Saturday, January 30, 2016

Arcadia Police Night Patrols In Sierra Madre Is On The Arcadia City Council Agenda For February 2nd

Coming soon to a street near you.
It happened. And Arcadia's staff report for this issue, wordily titled "TEMPORARY MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE FOR THE PERIOD OF FEBRUARY 15, 2016, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2016," does make for some interesting reading. It also goes into a lot more detail than the agenda report we saw for Sierra Madre's last City Council meeting. Considerations that were then bumped to a later date because Arcadia's decisions on the matter had not yet been made and the Mayor didn't want to be seen as being presumptuous.

In the following portion of a rather City Hall-centric Pasadena Star News piece titled "Why half of Sierra Madre’s police force suddenly left," the dollar amount involved in bringing the Arcadia PD to the late night streets of Sierra Madre is identified as $40,000 per month. In the Arcadia agenda report that figure is $164,000 for the period covering Feb. 15 through June 30th, or $1,200 per day. With the potential for some additional charges when arrest expenses and overtime costs are factored in.

Here is the PSN info (link):

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, an agreement with the Arcadia Police Department was being considered to offer supplemental patrol services, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. 7 days a week, to Sierra Madre at a cost of about $40,000 a month.

“I’m not happy at all,” said Mayor John Capoccia about the dramatic drop in the police force. “What we have here is a perfect storm because of the financial concerns.”

In a staff report, the department says they “have reached a level where there are insufficient personnel to provide safe and reliable police services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,” and cited the city’s lower salaries for trouble recruiting full-time officers.

“This is totally a temporary measure to make sure we’re providing the same level of service to the community as we start to build our department back up,” said Giannone. “We have a great working relationship with Arcadia and we’re here to help each other.”

Meanwhile, the department is doing heavy recruiting for full time sworn-in and non-sworn positions. “I think that’s going very well; we have 65 applicants,” said Giannone.

In the still sorta relevant Sierra Madre City Council Agenda Report, dated January 26 (link), that amount is also identified as $40,000 per month, with additional costs alluded to but not yet factored in. The period mentioned here was to begin on Feb. 7, which is now no longer an operative start date.


I'm sure the final dollar amounts will all be hashed out. But as it stands now any potential additional costs really are open ended and subject to events that have yet to occur.

Here is the Arcadia Staff Report in its entirety (link).


That's what we know as of now. More as it shows up.

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43 comments:

  1. Our mayor John talks out of both sides of his mouth... Such as the sky is falling, the mayor states that we have a financial crises. It's not a financial crisis Its a Management Crisis. As a example, mayor John keeps reporting that city hall revenues/ budget is $9.5 million dollar annually, but the real truth is city hall website states $24,000,000. City hall is swimming in the Taxpayers Money. 1) Why does City hall fail to make cuts 2) I believe the Sheriff's deal is closer to $1.2 million dollar savings because ($800 K plus city hall is paying an additional $400 K to Pasadena police dept each year for detectives and helicopter services because our cops are not qualified to solve major crimes) if mayor John wanted to save money, here is one way to save $1.2 every year 3) that $1.2 could be used to fixing the broken water infrastructure that city hall has promised us for years or our they going to just continue to miss manage the taxpayS money? These guys are continuing to act as they are a bunch of idiots. 4) how many more millions of dollars each year is ciy hall miss spending. This is no different than the statements regarding the 30,000 emails. Our city has a money spending and a transparentcy problem. 5) we refuse to pay more taxes, let's reduce all taxes just like John CA po co running for office speach stated...

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    1. Outstanding point re the actual savings being as much as $1.2 million a year. The published budget is too opaque to find all costs. For example, it is not clear if the police line item includes the cost of defending SMPD lawsuits.

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    2. Sacred Cow Definition - Figuratively, anything that is beyond criticism: “That housing project is a real sacred cow: the city council won't hear of abandoning it.” In India, followers of Hinduism consider cows sacred and do not eat them because they believe the animals contain the souls of dead persons.
      - The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

      Can you name all of Sierra Madre's sacred cows?

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    3. Isn't the pink Cow in the Xmas creche one?

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    4. It has since been liberated from the clutches of artists addicted to irony and painted a deep chocolate brown.

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  2. Aren't part-time LAPD better than Arcadia? Is this a scare tactic to pass the UUT? I am so sick of Capoccia and his remarks. This could've been solved with the Sheriff. What happened to the report we were supposed to get from them? In addition to the first report given at that oh so lovely commission meeting?

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    1. The report has been buried and will only resurface if the 66% uut tax increase fails.

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    2. Los Quackador, El Mas Excelente Mayor Cappoccia sees the Sheriffs as a last resort. He prefers instead to continue funding millions of dollars in CalPERS costs so our city employees can retire with more money and at a younger age than those being forced to cough up the cash.

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    3. The only way we'll replace the SMPD with the LASD is to defeat Measure UUT. And that, friends, will take some very hard work.

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  3. The Arcadia report says Sierra Madre can't find anyone to take a cop gig in Sierra Madre. El Jefe Giannone says he has 65 applicants. Who to believe?

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  4. Has anyone considered the consequences of tying ourselves too closely to Arcadia?

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  5. Something is very wrong here in SM. We are going to replace half of our police force with new recruits to be trained in our system of police work. On top of all that we are bringing in Arcadia police officers at a time we would consider bringing in the Sheriffs Department. Grandma buy a gun, things are very wacky at City Hall.

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    1. Maybe it is time for the citizens of Sierra Madre to initiate their own safety patrols independent of city hall. Obviously they can;t manage the responsibility any l;longer, despite receiving 47% of our General Fund tax money.

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  6. Yeah we have 7:14
    Pretty damn scary.
    Dies anyone know why helicopters were flying over town a good part of last evening?

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    1. A poor soul lost in the mountains is my guess. Some Good Samaritan on the Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Facebook page talks about it.

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    2. I wonder how much it cost us to rescue the stupid old man.
      https://www.facebook.com/cityofsierramadre/photos/p.1024552167588267/1024552167588267/?type=3&theater

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    3. Everyone there has been thanking the SMPD and SMFD for a rescue that appears to have been handled by LA County Fire.

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  7. This is the perfect storm it might be time to swear in 'the citizen police' or patrols can be arranged from the Sheriffs Department.

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    1. Perhaps Capoccia's issue about SMPD vs Sheriffs is not money ? The case is so simple/stupid/obvious ,he must be able to understand it?
      Perhaps it is about power and influence. What power or influence would a Mayor have over the Sheriffs compared to "our own" police? Not much - I hope. And that is the point. The Police should be all about law enforcement ,not just a local political instrument.

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    2. Somehow the SM cop union has big influence with city hall. A simple business decision seems out of the question. We're a city governed by fuddy duddy emotionalism.

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  8. 7:16, you have a very good point. Guess we might as well get the FBI investigating Sierra Madre at the same time as Arcadia is under investigation. I'm sure there is a lot of this story missing. Would sure like to know all the facts here, it would help to understand managements illogical direction. Anyone know whats happening?

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  9. Do we know if the officers who have left Sierra Madre have the option of coming back if the UUT increase passes? Asking because the Arcadia proposed dates for patrolling here run through June 30. Interesting timing, right?

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  10. Maybe we should create a militia to patrol and protect Sierra Madre. Sort of like Y'all Quieda in Oregon, but without the welfare-queen demands for free land, without the lawlessness and treason, and without the going-to-a-Village-People-audition attire.

    Ya know, the way militias traditionally operated--neighbors grouping together to protect each other.

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    2. Militia is kind of a loaded term. But maybe that is your point.

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  11. Our local rag has another biased, one-sided story on the front page. Henderson isn't even here. Is she writing these articles or is Elaine?

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    1. It is probably a press release from city hall. Just like last week's big news about the cops.

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  12. Do you actually suppose that the City Manager came to work on Monday morning and "discovered" that x number of police officers had resigned to go work somewhere else. What a moronic idea. She knew this was in progress and had to be sitting on her thumbs waiting to spring the NEWS! on an unsuspecting City Council and citizenry. She is what is wrong with the city, incompetent and self-serving. Phew! Something stinks big time.

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    1. They're spinning this in hopes of getting Measure UUT passed. Vote NO. Tell them their bs doesn't fly.

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    2. Tell your neighbors to vote no on the UUT measure. This is going to be a tough battle.

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    3. Tell your neighbors to vote no on the UUT measure. This is going to be a tough battle.

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    4. Sure, here's the scenario: Chief goes to Elaine three months ago and says, we're getting kinda short on officers, how about asking for help. Elaine says yes, and calls the Arcadia City Manager. Arcadia says sure, I'll send them right over. Elaine says, "could you hold off until we get our information out about the UUT so we can scare the folks into voting for it?" That's why we're just now hearing about it. How sneaky of Elaine not to wait until contracts, council votes, etc. to inform the council and us.

      That's why it was just sprung on the citizens.

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    5. Makes sense. Always about the money.

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  13. You didn't rescue him. And it's a volunteer service, so it cost you nothing. Except your time spent worrying

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  14. Announcing to the world and southern California that Sierra Madre policing is woefully lacking from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. is akin to announcing that there would be no overnight parking tickets given out during the two weeks holiday period because policing staff would be reduced. Was this the first stage of this exit plan for some officers...take vacation time and go look for work elsewhere. The idea of working for feeble salary because you patrol in Mayberry is facetious. Officers like the thrill of the job, adrenalin junkies of sorts, so bigger salaries even if it comes with greater risks, Sierra Madre is just a stop off point on the way to something "grander."

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  15. Do we have any night protection..except ourselves? Are we on our own?

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  16. New recruits will never stay. There will always be better job elsewhere. We are wasting our tax dollars training them.

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    1. And continuing to increase the huge amount we owe CalPERS for the prorated pensions of those short-term employees. That's crazy town.

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    2. Sierra Madre is heading straight into insolvency. The boobs are too focused on their Facebook selfie lives to understand it.

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  17. UUT perpetuates uncontrolled bombastic activities counter to civilized democracy for Sierra Madre, California voting resident's - vote NO on UUT.

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  18. A new alternative to safety officers being as scares as hens teeth, lock the gates to the entrances and exits for Sierra Madre, California between the unsafe time periods?

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    1. From sundown to sunrise Sierra Madre is a lawless land.

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  19. Dear Arcadia PD: Just patrol Arcadia. When burglaries are down and your salaries are down, then consider doing freebies for surrounding communities. Until then, do your job in Arcadia and stop whining.

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