Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good Luck Signing Up For Sierra Madre's New "Village View" Newsletter

You may not have seen this brand spanking new City Hall generated newsletter yet, even if you wanted to. Which I did, though I had to have it forwarded to me. Somehow they left me off the list. Here is how the header appears.


If you received this and did click to sign up (you can't do that here because it's just a screen shot), you would have been rewarded with the following message:


Yep, not quite ready for prime time. I suspect things will remain this way for at least a couple of days since it is the weekend. I can't imagine anyone at City Hall hotfooting it into work today to get this problem fixed. Not that you'll have missed all that much.

The "Village View Newsletter" proclaims itself to be the replacement for the City Manager's Report. I just don't see it. The CMR used to provide us with important particulars like the list of potential future City Council meeting topics under consideration by the Mayor, insights into some of the tougher issues the city is currently facing, and general "hard news" information those interested in the internal workings of city government would need to see.

This newsletter, on the other hand, is kinda fluffy. Here are examples of what I mean.



"Size of smaller" indeed. Good stuff to know and all, but hardly the kind of information those concerned about the city's internal governmental workings are going to take much interest in. Though I suppose you could look at compost as a metaphor for many of the local governments found in this region.

The City Manager's Report was first made public during a time when city government transparency had become a big issue here in town. It was an important concession by City Hall because up until then it was an internal only document, prepared solely for the eyes of the City Council. This replacement is a big step backwards in that regard. It is decidedly "public relations," and hardly the sort of thing it is proclaiming itself to be.

Here is one other issue I found with the city's latest effort to put some distance between itself and its more exasperating residents. Check this out:


Considering the outrageous rates they're charging for their dank chloramined water, I am not sure I'd ever refer to the SGVMWD as a friend. And, as always, we continue to have a problem with gender neutral Water Wise Owl. The Jar Jar Binks of local government agency mascots.

That said, should you click on the blue link provided above you will be taken to this:


I never thought I'd ever be saying this, but can we bring Elaine Aguilar back yet?

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28 comments:

  1. I am glad to know it wasn't me who couldn't open The Village View. Channel 3 is supposed to be loud enough to hear Council and Commission meetings, too. We shall see.

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  2. Maybe they should send all the information to The Tattler and let them post it.

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  3. com·post
    ˈkämˌpōst/noun
    1. decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer.
    synonyms: fertilizer, mulch, manure, bone meal, fish meal, blood meal, guano

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    1. Which variety is Athens handing out?

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  4. I'm confused. If you already received this newsletter, why would you have to sign up?

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    1. The announcement came in the regular e-blast that the city has been sending out for some years.

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  5. Athens is handing out the compost "we" gave them as green waste.
    Athens gets something similar to a rebate from the State, for doing their share in green house gas reductions with the green waste collected for landfill. We get back "free" compost.

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    1. I'd hoped it would be guano. We've gotten so much of that in the past from them.

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  6. Being said that this is the least contentious council that the city has had in years, naturally the city would want to continue the "dumbing down" of the Village Idiots, who dare to seek transparency.

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    1. This council is uncontentious because they say very little. They are focused on one thing only, tax increases designed to pay down Sierra Madre's massive CalPERS debt. Though they'll never say that. It is by far the biggest problem this city has.

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  7. Better the devil you know, etc.

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  8. The Chamber must be selecting the topics for the Village News.

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  9. How many of these items will be reprinted word for word in the Mountain Views "News?"

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    1. The MVN will no doubt just publish the whole thing. With new errors.

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    2. The errors look to be built in.

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    3. I suspect that whoever proofreads for Susan Harriet Henderson, etc. etc. likes to have a few before work.

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    4. It takes a special talent to screw up prepared press releases.

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  10. Maybe fluffy newsletters worked in Trinidad, CO because everyone was high?

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    1. They were printed on rolling papers.

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    2. That sounds like effective outreach.

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    3. If this idea is from our new city manager, I am willing to give it a chance. Maybe it will be more informative, and that "eblast" never was much of anything anyway. Sending out the city manager's report will get it read more than it was before. Pretty sure it's not his fault that the link didn't work.
      Elaine back? No no no!

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    4. The city manager report is gone. This email blast has none of it.

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    5. 12:55, the eblast announces there's a new format - not that it it is the new format. We haven't seen it yet.

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    6. Possibly a new tax base?
      The Planning Commission asked that the Planning Director add marijuana as a discussion item on a future agenda.

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    7. Tax money always wins.

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    8. 1:22. Sure.

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  11. No, No, NO to the Elaine Aguilar redux. Give it time. This guy has to be a magnitude of better than her.

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    1. Elaine had a nice smile. I know she cared about me.

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