BARRY GOLD "WRITE-IN" CANDIDATE FOR SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL - Being frustrated with our city's approach to solving our two biggest problems, the budget deficit and police recruiting, and seeing how disturbed many residents are at the lack of choice in this April's election, I have decided to run as a "Write-In" candidate for city council.
The budget and police recruiting problems are inseparable. The main reason we face such a large deficit is due to the escalating costs of running our own police department. Small towns like Sierra Madre can no longer compete with larger cities for police personnel. Especially since the larger cities are now facing recruiting problems themselves.
We should contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff as soon as possible, get more protection for a lot less money, and free up funds for other services and infrastructure improvements.
However, I believe that some city council members feel that everything should be done to save our police department knowing that it is a futile effort and will waste thousands of dollars. I am running for the city council to stop this waste.
We must force ourselves to live within our means. So I will vote no on Measure UUT. If we do not have the money we cannot spend it.
I am not against a UUT Tax. As a member of the UUT Revenue Committee I proposed a 9% UUT rate with a 6 year sunset back to 6%. The committee recommended 12% and the city council approved 10% with no sunset.
By taking the time to write in Barry Gold on the ballot you will be telling the entire council that you want the sheriff, you want to save thousands of dollars each year, and get better police protection.
If you vote yes for Measure UUT and write in Barry Gold on the ballot you will be making it clear that you do not mind paying higher taxes for the city services you value, you just do not want your tax dollars wasted.
As a candidate I will NOT take any money from anyone. Not one penny. There will not be lawn signs or mailers. And if elected I will not owe any favours to anybody except to those who wrote in my name on the ballot. I will repay them by keeping my promise to do everything I can to the hire the Sheriff as soon as possible, make the necessary cuts to balance the rest of the budget, and then concentrate on our neglected infrastructure.
To qualify as a Write-In candidate, so the votes will be counted, I need to collect 30 signatures on the Nomination Application. If anyone, who is a registered voter in Sierra Madre, would like to sign the Nomination Form please send me an e-mail with your contact information and I will call you to arrange to get your signature.
My e-mail address is: BARRYGOLD4CITYCOUNCIL@GMAIL.COM