Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The City Council Will Be Appointing The Next City Clerk

Barbara Leigh found no takers (link).

It turned out as most had predicted. The prospect of the City Council approving a spend of $55,000 to pay for a special election to replace a City Clerk who resigned because they wanted to save $7,500 was unanimously rejected. The expense was cited as the main reason, though I suspect the potential embarrassment of such an outcome could have also played a role. I know it would have been commented upon here with zest.

Barbara Leigh Kline did give the City Council an opportunity to reflect upon the exact reasons why things went down with now former City Clerk Carillo as they did, but no elected officials rose to take the bait. Barbara's comments about the unseemliness of the way things had been handled were met with a stony silence, as are most things these days. Any viewers who had tuned into this meeting hoping for additional insight into this ongoing mystery were likely rewarded with nothing but disappointment for their efforts.

The Tattler will continue to investigate this matter, though I will admit we have not made any additional progress. All of the involved parties have now dummied up, and as of this typing seem likely to keep their lips zipped.

City Hall will soon be placing an ad in the Mountain Views News in hopes of obtaining the names of civic minded souls willing to fill the position of City Clerk through April of 2020, which is the remainder of Ms. Carillo's term. Making Treasure Henderson a prime arbiter in the disposition of this troubling matter. Given her remarkable past (link) this is an irony many long time Tattler readers might enjoy.

What the costs of this media outreach will be are unknown at this time, though it will need to be subtracted from that $7,500 bounty all are enjoying. The city has 60 days to resolve this situation according to the lawyer, so expect a media blitz to begin soon.

So you know, we will happily publish that ad here at no cost to the taxpayers.

Laura Aguilar, who is the Assistant City Clerk, will continue to administer all of the requirements for next April's election. With that dump the UUT measure on the ballot, the more egalitarian amongst us will continue to grapple with the uncomfortable prospect of paid city employees running an election that could have a direct effect on their personal financial well-being.

Not that I can imagine anything untoward happening in this special instance, but it could help set an uncomfortable precedent for the future.

I suppose that anyone in this city's government would ask you what other options do they have, and it is a good question. But they did bring this upon themselves. Something they couldn't admit to last night.

Is Chief Junta Hat's head on the block?
Meanwhile, over in Pasadena, also known as the Selma of the San Gabriel Valley ..

The Pasadena Star News has clocked in with some impressive coverage on what looks to have been quite a raucous City Council meeting there. Things have reached the boiling point, and hundreds of angry residents let the elected suits have it right between the ties. In an article titled "Tensions grow as Pasadena leaders ask for patience during inquiry into officers who broke black man’s leg" (link), here is how they broke all this down.

Hundreds of community members and activists packed the Pasadena City Council chambers Monday to call for independent oversight of the Pasadena Police Department and swift action against the officers who, following a November traffic stop, smashed a man’s face into the pavement and left his leg broken.

The outcry follows years of growing tension over the Pasadena Police Department’s handling of incidents involving young black men, spurred largely by the police-involved shooting of unarmed teenager Kendrec McDade in 2012 and the in-custody death of Reginald Thomas Jr. in 2016.

Christopher Ballew, who is suing the city for his treatment during the traffic stop, sat in the audience Monday along with his mother, Sonya Ballew.

“The beating of my son has left not only my family hurting, but the community is hurting as well,” Sonya Ballew said. “They can’t deal with those officers on the street. They need to be removed until the investigation is complete, and once that investigation finds them guilty, they need to be removed from the police force.”

There is a lot more to be read there, and I strongly urge you to click on the link and seek that out. However, here are two paragraphs that gave me pause.

Some pushed for the firing of Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, who they argued is complicit because he has not taken enough action against Lujan, Esparza and other officers in the past.

That seems obvious to me. Considering what has gone down in Pasadena, I can't figure out how this guy has kept his gig for as long as he has. Then, again, maybe I can.

Mayor Terry Tornek said the city would try to open better lines of communication with the Ballew family and members of the community, even if they are limited by state law in what they can share about the internal review. The investigation will take time, he said. “These things don’t happen in a hurry,” Tornek said. “I know you would like to have immediate satisfaction. It’s just not going to happen.”

In other words, nothing is going to happen. The city will simply do what they always do, wait out the current public furor and then go on its merry way until the inevitable next bloody outrage.

That's how it goes in the Rotten Rose.

There is an article from Pasadena Black Pages that you might want to check out as well. You can link to it here. It is called "City Council Meeting Goes Beyond Chris Ballew Beating; To The Kedrec McDade & Jr. Thomas Killings," and it starts out this way.

As I sat next to Kendrec McDade's mother and listened to the scores of people who want change in the Pasadena Police Department after the beating of Chris Ballew, I reflected back to that morning a few years ago. That morning was one of the reasons why the Pasadena Black Pages exist. Kendrec's mother told me that she could not sleep another night in Pasadena after her son was shot down by the Pasadena Police because of a prank call from someone who is free and alive now. Kendrec's life was meaningless to the PPD officer who killed him.

People of all races came to the Pasadena City Council meeting Monday night to express their outrage about the latest infraction by the Pasadena Police. What I realized during the meeting is that the Pasadena Police weren't even in Pasadena when the Ballew beating occurred, they were in Altadena and out of the Pasadena Police's jurisdiction. The PPD was actually in Altadena when they saw Chris Ballew in his car, to begin with.

Now go and read the rest.

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46 comments:

  1. Informative article, exactly what I wanted to find.

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  2. Mary's Market rock hidden in the neighborhood, exactly what I wanted to find.

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    1. Did you look underneath? Usually there will be something special for you there.

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  3. The state fish of Idaho is the cut throat trout.

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    1. Are you up early, or getting home late?

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  4. OK, who is running for City Council? Anyone know?

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    1. Delmar, Arizmendi and Goss have all filed with the city. That us it so far.

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    2. Remains to be seen what Martin Truitt pulls out of his toy box. The Pasadena City Council is filled with his knuckleheads, along with the Mayor there. The place is falling apart.

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  5. Aguilar is NOT the Assistant City Manager. She WAS the Assistant TO the City Manager, and is now the Deputy City Clerk.

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    1. Thanks, but I think we're both wrong. Here is how she signed a recent e-mail to me on a PRA request.

      Laura M. Aguilar
      Assistant City Clerk

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  6. A realtor has been telling people he is running for Council. Andy Bencosme. Realtors are usually pro-development because they make money by selling new developments. Hopefully this means Mater Dolorosa can be developed so we can make Sierra Madre more upscale with a gated community to keep out the riffraff below Sierra Madre blvd and the druggies in the canyon with their weed and fentanyl patches.

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    1. Andy is a member of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. Avery pro-development group of cutthroats.
      http://www.theaar.com/pdf/reports/CAR%20-%20Oct.%202013.pdf

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    2. He served on the library board in ... Monrovia?

      https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2009/11/15/monrovia-mayor-selects-2-residents-for-local-commissions/

      Two residents have been appointed to city positions to fill the unexpired terms of two commission and board members who recently resigned.

      Jhaila Brown, an attorney, was appointed to the Monrovia Planning Commission to fill the unexpired term of Patricia Gonzales through June 2011.

      Andy Bencosme, a Realtor, was appointed to the Monrovia Library Board to fill the unexpired term of Amit Sen, which ends in June 2010.

      The appointments were made by Mayor Mary Ann Lutz with the concurrence of the City Council at the Nov. 2 council meeting.

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    3. Arcadia Realtors, Monrovia Library Board. Yes, Andy has deep Sierra Madre roots.

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    4. Great to see new people get involved. Now maybe Andy can volunteer for a board or commission in town and get some experience/ establish a track record.

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    5. Oh come on. He's only in it to make some money.

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    6. You sound cynical 9:53. What could go wrong? Last time we had a new guy come in telling everyone what they wanted to hear, it worked so well he got promoted to Deputy Mayor … of Encinitas.

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    7. Who would ever say anything bad about a friendly carpetbagger?

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  7. Did anyone notice that at the City Council meeting regarding the replacement of the City Clerk, NO ONE TOOK ANY MINUTES!!!

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  8. To those who live in Sierra Madre just think... you could have it worse off and live in Pasadena.

    As for Sanchez ... Lt. Vasken Gourdikian is still on the payroll and its coming up one year since he got busted in his Sierra Madre residence by the ATF...

    Business as usual ...

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    1. When is Danny Wooten going to finally go on trial? Like maybe never?

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    2. The City got their money back via insurance. Its not on their priority list at the moment.

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  9. What's the difference between Sierra Madre and Pasadena?

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    1. Sierra Madre cops haven't killed anybody yet.

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  10. Thank you Tattler...relevant news for locals rather than the usual Trump thumper idiots.

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    1. Yeah because why should locals care that the president is a traitor.

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    2. Looks like intelligent people on here that don’t like Dump has hit a nerve with some idiot Dump minion, 9:13. You implied your local but certain you live in some uneducated hillbilly state.

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  11. California Republican Congress creatures are dropping like flies. Darrell Issa is the latest departing the ship.
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-report-rep-darrell-issa-to-retire-1515600519-htmlstory.html

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  13. Le Mode: Viva la France, and the common sense French women; #Me Too.

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  14. Bencosme uses a P.O. box mail drop at 130 E Montecito ave as the address for his multiple websites. Just like Bill Coburn.

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  15. Wolff: Book sold a million copies in 4 days
    Author Michael Wolff said in an interview published Wednesday that his high-profile new book on the Trump White House sold a million copies in four days. “I’m going around saying, ‘It’s just a book,’ but it has become something so much larger,” Wolff told The New Yorker in an article published on Wednesday.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/368306-michael-wolff-book-sold-a-million-copies-in-4-days

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    1. Rasmussen Poll: Oprah 48%-Trump 38%

      Rasmussen polls, a right wing, Republican leaning polling organization, has just released the first poll matching Oprah Winfrey against President* Donald Trump.

      The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters would opt for Winfrey, while 38% would choose Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided.

      Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. The president earns 66% of the vote from Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 38% of unaffiliateds.

      http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2018/oprah_vs_the_donald_and_the_winner_is

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    2. What would 78% of Republicans have against Oprah? She’s so middle of the road.

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    3. She's black.

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  16. 10:40am The stocker of Sierra Madre, creepy.

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  17. Once again the fools are running the U.S.S. Sierra Madre on to the rocks only to sink her again?

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  18. Death toll up to 17 people in Montecito California.

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  20. Muddy Waters; Guess her Mojo wasn't Working on the City Council.

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  21. From California web site for Professional City Clerks

    What does a City Clerk do?

    The City Clerk is the local official for elections, local legislation, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, and the Brown Act (open meeting laws). Before and after the City Council takes action, the City Clerk ensures that actions are in compliance with all federal, state and local statutes and regulations and that all actions are properly executed, recorded, and archived. The statutes of the State of California prescribe the basic functions and duties of the City Clerk, and the Government Code and Election Code provide precise and specific responsibilities and procedures to follow. The Office of the City Clerk is a service department within the municipal government upon which the City Council, all City departments, and the general public rely for information regarding the operations and legislative history of the City. The City Clerk serves as the liaison between the public and City Council and provides related municipal services.

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  22. Ballew is going about this all wrong. Screw going to city council meetings and pleading they do something, that will get him no where. He’s got to hire some big time attorney and get in the news more. Maybe call Jesse Jackson while he’s at it.

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  23. Elected Officials. Every city in California
    elects a city council. In 44 percent of cities
    (210 cities), the city council is the only elected
    municipal office. Most cities have five-
    member city councils (432 cities, 90%),
    which is the minimum required by law. Los
    Angeles has the largest city council at 15
    members. In most cities, the mayor is selected
    by and from the council (311 cities, 65%) to
    preside over meetings. About one-third of
    cities (170 cities) instead have a directly
    elected mayor. In terms of other elected offices, a third of cities have an elected city treasurer (153) to manage city finances and a quarter have an elected city clerk (118) to manage city records and oversee elections. A few charter cities have other elected offices, for example city attorney (10) and city auditor (4).

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  24. Republicans Have 4 Convicted Criminals Running For Congress In 2018

    Trolls everywhere these days

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    1. The question is how many not yet convicted criminals work or worked for the Trump campaign and administration.

      The absolute number is hard to estimate so maybe it's easier to estimate a rough percentage.

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