Friday, September 9, 2016

Sierra Madre City Manager Elaine Aguilar To Step Down December 9

Let there be taxes!
Elaine Aguilar will step down as Sierra Madre City Manager on December 9. The reason for this unanticipated departure? Apparently it is personal, and not driven in any way by a desire to be elsewhere when Sierra Madre's various chronic debt disasters go nuclear.

Ms. Aguilar is expected to walk away with a handsome six figure pension and platinum health benefits for the rest of her life. On your dime, of course. And what exactly is it that you got in exchange for this extraordinary act of generosity?

As far as I can tell, not all that much. The highest utility taxes in California, an inept and broken Police Department that cannot even find teenagers willing to work for it, and tens of millions of dollars in debt to both CalPERS and those banks in New York holding the paper on around $22 million dollars in Sierra Madre water bond debt. The majority of that being paid for in interest only payments, of course.

There is supposed to be a press release floating around somewhere about Elaine's December departure, but I have yet to see it. Maybe they're holding off on that item so the Mountain Views News can break this story. A day late, I guess.

Expect the Doyle-Stockley-Buchanan Axis to start beating their bongo drums soon for Michelle Keith to groove on over from Bradbury and take the gig. They desperately need someone who will keep their secrets.

According to Transparent California (link), Bradbury City Manager Michelle Keith enjoys $142K in yearly compensation. Elaine Aguilar's yearly compensation varies, but last year it was in the $215K range.

More news as it arrives.

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89 comments:

  1. Leave the bongo drums out of it.

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  2. will she take Teresa with her?

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  3. Elaine has broken John Capoccia's heart.

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  4. Wow! Never expected to see real news here again. I've had my differences with her but I never envied her job. Watch out what you wish for, it will probably be much worse!

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  5. Make Sierra Madre Great. Again?September 9, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Maybe Putin is behind it.

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    1. Nah. Sierra Madre sank its own ship.

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    2. Sierra Madre is a wonderful place not a "sinking ship" It's not fun out there in the real world.As we have seen in the last few days here thanks to the Mod.

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    3. The first sign of a sinking ship are all of the rats making an exit. How many from the last couple of years can you count?

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    5. Name calling is frowned upon here. This isn't the Trump campaign.

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  6. No news of this anywhere on the city's site. There has;t been a new City Mangler report since August 18.

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    1. There hasn't been a new item on the "City News" page since June. Obviously Elaine checked out months ago.

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  7. Please... Please no Michelle Keith. This city needs new ideas and somebody who has not been corrupted by townie politics.

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    1. They'll pitch her as an economical choice. Someone Sierra Madre can afford.

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    2. anybody supported by Buchanan, Doyle, Stockley, Hayes won't be good for the city

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  8. Thank-you Moderator. Thank-you.
    Elaine Aguilar I wish you well. Take care.
    ......N O W..... It's time to re-organize the way City Hall is structured. Cut costs. N O W, replace that position with a City administrator. Period.
    "We", are not assured as to the full service status of City. TIME for full audit on just where does the city stand. Could be "we" contract out Police,Fire,Paramedics. The time is right and the time is now. Council members come and go; having a Manager is no longer a necessity. TIME to Explore affordable options. How do Cities of this size in California operate?

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  9. The Police Union will not allow the city to hire anyone that they don't like. Harabedian, Goss and Capoccia will never stand up to them.

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  10. 5:08 am. I wished for functional City Councils to safe guard the City by making fiscal decisions. Hasn't happened.

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  11. Michele Keith was very disorganize when she was employed under the Parks Department. Some of us seniors are still here.

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    1. Keith has been "helping out" for over a year. She can not become the city manager!!

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    2. Yes, but she's good at the obfuscatory bluster.

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    3. She is in the pocket of the town wreckers. They want someone who obeys orders. No creativity or free thinking allowed.

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  12. how much will her pension cost us and our grandchildren?

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    1. I agree 8:31. That family ran the pool back in the 50's too. Her brothers are bullies. She may have been getting payoffs from the movie people too.

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    2. I made a mistake 8:31, it was Michelle's uncles who were bullies.

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  13. Michelle Keith, Bart Doyle are among the hand picked organizers presenting a tear down of Kersting Court and planting a fake tree.

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    1. Odd I don't recall that. You sure you didn't imagine it?

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    2. Your lack of recall could be a sign of trouble. Have you been to a Doctor lately?

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    3. Not that I'm a MIchelle Keith fan, and I've always said she was biding time until she could get bac k in, but it was Carol Canterberry who has the fake tree and the tear down proposal is still in the planning stages. You will have a say.

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    4. You mean the permanent holiday tree? Oh, what a blessing.

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    5. What exactly is a permanent holiday? Is it like a dirt nap? And then they plant a tree on top of you?

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  14. In order to fix the water department and other badly neglected infrastructure the City Council will put a parcel tax on the ballot in 2018. Either that or some kind of Prop 218 move. The City Council will pick someone who is a strong advocate for that.

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  15. On the 2018City ballot; the repeal if the UUT.

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    1. I dunno been pretty nice around here for the last few months,I don't notice any outrageous bills that would warrant that? A Parcel Tax sounds like a viable option.

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    2. I resent that damn UUT every time I open a bill.

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    3. You elected the candidates who supported the the UUT.

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  16. The City water pipes were destroyed by the chemical dump that was flushed through.

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  17. This city is going broke fast. Elaine is getting out before the end comes.

    We will be paying her for decades and taxing ourselves big time to keep her in comfort. The system has to change.

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  18. I wondered why there was such a rush to combine and break down departments. This has the appearance of being planned out behind the curtains for some time now. Look how many department heads have retired. Who's next?

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  19. Elaine won the game! She'll be rolling those new red Benzes for the rest of her life. Salute!

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  20. John thank you. You may no longer be a resident of this town; but the only responsible and truthful information about the goings on at City Hall have been from the Tattler. Bravo.

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    1. Thanks. Now that the summer is over and things are heating up locally again I am going to cut back on the national stuff. That said, this is the worst presidential election of my lifetime and I can't believe what is happening to my country.

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    2. Just when I thought it was safe to read the tattler again, there you go with the National stuff. My hives are coming back!

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    3. When has the tattler ever been safe?

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    4. I only read blogs I know are safe-zones. I will appreciate if the moderator could put trigger warnings before every article that may make me feel sad, angry, or challenge my perceptions. Please be respectful everyone!

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  21. I agree with you John, but I like Hillary - think she will be a good President. I'd vote for her because she is the only one with guts enough to stand up to the NRA.

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    1. Trump's big stoopid mouth has gotten him into trouble again.

      Politico: Trump in hot water over Putin embrace
      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/trump-putin-embrace-fallout-227940#ixzz4Jmeio5I7

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    2. Sweetie, I told you no imbibing before lunch. Put the bottle down this instant.

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    3. Usually we give mom her Four Roses and seat her in the corner. Obviously she's behind on her drinking this morning because she somehow got the computer turned on.

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    4. Tell your mother that her handsome Donald Trump has fallen about 5 points in two days on 538.com. Apparently the American people aren't quite own board with his bro crush on manly Vlad.

      http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#now

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    5. 538.com has increased the chances of Trump winning Ohio.

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    6. Yeah, too bad Big Mouth Donnie alienated Kucinich. He might not be behind in Ohio now.

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    7. 12:50 - check again. Trump's numbers in Ohio just took a big dump.

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    8. Just remember that when catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults.

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    9. They would be a great way of getting over Trump's wall.

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  22. Aguilar will no doubt be living in splendid circumstances for the rest of her life.

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  23. City Manager Aguilar has been the whiner in chief in city hall. I wonder if all of that moaning about being overworked and underpaid might leave with her?

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  24. News like this sure has a way of uniting the city. Just look at these comments today. Geesh.

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  25. Check out the National Enquire photo of Hillary, looks like character from Star Wars!
    ABH. Anyone but Hillary.

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    1. ABH are the three letters that best describe you. A Big Hiney.

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    2. Yes, the Enquirer. Such an impeccable source.
      Photo shop much?

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  26. With Elaine leaving the city, thanks to Denise, the benefits can be adjusted to a more realistic package.

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    1. No they can't. We are locked in to CALPERS with no way out.

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    2. Not on future hires

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    3. There has got to be some good coming out of this, damnit!
      Elaine was always a placeholder - crafty little one, maximizing her good luck to have been the best of a bad batch of applicants when she was hired.

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    4. Aguilar leaves this city a millionaire. And she leaves behind a city $40 million dollars in debt.

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  27. Hillery has a big Hiney. :)

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    1. Soon you will be kissing it.

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    2. Why you spell her name like that and talk about her body?

      Creepy

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  28. Can anyone recall. The female employee that was charged with embezzlement, wasn't Ms. Keith her supervisor?

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    1. Those were days of skullduggery that the city has never, ever detailed. Was that the gal named Tammy who then went on to Claremont, or Pomona? Stories about files being burned, lawsuits filed. When Buchanan was asked to disclose information, he refused.

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    2. That is why the Buchanan crowd are going to be completely focused on who replaces Aguilar. There are bodies buried under city hall.

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  29. Any one know what the final amount of money was spent on the Yes On UUT campaign? We need to get ready for the Parcel tax campaign.

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    1. Wonder if Yes on UUT got their reports filed correctly

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  30. Billy boy in the year 1992 used the slogan "Make America great again"; sad but may be true; he shows signs of Dementia.

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    1. Trump? Yeah. I think it's because of all the coke and ecstasy he consumed during his Studio 54 days.

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    2. My favorite thing about Trump right now is his love for Christianity.
      Lol, lol.

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    3. You got to hand it to the Mormons. They have rejected Trump for his disgusting immorality. If only evangelicals had that intellect.

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  31. Could Sierra Madre become part of the City of Los Angeles and be run by the County?

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  32. This is an example of 'prime grade A' beef living off the fat of the land along with being a well fed politician.

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  33. I think her name was Rosemary G.(?); and I believed she served jail time and or made restitution. Recreation Department was quickly dismantled and reorganized; etc.

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  34. Gates in his memoirs wrote that both Hillary and Obama admitted that in 2007 they opposed the surge for political reasons.*The Larry Elder Show

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    1. Interesting. What do you have to offer us next? A history of doorknobs?

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  35. A concern would be the City Manager seeking mental and legal help for all she went through trying to manage the City of Sierra Madre. The stress of failure can be overwhelming. Hopefully the city doesn't have to file for bankruptcy to pay for past mistakes. Look out for a parcel tax to cover costs. Council has some important decisions ahead.

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    1. Vote No on parcel tax. It only frees up General Fund $$$ salaries and benefits.

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  36. Please not Michelle Keith. Let us get people with an intellect and no SM connections.

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  37. Tammy Gates was our City Manager that went to Yorba Linda and took Development Services Director Chris Cristiansen with her. There she got sideways with the City Council over giving deals to developers. After she left we had the interim retired City Manager from Monrovia, Don Hopper (he had also acted as interim before Gates came) and then when none of the applicants to replace Tammy made it through the paper evaluations, he wandered over to Glendale and headhunted Elaine Aguilar, who was one of several Assistant City Managers there, and got her to apply here.

    Years back Michelle Keith had a replacement who was a darn sight better and they wanted to keep her, but Michelle was on leave and they couldn't just replace her permanently. They created an assistant position for the replacement when Michelle returned.

    With the financing of the YAC extension, she managed to convince the City Council (or with Bart and company maybe they actually orchestrated it themselves) to redirect money the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy secured for the city for the purchase of open space to the YAC extension.

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