Sunday, April 3, 2016

Do The "YES" Campaign's Internal Polling Numbers Show That Measure UUT Is In Trouble With Voters Here?

 Street fire.
We have not yet been able to get a look at what the Yes On Measure UUT's rumored internal polling looks like. That these folks have money enough to do polling at all is kind of astonishing if you think about it. After all, small suburban towns such as Sierra Madre can't normally supply the kinds of costly political capital needed to make such big city Pasadena-style campaign efforts fly.

Then again, this year we are talking about lots of Sierra Madre municipal employee union money, the Kensington, and donations made by various fine folks from this city's posh political class. People who enjoy telling others to do things they themselves would prefer to avoid. And one indication that things are not going as well as hoped for with the "Yes On Measure UUT" effort is Mayor Capoccia has now been spotted back on the streets, pounding the pavement and going door to door to try and convince people to vote themselves a 66% utility tax increase. Something the residents of this city refused to do in 2012 and 2014.

An alert "No On UUT" resident snapped the picture above yesterday afternoon. When asked what he was up to, Mayor Capoccia replied that he was out campaigning for Measure UUT. Upon being informed by our impromptu correspondent that she would be voting NO, the Mayor seemed characteristically irritated. "What is it you want to do," he grumped. "Bankrupt the city?"

Our informant replied "No," and that hiring the Sheriffs would help alleviate much of this city's debt woes while also removing the obligation to contribute millions of dollars we don't actually have to CalPERS. As you probably know, CalPERS unfunded debt in Sierra Madre is over $9 million dollars now, and growing mightily every month. It is one of the true driving forces behind the need to raise utility taxes by a full 66%.

The Tattler's correspondent continued: "Wouldn't getting future city employees on 401Ks help save Sierra Madre from possibly becoming insolvent?"

Capoccia's dyspeptic reply? "We can't ever do that." He then spun on his rubber heels and, flyers clenched purposefully in his fists, strode away.

This is kind of a revelation, or at least it was for me. After all, hasn't City Hall been saying for months now that new employees, such as all of those fresh cops Larry Giannone claims to be hiring, would not be getting unaffordable CalPERS retirement benefits? And instead would be set-up with 401Ks, just like all of us working stiffs in the private sector?

I guess that claim is no longer operative. Or so the Mayor made known yesterday. But who knows? It gets harder all the time to figure out what is really going on at City Hall.

H. Susan Henderson continues her struggles with the English language - and more!
As we have observed here before, the more angry Ms. Harriett Susan Poole-Henderson-Carter gets, the worse her grammar and spelling. And judging by her wholesale slaughter of the English language in the following article, Mountain Views News publisher H. Susan Etc-Etc-Etc. has once again popped the proverbial cork.

You could almost hear that happening here all the way from her new home in the City of Los Angeles. Check it out.


Something H. Susan neglected to include in her article (along with a large amount of pertinent legal detail we'll leave for the FPPC to ponder), is she was actually a member of a failed triumvirate that lead the effort to raise utility taxes here in 2014. And while H. Susan escaped being mentioned in the FPPC complaint because she didn't actually sign any of the offending paperwork, she was right there in the thick of things with Mayor Nancy Walsh and Ms. Amy Putman, Professor of Accounting.

In case you are not aware, Professor Amy Putnam is today the Treasurer for the 2016 "Yes On Measure UUT" campaign.

All of the loopy grammatical blunders and misspellings aside ("Tennesee?"), what really piqued my interest was her reference to the term "trolling." I honestly had no idea what she meant by "an internet practice of anti-social behavior causing interpersonal and shock value controversy." As far as I could tell she might have been describing any weekly on-line edition of the Mountain Views News, especially around election time.

I followed the provided link back to the article Harriett-Susan-Poole-Carter-Henderson referenced, and much to my amazement it was actually something about those naked Facebook photos of Noah Green we posted on The Tattler way back in March of 2014. Henderson, who was the campaign manager for poor Noah that year, somehow neglected to tell him that if you leave naked pictures of yourself up on a Facebook page, it could cost you an election. Which in this case it most certainly did.

Why H. Susan would want bring that exciting episode back into the political mix now is beyond me. After all, she actually lost two campaigns that year. The aforementioned 2014 UUT measure, and the one that featured Naked Noah and his unfortunate though celebrated wardrobe malfunctions.

Here is a portion of H. Susan's referenced March 2014 rant, written right after Naked Noah's campaign had just gone down in flames. Molested manikin and all.


And here is one of those misguided "marriage photos" that H. Susan referenced in her paper that long ago weekend (link).


I'm asking you, how can anyone even make this kind of stuff up? Good luck with Measure UUT III, H. Susan!

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53 comments:

  1. Ah Susan, her tactics just don't work anymore, but they sure are amusing to read.

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  2. Ms. Putnam must not have been a very good " professor of accounting" if she can't seem to follow simple directions for campaign filings.

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  3. Extra Extra Read all about itApril 3, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    The Tattler's posting of a Mountain Views News article has just boosted Ms. Henderson's news circulation about 1,000%.

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    1. Since she only prints a few copies there is a ceiling to that.

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  4. Dear Mr. Moderator,
    Who's the treasurer for 2016 Yes on UUT?

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    1. Mike Amerio. He also wrote the arguments against the UUT 2014 and 2016.
      Are you new to town? You should know this, especially if you read this blog.

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    2. Oops. I misread the question. So sorry.

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    3. Amy Putnam is the Yes 2016 Treasurer.

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  5. Susan is not a very intelligent woman. I am glad she does not live here anymore.

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    1. Don't you miss her thrift store weekly sales out of her garage each weekend?

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  6. When lazy local politician's get out and use up shoe leather than you know what every they are trying to sell to honest voting resident's is on the ropes and is in need life support to continue in any shape or form that may be why outside LLC money is being used at a fast an furious pace at this time. Don't let up one second keep the pressure on and expose all those who are involved in this hideous activity of lying an stealing from the public.

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    1. Capoccia is just laughable with his seriously flawed opinion of himself.

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  7. Driving by the house Miz H Poole Susan ect, ect lived in on Sunnyside her poison pen seems to have killed her 2 birch trees. Fallen over and looking like the Tower of Babel.

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    1. She may have rented that place. Anyone know?

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    2. Yes, it was a rental.

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  8. Why is the Mayor walking alone? Where is the tax me crowd?

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  9. Mr. Gold has managed to walk 80% plus of Sierra Madre in the last few weeks. He has kept his promise of not taking any outside donors. He does not want higher office and if you disagree with him, he is polite and listens to you and what you have to say. I guess the Mayor figures you have no right to an opinion and rather than engage you politely, he does his usual rudeness and leaves you with the opinion that you're stupid and beneath him. Not good for an elected official.Please come to my door, Mr. Mayor. Will Susan ever report the Mayor's "violence" in her newspaper? I doubt it.

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  10. Help the walking man find his n***!April 3, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    I feel bad for the mayor.

    He ran as a fiscally responsible tax cutter. Now he is reduced to walking around, tin cup in hand, arguing that it's Yes on the UUT increase or bankruptcy.

    His keepers at city hall will not allow him to so much as consider fiscally responsible Moves such as going with the sheriff and saving a city verified $4.8 million over the next 8 years. Or converting to a defined contribution benefit structure.

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    1. I don't feel bad for the mayor. He made his bed, he can go lie in it.

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    2. Capoccia lacks the guts to tell the truth about Sierra Madre's finances. He might call it "staying on message." I have a much shorter term for it.

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    3. He sure is grumpy these days.

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    4. He is probably grumpy because he hates looking at the 'No on the UUT'signs across the street from his house! Nothing like a finger in your face reminder of how people aren't drinking the kool-aid haha.

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    5. when Capoccia ran for Council his supporters and contributors were the same group that caused the UUT mess in the first place

      when you read the list of the contributors and advocates for the UUT, it's a list of "who's who not" in Sierra Madre

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  11. I am so tired of the "we want it, so let's make others pay for it" crowd like Susan Henderson, John Cappoccia, Nancy Walsh, et al. These so called leaders are just greedy and selfish and refuse to do the work necessary to benefit all of the citizens. Just because they want it doesn't make it right. Did you get a 66% pay raise last year?

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    1. I haven't had a raise for a few years. Of course I don't have a govt. job with automatic step increases, either.

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    2. Why dis the City Council gave the HUGE raises to Elaine and the chief?
      That makes me believe that there is plenty of money..
      Elaine's raise is about $1000.00 a month.

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    3. Susan's partner has a cushy public taxpayer paid in full retirement so nah.....Susan isn't biased at all....nah not Susan

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    4. I imagined what a 66% raise would be like .

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  12. I am surprised Mayor Capoccia isn't wearing flip flops in that picture.

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  13. The SMPD's excessive pension demands have driven this city to the brink of insolvency.

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  14. There is only one reason I can think of that explains why all five of the city council members are putting so much effort into getting the UUT measure passed.

    It must be because they know how much more deeply in debt this city is in then they have been telling us. And they know that this debt will continue to increase year after year and they want the UUT to pass so they can get through two more years and leave the problem to others to deal with.

    It must be worse than any of us can imagine. We need some changes at city hall.

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    1. I believe it is laziness and lack of courage on their part. Now that they are in office, they need to make nice with the City Staff. If they did the work they got voted in to do, we would not need to vote down a UUT increase for the third time.

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    2. They could have taken the transparent route and told the truth about the city's dangerous financial position from the get-go. But that would have required calling into question some of the bad decisions made in the past by city staff and previous city councils. Remember, this is a city government never admits to its mistakes. That is why we're getting all of this nonsense about the Library and the Huck Finn Fishing Derby. They should have just told the truth.

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    3. Regime change time fer sure.

      Bet we'd be in lots better shape if the Council had signed up for LA Sheriffs Dept. 6 months ago.

      But that would've kept them from using SMPD as a tax hike pawn.

      Ask Capoccia or any other City Council member: If yes passes, do you guarantee we can keep SMPD? I bet he won't answer the question.

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    4. If the yes vote wins they'll just kick the can down the road until the next financial crisis hits. Then they will demand we pay more taxes.

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    5. Yep. Already planning a slue of parcel taxes. These parcel taxes will back a bond.

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    6. Sierra Madre City Council knew after the 2012 and 2014 UUT proposed tax hikes were defeated that the city couldn't afford SMPD vacuuming up 50%+ of the budget. They didn't do anything. Guess it's easier to just raise the taxes again.

      This UUT is all about our part-time PD which we can no longer afford. We're not San Marino. Bring in LASD and stop the bleeding.

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  15. That is exactly why these CC members need to explain to us their change of position. So far we haven't had a coherent explanation from any of them.
    As for Capoccia's retort about bankruptcy - it is his position of continued mismanagement of the City finances that will get us to BK faster than any alternative. To be fair , his predecessors did the same .
    The choice we have is to try to intelligently reduce waste at City Hall and avoid BK or just keep piling on expenses and taxes until there is the inevitable train-wreck.
    Whatever we choose to do , we need some honest, competent Council members who remeber they are supposed to represent us and the best interests of the City.Sadly,none of them are doing that. Hopefully BArry Gold will win a seat and show them the way ,the truth and the light at the end of the tunnel .

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  16. How about if we model our city hall staff on La Canada's?

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    1. Bradbury would be a good model. They contracted out for everything and only have 4 city staff. One of them is part time.

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    2. That would definitely keep the City's CalPERS costs down a lot.

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    3. Or Lakewood

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  18. What of the storm water cleanup costs to the city? Buckets of money!

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  19. What of the cost of the storm water clean up. Where will the money come from

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    1. I LOVE this effort from Yes zombies.

      What about:
      The library
      The police
      Water pipes
      Infrastructure
      Weed abatement
      Storm water clean up

      Go ahead, give the rest of your list that City Council didn't do JACK SQUAT about when they had a 10% UUT.

      You make me laugh.

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    2. I was making the question of the storm water clean up. I voted no on the UUT! My comment refers to the fact that they have not been honest about the financial mess we are in. The UUT won't even scratch the underbelly of the cities money flow problems.

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  20. Capoccia is really an annoying guy. So is Harabedian and I even through the rest of the Council under the same bus with the UUT but Capoccia is in a low class by himself.

    I really dislike when Councilmembers past and present are trying to sell us something and Capoccia going door to door like a slick vacuum salesman is an embarrassment to the position.

    Cappoccia saying there's nothing that can be done about a 9 million dollar frivolous debt is why he should not be reelected.

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  21. Let's just tax the crap out of the taxpayers. This is the city council and city managers statement

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  22. I'm sure we can expect Noah Greene to resurface and run for City Council again. Last thing we need is another lawyer with oodles of free time to meddle in the city so they can stroke their own egos.

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  23. I keep hearing about this Green person is it possible to see the full package of pictures ?

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