Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sierra Madre City Manager Elaine Aguilar Says Goodbye

 End of an era.
Mod: Elaine Aguilar's last City Manager's Report was posted yesterday. To Elaine's credit, this report has occasionally revealed some important things. Hopefully the new guy will continue it. Here is Elaine's adieu to Sierra Madre.

SAYING FAREWELL (link):
I began working for cities in 1983, and I held a number of positions, in a number of cities, all in preparation for August 2007, when I was appointed Sierra Madre’s new City Manager. Now nine and a half years have gone by so quickly, and I can’t believe this is my final City Manager’s report.

I truly mean it when I say that Sierra Madre is a special place, and it isn’t easy leaving, but personal family matters need my full attention, so it is time to turn things over to the new City Manager Gabe Engeland. I have been able to spend some time with Gabe and I really think he is fantastic, and he will be a good fit for this wonderful town.

I am really going to miss everyone – the City Council Members, the residents, business owners, volunteers and City staff. One of my many goals, 9.5 years ago, was to hopefully bring some stability to the positon of City Manager, and at that time, I wholeheartedly gave the City Council a 5 year commitment.

But little did I know that 5 years would quickly almost become 10 years! I leave knowing that between the committed City Council, the involved community, and the dedicated City staff, that there aren’t any obstacles that are too great and that can’t be overcome.

I wish everyone and Sierra Madre all the best!

Mod: In case you may have wondered, here is why Sierra Madre (along with a raft of other poorly governed cities) has raised taxes in the recent past, and will ask you for even more in 2018. Trust me, it won't really be because of the Library, Fire Department or Baby Rhyme Time.

Why California cities and counties should act scared by pension payments (Sacramento Bee link): New Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan is putting together his first budget proposal, and you might think with the improving economy, he would be able to hand out cash to this program or that.

Instead, he’s warning department heads not to expect many of their pent-up requests, he’s focused on increasing revenue and cutting expenses, and he’s looking at least five years down the road.

There’s a very good reason: Higher pension costs are on the way because CalPERS lowered its expected investment returns. Sacramento’s additional payments are projected to rise from a manageable $3.2 million in 2018-19 to a frightening $29.4 million in 2022-23.

“It keeps me up at night,” Chan told The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board this week.

If the higher CalPERS contributions aren’t the stuff of nightmares for city and county officials across the state, they should at least be a big worry. The League of California Cities calls the pension issue the biggest obstacle facing every full-service city in the state. It is urging its members to run the numbers and to start taking necessary steps. It says some cities may have to consider hiring freezes and service cuts. Even then, the league warns, some cities might eventually veer dangerously close to bankruptcy.

It’s the legacy of overly generous promises, notably a legislative giveaway to public employee unions by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999, plus the fallout from the December vote by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board to cut the “discount rate” – its long-term projection of investment returns – from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. It will be phased in, starting in 2018-19.

Mod: As of this typing Sierra Madre's taxpayers are $9 million dollars in the hole to CalPERS. That will now go up even more. The remaining portion of this Op-Ed from the Sacramento Bee can be read by clicking on the link provided at the top of this portion of today's post.

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56 comments:

  1. Best wishes and good health Elaine, for you in your retirement.

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  2. Thanks Elaine,don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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  3. Donald Trump-Russia dossier: Sex act claims are 'absolutely true', claims Democrat congresswoman
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-russia-dossier-sex-170851320.html

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    1. She is just repeating gossip

      http://www.factcheck.org/2017/03/maxine-waters-on-alleged-sex-actions/

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    2. TRUMP, RUSSIAN SPIES AND THE INFAMOUS ‘GOLDEN SHOWER MEMOS’
      http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russian-spies-infamous-golden-shower-memos-541315

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    3. 2 month old gossip. Does anyone actually read anything past the headline?
      "It had been compiled as oppositional research, first on behalf of Mr Trump's rivals for the Republican presidential candidacy and later for the Democrats. None of the claims had ever been confirmed, but BuzzFeed said it released the dossier in full "so that Americans can make up their own minds".

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    4. Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s Alleged ‘Golden Showers’
      http://www.complex.com/life/2017/01/donald-trump-russia-golden-showers-water-sports-press-conference

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    5. Remember when trump's buddy at the nation enquirer published a front page story how ted cruz's dead killed JFK? That was classy

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    6. Turns out it was LBJ

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  4. Sierra Madre was fortunate to not have someone like Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters in City Hall.
    Did she or her husband ever repay or get jail time for the money laundering they were guilty of?

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    1. Beyond ‘golden showers’: Here are 9 explosive claims from intel memo on Trump-Russia collusion
      http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/beyond-golden-showers-here-are-9-explosive-claims-from-intel-memo-on-trump-russia-collusion/

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    2. Maxine Waters was never accused and certainly not convicted of money laundering.It was a political hit job by John Boehner. She was cleared by the House Ethics Panel in 2012 old news...........

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    3. Maxine Waters is great! More should speak out like she has. This administration is pathetic. Hope impeachment comes soon for The Donald.

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  5. The Russian connections were also found to be "BuzzFeed" Fake News, the Trump Towers were "tapped", that continues to be investigated.

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    1. Yes. Very interesting that a judge would have permitted wiretaps on Trump. It means that he is under investigation for treason.

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    2. McConnell: 'No evidence' of Trump Tower wiretapping
      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mcconnell-no-evidence-of-trump-tower-wiretapping/article/2616909

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    3. And in the next breath he said
      "However,Trump's claim is an appropriate subject for the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate".
      No evidence but should be investigated?? Gotta love Mitch...

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    4. House intelligence chair says he has seen no evidence Obama ordered wiretap of Trump
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-house-intelligence-committee-trump-obama-wiretap-20170307-story.html

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  6. Amusing story if you can get through all the popups and popunders promoted by the site.Kinda old though January 2017

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  7. Where is "trump guy" today? Did TB scare him off yesterday?

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  8. Most employees from City Hall have left.
    Group retirements and mass exits for new employment in surrounding cities, within the last year or two.
    Is the town about to hear how solvent the coffer, as a new city manager will be seated?

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  9. 7:48am. The Clinton's are behind the Trump Towers wiretaps. Hillary's paranoia fingerprints are all over that investigation.

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    1. Maybe that is how the Feds got their hands on the "golden showers" videos.

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    2. 7:48 is a terrorist

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  10. Will the Sierra Madre Library be privatized?

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    1. Does anyone even go there? I see more people at bean town

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    2. The library is Sierra Madre's sacred cow.

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    3. Library claims 700 people a day use it. Perhaps New Math or 1,2, skip a few ....698 , 699, 700.

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  11. Engeland's first big job will be to deliver on the 2018 tax hike. We'll learn a lot about him. Has he met with Martin Truitt yet?

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  12. Funny how Elaine's departure has become such a non-event. It is the crown that has the power, and not the head that wears it.

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    1. Keeping Volunteers on the Fire Department will keep the rising costs down.
      Having an EMT work alongside a Paramedic ; then only have the EMT, take the patient to the Hospital, will cut way down on the Fire Department costs.

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  13. tb caught jumping the White House fence this morning; arrested. Trump guy's back!

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    1. TG - when did you get out?

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  14. Privatizing the library I'm not save money and would be a long-term commitment. We need the flexibility when things get tough to cut back on the number of days hours per day the library is open. To do this we need to be in control.

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    1. Change bylaws get rid of library. There's another one a mile away

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  15. Luke, I am your Father - TG.

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  16. a couple of dispensaries downtown and we'll be rolling in the cash

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    1. Well you'll definitely be rolling.

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    2. That was a blunt remark.

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  17. CalPERS: Things have gotten much worse since the changes were implemented. Total pension debt at California’s three statewide retirement systems has increased about 36 percent.

    Add in local pension systems and the total shortfall across California has reached at least $374 billion — about $29,000 per household. The necessary payments over the next three decades to cover the shortfall will strangle many local government budgets.

    Taxpayers should be deeply concerned. So should public employees.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/10/borenstein-calpers-unions-deceiving-public-about-pensions/

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  18. So it's the Wisteria Festival tomorrow, and I just found out today. Why does the city always do such a poor job of advertising the festival? It could actually be a big deal, as it sometimes has been in the past. But not if it's not advertised.

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    1. It's run by the Chamber of Commerce. They don't do commerce very well.

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    2. Noah can handle the big issues

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    3. The residents who own the vine and on whose property it sits can only handle so many guests. They are doing us a great favor to open their homes/yards to the public once a year. This is a hometown celebration not a get rich scheme.
      The 4July parade,Mt. Wilson trail race are big deals. This is private for Sierra Madreians just like Halloween use to be.

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    4. It's private residences,the owners share with the community not the entire L.A. County.

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    5. 3:08, maybe that's true some years but not others. There's been a lot of crowing about huge attendances in the past.

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    6. Yeah. But who cares about chickens?

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    7. Heaven forbid the city should get any income from it.

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  19. Calpers will never get fixed because the lawmakers are owned by the unions whose members depend on calipers. BK is the only answer which will happen whether we like it or not.

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  20. Big deal for street vendors. I bet the business district see's very little in sales, any stats?

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  21. Oh it's advertised, don't trip over the banner 11:06.

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    1. I think the commenter was talking about that big mysterious world beyond Sierra Madre.

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  22. Anyone know if the Wisteria Festival was on A.M. 1630 ?

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    1. Does anyone know about am1630?

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    2. I depend on "Georges horn"

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    3. Is it the end of the world yet?

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