Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Earl Richey's "No UUT" Ballot Measure Qualifies for April

The second time is the charm. Rather than allowing themselves to be shot down twice by the powers that be in Los Angeles County, this time Earl Richey and his very determined tax fighters submitted two times the number of signatures needed to qualify. It looks like the strategy worked, and the voters of Sierra Madre will now have the option to vote away their utility taxes completely this coming April. Something that has never happened before in The Foothill Village. Interesting times we're living in.

Here is how the notification came down earlier this week:



The Ballot Argument Against Measure UUT

The forces opposing City Hall's "Measure UUT" have aligned on another front as well. Here is the ballot argument from three residents who do see the point in paying some of the highest utility taxes in the State of California:


It looks like Sierra Madre residents will now have the unprecedented opportunity to vote on their utility taxes three different ways. You will be able to vote the UUT out of existence altogether. Or you could choose to vote them up to 10%, making this town one of only the very few in California with double digit utility taxes.


The third option? Vote no on both measures and the UUT will remain at the 6% level you voted for in 2012 and 2014.

Congratulations. You now have some choices.

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53 comments:

  1. This April, send a message to City Hall. vote NO on both ballot measures so that the 6% UUT tax is retained and then, if the only candidates running for Council are Capoccia, Harabedian and Tice, don't vote at all for any candidate. Just leave it blank. It will send a powerful message.

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  2. As I understand it the Sheriff will give the city of Sierra Madre almost 20% more patrol time for more than $700,000 less money . What this tells me is we have a lot of waste in the present police department. What kind of management is that. It's not easy getting on the Sheriffs Department, they have very high standards and they pay better than SM pays it's police officers, there is something very wrong here and I think it's time to fix that, it's time for the Sheriffs Department.

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    1. The SMPOA (or SMPA now) have won some huge concessions from City Hall over the years. Even if the 10% UUT passes it might not be enough to keep the SMPD.

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    2. plus all you need to know that in today's world of police shootings and incompetence, SMPD has a officer who literally freaks out, pulls out his weapon and shoots an unarmed man in the back and that officer gets a short vacation, is returned to the force, promoted and now is racking up overtime for his pension

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  3. Good points 5:04AM. We have 2 incumbents for CC, both of whom think they've done a great job! They feel the city is turning around. Hmmmm. Interesting times, indeed.

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  4. It's the taxpayers chance to shine and send a message to city Hall. City hall has 24 million dollars a year of income, city hall has a choice, managethe taxpayers money correctly or we will continue to take more money away! We are Not in the Pension Business.

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    1. according to the City Manager we are in the Pension Business and business is great!

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    2. Where do I sign up?

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  5. This mess is due to the council's failure to lead by, for example, acting on rather sheriff's offer to give the city 20% more patrol hours for 20% less money. Instead they put Mayer Glenn in charge of a sheriff's committee whose members didn't bother to read the sheriff's proposal. Now they ask for a 66% tax increase, which will simply get handed over to the police union and CalPers. In fact, not one of them has publicly declared opposition to the fiscally ruinous police union proposal.

    Under these circumstances you have to root for Earl.

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  6. Support officer berry!December 29, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    Make sure you send donations in response to the police union's annual fund raising drive so we can pay for it to bankrupt the city

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  7. What Measure UUT tells me is that municipal employee unions run City Hall.

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  8. Let the good time roll for those who want to take back control of their city for the future generations to enjoy also! Thank you all who signed this petition.

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  9. Everybody get out of the way. There's a train wreck coming and you might get hurt.

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    1. It's OK. It's light rail.

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  10. I still cannot understand why the health plans are so expensive. They could have a physician full time parked in the city offices for less than they are paying and still conduct a full battery of tests on everyone every year. Someone could even have a health problem and it would still be covered. My husband has fourth stage cancer that is now in remission (thank God) and is being treated by doctors at the City of Hope and our health costs are a fraction of these plans! What is going on? I also thought group plans were cheaper than individual plans like ours.

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    1. Glad you husband is feeling better,but just for clarity over 30% of The City of Hope's funding comes from the Federal Gov't well worth the expenditure of my tax dollars.

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    2. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7645

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    3. Suddenly the City of Hope has become the Village of Pain.

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    4. 8:33 - mmm, not too harsh this morning?

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    5. As there is no 4th stage cancer remission I thought I'd go easy.

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    6. By remission I meant we have stopped the growth. His tumor(sp?) cannot be removed. The treatments have been successful. It had metastasized to a bone in his leg and has not grown for a year. The masses in both places has not gotten any bigger and is no longer causing him pain.

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  11. Great job Earl and friends. Thanks. You have my vote.

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  12. Thank you Earl Richie for your perseverance and hard work!

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  13. This is what can happen (hurray!) when you live in a small enough town that it is EASY for people to become involved in matters that affect them directly. At the end of a busy workday you can get to a City Council meeting (and the chambers have been full to overflowing many a time in the years I have lived here).
    Good on you Earl Richie and your workforce for this important issue.

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  14. It's a shame that the name Earl Richie may go down in Sierra Madres' history books as the man who turned Sierra Madre into a Duarte.
    Lets put a statue of him in Cannon Park sitting on a horse.

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    1. The only way Sierra Madre is going to make the financial reforms necessary is for the residents to force the issue.

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    2. Well make sure the horse's rear faces City Hall! I'm for Earl and will support his ballot measure!

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    3. I'm with 9:06, force the issue!

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    4. 8.47.. As the words state, spoken by a true federal, state or city employee who receives undue Pensions and Cadallic Health Plans! Which hard working taxpayers are continuing to pay for!!

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    5. 8.47 post... This must be our city managers post. She is the only city employee who lives in "DUARTE". I wonder how she plans on financing the "Bronze Statue"? In the past, city hall never wants to pay cash for anything. If they did, the reduction of cash would reduce the cities UNFUNDED Pensions and Cadallic Health Benifts plans! O'h that's not true, as John Crawford pointed out last week, city hall Pledged our city streets ( with a value of $22 million dollars ) as a city asset to fund the Unfunded city Pensions. Maybe City hall could Pledge the streets again to purchase Earl's Bronze Horse Statue $$ what a cool idea. I wonder if city council needs to vote on it or if the city manager will just do it?

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    6. Our City Manager lives in West Covina. A bronze statue would be stolen like our spider for the metal costs. Maybe a pottery one?

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  15. Excellent. This should be on the ballot. People have the duty to go vote for issues of excessive taxation by government. You have the power to stop excessive taxation.
    Thanks Earl. Thanks Crawford for shedding light on the real issue here.

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    1. I also think this is excellent - but is there time to correct some grammatical mistakes in the Argument Against?

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    2. I've heard it is still being fine tuned.

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  16. For a bunch of lawyers you guys have missed the point! The city of Sierra Madre is Not in the Pension Business - Never has and Nevr Will! All Pensions Must Go! This includes All City EmployeesPensions and Cadallic health plans!!! City employees salaries must be reduced. As an example, let's start with a city manager making $300,000+ a year. Who really runs this town? The Unions or the city council ????

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  17. 8.47 the blood shed needs to stop, that is the excessive spending, our city Must vet rid of all Pensions, inflated employees salaries, Cadalic Health Plans... I believe that most of us gets it. Like the previous post states, we can not afford a $300,000 city manage, a $157,000 head libraryian plus 2 or 3 on Pensions. The Pensions are killing our cities and there is absolutely no benifit for any taxpayer! Our city employees are Not Brain Surgeons, so why has the ciy council allowed them to be paid Brain Surgeons Salaries??

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    1. Stop relying to your own posts and consider a writing class @ PCC.

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  18. Wow, the average cost of a couple of million people compared to the top ten paid people in Sierra Madre? That's some rigor for you.

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  19. In the heat of the moment... When city hall looses these opened lawsuits ( 32 million Carter lawsuit, hildreaths law suit, the on going police union law suits ) who is planing on paying for these judgements and legal costs? Is city hall planning on posting a bond for 40 Million Dollars??? Oh I get it, city hall bond rating was declared as Junk Rated, they can not borrow money, there fore city hall must think they are going to turn their backs to the judges order and walk away! What ever happened to the 1 Million Dollars which city hall borrowed from SGVMWD ? The city council instructed city hall to make no payments and wrote a nice letter to SGVMWD and asked them to Forgive the debt / Repeal the monies which was borrowed. That's a crappy way to run a business?

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  20. 1.36 post... It's just another sign of poor city management. Let's give all those top city managers another raise if they deserve it or not. If the city of Bell did it, our city hall thinks they should be able to do it also... What a joke !?!?!?

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  21. 1.36 post... It's just another sign of poor city management. Let's give all those top city managers another raise if they deserve it or not. If the city of Bell did it, our city hall thinks they should be able to do it also... What a joke !?!?!?

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  22. Wow, all the boo babies are out in force today, looks like the No on any UUT people have started a chain letter to diss our city employees. Fair warning: A No on the UUT will have lots of unintended consequences even when the PD goes to the Sheriff.

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    1. Unintended consequences? Yes, that's what happens during an intervention.

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    2. Can we can call the UUT repeal issue Measure NADA?

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  23. 222 post ... Reply requested. Whats better for you, reducing your city Pensions, city Salaries and Cadallic Health Plans or forcing city hall to file BK?

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  24. 222.. I want to get in also. Hey big guy. There are 6 nations who will file BK in the future, starting with Greece. The United States of America is right behind, oweing a cool $117 trillion of unfunded debt. As we have been told, the US of A can not even pay the interest due on $17 trillion alone $117 trillion, just like Sierra Madre. All Pensions will be lost through out the United States of America. Get in line Sierra Madre employees, you did it to yourself with the help of the city council and no onearguments or confrontation from who that pays you , until the 2015 UUT tax Petition Signatures - Repeal All UUT Taxes.. "Listen, The Taxpayer is speaking"

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  25. May be the SMCC johnes can call Donald Trump and ask for help, as to how sierra madre city hall can get out of debt? Let's Make Sierra Madre Great Again!

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  26. Are the Johns going to request that sierra madre residents endorse them Again for running for city council? They have left our city with millions of dollars of debt and unfunded Pensions. Why should Sierra Madre Registered Voters endorsement them for any second terms?

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