Monday, March 21, 2016

A Great Letter To The Editor That You Probably Missed

No election readers?
You really do have to wonder if all that many people are tuning in to this election. Obviously a lot of perfectly innocent trees have been murdered to supply all of the pulp products being printed upon by the always politically panicked and pro-UUT Pasadena campaign consultant Napoleon Cheesecake. But to what actual effect? Has it all been little more than just one big junk mail fail?

By all accounts that boozey and rather incestuous "Yes On UUT" fundraiser held at cop union compliant Councilmember John Harabedian's house yesterday was a disappointing mess. Many are now questioning the ability of that campaign to financially sustain its largely counterproductive "canard by postcard" effort all the way up until the city's April 12th election.

There is also this picture of an awfully large stack of near pristine issues of the Mountain Views News. Taken out in front of Bean Town at around noon yesterday, a full day after having first been delivered there, Sierra Madre's adjudicated paper of record would, during a normal election, be snapped up at a quite high rate right about now. Yet here we can see that the paper was almost completely ignored this weekend by those frequenting Sierra Madre's downtown area. It does seem as if nobody cares much.

Which is actually a shame because, and quite contrary to the paper's usual practice, there was a very well written and thought out anti-Measure UUT letter published in this largely ignored edition. In case you missed it, and by all appearances you apparently did, we are now reproducing it here. You do need to check this out.


That letter does list some inconvenient facts, all of which have apparently been air-brushed from the picture being presented by City Hall. Then deliberately not included in those taxpayer funded flyers that were mailed to the voters. Done as part of their effort to get Measure UUT passed so that the CalPERS gravy train benefitting them personally stays on the tracks.

I believe the term for this is "lie by omission." Here is the Wikipedia definition:


Not at all a pretty picture.

So why does the "Yes On UUT" campaign lie so much?
As I am sure all parents have told their kids, and way more than once, the truth is always the strongest argument. But what if that truth works against your real purposes, as it so clearly does in the case of City Hall and Measure UUT?

Obviously the city wants more utility tax money because that is what will further fund their CalPERS retirement accounts. But they can't actually come out and say that, right? Well, I guess they could, but it probably wouldn't get them the votes they need to pass this sadly misrepresented measure.

One lie that has been making the rounds lately is directed at Barry Gold, the write-in candidate for Sierra Madre's City Council. Here is how this absurd distortion of the facts was stated yesterday in a comment published on this site.


Here is how Barry Gold responded to that.


A good answer from Barry Gold, but apparently that wasn't what his attacker was looking for, because later that individual (I believe) came back with something else.

It got much worse
The following is pretty ugly, but I would not be doing my job correctly if I did not share this with you. Here are two comments also targeting Barry Gold yesterday. Both took aim at his religion.


After I deleted that rank act of stupidity, the commenter was not happy. This is what showed up next.


I am not about to accuse the entire "Yes On UUT" campaign of anti-semitism. That would obviously be incorrect. But apparently it is an available option for at least one of them.

Arcadia has a General Fund of billions 
Or at least so says Joan Schmidt, a Mountain Views News correspondent for the City of Arcadia. Here is a screen shot of her article published in this weekend's edition.


A $54.9 billion dollar General Fund does seem like a lot. Even for a city with as many overpaid employees as Arcadia.

Hopefully they can find it in themselves to trim that budget just a little bit.

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83 comments:

  1. I notice all the Yes on 66% UUT tax increase postcards aren't printed on recycled paper. Guess that PASADENA consultant isn't sustainable.

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    1. they figure if you make it up and throw it there often enough either people will forget or be "sold" the tax idea

      like the last two times the UUT was presented and all the doomsday scenarios are not playing out and the library remains open but this time they (city council) swears they mean it cause they've seen the numbers, but ignore the 9 million in Calpers debt that is a scam against taxpayers because it's lucrative, who else can retire at 55 at almost full salary forever?

      and shifting to the Sheriff's department has been a financial plus and higher quality service but it was the union pension driven agenda of the city manager (all of them for the last 20 years) to ignore the Sheriff's option and play loose with communication they are legally obligated to share with the public

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  2. Wow. I hope those anti-Semitic remarks aren't being posted by out of town consultants working the Yes on the 66% UUT tax increase.

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    1. They appear to be running just about the ugliest campaign this city has ever seen.

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    2. It looks like their "outside political consultant" is not a very nice man.

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    3. Has the "Yes on UUT" tax hike campaign added HATE to its plans?

      Hate is not a family value.

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    4. The "We're Special" crowd have always been a hate group. Remember the No On Measure V campaign? Same awful people.

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  3. The City Council is hosting a pro UTT wine and cheese bash which was advertised on Facebook. I commented that such an event struck me as unseemly no matter what position they were supporting, especially given that they are serving alcohol. My comment was blocked. When I lived in New England I was always involved in local politics and looked forward to civic involvement in Sierra Madre, but it strikes me as shockingly inbred and dirty, which saddens me as it was an example I was looking forward to setting for my child. That won't be happening until I can afford to move home.

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    1. The school district and its fundraising associations set the standard for alcohol parties

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    2. Get 'em drunk, then lean on them for a fat check.

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    3. Jackie said exactly what I've been saying for the last 20 years about SM politics and volunteerism, it's "inbred".

      and I'd add "inept"

      and it's been "deceptive and manipulative"

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    4. Hateful as well.

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    5. I hope the wine and cheese are kosher. Oh, wait, never mind.

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  4. I just brought in my Yes on UUT sign. I don;t want to be associated with those people anymore. This is not what Sierra Madre is about.

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    1. Please pass the word around. Will the City be spending taxpayer dollars to buy and serve alcohol on city property? Helluva example to set for our youth.

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    2. recycle! Paint NO across it and put it back over

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    3. Save a tree. Turn your Yes On UUT sign into a "NO!"

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  5. I happened to see Barry Gold at Beantown the other day and he is moving forward one voter at a time. He will make a great City Council member. Tell your friends and neighbors. He has a real chance. He's doing it the old fashioned way - one voter at a time and door to door. I think the other candidates feel it is beneath them to actually reach out to the unwashed masses like myself.

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    1. Barry is smarter than the other two candidates combined.

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    2. 7:41 that's not hard to do, you can find more adult intelligence in a 3rd grade class at SM elementary

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  6. Barry Gold is starting to resonate and gain some traction. If he can keep up this effort, he has a real chance. I hope he can do it because we really need him.

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  7. So we have the Castro Brothers getting involved in Sierra Madre Politics? When will this type of in uniform activity stop? Not until they both make sure they are well paid at citizens expense. This is another indication of the tail wagging the dog and the will of the voters does not count.

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    1. Measure UUT is little more than pension fundraising for the city's municipal employee unions. Especially the SMPA, a union that keeps losing its members to other cities.

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    2. Can the SMPA really call itself a union? Can a part-time, daytime only, operation really call itself a police force? How embarassing.

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    3. That doesn;t seem to matter to city hall. After all, Mayor Capoccia's email has been running 20 to 1....

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  8. BUBBLE in Barry Gold after you Write In his NAME! Send this message to all your Sierra Madre e-mail contacts. Post it to your FaceBook page, etc.

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    1. The Casto brothers were talking about the UUT vote in Arcadia. One of them works there, what do you mean "uniform activity?"

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    2. The Casto brothers were talking about the UUT vote in Arcadia. One of them works there, what do you mean "uniform activity?"

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  9. "Armos and Jews ".... I'm going to show this to Barry Gold's granddaughter whom just happens to be half Armenian .
    Stay classy Sierra Madre.

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    1. there's always been class in the filthy mass. you won't find the gold unless you dig through the dirt first.

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    2. Please be careful with the "Yes" on UUT people. Clearly some of them are spiteful,bigoted and nasty. Sadly that segment of the Sierra Madre has been active in local affairs for many years. They will stop at nothing to block decent democratic process - remember what they did to Mary Ann MacGillivray ?
      That was a great loss to our Community and a disgrace.

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    3. I voted for Denise & Rachael as I did Mary Anne. I am sooo sorry that I voted for either of them. WHY? Does everyone of the City Council Members forget why "We the people" voted for them in the first place! John the "Wolf" with the new "Wolf Pack" Members of Denise & Rachael. I want to puke!

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  10. Thank you Michele Davenport. You are another one of Sierra Madre's true treasures.

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  11. Pretty ugly, Yes people. How does this kind of thing happen?

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    1. it's about protecting a obscene pension plan and protecting the commissions of real estate agents - two of the worse self indulgent blights that ever became political in SM

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  12. I'm stunned that Susan actually published a NO letter.

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    1. It may have been an accident.

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  13. For the jackboot wearing Turkey ...
    Take the abbreviation UUT remove the first U and replace it with the letter P then add the letter Z after the letter T ... What does it spell ?
    PUTZ ,if you find your self not knowing what the word means I'd suggest looking it up in the Urban Dictionary or in a dictionary of Yiddish terms and phrases and apply it to where you are obviously lacking .

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  14. Thanks to http://transparentcalifornia.com/, we can all make informed decisions.

    In 2014, for instance, the "other pay" for all employees of the City of Arcadia exceeded 11.9 million USD. That is on top of the 24 million USD on salary, and does not include overtime and benefits.

    A 7 million dollar decrease in Arcadia's city budget would not result in the loss of any personnel. It would just result in less generous compensation of the existing employees.

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    1. No more overtime? Tell me it ain't so!

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    2. So misinformed, Transparent California should change its name to misleading California. Most of the overtime is generated from the Race Track and film production in town, none of which comes from taxes. Do the math folks, they post pay and benifits together then add befits again so the numbers blow up. A 7 million dollar cut will cost services and jobs, all other assumptions are fantasy.

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    3. I have forwarded your comments to Transparent California. We should have their answer soon.

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    4. There may indeed be some inaccuracies in Transparent California.

      In fact, http://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=2868

      lists higher values than Transparent California.

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  15. Overtime is a separate line item. The "other pay" is just the bonuses....

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    1. Holy moley, that is a good living.

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  16. Talk about hindering a persons rights to vote in the long held tradition of using a polling station spread through out Arcadia or a city in general. Arcadia will not hold a traditional election at the polls on April 12, 2016 but will be ONLY accepting all ballots through the mail. The City Clerk’s Office sent ballots out to all registered voters on March 14, 2016. Residents can bring ballots directly to City Hall or place them in the mail, postmarked no later than April 12, 2016. This is a dangerous precedence setting move on Arcadia's part since humans are at the controls of sending out ballots then there will be some or a lot of people who will not get their ballots at all and who can say some fingers in city hall or the post office will not hold them back from certain zip codes or address, Glendora, California had bags of ballots held in it's city controlled post office to control it's election outcome.

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    1. How do you know it is an option for at least one of them. On this blog, there seems to be a heap of assumptions that may or may not be true.

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    2. A fine example of the mindset it takes to be a Yes On UUT supporter.

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  17. So someone makes a witless remark about Tony's use of Jesus and Mother of God and you think a whole group is anti-Semitic? Good Grief!

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    1. You must have a reading comprehension problem.
      "I am not about to accuse the entire "Yes On UUT" campaign of anti-semitism. That would obviously be incorrect. But apparently it is an available option for at least one of them."

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    2. Be careful what you say about the yes people. Some of them could be your very best friends and huge supporter of MaryAnn. You qualified your remarks about "some of them", however, once tagged always tagged as in the TeaPac when Chris Koerber was running. Your comments are as disgraceful as those you are accusing.

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    3. You must have a reading comprehension problem.
      "I am not about to accuse the entire "Yes On UUT" campaign of anti-semitism. That would obviously be incorrect. But apparently it is an available option for at least one of them."

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    4. Did you really read the e-mail? It wasn't against anything Tony said. Maybe it's not someone in the yes on UUT campaign. I'll give that, but the remarks were not pointed toward Tony. You should be more appalled that the remarks were even made.

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    5. That's a good question. Will the Yes on UUT campaign officially denounce the anti-Semitic remarks made by a supporter?

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    6. The MUUT apologist squadron just woke up.

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    7. Those folks never admit it when they have made a mistake, 12:17. They just start blaming the messenger.

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    8. The yes crowd did not make any disparaging remarks. Someone wrote an email that you all construed as anti-Semitism. That's all. Sometimes your host likes to stir things up a bit.

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    9. 1:13 I'll type slowly so you can follow along. The remarks were posts to The Tattler by a Yes On UUT supporter that the moderator did not clear.

      Will the Yes on UUT campaign officially denounce the HATE?

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    10. I doubt it. That crowd would never admit they were wrong. Probably because they hate so many in this town.

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    11. I'm relatively new here, so do i have this straight? The Haters are also the same ones who said they were the Civility Party?

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    12. The same. They're about as civil as a paint can filled with rattlesnakes.

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    13. Let me type very slowly so you can understand. Hopefully you will be able to read the two posts again. The remarks that the moderator didn't clear were posted anonymously. So how do you know they were from a yes on UUT supporter? I believe they were from someone who didn't like Tony's religious remarks, which the person posting implied but not actually cited. I think that person is actually asking you to write in Barry instead of Harabedian. Think about it.

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  18. Just goes to prove that some pundits say: hate and animosity are alive and well even here in hypocritical Sierra Madre. Shame on whomever wrote those e-mails!

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  19. Mr. Mod must have IP addresses. He can tell who sent them.

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    1. Abbreviation for Armenians as Jew is an abbreviated Jewish.

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    2. Delightful. What wonderful people are working for the tax hike.

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  21. Four separate posts bashing Barry on the Yes On UUT Facebook page today. Four.

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    1. Maybe they can be officially classified as a hate group.

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    2. Harabedian and Capoccia must be so proud.

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    3. Dr. Benjamin SpockMarch 21, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      Setting a great example for the children of Sierra Madre. Way to go, Mayor Capoccia!

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    4. The Two Johns brought in really classy guy to run their UUT efforts.

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    5. I bet he made a bunch of MT promises

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    6. I'd like to know how Mr.Haribedian feels about the use of the term "Armo" and will he condem the action by one of his constituents?
      Crickets start chirping....Now!

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    7. 4:24, they brought in an effective guy.

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    9. I saw the Facebook page, too. They keep saying that he heads the no on UUT campaign led by Earl Richey's and Teapac. As I understand it, Mr. Gold gave to the campaign because it appeared the city was trying to keep it off the April ballot. He does not agree with teapac but he felt if citizens signed the petition they had a right to be on the ballot. They also keep harping on the bankruptcy issue. He has answered that before. Mr. Gold has offerred to answer these people and they have not responded. He has not resorted to being nasty and I appreciate that,

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    10. The guy from Pasadena running the Yes On UUT campaign on behalf of the municipal unions here thinks the average Sierra Madrean is a moron. He has created a campaign for just those average people. It is a dark and cynical campain that preys on the vanity and narcissism of these fools you can talk reason and logic all you want. But you are up against fools who believe this is about Dickens Village, the Mt. Wilson Trail Race and City Hall protecting his property values.

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    11. Tea party geezers are a threat?March 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM

      The portly Pasadena politico senses - corrctly- that he has lost control of the narrative. So he has moved on from a fact free feel good campaign to a name calling anti tea party campaign. Either way this development is a good sign.

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    12. Truitt lies for a living.

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  22. Tea party geezers are a threat?March 21, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    And Earl Ritchy, whoever the heck you are, make sure you tell the 300 people who supported your wrong headed petition that this guy is completely crapping on them and that the only way to get even is to vote No.

    Ancillary benefit: if he loses to a completely unfunded rag tag group of "No" folks no one will ever hire him again. :)

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