Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's Now Official - Aguilar, Giannone & Inman Are All Out

Mod: Perhaps the biggest city government power shift in the history of Sierra Madre is going down now, and all we got is the following soggy press release. Well, OK, it's still better than the alternatives. Think of how bad things could have become had these folks been allowed to stay. Oh, and this does fit a very distinct pattern.

As was shown during Elaine Aguilar's recent fall from grace, first we break the news here on The Tattler, and two days later a rather cloying City Hall presser magically appears. Here is their official version of these events, the one that today you are all being asked to believe.






That, of course, is the Xanax variant. Cooked up for those easily prone to panic attacks caused by too much change and unfiltered anxiety inducing reality. The actual reason behind all of this is none of these city executives were getting the job done, and just had to go. Plain and simple.

Larry Giannone ran a police department that lost half of its sworn officers for reasons never fully explained, and even after spending a fortune in taxpayer dollars could only replace them with untested recruits fresh out of some lower tier police academy. And then only after city residents had paid for their tuition.

Bruce Inman oversaw a municipal water company that over the last few years was just one small banana step short of becoming a health crisis. Huge amounts of money were spent on foolish solutions that led absolutely nowhere. Dr. Hélène Baribeau anyone? It is now widely acknowledged that it will take many millions of dollars to repair the mess Inman dithered over, money that will have to be raised through new parcel taxes and other revenue increases. Expect to hear all about that during the long run up to the 2018 citywide elections.

Elaine Aguilar oversaw a ponzi scheme of a city government whose greatest and perhaps only priority was financing employee benefit and retirement accounts. No stone was left unturned in her relentless search for more revenue. Even the Huck Finn Fishing Derby was targeted. Elaine will leave behind somewhere around $30 million dollars in combined CalPERS and water bond debt. For a small town of 11,000 people that is an immense amount.

Sierra Madre is desperate for new City Hall leadership. Thankfully that day has now arrived and such change can actually happen.

Today's edition of the Sierra Madre Weekly has a big revelation for you

The article is called "What on Earth Is Going on Sierra Madre?" and can be read in its entirety by clicking here. What follows is one of the meatier parts. Apparently the Sheriffs are about to saddle up and head off into the sunset.

Talk about Brexit … now the world’s (well, at least local) attention is focusing on “SMexit” (aka Sierra Madre exit).

First, the city decides to contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to cover evening and weekend shifts. Then, the Sierra Madre Police (SMPD) Chief says the department will be back in full swing by September – and now, there is a rumor that Chief Giannone is about to exit, stage left … along with embattled Public Works Director Bruce Inman and possibly more.

We also just learned Wednesday morning, from Council Member John Cappocia, that SMPD will resume nighttime patrols on Nov 1.

In an email asking all the council members for clarification on the latest rumors, Cappocia (the only one who responded to our requests) said, “We will be resuming patrols on Nov. 1. We will be giving the sheriffs a 30-day notice at the end of the month.”

SMexit indeed! More information just as soon as it comes our way.

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48 comments:

  1. By Nov 1st make sure you have you own alarm system installed..

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    1. don't worry, you don't have anything anyone wants.

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    2. And your own gun.

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  2. Be careful what you wish for! The new employees could have higher salaries and perks. The community should have some input as to who gets hired. The CC has an agenda for whom they hire. You can bet on it.

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  3. New hires won't receive the platinum package of Smexit out going three.
    Denise Delmar did put in place the benefits package on new hires; residents can be gratful to Denise for those savings. It was a battle; but the council did finally agree.
    Thank you for your service to the City; from all three.
    Now and quite hopefully; new Mng/Administrator, Directors, Chief...well let's just say that it is refreshing to clear the cobwebs.

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  4. Where SMPD recruits are coming from. http://www.riohondo.edu/public-safety/police-academy/

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  5. Wouldn't it be nice if a some of the city council members also retired, like the current and past two mayors.

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    1. Plenty of room in the pasture.

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    2. would someone politely ask John Buchanan and Rob Stockley to butt out of city business?

      they were front and center with just about everything that went wrong and they just love to tell us smarter they are than us

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    3. So true 11:35. We're still recovering from their fiascos. This city council is so much better as a whole than any in the last 30 years. Rachelle and Denise have spearheaded so many positive changes!

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    4. Could someone please name one of these changes? One that is not a carryover from previous work.

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    5. Firing the 3 losers.

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  6. Wow! First the head of the library and then Cox and now Aguilar, Inman, and Giannone. What do they all know that we don't know?

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    1. It might be more accurate to ask what do they know that most people are ignoring.

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    2. All of them also take with them back door deals, some Management decit, and secrets.

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  7. EXACTLY. What do they know about the state of the City.

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  8. Bonds of trust have been established by this Police Department and the Community ; I hope this will continue with the new recruits.

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    1. Half of the department quit. I am not sure bonds of trust is how I woukd describe that.

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    2. bonds of trust? i don't think so. regardless, they are merely contract employees. their job to follow orders not give them

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  9. They know the city is going broke.

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    1. I thought the UUT increase was going to fix that.

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    2. That is what they said.

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  10. A Forensics Audit should be asked for by this Council. Recent scheduled expenditures should also be given a second look.

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  11. When did the Librarian leave? Caroline was it? We got a new one some time this year. I wonder if he is looking in the rear view mirror and thinking why am I here when Irwindale was such a nice bunch of folks. If anyone cares to remember Charley Martin, our long-time city attorney, was the city manager on and off in between hires here, was associated with Irwindale as well. Who will they hire that could possible step up to this charge: certainly NOT Michele Keith. Don Hopper retired from Monrovia, here a couple of times as our interim city manager, hunted up Elaine Aguilar when none of the applicants impressed the city council at the paper application level. Now that stage is probably all done on line. Imagine the fudge up you can cook up on an on-line application.

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  12. Well, at least we won't be worried about drowning as they drove this ship aground and we are high and dry on the decomposed granite.

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  13. Don't forget, the new librarian is also the community services director. All of this mishmash left behind by Elaine Aguilar's skillful dismantling the City of Sierra Madre, starting back when she allowed then citycouncil member Nancy Walsh to transplant the supididty of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments EENR (Energy, Environment and Natural Resources) idea to replace our Tree Commission and the Green Committee into to our very own EENR. Bone headed idea, then this with the library and community services. What next?
    Oh, yes that will be up the "caught in the headlights" city council to graple with: the vacancies provided by the exiting Police Chief, Public Works Director AND City Manager.

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  14. Sums it up for me: Public Works Director who bided his time until the person facing him with the suggestions/observation/actual problem was worn down and went away: Police Chief whose boss was Elaine (need we say more) and Elaine herself who was a micromanaging controller providing a work place filled with people looking forward to the week-end, heading to the parking lot with the thought: well, at least I still have my shitty job.

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    1. Inman was an absolute expert at sidestepping anything and doing a fan dance in municipalese. He was one of the first people who taught me that it was beyond useless to talk to staff - if something matters, you have to go to the councils and commissions. With a few appreciated exceptions, the city hall folks are blah-blah-blahing all the time.

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  15. It isn't just changing the faces. The culture needs to change as well.

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  16. Police Chief Giannone is not leaving.

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    1. The city publicity release states that he is retiring. You have other information?

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    2. Not leaving what? California?

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  17. Leaving, retiring...come on, it is not rocket science. The fact remains there is a mass exodus from city hall... curiously, at the same time. If one is retiring, is he not leaving? Last one out of city hall, please turn off the lights.

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  18. This City Council will require E-mail, phone calls, face to face suggestions, input. Most the time, no one listening. Can't stand that know it all attitude.
    This Council needs to be reminded that they were voted in to represent the voters.
    This was the lowest voter turn out in the towns history. The City Treasurer received the most votes; and he has been excluded from Council meetings. Why?
    The City Clerk received the next highest vote and look how this Council turned on her. All supposedly to save money! We'll here is their chance to make good in saving money for the town. Will they pick door number one or two?

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  19. Wow. Elaine, Bruce, and Giannone really LOVE Sierra Madre! They are all three leaving in December and thus will leave the city without these three key positions ( or at best, with newly hired people who don't know the way the city operates). Talk about leaving the city in the lurch. Their actions speak a whole lot louder than their hollow proclamations of 'love' for Sierra Madre.

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    1. My guess is they were pushed out.

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    2. Pushed by whom?

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    3. The City Council. If Sierra Madre is to pull itself together it needs better city leadership. Keeping the people who got us into this mess in the first place makes no sense. Trust me, they were pushed out.

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  20. Carolyn Thomas was the librarian hired by Elaine, who then retires in due time. Reason: she was given a reduced budget to apply to the running of the library and to make it work she had to ask individuals to do their job in combination with another task. Lost of blow back and decisions to quit. Mess created by Elaine Aguilar. That made for serious lowering of moral. Ms. Thomas decided it was time to retire and that took place December 2015. So, all within 12 months you have: Thomas, Inman, Gianonne and Aguilar leaving (retiring) and Cox taking other employment. And a large percentage of our police department said sayonara. Oh Lordy!

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    1. Don't forget Danny and Karen.

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    2. Somehow we survived.

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  21. I understand that the Librarian Carolyn Thomas retired with a full retirement package. Since then, she returned to the Library on a part time basis. Should we expect the same from the three, soon to be retires?

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  22. Charlie Martin was great and one if a kind.
    Don Hopper from Monrovia, was very knowledgeable. But; he understood back then, it was just a matter of time for this town; with such a small business base.
    Back then the Chief of the Fire Department was able to handle all the paperwork in a timely manor and the town was fortunate to have mostly a Volunteer Department. The Chief of Police knew almost everyone in town by name. If you indulged with a libation or two; you could phone the Department for a curtsy ride home. The Water Department had knowledgeble volunteers work with the Water Pumps distribution in exchange for a few building permits . Parks and Rec . Cloranated the pool. Yes; look how we have changed in just a few years.

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