Monday, March 7, 2016

City Council Meeting: The Next Wave Of Tax Increases Kicks Off Tomorrow Night


Think of this as a kind of confession on City Hall's part. As you might be aware, Measure UUT does not take care of many of the things people think it will. As examples, though many utility tax increase supporters claim that a 10% UUT will handle nearly all of the future financial problems that will be experienced by the Library, or the Sierra Madre Police Department, it does not. M-UUT is a stopgap measure that will help City Hall deal with already established financial woes. That $9 million dollars in CalPERS exposure being the most troublesome existing example.

So how will the City of Sierra Madre take care of things like its woefully neglected water infrastructure, sidewalk and street repair, or even trimming the trees? It would have to create a new source for that additional required money. The most likely way of doing this being an increase in current property taxes, though some sort of new parcel tax might also do the trick.

As several City Councilmembers have confessed, a reinstated 10% UUT will not achieve all of the city's financial goals. It would merely serve to relieve some of the current fiscal pressures, and then only for a relatively short period of time. It doesn't really do much outside of ginning up the wherewithal to help pay for some of the city's already existing bills. Money spent on things that have already happened.

The following agenda item, created for tomorrow evening's City Council meeting, is the beginning of an orchestrated effort to locate and put into effect new financial demands upon the residents of Sierra Madre. And, as always, it begins with a resident committee. These things usually do. That way the call for a new tax, or increases to already existing taxes, will appear to have emanated from carefully chosen representatives hand-selected from amongst the citizens themselves.

As opposed to those actually elected to office, folks who apparently would prefer not to be seen leading too much on this matter. This way it can be said that the taxpayers did it to themselves, and the city was only following the will of the people.


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54 comments:

  1. Oh boy, another Glenn Lambdin commission. I can hardly wait.

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    1. Another circus and pony show. Glen Lambdin is a good example of the Special People: Glen is building a new 2 story house on Highland, in front of Doug Hayes. The two properties run along a public alley. Apparently, they don't want people to use the alley, so they placed a huge bolder in the middle of the alley, and have allowed the trees on the side to grow over the alley in order to camouflage that it is an alley. This is what is wrong with this town...The elected do Not follow the rules or the law, nor do they do their job. After the elected are no longer in office they just never go away. I just wonder how many of the Selective Few have police cards in their wallets so that if they are ever pulled over, they show it to the officer and its their get out of ticket free card. That is the only reason that they want to keep the police force. Always, self serving.

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    2. Where on Highland? I'd love to see that.

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    3. He is building Dougs new house , Doug also owns the property behind that house , those boulders have been there for a very long time

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    4. I always wondered why that boulder was in the Alley. Maybe someone should just move it. Also, to the South of the boulder the home owner just poured a driveway and expanded it by putting it on top of the alley.

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    5. 12:53
      It does not matter how long ago... It is a public alley... It belongs to the people!

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    6. Just to set the record straight; I and my neighbor ASKED the city to replace the boulder that was removed when the alley was cleared of brush and overhanging trees two years ago for fire access. It is there to discourage thru traffic (Fire equipment can make it over the boulder, cars cannot). The driveway on the Montecito side has been there for at least 20 years, nothing recent about it.

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  2. I say we give this charge of financial sustainability to the EENER Commission. They are already concerned with " green" sustainability.

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    1. I don't care if the UUT were 15%. It still would never be enough so long as the expenses rise to meet the income. Its never enough. They need to live within their means just like everybody else. But when you always know you have a rich mommy or daddy (the taxpayers) to bail you out if you get into trouble, you will never live within your means. You don't have to. There is no consequence other than the burden placed on the taxpayers. The key question is what percentage of the general fund budget goes towards salaries, benefits and pensions for city employees? That number will tell you everything you want to know about how the city is being run. If its close to 70% like in Pasadena, then we are in serious trouble.

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  3. Which City Commission will be disbanded so the Finance Committee can start. Remember, the City Mgr. always tells the Council that commissions cost a lot of staff time and money.

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  4. I am surprised this was brought up before April's election. It undercuts a lot of the false claims the Yes On UUT people have been putting out. If Measure UUT is going to take care of everything, why would the city need to push for even more taxes?

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  5. Let's recall that Harabedian has stated several times that not only do we need to raise the UUT tax, but we will also need to float another bond measure to fix the sewers.

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    1. The parcel tax will guarantee the payment for new bonds.

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    2. Of course it does. The city believes debt is an important part of doing the peoples' business.

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  6. The first question this commission needs to ask is who got a 66% pay increase last year. I don't know about you, but I didn't get a 66% pay raise last year.

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    1. I got a 0% raise last year.

      In the private sector, a lot of times you're happy to still have a job.

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    2. The city's #1 product is BS.

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    3. 66% is misleading. The rate will go from 8% to 10%.

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    4. the law as voted into effect by the people in 2012 and 2014 says that on 7/1/16 the rate will be 6%. The law proposed to go into effect on 7/1/16 raises the 6% rate to 10%.

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    5. 10% FOREVER.

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    6. 10:33, if you can't do the math, that's your problem. When the Yes on UUT people attack the 66% figure, you know they don't have any good reasons why it should go up that much.

      Math is hard.

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    7. You'll wish it stayed at 10%. It can go as high as they want.

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    8. The UUT should stay at 6%. That is what the voters decided. Twice.

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  7. This committee should be chosen in a lottery. Otherwise we'll just get people picked because they are dependable tax increase supporters.

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    1. You got that right. Also the City Treasure must be on that committee..

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    2. Treasurer.

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    3. The committee will be spending the City Treasure.

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  8. Point of order, when ever you have the same people who brought you financial instability and then turn around and tell you how they are going to correct this situation then your being set up incompetency again! Don't be surprised if the financial merry-go-round keeps spinning out of control all the while you have those same foolish people in charge inside Sierra Madre City Hall.

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  9. Where do I get a NO on the UUT sign? I saw a few out yesterday on Michilinda!

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    1. Send an e-mail to JKG418@aol.com with your name and phone number and we'll get you a sign.

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    2. Those 'Yes On UUT' signs aren't holding up very well in this rain. Kinda droopy and forlorn looking.

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    3. everal of you have asked me how you can get one of the NO ON UUT signs and how you can donate to the group who organized the printing of the signs. Well I just happen to have a hundred or so lawn signs and here is how you can get your very own "VOTE NO ON UUT" sign.

      City Council Write-In Candidate Barry Gold also has signs: You can email him at barrygold4citycouncil@gmail.com or as he said in last night's email:

      1. Call me at 213-804-1820. If you get my voice mail leave your name, phone number, and address and I will bring one to you.

      Or you can come to 441 Ramona Ave. and I will hand you one."

      Be sure to meet Barry & get his info flyer (and extras to hand to your neighbors) when you pick up a sign.

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  10. Last blast of rain and thunder/lightning brought a bit of hail. Didn't last on the ground but I can see it on my porch roof!

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  11. I vote for Earl Richey's solution. The city hall must cut spending. By using city halls numbers, we must retire the SMPD for a combined savings of $1.4 million plus closing down the library for another $1 million. The UUT will no longer have to fund these expenses for an additional savings of $2.58. That's a total yearly savings of $5+ Million Dollars plus the additional wishes of the city manager to create a new laisiob job requiring $$150k. I truely believe the city staff must take a reduction in pay also for an addition savings to the taxpayers. Please read the Sierra madre weekly leter to the editor for an explanation. Cheers

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    1. I think that Earl Richey should run as the other write-in candidate. We have 2 City Council openings. The Johns need to be put in the crapper and flushed out of office. Earl Richey and Barry Gold need to run on a single slate/platform. Please Earl...be the other write in candidate and apply. Sierra Madre needs you.

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  12. I agree, we need to cut the fat, no more taxation, city hall employees need to cut their salaries of find new jobs

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  13. Let's start with the city manager, she no longer manages 24 hours of SMPD. Let's cut her salagy by 50%. Who's next?

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    1. Dreamers. When will you come up with a real solution?

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    2. Vote for Barry Gold and make dreams come true.

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    3. Try counting sheep, 10:35.

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    4. Must be sad not to be able to think about a dream. You'll get what ya vote for and it wil be deserved.

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  14. Just received my sample ballot in the mail,the anons here that actually live in Sierra Madre be on the lookout for yours in the mail.

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    1. Overseas voters get them, too.

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  15. OK...
    1) The state of California has requirements for a petition and ballot of which the voters met and city council agreed to put on the ballot in 3 years, called Repeal of UUT TAXES! 2) Now I think its time to met the State of California Requirements and have a recall of city council members and the city attorney and city manager. Looking for comments! Who is in favor, and who is not?

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    1. I'm not sure if the moderator wants you requesting comments on his blog but NO I am not in favour of having a recall of city council members and the city attorney and city manager. Sounds kinda nutty to me.

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    2. It might be because you are psychologically dependent upon authority figures. No matter how inept or destructive.

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  16. Tried to warn you last year that these dictators were not going to go with out more lies and cheats coming forth, Numbers lie and liars figure.

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  17. If you received your vote by mail ballot, mark it NO on the UUT and write in Barry Gold, only, and return it asap! If you know others that also vote by mail, get them to do the same.

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    1. 1:33, you're a smart cookie! Vote ONLY for write-in candidate Barry Gold. He can win.

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    2. I only got a sample ballot today.

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  19. 11 pm, helicopter and multiple police vehicles at Baldwin & Carter. Anyone know what's going on?

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    1. A house on North Baldwin was broken into. The owner had an alarm system & the sheriff responded in full force.
      Don't know if they caught the bad guy/s or not.

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