Pasadena campaign manager Martin Truitt spelled "Wistaria"wrong. It is really just about as un-Sierra Madre as you can get. A kind of local litmus test. The previous campaign manager for a utility tax hike, Nancy Walsh, is looking smarter all the time.
If you are impatiently awaiting a "No On Measure UUT" yard sign, The Tattler heartily recommends that you order one of these "Wisteria" colored signs from the fellow Martin Truitt from Pasadena has assigned the sign jockey job, cross out the word "YES," and then replace it with a robust "NO!" They might have a big bucks budget from as yet unknown origins, but that does not mean their money can't be put to a better use.
Here is another question that needs answering. Who exactly is "Chairman Ed?" We now know that the gentleman's full name is Edward Garcia. And while he might live here (the jury is still out) he apparently does not own a home in town. Here is the "Realist Report" on the house The Edster is claiming as his address.
Whoever does own this property got quite a deal. $75,000 for any kind of property in Sierra Madre really is a sweet price. So sweet you might find yourself wondering how it could have happened.
This Facebook style ad is now appearing on a lot of sites associated with the phrase "Sierra Madre."
Kind of an inappropriate slogan if you think about it. The local government here hasn't been strong for years. From the badly neglected water company, to the mountains of bond ($21 million dollars!) and CalPERS debt ($9 million dollars!), to a Police Department that's now lost fully half of its members, City Hall has been a basket case for quite some time. I am not exactly certain how this level of mismanagement is helping anybody's property values.
The UUT had been at 10% for almost a decade, and that money was mostly funneled into city employee retirement and benefits accounts. It did nothing to strengthen this city or its government. And nothing this city has put out so far is indicating that should Measure UUT somehow pass, that unhappy condition will change.
The Tattler has filed a complaint with the CA Fair Political Practices Commission
It seems more than obvious to me that the City of Sierra Madre's "local government" is illegally spending taxpayer money to campaign for Measure UUT. In some ways it is actually a much better organized advocate for this government sponsored ballot initiative than the Pasadena run "Yes on Measure UUT" effort.
Here is what the complaint looks like:
If you want to see all of this tax propaganda you are paying for, the link is here. I suggest you get there soon. Like that press release from January about the cops all leaving and Arcadia PD taking their place, things such as this do tend to vanish from that site.
Additionally, The Tattler has filed a CA Public Records Act request for Mayor Capoccia's e-mails on UUT and Police matters. Since Yosemite Sam claims that his mail is running "20 to 1" in favor of whatever it is he wants, I figured we ought to take a look. Here is the e-mail response from Elaine Aguilar.
Awesome. And yes, I do try and keep busy.
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