Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sierra Madre Weekly: Write-In Candidate Barry Gold Offers Sierra Madre a Fresh Perspective

Mod: The Sierra Madre Weekly's very own Terry Miller scoops the world and gets that big interview with Barry Gold, Sierra Madre's first City Council write-in candidate in a quarter of a century. The pulp edition of Terry's paper hits the streets today, but you can see this article in all of its original Internet glory right now by clicking here. 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.

Write-In Candidate Barry Gold Offers Sierra Madre a Fresh Perspective: It looked as though the Sierra Madre Municipal election April 12 would be as dull as dishwater with no one contesting John Harabedian and John Capoccia’s seats.

That is, until Barry Gold became a write-in candidate.

We wanted to know more about the mild-mannered man, and why at 71 years Gold, who is in industrial property management, would want to dive head-first into the rough, somewhat murky waters of Sierra Madre's small-town politics.

Apparently, this is the first time in 25 years that there has been a write-in candidate for a Sierra Madre municipal election.

On Tuesday afternoon we sat down with the candidate to find out what makes him tick and why people should consider going for the Gold, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Gold is an experienced manager of public funds who oversees a $4 million annual assessment as the Chairman of the Downtown Los Angeles Fashion District - so it seems, fiscally, he’s ready.

Firstly we asked the obvious – why a write-in candidate?

Gold said that he had been thinking about the possibility of running for some time, but at recent council meetings he was taken aback by Mayor Capoccia, who publicly chastised those who wanted to eliminate the UUT (Utility User Tax). Paraphrasing, Gold said that Capoccia admonished the likes of Earl Richey who attempted to get the “Abolish UUT” on this year’s ballot, by calling them “foolish … they don’t know what they are doing ….”

Frustrated by this lack of civility on the dais, it was at that very moment Barry Gold claimed, “I decided I HAVE to run; to win!”

After qualifying with 30 signatures (although he only needed 20), Gold became a write-in candidate.

Gold and Judy, his wife of 18 years, moved to Sierra Madre from Arcadia as they were appalled by the seemingly never-ending mansionization in that city. Sierra Madre is small and very much a preservationist town, which is exactly where the Golds’ philosophy takes the next logical step.

Gold got involved with the Preserve Sierra Madre group, which has had a significant impact on the City Council, especially lately.

Gold said he simply couldn’t let Sierra Madre follow the same path Arcadia has taken so he got involved with the group to make the council and planners aware of the dangers of overdevelopment and to help the Sierra Madre down the roads less traveled.

With the General Plan recently approved – after six years – Gold gives immense credit to the current council for implementing the plan and holding onto the belief that size does in fact matter – a lot. New building restrictions are in place but more needs to be done, Gold asserts.

Gold says that the number one issue in Sierra Madre is, of course, finance. Gold is totally in favor of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies patrolling the streets and says outsourcing to LASD will save the city well over $400,000 a year.

Answering critics who say the response times would be long, Gold points out that the Sheriff's Department could use the current Police Department and dispatch area as one of the three options. So it is a moot point. The city can no longer afford its own police force, Gold says. “Sheriffs’ deputies will provide better protection for Sierra Madre’s citizens, due in part to the huge resources available countywide.”

A city the size of Sierra Madre cannot afford to waste more money and add to the ever-growing CalPERS pot-o-gold retirement plan, Gold says.

Gold says city planners like John Hutt in Sierra Madre really know how to work with developers and help preserve the small-town charm which has attracted people to move into town, and want dearly to sustain that charm lost in so many California cities due to overdevelopment.

The real issue, though, is always financing. Gold’s take on the city of Sierra Madre’s upper management is quite simple and eloquent. “They’re bureaucrats, much different than in the private sector. In government, local or otherwise, it is an art form to protect your job. Every four years, essentially, you’ll have a new boss.”

Gold said, “We must force ourselves to live within our means.” So he’ll vote no on Measure UUT.

He’s not against a UUT Tax; in fact, as a member of the UUT Revenue Committee, Gold proposed a 9% UUT rate with a six-year sunset back to 6%. The committee recommended 12% and the city council approved 10% with no sunset.

Candidate Gold says he’ll take no campaign contributions. “There will not be lawn signs or mailers. And if elected, I will not owe any favors to anybody except to those who wrote in my name on the ballot. I will repay them by keeping my promise to do everything I can to the hire the Sheriff as soon as possible, make the necessary cuts to balance the rest of the budget, and then concentrate on our grossly neglected infrastructure.”

On March 10, there will be a candidate forum at Sierra Madre Women’s Club in which Gold will participate. The forum starts at 5:30 p.m.

Barry Gold is quoted in today's Pasadena Star News

Mod: The article is called "After losing half its police, Sierra Madre to temporarily contract with LA County Sheriff’s Department" and you can link to it here. This is the good part:

Resident Barry Gold, who has recently announced he is running as a write-in candidate for city council, said he is in favor of temporary nighttime patrols, though he believes the city should also consider contracting with the Sheriff’s full time.

“I understand why people want to keep our police department. It is in character with our cherished small town image,” he said. “But we have to realize it is no longer possible. Yes it is sad, but sooner or later we will need to contract with the Sheriff’s, I just wish it would be sooner rather than later so that the savings can start being used to fix our streets, sidewalks and most importantly more of our water pipes.”

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51 comments:

  1. Mayor Capoccia's incivility has become an issue. He is very intolerant of anyone who does not share his opinion on taxation or police services. Thank you Barry for calling this out.

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    1. The Mayor has been channeling his inner Yosemite Sam.

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    2. Barry is a gentleman as well as one of the smartest guys out there. He's just we need in Sierra Madre. He's not beholden to anyone except the residents he will serve.

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    3. Capoccia's rudeness is a new trait that has been revealed as soon as his re-election seemed unopposed.
      Psychologically such venom is usually indicative of some rather dark issues.
      Not a good omen for Sierra Madre

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    4. The Wolf has let the power of politics get to his head.
      We need another write in candidate. No on the Johns, only puts Sierra Madre further down the toilet. Sierra Madre Approaching sewer level!

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    5. Capoccia ran as an anti-tax candidate, then once elected never said no to a single fee, rate or tax increase that came his way. He seems to have his most pronounced anger issues with those who advocate his original tax stance. Maybe its guilt?

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  2. I have been a recipient of the mayor's wrath and I was at the CC meeting where he literally attacked Mr. Gold, in public, during a break in the CC meeting. Can't he be censored for that kind of behavior? Other council members heard it and said nothing.

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    1. He does it to prove his love to the city manager.

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    2. A number of Sierra Madre's recent mayors seem to have anger management challenges.

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    3. superiority bratty behavior without any basis

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    4. John Capoccia needs to serve all the people. Not just the ones he agrees with.

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  3. Barry Gold has been right on all the issues facing Sierra Madre. If Capoccia or preferably Harabedian can be picked off, it would be a huge victory for all of Sierra Madre. No more of Harabedian's cronyism and special favors for people like Felikian and Salisian. That borders on corruption and we don't need that in our little town.

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  4. Progress can be measured by many standards but those who resist use the same old stick that has left Sierra Madre in a terrible mess and tittering on the brink of bankruptcy. Vote for the new Gold Standard and Sierra Madre progressive future, vote for Barry Gold.

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  5. Great article Terry Miller.
    Thanks for reposting on the Tattler John Crawford.
    Barry is what we need...and if he comes up short of the write in vote...we should draft him for the next election...he would be a sure winner.
    Show your support for this man...WRITE HIS NAME ON YOUR BALLOT...DO NOT ADD A SECOND CHOICE. Harabian and Capoccia have not earned our votes...they are controlled by City hall and the unions.

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  6. Free your tax dollars from being controlled and squandered by the unions.
    Write in Barry Gold for city council.

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  7. We should be worried about a guy who is not smart enough to follow the rules and get on the ballot. City politics is not a game for neophytes. What else will he miss the filing date on? Where else has he missed the boat? It's not a good omen. Not a good way to start a campaign. If he relies on the star and this blog for free publicity things can only go downhill from there.
    Also, wasn't the LA fashion district recently the scene of a high-profile federal raid or two? Be careful here. Very careful.

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    1. 7:39 am obviously doesn't like 7:05's comment.
      Rumors of the truth are not popular at City hall...
      Barry Gold didn't sign on early to be in the ballot, because he thought Harabedian and Capoccia were doing an okay job....it was only after they got in the ballot that they both suddenly went over to the dark side....as soon as they were safely unopposed. ....the real agenda became obvious.
      I asked Barry your concern 7:39 and that is what he told me.
      I believe he is an honest man.

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    2. You can only wonder who 7:39 might be. Any guesses?

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    3. dunno but I was on Facebook today and an ad popped up telling me to vote 'Yes on UUT' because a strong government would increase my property value

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    4. Seems bitter about something.

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    5. 7:39, Martin Truitt, is that you!

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    6. If you spend a little time with Barry Gold you'll find him to be honest,smart,modest and polite.
      Which of those traits can be applied to Capoccia or Harabedian or Goss?
      I'll vote for honesty,knowledge/wisdom and politeness anytime.You?

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    7. 8:37. The claim about strong government might be true. Unfortunately Sierra Madre hasn't had strong government in years. Including all that time when the UUT was 10%. What we have now is the result of years of weakness.

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    8. What is your problem? A neophyte? Not spending money he doesn't have? Freebies from newspapers? The Feds raided a money laundering deal downtown, why is that a problem for him? What is the insinuation? We should be scared, very scared of people like you!!!!!

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    9. 8:02 is engaging in smear politics. Maybe he's Truitt.

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    10. 7:39, ok. So if this blog has no influence how come the first 2 Measure UUTs failed?

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    11. No answer to that one.

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  8. I don't want people censored I want to hear all they have to say so I can make an informed choice. It is the back door closed meeting that I worry about. And our city is famous for them.

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  9. I'm going to the meet and great on Sunday. There are some hard questions to be answered or should I say asked. Were hoping Barry Gold can help fix some of the problems Sierra Madre continues to have.

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  10. Couldn't we have some Barry Gold clones and then we could ditchh Goss, Capoccia and harabedian?

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  11. 7.39 iscity hall and cc staff

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  12. Rare people like Barry Gold triumph over Evil & Apathy.
    That would be a real problem for City Hall.

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  13. Incumbents who run unopposed should have earned the right to that honor. The two incumbents are not worthy. Mr. Gold has made it more of a race and makes the two unworthy have to work a little harder. I hope Mr. Gold can keep his end civil like the kind of man he appears to be. Everyone has the right to an opinion it's just too bad some make stupid, inane remarks.

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  14. Barry believed in the city hall gang until they proved to be nearly as prone to corruption as the gang in Arcadia.That is when he and Judy decided to fight back for the residents of Sierra Madre. That is what I gathered from my conversation with Barry

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    1. It is Sierra Madre politics. Goes with the territory. Even the Mayor is not immune.

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  15. When good people do nothing evil prospers .

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  16. One thing you can be sure of with Barry Gold. He will never sell us out to the developers.

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  17. I was looking at property and such and I noticed that The French Creperie and The Peppertree are up for sale. We do need to support our town businesses but I wonder if that is the only problem. The Creperie always seems to be busy.

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    1. I have heard that Sierra Madre retail rents are very high.

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  18. O.K. so now that a dozen(?) of us agree Barry is a great guy, how do we convince enough of the uninformed/apathetic/civility groupies to actually vote for him?
    Being a good guy and lauded on Tattler is lovely but we need to get him elected.

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    1. Show up at the get together Sunday. We're putting together Barry's Army.

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    2. 12:40, get some flyers and knock on doors. All over the town.

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    3. There are probably more than 12. But if this is to be a grass roots campaign we need to be there Sunday and rally the troops.

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    4. This blog averages about 3,000 hits a day. It is a couple more than a dozen.

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  19. Couple of things: a close look at the award winning city website used the word "retarded". Also, Harabedian gave a pass to that guy on Highland who had no permits. It's supposed to be a misdemeanor.

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  20. A misdemeanor if the violation is not corrected.

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  21. Are you all high? Barry Gold has zero chance of election.

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    1. I don't care. Just as long as I don't have to vote for those two useless losers you support I'm good.

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    2. 3:13P Are you suggesting that we cast a vote for someone with whom we don"agree? And because we choose to do that, we're high? Maybe the city will get behind someone who doesn't smear people, who is not running his campaign like the usual politico, is trying to be transparent and honest and not ruled by anyone but the people. It is possible, ya know. You need to educate yourself.

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  22. The city of Sierra Madre is in a debt crisis, when is city hall going to cut expenses,?

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