Monday, April 11, 2016

Is It Dump Truck Diner Time At The City of Sierra Madre?

Would you like some fries with that tax increase?

Since Sierra Madre residents have been dragooned into voting on a utility tax increase for an unprecedented third time in the last four years tomorrow, perhaps they really ought to be taking a long hard look at what it is they are actually paying for. In this particular instance it would be the costs associated with transporting hungry city employees to Pasadena's notably plebeian eatery Tops in a city-owned dump truck.

I can't imagine Bruce Inman knew about this. The sight of his towering rage at city revenue being wasted in so frivolous a use of taxpayer dollars would have been awe-inspiring. I'm completely certain about that.

Unless, of course, this erroneous mission was for take-out. In which case he might have instead been impatiently waiting for them to get back with his breakfast burrito.

Mayor John Capoccia's Utility Tax Comedy Time
In a last minute editorial written for the benefit of whatever dotty old dears still read the Looney Views News these days, the loud-mouthed outgoing Mayor of Sierra Madre laid this spotted egg.


As most people who spend at least a portion of their year on Planet Earth know, Monrovia doesn't have a utility tax. Here is something from a City of Monrovia website that John Capoccia might want to spend a moment with and read (link).


Sierra Madre, on the other hand, hasn't had a utility users tax as low as the 7% cited here since 2008.

The Publisher of the Looney Views News Still Can't Spell 
At the end of one of her typically ignorant and dishonest slams aimed at those who would dare have the temerity to oppose a tax increase that could personally benefit her, Los Angeles resident and adjudicated Sierra Madre P.O. box fish wrapper publisher H. Susan Henderson screwed things up this way:


The name of the one single candidate running for Sierra Madre Treasurer is actually spelled Michael Amerio.

There are those who question whether H. Susan Henderson ever actually graduated from high school. This understandable opinion is based on the years of tortured grammar, woeful typos and ginned up stupid nonsense published in the weekly free distribution news rag she runs here.

This is especially ironic since H. Susan was actually fired from a high-ranking job in the California Democratic Party back in the 1990s for lying about non-existent educational credentials on a resume' she presented to them when she first applied for that job. Here is how this ugly event was described in a San Francisco Examiner article titled, "Demo leader resigns under fire (link)."

1995-05-25 04:00:00 PDT CALIFORNIA -- H. Susan Henderson, onetime Republican turned executive director of the California Democratic Party, has resigned her $78,000-per-year post amid controversy over alleged resume-pumping and questionable expenditures on a party credit card.

State party chair Bill Press announced Henderson's departure Wednesday, the same day The Examiner reported that she had registered to vote as a Republican barely two years before taking the $78,000-per-year Democratic Party post.

The Examiner also reported that the University of California had no record of awarding Henderson a law degree and an MBA, as she had claimed on her resume, and that a Sunnyvale business executive said Henderson had failed to repay a $2,000 loan.

A confidential news source said that California Democrats, who face the crucial 1996 election with a deficit of $1 million, would pay Henderson $25,000 in exchange for her resignation.

In a press release, Press said he had ordered an audit of the state party's books, after receiving an anonymous letter contending that Henderson had improperly run up some $3,000 in spending on a party credit card for items including lingerie and a trip to Disneyland.

It really is no wonder that this is the kind of person the "Yes on Measure UUT" people would turn to at the last minute to disseminate their fallacious nonsense. Improper lingerie and all.

"Yes on Measure UUT" Campaign Boss Martin Truitt Demands City Hall Silence
Not Party Marty?
This from a vintage article published in the Deseret News (link):

Pasadena man not amused by noisy bashes at City Hall: PASADENA, Calif. — Living across the street from City Hall is not for light sleepers, according to Martin Truitt.

Wedding receptions at the domed 1927 landmark have become so noisy they've turned its courtyard into an "outdoor nightclub," Truitt said. "They've basically been violating their own zoning ordinances," he said. "They claim they're not subject to the law, and that's wrong."

City Engineer Dan Rix said efforts are being made to keep the noise down, and sound readings are being taken. City officials also acknowledge an oversight in not requiring temporary conditional use permits.

Truitt warned that if something isn't done, he may haul City Hall to the local court — another City Hall neighbor.

Hopefully Martin won't be too offended by the wild partying taking place everywhere in town except Sierra Madre City Hall Tuesday evening when Measure UUT goes down in flames for the third time in 4 years.

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78 comments:

  1. Mike Amerio will make a great City Treasurer. Be sure to vote for him!

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    1. Please vote for Barry Gold. You need to write in his name and color in the oval. Don't vote for any other candidate to give Barry the best chance of winning. Of the three candidates, Harabedian would be the biggest disaster. Harabedian is to Sierra Madre what Bob Harbicht is to Arcadia. He's Joe Mosca on steroids. Read his candidate statement - no mention of preventing what is happening in Arcadia and is starting to happen in Sierra Madre - he wants uncontrolled development. We need Barry Gold! Tell everyone you know to vote only for him.

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    2. Harabedian is positioning himself to run for higher office. He switched jobs to the public sector. Sierra Madre is merely a stepping stone in his pursuit of of higher office. Everything he does as a City Council Member in Sierra Madre will be done not to serve the people of Sierra Madre but to serve John Harabedian and his ambitions. That's not a candidate you want to have elected to City Council in Sierra Madre. Vote for Barry Gold and hold your nose and vote for John Capoccia if you must. At least they are both looking out for the best interests of Sierra Madre residents and not trying to feather their cap and enhance their resume.

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    3. I agree. Harabedian would be a disaster. He's too ambitious to do what's best for Sierra Madre. I don't trust him after what he did to benefit Gina Felikian and then Steve Salisian. He's a political animal and I don't think we need someone like that on the City Council.

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    4. As someone else noted so astutely in a past Tattler post, John Harabedian is Joe Mosca with brains.

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    5. In order to advance in the Democratic Party in California you need to be able to demonstrate things that you have achieved for labor unions such as the SMPOA. It explains why he has pushed so hard for Measure UUT.

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    6. If everyone tells 10 friends, Barry Gold will shake up the political establishment and win a seat on the City Council. If there was ever an election where you went beyond just voting yourself, this is it.

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    7. One silver lining to Harabedian's political ambitions, if he's reelected for a second term, he may leave us for higher office before it expires.

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    8. Hopefully like Mosca he'll leave the country.

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    9. 6:48,
      It is not possible for Berry Gold to shake up the establishment. If he wins the election, come voting time, the Council will easily out vote him. All they need is three out of 5 votes. Mr. Gold wants a nine per cent UUT. He is also against the UUT repeal. How is he going to shake up the establishment?

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    10. Okay 6:48-BARRY Gold could cause a few problems for the CC. First off, not all of them would vote against him. I would suggest that most people understand that for SM a UUT is necessary. They just want to know where the money goes, how it is used, and be open with the citizens about how it is used. He may not be able to do much about CalPERS because of the idiots that came before him, but he will be open and honest and make sure citizens are aware of the things they must confront. You sound like Mr. Richey.

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    11. One thing is for sure 10:08. Nothing will change if we continue with the same people we have had for the past 4 years.

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    12. You mean, like the Mayor stating they're cutting spending even though it continues to increase year after year?

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  2. Poor John Capoccia. Perhaps for his own health's sake he should not be re elected to office. Let's recall that when he first ran, he sent out emails asking which side of the UUT tax increase he should take, and that he was really ok with which ever position would get him elected. So he originally chose the NO position and he got elected. And now for four years he has done nothing to rein in spending and has spent countless hours and ink on advocating for the Yes position, (in this election and the last one). I think the man is incapable of doing the job. Do him a favor and let him retire to tend his lawn.

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    1. What the email said was should he write the argument against, not that he was going to go one way or another. Funny how the facts get twisted.

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    2. You forgot to mention Capoccia was against the UUT increase in 2012. That's important, don't you think?

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    3. Same thing. I wrote that he asked if he should write the argument Against, which he did. Maybe you missed that fact.

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    4. Damn, 9:47, you're so smart. Are you Martin Truitt?

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    5. Martin is a strange cat. He is a Republican yet here he is working to pass a utility rate increase that benefits a few municipal employee unions. What gives?

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    6. The polite term for that is hired gun. There are other less polite but more accurate terms that could be used, but this tends to be a family-oriented blog.

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    7. Maybe he's related to Roger Stone.

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  3. Maybe that City truck was there at Tops to assist in removing all the cockroaches after the health dept. shut them down for two days last week (per the Star News website).

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    1. They sure know how to pick 'em.
      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/health/20160406/cockroaches-shut-down-pasadena-burger-restaurant

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    2. "Top’s received a score of 47 points out of 100 during the routine inspection on March 29. In addition to the cockroach infestation, the restaurant was marked down for improper handwashing by employees and unsafe hot and cold holding temperatures. It received a 94 out of 100 when it reopened on March 31." Sounds yummy.

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    3. Sure hope they didn't bring any back with them.

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    4. I think that is not the tops they are talking about

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    5. Why would city employees eat at a restaurant that is not in Sierra Madre? Were they afraid of being seen parking their dump truck in front of a restaurant? So they went out of town? Disgraceful.

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    6. To set the record straight, the Tops cited in the Star News article is not the one pictured above.

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    7. Corruption by City employees is nothing new.
      Just ask how many keys have been issued to the gas pumps in the City Yard.Now tell me they don't fill their own gas tanks when things are quiet.Last I heard there was no control of the keys because they were being duplicated for individual use.
      And then there is the City account at Arnolds. City emplyees used it as a free parts bin for the home projects - electrical ,plumbing,hardware.It was regarded as a freebee .Never any consequences .
      But this is trivial compared to how they augmented their salaries and pensions. You can't fix this by asking nicely to stop the dishonesty. It needs to be starved to death = no money !

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    8. To be fair, I support No On UUT.

      However, last I heard, city employees have key cards that track the gas pumped and to which vehicle it is assigned. Wouldn't be surprised if there are video cameras on the pumps as well. I doubt very much that any city employee would risk their job by stealing gas.

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    9. So the guys go out for lunch and that means they are corrupt?

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    10. Of course not. But they should take their own vehicle.

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    11. I think they should spend their money in Sierra Madre and help the local businesses.

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    12. 9:35 I assume you do all your shopping and eating in Sierre Madre? I think you should.

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    13. So you think it's ok to use taxpayer-supported vehicles to go out of town just for lunch, 1:50? Send in a check to the city manager

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    14. If you want to go to a greasy spoon in a dump truck, you can rent one for $15 an hour from Home Depot. Why ripoff the taxpayers just to get a bean burrito?

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    15. When Steve Pock used a City vehicle to go to KMart in Monrovia ,that was used as cause to try to fire him.

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    16. Only because no on should ever shop at K Mart.

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    17. Except when there's a Blue Light special.

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  4. How much would Henderson's resignation cost now do you think?

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    1. Now? In Dem Super-Majority controlled California, she'd still have her job.

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    2. I'm surprised she hasn't sued them for discrimination against resume' pumpers.

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    3. Marty Truitt threatens to sue Pasadena City Hall? What a helluva guy. Follow him on Twitter at @MartinTruitt .

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    4. I think the picture above used to be on Truitt's Twitter profile. looks like he changed it today.

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    5. it looks like a Kardashian picture. Does he have one where he is staring at his butt in the mirror to go with it?

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  5. Write in Barry Gold
    Be sure and fill in the little oval.
    Vote No on the UUT

    DO NOT VOTE FOR THE TWO JOHNS. LEAVE THEM BLANK

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    1. They're already blank.

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  6. Another feature of Monrovia our mayor forgot to mention: property taxes are lower than in SM, and the homes are cheaper. It would take a lot more property tax hikes in Monrovia to come close to what some of us already contribute to the city of SM. I'm also guessing the mayor doesn't share my high property tax bill since he's lived here so long (his go-to self-congratulatory line). He has no clue why "affording" this is on some people's minds. We're not all here because we're rich. Many of us have pinched, scraped by, borrowed, and given up jobs we love out of necessity to find a way to get in this town for our kids, and we're already paying anywhere from $7k to 10k in property taxes per year. Maybe some of us are paying enough.

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    1. Capoccia is only about half as smart as he thinks he is.

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    2. Half? I you are being very generous. If we could buy him for what his is worth and sell him for what he thinks he is worth.....the city money problems would be history.

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    3. Let's just concentrate of his dishonesty ? That is fact as shown in the quotes and citations earlier in today's blog. Comments about his intelligence probably do not help our cause. But I do agree!

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    4. Not to mention that Monrovia has a thriving old street area. They have car dealerships as well businesses. All of these add to the tax base. None of us wants to change SM to Monrovia. So we need to cut where we need to cut.

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  7. Maybe they were going to the hydroponics store to start a grow at the settling basins to save the city when the UUT does not pass? Not a bad idea...

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  8. Why do people embrace Ms. Henderson? She has her hand in everything. In all the time she has had the paper, I have never seen decent reporting. She doesn't tell the whole proof, she obviously is a thief. So what gives?

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    1. Like all cons, she has more than her share of charisma.
      She figures out what will please people, and then plays them.

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    2. A few years she was hitting up a lot of residents, mostly Seniors, for a handout to keep the paper running.

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  9. Shop Sierra Madre should be a serious motto for city employees, keep tax dollars inside Sierra Madre, California di anyone tell city hall about this idea? Moving on, after the election the door is open to start recall's for those other undesirables sitting on this city council this is to even the odds up for real progress and change by then the rest of Sierra Madre will see the light and chime in on this effort of change is good and progress is forward.

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  10. Nifty exchange on Bill Coburn's site. The mayor fibs to cover a fib.
    Zen says:
    April 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    You have the nerve to use “unless approved anew by the voters” when it was specifically rejected by the voters when they were asked? And how extraordinarily disingenuous can you be in saying that language somehow means the sunset was not intended to decrease? Mr. Mayor, you have proven to be a dishonest leader in so many ways.
    John Capoccia says:
    April 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm
    Zen, it’s not my language, I’m directly quoting the city attorney from the 2008 sample ballot. That phrase was left off the mailer sent by the “no” folks to make you think there was a promise. There was no such promise.



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    1. Heaven help us, now Capiccia says it depends on what the meaning of is, is.

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    2. The guy talks way too much.

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    3. Capoccia didn't make any promises on utility taxes in 2012. Even though a lot of the people who voted for him thinks he did. He has to be watched closely. He is a very tricky dude.

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    4. Close association with city hall has a corrupting influence.

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  11. Copoca is a "very stupid dude". Maybe we need a recall. Just think how humiliating that would be, just got voted in and then terminated.

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  12. This is what I posted in response to John Capoccia's work on the Bill Coburn site.

    Zen, let’s stick to the basics.

    John’s fundamental claim – that “budget cuts” have reduced “expenditures” – is false. This is confirmed by the City’s own officially adopted and published budgets for 2013 – 2015 and 2015 – 1016.

    The City’s official general fund “expenditures” are as follows:

    FY 12/13: $7.05M
    FY 13/14: $7.65M
    FY 14/15: $8.06M
    FY 15/16: $8.26M
    FT 16/17: $8.52M

    In plain language, the “budget cuts” John cites have resulted in “expenditures” that have increased by nearly $1.5M over the last four years. This, of course, ignores the additional $100k a month the City is spending to have the Sheriff pick up the slack for SMPD during night time hours.

    John also fails to note that according to the City’s own 10/15 analysis savings from going to the sheriff rise from $200k in year one to $500k in year five and $800k in year eight. In fact, the City totals the amount of savings at $3.6M. And for good measure the Sheriff will thrown in 20% more actual patrol hours.

    This is why the Star News, after reviewing the issues in detail, recommended a NO vote. I urge each of you to do the same.

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    1. How's that pension from the Sheriff's working out for ya Rick?

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    2. I should probably let Rick answer this, but I do not believe he ever served with the Sheriff's Department.

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    4. (Not a) Deputy RickApril 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      never been a member of the sheriff's department. never shot a pistol. never been employed by the government. I do not have a defined benefit pension. never been in the tea party. never signed a 0% uut petition.

      I was, however, a card carrying member of the teamster's union during the summer of my 16th year when my dad secured me a job in a friend's factory. I remain a strong supporter of private sector unions. I am, however, bitter that I spent the summer covered in grease rather than at the beach.

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    5. Picture? Stats? Looking? jaja just kidding?

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  13. I'm curious in regards to Ms.Henderson working with the elderly
    "Meals on Wheels"and possibly hitting them up for loans or claim some need for a donation?
    If someone is willing to lie about a law degree and an MBA what other kinds of questionable actions is she capable of ?
    Something kinda stinks ?

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    1. Frankly, that shrew, Susan Henderson should no longer run our adjudicated newspaper. She is receiving our tax dollars, which she uses in her incredibly biased paper to advance her destructive agenda for Sierra Madre. She needs to be tossed, just like her piece of %$#@ paper.

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    2. Such language.

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    3. I stopped picking up the MV News after I discovered it was constipating my budgies.

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  14. Let's see ... let's see comparing Arcadia and Monrovia to Sierra Madre was a joke right?
    I know let's put in a mall where the Monastery is ,turn Alverno into a car dealership ,turn Taylor's into a two story mini mall with a drive through food option,and kick out Bethany and make it a Whole Foods.
    Someone's been hitting the medicinals .

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    1. Ask Mayor Capocchio. It was his not so funny joke.

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