Saturday, September 10, 2016

Elaine Aguilar's City Hall Retirement Press Release Finally Issued - Why the Delay?

It was dated Tuesday, but the local news media only received this press release yesterday morning. I have a couple of theories about it. The first is the downtown crony squad was holding this story for The Mountain Views News, something that our scoop scotched.

The other is City Hall guilefully predated this press release because they were incensed that the news outlet breaking this story was The Tattler. Certain parties from within the permanent city government wanted to make it seem like the information was already out in the public. Even though nobody had heard about any of this yet except themselves.

The MVN doesn't hit the streets until sometime on Saturday. Had the press release actually been issued on Sept. 6, it would have made this Thursday's print edition of the Sierra Madre Weekly. It didn't because it appears that City Hall sat on it. The SMW instead posted two articles on their website yesterday that confirmed our story - (link) and (link).

The first newsie to go public with the city's press release covering Elaine Aguilar's retirement was the strictly on-line Pasadena Now (link). A news source that is often sadly reliant upon recycling press releases word for word. Here is a portion. Note the date and time this item was posted.


What follows is the entire official City of Sierra Madre press release, which is dated September 6. Despite the "immediate release" prompt up top, apparently it was only made available to local media three days later.


In many ways the City Manager position in Sierra Madre is the most influential of all here. City Council members and Mayors may come and go, but a City Manager remains in place, scripting meetings, hiring personnel, and handling finances. Making the question of who will take the place of Elaine Aguilar the most important one Sierra Madre will face in years.  

Here is what one commenter said yesterday:


The next City Manager will also eventually leave this city a millionaire. Don't you think it is important that the people of Sierra Madre, whose money will vastly enrich this lucky individual, will be able to select someone who actually represents their interests?

There are those who will say no. You know who they are. The permanent government will attempt to hand pick someone who will always do exactly as they ask. The money to be made from big development projects like One Carter and the Mater Dolorosa Monastery is too important to them.

This is a fight worthy of your attention. Strap in.

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51 comments:

  1. It would be helpful if someone would list the things in 9 years that Aguilar did all on her own that hurt the city. She takes direction from the council, right? Aren't they the one's who are responsible? If she gave misinformation, aren't they the people who do their jobs and know they might be misdirected? How is one person responsible for the mess this city is in? I'm not defending anyone but it just seems this one woman has taken on the mantle of evil. How is that possible? If she went against the council's wishes wouldn't she lose her job?

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    1. The City Council of course needs to be held responsible for its mistakes. But the one constant in Sierra Madre this last 9 years has been this City Manager. It is a very influential position. The City Council are at best part timers who attend meetings on the way home from their full-time jobs. They get almost all of their information from the City Manager.

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    2. Thank you Tattler - back to real news not Trump squabbles.
      Now let's focus on fixing Sierra Madre govt?

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  2. "Former Mayor and Council Member John Harabedian added, 'Elaine retiring as City Manager is a huge loss for Sierra Madre. We express our deep gratitude for her nearly decade of service to our community, and know that she will remain a close friend to the City for years to come.'”

    Of course. It's where she will be picking up her checks.

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    1. I'll be surprised if she ever sets foot in our town again.

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  3. Ms. Aguilar; met her employment duties; she managed. The village of Sierra Madre has seen it's share of local politics at it's finest. As a manager; one can lead. Due in part, that over the many years, that manager holds a good more portion of knowledge than the rotation of Council. A City Manager may manage, simple in part of the de scription of that title.
    Sierra Madre with it's history as a town, had always relied on an Administrator. That is a position of taking Council lead.
    All serving the City would educate themselves ;the especially with prior findings.
    The Council that forced our City Attorney Charlie Martin out or into early retirement had an agenda of development expansion at a very fast rate. This Council required that "someone" manage the decisions being pushed. That "someone" was our manager we have today. Ms. Aguilar did have the mis fortune of being hired into a City that had just released a prior City Manager. The City's financial records we're "kept kind- of-funny". That's enough for now

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    1. The city is carrying an enormous amount of debt. The CalPERS hole alone is $9 million dollars deep. I'm not sure "managed" is the right word.

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    2. CalPers debt is like the national debt,it never has to be paid just extended.....

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    3. Debt, then taxes, then more debt and more taxes. The legacy of the last 9 years.

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  4. A manager may take on the role of moving forward with growth; or moving around papers and maintain status quo

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    1. Elaine allowed a terrible victimhood to pervade city hall.
      "We are poor and we have to work too hard" was what she found when she got there, and her response yes, "Yes, I know, me too."
      All those people are lucky and have minimal work with plenty of compensation.
      They wouldn't last a week running their own businesses.

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  5. Maybe Barry Gold should apply? We could all be friendly then when he did his duties we could blame him for everything that goes wrong like we do with all the council members that we supported here.

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    1. 9:04A What are you trying to say? What has Barry Gold to do with anything?

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    2. Exactly. Thank you.

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    3. He's just kinda the whipping boy for the Tattler. Imo........

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    4. 9:53 you're cray cray.

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    5. 9:53A Again, can you be clearer?

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    6. 9:04A Are you trying to say that if Mr. Gold had been elected we would all still be complaining?

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    7. 9:04 would still be complaining, that's for sure.

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  6. Our Council members are our neighbors, most apply for the position wanting to be good stewards of the town. What "their"election material states and what is acted on; once seated, are two very different variables. Could be that City Hall has had "it's" own agenda?
    With words heard this election cycle: You pay to play.

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  7. John Hutt for City Manager.

    Can I get an amen?

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    1. Amen.
      But the municipal cartel will never let it happen. An applicant has to come from years of obedience training.

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    2. Time for a community revolt. Enough of the same old tired faces and ways of doing things.

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    3. Since Elaine won't be leaving until December there is plenty of time for a selection process to take place. And after a couple of months of bountiful bromides and saccharine sanctimony they will pick Michelle Keith.

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    4. John Hutt should be the benchmark that all other potential candidates are compared to. By this standard, Elaine Aguillar would never have been called for an interview!

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    5. Thanks for the kind words, but no thanks to the City Manager gig. I'm happy on the Planning Commission.

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    6. The City Manager gig pays a lot better, you know.

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  8. Now if only Bruce Innman would pack up his rusty water pipes and leave it would be a clean sweep.
    Danny...Director of Development left
    Karen Schnider...Director of Finance left
    Elisa Cox...Assistant City Manager left
    Adam Matsumoto....Community Service Manager left
    Kristy McClure...Community Service Manager left
    Kyle Schure...Community Services Supervisor left
    New Community services manager left.

    Is it the water?
    Half the police force...left
    Caroline Thompson...Librarian left

    Bruce you can go by boat or on a goat,
    I dont care how
    Just go now.

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    1. Please Bruce ,just GO !

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    2. When is Bart moving? Did they sell his slanty shanty yet?

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    3. Give it up 11:44. Inman isn't going anywhere. He's not qualified for the job he has - he'd never get another like it.

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  9. Don't kid yourself. Michelle is waiting in the wings. That she has been working for the city for months her hire its a given

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    1. Beware of Michelle Keith:
      "Keith is joined at the hip with Hot Tub Doyle."
      A reliable source said

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    2. Hopefully Hot Tub will have sold his house and moved before anymore damage is done.

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  10. 9:36am
    Interesting. You and "he" have my Amen, Amen, Amen.

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  11. Has anyone seen the photo of Elaine on the front page of the Mountain Views News? See who is standing next to her. Give me a break! So what exactly is Ms. Henderson trying to communicate? Should be a photo of Cappocia, don't-sha think?


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    1. Who is it? I haven't been to the liquor store yet to pick up a copy.

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    2. I never look at that con's paper.

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    3. The Budgie Blotter.

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  12. Keith has too many skeletons in her closet; Elaine knows where their buried.

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  13. Perfect credential then ! Elaine's way of ensuring we are punished.What a poisonous legacy Aguillar leaves in Sierra Madre.

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  14. I got my water bill last month. It was almost $800 plus $343 for trash servicrs. These are huge bills. If everyone likes to write big checks keep up the good work. Things need to change Andi can't wait to get Elaine and John C off the payroll.

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    1. John Hutt yes, we need a local that understands living here and what is needed to preserve Sierra Madre, a town we all love and don't want to loose.

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    2. 10:49, no, not Cappocia, he is retired and has anger issues.

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    3. $800? Wow. We're 7 people, one dog, one cat and ours was under half that. What are you watering?

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  15. The UUT is really helping the city out with much needed cash. Now we need to push for a parcel tax. A Parcel Tax will help pay off some of the deficit the city has and at the same time get some of the seniors on fixed incomes to move. With new home owners we get people who can afford to live here and wont complain about new construction. If we could get Ms. Keith as the new manager it would be an easy transition as she knows what is going on here.

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    1. Good one, 5:38. You had me going for a minute.

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  16. It occurred to me that perhaps Elaine was given the choice RETIRE or BE FIRED.
    Any thoughts?
    Bruce was ready to leave over the "nasty water issue" and the council was told to lay off Bruce.

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    1. "and the council was told to lay off Bruce." by whom?

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