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David Arvizu, President of Saving Arcadia takes exception to the statement by Sgt. Flores of the Arcadia P.D. of how slanderous Saving Arcadia is and how he is so above our negative campaigning.
To begin with, "slander" refers to the spoken word, not anything that is written, that would be "libel". In order for us to libel someone, we would have to write something that wasn't true.
Our flyer contained only the facts of Bob Harbicht's voting record and reiterated what Bob has said in the past. The TRUTH is not libel. It is disappointing that a member of the police department would make such a statement without first checking the facts.
Here is a copy of the flyer, if Bob Harbicht contends that there is a lie, let him say so.
President, Saving Arcadia
Barry Gold speaks out on a deceptive City of Sierra Madre mailer
Mod: Here is what one commenter said here yesterday about the City of Sierra Madre's mailer: "All you need to know about the honesty of the city mailer is this: to mask the fact that the sheriff's proposal on its face saves $800k a year, the city adds artificial costs to it. For example, it assumes that the city must continue to employ the chief of police at a cost of $255k a year. Ask yourself this: who is the chief going to supervise? This tactic was predicted months ago." Last night write-in City Council candidate Barry Gold sent out his take on this latest mess.
THE POLICE OR THE SHERIFF
The city's 4-page UUT brochure will be in your mail box by tomorrow, I got mine today. On the front page is misleading, or more accurately, missing information that would allow you to better decide what the real savings are if we contract with the sheriff. Here is what they did not put in this brochure.
1. The city says we have 3 units patrolling 24/7. That may be what is on paper but I have not seen 3 units patrolling at all times, especially at night. We do not have enough officers to put 3 units on the streets 24/7.
2. The city says the sheriff's Proposal A will save us $200,000 a year and Proposal B will cost $400,000 more a year. They are only giving us the information for the first year. They are not telling us that as each year goes it gets better and better for us. The attached city spreadsheet from October 5, 2015 shows how we do better with the sheriff each year. The spreadsheet numbers are different from the city UUT brochure. I assume this is because they have revised figures that we have not seen yet. Still giving us only the first year's costs in the fancy 4-page brochure is misleading. Look at the fifth or seventh year's savings. It does just keep getting better.
3. Plan A and Plan B are not the only choices we have. First of all the third sheriff option does not use our police station which I would not chose, but why didn't the city ask for a plan that is somewhere in between A and B. For example Plan A has 3 civilian staffers and Plan B has 8 civilian staffers. Why can't we have 4 or 5 staffers?
4. The city built into the sheriff's costs is a new city position. A $150,000 a year Public Safety Director. If we really need this position can't we find a qualified person to be the Director of this small Town's Public Safety Department for half that amount? Do we even need this position? $150,000 every year is a lot of money.
These facts are in the city's Updated 10/05/15 v2 spreadsheet which is attached (See below).
My point is that what we are being told in the 4-page brochure is true, we just aren’t being told the whole story.
This has happened before. The city tells us part of the story so we think we need to support their recommendations.
I am sorry for being so wordy but this is something that really upsets me. I want each of you to know that if I am elected to the city council you will always get the whole story so you can make an informed decision on the matters that concern you.
Please tell all your friends and neighbors to write-in BARRY GOLD on the ballot April 12.
The absentee ballots will be mailed March 14. So those of you who vote by absentee Ballot please let your friends know about me before they vote and mail in the ballot.
Your write-in candidate