Monday, January 18, 2016

A Correction On The Behalf Of The Mountain Views News


The Mountain Views News, which remains Sierra Madre's legally adjudicated newspaper even though its publisher (who may not be the legal owner) no longer lives in town, nor apparently even has an actual office here any longer, reported the above in its weekend edition. It is remarkably wrong and definitely requires a correction.

The City Council did not "chose," unanimously or otherwise, to put a resident initiated measure eliminating its utility users tax on the April 2018 ballot. What did happen is the City Council, because of the lateness of Los Angeles County's vetting of the petition to put such a question on the ballot, decided that logistically it could not make it onto the April 2016 ballot. Which is where many people thought it should be.

The reason for this being the sample ballot arguments, those pro and con statements appearing in that election preview booklet you receive in the mail from the County of Los Angeles prior to an election, could not be written and published in time for this April's election. Per the City Clerk that deadline had pretty much passed, and therefore no proclamations on this matter could be included in the mailing for the April 12, 2016 contest.

By all accounts the measure designed to vote Sierra Madre's utility taxes out of existence will now be on the June 72016 ballot. Or at least that is the City Council's goal, and one that apparently can be met without too much difficulty. California holds its state primary on that date, and the costs associated with including this measure on the fate of Sierra Madre's utility taxes would be minimal. 

A special election, which was not called for by the folks who want to get rid of the UUT, would have set the city back $50,000. Or the cost of one consultant.

To be clear, there was no official City Council vote on this matter. They did not vote on it at all. Nor was there any "unanimous" decision to place this measure on the ballot more than two years from now. Why the Mountain Views News would claim there was remains something of a mystery.

However, rather than any deliberate attempt to sow confusion, perhaps the paper's one person management just didn't understand what actually happened.

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44 comments:

  1. So the Mountain Views News is operating with its usual journalistic standards.

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    1. I believe that the article was 100% intentional. We all know the paper makes factual errors, makes up sources with editorials or just prints press releases for the city so it keeps printing the legal notices so none of us question how sloppy the editor is with her writing and fact checking

      but this was intentional I suggest because it paints the issue as distant and washes over the topic as "whenever we get to it"

      If Susan doesn't print a retraction she is what most of us have unfortunately got to know her as a misleading and manipulative

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    2. I agree with you. It was intended to show that the measure to end the UUT met a unanimous defeat at the hands of the City Council. What did happen was merely administrative.

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    3. the group should buy or ask for free advertising because she's printing misinformation without being held accountable, just like the time the she and the City Manager stalled Kurt Zimmerman when he asked for a audit and proof of performance

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  2. And it wont be the last time either. That so called paper has misled this community many times. It is especially a concern when that paper writes it's own view of what is good for or happening in the community. Who does the Judge say owns the Mountain Views News?

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    1. Previous efforts to institute accountability with Henderson failed.
      I think the decision has been to just wait her out until she finds her next con and moves on.

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    2. She has found a way to get free taxpayer money. Usually people who do that stay put.

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    3. besides all of that, the paper whatever it is printed a public notice and report on a public city issue so if the paper doesn't retract or publish a fair and balanced article, the NO or abolish the UUT should buy an ad in her paper

      Dean is the editor and he missed this glaring fact error in a headline?

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    4. Dean would hardly presume to correct Susan.

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  3. Does anyone read that paper these days? I haven't read one in a long time.

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    1. I read it online, of course it is published (printed) on Friday but not available online 'till Monday for some unknown reason.

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  4. The Mountain Views News lists its address as 80 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard #327, Sierra Madre. It is a PO box located at Mail Box & Postal. I am not certain that is in the spirit of adjuducation.

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  5. Susan Henderson is an extension of a city Hall employee. Susan Henderson is paid by the city to publish and is instructed to write the words of city hall even though they are not necessary correct

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    1. so what? it's a great kiss rear end gig if you can get it.

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    2. It is sad to think a paper receiving tax payer money can be bought like that. True maybe, but still sad.

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  6. I thought the council, at Elaine's recommendation, instructed her to conduct a 30 study to determine the impact on the city if the UUT was eliminated. Also, the city attorney said that the measure could be put on the June Primary or the Nov. General election ballot but Elaine said that would be too difficult. At least that is what I heard.

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    1. I heard Denise tell Elaine to do her best to get it on the June ballot, and Elaine acknowledged that she would.

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    2. The City Clerk is also working to make this happen. The deadline is mid February, so it really isn't that big of a crunch.

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    3. how can Elaine do this in 30 days when it took her and the city 700 staff hours to pre-plan the Mt Wilson Trail Race?

      We've heard all the BS - yada yada yada - the library will close, we'll cut this and snip that...oh my God we may have to opt for the more qualified and more patrolled Sheriff's department or whatever or blah blah blah

      but as long as Calpers is draining out budgets I'll vote NO and to abolish the UUT

      I could care less about those pension grubbing public sector age 55 retirees

      fir the primary problem - the pension plans

      subcontract to the sheriff's

      quit making busy work for yourself

      or go work in another city and transfer your pension to them like I do with my 401K





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  7. Once again more road blocks for Democracy are in the path of 'will of the people' or voters rights concerning UUT, this method is often employed to slow down the process and allow politicians to get in front of a run away issue so they can stop it and return it back to their control once again.

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    1. Another conspiracy theory, democracy exists because it is a slow,long,drawn out process full of checks and balances. BTW we are a republic not a democracy.

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    2. Would you care to explain that one? You're making even less sense than usual.

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    3. no it's still on track - just a "oops" we made a boo-boo factual error by the paper and printed it first page to diminish the NO and get rid of the UUT movement

      cause some of us think it's all a pension dodging scam to raise our taxes to pay for their cushy retirement

      a retired librarian makes almost a $100,000 a year for being retired?

      give me a break

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    4. John Ca po co said at last week's city council meeting that's not true. City Halls x librians were not paid that kind of money! Jon is in dnial of the real truth...

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  8. Maybe Mrs. Henderson knows something we don't ?

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    1. Right. Who she can borrow money from.

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    2. she knows allot we don't know and prints it

      cause she's making it up

      or failed fact checking and proofreading 101

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    3. If you want to find "Sierra Madre Government" at the Library you have to go to the fiction section.

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  9. MLK day today, SO, most of you are on here during work hours. Not that it takes long to comment.

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    1. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about these sorts of things? Shows an absence of purpose.

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  10. And, not all of us get MLK day off.

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    1. No reason for anyone to get that day off.

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    2. ...except to celebrate perhaps the greatest civil rights leader ever. And his achievements.

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    3. No need to explain. These idiots will never get it.

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  11. City hall has mlk off

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  12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    1. If you need to talk about national politics try the CNN website.

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  13. 11.24. Hey mod, please provide us with a logical explanation why you pulled our post? There were no curse words, we are stating our opinion.

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    1. This isn't a site for inane and witless conversations about national politics. All of which describes your post perfectly. If you want to blabber about Bernie, or Trump or Hillary or Ted or Jeb any of those folks, go to the CNN, MSNBC or Fox News websites. There are thousands of sites where you can go to regurgitate the nonsense you've picked up from cable TV news shows. There is only one place where people can go to discuss the local politics of this town. OK? In the future I will just delete your crap and move on.

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  14. If a special election is not called for this June, Earl needs to gather the same signatures again and ask for a special election. Time it so that it will not coincide with any scheduled election. I did not sign the current petition, but this time I will help gather additional signatures and spread the word about what the City Council did.

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    1. That election in June is the California primary election. No special election is needed. It is already happening. In order to save itself $50,000 the City Council will put Earl's measure on that ballot.

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  15. 11.24 deletion must have been a mistake. A group of us were sitting and writing posts at beantown. I do not believe we posted any of those political events! Come on and join the laughs about how city hall continues to mis spend our money!

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