Friday, February 12, 2016

Sierra Madre Weekly: Sheriffs May Begin Patrols Here As Early As February 28

Mod: I received the following from Terry Miller at the Sierra Madre Weekly. While it was too late make this week's edition of the paper version, it is up on their website (link). I am posting it here as well. The upshot is it appears that the Sheriffs will be patrolling the streets of Sierra Madre as early as February 28. Which is a lot sooner than many might have thought. Hopefully some of the more SMPD sensitive individuals in town will be able to hold their water. The message I am taking away here is that if you vote NO on Measure UUT, Sierra Madre gets to have the Sheriffs permanently rather than the quitters. So where is the downside you ask? I am not sure there is one.


Sierra Madre Weekly has learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will likely be entering into a contract with the City of Sierra Madre for temporary deputy patrol services between February 28 - June 30.

The news came swiftly after Arcadia's City Council last week turned down Sierra Madre’s request for assistance. Deputies will patrol the foothill city streets between 6PM and 6AM.

According to numerous sources, the 12-hour shift contract was approved by the Sheriff’s Department, is under review by Sierra Madre’s city attorney, and will probably be on the next Sierra Madre council meeting agenda on Feb. 23. Just in time for the service to begin that following Sunday, Feb. 28.

A phone call to the Sheriff’s Dept. Contracts Law Services confirmed that a contract has been drawn up and executed and is now under review with Sierra Madre’s city attorney. Lieutenant Squire told Sierra Madre Weekly that a contract has been drawn and is under consideration and as far as he knows, is in the hands of city officials to review.

The troubles at the SMPD have been long and serious, including multiple lawsuits both externally, towards the department from citizens, and internally, from the department against the former chief of police, Marilyn Diaz. Additionally, the tiny city has little sales tax base, unlike neighboring cities such as Arcadia. It is a tough time indeed for the embattled burgh.

Assistant City Manager Elisa Cox told Sierra Madre Weekly Friday, Jan. 22, that the city is actively seeking new police recruits from the academy but freely admits, “other cities pay considerably more than the SMPD, so this is key in the dilemma the city’s chief executives face.”

Cox also said the election and the Utility User Tax (UUT) will, of course, play a crucial role in deciding the fate of the police.

Elaine Aguilar had this to say in an email comment on this story: “The City of Sierra Madre has not entered into a contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. However, an update regarding Sierra Madre’s police services was provided at the February 9th City Council meeting.

As was indicated in City’s the February 9th staff report, Sierra Madre's police officers are currently patrolling the streets 24/7, but they are working overtime at a pace that cannot be sustained. It is now necessary to secure supplemental, temporary assistance.

The staff report indicated that the Sheriff’s department had been contacted. The report also states that the contract for supplemental services would be on the Council’s February 23rd agenda, and the contract would most likely be with the Sheriff’s Department. Like Sierra Madre, other San Gabriel Valley Police Departments are also not at full staffing levels.

Mayor John Capoccia also commented via email, “At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Public Safety Director Giannone did advise the council that a contract for supplemental services will be presented at our next meeting. I agree with Assistant City Manager Cox. The upcoming measure to set our UUT at 10% will be crucial for Sierra Madreans to keep our own independent Police Department.”

Mod: Hopefully after the residents of this town get a chance to witness the vastly more professional Sheriff's Department in action they will be so happy they'll vote to give themselves a tax break.

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64 comments:

  1. Try it (LASD) before you buy it.

    What an excellent idea. If residents like the part-time LA Sheriff's Dept. coverage, a simple "No" vote on the 66% UUT increase will make LASD a full-time gig in Sierra Madre.

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    1. I'm a simple guy then cause I'm voting NO

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  2. Support the 20/20 ProposalFebruary 12, 2016 at 4:57 AM

    Great news, and congratulations to Terry for giving us the story the council is too afraid to disclose to the residents.

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  3. How many SMPD will quit now?

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  4. When Carol Canterbury asked if passing Measure UUT would guarantee that the SMPD would then be here for good at Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Capoccia clammed up. Didn;t dare answer that question. Here he is saying that if Measure UUT passes they will be able to stay. So why wouldn't he say that on Tuesday? Because it would be on the city's record, and it isn't true?

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    1. Even if the UUT were to increase to 15%, it still wouldn't be enough and it would never sunset. The monster we call government would simply grow to meet that revenue - salaries would increase, staff would increase, waste would increase - until a few years down the road, we will be told that its still not enough. That is the nature of government. As Ronald Reagan once said, the closest thing to eternal life on this earth is a government program.

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    2. ...or having an airport renamed after you

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    3. ...even when you had nothing to do with that

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    4. Don't forget Bob Hope!

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    5. Ronald Reagan can kiss my butt! He ruined this great nation of ours.

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  5. Is it my imagination, or is John Capoccia turning into Yosemite Sam?

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    1. Or the night guarding the bridge in that Monty Python movie!

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    2. I Love Mayor Exploding Cigar!February 12, 2016 at 6:24 AM

      Or that Baghdad Bob guy!

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    3. "When I say whoa!...I mean whoa!

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    4. "Heh, just like Gary Cooper huh?"

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    5. Wascally wabbit.

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  6. The message at city hall keeps changing. One week the streets are not being patrolled, the next everything is ok, and now they can't get the Sheriffs here fast enough. Shazaam!!

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    1. What we have here is a communications problem!

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  7. Close the library its just another $1,000,000+ yearly expense that this city can not afford. Terminate the SMPD and save another $1,000,000+. That's $2,000,000 savings a year. Use the $2000,000 to dril a real water well in Arcadia, mayor Jon stated at the last cc we have no water in our wells and no ability to pump water. This has been an ongoing issue to spend the cash cows monies for calpers / pensions and Mercedes Benz health benefits for years. It's time to cut the fat. Sub contract out the library or turn it into health spa. Just to prove a point .. It took cc from 1985 to 2016 to get the old church off the books on highland. Our cc has shown they have no ability to manage. Now it's time they move on also. Let's make America Great Again, starting with Sierra Madre.

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  8. Sell that stupid pocket park theft bought and named after the guy that sold it to them

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    1. It' has a water meter so it should bring a nice price.

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    2. 6:49 what is or where is this park that you are referring to ?

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    3. Goldberg Park at the SW corner of Sunnyside and the street one block north of Orange Grove (name?), one block east of Michilinda. Transfer of approximately $800,000.00 from the sale of the land used by the Co-operative Nursery School for a garden (owned by the city) to the Nursery School and the story had it that the money had to be spent on "park property." As it turned out, City Councilmember Enid Joeffy, knew the Goldberg's (related?) and that this property was "available" so the deal was struck!!!!!

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    4. This is a great idea. That park is never used and is an absolute island in an area with no sidewalks (unlike turtle park). Ridiculous.

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  9. Simple
    No on UUT tax increase

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  10. Here's a thought, if our cc members were hired by the Denver football team, to be football playrs, they would all be fired because they failed to get the job done. They can't run the play correctly and have no ability to spend the taxpayers $26 Million Dollars a year. Our city council is the problem which will cause this ciy to file BK. It's got to be decided ... Who goes and who stays.

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    1. Should I stay or should I go?

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    2. 7:06... brilliant analogy.....................BOOM!!!! Extreme thunder clap of sarcasm, in case you believed that, which you probably did.

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  11. Sierra Madre can be a lean, mean, efficient fighting machine if they are only made to do it by squeezing down the revenue. The unions always complain that if you don't increase the UUT, police response times will increase, library will be shuttered, senior services will end and the sky will come falling down. Its the "firemen first" rule. They will always say that if you don't pass this or that tax, all these bad things will happen - in other words we will have to get rid of the firemen first. They only mention those things that will alarm or inconvenience the residents the most in order to get a particular tax passed or increased. That's a pretty standard tactic in the public employee union playbook. Don't buy into it! Let them cut the waste, fraud, inefficiency and bloated salaries, benefits and pensions first. You will notice though, those things are never, and I mean never mentioned. They will always mention that police, paramedic and fire department response times will increase putting lives in jeopardy. Only the scary stuff. Thank goodness people are finally waking up to this. Meanwhile, the public employee retire at the age of 50 with 90% or so of their salary allowing them to enjoy a lifetime of Sundays. But usually even they realize retiring at 50 is too young, so they take a second job whose salary on top of their lifetime pension turns them all into the equivalent of multi-millionaires. We've been the idiots that have allowed this to happen. But don't forget, some nearby city is offering their employees and police x, y and z. So to be "competitive", we need to offer the same thing. Does this all sound familiar by now?

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    1. Wish you were running for council so I could vote for you.

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    2. Sierra Madre must be put on a sustainable path. They might as well start now. If the UUT passes, expenses will go up to meet the additional revenue and we will be right back in the same position with the same folks telling us all that we have to raise the UUT again. It never ends until you starve them of the revenue.

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  12. Local small town police departments are dependent on a City Managers or City Councils approvals and blessing's in short they are sometimes a local strong arm enforcer's of corrupt officials along with high overhead to keep active and or legal bills passed on to the citizens of those towns.

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  13. Adaptability & Strength is Required

    I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS, BUT GET READY...

    1) The housing bubble is bursting,
    2) The GWP once again is slowing down,
    3) The global stock market is crashing,
    4) There will be a Giant banking crash & blood bath which I believe has already started,
    5) the feds are out of money

    $) Which will result in lost of jobs, lower housing sales prices, food and water shortages

    $$) What effect will this have on Sierra Madre City Hall ?

    $$$) Property sales will decline, property taxes will decline, city hall's 22% of all collected property tax income will be reduced.

    $$$$) City hall will have less income, and be forced to reduce spending or not be able to pay its bills

    $$$$$) City Hall needs to wake up,

    6) city hall must reduce.... All city spending,
    > we can start by forcing city hall to reduce spending, by getting rid of SMPD & the library (It’s a $2,000,000 yearly expense which we don’t need)
    > reduce the total number of city employees,
    > combine city hall employees responsibilities and reduce wages and expenses,
    > sub contract out as much city expenses as possible, the pensions and Mercedes benz health packages are no longer needed.
    >> DON’T TAKE ON ANY MORE LONG TERM DEBT!

    We need the best city governance and the best city management we can afford, and lets face it, we aint got it.

    So what do you want to do ?
    We all have a choice...now its your turn to figure it out!

    We look forward to your comments

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  14. No thanks for sharing, Cassandra

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  15. I was undecided how to vote on the UUT, but if a NO vote gets rid of the SMPD, get more service for less money, then I am voting NO on the UUT.

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  16. If the citizens of Sierra Madre want change! It start's at the top. The person that directs the day to day operations of the City, the one that controls what the City Council gets to see, discuss, to put on the agenda. The one person that controls the taxpayer's money, the big, big Kahuna, the City Manager.
    Elaine Aguilar needs to be let go, replaced, FIRED!
    The City Manager is in way over her head. Elaine does Not know how to manage, only how spend!
    Elaine is a shopaholic with the taxpayers money!
    City Hall only wants the UUT to pass to keep the pensions flowing and to continue to shop until Elaine drops.
    I'm not saying that Elaine doesn't think she deserves the convertible red Benz, but as a City Manager that is trying to portray to the citizens that added taxes are needed to keep order in our city, it is just more poor decision making.
    Why would Elaine find the need to drive the Benz to work.
    Keep in the garage and drive it on the weekends, but to drive it to Sierra Madre, and flaunt it in our face. Poor Management Decision!
    The City Manager is over paid and is fleecing our village.
    The current direction of management by the City Manager is destroying our village.

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    1. I guess Elaine's performance review went really,really well? John Capoccia wouldn't be the reason for that ? The blatent lies , the frequent incompetence(and worse) yet she feels so secure in her job she can get a very expensive 'in your face' car - what is going on at CC meetings that are behind closed doors.What has this absurd woman 'got' over Capoccia and the CC ?

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    2. Elaine knows that Capoccia still sleeps with his stuffed Babe. Oink oink.

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    3. I really don't see Elaine as the Benz type... More mini van or pick up truck .
      Maybe she rented the Benz to show off at a high school or college reunion... From what I hear our city employees are under paid go getters wanting to do the best for our city ... A Benz would never happen do to their paltry salaries and humble desires.
      "Total sarcasm "

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  17. Is Capoccia a Secret Agent?February 12, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Does anyone here think the mayor is a super brilliant double agent trying to get rid of SMPD, but too afraid to do so directly?

    How else do you explain the mayor's actions, which have made SMPD and the council look so bad that the Star News and Terry Miller have started linking/citing the Tattler in support of the view that the Sheriff's department should be considered.

    And, while one of yesterday's commentators argued the Tattler is irrelevant, the Star News is now citing the key stats first developed here: The sheriff's proposal will deliver 20% more patrol hours for $800k less annually. Nice work Sir Eric.

    And to preempt the nonsense, the council's next genius move will be to "adjust" the sheriff's proposal in a way that will add lots of bogus costs. For example, the need to have the chief who killed our department supervise the sheriff. Not gonna fall for it.

    Finally, consider this: La Canada with twice our population, three times our area, more business and two major highways pays the sheriff $3.2 million a year as compared to our $3.9 million a year. We can beat that and apply the difference to making our town better.

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  18. I know this is off-subject, but has anyone else noticed this ad on craigslist? Pretty sad! https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/reo/5442308565.html

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    1. I hope the neighbors there know that they get to have some say in what is built next to them.

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    2. We need to watch this carefully.
      Investment / Development Opportunity in coveted Sierra Madre, California. (3) Three Adjoining properties for sale by owner: $900,750 (3) = $2.925M

      86 E. Highland Ave [2 homes on 9,205sf lot]
      78 E. Highland Ave [1 home on 9,684sf lot]
      70 E. Highland Ave [1 home on 10,113sf lot]

      All properties zoned R3: (9) NINE POSSIBLE UNITS

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    3. These properties have been linked by the cross front fence base of used brick for several years. I was wondering when they would sell off for a single development. How many water meters are there?

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    4. Lot of development impact fees, baby!

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    5. The long green.

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    6. R3 is where the highest density developments are located in town. If you want to change that, go back in time to the General Plan Update, and speak up. Or start some new campaign to change it.

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    7. What's so sad about it?. A real property owner has every right to sell and the buyer has every right to construct whatever is permissible via local building codes and zoning requirements, nothing sad here.

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    8. Perfectly lovely looking, modest homes to be torn down, that's what's sad. And what will replace them?? "Luxury" condos? Great! Just what California needs MORE of!

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  19. Thanks - very useful, factual comparison with $.

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  20. City manager may not care if we know. Maybe her severance package is looking good to her right now. ,,,, any takers ?

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  21. Elaine Aguilar the "Big Big In Your Face Kahuna"
    It works & true!
    Stop the madness!!!

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  22. Could this be a true,

    rumor has it, that the

    City Manager wants to increase the UUT Taxes to 10 or 12%,

    Her husband would like a new 2016 black convertible mercedez benz.

    Just think, if the TAXPAYERS increase the UUT Tax to 12%, they could have matching Rolls Royces $$

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  23. Let's be careful out there!February 12, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Just got back from dinner at wisteria. There were NO COPS.

    Though I was concerned a geezer riot would break out, the natives were docile.

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  24. Breaking news?? Didn't the Chief say at the council meeting that there is a probability to get the Sheriff agreement by the next council meeting, and they could start as early as the 28th? and, I have to add, I believe the city council should consider all citizen opinions not just the Tea Party supporters? There is nothing wrong with expressing an opinion without derisive comments? I personally agree that the sheriff department is the only way to go at this point, but calling the city manager and others names is not the way to achieve the goal. Work hard to defeat UUT measure, but don't stoop to such a low level that we are called nuts and crazies. Because as of now, we look like that.

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    1. Who do you mean by "we" knucklehead?

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    2. Meanwhile, it looks like the former top LA county sheriff is going to jail... and still getting paid his $300k+ annual pension!

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    3. We meaning you all who called our city manager a baboon and worse and you who called me a knucklehead.

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    4. I think it was based on what you wrote.

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  25. https://youtu.be/u5_KUDKUvlw

    Oh, We'll all be sooooo much safer!!!!

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