Thursday, December 17, 2015

Country Living Magazine: Sierra Madre One Of The Top 20 Christmas Towns In America


So there you go. About as nice a write-up as you will ever get to see. And just to let you know how prestigious a position that #11 spot might be, Sierra Madre finished one entire level above Santa Claus, Indiana.


Sierra Madre has apparently beaten Santa Claus at his own game, letters from children and all. Not bad when you consider that as far as this particular part of Christmas goes, the jolly old elf pretty much invented it.

However, there is a problem. According to this latest Larry Wilson column, which I believe was published in today's edition of the Pasadena Star News (link), Country Living Magazine didn't get everything completely right.

Martin Truitt, who when not packing the political seats at City Hall, the Ed Center and PCC through his political consulting, enjoys perusing the Web to find something wrong, caught a nasty little double-error in Country Living magazine’s “America’s Twenty Best Small Towns for Christmas” feature. Not only does the mag, to which MT has a lifetime sub, misplace Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane in Sierra Madre — the pic it uses for our favorite Foothill Village is “a Getty stock photo from Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills.” Well, at least it made No. 11, beating out Taos and Oxford, Miss.

Hopefully this controversy will not become as serious as some of the other problems currently facing "our favorite Foothill Village." Please, everyone remain calm. It's not like Santa is cutting off the water supply for ten days and didn't even bother to tell anyone about it.

Speaking of which, here is a water update

I received this email from a city official yesterday regarding the MWD 10 day water supply shut down in late February and the effect that could have here.

I'm told that we have up to 35ft in the wells and that they are in process in draining the reservoirs to fill the wells. All that being said, that should cover us for the 10 days. The bigger question is if it is prolonged longer that 10 days.

I'm still putting my money on El Nino.

The latest on Earl Richey's "NO UUT" ballot measure petition drive

I received the following two emails recently from Earl Richey. It looks like Earl and his colleagues are now within 30 signatures of hitting their goal.

Monday morning we agreed that we need 100 more Sierra Madre signatures. Monday we got 29 and Tuesday we got 25, so we need 45 more. Wednesday Marcia committed to 14 and Dave McGonigle 5. So we are 21 short. Will be working Wednesday and Thursday to achieve our goal. So we will have 390 gross for submittal with 191 required.

This one arrived last evening: 

We are getting close: 
1) we have in hand 365. 
2) Marsha stated she has 14 signed + David stated he has 9 signed -- ready for pick up which equals 388. 
3) our goal is to get 30+ more by Saturday, then we are done, which will total 418 of 191 valid signatures required. 

Certainly looks like this is going to happen. We'll then get to see how Los Angeles County (which does take a cut of those local UUT moneys) and the City of Sierra Madre deal with this. As you probably know, the County shot down their previous petition by one lone signature. This after disqualifying a couple of hundred.

Pot shops will likely go up in smoke at tonight's Planning Commission meeting

Or at least the whole matter will be sent to the City Council so they can deal with it. It probably should have gone there first anyway. Here is how the staff report reads (link).


What is probably the most interesting part of the meeting will take happen in a place where none of us are allowed to go. We're talking closed session here. It involves the development corporation CETT and their apparently unhinged desire to build McMansions at One Carter (link).


Just in case you thought those folks had somehow dried up and blown away. One fine day we'll get to know how that all went.

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47 comments:

  1. Does anyone know why Santa would have chosen Indiana for his town?

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    1. I'll choose anyplace small....the traffic outside of town is crazy today. Reckless driving everywhere.

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  2. http://www.plastic-mart.com/category/385/emergency-drinking-water-tanks

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  3. 6:01 closest warm spot to the north pole where the wind blows Santa and his sleigh.

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  4. Also tonight for your viewing pleasure, the 4,100+ square foot house once known as the Darling house. Hopefully the architect actually measured this time.

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    1. Actually the architect screwed up again and submitted incorrect measurements to the Planning Commission.
      The PC was notified late last night that they had to waste their time to make another trip to the Police Station to pick up another set of plans. The architect is an idiot. He is also the architect for the illegal building at 156 W Highland.

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    2. Ouch!
      That's going to hurt.

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    3. That item really should be removed from the agenda. The commission has not had enough study time. How can they be expected to come up with accurate responses if the information given to them is shaky?

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    4. Amen, 2:22. How can the commissioners trust this guy?

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    5. Throw the bum out.
      Make the applicant hire a capable architect.

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  5. Don't know 6:01
    Please tell us

    In case anyone reading this hasn't signed Earl's petitions...please do it right away. Even if you're not sure you will vote for it...get it on the ballet....let people decide. It sends a message to GOVERNMENT.....the people matter.
    Best of luck Earl and dedicated volunteers.

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  6. Where can I go to sign Earl's petition ?Kerstin Court?

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  7. So when was the Director of Public Works going to inform the citizens of Sierra Madre about the February cut-off ?
    probable Answer: "hadn't thought it was important"Ditto Tom Love.
    And this from the guys who are supposed to be looking after our water interests.

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    1. Uh... makes no sense to me "draining the reservoirs to fill the wells"... I thought they were going to allow the water to percolate down into the aquifer and then pump it up OUT of the wells. "Filling" a well only means it is screened in the aquifer where water is present. Presumably hopefully whatever, partially due to the percolation of the crappy yellow-laden water. I tell ya, this is more like an experiment that I hope doesn't go sideways.

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    2. Shame to use all of that painfully accumulated 35 feet of water in 10 days because the MWD is doing some maintenance. How long did it take to get the wells back up to that level?

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    3. a few years; since the wells were turned off because the pumps at the well bottoms were sucking in air. A few years!

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    4. Bruce Inman would do a very thorough staff report on the situation when it was like one day away.
      The man prepares for his appearances. I think that might be all he does.

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    5. He asks for money a lot.

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  8. I am keeping my fingers crossed Earl. Good luck.

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  9. I'd like to propose a Sierra Madre Tattler Citizen of the Year and nominate Earl Richey for the 2015 award. No cash prizes, no Las Vegas awards or cruise ship vacations, just our heartfelt thank you for courage to make a stand for a small town's way of life that epitomizes decent values and neighborliness. Any seconds?

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    1. The guy is one of the most determined people out there. Just doesn't quit.

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    2. Nah. Zero UUT tax is a polarized position that won't do any real good.
      6% and not a penny more? That could work.

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    3. If you vote NO on both UUT questions the UUT stays at 6%.

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    4. I just hope the NO UUT tea partiers don't cause a backlash.

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    5. 3;35, what exactly do "tea partiers" (your words, not mine) do that makes you hate them so? Do tell.

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    6. 2016 is going to be a wild year in Podtown.

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  11. Someone post a location where we can sign petition

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  12. That this house is placed in the wrong community is about what we've come to expect from the caliber of journalism we get today. Perhaps the author of the Country Living article can get a job with Susan Henderson at MVN.

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  13. Its happening, the taxpayers will make a difference...... Infrastructure will get repaired... For those of you, willing to make a difference, and willing to sign the uut petition, go to kerstin court tonight, at 6.15 to 6.45 or call 626 893 0473. Happy Holidays

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    1. Infrastructure will get repaired when there's less money in the city coffers. Huh.

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    2. It sure as hell will be repaired when we're saving $800,000+ by contracting out to LASD. Doh!

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    3. The UUT increase will be used for employee costs. It is a CalPERS tax. No infrastructure need apply.

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  14. Anyone know how the police petition is going? You don't hear anything about it.

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  15. That hillside developer litigation must be doing something, be at some new phase, for it to come back to the PC.
    I can just hear the city attorney report on their discussion:
    "Nothing to report"

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    1. Maybe one of the Tattler readers who's knowledgable about the courts can fill us in. An agreement must be winding its way to the city?

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  16. As a protest for out of control spending, too much overtime and essentially pay 3 people to run the library (2 with pensions being paid more than the 150K person actively working at the library), I will not give them another dime. Let them do the budget with zero UUT revenue coming in. Guess what: the overtime will cease and the city workers will receive salaries more comparable to what's found in the private sector and maybe they won't be able to "retire" at too young of an age while we all retire at 65 or higher. I put retire in quotes because even they know they are too young to retire so they take another job and receive a salary on top of their pension. The gravy train needs to come to an end.

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    1. If CETT can win this suit they will have cracked Sierra Madre. McMansions will start popping up all over town.

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    2. You're right, 6:37. What a dreadful long struggle that disaster in the hillsides has been...

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  17. Had to work late and just got online. There is no PC meeting being broadcast, except the Dec 3 one. Can anyone post what happened?

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  18. There was a meeting.

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    1. Must have been a short one. Or KGEM wasn't working.

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    2. Contracting out for ALL service needs for Sierra Madre is financially sound idea over head costs would be brought under control once again in serving to benefit the tax paying residents and not career politician's. Technical difficulties has been the standard 'party line' used to cover up a meeting that the powers to be in city hall don't want to be on record and or viewed by the public at large.

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