Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Does Anyone Know What Is Happening In Monrovia?


Mod: We have some crazy times going on in Monrovia. According to the two reports we're posting below, it could be that Monrovia is in some kind of terrible financial bind. Is it salaries? Pensions? Something that a former Mayor might have done? And then some kid set fire to Monrovia High School with a Molotov cocktail? It's troubled times in the Gem City, my friends. First, the rather unsettling financial news (link).



(Mod: Next is the report about the kid who set Monrovia High School on fire yesterday with a Molotov Cocktail (link).


Mod: Looks like there is trouble all over these days. Maybe we need to start writing about Monrovia as well?

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23 comments:

  1. We as a city are truly blessed when our budget concerns can be fixed by simply signing a contract with the sheriff, whose 20/20 proposal will provide 20% more patrol hours for 20% less money.

    That is $800k annually to devote to other civic purposes. Let's hope our council displays the practical courage that Monrovia's lacked.

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  2. The adage of Counting your chickens before there hatched seems to come to mind here, promises of better times ahead and the need to spend now in order to be ready for the good times to happen? This type of spend ahead to make it ahead was a key component of the 1929 market crash.

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  3. How much yo wanna bet that Monrovia is getting smacked with increase $$ required from CalPERS?

    Maybe Monrovia should check out a contract with LA Sheriff Dept. (LASD). I understand that can save a lot of money each year.

    It makes such good sense that Sierra Madre City Council is going to do it.

    Oh, wait.

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  4. Right! Like that will happen!

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  5. Vote no on the UUT measure and there will be a new sheriff in town.

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  6. In lot's of cities the taxpayers can no longer afford their local gov ernment.

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    1. Where are the taxpayers' Platinum Pensions?

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    2. its a capitalist society - go out and negotiate for one.

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  7. When will the city council lift their head out of the sand and fire theciy manager and the public works director?

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  8. Maybe check out why Adams is giving his biggest donor - Blaine Fetter of Samuelson and Fetter and now Daylight, the sweetheart if a deal to restore the old train depot at tonight's city council meeting - Haugaard wrote about it in Monrovia Now: http://www.monrovianow.com/2015/11/monrovia-council-to-consider-leasing.html?m=1

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    1. I thought Lutz bought that property. Did she sell it?

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    2. 3 resign from Gold Line board after conflict-of-interest complaint
      L.A. Councilman Ed Reyes and two other elected officials step down from Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority.
      September 10, 2011|By Dan Weikel and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times

      Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes and two other elected officials have resigned from the board of the Gold Line light-rail project in the wake of a conflict-of-interest complaint sent to the state attorney general.

      In addition to Reyes, two alternates — Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and South Pasadena Councilman Michael Cacciotti — have stepped down from the Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority that oversees the San Gabriel Valley project.

      Reyes, who has denied any impropriety, left the board last month along with Lutz. Cacciotti resigned in late July.

      The complaint was lodged July 5 by Christopher Sutton, a Pasadena attorney representing a San Gabriel Valley property owner in a condemnation proceeding involving the Gold Line.

      http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/10/local/la-me-gold-line-20110910

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    3. I like Chris Sutton. He has the strangest effects on certain kinds of politicians.

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    4. Not St. Michael!

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    5. There was a city council meeting recently that was preceded by a closed-door session with attorneys from a Washington DC law firm. Some state law or code that allowed closed-door meetings with counsel when a city government had been sued, or was about to be, was invoked. Might have been December. I noticed that the government web site (cityofmonrovia.org) has posted newsy updates from the law firm on legal and civil-governance topics, like the attorneys are just out here to help update the web site. Bears looking into...There is a lawsuit in court right now, Nathan E Eli in pro per vs Piles of Taxpayer Money, aka the city gov. and MPD, and specifically, Bev Hills attorney David Pasternak (a defendant, not counsel).

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  9. Until now cities have not had to account for the deficit created by pensions.
    New accounting standard now require cities to report this on their books. We will now learn that most cities are in deep bandini.

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    1. I'm reminded of a Warren Buffet quote:
      "When the tide's out you can see who's been swimming naked."

      May the bright sunshine expose the HUGE burden the CalPERS Platinum Pensions are going to cost Sierra Madre.

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    2. Lotta nude dudes left flopping in the sand.

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  10. Pasadena Star News
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20151130/molotov-cocktails-burn-monrovia-high-school-potentially-1-million-in-damages

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  11. We all must vote no on the Sierra Madre UUT measure. Taking the money away from the city is the only way they will get out of Calpers or change it to a defined contribution plan instead of a defined benefit plan.

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  12. Look like it is good times in the City of Monrovia!

    Name Job title Regular pay Overtime pay Other pay Total
    benefits Total pay &
    benefits
    Mark Alvarado ADMIN SERV DIR/ASST CITY MGR/
    Monrovia, 2013 $168,929.84 $0.00 $54,244.27 $53,409.61 $276,583.72
    April Soash COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTOR
    Monrovia, 2013 $153,572.53 $0.00 $67,895.91 $48,956.65 $270,425.09
    James Hunt POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $168,231.85 $0.00 $29,307.94 $64,135.97 $261,675.76
    Christopher Donovan FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $168,927.44 $0.00 $22,794.86 $63,371.89 $255,094.19
    Brannigan Scott FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.55 $66,564.20 $20,546.89 $38,344.48 $238,270.12
    Ronald Pelham FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $129,152.67 $22,775.04 $35,799.33 $48,725.42 $236,452.46
    Michele Tompkins LIBRARY/RECREATION DIV MGR
    Monrovia, 2013 $128,261.88 $0.00 $60,681.87 $38,398.41 $227,342.16
    Laurie Lile CITY MANAGER
    Monrovia, 2013 $156,232.42 $0.00 $21,739.49 $45,648.08 $223,619.99
    Jeremy Phipps PARAMEDIC ASSIGNMENT
    Monrovia, 2013 $97,192.77 $80,848.15 $5,305.85 $37,524.58 $220,871.35
    Steven Sizemore COMM DEV DIRECTOR/ACM
    Monrovia, 2013 $155,639.96 $0.00 $16,761.19 $48,040.23 $220,441.38
    Brian Patrick FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.55 $57,055.74 $7,390.80 $42,307.29 $219,568.38
    Alan Sanvictores POLICE DEPT CAPTAINS
    Monrovia, 2013 $142,390.79 $0.00 $24,524.72 $52,505.03 $219,420.54
    Thomas Loy POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $106,596.61 $22,665.30 $25,046.98 $64,693.03 $219,001.92
    Michael Cate FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.55 $48,249.68 $19,364.77 $36,607.57 $217,036.57
    Scott Haberle DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $142,390.79 $6,281.09 $17,472.75 $50,186.86 $216,331.49
    Donald Newton POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $107,715.60 $28,354.95 $16,385.00 $62,821.10 $215,276.65
    Daniel Verna POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $106,596.69 $26,660.42 $24,717.30 $55,262.92 $213,237.33
    Shawn Morton FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.56 $49,747.52 $8,356.86 $41,927.75 $212,846.69
    Nicholas Board PARAMEDIC ASSIGNMENT
    Monrovia, 2013 $88,156.63 $82,002.66 $7,195.89 $35,467.63 $212,822.81
    Glen Coleman POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $107,728.33 $21,848.70 $27,023.39 $55,976.44 $212,576.86
    John Rooks FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.56 $39,130.65 $19,523.93 $38,699.36 $210,168.50
    Nicholas Manfredi POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $106,392.15 $27,803.94 $13,266.92 $60,565.86 $208,028.87
    Jaime Alfaro POLICE DEPT LIEUTENANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $127,690.05 $745.12 $32,402.42 $45,133.52 $205,971.11
    Brad Dover FIRE CAPTAIN
    Monrovia, 2013 $112,814.56 $41,827.96 $13,930.05 $36,960.17 $205,532.74
    Ezequiel Cerecerez POLICE DEPT LIEUTENANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $129,152.66 $0.00 $26,516.56 $49,295.47 $204,964.69
    Robert Van POLICE DEPT DETECTIVE
    Monrovia, 2013 $87,985.83 $57,703.70 $21,289.54 $37,608.45 $204,587.52
    Michael Lee POLICE DEPT LIEUTENANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $129,152.67 $0.00 $25,366.99 $49,336.23 $203,855.89
    Ronald Bow PW DIRECTOR
    Monrovia, 2013 $116,939.68 $0.00 $57,479.42 $28,350.57 $202,769.67
    Christiano Fabrizio FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $129,152.75 $7,928.41 $22,309.24 $42,479.31 $201,869.71
    Nels Ortlund POLICE DEPT LIEUTENANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $129,152.68 $0.00 $21,406.50 $48,297.20 $198,856.38
    Ryan Phillips FIRE DIVISION CHIEF
    Monrovia, 2013 $128,445.80 $7,105.85 $15,125.31 $46,078.37 $196,755.33
    John Donchig AGENT ASSIGNMENT
    Monrovia, 2013 $87,985.87 $30,639.90 $33,433.23 $40,025.91 $192,084.91
    Heath Harvey POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $97,477.68 $19,256.75 $28,257.28 $43,434.04 $188,425.75
    Roberto Wilken POLICE DEPT SERGEANT
    Monrovia, 2013 $87,985.85 $29,878.00 $14,647.21 $53,921.46 $186,432.52

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  13. Thanks in favor of sharing such a pleasant idea, post is pleasant, thats why i have read it completely.

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  14. Nobody knows what is going on but it seems the city exists to pay the salaries of cops. 11 of them make over $200K and only 11 make less than $100K. TransparentCalifornia.com lists 59 PD employees including phone answers, so another 37 make over $100K/year!

    "To protect our pensions and serve caviar" would be a suitable slogan for such well-heeled flatfoots. They make $71K out the gate with the brain requirements a mere 12th grade education (the new kind of education, not the good kind), and 50th percentile or above on a cop braining test called ENTRY-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST BATTERY, which has multiple choice spelling questions and is not about battering young glasses-wearing female blood plasma delivery drivers, charging them with resisting arrest, and locking them in a cell for the weekend and getting sued and losing:

    His ______________ of the situation was incorrect.
    a. analisys
    b. annalysis
    c. analysis
    d. anallysys

    There was only one witness to the boy's ______________.
    a. abducton
    b. abducsion
    c. abduction
    d. abduckion

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