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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.