Now being a civil and forgiving person you might have assumed that the reason for this was because the current City Manager, Gabriel Engeland, formerly of Trinidad "Rocky Mountain High" Colorado, is just getting settled in and hasn't found the time needed to get one done. And that would be a reasonable assessment of the situation. It is never easy starting a new job, especially in a town as complex as this one.
However, if you look on the City of Sierra Madre website, there are some disturbing indications that trouble might be afoot. The clues seem telling to me. Here are a couple for you to reflect upon.
"An archive is an accumulation of historical records or the physical place they are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of that person or organization ... In general, archives consist of records that have been selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value. Archival records are normally unpublished and almost always unique, unlike books or magazines for which many identical copies exist. This means that archives are quite distinct from libraries with regard to their functions and organization, although archival collections can often be found within library buildings.
You could easily get the impression that perhaps the City Manager's Report really is a thing of the past. There is also this disturbing screen shot (link):
There used to be a section on this page where a new report would be slotted in, along with its issue date. That is now gone. In its place is the invitation to subscribe to that strictly vanilla Sierra Madre City Newsletter e-mail blast instead. Hardly a replacement since it has already been around for quite some time.
If my suspicions are correct, these are not happy signs. Sierra Madre never has been celebrated for city agency transparency, and the loss of this report does little to make that unfortunate impression any less obvious.
My guess? Someone is advising the city to put out as little information as possible. The purpose being to choke off possible resident arguments against that anticipated big fat tax hike in the works for 2018. The second in two years.
I hope I'm wrong.
Last night's Sierra Madre City Council meeting
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As we predicted on Monday, this was a fairly quick public City Council confab, lasting all of an hour and seventeen affable minutes. Ed Chen, the former campaign manager of that now imprisoned LA County Sheriff candidate and thug, Paul Tanaka, stepped up to talk about a different kind of trash.
That stormwater bill certain screwballs in Sacramento are pushing for was unanimously opposed by the City Council, and a letter will be sent to the appropriate officials stating their unhappiness. If it becomes law, this bill would cost cities like Sierra Madre huge amounts of money they don't have.
The 710 Tunnel was written off, which is a very good thing. Have you seen the 210 Freeway lately? Chris Holden, who was for the tunnel before he was against it, was commended by John Capoccia for his ability to flip the correct way.
The City Council then headed off to that backroom with the large table and chairs to discuss a couple of potential land use lawsuits with the City Attorney. Something that was expected to take at least a couple of hours. Unfortunately, this was all secret stuff so there is nothing more to report.