As an example, not mentioned at all are things like the huge debt Sierra Madre is carrying, with millions of dollars owed to the banks holding the city's water bonds. That, combined with those years of CalPERS obligations you've been hearing so much about, is quite a lot of money. The estimated total figure being somewhere in the $30 million dollar range.
At a time when the only two candidates in the running are calling for 66% utility tax increases, this might be seen by some as an unfortunate omission.
It could be one of the problems facing Sierra Madre this election. When you only have two incumbents running (along with The Eagle), these sorts of things are not likely to be brought up by the candidates. Why would they want to?
Instead, what we are going to get is a lot of the following:
Though mentioned, exactly how the city's budget and water problems have improved is not discussed.
But maybe it doesn't matter. All of the real action is going to be with the three ballot initiatives anyway. Those being raising the UUT to 10%, getting rid of the UUT altogether, and whatever it is the SMPD union will finally foist upon the residents.
They have been kind of secretive, and we are still not certain what that is going to be.
Where is City Hall?
I am not sure too many people have been paying attention, but City Hall has been closed since before Christmas, and will not reopen again until January 4th. Quite a long stretch of time. And had you gone to the City's website last evening, you would have noticed the following:
So now that you've been pretty much cut off from your city government, is there anything you've found yourself missing?