Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library to host a food and wine fundraiser ... but for which Library?

Mod: Here is one of those publicity release style articles that sadly you find too often in the Pasadena Star News these days. It is for a Sierra Madre Library fundraiser that will be held at Alverno in February. But which Library are they talking about? The current one that smells like old books, or the new one that will supposedly look a little bit like an Apple store?

Sierra Madre Library to host food, wine fundraiser (Pasadena Star News link): The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will host its 48th annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Alverno Heights Academy’s historic Villa del Sol d’Oro, 200 N. Michilinda Ave.

The event will feature more than two dozen vintners and  local restaurants offering creative foods and desserts. Tickets are $80 and allow early admission at 6 p.m. Main event tickets are $60 and provide admission at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the Sierra Madre Public Library, The Bottle Shop, Savor the Flavor and Arnold’s Frontier Hardware & Gifts. For more information, visit sierramadrelibraryfriends.org.

Mod: So since this is a "Friends of the Library" event, and they support selling off the desirable property the current Library stands upon in order to fund the building of something rather different over by the YAC, this could put some people in kind of a funny place. What if you are a friend of the old Library? By attending this event won't you be helping fund its demise? That might not be what a true friend would care to do. Here is how they delicately try and dance around that one on the FOTSML website:



Mod: I'm not sure it is actually quite that simple. In a Star News article from last July titled "Will Sierra Madre’s library finally get upgrade, or move to new location?" (link), the Friends money spend is described this way:


Mod: Be sure to sample the brie.

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53 comments:

  1. I may be way off base, I hope so.
    The city of Sierra Madre use to have a deal with Alverno that the school facilities were free a couple of times a year, awards dinners, that sort of thing, related to City Hall.
    Are the Friends of the Library give special treatment from City Hall and therefore do not have to pay the Events fee that everyone else must pay?

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    1. As long as the Council votes for Alverno's Master Plan , all is free.

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  2. The locals don't have to go far for a wine and dine event of the year.
    Why hasn't fund raising for the Fire Department or new playground equipment for the local parks, been held at Alverno?
    Same Vintners offering their tastings, fruit, cheese plates and tapas.

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  3. look pal, buy your ticket, eat some good food, drink some good wine, have some nice conversation, go home a get some good sleep. Don't overthink this event.

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    1. Don't worry your pretty head.

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  4. Look pal, back at ya! You may over indulge with the bottles of wine that you consume, and the local PD look the other direction when you weave home.
    I'am just saying that City Hall is giving the appearance of favoritism.
    The Sierra Madre Rose Float for example, is in name only.
    The Rose Float Association must pay to use the facilities at the YAC for their Bingo Fund Raising. The city has never given anything to this group.
    But the city of Sierra Madre is represented Nationally across the country every New Years day.
    They are like the forgotten step child of this town.
    I would like to know if there is a double standard?
    The over thinking comes into play because of the politics involved with the discussion of moving the Library.

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    1. I totally agree with you. The fact the city and residents call it OUR float is a joke.
      No! it is not the city's float. It belongs to the volunteers who create it. Not City Hall.

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  5. Trump defends mental health: I'm a 'stable genius'

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    1. “My two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”

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    2. They could use a stable genius over at Santa Anita. Bring your shovel.

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    3. The only true stable genius has to be Mr. Ed., who talks in more complex sentences than the current occupier of the Whitehouse.

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    4. And, unlike the president of the red states, Mr. Ed never speaks unless he has something to say.

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  6. It would be great if Governor Jerry Brown or L.A. Mayor Garcetti even cared about the Mental Health crisis.
    Geniuses they are not!

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    1. I think both are concerned about the mental health of the president.

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  7. Trust me, I’m brilliant. I’m smart, too. No, really. Good looking, too. Please like me.

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  8. Where the money is goingJanuary 6, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    The city’s aging library building could cost the city millions, whether it stays in the same location or not.

    The City Council voted last week to approve using funds raised by the Friends of the Library for professional architectural and appraisal services as part of a proposal to move the library to the current youth activities center.
    "The Friends authorized the expenditure of up to $100,000 for the services.

    Friends President Margaret Quigley said the nonprofit group has been raising and saving money for more than 30 years with the aim of contributing if funds for an expansion and renovation became available.

    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2017/07/31/will-sierra-madres-library-finally-get-upgrade-or-move-to-new-location/

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    1. Have you tried the brie?

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  9. I heard that the city contracted with the cia to give the food vendors mind control drugs, so they can manipulate the attendees. Because they will be handing out survey cards that night. But don’t worry, reading this blog produces a special protein that blocks the effect of these drugs.

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  10. Why is having a local library such a drain on the General Funds of the city?

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    1. Salary, benefits, public schools, and right not we are paying for two retired librarians who retired and are collect over $90K a years in CalPers.

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  11. 8:28am. That explains why nothing gets accomplished in California, it is filled with big thinkers and no doers!

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    1. Well, that was just plain dumb.

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  12. How about a Friends of the Library weed tasting? The very best from Sierra Madre's six plant grows!

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    1. 8:52 is way ahead of you.

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  13. The Friends will hold a tokers and corkers fund raising next year.

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    1. It will take place in the new Interstellar Space & Continuum Room on the 13th floor of the Libra-YAC.

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    2. Or it could be at the yellow bordello on brookside. Ir did that get shut down again

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  14. They have 100,000 to spend? Does anyone know how much they have in the bank? Does anyone know what they actually spend?

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    1. The Friends financial statement is available at the.library.

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  15. Mary's Market is selling tarts?

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    1. I make tarts. A 9 in. chocolate tart costs about $4 to make using a very high quality chocolate.
      Lemon tarts cost about $1 if you have lemons.

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  16. Maybe spend the money on a holodeck: Need a book? Use the library program. Don’t like some past city council decision? Use the city archive program and maybe get your fantasy decision. Still upset about the Kensington? Use the 2010 program and reminisce as you stroll past the boarded up dump that was there. (Don’t forget to take a walk past the once beautiful Darling house.) Use the mma program and get in the octagon with your least favorite developers. The situations you can conjure would be limitless!

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    1. Could I fly this year's Rose Parade float to Mars?

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  17. No, not robust enough to survive launch and entry, descent and landing. But, maybe our genius president could make it happen.

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    1. Has there been a study?

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    2. No. Common sense.

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  18. Hey Mod. Why don’t you research the Sec. of State records for the library’s non-profit status and tax reports? Would they give the city that info? Or a question for Gabe? Could be very interesting.

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    1. Homework assignment for 11:10...You can go to Guide Star and see all the not for profits and how much the have.

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    2. Thank you. If true, the library has over a half a million dollars in their account.

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  19. Physical libraries are simply not going to survive.
    It's not personal.

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    1. Just like newspapers, book stores, clothing stores and record shops. The digital wave is consuming everything.

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  20. Let the library go
    There’s another one just a mile away

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    1. Unfortunately gotta keep the old nag. It's in our City Charter.

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  21. Keep the library right where it is located.
    Sell off the back lot.
    The Parks and Recreational programs should not be under the responsibility of the library's care.
    The Art Fair and Alverno are both large fund raising events, so why is the library in such dire straits?

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    1. Because too much of the budget goes to the inept cops

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  22. If you atop and look at this and many more mysterious fund raising events that seem to happen over and over again with not 'rime or reason' but just to collect money and more money, when will their be some kind of accountability audit take place? This and every other city hall responsibility is in a mare 'train wreck'. The voters of Sierra Madre, California blew the chance of making real reform before the hot winds of politician's LIES got hold of the voters ears, now Sierra Madre is in worst trouble than before. Good Luck, hold on to something solid and ride this out?

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  23. Those behind the Library move and property sale are the same folks who pushed for the DSP, One Carter development and interest only water bonds that are costing Sierra Madre's ratepayers millions. They are the masters of disaster.

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  24. Is there a Sierra Madre specific multivitamin that one could take to achieve the level of narcissistic superiority that is so prevalent on this site? Preferably one without the accompanying duchery and foil hat syndrome.

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    1. I don't know about a multivitamin, but you certainly could use a dictionary.

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    2. Interesting. I guess deflection is a comeback, but not so much when it proves my point, and makes no logical sense.

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    3. i think it was a comment about your struggles with literacy.

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