There is also a call to cancel both City Council meetings for the month of August, which makes sense. Now that the fight against mansionization has been abandoned at City Hall there really isn't much left for the City Council to do. All of that bother has now been handed over to developers and the Planning & Community Preservation office. Speaking of Orwellian misnomers.
There is also a special meeting scheduled with both the Library Board of Trustees and the City Council, but that has not included in this agenda. There is nothing on that topic posted on the City website as of this Sunday evening typing, which is a little surprising. But since it isn't a regularly scheduled City Council meeting they don't meed to provide you with the usual amount of notice.
Either that or they just want to surprise you. More on the Library topic tomorrow.
But there is one rather momentous discussion item on tonight's schedule, and it deals with an attempt by Los Angeles County to impose some sort of parcel tax upon Sierra Madre. Plus a lot of other cities as well. Here is how city staff wrote this one up (link).
Now the shocking news here is City Hall plans to fight this county parcel tax. Can you remember the last time something like that ever happened? You know, our guys fighting a tax? Maybe never?
If you read through the rather lengthy staff report you will see they don't actually come out and blatantly say they're against an LA County imposed parcel tax. Being that direct is not how they do business downtown. Rather staff claims to be concerned about a potential loss of "local control" over taxation. Which not only struck me as being a little disingenuous, it was also kind of funny.
At least it was to me. Of course, I've been reading City Council meeting reports for a decade now. There have been consequences.
I do have a theory about an actual reason for City Hall's reluctance to support a new county parcel tax. As you will likely see tomorrow night at the joint Library Board of Trustees and the City Council confab, the question of putting a Sierra Madre parcel tax before the public in order to fund the refurbishment of the Library will be discussed.
Which could mean that there would then be two parcel taxes for the voters of Sierra Madre to consider. Both Los Angeles County and the local one. Something likely to be more than most people can stomach. Or vote to approve. I believe either of them would take a two-thirds vote to pass, a high enough hurdle for just one parcel tax, much less two.
Besides, when it comes to any kind of taxes, what government agency ever wants competition?