Friday, February 5, 2016

Has The Mayor Now Changed His Message On The Policing Crisis In Sierra Madre?

The word coming out of City Hall is now apparently changing, and as such it is quickly becoming even more difficult than usual to figure out exactly what the real situation might be. As a review, here is the message that was put out by the city on its website back around January 22nd (link):


(Mod: This "Temporary Contract" article has since been pulled from the City of Sierra Madre website. You can still find it by clicking here. Upper right hand corner.)

Pretty dire, right? "Staffing levels within the Sierra Madre Police Department (SMPD) 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."

Yesterday the Pasadena Star News published an article called "Arcadia to Sierra Madre: Sorry, we can’t help fill police department void" (link). For this article they interviewed Sierra Madre Mayor John Capoccia extensively, and here is how this report concludes:

(Arcadia) Councilman Roger Chandler agreed that sharing resources would be a bad idea. “I know we’re neighbors, and it would be nice to help, but this doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

Sierra Madre Mayor John Capoccia said he was disappointed, but he understood the city officials’ position. “Our next step is to look at other options,” he said.

Chandler recommended Sierra Madre officials reach out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for assistance.

Since there was a draft agreement with Arcadia in place, Capoccia said the city did not look into contracting with other cities or the Sheriff’s Department before last night’s meeting.

“Arcadia was the natural first choice for several reasons,” he said. “If there is a need, the sheriff’s will come,” he continued. “It’s a very sensitive issue (to contract with the sheriff’s). It could lead to perceptions that are not representative of our intent to the police officers, and with the public as well.”

Capoccia is referring to the city studying completely outsourcing police services to the Sheriff’s Department in hopes of saving the city money and addressing a reduction in revenue due to a sunsetting of a higher utility-users’ tax rate in July, when it is expected to drop from 8 percent to 6 percent. Fears about contracting with the Sheriff’s Department have been attributed to part of the reason for the exodus of some of Sierra Madre’s officers.

To counteract the loss in revenue, officials placed an initiative on the April 12 ballot that aims to increase the utility-users’ tax to 10 percent, which would stabilize the budget and provide funding for the police department, which has served the small community of 11,000 for almost a century.

“We’re good for right now,” Capoccia said. “We don’t have an issue today but if we lose more officers, we may have more problems.”

So which is it? The dire assessment originally issued by the city on January 22nd, which was also published in the Mountain Views News, Pasadena Now, SierraMadreNews.net and elsewhere? Or the now entirely opposite claim that Mayor Capoccia made on to the PSN on Wednesday stating "we're good for right now?"

One more. Originally City Hall told folks that there would be outside law enforcement patrolling the nighttime streets of Sierra Madre by February 7. That is now two days away. As of this typing there is little police presence on the streets of this town at night. Or at least that is what we were being told on January 22.

And now that Arcadia's City Council unanimously said no to that policing request, nobody downtown can tell us when this reportedly dangerous situation will end. Instead Mayor Capoccia has changed the city's message to "we're good for right now."

Arcadia, which is currently experiencing a significant crime wave, needed its cops to stay put. So how soon before the criminals working there figure out that those running this city are apparently playing politics with public safety? And that Sierra Madre is now unprotected at night?

Not feeling much leadership right now.

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52 comments:

  1. It was an emergency enough to do a deal with Arcadia, but not to do one with the Sheriffs.

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    1. Fire the City Manager, Fire the retired Chief of Police, or let Larry actually retire, and recall call the Mayor

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    2. If the City Manager & Chief of Police are fired, it will save the city 1/2 million! Replace the City Manager with the Assistant City Manager, we don't need 2 people doing the same job. Elaine needs to do her job, not hire someone to do her job. Elaine is to worried about getting caught in her web of corruption to be able to work.

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    3. In the PSN article it states that Mayor J was relying on a draft agreement w Arcadia that was already in place.
      Relying on the the Sheriff's Department would send the wrong message to current SM police. These administrators need to be taken to task for not effectively and responsibly operating this city. They work for US. I'm more and more fed up with each day.

      *H I R E T H E S H E R I F F ' S N O W *

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    4. Who's Sheriff Snow?

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    5. Must have RE-CAPOCCIA-LATED....

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    6. I think he's Parson Brown's brother.

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  2. That's right. Just like the mayor said we didn't need to raise the UUT tax when he first ran for office, but now we need to increase it by 66%.

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  3. Whoever at city hall sent out that Jan 22 press release claiming the deal with Arcadia was a done deal is obviously a complete fool.

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    1. The Chief had to have signed off on it as well. He was the one carrying all the happy news about Arcadia wanting to do this.

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    2. Obviously publicist is not part of the Chief's skill set.

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    3. Both should be tarred and feathered

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    4. In a trial, you never ask a question of the witness that you don't know what the answer is going to be. Likewise, they should have lined up the votes on Arcadia City Council in advance so that Elaine, the Mayor, and the Police Chief of Sierra Madre did not have to suffer through being personally rebuffed at the Arcadia City Council Meeting when they turned us down. That's a little embarrassing.

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    5. Elaine and Giannone walked their boss into a situation where he was made to look like a fool. In the corporate world managers get fired for that.

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  5. I think the city thinks that if they hire the Sheriffs to patrol at night the remaining SMPD will take it as proof that the city is getting ready to go with the LASD full time and then leave.

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    1. What is the down side?

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    2. I think the city is afraid to have LASD come help out because people might like the LASD. Can't have that!

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    3. It would make the police sad.

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  6. This is an atrociously written article. Next time you should translate this crap into English instead of relying on cut and paste.

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    1. So you don't think the city has put residents into jeopardy in order to protect the feelings of Sierra Madre's remaining police officers?

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    2. No problem at all !Just read the City EBlast of today.
      What is a problem and one SMPD should be all over -but they are not-the new stop sign on Mountain Trail.I cruised over to admire the paintwork mentioned by a fellow Tattler yesterday.
      Only about 50% of the cars actually stop. Yikees.This is more dangerous that even Wildan may have predicted.No SMPD presence.They have better things to do?Like what?
      BTW the paintwork looks O.K. but unsigned by the 8 Public Works artists required to stencil in 4 letters :-).

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    3. They weren't all city employees. Some were paint consultants.

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    4. Also paid for by the Taxpayers.
      Wildan must be saying "I told you so!" This is exactly the problem the stated to CC & Inman. CC ignorned Wildan and SMPD have fled. I guess we are on our own.

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    5. 7:57AM Could you be more specific. What is atrocious? That the city lied? Love the way you come in to comment and offer nothing!

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    6. Since the police blotter in our local rag is so honest, will we ever know what happens during this time? I doubt it! Everything will be sent to that infamous detective bureau that doesn't seem to exist.

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    7. Good point. If anyone experiences a crime against themselves or their property they should report it here. Under the current circumstances news like that may be suppressed.

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  7. Stop the madness. Hire the Sheriffs.

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    1. Can't do it until after the election. Otherwise the argument to raise the UUT tax 66% goes away. Gotta keep the fear mongering going.

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  8. How much overtime are we racking up paying the leftover police officers to patrol at night?

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  9. Look, if the remaining police read the Tattler, they know how people feel and are probably looking for other jobs .
    They know the inevitable outcome.
    Sheriffs sooner or later. Make it sooner Cappocia. ..before something bad happens to residents.

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  10. Stop the madness fire the mayor and his girlfriend, you know, the city manager! They continue to act as idiots, what IQ is required for these jobs? Evidentially there must have been a math error when the mayor and his girl friend ws hired!

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    1. 10:23, your comment clearly reveals the state of your I.Q.

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    2. If indignation at the incompetence of a local govrrnment is the sign of a low intelligence quotient, then everyone is stupid.

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    3. Day after day, an anti-Capoccia screed. Why not do something about it? If you really believe what you are saying, organize a recall.

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    4. Somebody should have run against him. He has made some bad moves lately.

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    5. It is tough to oust an incumbent. In the short term, it would be best to focus on defeating the UUT increase. If you have any interest in fighting this, forward a request to the mod and we will be in touch with you.

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    6. Why is it always someone elses responsibility?

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    7. Where is the Bronze Statue which Elaine promised to buy Earl Richey. You know, the DUARTE Bronze Statue with the emperor riding the horse, the statue to be moved from duarte to sierra madre - to be placed in front of Sierra Madre city hall with Earl'S name on it. O, I forgot to ask, will the money be paid from the water department or the general fund? Please explain Elaine?

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    8. 11.39 no one should vote for Jon. Just think. Sierra madre residents will be getting another idiot, the next time around as mayor, and just think, I was told he is a college professor...I won't be sending my kids to long beach, I heard there is yellow water with lead In it. Must create thinking issues

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    9. 11.39 quit being so kind, call a spade a spade, let's make America Great Again, we can start with Sierra madre

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    10. 11:24, you can't recall someone within a year of an election. Doh!

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  11. 10.39 and 10.57... Hey guys, your right, many federal employees are less smarter that sherriff John and his girl friend. If an IQ test were required for the feds, some one must have done the math wrong and also at the time they were hired them. The point I am.making is ... that many of us just can't make good decissions and shouldn't have certain jobs. Just think, if all those top secret email scandals were correctly added up, please explain to me, why the federal government has not put her and billie in jail. Why are certain people allowed to steal Millions of Dollars of UN replaceable Presidential furniture - never put in jail? This is a thinking pattern which needs to be corrected and is a jailable offense.

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  12. Just don't vote for him or John H.
    They will win anyway but a very very low count will be somewhat if a vote of no confidence

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  13. 11.24 get off the curb, stand up for yourself, you need to orangize a recall, quit thinking its someone else's responsibility. Be a leader. Need a jump start, ask someone to kick you in the ass, if you live in this town and own real estate you got money at risk also. Don't let sherriff John and his girl friend ruin your Assets!

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    1. Don't forget about the write-in option. The election is still a long way away, and if we all coalesce around a write-in candidate we may be able to kick Capoccia out without the cost and hassle of a legitimate recall.

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    2. I do live in this town and have been fighting to keep it a good place for many years. I think it's idiotic to demonize Capoccia.

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    3. Unfortunately for John Capoccia, he has brought on the criticism he has been receiving all by himself. If he hadn't gone back on his tax promises, or made all of those ridiculous mistakes like the Arcadia PD embarrassment, he wouldn't be subject to this kind of stuff. But he did, and the result should not be considered surprising.

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  14. Who's name do we write in?

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  15. Once again the public has exposed those in Sierra Madre city hall claiming to be doing good for all the resident of Sierra Madre, California. This myth has been debunked.

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    1. Yep. Cheap trickery and BS.

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