Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Some Items for Your Kind Consideration


So will the City of Sierra Madre finally reveal its mighty struggles with pension and water bond debt? "Process," as used above, is kind of an open ended and vague word, and like most jargon can be interpreted to mean almost anything the user wishes. And you would have hoped these kinds of things would be shared in a more official venue. Like the State of the City address the Mayor of the moment delivers every 12 months. Though such news might detract from the forced cheeriness that address has taken on over the last several years.

It looks like the heavy lifting on the debt topic has now fallen to the new City Manager, Gabriel Engeland. Certainly no elected official is willing to tackle it. That is best left to the help, I guess. Since these have been taboo topics for years now, it will be interesting to see how so recent an arrival handles this onerous duty. Even in so non-traditional a place.

We will be keeping an eye out. The problem for me personally is I have somehow never been able to get on the e-mail list for the Village View. If you do see this special edition please forward it to me. This should be an interesting read, and I'd like to post it here as well. You won't be able to give it a Facebook "thumbs up like" on The Tattler, but you will be able to comment on it. Commenting being something the city controlled venues are sometimes uncomfortable with.

Having trouble posting links to the Sierra Madre Police Dept. Facebook page?


Apparently the Sierra Madre Police Department believes that links to other sites posted on their Facebook page constitute a threat to their readers. I attempted to post a link to a Tattler article there last week ("Sierra Madre Crime Wave: So Whose Fault Is It Actually?" - link), and it was quickly yanked down. Done apparently to "maintain proper security for all of our followers." There are plenty of other such links elsewhere on the page, so maybe they just didn't like that particular article.

One unhappy resident's comment last night about proper security

The following was posted here late last night by an aggrieved resident. I am reposting it in order to maintain proper security for all of our readers.


The poster is definitely unhappy with the responses he's received to his "calls for service" to the Police Department. I hope we will get follow ups from him in the future.

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

58 comments:

  1. Once again more false rumors are being spread about money here in Sierra Madre, http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/cms/one.aspx?pageId=250379 along with http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/cityhall/elected_officials and all their retirement programs for themselves. http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_212309/File/Classification%20Plan%20&%20Salary%20Matrix.pdf

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  2. Elected city officials do not receive a salaries or retirement programs from the city other than a small stipend up to $ $55 a week. Your chart on salaries are for city employees. If you spew the same lies every day they do not become true.
    Theydonothave retirement programsfor themselves

    D o youeven read what you cut and paste ?

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  3. The law enforcement process:
    1) Resident calls in to report a car break in.
    2) Officer on the line helps resident establish that he must have left his car door unlocked.
    3) Work complete, officer reaches for the coffee pot and another donut.

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  4. Have any of these car burglars ever been caught?

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    1. Let's be clear, we're on our own here. The SMPD is an ineffective force in my personal experience. Take care of your own securrity.
      The only time you can rely on SMPD is to issue trivial traffic citations.I have never had one from them but that is their rep.
      This and their obscene pay and benefits package explains why many residents consider them PARASITES ,not Police. Very sad change for me considering I'm from LEO family.

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    2. U can't even pay a ticket at the police station- they farm that out

      Not sure what they do but a few of them are so out of shape they're definitely not waking the beat

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    3. There pay is actually lower than the Sheriffs and most other Cities.

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    4. SMPD doesn't catch crooks because they are too busy writing traffic tickets in Arcadia. They are continually way down on Santa Anita, at least 1/2 mile from the closest SM city boundary with cars pulled over.

      Certainly they know how to make a traffic stop within a couple of blocks. So, either they are really poorly trained or there isn't enough to do in town—which would mean we have more police than we need. How do you spell R-I-P-O-F-F ?

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    5. Persons that are not from SM that "roll" the stop signs on "double drive" at Grandview, SM Blvd,and Orange grove are a great source of revenue for us.

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    6. I heard 3 were apprehended but haven't verified this information.

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    7. 3:28...in case you didn't know, the intersections on Santa Anita at SM Blvd and at Orange Grove are in Arcadia. The south half of the one at Grandview is also Arcadia. If they are stating on the citations that those violations occurred in SM, then they are committing perjury. If they are being truthful, indicating the violations occurred in Arcadia, then SM gets none of the fine.

      So, either our PD is running a scam, or they are spending their time (and our tax dollars) working in another city. Either is totally unacceptable.

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  5. Sounds to me like the car door was left open.

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  6. Maybe the SMPD is responsible. Has anyone dusted the door handle for donut crumbs?

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  7. Wouldn't it be better for the city's water bond and pension debt to be discussed at a City Council meeting rather than in the Village View? There is no public comment in the Village View. Unless that is the point.

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  8. The June 27, @2:22am. Poster, Would have been cuffed and processed, if the Sheriffs department had been patrolling.
    It's not ok to call in a concern and then act the fool.
    Being "drunk" or off Meds, could explain the residents behavior.
    I hope his insurance agent didn't get the same treatment.

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    1. The resident might have been upset at the indifference of what is a very expensive police department. You shouldn't have to kiss their butts in order to get some work out of them.

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    2. The SMPD will keep a close eye on this perp troublemaker, What kinda perv. is up after my bedtime. Thank you Mam

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  9. 8:44am. I suppose you missed the City Council meeting where all this was discussed.
    Looks like the Village View is a FYI follow up for residents that log on during the week due to their "busy life schedule"; but wish to stay informed.

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    1. The bond and pension debt was not discussed.

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    2. I think I missed that CC meeting also,could you elaborate?

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    3. Three questions I would like an answer to:
      1) How much does the CoSM owe CalPERS? Is it really in the neighborhood of $40 million dollars?
      http://www.pensiontracker.org/agencySummary.php?agency_name=City+of+Sierra+Madre&id=512&search=Search
      2) Why has the CoSM paid only the interest on its 2003 water bonds, in the process more than doubling the amount it has to pay?
      3) Are the funds from Measure UUT going to fund this debt, rather than the Fire Department and Library?

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    4. Show up at the Council meeting and ask?

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    5. There will not be an answer since it is not an agendized item. Since the item never gets agendized, the questions never get answered.

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    6. Perhaps 9:33 has other responsibilities that prevent him or her from going to the meeting - but sending an email to the council, and CCing the Tattler, might be a good idea.

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  10. I think the police department left the city open.

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  11. The irate and disgruntled taxpayer that left his car door unlocked, should ask for SM patrol that is on our side of town.
    One of the officer's shines a security light across the front foliage area of our home when passing by on patrol.
    The entire block gets the same treatment.
    Different approach, flushing out the perps?
    Our area has remained free of car window smash and doors left unlocked break in's.

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    1. The irate resident said someone TRIED to break into his car. That would indicate the doors were locked. Stop trying to smear your neighbors.

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    2. actually sounds like a drunken argument among friends,no crime.

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  12. I recall the City Council meeting where residents were informed that; no new taxes would be collected on these debts.

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    1. If people knew that Measure UUT money would be used to pay down old bond and pension debt, nobody would have voted for it. That is why the fibbing "Yes On MUUT" bunch insisted it was for the Library and Baby Rhyme Time. Those were much more sympathetic causes to the ears of the uninformed.

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    2. Debts are not taxable,so yes that is true 9:42.

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    3. Yes, 9:42, I remember the same thing. I even remember that Mayor Rachelle ran on a campaign of no new taxes. Keep Sierra Madre Great! Then she voted in the 10% UUT. Isn't that GREAT?

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    4. Yeah. Very sad. The whole "Yes on UUT" campaign was a big lump of BS.

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  13. Maybe the money is being used to buy guns for zombie hunting.

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  14. No, the guns arrive from downtown China town, transport metro style
    Kerstin Court hasn't had a pod delivered from truck transport in 50 years.
    Are Zombies and Pods related?

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    1. No. Zombies are the reanimated dead. Pods are plants imitating humans.

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    2. What do you call plants that imitate the reanimated dead?

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    3. Non-voting residents.

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  15. Non-voting residents
    ..very funny - LOL!
    Off subject; speaking of the un dead, the Health Care vote delayed for lack of support until after July 4th recess.

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    1. And hundreds of thousands of people will die between now and then....

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  16. 1:15pm Democrats? The reason being, "they don't want to participate"; we like "our" status quo!
    ObamaCare created a new Federal subsidized mandate. Shame on them; always with a regulated hand out.

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    1. Romney created it.

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    2. Is that your latest scapegoat? You have a new one every week.

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  17. The latest Trump disaster comes a-cropper. The Senate Repuglicant leadership (so-called) has just pulled their Death Care Act. Rock on that, Trumpies. Your stupid old man can't even pass a health care bill with GOP majorities in the House and Senate.

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  18. The 4 most brutal numbers in that poll showing the world hates Trump
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/27/the-4-most-brutal-numbers-in-that-poll-showing-the-world-hates-trump

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  19. eform California; Thank you. John & Ken radio jocks, thank you.
    Eighty five thousand signatures turned in; recall Josh Newman.
    The Gas Tax cannot go ahead without votes in California legislation.
    Mr. Newman, was the "sell out and swing vote" Rep. In Orange County.

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  20. ...this is what it sounds like, when Trolls cry..

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  21. Do the taxpayers have to pick up the cost of Der Donald's very weird combover dye job coif?

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  22. Don't know about the hair care but Americans will be paying the price for trump for a long time to come...

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  23. Soooo, Romney lost to Donald Trump, another rejection to Obama Care.
    Can't help that Obama had a man crush on Romney, enough to copy his healthcare plan.
    Even as liberal as Massachusetts voters are, they rejected Romneys healthcare system.
    Massachusetts voters put Obama in the White House. Rejected Romney care. Obama plagiarized Romney care; attempting to take credit for himself.
    Now both are rich fat cats, telling everyone else how to live.
    Maybe they both drank some Harbor Tea that caused them to be best buds! What else can explain that "they"; in "your" view, 3:31pm.; think alike.
    Do you think that "they" might be brother's from another mother?
    Enquiring minds would like to know.

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    1. This is satire, right? For your sake I hope it is.

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    2. Turtle McConnell is on his back and kicking his little legs in the air.

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    3. Obama calls it the affordable healthcare act- only trolls like you call it Obamacare

      Republicans failed over 55 times to repeal it. Troll epic fail repeatedly too

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    4. You would benefit from some 'best buds' right now

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  24. City Council meeting is Live here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5M8zOm6uPI&feature=em-lss

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  25. By the tone of this article it appears 1984 has finally arrived. Local PD's have received monies from Home Land Security to take over the cities internet service and keep the city safe from bad information or influence? Be warned the PD can create a phony threat posed by any citizens who knows or posts too much and have their computer hacked, 1984.

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  26. Trolls spoon-fed fake news!

    Time magazine has asked the Trump Organization to remove copies of a fake cover of President Trump that were on display at the company’s golf clubs, The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon.

    The request came after the newspaper reported that at least four Trump-branded golf clubs had displayed a fake Time magazine cover that depicted Trump with the headline “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”

    The cover, dated March 1, 2009, was never published by the magazine at any point, a spokeswoman for Time confirmed.

    Trumped again

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