Monday, March 14, 2016

The City Manager of Bradbury Stands Up for Measure UUT

It is interesting to see who is standing up for Measure UUT. They apparently come from all parts. Not only do these folks have a dude from Pasadena running their campaign for them, but now they can also claim some rather off-center support from the emotionally misinformed tweeting of Michelle Keith, the City Manager of Bradbury.

Check out this irony challenged twittering from Los Angeles:


Michelle Keith is the City Manager of Bradbury, which is a place you don't hear about too often. Mostly because it has a population of 845 people and only 4 city employees. Which doesn't seem like a whole lot to me. Hopefully they get along.

Link here.


Of course, part of the reason why the frugal City of Bradbury has only 4 employees is because they don't have their own Police Department. Instead they are saving a whole boatload of nuisance expense and bother by contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Go figure, right? Here's a screenshot that establishes the Bradbury/LASD connection (link).


Michelle Keith, thanks so much for playing!

Cost per resident, Sheriff towns versus Sierra Madre

Here are a few comparisons, courtesy of Transparent California (link), that help to establish that Sierra Madre's constant need for more cash stems from its ravenous (though currently lightly staffed) daytime only Police Department. The first three screenshots are Sheriff towns, the last is Sierra Madre. The number you want to look for here is "total city employee compensation cost per resident." The differences are significant.


Despite all of the emotionally fraught hankie wringing from a certain other locale City Manager, it really is all about public safety costs. If Sierra Madre had contracted with the Sheriffs back around the time communities like Bradbury did, we wouldn't be having this conversation today.

And isn't it odd that La Canada Flintridge, a city with nearly twice the population of Sierra Madre, has less than half the number of full-time employees?

As far as Bradbury goes, it's not like they are hurting for the money. There they have obviously chosen to keep their local government costs down.


You really do need to wonder what the City of Bradbury, which is run by Michelle Keith, knows that Sierra Madre does not.

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78 comments:

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  2. How damning is it that uber rich (and tiny) Bradbury has a Total City Employee Compensation Cost per Resident that is less than half of Sierra Madre's?

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  3. I wonder if Michelle Keith's post came from her work IP address?

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  4. Bradbury only has a PT finance director. At that salary, hardly any hours.

    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/bradbury/?&s=name

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    1. Does it get a part-time Platinum Pension? Where do I apply?

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  5. Keith is joined at the hip with Hot Tub Doyle.

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  6. Hey, if the Sheriffs are good enough for hoity toity Bradbury, they're certainly good enough for Sierra Madre.

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    1. But what about the falling property values in Bradbury? According to the Yes on UUT crowd, with LASD they should be crashing.

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  7. I don't understand why some citizens just don't see the graft and corruption. They think giving more money is the answer without asking for some idea of where the money goes. This CC came saddled with what came before but they should see that we can't keep going on a tax and spend budget.

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    1. Graft and corruption? Getting to be old 6:41. Give us some proof of your claims and we'll all see that the person is prosecuted.

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    2. 11:50, you are definitely a johnny one note.

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    3. Must be a slow day at the real estate office.

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    4. Same to you. Certainly tired of unproven and untrue statements.

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    5. Take a good long look in the mirror why don't you ..

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  8. Beware of outside politician's or people of so called influence or insight of reality the only reason a person would dare step out side their comfort zone is to protect a fellow 'money dipping politician' is to stop the landslide of public opinion along with exposure of their own misdeeds. Beware of these calming words from life long political professionals of greed & wasteful spending.

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  9. how much sales tax does Bradbury generate?

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    1. Somehow I don't think there is a WalMart there.

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    2. The WalMart is down the street in Duarte.

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  10. According to Transparent California, Michelle Keith makes a lot less than Elaine Aguilar.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/bradbury/michelle-keith/

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    1. They're both overpaid.

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    2. Show me one city employee in any city in the country who has ever come out against higher taxes. Let me spell it out for you why all the other cities care what happens in Sierra Madre or Arcadia. If the UUT passes and more money goes into the General Fund, that means that more money will be available for the ever-increasing salaries, benefits and pensions. When that happens in Sierra Madre or Arcadia, the city employees in Bradbury can now point to the higher salaries, benefits and pensions in Sierra Madre or Arcadia as the new "going rate" that the city of Bradbury has to match to remain "competitive". That's why all the unions in various cities support one another and support any effort to raise taxes. This is nothing new. To put it more directly, Michelle hopes that the UUT passes in Sierra Madre so that Sierra Madre will have more money to give Elaine a raise which allows Michelle to tell her employers in Bradbury that she needs a raise too. This is how the public employee salaries keep leap-frogging ahead. They have created this bidding war with our tax money.

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  11. Anybody notice how every teacher, fire department and union employee has a yes on the UUT sign in their yard. Why stop the madness?

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    1. The master demands more from the villagers.

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    2. They are already getting way more.The useful analysis above shows that each taxpayer in Sierra Madre pays $668 per City employee. La Canada -only $160. We pay 4 times as much ! And they want more.

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    3. The myth is that City Hall is responsible for the prosperity of the housing market in Sierra Madre. This after the city delayed the General Plan update for 5 long years. Not to mention all that they did to try and cram the DSP down out throats. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sierra Madre prospers despite our incredibly incompetent and expensive City Hall.

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    4. Thank God for Measure V

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    5. I decided to take a look at my utility bills today to see how much I paid to the UUT this month:
      So Cal Edison - $7.28
      ATT cell phone - $6.00
      So Cal Gas - 11.81
      Time Warner - $11.21
      TOTAL: $36.30

      The yes crowd is snowing Sierra Madre tax payers. And Cappocia spreads the lie.
      I am voting NO ON UUT.

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    6. Yes, also every library supporter, senior citizen, working folks, those with pensions as their future savings, policeman, gardners, mothers and dads all have yes signs.

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    7. There is one born every minute.

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    8. 12:24 - $36.30/.08 = $453.75 = the amount of utility that is taxed. At the 10% level it would be $453.75 x 0.10 = $43.375. That is a household monthly increase of $9.075 which lines up (a little lower than) with City Hall's estimation. Math is hard.

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    9. so, 2:36, you have the right to tell me how my money goes out? You sound like one of those Prop. 13 winners like Edward T. Garcia, Chair of Yes on UUT.

      While a bunch of us pay $7,000+ a year in property taxes, Garcia and you want me to pay even MORE. Screw you.

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    10. 2:36, you lie. The rate on 7/1/16 is 6%, not 8. The increase amount is double what you say. From 6% to 10%.

      Repeating a lie often doesn't make it the truth, Yes On UUT. I hope Martin doesn't prepare taxes like that.

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  12. Michele Keith lives in Sierra Madre. It's grossly dishonest for you to claim she is commenting as anything other than a Sierra Madre resident concerned about her home value and keeping Sierra Madre great.

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    1. Keeping Sierra Madre great indeed. I would think that Michelle's professional credentials also need to be considered. She is the City Mngr of a Sheriff town with an extraordinarily lean city and efficiently run government. Quite a contrast to this community and the lavish and constant cash demands of its city agency.

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    2. Sounds like a case of "do what I say, not what I do" to me.

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    3. The median home price in Bradbury is $1,350,000, Donald Grump. How has running an extremely lean government there hurt home values?

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    4. So she has first hand information of how to run an extraordinarily lean city and thinks the UUT is valid and necessary? Hmm. I'm sorry, what was the argument here?

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    5. That cities can be successfully run with low utility taxes. Something that flies in the face of whatever it is she is calling for in Sierra Madre.

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  13. If the UUT tax passes, you can bet you "ass" city hall will want to increase the UUT plus create a Parcel Tax. And I guarantee you, All Rents Will Be Drastically Increased to pay those bogus taxes

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    1. But if we go full-time Sheriffs, the property values will crash, just like Bradbury & La Canada. Oops. Never mind.

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  14. hy·poc·ri·sy

    həˈpäkrəsē/

    noun

    the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

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  15. Bradbury is not only an LA Co Sheriff town it is an LA County Fire Department town! Litttle tiny Brandbury is an oddity any way you look at it. Duarte, not a terribly wealthy entity, is their link to these County services. Roger Keith, Michele's father is a former Sierra Madre Volunteer Fireman and he is the continued link of our town to the regional emergency preparedness. Oh would it be otherwise!

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    1. If you live in Bradbury you also need to avail yourself of either Monrovia or Duarte libraries.

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    2. My library is Vromans.

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    3. Glad you can afford to buy your books. Not every one can, but then I guess you are one of those who only looks Glad you are not my neighbor. out for yourself.

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    4. Really? On your planet buying books is a bad thing? Do you burn them?

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    5. There are plenty of places for cheap books. Try Thrift Books on the Internet - some of their deals are 4 books for $1.
      Try Goodwill bookstores.

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    6. There is no better library than your own. You never have to pay any fines for lateness.

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  16. Michelle's really working that whole "won't somebody think of the children!!!11" schtick. You gotta hand it to her.

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  17. The definition of a Keith raised in Sierra Madre = Volunteer. The family gives back, plain and simple. If there is an event or fundraising going on in town, you will find one or all of the family there doing their best to help. This is a family of volunteers and givers. They are a 4th generation family of Sierra Madre and have been giving back to their community for over 60 years. So keep note Michelle's Keith's heart is in Sierra Madre's future Community.

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    1. So then why is Michelle telling people Measure UUT is going to fix things when everyone knows the money is going to used to pay down the $9 million in CalPERS debt?

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    2. It's the misleading statements to justify the taking of other peoples money. Good for her if she volunteers, that is her choice. She can give away all her money to the city.

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    3. 11:35, blatantly untrue. Sorry, Tattlers, you missed it this time. The Keiths are a giving family who care about Sierra Madre in a way you never will.

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    4. It is nice that they care. It is not nice that they are involved in this horribly dishonest Yes On UUT campaign. It undoes all of the good they have done.

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    5. It is not enough to care. You need to tell the truth as well.

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    6. Caring about Sierra Madre does not undo this hypocrisy

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    7. Sierra Madre's special people will always tell you how caring and wonderful they are. Just be sure to keep your hand on your wallet.

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    8. Will the giving family pay my taxes?

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  18. Measure UUT is a CalPERS tax. The Yes On UUT campaign is a pack of lies.

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  19. When I take my daughter to soccer practice I cut through the Bradbury /Duarte fringe zone if off of Live Oak above the horse and walking trail... I witnessed the Sheriff taking away a couple of transients holding up in an old delapitated mansion on a large piece of old farm / horse property .
    In regards to Bradbury and its large horse properties it looks like horses go bye bye .
    It seems that all those large properties outside the gates are being circled by Development Vultures .
    Goodbye horses,hello housing development.

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  20. City hall must cut spending!

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  21. You Choose: Cops or KidsMarch 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    We really should follow the Keith's lead and think of the children.

    For example, if we were to contract out SMPD to the sheriff as do Bradbury and La Canada, according to the city itself we would save $3.6 million over the next 8 years.

    A portion of that money could be spent on improving our little league/softball fields. for example, did you know that there are no lights at the dump that is dapper field and that our 13 - 15 year olds practice in near dark almost daily?

    We could also improve the pool facilities and library to the benefit of the children.

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    1. Do it for the children?

      Yes on UUT seems to think we should do it for the SMPD and Platinum Pensions.
      Cops first, pensions second, kids go dead last.

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    2. Wrong about Dapper- it is no dump. Volunteers have been putting in long hours and it looks better and better.

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    3. I love how certain people abuse the world "volunteer." Like they do bullcrap themselves.

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    4. You are right 8:34. No way in hell $250 k could make dapper better. Good work with the silver spray cans!

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  22. The pool facilities are being improved by a private enterprise on contract from the city. Where have you been? As far as the lights are concerned, who do you think paid for the lights at Heasley? Talk to the neighbors about the lights at Dapper.

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    1. The city collects rent from them and they use those funds to make repairs.. So this business can charge more and still have taxpayers pay their repairs

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  23. 1:35 - That sounds like poor management of field resources and a lack of fundraising. 10 years ago the board and parents made sure that we had everything we needed to make Sierra Madre Little League the envy of surrounding cities.

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    1. I agree. screw the kids. fund SMPD.

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    2. How do you fund a police department that is deserting?

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    3. Keep throwing money as bait so they'll come back?

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    4. Isn't M's. Keith the former Director of Community and Personnel of Sierra Madre? Isn't she making 106,000.00 in Bradbury? Does she get CalPERS there? In the Star News 4-11-12 Bradbury voted down the UUT tax as did Sierra Madre. Bradbury CC said they faces insolvency. Does M's. Keith still have a job? In the same article Mayor Capoccia said the results of voting down the UUT sent a message to CC they must embrace full input and disclosure in making budget decisions. Has he done that?

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  24. Yes. There is always a reason why all of the UUT money needs to go and pay for the CalPERS debt. Everyone needs to go out and do fundraising to free up the money needed for police retirements at age 50. I mean, what could more important than that? Only a damn fool would vote for Measure UUT. Go away, apologists.

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  25. The very first meeting of the committee to study of the UUT started off with a staff report, delivered by Bruce Inmann where it was specifically stated that the committee was NOT to look for any cost savings whatsoever. They were only to look for ways to increase finances for the city. This is still the MO of the city staff and the City Council has bought this hook, line and sinker..."Full Service" city where it cannot exist any more. Stop this now. Vote NO on the UUT. Get the budget and spending under control. Already, and slowly but surely for several years now, we have outsourced city recreational offerings...the swim program and now the entire YAC to the Pasadena Y. This should be reported to the County Board of Supervisors when the city, under Michelle Keith, put together a bogus application that the YAC served so many youngsters that it was entitled to redirect the open space money from land acquisition to the second story and the upgrades needed, ie. an ADA elevator that doesn't work properly to this very day....

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  26. More reasons voting residents should be wary of influence peddlers such as Athens Services they seem to have a ugly history of buying and selling local politician's for their own shellfish multi-million dollars interests for securing multiyear trash hauling contracts. Just to show you, this will be the third topic posting on local news but Gary Clifford of Glendora, California don't like this type of free speech or public notices allowed. Whittier trash referendum qualifies for ballot now it's in the hands of the people not a group of hacked off or paid off politician's.
    www.whittierdailynews.com Whittier, Ca. A referendum to cancel the city’s trash contract with Athens Services appears to have qualified for the ballot, but it many not become official for at least a week or more, said City Clerk Kathryn Marshall.

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  27. The City Council is hosting a pro UTT wine and cheese bash which was advertised on Facebook. I commented that such an event struck me as unseemly no matter what position they were supporting, especially given that they are serving alcohol. My comment was blocked. When I lived in New England I was always involved in local politics and looked forward to civic involvement in Sierra Madre, but it strikes me as shockingly inbred and dirty, which saddens me as it was an example I was looking forward to setting for my child. That won't be happening until I can afford to move home.

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