Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Eagle Has Flown

There will be no third option on the ballot for the Sierra Madre City Council elections this coming April 12. Per an email sent out to the local news media yesterday by City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger, Bill Tice has not filed the necessary signatures or paperwork and will not be running.

Outside of a write-in candidacy, this means Sierra Madre voters are now faced with the rather undemocratic prospect of either having to vote for the two incumbents in the race, current Mayor John Capoccia and Councilman John Harabedian, or not at all. As there are two seats up for grabs this time around, this City Council election is pretty much a done deal. And without the opportunity to cast a protest vote that perennial candidate Bill Tice would have offered, you can either like it or lump it.

However, all is not lost. There finally appears to be candidates for both the Treasurer and City Clerk positions.

Papers have been drawn and signatures acquired by Michael Amerio for the position of City Treasurer. As you might be aware, Michael helped write the sample ballot argument against voting for Measure UUT this April. He also helped write the rebuttal to the pro-Measure UUT argument as well.

Here is how that reads:


I'm not sure how Gene Goss is going to feel about that.

In recent years the position of Sierra Madre City Treasurer has largely been a ceremonial one, and outside of signing checks and filling empty chairs at certain only marginally important committee meetings, there has not been much to that job.

But what if someone were elected to the City Treasurer gig with more proactive goals in mind? This is an elective position after all, which does mean City Staff would not be in the position to say no to any of the requests a more energetic Treasurer might make. Certainly the potential to do good things is there.

Michael Amerio is a CPA and Managing Partner at the financial management firm Lucas Horsfall Murphy Pindroh (link) out of Pasadena.

Melinda Carrillo will apparently be the one candidate for City Clerk. Good news for anyone who was concerned that nobody was going to run for this job and the responsibilities of that position would be then be assumed by the City Manager's office. Not the happiest of prospects.

According to what I have been able to surmise from poking around the Internet (and yes, I am going out on a limb here), Melinda Carrillo is a successful downtown Sierra Madre business owner who also holds an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester. Something that might hold her in good stead when performing the duties of City Clerk at Sierra Madre City Council meetings.

Obviously on site interventions are needed there sometimes.

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32 comments:

  1. Bill has not been well these last few years. While drawing papers to run showed his heart is in the right place, obviously those health problems dictated his decision to pass this time.

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    1. Bill, you are missed. Take good care.

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    2. It would have been his best election ever.

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  2. Obviously the Two John Tax Team is going to raise a lot of money from all of the usual interested parties. And with nobody running against them, they will spend it all on Measure UUT support. Not so funny sometimes.

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  3. So the only reason to vote this April is to vote NO on the UUT tax increase.

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    1. Yes then you can snivel about everything that happens in my town anonymously without turning on your own candidate.

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    2. Somebody has helped themself to a double dose of bitterness this morning.

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    3. 7:54, I suggest ice cream.

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    4. A nice soothing head soak might help.

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  4. Voted for Capoccia last time, but not this time. Did not vote for Harabedian so that will be a two for. Never voted for Tice when I had a viable candidate that I wanted to see elected, sorry, I would definitely have voted for him this time. We could make Nancy's final act as election director more intesting by a big write-in campaign.
    Will vote NO on the UUT 10%.
    Who is the candidate running for City Clerk? The description of duties of City Clerk is very precise and carries a lot of responsibility and required integrity, as does that of City Treasurer (who has my vote). I am very concerned who is going to run (no doubt unopposed) for City Clerk.

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  5. There sure are a lot of unhappy people in this town regarding city hall continuing to increase taxes. My vote is No More Taxation!

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  6. Bill Tice got up before City Council back in the 1990s and suggested the City purchase the One Carter property. At that time the price was very reasonable.
    Everyone laughed at him.
    He wanted to make the property into a park.
    You were right Bill.......take care old friend.

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    1. Totally agree.

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    2. Bill spoke the truth to the worst city council this city has ever had. Of course they laughed.

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  7. Let's be blunt, shall we? It is pretty sad when the only people who will run for city council are incumbents whose only solution to problems is to raise taxes. City of Industry, Bell, that's how they worked it there. Only machine pols ever ran. Or at least until the FBI showed up. Then a lot of people ran. For the border.

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  8. What is your solution, besides going to the sheriff which may turn out to be the only one? John Capoccia has already asked for further study. Let's see where that goes before we start stoning anyone. You don't want to pay taxes so how are the sheriff going to be paid? There are always unintended consequences to each solution.

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    1. As finer financial minds than the Mayor have already shown, a 6% UUT will be enough to support the Sheriff's Dept in town, a 10% UUT will not be enough to support the Sierra Madre Police Department.

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    2. "You don't want to pay taxes". Gee, 12:09, who the hell are you to say what I'm thinking? Presume much?

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    3. It is probably safe to assume that very few want to pay taxes. But certainly not everyone realizes why it is they have to pay them.

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    4. I'm in favor of taxes with limits. A 6% UUT for 2016 like John Buchanan promised us in 2008 would be a start. I'm not in favor of wasting money like we're doing with SMPD.

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    5. 12:09-Don't think the mayor needed the study unless he put a time constraint on it. In other words, Elaine can't dawdle. It really is a no-brainer. The committee was laughable. It seems to me you haven't attended many meetings or listened to arguments or discussions over agenda items. If you did attend, you weren't listening. There have been several items on the table to lower city costs. Elaine didn't want them. Put it this way, we pay her almost a quarter of a million dollars. Dwell on that!

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    6. Until the city addresses it's biggest cash drain without any benefit to the city, the pension payouts, I'll always vote NO and NO on any local, regional or state tax increase or bond.

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    7. 3:35 not only are we paying an obscene salary for a city manager for a city of our size and duties, we are going to be paying Elaine for year and years and years for the work she did here via pensions

      the pensions are the problem for city budgets, not adding new taxes for us to cover pensions so public employees can retire after 20 years at almost full salary....forever

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  9. I am not 12:09 or 12:35..... We all are paying a lot of taxes, people are not saying eliminate taxes, were saying enough taxes all ready. How about just getting the CITY MANAGEMENT under control. Why would I vote for more taxes when the money raised now is not being spent in the best interest of the residents.

    We Are Only 11,000 People, give is a break for taxation's sake.

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  10. There is a lot of demagoguery about taxes in Sierra Madre right now. Most of it coming from the people who are getting fat off of them. Time to put those folks on a diet.

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    1. Sure a lot of assumptions to say we who believe we should pay our fair share are getting fat from what we pay in taxes. Actually, it is quite a burden to pay extra taxes on a retirement income, however I am being realistic to believe if I want to live in Sierra Madre, in need to pay for it.

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    2. Enjoy your services. And the Platinum Pensions.

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    3. There is nothing that anyone who works for the city does that is worth $160,000 a year.

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  11. Go Melinda! She is a good human being.

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  12. If you think about it, the one service that we need is water, And We Don't Have Any Water In Our Dry Wells!

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  13. 3:08 I agree, but, I want value for my money and I'm not seeing it. Things look good from the outside but I can assure you that when you know how things should or could be it's not so good. It would be great if all of us knew all the facts so jointly decisions could be made to protect what we have in town. Unfortunately there are special interests groups in town with $$$$ to gain. Wonder how many employees and council members fear the Sheriffs Department, makes you wonder why getting better protection for $800,000 less is not agreeable.

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  14. 7.18 .. The special interests groups are the city employees....

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