|The Eagle flies again|
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.