Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Will The Results Of Tonight's Sierra Madre City Council Meeting Really Be This Predictable?

Yes, probably. I mean, what other possible results would you expect?

The budget will be appreciated and processed, despite the fact that it is so much more expensive than what was called for the last time around. That employee health benefits fiasco will be quickly swept under the carpet. No one should ever want to embarrass the City Manager, despite the six figure cost of her misstep. And the "Parks Parcel Tax" will be criticized for not bringing enough money back to Sierra Madre, but once that's said it will then be feted for its great significance.

This despite the fact that it is a draconian tax increase on the people of Los Angeles County, with no convincing assurances that the revenues created will be used for the purposes claimed in the vaguely worded accompanying paperwork.

And yes, John Capoccia will proclaim it "necessary." Just like he did with Measure R2 last meeting. You know, such as when he claimed that none of the resulting revenue would ever go to the 710 Tunnel. All apparently based on the say-so of his pals at The COG, Metro and SCAG. Organization men do love the establishment.

As far as that 2016 - 2017 budget goes, have you ever wondered why the numbers are so different from year to year? Shouldn't there be at least some small semblance of logical continuity?

Here's last year's figures:


Here is this year's version:


You'd think that they came from two different cities.

The predictable explanation for this accountancy mash-up is Measure UUT passed, things changed, and now City Staff and the City Council can express their true caring natures by lavishing generous amounts of newly won tax money on staff salary bumps, benefits increases, kids just out of a second tier Police Academy, and CalPERS.

Not necessarily in that order, and certainly having nothing whatsoever to do with repairing water infrastructure.

So rather than dwell any further on things that are as drearily predictable as those involved in the so-called City Council "decision making process," let's check out some other stuff.

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka Sentenced To Five Years In Prison (LAist link): Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the jail abuse scandal.

Tanaka was found guilty in April of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for attempting to block a federal probe into the county's jail system. "Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, he exacerbated them," said U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who sentenced Tanaka on Monday morning.

"One of the most troubling things is... your efforts to shield dirty deputies have been largely successful," Anderson said to Tanaka before delivering the sentence, reports City News Service. Anderson added that several corrupt deputies remain in "positions of authority" within the Sheriff's Department despite over a dozen convictions of sheriff's officials in similar cases of abuse and corruption.

It wasn't too long ago that Paul Tanaka was running for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's job and had the support of two Sierra Madre's finest elected officials. Here is how their endorsements of this convict read.



Shrewd judges of character, and yet another indication of why things have gone so well here.

The odd thing is that the information about Tanaka's brutal crimes had already been made available by the time these clueless endorsements were made. Yet somehow it made no difference.

You'd think that a former "Homeland Security" policy analyst such as John Harabedian would have known better.

Here is a big surprise

California may have a huge groundwater reserve that nobody knew about (Washington Post link): In a surprising new study, Stanford researchers have found that drought-ravaged California is sitting on top of a vast and previously unrecognized water resource, in the form of deep groundwater, residing at depths between 1,000 and nearly 10,000 feet below the surface of the state’s always thirsty Central Valley

The resource amounts to 2,700 billion tons of freshwater, mostly less than about 3,250 feet deep, according to the paper published Monday in the influential Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And there is even more fresh or moderately salty water at more extreme depths than this that could potentially be retrieved and desalinized someday for drinking water, or for use in agriculture.

“There’s a lot more fresh groundwater in California than people know,” said Stanford’s Rob Jackson, who conducted the research with the university’s Mary Kang, the study’s lead author. “It’s like a savings account. We can spend it today, or save it for when we really need it….There’s definitely enough extra groundwater to make a difference for the drought and farmers.”

How about that, eh?

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53 comments:

  1. Reports have also come in concerning Northern California has plenty of near surface water, now another report there is a vast underground reservoir of untouched water a few thousand feet below the surface lets put this news article in to perspective to the possibility of someone tapping into this reservoir and what will the consequences be? Sinkholes and other surface deformations have already occurred with out tapping into this deep water reservoir what will really happen?
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=120074&page=1

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  2. Will Paul Tanaka be going to one of the prisons he used to run?

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    1. No - LA County down town is only good for 1-2 years worth of holding time, now Chino state prison would be a good place to set him in. If he pays the difference he could attend a federal resort prison up in USP Lompoc, Ca.

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    2. I can't imagine that the convicts will be too happy to see the former #2 guy in the LASD on their side of the bars. Considering how poorly he treated prisoners when he was in charge, Tanaka might be the target of some score settling.

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  3. The hidden budget of 2016 & 2017 increases in retirement funding; and now with the drop in the stock market the city will ask for additional increases, "what difference does it make?"
    The Benghazi GOP report is being entered into history. Bless our soldiers and the fallen. September 11th again on foreign soil

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    1. Sorry, god doesn't bless people who kill.

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    2. Obviously you haven't spent a lot of time with the Bible.

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    3. 11:07 hasn't spent any time with JC

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    4. All the results of a half century or extremist imperialist foreign policy

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    5. Wrong-O. Read the New Testament and get back to us. Your ignorance is showing, 11:07.

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    6. Blessed are the peacemakers.

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    7. Deuteronomy 20:1-9
      "When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. "When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. "He shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, read more.
      for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' "The officers also shall speak to the people, saying, 'Who is the man that has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would dedicate it. 'Who is the man that has planted a vineyard and has not begun to use its fruit? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would begin to use its fruit. 'And who is the man that is engaged to a woman and has not married her? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man would marry her.' "Then the officers shall speak further to the people and say, 'Who is the man that is afraid and fainthearted? Let him depart and return to his house, so that he might not make his brothers' hearts melt like his heart.' "When the officers have finished speaking to the people, they shall appoint commanders of armies at the head of the people.

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    8. I can see it is going to be one of those days.

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    9. Isaiah 42:13
      The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry He will prevail against His enemies.

      Deuteronomy 33:27
      "The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, 'Destroy!'

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    10. Creepy Old Testament BS- look where it got them today

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    11. If you are going to use the Bible to buttress your arguments, remember it isn't all that hippy stuff you prefer. The unicorns don't show up until well into the New Testament.

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    12. 2:08
      That's when Christianity was born....

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    13. Onward Christian soldiers.

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    14. 3:18
      I acknowledge that many do not understand this correctly:
      From then on, you were supposed to love your neighbors and not fight them.

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    15. Whatever you say, Skeezix.

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    16. Anyone who uses the bible to justify war is a fanatic/terrorist.

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    17. That has been going on for centuries. Religions say a lot more about mankind than they do God.

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  4. White extremists involved in rally bloodshed ‘will attend Republican convention to defend Trump supporters’
    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/1982569/white-extremists-involved-rally-bloodshed-will?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

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  5. 8:ooAM No one can really help who decides to protest anywhere. BLM will be there,to, as they have already said. The candidate you're inferring did not start this mess. As for the groundwater, do we want to deplete that, too? Re there never any expenditures shown in the budget? What is shown is revenue, right?

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    1. Cleveland is going to be quite an eyeful. The last time anyone has seen something this wild from a political convention would be Chicago in 1968.

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  6. Ground water is not such a good thing. Look at all the cities that are sinking. Mexico City, Beijing, and. Check it out, this is a problem.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=120074&page=1

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    1. Mexico built on lake landfill. Bound to sink

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    2. Mexico City, you mean. Lots of different kinds of topography in Mexico.

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    3. Is The Donald going to get Mexico to build a wall on a lake?

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  7. "Couny" Sheriff?

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  8. 11:06 - Not a lot of time spent with the Koran /Buddist teachings/Baoghdevida /Toaism /nor the first Americans or Native Americans; just to mention a few followers of forgiveness. What your consciousness or dejavoo follows is up to each being, choose your path with knowledge.

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    1. Terrorism = blowback
      Their soldiers get blessed too.

      Thou shalt not kill

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    2. 1:06, the scripture is Thou shalt not murder. Different verb than for kill.
      11:47, what?
      And do you mean the Bhagavad Gita? If so, odd that you are using it to support forgiveness.

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    3. A true Christian only needs the beatitudes.

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    4. The beatniks only need a cup of strong coffee and bongos.

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    5. Don't want to honor the CC. Don't want to pay more taxes. Don't want to answer "say wha?". What happens next? We don't eat.

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  9. Why only make soldiers responsible for the ignoble idea of killing? What about all the people killed needlessly in the U.S. Everyday? If someone was to try to harm my family, I would defend them anyway I could. Not sure I would forgive someone for that act! Bringing religion into this dialogue is sickening. How does 11:06AM know that God will not bless those who kill? With his thinking, we should not kill anything, man or animal! Let the bear ravage you, vegetables supposedly make noise when ya pick them, so can't eat those, let the dingo carry your baby away, and on and on. Did the devil allow the invention of killing apparatus? The U.S. Personnel who died in Bengazi deserve to be honored as well as blessed. Not so much the one's who started it!

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    1. Honor and bless your city council.

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    2. Ok. What happens then?

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    3. Taxes go up.

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  10. This must be a slow news day.

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    1. Perhaps. But what a valuable lesson has been shared today- If one wants to pick vegetables then they must be prepared to wage war in the Middle East. There is no middle ground.

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  11. 1:22pm. Thank you. The Gita; fight between self... .

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    1. Actually, I prefer Baoghdevida. Some kind of Vietnamese/Spanish mystery religion...

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    2. I don't believe Elaine had anything to do with it.

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    3. It was a joke, son. Try and keep up.

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    4. If you have to explain a joke...

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    5. Trolls are notoriously humorless. Or should I say witless.

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  12. Cox is flying the coop. No doubt her $172,444 just wasn't enough.

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    1. I hear Elaine helped her find the job.

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  13. Thank You Barry Gold for speaking up on the Parks assessment issue. You said exactly what the Commission expressed at their meeting. The polling for this measure indicates if they use the argument that it will keep kids safe and off the streets, and help alleviate gang activity, the measure overwhelmingly passes. Just watch the mailbox for postcards tearing at the heart strings of all citizens to create more parks.

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