Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The House Cleaning At Sierra Madre City Hall Continues

Tales of Sierra Madre glory 

It all started in the last week or so with the story we broke here about the "retirement" of City Manager Elaine Aguilar. But surprisingly that was hardly the end of it. We can also finally confirm that Director Bruce Inman is now on his way out as well.

And we can now share with you another piece of big news. Are you ready for this? Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone is also apparently heading out through the permanent door. A rumor at this point, but all of the pieces fit.

So what is the reason for so much sudden radical change? In the not too distant past the City Council in Sierra Madre seemed endlessly tolerant of the failures and inadequacies of its senior personnel.

Why such radical change now?

Apparently the City Council has been actually holding employees accountable for their work, and some aren't adjusting to that kind of pressure very well. Producing actual positive results being too onerous a burden for some to carry. And rather than continuing to be called out on their various screw ups and inadequacies, they're taking the money and running.

It really is about time this city got some new leadership.

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75 comments:

  1. I thought with the passage of the permanent 10% Utility User Tax (UUT) rate last April that everything in Sierra Madre was going to be lollipops and rainbows?

    Do you get the feeling that we'll also be saying "Buh-Bye" to the SMPD as well?

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  2. Yes there is a god. Elaine, Elisa, Karen, Bruce, Danny, Caroline. Yippee!

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    1. Agreed but they should never have been hired. If hired, they should have been fired for cause long ago. None would last 5 minutes in the real world of business.Inman in particular has cost us a fortune .
      Let's beware of the replacements lest they be even worse

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  3. Makes sense. Sierra Madre was Gainonne's retirement post. Why would he want to deal with the upheaval of an interim/new city manager? Nah, time to get while the gettins good. Who's next?

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  4. Thank you Rachelle and Denise.

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  5. Is that obese guy really our chief of police? How undisciplined.

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    1. Old picture. He's had an extreme weight loss.

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    2. That picture was taken during the A. West crisis. After it was discovered the guy was back in town, unregistered, and the SMPD kept it a secret from the residents. It took a sharp-eyed resident to bring this to light.

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    3. Amen 5:34. Thank you Denise and Rochelle. We must persuade them to run again.

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  6. I am going to venture a guess: the lies told to pass the UUT about all the $$ to be generated to keep our city going is not even close and we will be bankrupt sooner than later. Where is the Finance Director in this discussion? And our newly elected City Clerk who was treated horribly during the first session regarding her duties and compensation? Then, don't forget the boneheaded idea of combining various comissions so that the staff members could be assigned as double duties and save money. What did that accomplish, really?

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    1. What does Mr. Amerio, the city Treasurer have to say about the city's financial position?

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    2. Notice you haven't heard from our new treasurer since elected.

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    3. Take a look at the slop these folks are lapping up at the trough..

      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2015/sierra-madre/

      Then figure that the retirees will get about 60-65% of their highest 5-year average salary for life, plus platinum-plated Medical benefits for life...

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  7. Interesting.
    The Police Chief had been given the additional dutiesof technical updates; when Alisa left for a new position employed along side John Gillison.
    To my knowledge, employees have always been held accountable.
    Time to have an open book on City finance.

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    1. I agree. CC had nothing to do with holding them accountable. I think they all see the writing on the wall. The city just might be going under.

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    2. You mean the UUT increase wasn't the cure to all of the city's problems?

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    3. Garcia should be ashamed of himself.

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  8. Wow. A new day dawns.

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  9. All 3 are leaving as every rich people. We will continue to support them in fine style for many years to come.

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    1. exactly and that is the problem with the public sector business - we, our children and our grandchildren will be paying into the ponzi retirement scheme so public sector employees can retire and earn a salary for doing nothing

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  10. I do not think the city council forced all these people to leave by demanding better work from them. I think they are leaving because the city council has so badly run this city they are getting out before the city goes broke.

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    1. Maybe a combination. They are of an age to retire, and the council has been asking for better work.

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    2. Whilst I would love to celebrate a victory for the adults ,I fear you are correct.This is just an astute financial move on the part of these gilded and benighted employees.
      Be careful about getting replacements selected by Inman and Aguillar. Mr.Cimino would be far worse than Inman. He has neither the intelligence nor the education for the job. His main activity seems to be Politics.

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    3. Chris Cimino is more than qualified to the job he is doing now, but as some t attlers have complained about Inman, he doesn't have the qualifications to be department head. Chris is a great asset to the community in the job he has.

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    4. I don't think Chris has the temperament or desire to be out in the forefront of politics but think he's a good guy from what I know

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    5. Chris is an honest hardworking guy who is perfect for the job of keeping a water system running.

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  11. Sierra Madre is finally crawling out from under the wreckage of the "Civility Party" era. Never thought we'd see the day.

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    1. This council is the best we've had in years and years. There's a good chance they'll hire hard-working people with integrity.

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    2. If ever there was a city that needed an administrative upgrade, it is Sierra Madre.

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    3. Harabedian, capoccia and Goss do not know what they are doing. Don't expect them to find qualified replacements. The two women may do some good.

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    4. Be careful what you wish for. With Michelle Keith running the city it will revert to the old guard of Buchanan, et al

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    5. The Empire strikes back.

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    6. would somebody please tell the PR rep / lawyer for SoCal Edison to butt out of city business?



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  12. Can we please bring in the Sheriffs now? Please? How much more of this do we need to take?

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  13. Methinks Giannone didn't want to preside over the shutdown of SMPD and the full-time implementation of LASD.

    On the other hand, he has served both Monterey Park & Sierra Madre for many years, Happy Retirement, Chief.

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    1. He'll make more in a year than most Americans make in five.

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    2. "Served" ? not really extorted more like it.

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  14. This is the weakest council we've had in years and years.

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    1. I disagree. They are making personnel changes that no previous councils dared to make. They're not perfect, but seriously. Could Buchanan, Walsh, Moran or Mosca have done this?

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    2. I wish you were correct.
      The CC did not make these changes.
      The individuals just cashed in their (Many!) chips when convenient to them.

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    3. 8:54, new to town, huh?

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    4. 8:56 is right. This is the strongest council we've had ib a long time. Speaking as a 50 year resident.

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  15. The is the weakest council we've had in years; they are also caught up in the mass exodus of staff.

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    1. A mass exodus of staff is the best thing that has happened in a decade.

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  16. Open the books. The community needs to understand just where this City stands on revenues, expenditures, the entire budget.
    The Sheriffs will be just as; if not more expensive than the Police Department. The SD also leave the town un protected when called out to Temple City on emergencies.
    The Library is a huge expense.
    Even with the passing of the 10%- forever UUT; the city may eventually be dis-incorporated and become an unincorporated part of L.A. County.
    What will that do for property values?

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    1. Too many false promises were made to the residents about what the UUT increase would bring to this city. That money is being gobbled up by CalPERs. Everything else is still at risk.

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    2. Not true 9:26AM.

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    3. The sheriff will be $500,000 per year less costly on average for 7 years and then double that.

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    4. You make that up all by yourself? You think the city isn't smart enough to negotiate a ridiculous demand like that out of the contract?

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  17. Younger Volunteers are needed to join in with the many outstanding Volunteers this town has counted on; regardless of City Managements attempt to chase Volunteers away. Time to step back into City Hall.

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    1. The city manager along with that embarrassment of a mayor, Nancy Walsh.

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  18. I tastefully disagree with 8:33 am. There are many individuals with their degrees in hand; but no life experience for the employment they seek. Chris Cimino is highly qualified to replace Mr. Inman.

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  19. The "Civility Party Era"; has nearly destroyed this town. Most have remained quiet after re- cooping their investments from the LLC payout of the Kensingtons residential build in the business district.

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  20. I would like to hear from Mr. Americo. I'm betting Elaine has kept him out of meetings since being elected. Elaine was quite vocal and spoke out against him at the Woman's Club forum; held last year.

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  21. Mr. Cimino is highly qualified, but would be foolish to take on this mess.

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    1. In the past people would say it's best to sell off the water company. Takes a lot of financial burden off of peoples' backs. The response would be we no longer have control over rates, and the residents would be gouged. My question is how could rates get any higher than they are now ?

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  22. The City Clerk does not appear all that concerned; this is a second income. In two years the State will be directing all elections; not sure who will release and post all legal notifications and filings.

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  23. I agree that Chief Giannone moved up in ranks some of his least qualified officers in order that "they" receive a larger take from CALPERS. Government employees are no dummies when it comes down to taking advantage of badly written laws that were written to favor them. It is shameful that the serving City Council at the time, did not do dill diligence and have the Finance Director and City Treasurer give their input, before passing a vote in favor of CALPERS. Again; did the City Council respect Community input. NO.

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  24. The city never admits to its mistakes. Even when they are obvious. What we are seeing now is a consequence of some immense blunders. Anyone who does not recognize that is delusional.

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  25. Time to circle the wagons.
    Big monies spent to bring in Management, is not a qualifying determination of common sense and following through with policies. An Administrator answers to Council. The individual is more accountable to Council and Public. Employees are free to give input; without repressal

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  26. 10:32 am. True. When I called and asked for a drive by to check on strange cars and people not from the neighborhood out walking the street late one night; I was told no one was available. I heard later that the Sheriff's had both been called back to Temple City for an emergency.
    I am sure the town had a dispatch that could summon help. This is what I was told.

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  27. Good help is hard to find and doesn't come cheap. I can't wait to hear the,complaining, sniveling,whining,and crying on this blog in the next few months.

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    1. So you're planning on spending a lot of time here? We'll need to stock up on Kleenex.

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    2. Sierra Madre-Tattler= home I am comfortably numb.

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  28. I bet that 3:34 works for the City. It's ok to spend tax payers dollars when your not accountable to others. Too much work researching for various alternatives?

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  29. Hey 3:34 pm. How can we be sure Sierra Madre will still function as a City? I thought the town was close to brooke.

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  30. That's right. Worst ever. Why? The city lied and spread the rumour that we would lose our police if the UUT failed. The truth is: it was about the CalPers. But the Council unanimously supported the increase. They also approved the water moratorium with NO SUNSET CLAUSE. That means that even if there's another flood like Noah's, our allocated number of water units will never change. We will continue to be charged fines if we go over our allotments. Think of the endless revenue for the city. What an injustice to the residents!

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  31. The issue has to do with retirements. The City is on the hook for paying out, and then having to fund new highers. This raises the overhead exponentially. When an employee retires, the costs go up by a multiplier of 2.5.
    Retiring now, gives these people a higher income before the feathers hit the fan.
    The UUT passage will mean contracting out all government services.

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  32. The water moratorium ENDS when the water level in the aquafer reaches normal. Them new water meters will be issued to lots that do not have them. Do not give out misinformation please.

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