Sunday, February 28, 2016

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Begin Patrolling the Streets of Sierra Madre Tonight at 6PM

SMPD take note.
Get out your party hats and cameras and help bring in what could be the beginning of an entirely new era in the storied history of Sierra Madre. Tonight the badly self-depleted Sierra Madre Police Department steps aside and the men and women of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department begin patrolling the streets of this town. It's been a long time coming, and while the LASD might not have been the first choice of City Hall (requests for patrols from practically every other city in the SGV were rejected), in the end this could very well have been the best one. Here his how the big event is discussed in the latest edition of the always pertinent and even at times transparent City Manager's Report (link):


Some people are happy about this and see it as the first in a series of steps that will save Sierra Madre lot of money while significantly improving public safety services in town. Others have taken it as a personal affront to their rather costly specialness, and are in a bit of a huff. Hopefully they can get past themselves and come to realize that the benefits far outweigh any of the erroneous drawbacks they like to cite.

It must be noted here that the depletion of the Sierra Madre Police Department was caused by officers voluntarily resigning and leaving under their own volition. Nobody made them do it. This despite the special relationship some in town claim to have with the SMPD. Apparently that affair has been a one-sided one, and for many members of the police department the opportunity to make a little more dough elsewhere was enough to shatter those mythical bonds. At least for them.

Susan Henderson gets it wrong, probably on purpose

The poor old thing just can't help herself. The erroneous claim that the Sheriffs will be run out of Temple City, which is contradicted in the City Manager's Report we've cited above, is repeated in this week's Mountain Views News. There is also the canard that the SMPD station will be closed at night. Again, complete nonsense. Here is how that little egg was laid in this city's official newspaper:


All Harriet Susan Poole-Carter-Henderson had to do was read the City Manager's Report. Or call City Hall for a verification. The Police Station will be open 24/7. Then there is this slab of overheated baloney:


The falsehood that has been whispered into the ears of this city's more gullible residents is that the Sheriffs would - in an emergency - need to be contacted at their Temple City station, and only then would a car be sent to Sierra Madre. Meaning response times would be far longer than they are now. Which is a complete falsehood. The SMPD station will remain open all through the night, Sierra Madre dispatchers will be handling calls, and Sheriff patrols will be on the streets of this town all night long.

As far as reprieves go, how about the financial one Sierra Madre would receive by contracting with the Sheriff's Department on a permanent basis? Wouldn't that free up a lot of money to do things like repair the Water Department's badly neglected infrastructure and keep the lights on at the Library?

Just because a paper is adjudicated does not give its publisher a license to invent mistruths. The people of Sierra Madre deserve more than the cop union propaganda they received this week in the Mountain Views News.

Sadly, done in exchange for the tax dollars that help keep Henderson-Poole-Carter's fish rapper afloat.

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86 comments:

  1. If Susan has any shred of decency (or honesty), she will print a correction in the front page of her paper and on her web page, too. She should use the City Manager's own PR announcement, too.

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    1. That's a big "If" 5:10.

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    2. I don't think it really is a question of if.

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    3. Honesty? How is that?
      How did Susan acquire the paper? Honesty was not part of it. Still owes the Dunn's money.
      Honesty - NO

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  2. Even the Enquirer is correct more often than the Mountain Views News.

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  3. Susan discredits the people she thinks she is helping.

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  4. If the newly hired L.A.P.D. Officers have to be trained, according to the chief, didn't he find a reason to train the Sheriff? All of these people are so full of themselves they say and do whatever they choose. The city is 20 million in debt, do they expect me to believe the UUT will save us? Unbelievable!

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  5. The Sierra Madre Police Department does not need more money to operate, it needs more trained personnel. That requires time in an academy, time on the street in training, and personnel to apply for the open jobs. Right now all agencies in the area are looking for applicants, most pay higher wages and benefits, so most applicants will not be coming to Sierra Madre Police Department. The use of part-time and volunteers has failed and is only a small plug in a broken dam that cannot be fixed. The Sierra Madre Police Department cannot fill the personnel positions it needs to operate. This failing department is on its last legs and any attempts to throw more money towards it is only wasted. City hall wants to use this as a way to pass the UUT.
    DO NOT BE FOOLED...

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    1. Susan's claim that a 10% UUT will save the police dept. is akin to a drug addict swearing that just one more hit and he'll be good forevermore.

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    2. Or the guy who tells you he's stopped beating his wife.

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    3. The Mayor was super busy handing out the Yes on the UUT signs and putting them in his neighbors yards yesterday! Wonder how he is going to vote.

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    4. Cappy was against the UUT before he was for it.

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    5. Crappy the Wolf is Elaine's minion!

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  6. These LASD people have at least 7 years experience. Giannone wants to hire people right out of the academy. How is that better?

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    1. For some it is all about the color of the uniform. Pretty stupid if you ask me.

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    2. Why would anyone expect Double Dipping Larry not want to stay employed at $185,000.00. This is the Police Chief that under his leadership, lost over half of his force. It is not good management, to wait to hire. Hire as needed. Not wait until half your Police Force is depleted.
      Unless: It a show, a ruse in order to pass the UUT.
      Even When the Sheriffs come to town, Double Dipping Larry becomes the community liaison.
      Larry & Elaine need to be let go!

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    3. Larry has done a real fine job, hasn't he? Be sure to say 'hi' to the Sheriffs tonight. Good to see real law enforcement is coming to town.

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  7. I feel safer already

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  8. In addition to a higher quality officer, better service and a cheaper price, don't underestimate another huge advantage of switching to the Sheriff's: There will be no more meddling in local politics by the police union. The same union that used that dispicable law firm of Dammlier, Lackey or whatever they were called, that has since been disbanded due to their own corruption. They were some very bad actors and our local police union chose to select that law firm to do their bidding. That is why I have no sympathy for our local police force. Good riddance.

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    1. Remember when the SMPD Union picketed during the Wistaria Festival with a sign "Sierra Madre Sucks" and website SierraMadreSucks.com? Good times.

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    2. They always hated Sierra Madre. So yes, let's give them a big raise for suing us a few dozen times and then quitting on us.

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    3. The Police would also Not be able to be used to Harass the citizens at the whim of the City Manager. The only reason that the City Manager, Selected Few & the DIRT want the Police Department to stay is to use them to harass their vocal opposition.

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  9. Happy Sheriff's Day!

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    1. Everyone who supports LASD should make cookies & a homemade sign that says "Welcome Deputies".

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  10. Perhaps the city should move to the equally available Sierra Madre weekly.

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    1. Agreed. It would make a loud statement about this community's belief in honest journalism.

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    2. Adjudicate Terry Miller!

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    3. Elaine would never Adjudicate Terry Miller!
      He would not write her spin

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    4. Elaine prefers Susan and poor Bill Coburn. They run her press releases word for word.

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    5. Broke Ass Bill.

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  11. With the exception of the Fire Department, everything in Sierra Madre needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Today is a good start.

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  12. Terry Miller's paper is adjudicated already. Look at the legals in the back. Yes, let's switch.

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  13. Did you know that since Rich Johnson wrote a column endorsing Sandy Siriganian for PUSD Board of Ed Susan hasn't published a single one of his columns? The only person who gets to write about anything to do with local our government in that paper is Susan. It must be where the money is.

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    1. You're not surprised, are you?

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    2. Move along! Nothing to see here.

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  14. Another Susan error. General Fund revenues began decreasing on July 1, 2015. Not 2016.

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    1. Numbers baffle poor Harriet.

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    2. Susan doesn't really have much to do with the 'paper.'
      It's more about the sloppy writers and proofreaders.

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    3. Cons have a hard time without being able to use their charm in a ploy. It's hard for Susan to get her charisma into the written word.

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    4. Susan claimed to have law and advanced business degrees, but it turned out to all be a lie. I am not certain she even made it out of high school.

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  15. Don't forget to stop by Barry's today.
    You are also invited to meet with Barry, his wonderful family and many of his supporters at the Gold's very cool digs this Sunday the 28th from 12 noon to 5 PM. A good place to discuss some of the big issues facing the city today, and volunteer to help in the cause. The address is 441 Ramona Avenue, between Lima and Park, two blocks north of Orange Grove. You're going to want to be there.

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  16. Sherriff Jon CA po co and barnie fiffe will be headed out of town on the first trowlley. I am voting for no UUT and the donald

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    1. Oh my gosh, a double loser.

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    2. Takes a loser to know a loser.

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  17. I saw a couple of Yes On UUT signs this morning. Not as many as I thought. They are really hard to read. Who designed them?

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    1. I've seen way too many of them...they started showing up yesterday, and the supporters are putting two to a yard.

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    2. The letters are really small.

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    3. It is kind of like going to the eye doctor.

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    4. Any idea who is paying for them? If they are doing two to a yard they must have deep pockets. Probably union money.

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    5. The mayor has a ton on his front porch. Who is funding the signs??

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    6. Corrupt LA County political hacks and the crooked govt unions that fund them.

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    7. The signs are being funded by little people like me who wants my city to continue to function. I am, however in favor of the sheriff's department.

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    8. The Yes on UUT folks are pushing this as a way to save the SMPD. What are you doing to persuade them otherwise? As it stands now, a 66% increase in UUT revenue will be sopped up by SMPD and the CalPERS pensions that go along with SMPD..

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    9. This is cop union coercion enabled by corrupt members of the city council.

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    10. 1:34 - you should ask for your money back. The lettering on those signs is too small for anyone driving by to see. Truitt flushed your money.

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  18. since the sherriffs are comming to town, the city manager has less work, the city manager wiil have $4 million dollars of less management. How much can we cut her salary and benefits?

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  19. You're right 11:12--union money! And now the city has brought in another group of union members to roam our streets at night, lurking in the dark, watching us, taking notes, always watching....

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    1. As long as you pay up they don't care about you. Chumps are their meal ticket. Where else are you going to find fools willing to pay for a six figure retirement at age 50? You're golden, dude.

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    2. Wow, what assumptions. Have you ever figured out that there are some who think differently than you? As a 50 year resident, I have lived the whole gambit and choose to spend my meager savings on what is important. I don't get a six figure retirement, and I don't get a break on paying my UUT and I didn't belong to a union. Any other assumptions you want to make?

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    3. Sorry you didn't have the skills to earn more money and/or have access to the collective bargaining provided by unions so that you could retire with more than meager savings, 1:38. But if you've owned your property here for 25 to 50 years, try to keep in mind that those who have purchased their property in the last 10-15 years, including union workers, are subsidizing you by paying far, far more in property taxes than you thanks to Prop 13. The least long time property owners can do is not whine about chipping in a few bucks via UUT.

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    4. You mean like the place Mr. Garcia lives in? That kind of Prop 13?

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    5. There you go again making assumptions. I have a graduate degree, chose to work for a nonunion company, Have paid my fair share of property taxes throughout the years and I'm not whining about paying a UUT, on the contrary, I am for the YES on UUT, and contributed towards the yard signs.

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    6. Probably an intra-family transaction.

      Maybe Millennials, many or most of whom are priced out of the real estate market, should seek a proposition that repeals Prop 13. After all, their sheer numbers give them electoral clout (if they would only vote.) Higher property taxes will likely reduce the overly inflated California property values, allowing Millennials entry into the real estate market.

      Of course, many long time, retired owners will be priced out due to higher property taxes and will have to move to cheaper digs, but that's the nature of the capitalism that we love and worship, isn't it?

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    7. Sure. Aren't you wishing you'd kept your big stupid mouth shut at this point?

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    8. Good for you 3:26, but maybe if your workplace was unionized you could have done better, both in salary and retirement benefits.

      What I don't understand about the union haters (besides the rather obvious fact that unions are composed of our friends, families, and neighbors) is that the salaries and benefits unions obtain are simply what the invisible hand of the market dictates. You know, that mysterious entity the ownership class typically channels and considers as nothing short of miraculous.

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    9. Tsk, tsk 3:33. Perhaps yours didn't, but try to remember what most of our mothers said.

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    10. I'm sorry 3:39, but the chubbies on the SMPD do not deserve to make six figure compensations. You might think it is not right for those being forced to pay these losers so much money to complain, but corrections can be made. That is what we could see happening and fairly soon. Nothing lasts forever. Including bad labor contracts negotiated by fools like John Buchanan and Enid Joffe.

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    11. 1:38 here, too bad this thread has gone from bad to bad as some of you can't find anything to say except for insults and assumptions. Sorry you can't bait me this time. I give.

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    12. When the going gets tough, 5:14 whines.

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    13. 5:41, give the somewhat numerically transposed 5:14 a break. After all, he had already "lived the whole gambit" by the tender age 1:38.

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  20. Don't worry these bean counters inside Sierra Madre city hall are already busy figuring out how they will spend the extra money saved by hiring the LACSD, be on alert to any heavy bags being carried out of city hall late at night by the usual suspects.

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  21. LA Sheriff's Dept. rides to Sierra Madre's rescue in less than 4 hours. Yee haw!!!

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  22. 2.39 pm my reading, it appears that you have your head up your __ __ S. Oh I see, it's your understanding that the Sierra madre taxpayers should pay more taxes for Union workers to buy real estate and move in to our town?

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  23. Thank you mr. MayorFebruary 28, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    They're here. Two fine deputies just patrolled past our house and gave me a thumbs up!

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  24. Watch out what you wish for; you're about to get half of it

    After all, don't deputies begin their careers with several years in LA County's notorious jails?

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    1. Sounds like they have the proper training to deal with the likes of you.

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    2. They can't handle me. Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

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    3. Come down off the doghouse, junior.

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    4. And stay out of the Woolworths!

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    5. Yes deputies start out in the jails.

      These is an advantage to having that first hand experience at dealing with the worst of the worst daily that a rookie city cop will need years or in the case of SM decades to get

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  25. Vive le Sierra Madre!February 28, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Now I know how the French felt when Paris was liberated!

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    1. Too bad we still have business to settle with the collaborators.

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  26. As far as I can tell the people supporting Measure UUT are the same clowns who supported Noah Green and Nancy Walsh.

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