Thursday, March 31, 2016

Barry Gold's Catch 22

Courtesy of the satire page "Yes On UUT" link

Mod: What follows is the latest news from the Barry Gold write-in campaign for City Council.

CITY WEB SITE
In last night's update I told you that on the Election Information page of the city's web site I am not listed as a candidate for city council.  Only Mayor Capoccia and Council Member Harabedian are listed.

I wrote to our city manager, Elaine Aguilar, and she told me that the city only puts, on the city web site, the names of the candidates who are listed on the Sample Ballot. Here is the exchange of e-mails Elaine and I had.

Monday, March 28, 2016 8:32 AM
Subject: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Good morning Elaine,
I see on the City Web Site, the page titled Candidates, that Mayor Capoccia and Council Member Harabedian are listed as candidates for city council.
I am also a qualified candidate.  Maybe because I am a write-in candidate I am not allowed to be listed on the city Web Site.  Is that the case?
Respectfully,
Barry Gold

Tue, Mar 29, 2016 3:11 pm
Subject: RE: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Hello Barry –
You are correct.  The City’s website only lists the names, and measures that appear in the official Sample Ballot.
I apologize that I have been so busy the past 24 hours, but I do appreciate your patience.
Sincerely,
Elaine

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Thank you Elaine for getting back to me.
Since there has not been a write-in candidate in some 25 years I guess this has not come up recently.
I do respectfully request that my name be added the list of city council candidates on the city web site.  I am a qualified write-in candidate and I feel it is proper to include my name with the words "Write-In Candidate".
I thank you for your consideration of my request.
Barry Gold

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 3:21 pm
Subject: RE: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Hello Barry-
I understand what you have expressed in your email.  I am sincere when saying that pursuant to your request I have taken another look at this situation.  However, the official Sample Ballot information is what has appeared on the city’s website with respect to candidates and measures.  You were correct; because your name is not listed in the official Sample Ballot, it is not listed on the City’s website.
Sincerely,
Elaine

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Hi Elaine,
Concerning the election information on the city's web site, specifically the listing of the candidate's names, I understand that the city has always just listed the names of the candidates that are on the Sample Ballot.  I do not think there has ever been a qualified "Write-In" candidate since the city created the web site.
In the city's "NOTICE OF NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE", copy attached, the city listed me as a Write-In candidate.  Why would I be put on the Notice and not on the web site.
I again ask you to put my name on the web site.  It is not fair to say that because no one before, who was not on the Sample Ballot, has been put on the web site, because this has never happened before.
Please reconsider the decision to leave my name off of the city web site as a Write-In candidate for city council.
If this is against some law or rule please let me know.  I would not ask the city to do something that is against the law.
Respectfully,
Barry Gold

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 4:52 pm
Subject: RE: City Web Site "Candidate Page"
Hello Barry,
The “Notice of Nominees” is not the same as the Sample Ballot.  I understand your instance in this matter, but I cannot deviate from past practice as far as the City’s website is concerned.
Thank you,
Elaine

So there you have it.  I cannot be listed on the city web site as a candidate because there has never been a write-in candidate listed on the web site before.  Of course the reason a write-in candidate has never been listed on the city web site before is because there has never been a write-in candidate running since the city web site was created.  If you haven't seen the movie "Catch 22" now would be a good time to rent it.

I am a candidate.  If you write my name on the ballot it will be counted.  If I get more votes than one of the other two candidates I will be elected.  But on the city web site I do not exist.

During this campaign I have been telling people that among the first things I will do if elected is support contracting with the sheriff, cut more costs, and start to improve our infrastructure.  Now I will have to add to the list changing this ridiculous policy of our city refusing to acknowledge the existence of a qualified candidate.

It is not because I am the candidate that is suffering from this awful policy.  It is because this policy is just WRONG.

Barry Gold
Your Non-Existent Write-In Candidate for City Council
213-804-1820
barrygold4citycouncil@gmail.com

Mod: The following e-mail was sent by a Sierra Madre resident to all of the addressed officials listed below. If and when a reply comes through we will post that as well.


sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

44 comments:

  1. You know what is really dumb about Elaine's reaction to Barry's emails? Nobody would have cared in the least about the candidate's page on the city website. Probably drew about 6 views a week. Now everyone knows about it. Petty and stupid is bad policy.

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    1. If the City Council had any spine and grace they would vote to INSTRUCT Elaine to put Barry Gold's name on the list.
      This shameless bias and sandbagging is just so un-American.

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    2. What do other cities do when they have a write in candidate? Are they listed on their cities website?

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    3. It will be interesting to see how much of this shameful obstructionism makes it to the front page of Mountain Views News.

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    4. Good question about what do other cities do.
      But why be bound by what others do? Can't we set our own standard of decency without need to reference the good/bad behavior of others? Seeking justification by comparison to others dooms us to be no better than average.I prefer the idea of setting the highest standards of decency in Sierra Madre and let the others follow us !

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    5. You kidding? Shameful obstructionism is a core mission at that paper.

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    6. POLICY differs from the RULES OF LAW. While LAW can COMPEL or PROHIBIT BEHAVIORS a POLICY merely guides actions towards those that are most likely to achieve a DESIRED OUTCOME.
      Is Ms. Aguilar attempting to advise /dictate to Mr.Gold about policy or law ?
      Where is the proof in writing regarding Ms.Aguilar's claim ?
      Will Ms.Aguilar suddenly find written proof of this issue now that she knows people are questioning her actions attempting to guide people to her and the city councils DESIRED OUTCOME ?
      This city is shamless.

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    7. Looks like Squealer is doing Napoleons biding or vis versa in regards to making excuses as to why their actions can't/won't be perceived as CANDIDATE ENDORSMENTS. By THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE ...
      Since I'm considered just one of the sheep in Sierra Madre aka The Republic of Animal Farm I perceive this action as canididate endorsment ... Two choices good ,three baaaaaad !

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  2. It is the last day of March. Any more cops desert?

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  3. Note to mod. maybe you can put up a copy of the voting guide and show how to vote for a write in candidate. http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_212309/File/PDFs/Sierra_Madre_E_Sample_Ballot_20160412.pdf

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  4. Write in Barry Gold for city council, things just might change.

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    1. Not just write in - you've got to color in the oval shaped bubble.Yet another way to trip up any one voting for Barry Gold.

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  5. The Two Johns have not been truthful about the real reasons for Measure UUT. Don't vote for them.

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    1. Proposed Yes On UUT campaign slogan:

      Save the Platinum Pensions!

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    2. where you been? there hasn't been any truthfulness about the real reasons behind the UUT since day one when the two utility company lawyers posing as Sierra Madre concerned Councilmen used the original concept of the UUT to cloudy the reasons and ironically those that caused all of this mess are the same supporting the two John's (cause they tow the misinformation party line) and those that hid the information from us (ie Doug Hayes, Glenn Lambin, Rob Stockley, Doug Hayes) are those that keep spinning the misinformation

      first it was about rusty pipes, then it was about this or that and the bottom line is that the UUT is about servicing debt and the biggest debt and long term avalanche of debt is the pension plans and we are stuck with the bill

      no thanks, I'm voting NO and if I have the chance I'll vote to repeal it

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    3. Time to FLUSH both of the JOHNS

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  6. Finally, John Harabedian speaks the truth about the 66% tax increase!

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    1. It truly is a special day.

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    2. March 31st is truth day.

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    3. When and where did this truth speaking occur?

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    4. It was an interdimensional transference. Time has no relevance.

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    5. in the photo at the top

      and with the UUT he can afford to photoshop the patches back onto the PD uniforms

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  7. I love how this blog consistently suppresses and censors opposition comments. Barry Gold has no chance. Unlike the men drafted/conscripted into service during WWII, (which is the background of Catch-22) Barry Gold had a choice to follow the rules to get on the ballot, and by extension, I guess, the city website.
    The real question this blog should ask is, "why is the city promoting candidates at all?" There seems to be something fairly wrong with this whole picture.
    If Gold was a serious candidate he would challenge that part of the process, not whine about his bruised ego. His choices are not the choices of someone we need on the council dias at this moment in our city's proud history.
    While we are on the topic of censorship , this blog has been notoriously lax in the fairness department. Your support for April Verlato in Arcadia has blinded you to other campaigns, like Burton Brink, that might better benefit our neighbor Arcadia.
    You attack Harbicht as a hack, but what is Admunson? You want to be the lone reporter/journalist covering us? The only voice of reason? Then tell the truth and be fair. You will get more respect.

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  8. I agree the City website is irrelevant - nobody visits. It is just a token presence. The issue here is not placement, the problem is naked bias . I understand Elaine is stacking the deck in her own favor and acting politically-NOT what she is supposed to do.
    My objection is that Elaine is just waving her middle finger at the electorate of Sierra Madre and she knows she will have the full support of at least 3 members of City Council.
    Disgraceful.

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    1. when she can bill the Mt Wilson Trail Race for 700 staff hours to "preplan" the Trail Race, then either she's completely incompetent, has poor poor poor management skills or just doesn't care

      I opt for she doesn't care cause she's protecting her pension plan - not doing her job which is to manage the city and debts


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    2. 9:45:
      All of the council members are useless at this point. Denise and Rachelle ended up to be traitors.

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  9. Who is running this town? Elaine or the city council?

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    1. Elaine. The city council members are part timers.

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    2. we'd be better off as a HOA

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    3. City Councilmembers and the Sierra Madre PD. Part timers, all.

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    4. The City Manager, on the other hand, never sleeps. It is how she maintains her control.

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  10. Let's buy Elaine another red convertible mercedez for making such great decissions, better yet, let's fire her

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  11. The City's webpage is not captioned as a Sample Ballot page, but as a "Notice of Nominees for Public Office." Is the City legally required to post such a Notice? Is there a deadline to do so prior to the election? Must the Notice include qualified write in candidates or just nominees?

    Unless there's a law stating that qualified write in candidates shall not be included in the Notice or only nominees shall be included in the Notice, it seems the City would just add Gold to avoid the risk of litigation. It's called risk management.

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    1. Once again City Hall has turned a minor detail into a big controversy. They never learn.

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    2. They do the small stuff seriously. The big things? Not so much.

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    3. This 'standard' of performance got Elaine a 9% raise. She must have friends on the City Council. Wanna guess which way Capoccia voted on her raise?

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  12. Go to "ballotpedia.org Sierra Madre CA " and look at how transparent The Republic of Westeria is .
    While you're there check all of the other city's looking at taking away UUT increases or looking into disbanding top heavy CALPERS vampires ... P.S. No library closures .
    While you're visiting ballotpedia.org you might want to look into how the site can provide information on transparency in government .

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  13. The problem with Barry Gold is he is too respectful, too considerate, too persistent and most of all too knowledgeable and too competent to be on the Sierra Madre city council. City council seats are reserved for individuals with following characteristics only: 1) belligerence, 2) obstructionism, 3) vapid non-sense, 4) factless "winging it", 5) loud mouths or 6) bought and paid for by special interests. Barry Gold fails the test on all counts. He should remain a private citizen.

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    1. Actually, you just made the point why Barry Gold SHOULD be elected.

      1. Write in "Barry Gold".
      2. Fill in the oval or "bubble" next to his name.
      You must do BOTH or the vote will not count. Go Barry!

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  14. Surrounding cities of Sierra Madre are already in fear of change that will be introduced once the UUT is removed an the Sheriffs Department is installed along with removing some bad city council members in the next election along with sever change taking place inside city hall too. Their city hall propaganda machine has already started pumping quit the manure in print and in the electronic news wire. The direction your traveling is one for the future of Sierra Madre, California.

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  15. The sample ballot states I can only pick two candidates ... I'm writing in Barry Gold and then I'm writing in my dogs name under Barry Gold ... I trust Barry Gold and my dog is loyal.
    Need I say more?

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    1. Make sure you blacken both ovals.

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