Quite an abrupt change for the author of that piece, the paper's usually sycophantic and city tax dependent Susan Henderson. Maybe she thought she was being edgy like The Tattler, or something? It can be hard to say.
However, as unexpected a message change as that might have been for this city's adjudicated newspaper, the rest of it was not. Rather this piece quickly became a blatant and rather shameless pitch for voter approval of Measure UUT. Making this the third election in a row where Ms. Henderson has pushed for utility tax increases.
Something that should now be even easier for her since she no longer lives in town.
Sierra Madre resident Barry Gold wrote the following insightful letter to Susan Henderson. I asked if I could post it here, and I am doing so with his kind permission.
So you know, Chief Giannone also claimed to the Pasadena Star News that he has 65 potential officers lined up. Something that flies in the face of what Ms. Henderson assures us the City Manager said is the case. Which means that two of this city's most highly placed appointed officials have no idea what the other one is saying. Either that or they're just making this stuff up on the fly.
In that PSN article, titled "Why half of Sierra Madre’s police force suddenly left," here is how the Chief's claim reads (link):
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.
One other thing. I am hearing from people I know in Arcadia that the City Council there might not be as enthusiastic about sharing their Police Department with Sierra Madre as some have so easily assumed. Chief Giannone in particular. Home invasion robberies are up 40% in Arcadia over the past year, and the residents living there are literally up in arms at the thought of the absurdly overpaid APD (link) spending any quality late night time here.
Oh, and can anyone please explain to me what exactly Arcadia's Chief of Police, Robert "Don't Call Me Woody" Guthrie, gets with his $101,894.01 in total benefits? Particularly in light of the out of control crime wave in Arcadia?
So what happens if Arcadia's City Council says no to City Hall's request to rent their Police Officers for $1,200 a night? We'll have more on that tomorrow.
Former Sierra Madre Police Officer John Ellins Loses His Case
Attentive Tattler readers are aware of the long running lawsuit by former Sierra Madre Police Officer John Ellins. A gent who definitely had it in for his boss, then Sierra Madre Chief of Police Marilyn Diaz. The case has been stuck in various Courts for years.
All bad things do come to an end however, and John Ellins's hopes of getting a big fat check from the hides of the taxpayers of Sierra Madre have now been clearly dashed. You can read the decision of the California Court of Appeals by clicking here (link).
What follows is a passage from that decision. Some may find it disturbing.
There have been many SMPD initiated lawsuits against the City of Sierra Madre. It is enlightening to finally get a clear look at what one of those lawsuits was all about.
In this case the litigious police officer involved turned out to be something of a creep.