Friday, April 1, 2016

The Sierra Madre Tattler Would Like To Thank The "Yes On Measure UUT" Campaign & Its Pasadena Manager For Helping Set Our New Blog Traffic Record

Sometime around the second week of March the "Yes On Measure UUT" campaign, inspired no doubt by the towering genius of its proud Pasadena resident campaign manager, decided to spend a few thousand dollars of other peoples' money on a mailer attacking the Sierra Madre Tattler (link). Done in the form of a glossy and quite colorful 4-page flyer, it was concocted in hopes of taking this blog out of the news picture for Sierra Madre's upcoming election. Thereby making their own website a focus of resident attention, even though much of what they post there isn't really all that accurate. Here is a pertinent portion of this very expensive flyer:


If you have contributed money to the "Yes On Measure UUT" campaign in the past, The Tattler would like to assure you that we had absolutely nothing to do with this.

Much of the thrust of this strange and quite costly assault on The Tattler was an attempt to falsely associate this blog with a certain political organization that, just like the quirky campaign manager of the "Yes On Measure UUT" campaign, comes from Pasadena. You really do have to wonder what it is about the Rose City that inspires the sorts of eccentric behavior it does. Maybe it is the large amount of trendy establishments there serving brightly colored alcoholic beverages (link).

I mean, how else could you conclude that The Tattler is somehow a threat to the prices of houses in Sierra Madre? It must takes an ocean of cosmopolitans (link) to come to a conclusion like that one.

However, and as is often the case with such efforts, the result was exactly the opposite of what was obviously intended. And rather than panicked droves of Sierra Madre homeowners fleeing from this site in a full blooded real estate terror, The Tattler actually had the best monthly traffic numbers ever in the history of this blog. Here is that stat, which I am quite proud to reproduce for you today.


The total hit count for the Sierra Madre Tattler in March 2016, according to Blogger (the Google owned platform where this blog happily resides) was 87,939. Not bad for a town of 11,000 or so souls. It is a radical increase from the 74,000 or so hits we saw here in February. In January that number was an even lower 64,000. Obviously all of that pricey publicity has not hurt.

I'm telling you, I am going to miss all those nutty guys once this election is over.

Save The Pyramid House!
This article comes to us from LA Curbed (link). Titled "Wildly Impractical Sierra Madre Pyramid House Asking $990k," it details the possible demise of Sierra Madre's very own pyramid house. A legendary structure that now faces the wrecking ball in order to make way for some sort of big fat McMansion.

Here are the details.


You can link to the listing mentioned in this article by clicking here. They have a nice pictorial tour of the Pyramid House you might want to check out.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

67 comments:

  1. How much money have the Yes On UUT people spent. It must be a lot.

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    1. same overbearing bunch that started this UUT mess with a misinformation and same that were misleading us with Measure V

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    2. Add to that One Carter, $9 million in unfunded pension obligations and a looted and debt ridden water department.

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  2. For all its funky pyramid power, the property is being sold as a tear down. The listing claims the buyer could bulldoze the pyramid and put up a 6,500 square foot McMansion. Add this to the list of future political battles.

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    1. Save the pyramid!

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    2. What? 6500! That can't be legal, right?

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    3. Yep, it's legal.

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  3. Amazing how things can backfire on you. The Yes folks should be thanked.

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  4. The pyramid house is an eyesore and scar on the mountain. It needs to go. I hope some pawn buys it bulldozes it and can't build anything to replace it.

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    1. If the realtor is telling the prospective owner that they will be able to build a 6,500 sq ft house there, then there is a problem.

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    2. You're not suggesting a realtor would lie?!

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  5. A new project for Preserve Sierra Madre

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  6. Thank You Tattler!!!

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  7. The only way to Save Sierra Madre is to take away the money. Force to re-organize City Hall.
    However, the fastest approach would be to replace the $350,000.00 per year City Manager.

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    1. That figure is incorrect. The actual full compensation number is $227,000. Try and keep it real, dude.
      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/sierra-madre/elaine-aguilar/

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    2. 8:17, we're including the red 2016 Mercedes. You know the sitting CC members chipped in to buy their boss that thing.

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    3. Was that ever agendized? Might be a Brown Act violation.

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    4. The City Council approved a 9% raise for our city manager. I would like to know if it was a unanimous decision. And if not, who dissented.

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    5. This is a myth. There are plenty of true things that we can discuss. Why make stuff up?

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    6. I'd like to see the transparent month end rembersments .

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    7. Thanks to the FelikIAN family that got John HarbidIAN to add on to the HMZ ordiance a larger sq ft allowed for lots over 40k sq ft. There was a buyer and a seller in that dealIAN. Like the current SalisIAN who built a 2 story house without telling anyone on Highland Ave.

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    8. The Hillside Strangler.

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  8. Size of house allowed depends on the size of lot. 6500 sq ft is the max size in the HMZ no matter how big the lot.

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    1. The article says the lot is one acre - but probably a lot of that is unbuildable slope category.

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    2. Slope doesn't matter under the code. If it's an acre, you can build 6,500 sq ft.

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    3. Slope has everything to do with it.
      According to the code, no one can build in slope category 4.

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    4. Slope only affects placement of the house on the lot. It doesn't have anything to do with how big of a house is allowed.

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    5. A view lot for an upcoming McMansion

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    6. Slope category 4 is not buildable. If 50% of the lot is on slope category 4, 50% of the lot is not part of the calculated area for determining house size.

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    7. @12:49. Sounds like a good policy, but unfortunately that's not how the code works. The whole lot is used for calculating house size.

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    8. That's bad news. Guess I misunderstood.

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  9. Yes your success must be why Barry Gold has switched to campaigning on preservation and now is running away from his UUT opposition.

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    1. Or it could be why you have switched from opioids to full on crack.

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    2. Really 8:21AM? Switched? Maybe the other was bashed to death and he's bringing up something else that needs to be addressed. Haven't heard the other candidates say much about preservation at all. It's all UUT!

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    3. Looks like the pro UUT clique received the xeroxed article from Mental Floss on how to win an argument.
      Problem is they didn't read the whole article and skipped to the end stating ...
      "That if you're losing the argument baffle the other side with B.S. "
      It's starting to stink like a trip down Bandini Blvd.during a heat wave around here.

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    4. I think the assumption made by Yes UUT's out of town leadership is Sierra Madrean's are stupid and vain and will believe anything just as long as it is delivered in the form of flattery. Obviously they've only met a portion of the voters here.

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    5. As an abuser of opioids and crack I'm offended... No UUT is a good UUT.

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    1. It is hard to fathom how certain individuals could believe than an absurd and dishonest attack from people who are trying to raise utility taxes by 66% for the third time would somehow discredit this blog. If I was a "Yes" donor I would demand they give me my money back.

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  11. Local SoCal politicians and their extended family's like a Mafia are all in on saving one another's source of unmolested tax dollars that they all draw from at will with little or no restriction such is the life of a 'political Don' in California. Do your self a favor and 'VOTE NO on UUT' as the U.S. Justice Department should enforce the RICO act on local city government more vigorously these days.

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  12. So this is like a contest where people vote and there is a winner and a loser and your candidate is Barry Gold and you want people to vote no on measure UUT.

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    1. Have you tried black coffee yet?

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    2. 9:14 doesn't seem to get that some people can handle more than one thought at a time.

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    3. 9:14 starts out with a lie, and then feigns anger because Barry Gold isn't discussing it. 9:14 must be from Pasadena.

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  13. Californians Getting Smarter! Californians Moving to Texas Hits Highest Level in Nearly a Decade
    http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/californians-getting-smarter-californians-moving-to-texas-hits-highest-level-in-nearly-a-decade/

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    1. Texas is weird, too. It's just a different kind of weird.

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  14. You are delusional if you think that was aimed towards the Tattler. It was aimed towards the Tea Party that thinks any and all taxes are a threat. The Tea Party is behind the Arcadia, Glendale and Sierra Madre attacks on the UUT in those cities, along with many cities across the nation.

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    1. The url of the Tattler is on it, fool.

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    2. Nice try, 11:55.

      Pasadena Martin fears The Tattler. Why? Because he can't control it.

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    3. I wonder how many on the City Council now feel they owe him.

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    4. And who cares if the Tea Party is involved what does it matter? Lots of people are sick of paying excess taxes regardless of their political affiliation. So sick of the demonization of anyone who isn't in the Democraptic party!

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  15. I hear some people around the city, like some at the last CC meeting and Lamden's infamous sheriff hearing, mock The Tattler. If they hate it so much, why haven't these people started their own blog or if they have started one, why wasn't it successful? Mr. Mod we owe you. Thanks for trying to keep Sierra Madre honest, giving a more transparent view of what the city tells us, and allowing even the Trolls to comment. Please don't ever stop.

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    1. If Glenn Lambdin likes you, seek counseling.

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    2. Why haven't they started their own blog? because it's work.

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    3. In order to have a blog you need to have something worthwhile to say. Otherwise you end up like Coburn's blog and just print city hall press releases.

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    4. Ever read anything written by Glenn Lambdin? Particularly his views on religion? Sophomoric would be an overstatement.

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  16. Speaking of Slippery Glenn, I suggest we cordially invite the Yes people to present their best arguments here so we can all discuss. them. The name calling doesn't help .A few cogent points from the Ues people may help us all understand their case.
    I strongly suspect they do not have a case that is based on reason or fact but they should feel welcome to prove me wrong.I'm listening .....

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    1. Good luck with that.

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  17. When the Pyramid goes bye bye where will the water come from for the water features such as pools ,elaborate fountains ,and 8 bathrooms for 3 bedrooms ?
    Also,what about the geological issues of building into a hillside ?
    From what I hear and have witnessed the hot building trend is two stories up and a story down for hipster home theaters
    Think about all those dirt trucks back and forth and all that noise... It sounds awesome!

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    1. No problem there's 2 giant water tanks right above it.

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    2. How does water get into those tanks?

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    3. They siphon it from Bailey creek 6 miles into the mountain.

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    4. April fools..jajajaja

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  18. Elaine and some of the guys at the park help her carry buckets up there. That's why she gets the big bucks.

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    1. Big bucks for big buckets. Makes sense.

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