Friday, December 4, 2015

Sierra Madre Weekly: Sierra Madre City Clerk Nancy Sue Shollenberger to End 32-Year Career

Mod: Here is a nice article from the Sierra Madre Weekly (link) discussing Nancy Shollenberger's retirement from the Sierra Madre City Clerk job. She is in the process of setting up next April's election which, for the first time in over three decades, will not include her. Not only will Nancy Shollenberger be greatly missed in that role, there is now some question whether anyone will actually stand up and run to replace this consummate public servant. No candidate has yet announced their intention to do so. 

Nancy with a newly elected Rachelle Arizmendi
Sierra Madre City Clerk Nancy Sue Shollenberger to End 32-Year Career - Since elected City Clerk in 1984, Nancy has acted as a buffer between the city government and its citizens.

If a resident needs a public document, she gets it to them. When people encounter the government, sometimes they’re unsure of the steps to take to pursue their issue. Shollenberger said, “I do my best to make them feel comfortable.”

Shollenberger, along with her husband and two children, moved to Sierra Madre in 1968. In 1972, Nancy started her own business, The Sierra Madre Answering and Secretarial Service. When cell phones and computers came into being, Nancy closed down her business in 2000.

In 1984, Gary Adams approached Nancy’s husband and asked him if he thought Nancy might consider being City Clerk. Nancy was very busy with her business and raising their two children, and never thought about being City Clerk. Of course, Shollenberger was honored that a City Council Member would think about her, so she considered it and decided to run in 1984.

Shollenberger was not challenged until 2008, when a resident ran against her. She won and ran two more times, unopposed. It has been a wonderful career.

Though Shollenberger is leaving office, she will continue living in Sierra Madre, where people know her for her helping hand to those seeking help from the city government.

“I have been fortunate to have this opportunity,” Shollenberger said. “I’ve met so many absolutely fabulous people who are civic volunteers and commissioners I would have never met before. I love to be in a small town.”

No Planning Commission decision last night on medical marijuana

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There was a surprising amount of discussion, but in the end no consensus was found on how best to move forward with this question. While all seemed to agree that they did not envision medical pot shops as a particularly good move for Sierra Madre to make, there were some issues that needed further legal exploration before any decisions could be made.

One question that came up was whether medical marijuana consumption by residents is really a land use issue, or would this be a discussion more appropriate for the City Council to have. Another was whether the delivery of this controlled substance to residents, the possession of which is still a crime under Federal law, can be stopped at the city line.

Who exactly is going to search FedEx trucks to stop the delivery of something that is easily ordered on-line in California, sanctioned by medical professionals, and can be paid for with a Visa card? Should a Planning Commission be asked to make such a decision concerning the lifestyles and medical needs of others when Sacramento seems to be moving in a decidedly different direction?

At the request of the Planning Commission, Sierra Madre's City Attorney is looking into certain issues, and the matter will be revisited in two weeks. My guess is this will all eventually be punted to the City Council, which is probably where it should be addressed.

Under new state laws, the City of Sierra Madre has until March to make its call.

Something you might want to check out

Mod: The following is currently up on the City of Sierra Madre website. Given the possibly historic El Nino weather event coming this winter, you might want to check this event out. For the entire article click here. 9 AM tomorrow is the time.


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35 comments:

  1. Nancy will be sorely missed. She has been the heart and soul of this town for decades.

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  2. I hate to think how much of our money she is taking with her in her Calpers retirement.

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    1. Would you believe none? Elected officials get paid small stipends, and occasionally other unspectacular amounts in certain situations, but they do not have a retirement account with CalPERS.
      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=Nancy+Shollenberger

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    2. 6:22
      Nancy works for a very small salery....she does not need the money...she loves Sierra Madre.

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    3. Thank you for that information 6:27.

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    4. I thought everyone knew that.

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    5. Elected officials in Sierra Madre get no pension and no health plan. Other cities may differ.

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    6. 6:22, both Nancy and her husband worked very hard and became quite successful. You're just understandably not used to genuine public service.

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    7. It is a concept that only a select few can make work. Nancy is one of those.

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  3. God bless her maybe we should start a retirement fund drive?

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    1. The first person we'd need to hit up is 6:22.

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  4. John and Diane ShearDecember 4, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Nancy is one of the finest citizens of Sierra Madre.
    Thank you Nancy for all your years of service to this community

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    1. Chris and Halcyon KoerberDecember 4, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      Amen, John and Diane. Nancy Shollenberger is a woman of good character with well grounded principles, a love of country and her community, and a willingness to serve generously and with a sincere heart. Thank you, Nancy, for all your service to Sierra Madre.

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    2. Nancy Is a class Act, unlike some of our paid city employees.

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  5. Nancy needs to write a book. She has seen a lot.

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  6. With this part of Sierra Madre history passing who will her replacement be and do for the residents of Sierra Madre?

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  7. Thank you Nancy ! Lovely lady. She would be a great Mayor ! At least we would never need to doubt her motives !

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    1. 9:44, what a super idea! You don't suppose we could talk Nancy into running for council, do you?

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    2. 11:11, fine thanks that would be!

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    3. Wow. What a great outcome that would be.

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    4. 9:54 and all responders. Why would you want to do THAT to her?
      All of you should either run for office or be on a commission. But I bet all you
      People do is post. How many of you actually go to at least two council or commission
      Meetings a month?

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    5. Sure. Whatever you say.

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    6. I hate being yelled at.

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  8. What time is the Saturday El Niño preparation workshop? And where?

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    1. You ought to sign up for the city's blasts, 10:57.
      9-11 on Sat. the 5th.

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    2. The time is in today's post.

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    3. Nancy is not replaceable. Elaine will want the job to be a full time employee position that she can hire, no longer an elected position.

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    4. An elected city clerk has to be from here. If Elaine hires someone it's guaranteed to be someone from out of town.

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  9. Cannot change the city charter at the whim of the City Manager. Both the city clerk and the city treasurer are elected positions.

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    1. Yes. But you don't have to call the job "city clerk."

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  10. The city council can make the clerks job a full time position by passing an ordinance. Elaine will twist their arms to do that.

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  11. Take a look at any number of on-line website about the duties of the City Clerk, as an elected official, and I think it will be clearer for you.

    Do you recall the woman who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, who got herself in a world of hurt because as an "elected city official" she had to follow the law.

    You may have failed to vote for Nancy on the ballot where her name appeared these last 32 years. I am pleased to say I voted for her each and every time.

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  12. http://www.californiacityclerks.org/what-is-a-city-clerk

    This is a web site that will clear up lots of questions. You can see from the description of the duties of the City Clerk, that we have had the best in Nancy Shollenberger!

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  13. Thank you Nancy. This town can never thank her enough for her selfless service.

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  14. Nancy Shmancy ... Let's talk about weed!

    Forget about taxing it. That's too small time. Instead, the city should supply it: Buy the monastery property, re-zone it agricultural, and grow some kick*** reefer.

    Imagine the revenues from Foothill Advil, Madre Lei Ley, Wisteria Mysteria, Invasion of the Mind Snatcher, People Pod Oh My God! (I'll stop now.)

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