Sunday, February 21, 2016

City Tries To Honor Employee, Learns He Hasn’t Shown Up To Work In 6 Years

Mod: Fortunately for city employees the world over this sort of thing can be done without ever having to leave their offices. Just thinking about the exertion involved could be very tiring. But they certainly do have to admire this fellow's initiative (link):


Mod: Fortunately nothing like that could ever happen here.

The Tattler guide to better letter writing

This letter appeared in the latest content-free edition of the Mountain Views News.

As much as I would like to reply to Mr. Holland's unfocused accusations, it is rather hard to do so since he has apparently decided to avoid any actual specifics in this ad hominem attack on long suffering moi. Shameful or not, here are a couple of questions that I would ask Mr. Holland should I ever have the privilege of speaking with him.

1) What article exactly is being referred to here? People might want to see it to better understand what Mr. Holland is griping about.

2) I can't recall ever having submitted anything to The Watchman. The last time I spoke to that guy he was screaming in an unhinged way at me on the phone and I had to hang up on him. I was afraid he would have a stroke were he to continue, leaving Mrs. Watchman with many sad years of living alone.

3) Would Mr. Holland care to point out anything from the City's budget in particular? I actually have read it, and discuss it here often. The complete lack of specificity in his complaints make me believe that perhaps he hasn't spent very much time there himself. 

4) I don't think anyone would care to see Sierra Madre either dis-incorporated or unincorporated. Take your pick. However, the residents of Sierra Madre did vote down UUT increases in both 2012 and 2014 and somehow the city has remained intact. In a bizarrely governed and profligate sort of way. I would think the City's attempt to hire a second police force at the cost of an additional $1.2 million dollars would be a far larger threat to financially sustaining this city than anything I might or might not have said.

Is Mr. Holland aware of the Mtn Views News publisher's shameful past?

I am not certain Pat Holland knows about the sorts of unpleasant things contained in this following San Francisco Examiner newspaper account (link) describing the firing of H. Susan Henderson from a high executive position in the California Democratic Party a few years back. If he was aware I am certain Proper Pat would want to disassociate himself from such shameful goings-on.


One thing here that has piqued my curiosity in the past is why exactly was Ms. Henderson shopping for lingerie at a Victoria's Secret in Washington DC? And specifically, for whom exactly was she planning to wear such things?

Perhaps Pat Holland would like to ask H. (for Harriet) Susan Henderson about that. Or even write her a letter. 

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47 comments:

  1. Mod, I think Pat Holland may not be a "Ms", but is a " Mr". You know, the retired Deputy Sheriff with the outrageous pension.

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    1. Thanks. I gender adjusted the post.

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    2. Susan just makes me laugh - printing dribble like this as "news" and as always she doesn't present a balanced view.

      Pat Holland is misinformed or as the custom of the Mt View News, presenting misinformation as facts and then not substantiating any of it's views or editorials, just dribble

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  2. Many city employees that do show up for work aren't always actually there. This guy just took it one logical step further.

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  3. Pat Holland's total CalPERS retirement compensation is $198,000 per year. Of course he is in favor of Measure UUT.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/search/?q=Patrick+Holland

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    1. oh jeez snap. Pat is a total fraud.

      How old is Pat anyway, able to retire and then as a hobby meddle with local city politics and sort of hide from the biggest drain of city resources without any benefit to the city, the pension plan

      please Pat, your transparency is hilarious and it's no surprise that Susan printed the letter

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  4. Please email your City Council members and support the LA County Sheriff's Dept.'s (LASD) coming to town full-time. Why pay for 2 police forces when LASD can be the one for less money and more patrols?

    Councilmembers' email addresses:

    Rachelle Arizmendi
    rarizmendi@cityofsierramadre.com
    Mayor John Capoccia
    jcapoccia@cityofsierramadre.com
    Denise Delmar
    ddelmar@cityofsierramadre.com
    Mayor Pro Tem Gene Goss
    ggoss@cityofsierramadre.com
    John Harabedian
    jharabedian@cityofsierramadre.com

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    1. we could maintain a small force of 6 - 8 that works in shifts and patrols for minor mischief or traffic violations

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    2. Please email your City Council members and ask them to expedite the final decision on LASD. It's ridiculous to pay more to have LASD & SMPD on duty each day. Plus LASD would allow Sierra Madre to drastically reduce future CalPERS bills.

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  5. Pat Holland doesn't know anything about anything. That letter reveals ignorance.

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    1. knows that CalPERs pads the pocket of those that claim the UUT is a good thing

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  6. Mr. Crawford I believe many people confuse you with your anonymous flock of whiners.

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    1. I'm sure a lot of people confuse you with people who put their personal interests ahead of those they are paid to serve.

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    2. Possibly but as a retired railroad employee I'm not so sure. In fact you've totally confused me on this one.

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    3. You need to catch up on the real issues.

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    4. Thanks Mod I will try to focus on the really real ones.Like a public employee in Spain or the past alleged indiscretions of a small town newspaper publisher.

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    5. If you don't like what you see here, why do you read it?

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    6. I like it. I don't self censor what I read Inquiring minds ya know. You are part of my morning ritual.

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    7. 'Cuz everyone loves The Tattler.

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  7. All this in this glorious city of Sierra Madre. Mr. Holland sat on that committee and allowed his former employer to be embarrassed by that parade of loonies! Such loyalty and such retirement benefits. Wow! As for Henderson....why did she come to Sierra Madre of all places? Yet people embrace her. Go figure. Another question...why was th police chief given a different title? He's no longer just the chief. He already has a pension plus his salary. Is his place being protected? If so, by whom?

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    1. Unfortunately those are the people Mayor Capoccia listens to. He thinks they are the majority because they send him a lot of emails.

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    2. just follow the money

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    3. Ask Council member Harabedian and his "Public Safety" idea. The Chief got a good raise out of it, though. That will help his CalPERS pension, a lot.

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  8. Let me give you an example of the problem with the UUT and any increase in taxes. Today's Star News had an article titled: "Former Montebello Fire Chief Dies at 90". I don't want to dishonor this man by mentioning his name. Reading the article he was undoubtedly a fine man, served in World War II, did good things, and was by all accounts an able Fire chief. So this is not about him and he did nothing wrong here. But here's the rub. He joined the fire department in 1950 and retired after his customary 30 years of service in December of 1979. I'm sure his pension was less in 1979 then it is today but let's use today's salaries and assume that his pension is about $250,000 per year. So from 1979 until 2016, the taxpayers were paying him $250,000 every year during his 36 years in retirement. Now keep in mind that the city of Montebello also had to hire a new fire chief who they also pay at least $250,000 per year. So now that position costs the taxpayers about $500,000 per year. Now, as is pretty common amongst our public employees, even they realize that retiring after only 30 years is too young to retire, they take a second job. Reading his obituary, this former fire chief did the normal thing and didn't retire but had two more jobs during his "retirement" from the fire department. So in this hypothetical, the person would make a pension of $250,000, probably cost of living increases each year, probably full medical benefits and then earns a decent salary on top of that. Not too shabby I'd say. Here's one solution. These guys should not be able to "retire" after only 30 years. I don't want to see him working the front lines fighting fires, but maybe he can do an administrative job within the fire department so that the taxpayers get something in return for their $250,000 or more per year. Tell me if that doesn't make sense. On the other hand, all of us stooges, can keep paying higher taxes, a higher UUT and retire at 70 or 75 to pay for all this. This is why I vote no on every tax. Even a seemingly worthy tax simply frees up more money so our public servants can "retire" at often the ripe old age of 50, take another job to supplement that pension and live the good life on the taxpayer's dime. Enough is enough.

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    1. exactly and I'd like those that are currently retired have their pensions adjusted

      imagine Nancy Walsh is getting paid by taxpayers for life, we are gonna pay our City Manager for life and for what?

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    2. Evidently no one deserves a pension according to the Tattler bloggers. Sorry for that attitude since many people rely on their pensions for their support after their retirement. But then all don't live to 90. Maybe they should quit eating after, say 80.

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    3. Maybe you should stop lying. You know, put your fat head on a diet.

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    4. 8:24, where are the taxpayer's pensions at 50?

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  9. Do you realize you are asking about a $74 purchase of underwear 21 years ago? Susan was a hot mama 21 years ago! My interest is piqued.

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    1. The misuse of a credit card is not so much about what she did with it, but that she did it at all.
      Even more revealing than any lingerie, her constant lies about where she went to school and degrees she has show what she really is - just another con.

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    2. Yes. It is a pattern of behavior that continues right up to today.

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  10. It's the city council, the goverence committee who has been waistefull of the payers monies. The AT&T attitude is to create more city revenue by creation of more taxation.

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  11. We need to make reductions in city expenses. Hire the Sheriff's, subcontract out the library services. That's a $3,000,000 a year savings. Since city hall has failed to prove what they spend by evidence of any forensic audit, I proclaim my numbers are 100%correct

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  12. I believe I was wrong when I posted at 8:46AM. Mr. Holland was not on that commission. In fact he recently wrote a letter to the editor about getting the Sheriff's here. I apologize, Mr. Holland. I don't agree with his letter. He needs to look at warrants.

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    1. I believe Mr. Holland was on the revenue committee, so he is thoroughly aware of budgets, warrants and the cost of living, in Sierra Madre as well as surrounding communities. As far as Elaine's red convertible? Sounds like car envy to me.

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    2. I'd say the Benz is more of a metaphor. Like Marie Antoinette and cake.

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  13. City hall provides our city manager with a car allowance, so Elaine goes out and buys a convertible red mercedez Benz which the city residents pays for and city hall allows Bruce Inman to continue driving the old city car. Let's buy Bruce a matching mercedez? Quit being so stingy with the taxpayers money.

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    1. Black or silver would be nice for a Benz.

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  14. Maybe it'd be better if more civil "servants" didn't show up for work. It's kind of like Obama and all of his extravagant vacations and golf outings---I wish he'd take more free time for himself and his family. (LOL)

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  15. The problem, as the Tattler pointed out is, people are living longer now. With better health coverage, eating more healthy and a safer work envirement people can stay in the work place longer. Now is the time to rewrite contracts that takes this all into account. Contracts should include performance evaluations that are fair and equal to all employees and are based on job performance that meets the needs of the city. That's just the beginning of a more sustainable run city.

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  16. Great ideas. Common sense.Fair & reasonable.
    The big problem that nobody seems to have an answer to (I don't) is how to get these good proposals in front on those who don't (yet?) read Tattler ? If these under-informed types read Tattler there is a chance they may vote for someone who will fix the problems(Barry Gold?) instead of those who exacerbate them -Harabedian, Capoccia, Goss.

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  17. It cost about a million dollars $1,000,000.00 to built a 4 lane highway a mile. Cut in half, two lanes for 2 miles. Sierra Madre is what, two square miles. Sierra Madre only needs to resurface our roads. The additional cost of the Police Department would have paid for the road repairs. Talk about mismanagement. Elaine should be Fired, not given a raise. Were is the leadership... Not in this town. The Townie are just as the DIRT express, unless we awake up people! Vote. Vote no on the UUT. Call your Council Member to Fire Elaine.

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  18. 8 million minimum.

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  19. Years of poor management led to this mess. Yet the establishment still pretends it has answers. Instead it is the same old bs.

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  20. What is the cost of the city managers separation contract?

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  21. 3:42,,,,,, your talking about giving her an early retirement? Is that a reward for poor performance in her work?

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