Sunday, April 10, 2016

Are "Yes On Measure UUT" People Paranoid Lunatics?

Anti-government political militants?
There is a howlingly large amount of strange paranoiac fear being pushed by the Pasadena political consultant managing the "Yes on Measure UUT" efforts for this Tuesday's election. And much of what that campaign has been flogging is just plain lunacy. An example is the whack-a-doodle insistence that if you are opposed to permanently raising Sierra Madre's utility taxes by 67% on Tuesday, and voting against Measure UUT, you are an "anti-government political militant."

Here is a stone cold crazy ad currently being run by the Yes MUUTs on a whole raft of Google's Internet properties.


Apparently in the minds of the bug-eyed crazies running the Yes on Measure UUT campaign, if you are opposed to raising utility taxes here to some of the highest rates in California, you are a part of a vast conspiracy to destroy Sierra Madre

So let me ask you this. In the previous two elections three City Councilmembers, pictured emoji-like in the graphic at the top of this post, strongly opposed raising utility taxes. One of them, Rachelle Arizmendi, whose campaign manager was the same offbeat individual now running the Yes MUUT campaign, had this to say in one of her campaign postcards. 


Did you catch that? Here is what Rachelle Arizmendi claimed in 2014:

"The City of Sierra Madre must learn to live within its means without tax increases. The city's unfunded pension liability is a growing problem that must be solved."

So let me also ask you this. Does that make Councilmember Arizmendi an "anti-government political militant?" How about Mayor Capoccia or Councilmember Delmar, both of whom also made similar comments when they were first running for office? Are they also part of that vast conspiracy of dangerous political extremists?

And what about you? If you voted against raising utility taxes in 2012 and 2014, are you also an anti-government political militant? 

If you were to click on this paranoid Yes MUUT ad, one that you can currently find all over Google (and at what I am certain was a considerable expense), you will be taken to a Pasadena Star News article that discusses specific ballot initiatives to entirely repeal utility taxes in several cities (link). None of which have anything at all to do with opposing Measure UUT in this Tuesday's election. 

Voting against MUUT will only reinforce the will of the voters in 2012 and 2016, which was to lower utility taxes to the 6% taxpayers in Sierra Madre were promised when those rates were "temporarily" raised in 2008. Voting against Measure UUT in no way whatsoever abolishes utility taxes in Sierra Madre.

Of course, what the paranoid fibbers at Yes MUUT are really concerned about is people going to the Pasadena Star News site and reading the following editorial advising Sierra Madre's residents to vote NO on Measure UUT. Here is how it reads (link):


But maybe you shouldn't have read any of this. It will only upset the paranoid tax crazies. God only knows they're agitated enough as it is.

sierramadretattler.blogspotcom

95 comments:

  1. Dear Mr. Tattler,
    The answer to your headline question is: Yes!

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  2. As a proud anti-government political militant, I am voting No on the permanent tax increase. The less the government intrudes into my life, the better. I know one of the Yes on UUT slogans has been " increased home values through more government" or something along those lines. Really? When has more government control ever increased your property values?

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  3. Paranoid lunatics? Sure. They're also lying.

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  4. They are also lazy. It takes some real work to fix this pension debacle that is burying Sierra Madre. It also takes courage to do the right thing. But, it is much easier to just raise taxes and enjoy the admiration of the city staff which is what these three soft-willed folks have done. It is now up to the voters to "help" these council members by voting NO on the 67% permanent tax increase.

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    1. The Pasadena Editorial Board stated city council was running unopposed.... Who's Barry Gold and why is he running as the write in candidate ?

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    2. I'm voting NO, 11:03.

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  5. Militants? Where's Lady Wistar when you need her...

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    1. One of her confederates is in a federal prison for extortion. But I digress.

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    2. The Good Lady also shares a love for unicorns with SMPOA sympathizer Kim Jong Un.

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  6. The Yes on Measure UUT supporters are engaged in smear tactics against their neighbors.

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  7. Why is John Harabedian pictured first in that ad? Shouldn't the Mayor be first? Why are the women pictured all the way to the left? Second class citizens?

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  8. For those 'anti-government militants' on Bunker Hill I applaud you and your fellow Americans who are standing up for those hard fought principles Freedom of choice and the American way here in Sierra Madre, California by voting bad representatives out and oppressive laws as well.

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  9. I guarantee you that if the Yes on UUT passes, it will be only the beginning because it will never be enough until they enforce fiscal discipline as Rachele Arizmendi had promised. What it does do however, is buy some of these City Council members time so that the grenade of pension liability doesn't explode until after they are safely out of office. The folks say to themselves, let's leave this mess to a future City Council and that's what they keep doing. That way they can stay in the club and not alienate anyone at City Hall.

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  10. The UUT needs to be turned down and Barry Gold needs to be elected. Tell everyone you know.

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    1. Barry is for the UUT. While I hope he gets elected, he's still for us raising our own taxes and still not dealing with the primary issue, the pension debt.

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    2. 8:19 answer this question. Who is the only one of the 3 city council candidates who supports contracting with the sheriff, which is GIANT step #1 in dealing with the pension debt?

      Do not lie and say Gold is not dealing with the primary issue, the pension debt.

      What have the other two candidates done to deal with the pension debt in the past 4 years since they have been on the city council? You don't have to answer that.

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    3. They gave a raise to Elaine, ensuring her pension will be larger.

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  11. The people voting Yes on MUUT are the same people who attacked Measure V. With pretty much the same ugly smear tactics. Tell them how disgusted you are. Vote No.

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  12. Rachelle was right before she was wrong.

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  13. I'm really disappointed with Rachelle and Denise. I knew they had a hard battle dealing with the rest of the City Council, but I didn't expect them to cave.

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  14. I wonder why it is that anyone and everyone that know anything about finance is for raising the UUT back to 10%? Is it possible that if you don't pay your debts they increase?
    All 5 sitting council members were and continue to be committed to saving money but feel the UUT needs to be raised. Mr. Gold, committed to saving money, feels the UUT needs to be raised. Most business owners in town seem to agree the UUT needs to be raised. Actually I can't think of any credible resident of Sierra Madre that thinks the UUT needs to sunset to 6%

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    1. You're right. You can't think.

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    2. 8:47, think some more

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    3. 8:47, Gold wants 9% only if there is a sunset.

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  15. As always council is only hearing the people who go to the local lunches for special clubs and functions. I believe these are the upper crusts of towns, people with enough money they have nothing else to do but hang out and one up each other with all they have done for the town, people without a clue to whats going on and what baloney they are being fed. The real residents are hard at work making a living and don't get a chance to see the real problems, they rely on their friends and neighbors who are supposedly in the know. Same with the council, they get fed the same thing, they rely on the heads of departments to tell the truth, unfortunately the heads are protecting their jobs and pensions so no truth will be coming to the council members. Before getting on council people have good intentions but once on they are fed a line and may even be afraid to not go with the flow. Oh, and dont forget the fear factor of not going along to get along. Last but not least is the political climbers like the two we have on council right now, in case you don't know who they are it's the attorney John and Rachelle, Sierra Madre is but a stepping stone to higher up political jobs, jobs with more $ and pensions. JC is full of himself and Gene hasn't a clue, Delmar just didn't know what she was getting into, she thought she could make a difference but ran into the city managers wall. It is hard to be the only one bucking the system. And that is what I think is going on with local government. Forgive them for they know not what they do as they are dealing with lies and distortions of the truth.

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  16. Old picture 7:22

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  17. The comment by 8:47 just doesn't "fit in" here and should be removed by an administrator.

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    1. Why? Because he's made an ass of MUTT supporters?

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    2. I'm sorry but could you enlighten me as to what a MUTT supporters is? That is what does the acronym MUTT mean. Thanks

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    3. It's the lack of transparency that is the root cause of problems in City Hall. Between the lawyers and the city manager everything has a statute or a law protecting them. None of them ask the hard questions. How many times have you heard a CC member question the warrants? The city attorney should be asked why so much only is charged over and above their monthly stipend. We're not supposed to know because of the issue of privacy. Right! How many times have you ever seen them ask the hard questions of the City Manager? And so it goes.

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    4. City Hall's one priority is fund raising for salary increases and pension financing.

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    5. 903 MUTT is short for Measure UUT. The "Yes" campaign had to go with "Yes On Measure UUT" because their Pasadena manager was too slow to get "Yes on UUT". Awkward.

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    6. They're MUUTs anyway.

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    7. 9:19 knows there is transparency, knows that routine items are handled routinely, knows what a consent calendar is, knows it's not necessary to ask the same questions on routine items over and over again, likes to speculate about corruption, doesn't like facts.

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    8. 9:16 I'm betting a lot of people don't know what a warrant is and if transparency was made available it would become heads on a stick time .

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  18. 8:47 and the finance people don't know about saving money and running a business, they only know if your short of money you borrow some more. 8:47 is and the bean counters are just number pushers with out a clue. These are people who believe the lies.

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  19. Lovely article about the canyon yesterday in L.A. Weekly
    http://www.laweekly.com/arts/1960s-canyon-culture-has-been-preserved-in-amber-in-a-little-foothills-spot-6807226

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    1. Canyon residents, get ready for traffic from lookey loos who don't know how narrow the streets are in the canyon.

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    2. Yeah lovely article, unless you LIVE in the canyon.

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    3. I have lived in the canyon for 45 years and there has never been an article written by an outsider that comes close to really capturing what it is like living in the canyon, especially not this one.

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  20. You can see what the mutt's do to you if you don't believe their lies. Who can persevere under such pressure? Please don't pick on Delmar, she is having a tough time and most likely will leave town after her term is up. I would guess she must feel like a prisoner in her own house.

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  21. The UUT supports the Canyon if the tax sunsets to 6% it will be lost forever.

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    1. I hear the sun will go out as well.

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    2. Locusts are getting ready to descend by the billions upon Sierra Madre if Measure UUT fails.

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    3. 9:21 - sleep with dogs, wake up with fleas.

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    4. 9:22? What you said makes absolutely no sense re UUT supporting the canyon.

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    5. It was a joke, son.

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  22. Only if she reads the tattler 9:21...........

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    1. Most adults can handle realistic and truthful political conversation. Those that can't read the Yes On Measure UUT Facebook page.

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    2. The Yes page goes all North Korea on anyone who dares to oppose their 66% permanent tax hike agenda.

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    3. Sure would be nice to have the amount of money spent on the yes campaign to spend on the no campaign. If that were the case the yes would loose, it's not easy spending your hard earned money to protect yourself against your own money, money they tax from you and they still want more.

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    4. That's why they call it corruption. A lot of this kind of thing in California.

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    5. Anon@9:33 "realistic and truthful political conversation" is easy to "handle" when anonymously directed at those who come out from behind their shield of anonymity to help the community,as all running for and in office do. You on the other hand are a coward.

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    6. Ouch. You scalded my chicken feathers.

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    7. 10:00 must hate the First Amendment. Free speech and all that.

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    8. Yes. Politicians who say one thing when they run, and then do the complete opposite once elected should expect at least some pushback. Especially when it involves taxation.

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    9. Something some people at Yes On MUUT need to know. The more you lie the bigger your butts get.

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  23. Corruption is rampant around the world, you would think we could contain it here in Sierra Madre. Would be much easier if we were dealing with truths and not lies.

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  24. Why did city council give the city manager and police chief a 9 to 12% annual raise. Why did the city manager give the entire city employees raises in the amount of 5 to 13%? Where are these raises , the money to come from? More Taxation ??

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  25. I do believe it's called; get your own house in order before you go hunting for other problems, the NO-UUT people are getting their own house in order! Please no more red herrings getting drawn across the road from the likes of outsiders pumping money on to a local issue.

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  26. Just came from drinking coffee with a city council memembrr at beantown. One of the guys ask the cc remember when the city council is planning to propose a new tax called the "Sierra Madre Law Suit Tax". The taxpayers should know that there are many open lawsuits in town, such as the hildreaths, the police union lawsuit, the one Carter lawsuit, talk of the passionist priest property law suit. Just the hildreaths law suit could cost the taxpayers $2 million dollars. This should give the taxpayers more indigestion to think about. The total of the four lawsuits could be upwards of 40 Million dollars or more,. The city council needs to get the taxpayers out of the pensions, the lawsuit business and long term debt and SMPD businessess! THE CAPPS GUY

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    1. I'll pay anything they want as long as we keep BABY RHYME TIME

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    2. I'm a Barks & Books guy myself. There is no amount of taxes I will pay for that.

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    3. I want my money to go to weed abatement. Although the property owner already pays for it.

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    4. I don't want my weed abated. I paid good money for my card.

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  27. Dear Taxpayers, there is alot of new expenses in town and the taxpayers is going to pay for them. And it's called more taxation. Mayor cappocca

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  28. The mayor thinks he owns the taxpayers pocket book, there money and is going to tax the hell out of the taxpayers for the mayors poor decissions. We need new leadership starting with all cc members and the city manager

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  29. I will be very surprised if anything changes in this election. Too many kook-aid drinkers. We will be stuck with the same old same old crowd. But we'll lose the PD cuz it has to be...even tho they said it wouldn't...library hours will be cut.....city management will remain the same......more taxes in the form of parcel and bonds to pay for lawsuits....and on and on it will go. And the kook-aid drinkers will sigh and say taxes are needed for the privilege of living here. I can hardly wait and pay for all the taxes that are to come.

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  30. Water & sewer rate increase on 7/1/16 to go with the proposed 66% UUT tax increase. Enjoy your services!

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  31. Must Be Yes On MUTT VotersApril 10, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Minnesota Burger King workers smash windows after prank call

    COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding, police said Saturday, mirroring similar deceptions at Burger Kings and other fast-food restaurants in other states in recent months.

    Police said employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids got the call Friday night from someone claiming to be with the fire department. The caller said the restaurant could explode, so they needed to relieve the pressure. The manager and other employees believed the caller and smashed all the windows on the ground floor.

    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/weird-news/minnesota-burger-king-workers-smash-windows-after-prank-call/article_ca36ad3d-7a65-53bc-b066-fddfe3b91f6a.html

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  32. Something very important just occurred to me. This is right after I finished reading Mayor Capoccia's editorial in the Looney Views News.
    If you combine the name "Capoccia" with "Pinocchio," it becomes Capocchio.

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  33. 8:47: Maybe Mr. Gold is just being realistic about the UUT while simultaneously showing his empathy to the knee-jerk 'No' crowd. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-is-he-thinking/201003/we-need-have-empathy-tea-partiers

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  34. Just think I am retired and I can now go on down to city council and fill out the lack on income form and let all you full time workers pay for my utilities and UUT Taxes. In this case, there are alot of retired people in this town who do not pay the taxes which you pay. And they don't care either

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    1. Um retired means you have some type retirement plan. I you are so fortunate to make under 24,000 (gross) to support your family of four you qualify as very low income, a couple of 2 qualifies if you gross less than 18,000. Good luck living in Sierra Madre on $18,000 a year even without taxes. If your single 12,000 qualifies you a very low income......

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    2. Good luck in living in Sierra Madre without any income at all. Hope when you sign that form you read the part where you say are telling the truth. Even if you have no income at all, the taxpayers do not pay all of your utilities including the UUT. I would venture all the retired people in Sierra Madre pay for their utilities and the taxes that go with them. The statement at 1:27 is just dumb.

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    3. Here are the income limits for the Federal/State Very Low Income Category:
      1 person, $29,050. 2 people: $33,200. # people: $37,350. 4 people: $41,500. It goes up approx. $3,000 per person till 8 people: $54,800.

      If you and your family earn less, then you do not have to pay the UUT.

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    4. At 41,500 for family of four, there will be a lot of multi-generational property owners that pay little Prop 13 and will be exempt on the UUT.

      Whatta country!

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  35. The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society is having an event right now @ the Monastery
    wonder what's up?

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    1. They're discussing the opening of the Anais Nin museum with Father Higgins.

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  36. It's at our of Alverno and. The Monestary.

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    1. no comprendo? say what?

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    2. Sorry! It's a tour of the Villa at Alverno and the monestary. They're old buildings.

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  37. Here is the truth. The city is currently spending $100,000.00 per month more than budgeted so that we can have the Sheriff patrol at night because a lot of the "regular" SMPD have retired or quit. Even if the UUT passes, the Council will need to go with the Sheriff Dept. full time, to cover all the shifts and to save money because of the extra they are now spending. Therefore, there isn't reason to vote to pass a 67% tax increase. Vote NO on Tuesday!

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    1. That is correct. SMPD's future is on life support. Council will pull the plug after MUUT passes. They want your $$

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  38. Once again, local Sierra Madre, California residents are being asked to vote on the city’s Utility Users Tax in the April 12, 2016 - Saturday election cycle. Each vote cast against the UUT-TAX is a step closer to financial freedom and transparency forward from April 16, 2016.

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  39. I think the Sheriff cost for night patrol is $40,000/month. Still we should contract with the sheriff full time.

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    1. I hear two more SMPD quit.

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  40. The mayor published a doozy of a opinion article at Sierra Madre News net. That man is so tremendously vindictive that he's justifying some downright silly ideas. Painfully unqualified to be a mayor.

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    1. It's weird. Capocchio gets ugly on people for doing the very thing he pushed for in 2012.

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  41. He definitely lacks the temperament for leadership.

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  42. A few months after the election is over our city council will tell us that, despite all their valiant efforts, there is no way to save our police department no matter how high the taxes are raised. The Calpers debt, the need to raise police wages by at least 20%, the fact that we cannot compete with bigger cities for recruits, and whatever other excuses they come up with are just insurmountable.

    They will then tell us that contracting with the sheriff is the only way to provide ourselves with proper safety protection, and that the sheriff's deputies are very well trained, professional, and extremely well equipped.

    They will not tell us that they knew all this time that the police department could not be saved and that we would have to contract with the sheriff sooner or later. They wanted us to think they were trying to save the police department to get us to pass a permanent 10% UUT measure.

    This is not the way for our leaders to lead us.

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    1. Some people will do anything from money. Term for people the who fell for it? Chumps.

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  43. Hey Mod, lot of activity for a Sunday.

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    1. It's nice seeing people have fun.

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