Wednesday, December 30, 2015

John Capoccia and John Harabedian: Reelection Candidacy Press Announcements


Though neither one of these items was sent to the widely read Sierra Madre Tattler (campaign staff oversight is the guess here), both John Capoccia and John Harabedian did release press statements announcing their candidacies. And while both do gently allude to some of the problems the city is facing at this time, neither is long on any specifics.

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?

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45 comments:

  1. Since there are only three, well really only two, candidates for City. council, I would suggest that voters send a strong message of disapproval and not vote for a council candidate. Vote only on the UUT measures.

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    1. Excellent idea. When the Council race gets 500 less items than the UUT repeal, that would indicative of the lack of real Council candidates.

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    2. What good does that do? The City manager will just laugh and the opposition will win. It's a given. Do you really think anyone at city hall cares about disapproval? Good people care about approval/disapproval, sinister people could care less. They have an agenda to implement.

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    3. Cast a protest vote for Eagle Bill.

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    4. City Hall won't be laughing about a 6% or 0% UUT rate for 7/1/2016. That will focus their attention.

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    5. Works for me 5/18 am

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  2. Also vote no on the cop measure. The residents need to preserve their right to go elsewhere for police services should they choose to do so.

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    1. Only our PD would want us to give up our rights

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    2. How dumb would you have to be to vote away your rights?

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    3. Civility Party dumb?

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  3. Have we seen any breakdown on how the UUT increase money would be spent? That would be important information for anyone trying to make an informed decision.

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    1. It will be handed to the police union that consumes 47% of the general fund.

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  4. The cops may have missed the deadline to get their measure on the April ballot. In fact harabedian may have asked the cops to wait until the June election so they don't screw up the UUT increase. You'll know they have a deal when harabedian announces after the council election and the UUT passes that he supports the cop measure.

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    1. So it's down to Earl Richey versus the Two Johns? Let the battle begin!

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    2. Doesn't matter when it's on the ballot, I'll vote NO cause I don't like the idea of the city never having an option with our public service protection.

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    3. Make sure your friends and neighbors vote NO too.

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  5. The only positive,sincere, honest player in this is Earl.He is doing something for Sierra Madre.
    Cappocia and Harabedian are doing things to themselves .
    Well done Earl you are the best.

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  6. My vote goes with Earl Richey ridding on the Bronze Horse Statue which city hall will purchase from DUARTE with our city managers inflated salary and health benifit package! And I further can't wait to see the horses behind the new ciy hall landscaping fences with their butts facing towards city hall front door. Some one expressed a great post the other day.

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  7. "Earl" is apparently a bitter cheapskate who can no longer afford to live in Sierra Madre. Instead of dragging the whole city down he should just quietly move on. I hear Rialto is nice..............

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    1. @ 8:53 I tried to eat at the Cheeseskate Factory Monday night over an hour wait. I can't wait 'till the holidays are over. Bah Humbug.

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    2. Love it, 8:53. Just do the personal attacks.

      Happy New Year to you and the rest of the Civility Party.

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    3. Yes @8:53 If you keep messing with Earl he may get his brother Lionel Richey after you.

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    4. Rialto waits for you, too 8:53AM or maybe Fresno would be better.

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    5. Any city driven into bankruptcy by CalPERS will do.

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    6. Proudly raised in the 909December 30, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      Jeepers, Mr. 8:53 sounds like a cranky pants!

      In contrast, Earl seems like a happy warrior. I like his style.

      BTW: what dog whistle is 8:53 sending with the Rialto comment?

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    7. Rialto low income,get a house for $125,000, only 14% Caucasian,low taxes, a place for less than affluent folks.In other words a ship hole.

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  8. "During that time we have made great strides in solving some of the real challenges facing the city - including our water and budget issues ..."

    Really?

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  9. Yeah. Don't you recall how the $50K plus Dr. Helene Baribeau solved the orange water problem?

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    1. Dr. Baribeau is a specialist in water borne tropical diseases. Not a good sign.

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    2. So easy to waste $50,000 om a consultant's "solution".

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    3. The purpose was to make it seem like something was being done.

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  10. 8.53 post Earl has my vote. We the city residents have been paying for city infrastruture which the city has failed to provide. Oh, I finally get it, my monies has been going for City Pensions and Golden Parachute Healt Benifit Packages which we the taxpayer get no benifit. Elaine, you can move to Rialto, I hear its not far from DUARTE.from your last friends, Beth and Joe

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    1. 10.25 post Whats "Earl" running for? You hear DUARTE is not far from Rialto,are you bed ridden don't get out much? Are you saying you are my last friends? Are you Joe and Beth? Please try to be more concise.

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  11. Can anyone tell me specifically what Harabedian or Cappocia did to solve the CalPers problem or the Water problem?
    Harabedian contrived a very doubtful waiver for his buddy Felikian and posed for photos with uniformed on-duty SMPD. Cappocia spent a lot of time with Elaine and occasionally got steamrollered by Tattler into voting the 'right' way.
    Anything else?

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    1. (sound of crickets chirping)

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    2. Not crickets. Just the sound of cans being kicked down what little remains of the road.

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  12. These two wind bags could win be default by only voting against the UUT ballot issue. Please oh please let 2 honest residents stand up and throw your hat in to the political arena or ring!

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    1. Nominations?
      Nancy
      John Hutt
      Mary Ann
      others?

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  13. Too late uninformed low info uninformed voter.The deadline for filing has passed. I assume you vote and don't just criticize?

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    1. Sorry. You are wrong. Plenty of time left to file. You going for it?

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    2. The deadline for filing is Jan 15, 2016.

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    3. 4:39 is a low information whatever.

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  15. Run as a write in candidate, it's better than noting and nothing is what you have with the 2 incumbents who seem to be tools of the good ole boys club.

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