Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You Can Watch Last Night's City Council Meeting Here!

Link here and you can be viewer no. 18!


People have been asking what happened at last night's City Council meeting, so here you go. Two precious hours of scintillating viewing, available on The Tattler way before it will be on the City of Sierra Madre website. So you know, the July 12th City Council meeting video is not yet available there either (link), but never you fear. If you have a hankering to live dangerously near the cusp of an unthinkable cosmic reality as it looked two weeks back, you can click here for that as well. 

Which leads us to the topic of community communication. While we just did here for free something that the City of Sierra Madre would likely need $10s of thousands of dollars to achieve (repost a video already available on YouTube), that doesn't mean they cannot communicate. The City Council did so last night, and they didn't spend a lot of money doing it. 

Talk is still cheap, even at City Hall.

The big question last night was about spending a couple ten grand to stick two poles into the ground somewhere near Lima so that informational banners can be stretched across Sierra Madre Boulevard. These banners would then inform concerned Sierra Madre residents driving by of the latest exciting events in town. 

Or at least those events City Hall wants you to know about. I remember last spring Earl Richey wanted to pay the city to put up a banner on the two poles located near Kersting Court. The intent being to inform the residents that many of the claims being made for Measure UUT were vast crocks of municipal merde. Naturally he was turned down. 

Which might bring up the question of a government monopoly on information in town. Something that could be the real motive here. The city does not enjoy competition when it comes to news and whatnot, and the search for ways to control all of that is apparently an endless one. 

But they really shouldn't worry. Chances are that case of Civility Paralysis (a condition also known as CP) many share will not allow them to think too much about that sort of thing anyway. And we won't bring up anything like that here. Far be it from The Tattler to cross that psychological chasm with you today. Or at any time for that matter. We are hardly psychological miracle workers here.

Long story longer, that two poles for $25,000 community communication gambit was turned down. Too embarrassing even for this City Council seeing how it wasn't all that long ago they were postcard pimping for a utility tax increase. And with that new more robust parcel tax they're going to start trotting out this fall, public perception is everything. 

The two year tax increase cycle must always be properly nurtured and maintained. It is a process, after all.

That $95,000 a year new City Hall hire to run the two poles in the ground initiative didn't happen, either. No poles, no job apparently. Mercifully it didn't even come up.

Other things happened last night as well. They filled the empty slot on the Planning Commission. One of the big house boys got it. They also selected someone to assume a seat somewhere in the vast library volunteer bureaucracy. Somebody with fund raising experience we were told. 

But you can watch all that on the video we have so thoughtfully provided above.

Me? I am going to sleep. I have work in the morning. As always, it is later than you think.

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42 comments:

  1. The city had the courage to cut another $95k from the budget and all you do is snark.

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    1. I know how that works. It's called meeting economics. Propose new spending of $95,000, meet about it, talk about it, then decide against doing it. After that congratulate yourself over the $95,000 you have just saved.

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    2. 6:47 - if the city had proposed spending an additional million dollars for a lollipop dispenser at city hall, and then voted against it, would they have saved a million dollars in your opinion?

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    3. 7:17, you are so correct. Being that this is the third time the poles have been brought before the Council , one might say they have $aved 3 TIMES $95,000. lol

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    4. I sense that a Nobel Prize for Economics is now on the way to Sierra Madre.

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    5. Now where will the seniors have their pole dancing classes? Nancy we need you.

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    6. we'll stop snarking when the city decides to do something about the biggest cash drain and long term liability to the city - the pension plan.

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  2. Our great planning commission was just delta a great blow. The city council is starting to show its true colors. Preserving Sierra Madre is not on their agenda.

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    1. City government in Sierra Madre exists to take care of city government. The money they will realize from the next wave of development will go straight into their CalPERS account. The City Council will do nothing to stop this.

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    2. While Pesvner was not a good choice, he is better than "Tear 'em down build 'em big Vandervelt " and that attorney that's been around for a year. Barry Gold would have been the best choice, but John Capoccia nixed that one. What's wrong with that man?

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    3. 8:52, Pevsner and Vandeveld were a tag team for development. Very much reinforced each other. Let's hope that Pevsner times out before Vandeveld tries again - you know he will.

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    4. Except for John Haribeadian, the council is on to Vandervelt. Both times that V has reapplied for the PC, Haribedian has been his only supporter. Hopefully Pevsner will not have support from others on the PC.

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    5. The PC will be challenged. Any word on the CETT lawsuits?

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  3. Sierra Madre has it's own AM 1630 radio station. A small sign on each end of town could notify everyone who comes to town any message you want. A lot quicker and no one will be stopping their cars to read a banner distracting drivers and making any unsafe moves. GOOD MOVE CITY COUNCIL

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  4. 7:34 am. It's the newbies ( like 6:47am and some on the Council). With their comments and direction of voting; it comes across to some, in my opinion ... of wanting to change this town to be anywhere USA.
    Now 6:47am jump on board with what you like to do and be snarky and correct my verbiage. This at least will keep the digital diplomacy in forward motion as not many are interested in City Council Agendas and "their" forward view of how this town should appear.

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    1. It's called diversity,not everyone is white and in their twilight years.

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    2. You're a sad idiot.

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    3. 802 so grumpy again this morning

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    4. There is plenty to be grumpy about.

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    5. what the heck is 8:02 trying to say?

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  5. 6:47 is clueless.

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    1. Yes. Someone who believes an illusion.

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    2. Or believes in unicorns.

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  6. The number of views of the council on youtube has jumped up to 24.

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  7. 8:12am must have had difficulties choosing between Dr. Seuss, now you have a star. No. Now YOU gave a star. Diversity is not ugly pavers in Kirsting Court.

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  9. Last nights Sierra Madre city council meeting was just another 'slow motion' multivehicle pile up on an express way.

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    1. The Council gets a month off, then they come back in September and return to their tax raising work. With $9 million in CalPERS debt, plus $20 million in water bond exposure, they do have their work cut out for them.

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    2. Could have all been cleaned up with the rejection of UUT and hiring of the LACSD, I am starting to believe the Sierra Madre city council is made up of Arsonists hell been on destroying this town. A simple way out was laid out before the tax payers & voters what did they do, folded up like a bunch of cheap cards now they are going to get put through the meat grinder and sold off as dog meat to the highest bidder.

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    3. Never understood how cops earn so much pension. Thug police unions? No where else in the private sector do you get those kinds of benefits. CalPERS is going under. Don't make the taxpayers bail out those pigs.

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  10. Where is Chizzy Peace when we need her?

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  11. Can we call it treason yet?
    Ex-CIA chief questions Trump’s loyalty to the US after asking Russia to help him win election
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/ex-cia-chief-questions-trumps-loyalty-to-the-us-after-asking-russia-to-help-him-win-election/

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    1. Gee, 11:36AM, that's a great news venue! You can look ad nauseum on the net and get any story you want regardless of the candidate. Hillary took Soros's millions. Does that make her a traitor?

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    2. No, it does not make her a traitor. What are you even talking about.

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  12. 6:47 is ironic. I am counseling him to never again post on this board of boobs.

    After that I will be counseling the DONALD to never again ironically ask the Russians to perform the impossible task of hacking an internet machine that THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE IN HISTORY unplugged from the electricity machine the minute the subpoenas showed up.

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  13. Chant in Philadelphia: "Lock him up! Lock him up!"

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  14. In the spirit of the convention and anticipating a correction soon to be published in the New York Times, I should have identified Ms. Clinton as the first presidential nominee identifying as a female at the time of her nomination.

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  15. Another day of armchair punditry at its finest.

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  16. I do so enjoy a good snark/snicker when reading the posts; the bantering back and forth more often than not, comes from intellectually good natured spirited souls. It does give a moment in time for understanding where each iindividual is standing for the moment .

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