Friday, April 29, 2016

It Is Just Like Old Times Down At Sierra Madre City Hall

"Those patches are silver and black. Like the Raiders."  
- Reader comment and an unfortunate correlation. 

Happy days are here again. With the 10% UUT back in place thanks to some of the most easily manipulated voters to be found anywhere, all of the usual suspects downtown are back to their devil may care ways. In this case the Sierra Madre Police Department. And who could possibly blame them? Ever since half of that department deserted the community they were sworn to protect for the few extra bucks to be found elsewhere, things have been kind of down at the mouth for the old SMPD. So what better way to cheer the remaining boys and girls in blue up than by getting them some nice new patches and badges?

Here is an exchange that took place recently on the City of Sierra Madre's Facebook page (link). Chief Giannone is announcing a cop couture make-over for the SMPD, and then there is that one commenter who just didn't dig it.


Good times. "Recrutiment" and all.

So that building pictured on that new SMPD patch, is it perhaps the Kensington? I am not sure I would recognize that structure otherwise. And the pile on that new badge? Is it an historic community landmark I somehow missed during the 15 years I lived there? Maybe it was something from the never constructed DSP? I cannot recall ever seeing anything quite like that in town. Maybe it's from Arcadia.

The other day an article announcing the latest Sierra Madre City Council line-up appeared in the Pasadena Star News (link). Here a newly minted Mayor Gene Goss shines counterintuitively about something we talked about frequently on The Tattler previous to April 12th:

“We’ve turned the corner on (the city’s yellow water problem),” he said. “With the passage of Measure UUT (this recent April election), our budget will now be stabilized without having to dip into our reserves. We’re not out of the woods yet, but that’s a good first step.”

Another city issue Goss said that will benefit from the passage of the Utility User’s Tax measure is the city’s 100-year-old police department.

“With the passage, we will be able to rebuild and keep our police department in good standing,” said Goss. “In the coming year, the council will build on these successes.”

So you see? Measure UUT was never about water infrastructure repairs or fixing sidewalks or any stuff like that. It was always about trying to accommodate Sierra Madre's many millions of dollars in unmet CalPERS debt, employee benefits and raises. As exemplified by the resurrection of this community's extremely expensive boutique police department.

All of that other stuff was pushed off until the 2018 election when either a new parcel tax, or increased property taxes (or most likely both), will be placed on the ballot. I am sure this will be publicized with yet another $30,000 Pasadena postcard campaign proclaiming it all essential to saving Sierra Madre.

Just like Measure UUT was. Only it later turned out to be something else.

Enjoy your new badges and patches.

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42 comments:

  1. Putting new patches and shiny badges on the police officers will still not hide the fact that the SMPDIs unusable to provide the same caliber of service that the Sheriff can.

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  2. The only new patches I ant to see in town belong to the Los Angeles county Sherriffs.

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    1. And those LASD patches look pretty good!

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  3. Since the SMPD is going to be mostly new people anyway, the authenticity issue does come into play. I think this now all comes down to uniform color. The solution would be to put the Sheriffs in blue uniforms with those new patches. Then how would anyone be able to tell the difference? Outside of the huge savings to the taxpayer, of course.

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    1. big difference would be in qualifications, experience and pubic safety

      as long as the SMPD has officer shoot em in the back Amos in the department it will always be a joke and a scary joke at that

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  4. Does anyone understand what the Chief means by "embedding?"

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    1. pay a moron 175k a year and he feels obligated to use big words regardless if in wrong context or meaning

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  5. Hey, you are not a real Politian if you don't put a positive spin on Everything.

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  6. an added benefit is the new patches are easier to photoshop out of campaign photos

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    1. I hear John Harabedian suggested that for his next campaign for higher office

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    2. Silver & Black Attack!

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  7. It looks as though they had someone take artistic license and come up with a new rendition of the old City Hall. What building is it?
    72% MUST HAVE BEEN RIGHT...KEEP SPENDING, NO FIXES, NO RESULTS.

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    1. The old city hall is still there. It is offices now. Doesn't look like that.

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    2. Gotta love the city's FB page with the City Hall pic with green grass landscape

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  8. Those patches are silver and black. Like the Raiders.

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    1. Hopefully they stay away from face paint.

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    2. Ice Ice Baby!

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    3. I rather have an experienced, well-trained police force with lots of depth for special situations needing a bomb squad, SWAT, helicopters, detective bureaus, etc.

      Like we already have 6 PM to 6 AM daily with Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.

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  9. Don't know why but those patches remind me of German patches and I sure don't get the badge. SO CHIEF, we know you did your best so just ignore our snod remarks. Looking forward to seeing how much pride this new look will provide your old and new officer. Oh, it's nice to actually see where our money is going. Just doesn't have that USA look for some reason.

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  10. Agreed. Black is not a very Community Friendly color.

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    1. goes great with gang colors

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    2. Makes you wonder what kinds of kids they're hiring.

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  11. The problem starts with the city council, it always has and always will. These guys are s bunch of morons and idiots. They have failed to spend the taxpayers monies correctly.

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  12. I do not know of any Sierra Madre residents who are recent graduates of the Police Academy. Do you? So stop this baloney about HomeTown policing. It is a conceit that is long overdue for retirement from the verbage here in town. We did have one police chief who lived in town. She was shredded by the good old boys (none of whom lived in town) as she tried to do her job and get rid of some bad actors. The only other one that I knew who did live in town would have never been on the force except for the fact his daddy was a city councilman at the time. He was a home grown horror show all his own. Not mentioning names, so that those reading this who know can nod in agreement and others can shake their head in disbelief.

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  13. They should make patches for all the people who voted for the UUT. It should just read " Suckers"

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    1. Free SMPD patches for Yes voters!!

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  14. The comment criticizing this expenditure has been removed from the SM Facebook page. Not surprised they want to keep the voters in the dark.

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    1. How fortunate it is saved here.

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    2. Is Martin Truitt running the City of Sierra Madre Facebook page, too?

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    3. The City of Sierra Madre supports free speech. That is, if it supports the City's views.

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    4. Ms. Jennifer Kloss,
      Please feel free to comment on The Tattler!

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  15. Government Approved Speech OnlyApril 29, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Is the Sierra Madre Facebook page city run or sponsored? If so, how can they remove what is essentially political speech critical of the government? Especially since comments and "likes" supportive of the government position have been retained. Has the City Attorney approved this? The obvious solution is to stop posting all comments and likes.

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  16. Government Approved Speech OnlyApril 29, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Now for the merits. The people have spoken, and we need to accept the fact that the police department is to be saved at great cost. And having been saved, SMPD is in a position to demand the pay increases that have been deferred and which they purchased with their election contributions. Let's move on. But wait. We can't.

    Once again, Gene Goss is to be commended for his honesty. The $1 million tax hike was a mere "first step." In fact, in the election materials the City conceded that the tax hike was a stop gap to give it time to explore ways of dealing with funding short falls in a more permanent way. In the wake of the election all cost cuts are off the table. That means that only further revenue hikes remain. They may take the form of a parcel tax, an increase in the UUT to 12%, or a renewed development push. Regardless, they are coming.

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  17. I don't. Is it the SMFB page. Nothing but propaganda.

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  18. I have filed a complaint with the ACLU. Let's hope it captures its interest.

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  19. Welcome to the new/old dictatorship streaming live from sierra Madre city hall, this time it will be worse and twice as painful change is not in the cards for Sierra Madre, California. Back to the old deceitful methodology that has worked so good in the past and what's ahs taken place this month just proves it - a sucker is born every minute.

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  20. The city is really good at being stupid.

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    1. In politics the term is "poor optics"

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    2. I wasn't aware the city had a censor on staff. Is it a full or part time position?

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    3. Apparently pays quite well.
      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/sierra-madre/elaine-aguilar/

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  21. Write your comments to the CC. They always claim to have received"so many e-mails." Well, let them have them and see if they answer you. Add Elaine to that list,too. If there is an e-mail address for the city attorney, give her a shot! The city no longer sends you copies of your e-mail, so make sure you make a copy. New badges and patches? Really? Watch the warrants and see how much is spent on really questionable stuff.

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  22. Since the election has been over I have personally seen police pulled over 3 different people. They got what they want more $ from us with the UUT. No more nice guys.

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