We would like to thank all Sierra Madre residents for their continued support and signing the UUT TAX PETITION to REPEAL all city UUT Taxes. We had a huge turn out and support from the 80%+/- of Sierra Madre residents that we talked to. The signed petitions will be delivered to City Hall early Monday morning and Hand Carried and delivered to the Los Angeles Registrars Office in Norwalk. It's 5:00 pm, standing in the rain, obtaining signatures at Kersting Court. God must be sending us a message for a job well done!
That 80% figure is interesting. Earl Richey has been claiming all along that the response he and those carrying No UUT petitions with him was consistently positive, and they had experienced only minor resistance to requests for a signature and an address. Something that was borne out by their ability to gather well over 400 signatures with only a handful of petitioners.
Can it be the easy assumption that a No UUT ballot initiative could never receive the votes needed to succeed here might not be correct? Out beyond City Hall's immediate message control there apparently is quite a lot of anger at how things have been going in this town, and previously unheard voices are just now beginning to get some notice.
The amount of signatures required to get on the ballot for this particular election is 191. Los Angeles County would have to throw out over 200 signatures to keep this particular "No UUT" measure off of next April's ballot.
As it appears today this election could have 3 ballot measures. One for a 10% UUT, another for No UUT whatsoever, and then something rather unexpected from the increasingly insecure Sierra Madre Police Department. That being a law that would prohibit the City Council from ever negotiating with any other law enforcement agency but them, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
As we've been saying, 2016 is going to be an interesting year.
Watch out for your mailbox
Here is something from the Pasadena Star News family of newspapers that should make anyone uncomfortable.
You can read the rest of the article here. The Los Angeles version of ABC News is also covering this story, and has an article up here. They claim the number of involved mailboxes is 90.
Not to question the forensic abilities of the Sierra Madre Police Department, but how many people leave mail in their mailboxes overnight? Is this a common practice for that part of town?
A possible solution to this crime wave might be to encourage people to retrieve their mail on a daily basis and not leave it out unprotected overnight.
If that is actually the case, of course.