Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Capoccia's 2012 Election Flyer Told A Very Different Story - Plus: Arcadia's Verlato, Amundson Get The Pasadena Star News Nod

Did the Pod People get him?
As you are certainly aware, current Sierra Madre Mayor John Capoccia is running for reelection as the hero of the big tax claque. It is hardly an honest campaign, however. Despite what the Mayor has said, increasing utility taxes will not save the Library, the Sierra Madre Police Department, or any of the other things City Hall is holding hostage to their tax demands.

Rather almost all of that dough will go into the pockets of this City's full-time employees, mostly to prop up their vastly underfunded CalPERS accounts. But don't tell the Mayor that because he will get seriously cranky with you. Nothing is more sacred to John Capoccia than whatever version of reality he happens to be embracing at that moment. Of course, it is up to you to keep track of where he might philosophically be at any given moment. And yes, it's a constantly moving target.

Just for laughs, I thought I would post a flyer today that many of the volunteers who supported John Capoccia in 2012 passed out door to door all over Sierra Madre. Done because they actually believed what he had told them, particularly regarding this city's sky high utility taxes.

Little did these hard-working volunteers know that John had no intention of honoring any of his campaign promises on taxation issues.

Here is that flyer. On it item No. 2 is the big one, though No. 3 is also a hoot.


Since John Capoccia broke his big election promises of 2012, what promises do you think he will go on to break this year? Any on development perhaps? Is he now beholden to "special interests?" 

Bradbury's UUT Versus Sierra Madre's UUT
As discussed here yesterday (link), Bradbury City Manager Michelle Keith recently implored the residents of Sierra Madre to vote themselves a 66% utility tax increase this April 12. Something that would return Sierra Madre's UUT rates to 10%, or just about the highest such rate in California. The reasoning behind her appeal was not clearly stated, though it certainly was fraught with emotion.

Should Measure UUT pass, below is pretty much what utility taxes will return to once they increase this coming July (link). It comes from a website called MuniServices.com and lists where Sierra Madre's UUT was up until July of 2015.


Now Michelle Keith is pretty much down with sky-high 10% utility rates. Or at least she is for Sierra Madre. In her floridly worded "tweet" Michelle states that this is what it will take to hang on to the purple colored fantasy world she and her equally surreal friends believe in.

However, in the City of Bradbury, where Michelle Keith currently serves as City Manager and therefore runs the place, things are a little different. There you will see that a small city having a low sales tax base can be successfully managed with lower utility taxes. Something that is the exact polar opposite of what Michelle is advocating for Sierra Madre.

Here are Bradbury's utility tax rates (link).


So why is it the city that Michelle Keith runs as City Manager can successfully exist on 5.5% utility taxes, yet in her view Sierra Madre somehow needs to have a 10% UUT or the world will come to a screeching end?

This discrepancy has yet to be rationally explained by Ms. Keith. My guess is it's because Bradbury contracted with the Sheriffs, while Sierra Madre is still paying out the nose for an extremely expensive boutique police department.

Arcadia's April Verlato and Peter Amundson win Pasadena Star News nod

From the editorial:

"There are other issues than the out-of-scale overdevelopment known as mansionization facing Arcadians and Arcadia City Hall — the fiscal danger of losing $7 million a year if Measure A kills the utility tax, for one.

But in this and next month’s municipal election — Arcadians now vote entirely by mail, with ballots due April 12 — the blight of too-big houses on too-small lots is by far the No. 1 concern.

And since the two candidates for two open City Council seats with by far the best records and campaign platforms aimed at reining in mansionization are April Verlato and Peter Amundson, we strongly endorse them in this election."

Link here for the rest of the Star News endorsement.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com  

36 comments:

  1. Michelle Keith has done a lot of damage in Sierra Madre. Anyone who knows her past will not listen to any thing she says. I don't wish her problems, I wish she would stay out of SM politics. She messed up here before don't let her do it again by listening to anything she says.

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    1. She wants Sierra Madre to increase the pay of our City Manager so she can point to what Sierra Madre is doing and ask for an increase in Bradbury. Typical union tactics.

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    2. Don't be surprised to see her TRY to return after Elaine....

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    3. I doubt she will want to return as a volunteer.

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  2. Interesting that Bradbury's UUT tax was passed with a 5 year sunset (expires in 2018) but Michelle Keith thinks we should pay DOUBLE the tax rate (10%) well, FOREVER.

    Hypocrite much?!!

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    1. Everything about the 'Yes On UUT' campaign is fraudulent.

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  3. I vote for the 2012 version of the mayor!

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    1. I'm not sure he exists anymore. The pods got him and made him one of them.

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    2. More hit pieces I see.

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    3. Please let us know what you think is permissable.

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    4. 8:36AM You have nothing to say? You have no answers? No real comment? Can't have a dialogue with that kind of comment.

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    5. 8:36 I love comments like yours. Pointing out hypocrisy is not a hit piece, if anything its just raising voter awareness. The pointed silence from the candidate about his continued vacillation speaks volumes me thinks.

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    6. 8:36 can't come up with a viable defense.

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    7. 8:36, you call the truth a "hit piece". How amusing. Capoccia's flyer & the Bradbury web pages are facts.

      Veritas!
      (Look it up)

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    8. Some people just can't handle reality.

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    9. Funny the Tattler crowd asks for a dialogue but all they can come up with are sarcastic comments. No thank you.

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    10. You'll be missed. Well, OK. Maybe not.

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    11. 10.33 here is a factual comment from yesterdays Tattler:
      Sierra Madre citizen cost per City employee is $680
      La Canada is $160.
      Your factual comment is....?

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    12. 11:48 - what was your take on today's article?

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    13. For those keeping score at home:
      The Yes on the UUT tax hike crowd has lost the argument on the facts of Measure UUT so they have decided to tell us we're "sarcastic" or "lying".

      Don't discuss the facts, attack the person, right?



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    14. The Yes On UUT supporters are not very sophisticated. You would have to be to believe the nonsense Capoccia and the rest are feeding them.

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  4. Congratulations to April and Peter on the Star News endorsements. You are on the way!

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  5. I can't wait for April 12th to roll around... This election needs to get over with.

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  6. 'yes on hut' marketing is everywhere. on line in the mail...

    who's funding it all?

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  7. My guess is a lot of union money. Why not? Measure UUT puts money in their pockets. The Kensington kicked in $1,000. You can only wonder what is in it for them.

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  8. did we quit after the nazi's bombed pearl harbor?March 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    yes, the yes crowd is spending a lot of money to protect their right to extract as much money from you as possible. and their purple signs look great in yards. and there are lots of them, since the signs come to you. I wouldn't even know how to get a no sign. but . . .

    this same issue has been voted on twice and lost twice. if anything, the factual support in favor of raising the uut is even weaker this time. the yes argument is based on sentiment and fact free it is being spearheaded by a mayor who urged that it be voted down last time. and out there, somewhere, is earl richey and at least 300 of his to this point silent friends who were treated like dog feces by the city when the sought to repeal the uut.

    so keep your bloody chins up and go to the polls.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPxiXGr9nFM @10:21 I think this movie quote of "Spaulding don't touch it", The UUT being the baby ruth bar, puts it in a better prospective.. I see all the YES signs in the front yards and am getting worried we have to put this thing down quickly.

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    2. You know the name above your comment won't help with convincing people that the no on UUT crowd has the moral and intellectual high ground on this one...

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    3. It's a joke son. Try and keep up.

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    4. future senator bluto blutarski. animal house.

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  9. The picture of your mayor looks similiar to the one of El Chapo in Mexico. It's all about the mayor screwing UN educated taxpayers out of their money.

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    1. Why UN? That makes no sense.

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    2. 10:54AM I think he is emphasizing the UN in UNeducated.

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  10. 10.44 I think the mayor looks more like Bernie Madoff. Co po co taxes the taxpayers and Bernie stold the money. WHATS the DIFFERENCE?

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  11. Beware of the 'old guard' in their attempt to run UUT past the voters as a new and improved model of reform and change? Same old set of bones dressed up in a new set of clothing.

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  12. April Verlato and Peter Amundson are the best candidates for Arcadia. Active, involved, questioning and will put the interests of residents first. What a refreshing alternative to Bob Bulldozer Harbicht and John Gemcoin Wuo, who served their own interests first and should be headed to a nursing home or the poor house (from a $100M lawsuit).

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