Thursday, February 22, 2018

Your questions are answered here by the City Manager

The Gizmo is watching.
Mod: As is usually the case I have been diligently collecting questions for Gabe Engeland, Sierra Madre's City Manager, and when I get a few together I send them off for his answers. Today's installment is informative, though brief. Gabe has been traveling this week, thus the succinctness. Send in your questions to The Tattler and soon you will know all.

The Tattler: Do we have any indication of how many Library survey cards have come back yet?

Gabe Engeland: We will provide the official update at next Tuesday’s Council Meeting.

The Tattler: Does Chris C. have that info on the traffic gizmo? I get asked all the time. People are concerned it is part of a process leading to a traffic light. Or it might be connected to a move to Disney-fy Kersting Court.

Gabe Engeland: The study is for pedestrian crosswalk safety only.  The engineer firm has the backup information on the device they are using. The results of this study will ultimately go to Council, but the scope is limited to crosswalks.

The Tattler: Has anyone involved in Sierra Madre governance been contacted by the PUSD about its financial crisis? Has Sierra Madre reached out to the PUSD?

Gabe Engeland: The Mayor has requested an update from the PUSD. I anticipate an update will come to City Council shortly.

Mod: It's good all of that is going to the City Council. They haven't had much to talk about lately. I received the following report from an adventurous Sierra Madre resident who actually attended the Andy Bencosme campaign kickoff event in Arcadia earlier this week. He might have been the only one from this far west to attend.

I went to Andy Bencosme's kick off party this evening. There were about 25 people there, none that I knew. He had some sandwiches, drinks and deserts.

I spoke with him for a short time and he is very friendly and personable. He said that he is running to give people a choice, but he does not elaborate on the differences between himself and the three incumbents.

His handout is very well done and not specific. He stresses his love for Sierra Madre and wanting to keep it a special place.

Mod: Hopefully Andy will be able to find his way back to Sierra Madre and he'll share something with a little more substance to it. The third of four City Council campaign kickoffs will be for Denise Delmar, and it will take place Sunday in Sierra Madre, of all places. I have obtained a copy of her campaign flyer, some of which I am sharing with you today. There is some substance here, something that I am sure will confuse those who would prefer to just receive a pat on the noggin and be told they are nice.


Mod: The kick-off party to re-elect Denise Delmar to the City Council is this Sunday, February 25th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 441 Ramona Avenue. In Sierra Madre.

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27 comments:

  1. The gizmo is to find out why the chicken crossed the road. We're finally going to get an answer.

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  2. That about sums it up.
    Good update from the Tattler and Q&A from Gabe.
    Campaign materials appear to be cookie cutter in substance.

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    1. The majority of people don't want to deal with politics, and feel that the issues are not their responsibility or concern. That makes writing these things hard. You need to strike a balance, and take into account the attention span of most people for this stuff.

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    2. But their ability to complain about the state of things exceeds their motivation to get involved and try to make a difference...

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    3. True. And when they do complain they mostly talk about themselves.

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  3. We need the keep Denise on the city council. She is our true champion for preserving Sierra Madre and lowering the city payroll.

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    1. I have always been impressed with her sound business sense. She can tell a slacker from a dedicated employee from a mile away, and knows how to remedy the situation.

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  4. I am sure that Andy is a really nice guy, but if he is elected to the Sierra Madre city council he would have no choice but to be at the bidding of the Arcadia Board of Realtors who are financing his campaign.

    Sadly that is how politics works.

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    1. The Arcadia Assoc of Realtors has been a fierce advocate of so-called property rights over the years. Which usually means the rights of those who want to build outsized developments, and not those of the people who would be unfortunate enough to have to live next door. Kind of like gun rights. Some people have the right to own military style semi-automatic weaponry. But the people killed by them do not have the right to protect themselves.

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  5. Andy may be a nice person. Real Estate agents may be nice people. Developers may be nice people.
    Monastery's have nice people. McMansions have nice people. But.....

    It's not nice to destroy Mother Nature...

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  6. Anyone seen the new issue of the Arcadia Weekly yet?

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    1. Sho Tay gets clobbered.

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    2. Sho too dumb to know he did wrong.

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    3. Speaking of Arcadia Weekly, did you read the article how Arcadia unified is blowing $2.4M on unproven Alt School BS? What a scam. The superintendent is out of control. Where did he get that money ?

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    4. Sho is not helping either Chandler or Harbicht. He is shooting everyone in the foot.

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  7. Should be more bloggers for this issue. Sierra Madre will not stay the way it is if people do not have discourse and know what’s going on in the city.It is important to let your voice be heard. If ya don’t like a particular candidate, tell us why? Tell us what is important in the city, at least as far as you see it. You have all the control when you vote. How many of you will take the time to care?

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    1. I think you're probably preaching to the choir, 11:17.

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    2. People are afraid. They have good reason to be.

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    3. You are correct 11:17. It is imperative that you tell your neighbors who Andy's sponsors are AND to vote on April 10 (or earlier). Remember when Nancy Schollenberger won by 4 votes (12 on recount) after the Building Industry sponsored the other candidate? Especially in Sierra Madre, every vote counts.

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  8. Sometimes Mother Nature is not nice.

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  9. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.

    Your web site offered us with valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable job and
    our whole community will be thankful to you.

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  10. As per the Fair Political Practices web site, distributed election materials including yard signs must have the name of the sponsoring group printed on the material (i.e. paid for by 'committee to elect..." and that is filed with the state of California. Big time fines ($50,000) if not done properly. Someone earlier mentioned that Andy's yard signs were missing this info. All the candidates need to follow thses rules precisely.

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    1. There is no state law requiring the committee name be on a lawn sign.

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    2. It's true. The laws have changed.

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  11. AND remember that the Arcadia Board of Realtors (along with some other contributors) contributed $175,000.00 to defeat Measure V, the measure to keep Sierra Madre downtown from overdevelopment. The proponents of Measure V, the local citizens, spent $35,000 to get this important measure passed. It was a close vote but considering the $ per vote case the Yes on Measure V were far and above the winners on both counts.

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  12. New indictments against Manafort and Gates. Lock them up!

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