Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Can the Library Board of Trustees Really Be This Cynical?

Mod: There is a rather misguided article in the Pasadena Star News today that claims to know what the questions being asked on the NRC Library Survey postcard are going to be. Titled "What that survey Sierra Madre residents are about to receive is all about" (link), the PSN could be correct since practically the only person they bothered to interview for this rather lazy piece happens to be one of the rather partisan people given the privilege of writing them. Here is a portion of that article for your review.


Rich Procter and the Library Board of Trustees have previously come out in full-throated support of moving the Library and selling the property to an as yet unidentified developer, so topics as unfounded as the tax threats identified in this PSN article should be no surprise to anyone over the age of eleven.

This has been a point of contention for a while now, of course. Tasking persons as partisan on the Library question as Rich Procter with writing non-partisan survey questions is a rather like hiring coyotes to guard kittens. But claiming that by moving the Library the city and its residents will be avoiding a tax hike?

We're in novel territory here

So have new depths in the cynicism of the pro-development community in Sierra Madre now been reached? This is pretty shameless, even for them. That one of the people in charge of writing what is supposed to be a nonpartisan resident survey is out politicking like this, and claiming that his special agenda will somehow prevent a tax increase, is a bit beyond the pale.

Where has it ever been conclusively shown that spending $1.3 million to repair the current Library will involve a parcel tax or tax increase? Or conversely, that moving the Library to the YAC, which is rumored will cost anywhere between $3 and $4.5 million when all of the associated construction is done, will not? Especially since the sale of the property the current Library sits on will only raise somewhere in the $2 million dollar range?

There has been no city document or study issued yet showing that repairing the Library will involve a tax hike. Or that by moving the Library into the YAC the city will avoid one. So why will that allusion be on this survey postcard? Procter's claims are just pure political propaganda, yet City Hall is about to spend $16,000 of your tax money on a survey postcard pumping that persuasion?

One more point. This is now the third Pasadena Star News article on the topic of moving the Sierra Madre Library and selling the current property to developers that interviews Rich Procter. Can it be he is one of the few people in Sierra Madre that Claudia Palma is capable of finding willing to discuss this topic?

So you know, the Pasadena Star News exists within a building owned by Singpoli entrepreneur Kin Hui, one of the more annoying stack and pack developers around this portion of the planet. Kin has proven in the past to be quite energetic in promoting pro-development media campaigns, even to the point of hiring former Pasadena Star News editor Frank Girardot to run his publicity operation.

Evidence that the fix really is in just keeps piling up.

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48 comments:

  1. When was anybody on the Library Board of Trustees concerned about a tax increase?

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  2. This City Council has discussed a parcel tax for years, a member or two have been promoting such a tax as the only solution; so what's new?

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    1. Which council? The Nancy Walsh one?

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  3. How is the NRC going to know what is partisan or not? They're from Colorado.

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  4. The cash amount for the ADA updates and overall repair of the library must be made public.

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  5. This current council; if you would only keep up with what happens with their discussions.
    Attend or watch the City Council meetings.

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    1. Why? What did they say?

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    2. Please attend the City Council meeting 6:30 on Tuesday, 28th, and speak out about your concerns, and have your questions answered, rather than just complaining here. If you can't be there, then email the five Council members. Ask that they read your email out loud during the discussion.

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  6. Whatever happened to that $100,000 study the Friends of the Library funded? Shouldn't those result be made public before any surveys are conducted?

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  7. Not selling the library property would be development abatement. That would be good for Sierra Madre.

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  8. All other city programs have been combined.
    The Library could temporarily rent out a portion of the Woman's Club.
    A down sizing has been needed for years.
    The repairs could begin on the old building; and a more updated and streamlined program should be created. The division of community programs was done a few years back and placed under the management of Librarians; time to undo.
    When a Community space is needed, there is already the YAC or Woman's Club or Senior Center, even the local Churches would be available for a fraction of the costs.
    The town can't afford to sell off that property or the astronomical costs that the Board of Trustees are asking on expansion.
    The Library has always been the largest General Funds money pit for well over twenty years.
    Stop the maddness; streamline and update.

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    1. Police dept is the largest money pit

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    2. They love a man in a uniform.

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  9. With the increased mailing costs along with a larger survey pool just what does 'city hall' want to accomplish? It's holiday season and this survey will get tossed in the trash along with those who are on vacation until 2018 no one will be meeting the replay dead line to be counted int he survey?

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    1. Hopefully the cards will be recycled.

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    2. If someone is vacationing for months at a time, should they really have a say in how the town is run?

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    3. If their primary residence is here, yes

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  10. This needs to go to a vote. The card thing is not working out.

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  11. Some one has let the J-goat out to lead all those poor souls over the cliff and for the citizens to accept a BOND instead all because of POOR planing from previous city hall administrations and before this latest set of WONDER WORKS player that sit on the Sierra Madre city council.

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  12. I LOVE MY MONEY
    1) the city manager and city council have clearly shown us of the years / the city residence / the city taxpayer that they have not / and can not manage our taxpayers money! 1) FACT - the city charges everyone of us taxpayers 25% FRANCHISE TAX PLUS 10% UUT TAXES, The management has clearly continued to lie to us - EXAMPLE - YOU PROMISED TO REPLACE THE CITIES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE with UUT Money - YOu misappropriated those monies for Years! Now you want a PARCEL TAX . 3) I vote to REPEAL the franchise tax, the UUT tax and replace the city council / management! 4) If the TRUSTEE of the library, wants the library, I think you should spend your own money and not ours to do so! The city has clearly shown that it can not manage the POOL and it clearly can not manage the library! Use thje Arcadia & Pasadena libraries!

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  13. Why was the Parks and Recreation department dismantled?
    When are the contracts with Pasadena YMCA that now run our community programs up for review?

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  14. Glad you're keeping it in front of people that the Star-News is now simply a propaganda arm for Singpoli development and that Girardot is no longer a reporter, just a PR flack. Money now means everything, and people are too dumb to look past sellout solutions that destroy the cultural heritage and its social impact on bringing citizens together. Maybe that's what these Republicans are after: privatizing everything for profit, no public sphere, no freedoms as guaranteed in our Constitution.

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    1. Hard to believe that the great Frank Girardot is now little more than a publicist for offshore development interests.

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  15. When does the city take back the Pool?
    I've heard that the outside group running the pool are not friendly to Sierra Madreans.
    Why was everything shuffled and taken apart then contracted out?
    The old management said that qualified individuals from town were non-existent.
    Wasn't that a management issue?
    What was really behind combining all city departments and commissions, than lying about the UUT?

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  16. Looks like internet rates are going to go up and government will have more control over what you do. This will happen because Trump unblocked the rate control on ISP. Wondering what it will do to sites like this? Is Trump reaching into our personal space?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/11/21/the-fcc-has-unveiled-its-plan-to-rollback-its-net-neutrality-rules/?utm_term=.9d84afad0ae6

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  17. In those iconic words of Donald Trump; CBS NEWS this morning told Charlie Rose, " You're Fired".

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    1. Yeah. For the very things Pussy Grabber Don did.

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  18. 7:13 What you said is true that's why sending out 5000 is a good idea to still get as many people as possible responding.

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    1. It all depends what is written on the card. If what the Star News says is true then this supposed survey is nothing more than a political postcard.

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    2. Procter's big mouth has guaranteed that this mailing is anything but nonpartisan.

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  19. 9:13am. What Republicans? California has been a blue state for generations.
    Sierra Madre Council is blue, save one RINO.
    Your party affiliation should not enter into decisions, don't think you can "spin" your false narratives.
    Then again, Americans are not supporting their President.
    Divide and Conquer...hum, you may be on to something!

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    1. There are no real republicans
      Just a corporate Frankenstein and zombie followers

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  20. This Council and Pasadena City Council already had agenda items addressing Internet fee increases; Sierra Madre Council voted no.
    Local Government still has some say in matters.
    If the unblocking of ISP changes everything, then maybe Apple, Google, Tweeter will stop protecting terrorists and work with Law Enforcement on encryptions.

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    1. ‘Tweeter’ indeed.

      If you were a real American you’d value your privacy and not surrender it to a paranoid government

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  21. 8.54 GREAT POST - I love my money also - We fully agree, our city stewards have not told the truth, they failed to be honest and do a good job, they ran us out of water, they caused holes in our water pipes, they caused rents to increase, they lied about water infrastructure improvements, the bottom line is that they just are not competent! A lot of people are just not competent and realistic, many of them want the "free entitlements" they want the city to reduce their living expenses, such as utility costs, all you have to do is show the city your 1040, they give you a utility rate deduction, and guess what, the people with jobs pay for the others utility costs, the city employees get raises, the city employees get paid health insurance and city pensions! this is what they call in Mexico as Mucho BS! i believe the pool, the library, the 25% franchise tax and the 10% uut tax should all fail.... city hall, you gotta be joking about creating a city parcel tax, just more Mucho BS!

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  22. Frank Girardot was always about himself, nothing great about that.

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  23. 8.54 post some one has their __hit together, great post, right on target. we read the city of sierra madre is in debt 30 or 60 million dollars as to unfunded pensions and health care city benifits? is this a correct statement? if so why are we wanting more debt, the city has to cost costs / expenses, maybe they can all apply for an at&t job... we dont need this type of management, this city is broke,

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  24. could not agree more, get the library and pool off the books, let the library trustees manage and spend their own monies... i have the internet...

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  25. 2017 heres the facts, 1) the state of California just past a $.12 a gallon gas tax and $.30 a gallon diesel tax (new general fund monies, buy not to be used for road infrastructure) 2) the federal government wants to pass a new federal income tax giving wealthy people a tax deduction and charging the poor and middle class people more federal taxes 3) city of sierra madre is charging a 25% franchise tax and a 10% uut tax on all utilities (WHY?) 4) the federal government is discussing a united states wide new $.15 a gallon gasoline and $.30 a gallon diesel tax (but fails to fix highways infrastructure) 5) real estate rents & housing costs have continued to increase pricing residents out of the market, interest rates are on the rise, the city of sierra madre is discussing a new city parcel tax (WHY, so they can mismanage more money) 6) we the residences are "taxed to death", Solution... Get rid of the "FREE" city pensions, the "FREE city health insurance, the "FREE" library & pool, lets get back to basics, if you cant afford it, dont buy it! We need to make "SIERRA MADRE GREAT AGAIN" or we will loose the residents who once made sierra madre Great!

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  26. Who says by repairing the Library we have to have a parcel tax? What a bunch of baloney! Please stop the phony library threats. If this is a survey question, it is very biased . That's the problem with the Library Board writing the survey questions when the same people are most likely friends or have connections with the Friends of the Library! Remember the Friends want the new location and have put up monies toward that agenda. Smells like the fix is in!

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  27. Don’t forget those massively inflated city worker salaries. I bet your city mgr makes north of $300k.

    Are you mistaken Trump supporters the list bit concerned that your loser leader is having a spat with those UCLA basketball players who got busted in China? Is this really what you expect the President of US to do ?

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    1. This one, this president? Expect him to childishly make an ass of himself every day? Yes.

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    2. It is like we put an orange chimp alone in a locked room with the nuclear launch codes. It is only a matter of time until he figured out what they're for.

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  28. Associated Press: the President has discounted the allegations against Judge Moore; "we don't need a Liberal person in there".

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    1. In other words Der Trumpenfuhrer is endorsing a child molester. And why not? He is one, too!

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    2. Trump is nasty.

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  29. Follow the leader

    Allegations that multiple US service members had "improper contact" with foreign women while on the President's Asia tour have spurred an investigation and led to their reassignment, The Washington Post reports, attributing the information to officials familiar with the situation.


    Morally bankrupt trolls

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