Having a City Manager with an actual stake in the success of the community would seem like it would be the way to go. But apparently Sacramento wasn't into any arrangements like that. And in order to please a few of their union financed benefactors (police and fire is what I have heard), they legislated any such opportunities completely out of existence.
At one time the City of Sierra Madre did recognize that this is how things ought to be. Currently it actually is city law that the City Manager must live in town. However, this has been unenforceable ever since state law declared a few decades back that carpetbaggers must be considered for such a position, and once hired cannot be required to actually live in the city they are paid by the residents to run.
A condition that could go a long ways in explaining Sierra Madre's current $9 million dollars in CalPERS debt. It is doubtful that a city resident would have ever allowed such an awful thing to happen to this community. But if you aren't from here, why would you ever care?
Councilmember Capoccia, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that the time has come to bring city law into line with the state requirements in this matter. The point is moot of course, because what the city has on the books cannot in any way be enforced. But I suppose this at least allows the Councilmember to believe he has actually done something of real importance.
It is the last item on Tuesday evening's City Council meeting agenda. Here is how this largely unnecessary action reads: