Monday, December 11, 2017

Sierra Madre Library: Yet Another Election Where That Damsel In Distress Is Tied To The Railroad Tracks

Who will save the Library this time?
Mod: When was the last time an election was held here where the Sierra Madre Library wasn't made a hostage to something? You may recall from 2016 that unless Measure UUT had been passed the Library was all but doomed, and only the voters could save it from so terrible a fate. People turned out in droves to vote for Measure UUT, and it passed with over 70% of the vote. Meaning the Library had now been saved for all times, and nothing could ever take that away from the generous taxpayers of Sierra Madre, folks who voted themselves the highest utility tax rate in all of California.

Well, OK. Maybe not. The very same individuals who said that Measure UUT was essential to saving the Library are now claiming that unless the property it stands upon is sold to a developer for millions, the building itself razed to make way for a condo project, and all of those books and historical horseshoe nails stashed away over in the YAC, bibliophiles the city over are just going to have to somehow make do without.

Funny how things work out here sometimes. Nothing is ever quite as advertised.

Tomorrow evening the City Council will once again be tying that long suffering damsel in distress to the railroad tracks. It truly is deja vu all over again. Here is how so fell a deed is described in a finely crafted City Staff report that you can access in its entirety by clicking here.


"Saving the Library" has become a biennial election custom in Sierra Madre. The proverbial bloody shirt that gets waved around in the air every time City Hall needs more money or, in this particular case, doesn't want you to take any money away.

Of course, the city could mix it up a little. Just to keep things interesting. Instead of that now tiresome song and dance routine about killing off the Library, how about this year the city threatens to stop paying CalPERS instead? Right? That would at least be interesting.

Unfortunately, City Hall doesn't do interesting much.

I personally would not be in favor of doing away with Sierra Madre's utility user taxes, at least not in their entirety. Sierra Madre is carrying tens of millions of dollars in bond and CalPERS debt, and if utility taxes were taken away entirely the city would likely fall into receivership. With the entire mess likely being placed into the merciless hands of Los Angeles County

Good luck preserving anything from greedy developers then. 

But leveling with the citizens about this would require the City Council to admit that Sierra Madre really does have some serious debt issues. Something that would be tantamount to confessing it actually was City Hall all along that gave everything away to its employee unions, along with those bond holding banks in New York.

So instead of risking that kind of embarrassment, the city would prefer to tell you the same old tired fairy tale about the Library. Which apparently they are going to do again this year.

They really do think you're kind of clueless, you know.

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52 comments:

  1. This is a dirty situation being played once again on the resident tax payers. We have seen this situation going on since the down town specific plan people started and lost to the wise voters. Since that time we residents have been misinformed in every way possible by city hall to extract more money from us. Unfortunately this will never stop and we will continually be asked to pay the highest taxes to support poor decisions. These decisions do not support preserving the life we have enjoyed for years in Sierra Madre. For the new people you will not understand but for long time residents you will understand it is the "DIRTS" still at work!

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  2. Have we seen 3 bids to bring the Library up to code?

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    1. I doubt we'll see any bids on the costs involved with putting the Library in the YAC until the survey postcards all come back. They'll want you to believe there is a consensus for doing this before any actual costs are shared.

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  3. Monrovia, with a stellar financial reputation, just did something to get out of CALPERS-I think. If I read the article correctly, they floated bonds to pay off the CALPERS debt. Is that true? They actually went with a different company? It’s costing them a bundle but it will save millions in the long run. With the Feds changing the tax structure, I’m not sure I can afford more UUT and perhaps a parcel tax to supposedly keep the library. The amount saved by closing it could pay down our debt.

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  4. Eventually all cities and towns in California will have to challenge the wisdom of Sacramento and the gift of CalPERS.
    Very much the same challenge as the state mandate on housing numbers; only cash from our personal earnings are not involved as there are with making payments to apease CalPERS and keeping the UUT.

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    1. Gift? Try legally binding contract.

      Or are you saying that SM induced people to work for the city with the lure of CalPERS all the while intending to take it away or discharging the obligation in bankruptcy?

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    2. I am not sure bankruptcy is an option for Sierra Madre. But the debate is a moot one. The state will eventually pull the whole ponzi scheme down. They're going to have to.

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  5. Here we go AGAIN. I'm really tired of this crying wolf scenario!

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  6. Nothing new about what has happened since unscrupulous politicians always throw the public under the bus to make a point and lead from behind and claim it's was done by popular opinion of voices and or votes. The Art of the Deal - means the voters once again are getting the dirty short end of a well used political stick. And you voters and non-voters have only yourselves to blame to being so gullible in the first place!

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    1. Oh, great and ever wise oracle, we are ever at your mercy.

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  7. Let us keep all of the UUT money or we'll kill this Library.

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  8. Maybe it's time to piece out the Library services; until the future of Sierra Madre's finances are stronger.

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    1. Is there a list of these services somewhere? I'd be curious to see what it is the city says will go away.

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  9. TeaPAC has run these anti-UUT initiatives in several cities now, and all of them have gone down to defeat by substantial margins. The City Council can do as they wish, after all it is only our money. But here is my question. If they can put their UUT advisory question on the ballot, why couldn't they put the Library sale question on the ballot as well? Can anyone answer that?

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    1. Both answers involve money.

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  10. Someone already authoritzed the spending of some of this limited coin to fund the "survey." There is a little book marker (how apt) that was on the counter at City Hall (other areas of distribution, I do not know) stating that a library location change or ??? survey was soon to be in the hands of the citizens and to stay at the ready!

    Oh, bother!

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    1. Yes. But never presume that the city is campaigning for the move.

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    2. They will go to the extent of making bookmarks, but why don't they have a big banner outdoors at the library? Survey coming!

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  11. Years of bad City Management and poor representation of City Council members and the way they have freely spent tax payers money, has placed the Library in jeopardy.

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  12. Snidely Whiplash. I knew he was behind this!

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    1. That would be Rob Stockley aka Snidely Whiplash. lol!

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  13. The Library Board recently agreed with this Council to spend $100,000 for Architects to give a rendering of a new design at the YAC. Why wasn't that money put towards ADA repairs instead at the current Library?

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    1. It was not the Library Board who agreed, it was the Friends of the Library who offered up to $100,000. The money wasn't put toward the ADA repairs because the Friends of the Library ( the donators) want the Library moved to the YAC.

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    2. Do you know when the results of that study will become available? Are they intentionally holding that back until the results of the survey postcard are in?

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    3. One-hundred grand just for a rendering?

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    4. I'm sure it will come with a marketing angle as well.

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  14. "Attempted Terrorist Attack" explosion in NYC transit system.
    "Lucky" only the attacker was injured along with possibly four innocent commuters.

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    1. Trump Fiddles As Rome BurnsDecember 11, 2017 at 9:27 AM

      TRUMP TWEETS ABOUT 'FAKE NEWS' AS NEW YORK CITY RESPONDS TO TIMES SQUARE EXPLOSION
      http://www.newsweek.com/trump-tweets-complaints-about-media-new-york-city-responds-times-square-744092

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    2. This was in response to Trump’s idiotic endorsement of Jerusalem. He is to blame for the increase in violence and terrorism. And his sins are shared by the fools who voted for him. Blood on your hands.

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    3. Trump is very dangerous.

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  15. 8:52am. I don't know about TeaPAC; but I want to know how my money I give to this town is being spent.
    There must be other concerned groups out there that want fiscally responsible council decisions being made.

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  16. Did not get to comment on this yesterday, but in response to some taking it to heart when Alzheimer's is glibly referred to as crazy (I too had a family member who suffered with mental loss as part of the aging process), here is the problem with dTrump: He has had a toxic, hateful and beligerent personality his entire life. So, that is only going to get exagerated no mater what his end stage mental condition is. And it is hard to be sympathetic even though our mothers told us If You Can't Say Anything Nice Don't Say Anything At All, something that dTrump's mother forgot to instill. The quote out there, about being an atheist to be a good in business as Christians have too many morals to be good in business...or words to that affect: I am an atheist and I am very moral without godly direction. The Golden Rule does not come from god/God but out of kindness for one's fellows on Planet A, staring with your own family.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, but doesn’t crazy mean ‘of unsound mind’? Why does it cause offense?

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  17. Honeymooners:"To the moon Alice, right to the moon"
    President Trump reestablished Space Exploration today.

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    1. Trump is taking credit for that, too?

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    2. One small step for man
      One giant leap for Crazy Don

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    3. Let’s hope he goes to the moon and takes Udey and Qusey with him.

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    4. Two of the most overbred knuckleheads ever. Like show collies.

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    5. 1. Nothing like a quoting a wife beater
      2. Mars expedition been planned for decades.
      3. You should read more than just Troll twitter for news.

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    6. what? Trump is going to Mars!? Awesome! All the scientists I know say it's impossible to even dream of surviving there - get him on the next rocket out!

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  18. 11:26am. Foolish child.
    You need to read and then live by your own words.
    Toxic? Hateful? Belligerent? Hadn't realized that the President is related to your family; you are making statements that have the appearance of personal familiarity.
    Seems your mother clearly never spoke the words of be kind to others; but she may have been Agonist.
    Crazy is as Crazy does.

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  20. How much truth to this?
    Based upon the following research with the California Seismic Safety Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights Section it looks like the only thing the Library needs to do is patch the roof and carry on with business as usual. Who is being sold a bill of goods here in Sierra Madre? What does the cities legal department say?

    California Seismic Safety Commission
    1755 Creekside Oaks Dr # 100
    Sacramento, CA 95833

    There are literally hundreds of Government buildings that are seismically unsafe in the state of California. Over 140 alone are courthouse buildings so don’t expect any repercussions about our Library should it collapse in an earthquake. Sacramento has pulled hundreds of millions of dollars collected to provide for seismic safe buildings.


    U.S. Department of Justice
    Civil Rights Division
    Disability Rights Section

    ADA Title III: Public Accommodations

    Public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. They also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities; and other access requirements. Additionally, public accommodations must remove barriers in existing buildings where it is easy to do so without much difficulty or expense, given the public accommodation's resources.

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  21. Thank you Mod.
    All name callers should check out the viral video of Keaton; then realize you are a bully and have some work to do and make positive changes for yourself; easier to be nice, a smile can make all the difference in another's life.

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  22. I don't see a 11:26, my eyes going bad?

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  23. Patricia Hall, Shannon King, Rich Procter, Rod Spears, Barry Ziff

    Does anyone know the profession of the above named people on the Library Board? How often have the individuals mentioned above used the Library for meetings? How long has each individual been on the Library Board. What is their connection to City Hall? Are they trying to raise money for the General Fund? If this action was really for the safety of the children then they would have addressed this problem when it became law.

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  24. Has anyone seen a bid to bring the Library up to code?

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  25. No, we will only see the YAC plans and projected costs. You are NOT to think about renovating the current Library. Be care what you are thinking, someone may wish you into the cornfield .

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  26. Steve Edwards ..GONE...

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  27. Do all you Trump voters now have any regrets ? Come on, you’ve got to have enough remaining brain activity to realize what a terrible president he’s been,

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    1. Have to have a conscience to have regret

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