Monday, January 11, 2016

Will The City Council Attempt To Bury The "Stop The Utility Users Tax Initiative" Tuesday Evening?


So what is the greater governmental priority in Sierra Madre? A voter initiative that by state law gathered more than the required resident signatures to get on the ballot, or a city staff report detailing some of the effects the abolition of utility taxes might have on this city?

It would be the staff report, of course. Not because it will say anything that wouldn't have already occurred to anyone even remotely interested in the topic, but because it could delay putting the Stop The Utility Users Tax Initiative on the ballot for two years. Which, of course, would be the actual point to such an exercise. Tuesday evening City Hall could show itself willing to use a legal mechanism, no matter how phony or gratuitous, to prevent a lot of people in this town from being able to exercise their basic Constitutional right to vote on their own taxation.

Here is how this pettifogging legal shenanigan is described in a staff report that I'm sure took far less than a month to write (link).


So why is that 30 day period it would take to write this essentially useless report so significant? And why would anyone actually even want to do this? Read on.


Barry Gold forwarded me a letter that he wrote to the City Council on this matter. Though he personally is not on record as a supporter of dumping the UUT, I thought Barry made some essential points about the importance of protecting what is the fundamental American right to call for a vote on taxation. Here is what he had to say.


That City Hall could prioritize a staff report over putting a resident driven ballot measure up to a timely vote does not speak well for the state of democracy in the City of Sierra Madre. That City Hall would be doing this in order to protect taxation that personally benefits many of those employed there makes the matter smell even worse.

If the City Council can put a 66% utility tax increase on the ballot, and spend a lot of taxpayer money doing so, shouldn't residents of Sierra Madre also have the right to counter with a measure calling for just the opposite? Getting rid of those utility taxes altogether?

I guess we'll have our answer Tuesday evening.

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45 comments:

  1. We will know after Tuesday evening if the members of the council view the city's residents with respect or contempt. Any bets?

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  2. O'er the land of the free
    And the home of the staff report.

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  3. The city can't win utility tax elections, so now they're trying to deny those opposed to the UUT access to the ballot.

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  4. So, let them request a delaying staff report. It means they are scared that this measure will succeed. If this one is not in the ballot, trust me, their UUT measure that asks for a 66% tax increase will go down in flames!

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  5. Time to show up at city council. Tuesday night, be there.

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  6. The tactic is obvious and disgusting.

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    1. typical.

      let's not forget that this same city manager and a previous Council purposely sent out misinformation on the UUT

      I can't wait to vote NO

      because I disagree with the tax, the lies behind it, the people who push it and the fact that those we elect don't stand up for us

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  7. God speed citizen EarlJanuary 11, 2016 at 6:10 AM

    I disagree with the 0% uut proposal. However, this attempt to silence its supporters is deplorable.

    To think all of this could have been avoided if the council had acted on the sheriff's 20/20 proposal and limited its uut request to 8%. They didn't. And now it is to the barricades.

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    1. City Hall is its own worst enemy.

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    2. They just made the best case for a 0% UUT.They do not respect democracy or the citizens of Sierra Madre.

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    1. In case anyone is wondering, Dr. KOKO will be at tomorrow's city council meeting and will be casting love spells on both staff and the council members.

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    2. They need to allow the opposition to have a voice. I'm voting against all UUT taxes because too many librarians are getting paid too much money and the police are getting in too much overtime. Only when they can prove to me that they are spending my money wisely will I ever vote for maintaining the UUT tax. Until then I will never vote for any increase in taxes at any time.

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    3. Wasn't Koko a gorilla?

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    4. Koko was a clown.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDATXtewPrg

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  9. Remember sitting or ascending politician's will promise the concerned masses anything and everything just to get them to shut up and go away from the microphone. So word to the wise don't settle for anything less than what you were asking for in the first place don't let those politician's do a bait and swap trick on you.

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  10. Even those crazy Arcadia City Council members put the UUT repeal on the April 2016 ballot without asking for a "study".

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    1. This is a Colantuono move all the way. Old school screw the residents crap.

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  11. Bookmark this page for the next time you want to submit a ballot initiative.

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  12. Earl collected and filed 384 signatures on his petition. 264 were verified, 73 were rejected. What happened to the other 47 signatures?

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    1. sigh, once they reached 191 verified, they didn't need to verify the other 47 signatures. Sometimes it pays to think before jumping to conclusions. 264 minus 73 equals 191. No conspiracy here, just math.

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    2. Sigh, sigher. How do you know this?

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    3. You have to ask?

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    4. Because the sun shines out of your behind?

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    5. When 12:16 shares the light, it is an entirely different perspective.

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    6. 12:25 explaining a simple form of arithmetic doesn't need a smart aleck and insulting remark but then, that's what I expect from one or two of the tattlers lately.

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    7. It's a rough board.

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  13. The required number of signatures were collected, submitted, and verified. The measure should be on this April's ballot.

    By the way, Elaine says that an impact study is needed and this will delay putting the measure on the ballot until April 2018, two years from now.

    Why can't it be on this coming November's ballot for the General Election. Is that not what Harabedian had in mind?

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  14. The pesky laws and rules of order keep getting in the way of the only true citizens of Sierra Madre. We the good citizens must invoke posse comitatus for the well being of the uninformed masses.

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    1. Ahhh shaddup.

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    2. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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  15. I guess that city hall is requesting that the taxpayer file a lawsuit! I thought that the existing open lawsuits were costly enouh 1) $32 million dollar Carter law suit 2) Hildreath lawsuit 3) now the possibility of the taxpayers suing city hall? If this is were this is headed, I say let's get John Eastman on board and move forward. It's hard to imagine that our city attorney and staff would stoop so low and intentionally disregard California State law. Now city hall is creating another UN need expense. It's all about the pensions and the ciy attorneys increased salaries or billing practices! It we can not have our election to Repeal the UUT then I surely do not want the same city council members to be reelected either.

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  16. If anyone evr had any faith in the good intentions of Elaine Aguilar and John Capoccia, this must surely destroy it ?
    Yes, we should fight this perversion of democracy .But cynically, I hope they get their delay. Every obstructive move made by Capoccia and Aguilar digs their hole deeper .Hopefully that makes it easier to dump them both out of office?

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  17. City hall is running scared. Keep up the pressure! Remember, the are in office by the consent of the governed, not because they are the anointed.

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  18. It's crystal clear to me, Sierra madre residents need better city hall representation. Enough is enough, we need to request city hall resignation immediately. By evidence of staff report, city hall is knowingly ... Willingly violating California state law. A EIR can no longer be used to delay an initiative and ballot process. Maybe ciy hall wants to spend $500,000 for a Special Election" and $100,000 for bogus on sided EiR and defend another law suit???? We are awaiting a wtitten comment from city hall??? Calling City hall, Your phone is ringing?????

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  19. I'm not sure how many people care. Capoccia bats like he listens but cross him once, and he has nothing to do with you. No one has mentioned that Earls' ballot proposal was on time, but it was denied by one vote so he had to do it over again. Hey Earl have you checked the denials on the first petition to see if any were accepted on the second petition? It seems there would be a case for that somewhere. My right to vote is sacred. It's really all I have left as a citizen these days. The CC has no right to take that away from me. The CC says they saved 2,000,000 in the budget. Give an accounting. Where was it saved from and where did it go? We're still in debt and no infrastructure has been fixed. Mayor Capoccia and his cronies Goss and Harabedian are gutless wonders. Especially Capoccia!

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    1. City Hall is in the pocket of the unions. All they're telling us is crap.

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  20. Go to city council and urge them to select option one of the staff report. It will then be put on the ballot. Therefore, there will be no need to have a special council meeting. I think Mr. Gold missed that option. You can point out that they have already done several impact reports so they know how this measure will impact the city budget if adopted. You can also argue that Goss made a special point of letting voters have their say during the discussion of combining the election with a general election, so he should be on your side for once. Tell him that.

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    1. I hope you do as you have suggested. It's easy you comment. It's another thing to actually do something.

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    2. I always do as I comment. See you at the meeting tomorrow night.

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  21. Actually not all is lost if they pull the report crap.
    All Earl has to do is get the people that signed to sign again. I am sure he has a list of signers.
    Then he needs to request a special election. The council must schedule it within so many days.
    Too bad if the city has to pay for a special election.
    If I were Earl, I would time it so it could not be combined with the June election,just to stick it to city hall.

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  22. You're funny 2:55 Every cent the City spends is provided by us. You'll show them um us. Thank God Earl is a bit brighter than you.

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  23. Just like last weeks previous email stated. City hall should buy the city of Duartes Bronze Horse Statute and re name it Mr earl and place it in front of the door to city hall.

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  24. Thank you Barry. You are the conscience of this community.

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