Friday, June 10, 2016

The SMPD Will Get Its Raise Tuesday Evening

They may not be able to patrol the city streets after the sun goes down, and once they eventually do get back up to speed a frighteningly large percentage of them will be rookies straight out of the Police Academy, but the SMPD is up for some big raises anyway. What the heck. Now that Measure UUT has passed and utility taxes are going up a whopping 67%, the gravy train is filled to the brim with goodness and leaving the station. It's raises for everyone!

Here is the Consent Calendar item straight from the agenda for next Tuesday evening's City Council meeting (link).


The SMPD has not been cheap to keep
While Chief Giannone was out looking hard for recruits willing to allow the City of Sierra Madre to pay their way through any of the available Police Academies, it has been necessary to shovel the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department a whole lot of dough to patrol the city's streets at night.

Tuesday evening more money will need to be thrown on the pile of this boutique bonfire of municipal vanities. From the City Council meeting agenda, here is that news (link):


Yes, still a work in progress indeed. As one reader out it this morning, "While it is nice that the members of the SMPD will be contributing towards their retirement, paying $300,000 more to get them to do so kind of takes away from the joy of it all."

And can someone please explain to me the dating in this following paragraph? Have we been on a ride on City Manager Aguilar's Wayback Machine?


So much for the myth that Measure UUT was for water infrastructure repair. 

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32 comments:

  1. Spending another $250,000 increase for SMPD will save the Library, right?

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  2. Just like old times.

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    1. I notice you left "good" out of that

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    2. True. Though it is good that some people now understand what the real problems are.

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  3. While it is nice that the members of the SMPD will be contributing towards their retirement, paying $300,000 more to get them to do so kind of takes away from the joy of it all.

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    1. And...since their salary is going to be higher, their ultimate pension will be more since it is calculated on salary, not the ancillary benefits that may be provided by the employer.

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  4. 'We will save you', as political wailing coming from Sierre Madre city hall along with it's blind worshipers. Yet no one looked behind the curtain of reality, here come to payoff and knife in the backs of it's tax paying residents, you get what you pay for and it appears the taxpayers will be paying a lot for little or nothing, again.

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  5. Law enforcement uniform color is worth millions to any caring resident.

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  6. Maybe the police will repair the water pipes.

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    1. They can give them tickets for leaking.

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    2. Good point. Then the water company could pay the fines and that money would go in the General Fund.

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  7. It was never for infrastructure. That what the new water rate study is for.

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    1. Of course there are city documents that would say that. However many people got their information about Measure UUT from all of those colorful postcards the Maxie Taxies sent out. And you know who funded that pile of merde.

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  8. Mr. Moderator,
    Do I understand this right? The city raises the Utility User Tax (UUT) 67% effective 7/1/2016 so I can pay 10% tax instead of 6%
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    on the same day 7/1/2016 we get out FOURTH water and sewer rate increase since January, 2014?

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  9. 6% raise two years in a row for SMPD? How many raises have the taxpayers got in their jobs?

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  10. What is better about having our own PD when we can have the well trained and experienced Sheriffs? I don't get it unless city hall gets something out of this that we tax payers can't see. It sure isn't because they all live in town or are close in case of a natural disaster of which the SD would be called in anyway. How much has Sierra Madre been paying extra over the years for the SD's fill in?

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    1. What the city gets out of this is the union support for the council members who were for the UUT increase and now the raises for the cops.

      Remember some of the council members have their eyes on higher office.

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    2. The whole cop "solution" was engineered by Harabedian. He has clearly displayed a great talent for successfully managing a clearly corrupt government situation. I am sure he has been congratulated by all of the prominent county government crooks.

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  11. Bet if city hall staff lived in town things would be a whole lot different. Our water problem would have been taken care of years ago and we would not be fighting off high density living with big mansions popping up. I some times get the feeling that city hall management resents us residents.

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  12. So the policy now will pay 9% to Calpers instead of 6% and the city pays nothing to Calpers for the cops. Do I understand this right?

    If I do then who pays the unfunded Calpers liability? The $9 million and growing amount the city owes because the Calpers fund is not earning the projected income, 6.5%/year, on the fund’s investments.

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    1. They are two parts of payroll-based contribs to CalPers. There is the employee share and the employer share. The police unions got lots of cities to pay part or all of the EMPLOYEE portion, besides the EMPLOYER portion.

      What this means is that the employee will pay 4 or 5% more but gets 6% more pay. And then next year, the EMPLOYEE pays the same % but gets ANOTHER 6%. Wow, just WOW.

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    2. Thanks for the explanation. So the city continues to pay the city portion including the $9 million and the unknown future unfunded liability. What a deal. We have great negotiators on the city staff. They are just representing the wrong side.

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    3. It is a Sierra Madre solution. City Hall gets us into a bad deal (CalPERS), then after the residents howl a little the city finds a solution that ends up costing even more than the problem. Geniuses, every damn one of them.

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  13. Mansions are the opposite of high density living.

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    1. No they're not. They're high density under one roof. Like high density projects every square inch possible is covered with crap.

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  14. The Tattler nears 4.1 million views.

    Wonder if former Mayor Josh Moran still says :"Nobody reads The Tattler." Duh.

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  15. The figures being offered by the city are a little deceiving. True they're getting that raise, but the taxpayers are also paying $100,000 a month to the LASD so that the SMPD can get back on their feet. This is an extraordinary sacrifice for people to make for so marginal an organization.

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  16. maybe Dead Eye Amos can teach the new recruits how to check SUV's for sleeping passengers

    shoot them in the back, get a promotion and oodles of overtime

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  17. I guess one of the new rookies is 20 years old.. TWENTY. He cant even legally enter the Buccaneer for a disturbance call. Larry has to go. He is the worst.

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    1. Maybe Larry can get him a fake ID.

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  18. Found out the hard way tonight that the SMPD currently goes completely off the grid at night. Needed the police so I called the SMPD number hoping I would be referred or rerouted to the Sheriffs. Instead I got a busy signal. After numerous unsuccessful tries I googled the Sheriff and eventually tracked down the call center who serves us at night. Very unnerving to be forced to use google to figure out how to get a squad car here for help. As a cherry on top, the City shut down its Facebook page, too (I went there to complain). I guess we are REALLY on our own at night.

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  19. They are just getting started. Stop in at a Public Safety Committee meeting sometime and learn what's in store on the fire department side of the equation. $$$$$$

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