Thursday, July 12, 2018

Is The Word "Transparency" Being Properly Used Here?

The rather densely reasoned Prop 218 requirements for sending in a protest ballot should you choose to do so are somewhat explained on a page on the City of Sierra Madre website called "Transparency." There is a link you can click on for some information. Here is that link. Do you understand the information that is found there? Does it make sense go you?


Below is a screen shot of some of the verbiage found when you click on the words "Proposition 218 Ballot Process." Here is the link.


Do you understand what is being said there? When looking at the ballot that was sent to you, was all of the information clear and comprehensible as required? Are you in agreement with that information? Do you believe the new dollar figures are fair and reasonable?

Do you know the difference between a "charge" and a "fee?" Which would affect you in this case?

Apparently you are being asked to do something with your property's Assessor Parcel Number. Do you know what that is, or what you need to do with it? The link provided to help you locate that number can be found here. When you click on that link, this is what comes up.


In order to find the assessor parcel number of my old address I believe I did as asked.


After entering that address, I clicked on the "find address" box 10 times. Each time nothing happened. Without that Assessor Parcel Number would I still be allowed to participate in the Prop 218 process? Since this site where Los Angeles County shows that it values "people and property" is not functioning like it should, where would I turn next?

Do you feel that things are being made easier or more difficult for you on the city's Transparency page? Was it designed to encourage or discourage your participation?

Here is the question again. While I am sure all of the above meets the minimum legal requirements for the Prop 218 process as determined by the City Attorney, is the word "transparency" really being properly used here?

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43 comments:

  1. It's a process.

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  2. Protest ballots are nothing but a scheme since you are voting against a majority of non voters in the first place, it's a process?

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  3. Very confusing to our family. Bottom line we are going to be paying a fine for past city councils poor management. Called "Kicking The Can Down The Street" as council likes to say. And now we are paying for this very obvious covered up deliberate actions of the Dirty past milking the Cash Cow.

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  4. The Prop 218 process is a farce and ass backwards. It should be sign the form if you want the increase.

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    1. Prop 218 assures that fees can be charged at will. Indeed it is a dirty deed.

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    2. Do you know which law firm is credited with twisting Prop 218 into its currently perverted form? The same one the City of Sierra Madre uses. Google Michael Colantuono + Prop 218. Some pretty grim reading.

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  5. Assessor's Parcel Number is on your property tax bill. Easy to see.

    I brought my protest ballot to city hall. They have a very small box on the counter to put it in.

    Instead of requiring 50% of the people to submit protest ballads they should require 50% of the people to submit approval ballads. That would be a much harder burden to reach.

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    1. Is that information on the Transparency page ?

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  6. If you cannot get your address to come up try a nearby one: 700 Sunnyside. The Monastery property.

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  7. He woujld make comparisons between automobile ECMs
    and common home items attempting in a very rude manner to ddumb down his explanations.

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  8. The destruction of Sierra Madre has occurred in over a relatively small window of time.
    City Hall has worked against the residents for many years, the us vs them attitude is felt the moment you walk through the double doors.

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    1. Things started to go south in 2002 when the worst city council this city ever saw was elected. The DSP, One Carter, water bond and pension debt, you can trace it all back to that council. They're still around, just in case you're wondering where all the nutso library stuff is coming from.

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  9. The 218 Protest was written and twisted in such a manner as to benefit City Hall.

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  10. The water leaks are directly attributed to the massive chemical dumps that were forced throughout the pipes in town.
    The costly replacement of the water connection on Baldwin ave and Carter ave, was directly traced to the chemicals being poured into the pipe.
    Many residents we hae spoken with NEVER drink the water being delivered to our homes,the question of whether or not the water is safe remains.

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  11. This City Council lacks the wherewithal of repairing anything "broken"
    This City Council demands that more taxing in any form is the only solution.
    The dog and pony show of the expensive Library survey mailer,a great example of incompetent decisions coming from this council.

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  12. To his credit, President Trump has NATO Allies pay what they agreed to pay.
    Tough talk very effective.

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    1. Sure. Just like he has gotten Kim Jong Un to give up his nukes. The Europeans know Trump is a grandstanding fool and won't be in office long. They've all seen the evidence.

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    2. Trumpers are living in a fantasy land of denial.

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  13. Transparency? When was the last time City Hall was transparent?
    Still not happening.
    More money, more money, more money.

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    1. They can't fix the pipes but they want to build those crackpots a $9 million dollar library? They're out of their cotton pickin' minds.

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  14. You alluding to the Russian Collusion evidence 11:00am?
    Where did President Trump say Kim Jung Un give up your nukes?
    Dont you mean to say, it is a process?
    Sierra Madre Council has said the UUT is a process, yet you may be on to something.
    Both Kim Jung Un and City Council dont tell the truth.

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  15. Forensic Audit still in need.
    Everything with the towns finances do not add up.
    Could it be that this council and library board members are concelling monies that have been misappropriated?

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  16. A major investigation conducted by the Financial Times reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through the financial of President Donald Trump’s Toronto hotel — and, ultimately, back to the president himself.

    In particular, the report zeroes in on actions taken by Alex Shnaider, the Russian-Canadian billionaire who served as Trump’s business partner in the construction of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto.

    Trolls get trumped again!!

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  17. Thank you Mr. Gaudy.
    Now we witness the bias on Capital Hill from the committee interviewing Strzok.

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  18. Is there a law that says the CC must send out these expensive brochures? Higher people to do special studies? If not, why can’t they just use common sense? Is that against the law? No money? No library. No money? Get down to the bare bones for the city. If the citizens don’t understand no money? Tell them to go to council meetings, or at least watch them. I hate to see the PD cut. The new chief is doing a great job. I hate to see the FD cut. We have great paramedic. Close the library. Sell the property, both of them. A drop in the bucket as far as infrastructure costs, but more to have things done that presently. The state has more coming our way as it is in need of money. We need to prepare for that if we want to be a city. Small cities can no longer afford the payroll and the perks that have been given. Get rid of the costly attorney. The city has only drained us of money they have done nothing to get business in here. Get a forensic audit. I would help pay for that. Why can’t volunteers maintain the baseball area or fix a bench or hang a sign? Why aren’t volunteers allowed to do more?

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  19. Last City Mng. Elaine along with Colantuono Law Firm made changes with how the town is structured and how obsolute volunteers are.
    As soon as YOUR money is gone, the town will dry up and fade away.

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  20. High rents in the business district keeps the revolving door moving, how many Tarot card readers along all the nsil salon's can one town support?

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    1. A high end cannibis shop would be popular.

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  21. Why does this council refuse to discuss the selling of the library back lot? The 2002 council sold the Nursery School property, decreasing money flowing into the General Fund, but the empty back lot just sits.
    The 3 Council men expect a Parcel Tax from homeowners, but have not explained why all options on financing the library have been penciled out.

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  22. Start now address this poorly thoughout plan for a new library. Get Denise and Rachelle vote no on placing this on a ballot. Speak continuously to getting our water delivery system up to the task of providing safe and reliable water to the residents. Priorities. First things first. Do the bare minimum to meet the requirement of keeping the library safe and ADA accessible. . The City Council chambers sits empty a good deal of the time. Use the Senior Center for after school reading on available days. ETC.

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  23. Close the library, open for two days only, limited hours. Stop wasting energy on the air conditioning and lights.

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    1. 4:59 sits king-like atop a giant pile of nickels and dimes.

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  24. Civics, have the school children walk to city hall and read books in the empty council chambers.

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  25. Many may remember that the back library lot had a small bungalow rented out that needed some repairs. Instread of spending on repairs they tore it down. Lots of lost rental revenue in these past dozen or so years. How stupid.

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  26. Trump claims he doubled and tripled GDP. This raises 2 questions:

    (1) Doesn't this mean the US owes more money to NATO?

    (2) Can a jackass be impeached?

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  27. Careful 7:35pm this Sierra Madre Council will take all your nickels and dimes then they will tske mine.
    Socialism works that way.

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    1. So does National Socialism. Which is what the current administration subscribes to ..

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    2. So true 9:23.

      But all of us enjoy good old regular socialism. Taxes pay for our socialist infrastructure, military, policing, water and power systems, airports, seaports, roads, communications, markets, and on and on.

      But I bet 9:19 denies the socialism he practices every day.

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  28. 7:39pm why would the US owe more to NATO? Remember, YOU said Russia helped DJ Trump get elected!

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    1. You really are a simple creature.

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  29. Yo, one administration ago fool

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