Sunday, January 17, 2016

Help Celebrate John Shear's 95th Birthday Today @ Santa Anita Park - Right After The 4th Race @ 2PM!

Mod: Here is a nice presser Santa Anita Park (link) put out recently. Today is the big day as Sierra Madre's very first 4th of July Parade Hometown Hero is to be feted there on his 95th Birthday. And yes, John Shear holds down a very important gig at the track, one that he does quite well. And if you don't recall why he is so celebrated in the horse racing world, please see the reminder below. John is a pretty amazing guy.


ABC News video clip
For video click here.

Mod: Word is they are going to have a giant birthday cake there today, and John Shear will be honored in the Winner's Circle. This event will take place right after the 4th race, which is around 2PM.  

The sad fate of the City of El Monte
Mod: I received the following e-mail from Robert Fellner of Transparent California. Apparently the City of El Monte is paying some of its employees almost 5 times as much as the median yearly resident income of this very poor city. No wonder they fought so hard to keep from sending in their numbers.

Hey John, the City of El Monte just got us their 2014 data as we were on brink of suing them for noncompliance.

Had they complied with the law and provided the information in time for our release; they'd have received some media coverage.

They are one of the poorest, if not the poorest, city in the State. Median earnings for full-time, year-round WORKING residents: $26,000. I can't even wrap my head around that.

Their police chief, however, cashed in unused leave to boost his total compensation to #1 statewide: $634,000. Their city is police-heavy, pushing average compensation for city workers to: $150,000.

A huge factor is their CalPERS rates for police are soaring to 60%, and will rise to 72% in next 5 years.

As we know, all of this assumed CalPERS produced 7.5% annual returns, if not, rates rise further. Another way to look at this is, if Sierra Madre's police costs rose as much as this did over past 6 years, when the stock market basically tripled, what will happen if market falls?

For the El Monte Transparent California page click here.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

33 comments:

  1. Happy birthday John...and many more.

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  2. Happy Birthday John! Great way to celebrate. Much better than having happy birthday sung to you by the wait crew in a restaurant.

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  3. Does anyone know if Eagle Bill Tice has filed his papers to run for City Council yet?

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  4. Bill you could win this election over the johns. The johns have done a poor job representing the city. This could be your day to shine. Send in your paperwork. You got our vote!

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    1. Actually the "Johns" have done a good job representing the city,they have done a poor job of representing the Tattler anonymous commenters.
      I think Bill is still in a "facility" helping him with "issues"

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    2. It would be nice if the Johns would level with the residents about this city's serious financial problems instead of hiding behind the skirts of Madame City Attorney.

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    3. 9:33 - Bill drew papers so your nasty insult is also wrong.

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    4. Oh my gosh, do you really think the council has not been open about the serious financial problems? Have you been living under a rock these past two years? Really?

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    5. What percentage of Sierra Madre's financial obligations is CalPERS? What percentage is the Library?

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    6. 9:33AM You must be one of those who don't go to meetings or you're a policeman, or work for the city, or just plain not too bright!

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    7. 9:33 is right. Where were all you posters who didn't show up at Tuesday night's Council meeting?

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    8. Agree, it's easy to type anonymous messages, it's harder to get off your duff and do something about it. The Council Chambers were close to empty on Tuesday night.

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    9. You really think going to city council meetings changes anything? If it did they'd change the locks.

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  5. John Shear is one of the very best things about Santa Anita. If anybody embodies the traditions and spirit of the sport of Kings, it is Sierra Madre's one true Hometown Hero.

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  6. Happy birthday to a great man.

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  7. Thanks John Crawford. ....busy day for us as John turned 95 on the Evening News, Facebook and Twitter.

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    1. Should be a beautiful day.

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  8. Dear City of El Monte, you reap what you sow. Dear City of Sierra Madre, so do you.

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    1. nice to see our city officials blame the library for the consequences of their poor negotiating abilities.

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  9. Note taxation is not the answer.

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  10. Fact... City hall fas failed to run one of the simplest business in town correctly, which is called the pool. By contracting out the services the pool is now a profitable business. What an embarrassment for city hall and city manager. 2) if city hall wants to keep the library, let's sub contract out the library or close it down. City hall has continually miss managed it in-correctly and continues to pass on the increased expenses to All taxpayers. 3) city hall has filed to cut expenses, only wants to increase Taxation on to fellow residents. John co po co and city manager has done a terrible job running this city. Our city halls mentality is no different than the El Monte article found in today's tattler. Hopefully the residents will wake up and smell the roses before its to late. Death is on our door steps. Taxation is not the Answer!!!

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    1. The Pool The pool was paid for by me now I can't afford to use it A profitable business is not what a city is supposed to provide. I wish what used to be the public pool would be made public and accessible to the people once again. I don't need a profitable Library either I need a Library that serves its function. Look it up FACTtard there is no profitable city in the USA

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    2. 3:25PM They should at least pay for themselves, right? I don't think anyone is out to make a buck. Well, except maybe the employees and they are the one's that take all the money. When you say you want things like they used to be, well read up on employee costs. Don't be so naive! READ!!!!

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  11. 11.43 am Excellent Statement, I agree completely! Taxation is not the Answer!! We need to start by getting rid of the UUT and forcing city hall to find ways of reducing expenses. They must renogoiate all salaries, pensions, health benefits and retire the dragon lady and her bosses!

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  12. I'll drink to that. The party starts at Luck Baldwins

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  13. what's happening in El Monte is what happened in Bell and what's happening in Sierra Madre and across California - I'm not sure about other states but the public pension system is a ponzi based business plan, not a ponzi in a rip off illegal but a pension that has to keep replacing its cash flow and paying public "retirees" who have a pension plan that would bankrupt every other business model, except nobody can do anything about the public sector or can we? Amazing that a librarian can retire or a police officer can sock up overtime, retire at 55 and we have to pay them forever and then replace them and their salary. The argument is Calpers attracts brighter employees but that isn't the case because this city staff and Manager said that staff spent over 700 hours of staff time on the Mt Wilson Trail Race.

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  14. I am a resident of Sierra Madre. We filed out the public records request for documents. City hall will not provide the information. Now our lovely city manager tells us to sue her to get it. What in the hell is going on here. Evidently city hall thinks we have no rights! Is there other residents that have this same beef with city hall?

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    1. What records did you ask for? Have you contacted Delmar or Arizmendi?

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    2. even as a critic of the regime, I find it suspect and doubt that the City Manager would tell a resident to "sue" to have access to public documents but also realize that we have some record seekers who expect city staff to drop everything and work on that records request

      No, I don't think anybody else has experienced a flat out denial or a "sue us" answer so I think you are making it up unless you can be specific

      if you can't be specific, you could write for the MtViewNews

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  15. Just saw John Shear on the news.

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  16. did the Council and city put the abolish the UUT on the 2018 ballot as reported (I use that word loosely) in the Mt View News

    we keep electing too many obnoxiously enlightened Council Members who actually believe that their opinion even when in the minority is right and everyone else is wrong or unable to comprehend

    just hope this was a misprint because if I wasn't voting NO before I would be now.



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  17. Public Records Request Act, you ask, they act within 10 days. Isn't that the law? If you want copies of materials requested you get to pay for the photocopying. Is the cost of photocopying prorated to cover the wage of the city employee that does the copying?

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