Friday, January 15, 2016

New York Times: U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate


Mod: As I wallow in flu-like misery and lack even the energy to type (well, almost), I did manage to find two articles that I think fit in with the dicey local condition pretty well. And from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times no less. We're going upscale today.
Now please pass me the Doctor Shen's.

New York Times: U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate

Mod: Hopefully Arcadia will be next on the Fed hit list. Link to the rest of this here.

Wall Street Journal: In Age of Google, Librarians Get Shelved

Mod: For even more on the coming demise of Librarians, click here.

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39 comments:

  1. Sierra Madre will still hire a head Librarian at around $160,000 in total compensation a year because that is what the people with the "heart" signs think needs to be done.

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    1. Also remember that WILD LIBRARIANS means we have to have an interim while they choose the next one...but we getting a deal check out the last City Council meeting using one that already draws a City pension and is only paid hourly????

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    2. Those WILD LIBRARIANS need supervision, we will also be paying for a City pensioner to come work hourly until we find a replacement????

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    3. We do not need a librarian with a masters or a BA. How many reference books do the tots and seniors ask for? And if they did,those books wouldn't be in our little library anyway.

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  2. I wonder. Will "all cash" luxury home purchases will now trigger Federal scrutiny?

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  3. I'm sure they already do. I can't find a safe place to launder my cash income anymore just boxes of cash in the spare room.

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  4. "Do you remember where you saw your glasses last?"

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  5. My Chinese friends tell me all about the "dirty" money that comes out of communist China - money made by those connected to the Communist Party. There is so much corruption in China that the people there have gotten used to it. That's just the way you do business there and the way you get things done. The problem is that the 200 million or so Chinese who want to come to this country carry that mindset with them.

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    1. They sure knew how to buy government officials in Arcadia. Anybody seen John Wuo lately?

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    2. don't worry, plenty of corrupt americans already here

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    3. Very true. It does take two to tango. Cops in Arcadia make a quarter million a year in compenation. Corruption in action.

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    4. Our cops deserve equal pay. Pass the jut so that they can get it.

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    5. What's this jut I need to pass? Is it like a doobie?

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  6. Stop Mayor Spend a LotJanuary 15, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Even if the uut measure fails we have enough money to keep our library and librarian. In fact, we can improve the library or hire a $100k a year asst/junior librarian. All we have to do is accept the sheriff's kind offer to provide 20% more patrol hours for 20% less money. And in doing so deliver $800k of savings to the city to spend on the library, parks, and senior services.

    The hard and cold fact of our budget is that over the last 10 years police services have consumed a steady 47% to 50% of our general fund through times of big uut taxes and little uut taxes. That spending percentage dwarfs that of any other city in LA county. That spending has crowded out all spending on those civic improvements that will actually impact our quality of life.

    If you pass the $1 million a year uut tax increase our council will do what it has always done: deliver that cash to the police union, which has lawyers ready to demand their "equal pay" at the bargaining table.

    Vote no on the 66% uut tax increase.

    Fun fact: the city's tax proposal will impose nearly $100 in new taxes annually on each man, woman and child in the city.

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    1. Sierra Madre is a small town of 11,000 people shackled to a big city state run public employee retirement system. Our elected officials want to raise our taxes rather than get us out.

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  7. Rumours have it that John who and John co po co will be running on the same ticket. They are both knocking on doors looking to hire a head librians who wants to make $160 K a year plus Pensions and health benefits and face lifts. We also heard that the jons will be selling more yellow water to afford them. You know, they will be hiring two of them, so each jon can have a librisn secretary. Price is no problem, because the sierra madre taxpayers will be paying for these girls. These girls can do everything, I hear they are also good CPA and can help get financial reports out fast. We need that, city hall is swimming g in taxpayers money.

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  8. 3 votes at this household for Bill Tice and NO on the UUT. Would have voted for Earl Richie's proposal but, alas, this household of university graduates who follow the political world closely and vote in every election, cannot function without the city telling them how to think about a propostion. Never felt so thankful to be told how dumb we are before this. How could we manage without Elaine!?

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    1. Everybody who is going to vote for Bill Tice needs to put a picture of a soaring bald eagle in their window.

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    2. I don't know how we could manage without her, but I would love to try.

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    3. That would be a fun challenge for sure.

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  9. I will vote for Bill. Does anyone have more info on him?

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    1. They call him The Eagle. He has run quite a few times and usually gets under 100 votes. The reason Bill is getting as much interest as he is right now is because of his potential as a protest candidate. Two seats and two tax heavy incumbents are running. Bill Tice is the only other option.

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    2. 9:57 He is insane a perfect choice for CC

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    3. Hardly the first.

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    4. A definite mental upgrade from Nancy Walsh.

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    5. He is a lovely guy, and if you spend any time talking to him, you'll like him a lot. He's a very sincere person, and totally unrealistic. Good heart, and no common sense.

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    6. "You may say I'm a dreamer
      But I'm not the only one
      I hope someday you will join us
      And the world will live as one."
      - John Lennon "Imagine"

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    7. i could be wrong, but . . .January 15, 2016 at 12:49 PM

      doesn't "good heart no common sense" beat "black heart no common sense"?

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    8. True. Plus he's retired so he could spend his days in Elaine's office talking things over.

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    9. Bill has until Tuesday to get his papers in. He hasn't submitted anything yet.

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    10. He has a flair for the dramatic.

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  10. Just wish Elaine could micromanage her way out of this town!

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  11. The city council and city manage has forgotten that the taxpayer own this town, not the out of town city employees!

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  12. sorry to hear the Mod is not feeling well, 3 fingers of single malt will help!

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  13. Here is the taxpayers chance for change. Vote for the eagle. Then the future voted could be the two girls plus the eagle against Jon and gene

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    1. It's a good idea to review recent history. Mr. Tice has made a special point of praising all council members - all of them. For the last 20 years.

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    2. It shows that Bill Tice has an extremely generous spirit.

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  14. What the hell is the feds thinking? They just gave 150 Billion Dollars to Iran to build nuks and our city hall wants to pay spd officers $250,000 salaries just like Arcadia?

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  15. 7:26, insanely stupid, does your type of stupid actually hurt?

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