Saturday, November 19, 2016

Elaine Aguilar's Encore: Why No New City Manager Yet?

So it looks like the search for a new Sierra Madre City Manager is taking a little longer than was originally planned. I cannot figure out why that would be, but perhaps I just need to develop a more flexible imagination. This also leads us to the following interesting situation. At next Tuesday's City Council meeting both the retirement from and an extension of Elaine Aguilar's employment here will be commemorated in that most traditional of Sierra Madre ways, cake and interesting non-alcoholic beverages in the City Hall lobby. This celebration will be continued later on in the evening with the last item on that evening's meeting agenda, which looks an awful lot like this:


There is nothing in this agenda report that details the reasons why the City Council or its pricey hired consultancy is having such difficulty recruiting a new City Manager. Nor is there any word about why they feel it is necessary to keep Elaine Aguilar around for another quarter of a year. Except, perhaps, a lack of optimism about the prospects of finding someone willing to take this job.

Maybe we'll find out why Tuesday evening. Or then again, maybe we won't.

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40 comments:

  1. It will be the same reason, just like the need for the UUT. More money.

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  2. At City Hall you say? Why not at Kefales' place? Seems its a hive of government glad handing, and I'd be surprised if Elaine hasn't visited on official duties at least once or twice.

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  3. Also, I am willing to take on the job. If no one else will line up then maybe Anonymous at 5:39 is your guy/gal!

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  4. Bruce is going to Bradbury to be an interim City Mngr. Maybe it's a fad.

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  5. 6:15am. Thats funny but true. If it's good enough for Bradbury then it should be the same here.
    Any City Manager, Head of Water Department or the financial savings of a City Administrator should be actively pursued.

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  6. I think the price of a city manager starts at around $250,000 these days. These are from Transparent California. Throw in the extras and it gets crazy.

    Clayton C Phillips City Manager
    Escondido, 2015 $252,149.00 $0.00 $161,303.00 $105,297.00 $518,749.00
    Daniel E Keen CITY MANAGER
    Vallejo, 2015 $280,385.00 $0.00 $47,376.00 $144,925.00 $472,686.00
    Samuel Baxter Iv Assistant City Manager
    West Hollywood, 2015 $219,997.00 $0.00 $165,011.00 $81,880.00 $466,888.00
    Norberto L Duenas City Manager U
    San Jose, 2015 $252,717.03 $0.00 $8,487.36 $196,182.75 $457,387.14
    Kenneth Hunt City Manager
    Fontana, 2015 $297,107.20 $0.00 $73,800.93 $82,712.50 $453,620.63
    David Cavazos City Manager (EM)
    Santa Ana, 2015 $341,710.50 $0.00 $87.50 $111,294.17 $453,092.17
    James Keene City Manager
    Palo Alto, 2015 $285,940.80 $0.00 $21,417.24 $143,143.67 $450,501.71
    Paul Arevalo City Manager
    West Hollywood, 2015 $278,836.00 $0.00 $43,925.00 $121,902.00 $444,663.00
    Elaine M Polachek Asst City Manager
    Santa Monica, 2015 $309,954.00 $0.00 $23,390.00 $107,317.00 $440,661.00
    Deanna Santana City Manager
    Sunnyvale, 2015 $266,243.00 $0.00 $49,945.00 $123,361.00 $439,549.00
    Mark V Bozigian City Manager
    Lancaster, 2015 $279,363.00 $0.00 $13,077.00 $139,597.00

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  8. Possibly one of these cities will inform the heads of their Water Department, that Sierra Madre is searching for a City Manager.

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  9. It is time to make John Hutt an offer he can't refuse.

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    1. That would be an answer to prayer.

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    2. Yep. Poor John Hutt. Sometimes great responsibilities are put on people who don't want them. But how do you say no?

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  10. Where do we send our suggestions for city manager. If a person is concerned about Michelle Keith been picked and we want to inform the right people?

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    1. There's a rumor that Keith is going to Rancho Cucamonga. With Gillison, and Weaver.

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    2. It is true. That is the reason the interim city manager job in Bradbury is open for Inman.

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  11. Trump is every sleazy salesmen you’ve ever dealt with. He’s every gaslighting partner you’ve ever had. He’s every petty street criminal who smiled in your face while his buddy picked your pocket.

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    1. Trump paid out $25 million in hush money yesterday to silence the people he ripped off with his Trump University. Not sure that has ever happened with a president elect before.

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    2. He might be a blackmail target. There are already nude pictures of his wife on the internet.

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    3. Those pictures serve a very useful purpose. All of the wacko extremist men in the Middle East and elsewhere distribute them as examples of how all American women are whores.

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    4. hire Trump to be our city manager

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    5. Great. Another clown who would get us sued.

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  12. Just don't hire another cop to be City Manager. That trend has died since San Marino's City Manager and former police chief resigned earlier this year. Major cost management and contract problems, there's no background for that in policing. There's also a conflict of interest with negotiating with police and fire unions, considering that a cop already has a pension/retirement fund with that group. Alhambra and Gardena will find that out soon enough.

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  13. If a department head can manage a city, then Sierra Madre should open up the search.
    Most of the city departments have been compartmentalize or contracted out, so what's to manage?

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  14. I hear that Hilary is available and is looking for a government job. Maybe the Sierra Madre Progressives should offer her the city managers position.

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    1. Better her than Trump. The city is getting sued enough as it is.

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    2. So if you voted for Trump and you actually are not condoning of his racism and Islamophobia, I hope you are making a plan for how you personally will be pushing back against his racist, unconstitutional campaign promises — the things you claim to find objectionable but voted for anyway. How are you, personally, ensuring the things you claim you don’t want to become realities don’t happen? Saying you are not racist is not enough. Believing you are not racist is not enough. Show us.

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    3. How does curtailing illegal immigration equate to racism?

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    4. Depends on how you do it. If it is almost exclusively about Mexico like it is with Benito Trumpilini, then yeah, it's racism.

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  15. John Hutt is way too nice a guy. The city is going broke. I would not want him to take the blame.

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  16. Planning Director resigns; public works director gets top job by the Vallecitos Water District. THE COAST NEWS. Encinitas. Not just Sierra Madre. Where did Joe Mosca find a job?

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  18. Is there an address or phone # we can respond to regarding the selection of the City Manager????? If any one knows please tell me were to go. Funny comments excepted as long as you finish up with the contact info please. LOL

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    1. Go to the City of Sierra Madre website and email the members of the City Council.

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    2. The City Council had an item on the agenda last month or so about community input for what people wanted in a new City Manager. Elaine left the chambers and the 5 or so stalwarts who were there for any number of other items took it upon themselves to say something. One of them asked if there would be a survey form of some type for people to fill out in the privacy of their own homes and not to take the fact that there were so few people there to anwer this question as an adminssion that no one was interested. So where is that form letter for public input? Ask the City Council members and this hired consultant.

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  19. According to WalletHub's research, here are the 10 states that depend the most upon the federal government.

    Kentucky. ...
    South Dakota. ...
    Montana. ...
    Tennessee. ...
    Louisiana. ...
    Alabama. Huntsville, Alabama | Source: iStock. ...
    New Mexico. Source: iStock. ...
    Mississippi. Jackson, Mississippi | iStock.com/Sean Pavone.

    Those are all Trump states. Maybe when all the non-documented leave the state the locals can get jobs.

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  20. This link shows each state. Interesting to see what the Federal Government will be doing with these expenditures.

    http://taxfoundation.org/blog/which-states-rely-most-federal-aid-0

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  21. Danny Castro Gone
    The library lady Gone
    Elisa Cox Gone
    The chief Gone
    Inman Gone
    Elaine Gone

    Did I miss anybody?

    They must all know something we don't know.

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