Saturday, November 26, 2016

Your deadline to apply for Sierra Madre's City Manager position is now Nov. 30th

Mod: I have no idea how they came up with that date since originally it had been much earlier, but apparently if you want to throw your hat into the ring you'll need to do so by next Wednesday. Unless they don't get the candidate they want, at which time I assume the end date will have to be pushed out once again. Here is how hard working consultant Bobbi Peckham has posted up both the City Manager job and the City of Sierra Madre on the Western Cities website, which is an appendage of the preternaturally annoying League of California Cities. Should you choose to do so, link here.


Mod: That $180,000 salary is interesting since Elaine Aguilar, after years of exemplary and dedicated service (or at least that is what the City Council that shoved her out the door said last Tuesday evening), made a mere $157,237.04 in 2015 according to Transparent California (link). Of course, there are benefits and CalPERS to figure in as well. There is also this. If you go to the consultant's own recruiting site (link), you will see how they are trying to sell this job to potential applicants. Take a deep breath, be sure to read between the lines, and note the part where they say you are going to need a sense of humor. Be certain to note the sentence I've highlighted below in Wistaria mauve. When did the City Council ever admit to further tax increases? Like maybe never? Wasn't the UUT increase supposed to handle all of that kind of stuff?

The Community
Nicknamed the “Village of the Foothills,” the City of Sierra Madre is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County.

It is centrally located between Pasadena and Arcadia and 13 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Sierra Madre is primarily a residential community with a small business district, encompassing 3.1 square miles, with approximately 11,000 residents.

Known for its village ambience, Sierra Madre is a hidden jewel with serene neighborhoods, scenic views, and green space. At its heart is the City’s charming downtown shopping district, a popular destination for visitors and residents. Restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and art galleries line the streets around the town center. Sierra Madre is a tightly knit community that takes deep pride in both its historical treasures and in its modern-day lifestyle.

Sierra Madre is a built-out community with only a few parcels available for new development. As a result, the population has remained relatively unchanged for the last three decades. The community has no direct freeway access and no traffic signals, but this seclusion has only enhanced the community attractiveness as a desirable housing market.

One of the key qualities that defines the City’s unique character is the diversity of the housing stock, ranging from apartments and condominiums to Victorian homes, California bungalows, traditional Craftsman, and ranch style homes. Over 40 percent of the homes are more than 50 years old, many of which are listed as historical landmarks.

Sierra Madre’s ideal climate entices residents to take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities and programs offered by the City at its six parks, aquatics center, Community Recreation Center, Youth Activity Center, and the Hart Park HouseSenior Center. The City also provides cultural and historical awareness through the Lizzie’s Trail Inn Museum, Richardson Historical House, and the Sierra Madre Public Library’s Local History Collection. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Bailey Canyon Wilderness Area, as well as the Mount Wilson Trail, where historic trails lead hikers and runners into the expanse of the Angeles National Forest.

Sierra Madre is often thought of as an artists’ colony due to the high concentration of artists, designers, and people working in media. There are numerous galleries, art festivals, shows, as well as artwork on display at various businesses. The Sierra Madre Playhouse offers live family entertainment and has been selected “Best Live Theater” twice by voters of the Pasadena Weekly.

Sierra Madre is home to many special events, including the Summer Concert Series, the Friends of the Library Art Fair, the Fourth of July celebration, and the annual Wisteria Vine Festival, which attracts thousands each year to see the world’s largest blooming vine planted over a century ago. Named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2007, Sierra Madre is a picturesque, safe, and friendly town and easily one of the finest communities in Southern California.

To learn more about the City of Sierra Madre, please visit www.cityofsierramadre.com

The Organization
Incorporated in 1907, the City of Sierra Madre is a General Law City and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Legislative authority is vested in a five-member City Council elected at large for four-year terms. At April 2016 election, two of the incumbent Councilmembers were reelected in an unopposed race. The next election for three Council seats is in April 2018.

The Council is responsible for general City policy, as well as for the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of the City’s five citizen commissions. It also serves as the governing body for the Successor Agency and Public Financing Authority. The Mayor is selected by the members of the City Council each April and serves as the ceremonial head of the City Council. City voters also elect a City Clerk and a City Treasurer each serving for a four-year term.

The City provides a full range of services to its citizens through 63 full-time employees. These services include: police, fire, emergency medical, street construction and maintenance, water (Sierra Madre is a retail water supplier, both producing and distributing water) and sewer utility, parks, recreational, Library, cultural and social, planning, building and safety, economic development, environmental and general administrative services.

The current City Manager will be retiring in December along with the Police Chief and Public Works Director.  The timing is not indicative of any organizational turmoil but rather, the decades each has worked in public service. The City’s Assistant City Manager position is also currently vacant.

The FY 2016-2017 Budget is $24.3 million. The General Fund Budget is $10.8 million. In April 2016, voters approved the Utility User Tax Rate (UUT), which is the second largest General Fund Revenue source after property taxes. It is anticipated that due to increasing costs, deferred maintenance and necessary infrastructure improvements, additional future revenue sources will be necessary.

The Position
This opportunity is available with the upcoming retirement of Elaine Aguilar, who has served as City Manager since 2007. In discussions with the Mayor and City Council, executive team, and community members, the following profile of the ideal City Manager candidate was developed.

Serving as the CEO of the city organization, the City Manager will be a visionary leader who will establish trust and credibility within the community, set the tone and course for the organization and provide clear recommendations and counsel.

The City Manager will communicate regularly with the community, providing project updates as well as information on current and future issues and challenges. It is expected that the City Manager will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the City and will be accessible and available to community residents.  The City Manager will feel comfortable engaging with residents on a regular basis. Most importantly, the City Manager will have a respect and appreciation for the community’s unique small-town character and heritage.

The ideal candidate will bring a hands-on, team-oriented approach to the delivery of services in a highly engaged community. The City Manager will support and coach the City’s team of professionals, enhance its can-do culture and customer service mentality, and expect accountability throughout the organization. The City Manager will be prepared to roll up her/his sleeves and bring proven leadership experience as well as a solid understanding of municipal operations and budgets. In addition, experience with projects relating to technological enhancements, infrastructure improvement, deferred maintenance, and financing methods is strongly desired.

The City Manager will be accessible, having an open door and an engaged and calm demeanor as well as a sense of humor. An ability to effectively and transparently communicate with the Council, staff, and citizens is essential, as is the ability to take problems head-on and suggest innovative solutions.

The ideal candidate brings proven, hands-on supervisory and management experience in a local government setting. Familiarity with and/or knowledge of municipal finance/budgeting, infrastructure and capital improvements is desirable, but candidates with generalist experience are strongly encouraged to apply. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or a related field is required.

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36 comments:

  1. Sierra Madre seems to be on an every two year tax or rate increase schedule.

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  2. Preserve Sierra Madre needs to team up with the Homeowners Association and have some input on who is picked.

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  3. Who have they turned down so far?

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  4. What are they talking about "Serving as the CEO of the city organization, the City Manager will be a visionary leader" Sierra Madre is living the vision we have worked hard to maintain. We need a City Manager who can bring skills to helping run what we have now. Sierra Madre doesn't need someone coming in to town with their own vision to promote, PLEASE. We need someone with good manager and operational skills that help PRESERVE our village feel and look. Some of the financial problems have not been properly addressed and now we are paying for poor decisions. We need a "CM" who has a feel for our small community amid a big metropolis and a National Forest. Someone who fits in the community and gets the feel of what our town is all about.

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  5. Application would appeal to someone with Municipal background wanting experience in the field or wanting to complete their time in public service in a less stressful environment. Looks; like Mr. Inman choose to invest in PERS retirement packages by completing his time elsewhere.
    The personal connections of individuals in local cities is giving the appearance of networking on the job.
    The move of Asst. Mng. to a City that hired an ousted Mng. from Sierra Madre. Her good friend that left Bradbury, then Mr. Inman has filled that spot.
    I would guess the meetings of the League of California Cities is where this town will find someone to step into this Management position.

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  6. Water appears to be this cities source of revenue, when reading the advertised position. The deferring maintenance costs jump out as a warning to lack of working revenue.
    The Council has said they will seek Parcel Tax in the near future. Seldom hear cost saving ideas.
    Yes; this will be a tough sell.

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    1. If anyone ever bothered to attend a Public Safety Committee meeting, you'd hear a lot of the creative ways they plan to spend more money and sell the naive residents on more taxes. Should be an interesting ballot in 2018 with a parcel tax along side the measure to eliminate the UUT.

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  7. Would be a tough job for a local person to do but that's who we as a small town need. Someone who lives in town and wants to preserve what we have here. A local resident would already have a feel for maintaining what we have. We need to work on the infrastructure and sustainability. Would be nice to have a CM who is not climbing the social ladder and does not want to leave Sierra Madre, just wants to make our town the best it can be on a balanced budget.

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  8. We should have gone full time with the sheriff last year. We would be saving $500,000 plus every year. Much more after 5 years. There is still time to switch.

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    1. The UUT increase was to fund CalPERS and rebuild the SMPD. Very few of the things that were promised last spring are going to happen. Especially water infrastructure.

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    2. I agree with 9:02am, but the person does not have to be local the town has grown from the days of local and volunteers or were discourged from past Management and Councils. The days of PERS job retirement relocation has replaced all that.
      Just not a yes man/woman or paper pusher. Just shifting concerns around so that that every other year they are re discussed with no prior information or updates given to Councils.
      It would be a break through to see the Council Chambers full again with Public support and participation even with "our" busy lives we all lead.

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  9. NEWS: Fidel Castro has died. Celebration in Miami. In support of my Cuban friends, I am happy for you. DICTATORSHIP done.

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    1. Glad that the old fart finally died. But we need to deal with the Trump-Putin coup here.

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    2. Gotta hand it to him. He was a fighter.

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    3. Yes now maybe Cuba can return to prostitution,drugs,and gambling just like the good ol days......

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    4. Sounds like a good place to open some new Trump casinos!

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  10. Forget the Sheriff savings. Are we going broke? Will Sierra Madre claim Bankruptcy?

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  11. Clinton Campaign to Participate in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan Recounts, Top Lawyer Says
    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/clinton-campaign-participate-wisconsin-pennsylvania-michigan-recounts-top-lawyer-says

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  12. 11:57am. Possible that you were never educated with the types of Leadership, Dictatorship, different areas of the World are existing or struggling under.
    You are fortunate that you live in the United States and are "allowed" to post your comments without having your front door broken down, dragged out of your home never to be seen again.

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    1. At least for now.

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    2. Trump Says Freedom of the Press Must Go Because He’s ‘Not Like Other People’
      “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people...We’re gonna...have people sue you like you never get sued before.”
      http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/27/trump-freedom-press-not-people.html

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    3. Cuba struggled under decades of us corruption. They revolted for a reason.

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  13. I hope that that posters 12:36 and 1:13pm are the same person. Spoiled rotten American(s) living inside their own bubble.
    If 1:13pm is a supportive Castro revolutionary; then I hope you return and help in the relief of freeing the Opressed, or try out the new ways of dealing with his brother. You can join him.

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    1. Our own Castro takes office in 57 days.

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  14. black Saturday on the blog

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  15. 2:19 Put away your spoiled arrogance and read some history kid. You'll realize your the one in your own bubble. As bad as Castro was for civil rights the Cubans had it worse under US puppet governments. It's the same type of blowback from foreign intervention that worsens terrorism fears at home today, and that fear is what causes fools to vote for losers like McCarhy and Nixon and Trump.

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  16. 2:42pm. You shouldn't air your family values out in public on this site. The Moderator has given us information on Sierra Madre seeking Management for the town. I hope the Council will return to a City Administrative position. Places more responsibility back onto the elected Council.

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  17. 1:13 Castro is a fascinating historical figure, but he's no saint. but don't worry about 2:19, he's just another clone trapped in the Matrix.

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    1. The first 2:19 seems bitter about something.

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    2. Most alt-right trumpetes are

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    3. Fools and fanatics.

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  18. If Trump would have lost he said he would not have excepted the results. At least if Trump had lost the government could have kept peace by following the laws that are in place. The new Dictator will follow no laws and will take over this country. You don't think so, watch and you shall see. The world is laughing and crying at the same time as the U S is divided and conquered from within.

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    1. Take heart 2:19pm. Castro died on Black Friday. The most Capitalist spending day of the year. That's irony.

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    2. He had been brain dead for years. Like most Trump voters.

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    3. .. and millions of Americans are buying communist made goods from China.

      So much for outdated right wing propaganda politics.

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    4. Right. Like all the Trump trash that is made in China.

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