The Yes crowd cannot make those kinds of claims. Well, OK, I suppose they could. But it wouldn't be true. Which is the problem.
Here are four of the biggest whoppers the YES On Measure UUT gang has told to date. Stop by again tomorrow and we'll be able to show you a few more.
1. “The No On UUT campaign consists of ‘out-of-town interests.’”
Really? Who are the out-of-town interests in this election that are spending the most money? The No on UUT effort has raised virtually no out-of-town money.
The real spending title goes to Yes On Measure UUT campaign manager and Sierra Madre outsider Martin O'Pasadena, who has killed a gazillion trees with his post-card saturation bombing campaign. What has he spent so far, about $20,000, or even more? What is in it for him?
2. The No On UUT campaign supporters are “crazy” and “want the city to go bankrupt.” These disingenuous sound bites started with none other than John Capoccia, our increasingly less-esteemed Mayor, who should know better.
It appears that Mayor Capoccia gets easily confused. He thinks if you’re against a 66% tax increase in April, 2016, that means you want to repeal the UUT completely. Even when the UUT repeal isn’t on the ballot. Maybe someone could draw His Honor a picture? Or get out some wood blocks?
No one I know got a 66% raise last year. Why should the City of Sierra Madre?
Fact: The SMPD has virtually deserted Sierra Madre. So much for showing us how much they cared about our mountain village. Out of 20 officer positions, 9 were vacant as of end of January, 2016. The SMPD is an emaciated police force. They had so many officers head for the hills that they can’t even cover Sierra Madre for 24 hours a day. To boot, virtually all the command structure, from the sergeants up to the Chief, are eligible to retire.
A part-time police force is really only a security company. And SMPD Security can only “Community Police” during the daylight hours.
When the real crime usually happens, or when its, um, dark, that job is currently being handled (quite well) by the men and women Deputies of the LA Sheriffs Dept. (LASD) from 6 PM to 6 AM, 7 days a week since February 1, 2016.
And (drum roll, please), here is my favorite whopper from Yes on Measure UUT:
4. “We won’t save any money with LASD.”
Actually, we’d save a boatload with the Sheriffs. Thanks to Sierra Madre resident Rick De La Mora, whose painstakingly thorough research came up with the following comparison (link) with La Canada Flintridge, another lovely Foothill village.
Rick De La Mora states: "Despite having greater police service needs, La Canada spends significantly less on police services than Sierra Madre."
The reason: La Canada Flintridge contracts with the Sheriffs. Sierra Madre does not.
By adopting the Sheriff’s 20/20 Proposal the City of Sierra Madre will serve both of its stated goals by “maintaining the current level of City services” and providing for Sierra Madre’s long term “financial stability.”
So there you have it. Four of the biggest whoppers from those wacky Yes on Measure UUT boys and girls. What other choice do they have? After all, the truth is their worst enemy.
See you here tomorrow.