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.