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At the November 28, 2017 City Council meeting it was decided that then City Clerk Melinda Carillo should be denied the $7,500 her predecessor had always received for working on Sierra Madre's elections. An arduous and difficult job that requires lots of time and painstaking attention to detail, with much of it involving the intricate legal requirements of electing officials and placing ballot measures.
The sitting City Clerk, who had the dubious honor of listening live and in person to each City Councilmember's opinion of her and her work, was surprised and upset by what took place that evening because it had been her understanding when she first ran for the gig that this money would be paid to her.
It must have all appeared to Melinda to be a kind of bait and switch, as well as an equally upsetting and unanticipated bushwhacking. She appears in the video to be completely taken by surprise at the rather raw public excoriation. A month later she resigned.
The vote by the City Council to deny City Clerk Carillo the $7,500 she felt she had been promised to her was unanimous. Each of the City Council members had their special reasons for voting to deny her that money, and said so. Some were subdued, others not as much.
You can see all of that by viewing the above video.
Perhaps the most demonstrative Councilmember on this matter was John Harabedian. His speech begins at 2 hours, 35 minutes into the video, and it really does need to be seen. Among other things, it is his stated (and perhaps unintentionally ironic) claim that he would never spend $7,500 of the publics' tax money unless he felt it was completely justified.
But what if that sum was $55,000? The final item on tomorrow's City Council meeting agenda deals with how to replace the now departed Ms. Carillo (link). Here is what it could cost the taxpayers.
So it seems that it will cost the city $55,000 dollars to save $7,500.00 dollars. Certainly that doesn't make a whole lot of business sense.
Of course, this is if you are to be allowed to vote for a new City Clerk. There is always the possibility the City Council will simply decide to just appoint someone to the job so they can save that $55,000.00. Which perhaps was in the plans all along.
But wouldn't that mean taking away your right to cast a ballot for an official that has, by tradition and legal custom, always been placed into office exclusively through a vote of the people?
Yes, it would. Does that bother you?