|View last night's City Council meeting here.|
Probably the saddest City Council meeting since the glory days of Nancy Walsh. Embarrassing at times, mean-spirited at one point, and just flat out wrong. On so many different levels.
That the City Council can blithely spend $16,000 on a so-called non-partisan survey postcard that labels preserving the current Library a potential tax risk while, and with no proven evidence whatsoever, also proclaims that moving the Library into the YAC will be completely tax neutral, is bad enough.
As an aside, you do know how Sierra Madre's many low information survey card recipients are going to take all of that, right? They are going to believe that moving the Library will protect them from a tax hike. Which I suspect might have been the intention of this postcard all along.
But to then gratuitously, and very publicly, humiliate an elected City Clerk over a few hundred bucks a month? Despite the immense work load she carries? And after a years long tradition of rewarding the Sierra Madre City Clerk for the many extracurricular efforts demanded of her? Which was Melinda Carillo's understanding when she took that job?
Ok, so maybe that isn't bad enough for you.
Then try looking at it this way. For perhaps the first time in Sierra Madre history a city election will be run not by an official duly elected by the people, but by a salaried city employee. Do you even comprehend what that means? Or understand who it is that actually supervises the vote count?
Assistant City Manager Laura Aguilar made nearly $90,000 last year (link). Benefits included. She is a very nice person, and certainly is entitled to the money she gets. But why should someone as generously compensated as Laura be given the now confiscated responsibilities of an elected official to save the city what in comparison is peanuts?
All to save less than half the cost of a postcard whose actual purpose is to help create a popular consensus to sell off some valuable city real estate to developers.
I'm sorry. But this was about as ugly a meeting as I have seen in quite some time. And I'm not even sure why they did it. At least not yet.