Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pasadena Star News: Incumbents face a write-in candidate in Sierra Madre’s city council election

Mod: A great article today on Barry Gold's write-in candidacy for City Council in the Pasadena Star News

Incumbents face a write-in candidate in Sierra Madre’s city council electionLast minute write-in candidate
Barry Gold is hoping to shake up the upcoming April 12 election as two city council incumbents seek additional four-year terms. Mayor John Cappocia and Councilman John Harabedian were expected to be running for re-election unopposed.

“I was disappointed that there was no choice in this election, being that both incumbents were running unopposed,” said 71-year-old Gold. “because I think I have solutions to our major problems that would be different than (Cappocia and Harabedian).”

Gold decided to run for city council after the deadline to apply to be on the ballot passed, so he filed to qualify as a write-in candidate.

During a forum hosted by the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club last Thursday, both incumbents and Gold shared their reason for seeking a seat on the council.

Both Cappocia, a retired general manager with AT&T, and Harabedian, a business lawyer, admitted to initially not looking to seek re-election. Both both eventually decided to run.

“This is the first time we’ve really had stability on the council,” said Cappocia. “We’ve had a lot of turnover the last few years. We just have unfinished business.”

Harabedian wants to continue his work on the city council.

“To me it is about preserving what I grew up with,” he said. “I still think what we do is to make sure the next generation of children really are able to experience this slice of paradise.”

Though Gold is a relatively new resident, having moved here a little over four years ago from Arcadia, he said he feels passionate about the small town. Gold is semi-retired and still works in industrial property management in the fashion district.

“We always visited Sierra Madre before moving here,” said Gold.

After seeing the effects of mansionization, in which developers build homes with foundations pushing up against the borders of their individual parcels of land, in Arcadia for years, Gold didn’t want to see the same thing happen to his new city.

“I want people to build houses here but I want them to be responsible about it,” Gold said.

With the preservation group, Gold began to speak at planning commission and city council meetings over the last two years on preservation issues. During those meetings, Gold said he became more aware of other issues the city faced.

Gold has served on the city’s UUT Oversight Committee, as well as the Revenue Committee. While on the UUT committee, Gold said he voted against the proposed 12 percent UUT.

“I dissented because there was no sunset clause,” he said. “A sunset makes the city officials accountable.”

Gold said one of his priorities, if he were elected to the council, would be to bring the L.A. County Sheriff’s to take over patrol services in the city full time to save the city money as well as keep their $9 million CalPERS debt from inflating.

“I also want to look at the budget and see where else we can cut,” he said. “Then have a UUT with a sunset and make sure it goes to infrastructure.”

Mod: To read the rest of this article click here.

Rachelle Arizmendi appointed by Governor Brown (link):
Rachelle Arizmendi, 43, of Sierra Madre, has been appointed to the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention.

Arizmendi has been vice president and chief operating officer at the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 2016 and has served as a member of the Sierra Madre City Council since 2014. She was executive director at 2-1-1 California from 2014 to 2016, an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College from 2013 to 2015 and held several positions at the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment from 1998 to 2014, including director and nutrition coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program.

Arizmendi was an independent consultant from 1998 to 2001 and a clinic supervisor at Northeast Valley Health from 1997 to 1998. She is a member of the League of California Cities. Arizmendi earned a Master of Science degree in family and consumer science from Eastern Illinois University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Arizmendi is registered without party preference.

Mod: In case you were wondering what the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention might be, here is a screen shot from the appropriate state website (link). Pretty cool honor for Rachelle.


Councilmember Harabedian blows off the Kiwanis debate
Mod: This from Barry Gold's always informative almost nightly newsletter

"I received an email today from Clem Bartolai telling me that next Tuesday's Candidate forum at the Kiwanis Club has been cancelled.  Council Member Harabedian is unable to make it.  There would be no point to have Mayor Capoccia and me repeat what the two of us did last Tuesday on the UUT measure.  No big deal, these things happen.  I just wanted to let you know in case you were planning on being there."

Mod: Obviously the Harabedian re-election campaign has yet to get up to full speed.

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47 comments:

  1. Harabedian is too busy being a "business lawyer" for the LA County Prosecutors office.

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  2. What could be more important than communicating your thoughts and dreams to the people of Sierra Madre?

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  3. The Yes On UUT campaign says this post came from Azusa.

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  4. Here is another example of a city's citizens being pushed to far and standing up for their rights and accountability. Enough Whittier, California residents dislike the new contract it's city council bent over and signed they have decided to take it to the people for a real VOTE, not the one where Athens Services bribes it's way into a multimillion dollar contract. So in the next election 2016 there will be a vote of the voting people.

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    1. The people are starting to rise up as our elected leaders are failing us at every level. No more corruption.

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    2. You can't handle the truthMarch 13, 2016 at 9:07 AM

      Wait until the poor dears figure out that the money raised by Measure UUT is not going to save the Library or the SMPD. Sierra Madre has $40 million in water bond and CalPERS debt and that is the hole all of that money will go.

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  5. Most city governments work for corporations, utilities and unions. Those who fight for the rights of residents are considered a problem.

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  6. I think Barry is going to pick off one of the other two candidates and its most likely to be Harabedian. Barry needs to out-work them particularly now before the abaentee ballots go in and at the very end. If he does that, he can pull this off. And what a great City Councilman Barry would make. He's not complacent about what we have here in Sierra Madre and takes nothing for granted. He moved here from Arcadia. He knows first-hand what can happen to a city when the Unions are running it and when you allow out-of-control development.

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    1. He needs to actually go door to door and talk to the citizens of this city. He's got my vote, but those I talk to are very wary about a newcomer running for office. Every other election we've had all the council members drop by and make their case for the vote, but Barry seems to think campaigning isn't necessary.

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    2. Nice try, Martin. Barry is knocking doors every day.

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  7. Barry Gold was one of the key leaders in the Preserve Sierra Madre coalition and, along with his wife Judy, was in the thick of every one of the successful preservation battles we had in this city over the last couple of years whether it was passing the new General Plan, improving the R-1 building codes, stopping the first house at One Carter/Stonegate, getting the building and water moratoriums passed, getting the demolition ordinance passed and saving the Henry A. Darling House at 126 E. Mira Monte from demolition. Barry was there and was one of the key players. He attended all the meetings, whether it was City Council meetings or Planning Commission meetings, where he spoke forcefully and persuasively to advance the cause of preservation in Sierra Madre. There could be no better representative than Barry Gold. Vote for Barry and tell 10 friends to do so too.

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    1. Excuse me but many citizens worked for five years to get the general plan update done the way we wanted to preserve Sierra Madre way before the "Preserve Sierra Madre" group came into being. Council Member Delmar is the one who should get the most credit for her stellar work in chairing that committee and getting it through the Council process.

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    2. 2:48 I don't think 7:54 is trying to take anything from Ms. Del Mar. I listen to Mr. Capoccia give the city and the CC kudo's for passing everything that Matt Bryant and Barry Gold pushed for. There was never any doubt of what M's. Arizmendi or Ms. Del Mar believed. I believe nothing would have been done on any of the recent changes had Preserve not made their push. Two people on CC could not get it done alone. It took the voices of people of all beliefs and walks of life to push these things through. There should be a hand clap to all of the Planning Commission as well. Almost of them listened to the people and fought for the same thing. The city did not make these changes willingly. I believe the CC put off the institutional changes. I wonder why they did that? It probably won't be brought back until after the election. The city needs the money in spite of the yes on UUT.

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  8. Obviously Councilmember Harabedian thinks he has this won and doesn't need to attend debates. He is too busy with much more important things.

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    1. That last post came from an IP address in N. Korea!

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    2. Napoleon Cheesecake is watching.

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    3. I don't think Mr. Harabedian thinks he's won. By his own admission, he didn't want to run. But he thought Capoccia was leaving so he wanted to keep some continuity on the CC. Working for the DA is tough. Long hours. He has a young baby as well as a new marriage. These were his words at the Woman's Club. I would rather have him on CC than Capoccia.

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    4. Boo freaking hoo for Harabedian. Boo freaking hoo.

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  9. He does have this won. He has the church and his mom backed by Athens, that's a lot of power right there alone.

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    1. This is the year of the angry voter. Young princes rich with cop cash and monopoly trash should not be skipping important debates. Not a smart assumption.

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  10. 8:52, you meant to say he doesn't need to attend those meetings as they already know him and will vote for him . Also, his group is not going to vote for someone he doesn't like, so old Johnny is also in. For Gold to win he better be knocking on a lot of the right doors. Fortunately Gold's ax to grind is not political it's for getting us the best deal for our money. That's why I'm writing in Gold on the 12th.

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  11. The YES vote is picking off the absentee voters with phone calls and door calls. They are really working the deal. The NO needs to do the same.

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    1. So get busy, 9:25. It's not rocket science.

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    2. The yes folks are spending lots of money.
      Our money.

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  12. I suspect the Yes vote will win this time. The real fun is when people wake up and realize just how badly they were lied to.

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    1. Then next election the GimmeMore vote....

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    2. Yes. It will be called "Measure This Is What You Thought You Were Voting For Last Time."

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  13. I guess the Sierra madre voters need to make up their mind. Do they want to pay more taxes for the Sole Benifit of UN Funded Liabilities and Pensions which they receive NO Benfit! When the taxpayers finally wake up and figure out that they own this town, the will be happy to vote No More Taxes $$$ the city hall and city council have been making poor decissions for years, that'$ why we have no good potable water to drink and our leaded water is the highest priced in the state.

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    1. The UN funds Sierra Madre pensions? And here I thought it was the taxpayers.

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    2. People can still vote fro Mr. Gold and vote yes on the UUT. He will tell us where the money goes. He will ask the right questions of the city manager.

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    3. That is true!

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  14. I remember reading someone's posting... And it stated that each one of us needs to reach out to neibors and express why we will vote no more UUT taxes

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    1. Um, that would be vote "No on Measure UUT".

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    2. You need to convince others of your view point, not just be snarky on the interwebs. It really does look like the Yes vote will win this time around

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    3. Sure. Vote "yes", leave SMPD on life support, allow CalPERS debt to increase and take more of the budget & have ZIPPO $$ to pay for capital improvements. Where do I sign up for this great plan?

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    4. Wait until people discover how much of the Yes On UUT campaign is based on lies.

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    5. 2.06's IP address is Pasadena. Mr. Cheesecake, is that you?

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    6. Based on Napolean's recent pic , he should be skipping that cheesecake. And please, button your jacket!

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  15. Just answered a knock on the door that turned out to be a Yes UUT supporter. They're organized and working hard.

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    1. If any of you get a yes on UUT knock on the door, ask if they live in town & where? They may be paid solicitors from out of town. Share your results here, please.

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  16. Measure UUT is going to pay for the Library. No, really!

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    1. Thank you, Gene Goss. Did your imaginaty friends tell you that? Have you been getting lots of emails?

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  17. I hope all of you know that te city charter will not allow the library to close. They can control the time it is open. But they can't close it.

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    1. I've been writing that for years.

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    2. Don't disturb them with facts.

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  18. It's real interesting. 1) city hall spent close to $100k for research, advertising agencies, printing and distribution costs 2) now we have another advertising flyer 3) if we the taxpayers got together and spent $125k to produce a 4 color brochure why the voters should Vote No on UUT taxes, we could create a great reason to vote No. City hall needs to cut the expenses not continue to tax the taxpayer. We the taxpayer are getting nothing for our monies which pay for overflated salaries. Overflated health benefits, overflated Pensions.

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    1. They think of it as an investment. They expect to reap some windfall profits.

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