voting "yes" to repeal the UUT. The voters can do the job the City Council won't do that is outsourcing to the LA Sheriffs Dept.

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  22. 1.01 this is John copocca talking. Sorry John, we are calling you out. You have failed to even provide the simplest request good potable well "WATER". You have failed to repair or fix the wells, there is no longer any water to pump. Your decissions are a disgrace to this community. Get a life, write a check, and go buy some grass for your front yard or hire the city workers which have pensions to work for you. Our community is not in the pension business and never will be.

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    1. 3:49, ya dunce.
      The responsibility for the demise of our water system lies squarely on the incompetent shoulders of Bruce Inman and every council for the last 20 years who took what he said at face value. If you've got an argument against Capoccia, try and make sense when you present it.

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    2. Capoccia is the Mayor and Inman still works for the city.

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    3. As long as you focus on the people who aren't really responsible, the problems won't get fixed.
      Some of the anti-Capoccia posts sound like nothing more than personal animosity.

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    4. Capoccia has done nothing different from that 20 years of bad councils you blame.

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    5. This is the best city council we have ever had. I don't want to rock the boat even though I don't agree with certain members on everything. The Monastery project is going to be right before us after the rains. I have every confidence that this City Council will not allow a zoning change. That is the most important issue coming up on the development side. It must be stopped at all costs and Capoccia and Harabedian will be an asset.

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    6. There isn't a chance that the boat will be rocked since no serious candidates are going to run against the incumbents. Their advocacy for preservationist ideals gave them the support needed to make that happen. But there is a bit of politics in play here. With that you also get the UUT tax hike, something that goes right into the pockets of our city unions in the form of CalPERS. I can't help but believe that we have been played.

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  23. Bruce Inmann is ineffective and under the control of the city manager. If he has/had any abilities to make corrections for the water mess we are in they have been hampered by Elaine's incompetent leadership and the stupefying following by this and previous city councils.

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  24. 4.35 and they sure can get either recalled or fired!

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