Friday, July 13, 2018

The City Has No Record of Any Financial Contributions to the "Yes On UUT" Campaign On File

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There has been an ongoing heated conversation in the comments section here regarding the financial support by city employees unions for 2016's "Yes On UUT" campaign. In particular the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association, who are suspected of having kicked in a couple of grand.

The inference being that such public employee association financial participation in political life here gives them some sway with certain City Council members, who fear the political power of such organizations and regularly knuckle under to their wishes. Along with asking them for generous financial contributions at election time, of course. The recent raises given to a bevy of City Hall employees, while ignoring a number of other pressing financial issues, being a potential example of this troubling dynamic at work.

This is regarded by many to be a common practice in local California politics, and something that has been discussed for years. Just in case you have ever wondered why City Councils are so generous with city employees, yet can never seem to find enough dough for things like repairing water infrastructure, or fighting predatory mansionization. Or need to raise taxes like the UUT as often as they do.

But there is this one dude in particular who doesn't cotton to me discussing the topic, and he has said so on numerous occasions. As recently as this week. Here is how this latest flare up went.


After that exchange I contacted the Sierra Madre City Manager's office to find out what ever did happen to the Public Records Act request I'd submitted. It had been a minute since I'd sent that one in, and I wanted to put this matter to rest. One way or the other. Sadly, here is the reply I received from the city.


No matter who is responsible for these records being lost, this is not a good thing. Not only from the standpoint that it interferes with the conversational flow here on the blog, but also because cities such as Sierra Madre are required by state election law to hang on to such records for a while. And 2016 wasn't al that long ago.

I contacted someone who deals with this material on a professional basis (i.e. an attorney who seems to enjoy chatting with me about such matters and has always been a generous resource for The Tattler), and I was given a few good tips on how best to pursue this all with the FPPC.

Apparently besides the aforementioned Form 460, there is also Form 410, Form 496, and Form 497 to inquire about. I can't wait.

I am also going to let the City Manager and Asst. City Clerk know that the "Yes on UUT" group is also required by law to hang on to their financial disclosure records for a while. Should the city wish to rebuild their 2016 election files they could contact Ed Garcia or Martin Truitt and get them to resend this material.

You know, just in case the FPPC does come poking around. You never know.

Now this is a blog, and as such we are devoted to the pursuit of conspiracies and their theories. I am not in any way ashamed of this, and it has been my experience that these do on occasion turn out to have some validity. So I am also willing to entertain the idea that this material does exist at City Hall, and they just don't care to share it with me.

Imagine the reasons. I'll be certain to let you know how this turns out.

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71 comments:

  1. That's embarrassing.

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  2. Maybe the records are lost with the records of government business conducted through the private email accounts of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Scott Pruitt, Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, other Trump officials, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and etc.

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  3. I might suggest that a inquire to the A.P.P.C. be contacted so they can do an investigation ASAP. http://www.fppc.ca.gov/enforcement/file-a-complaint.html

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  4. It's so easy to loose things, and convenient too.

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  5. I would think with the new City Manager he would have better control of such important items. Maybe he needs a new assistant? You know it's starting to feel like the old city hall administration!

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    1. The Assistant to CM was not the City Clerk at that time. She's been a superior Assistant since accepting the position. Now that she is Deputy City Clerk you can count on paperwork being filed where it supposed to be; AT THE CITY.

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  6. Same ol City Hall, there is no embarrassing them.

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  7. Why don’t you ask for the police union forms which would show any contributions they made.

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  8. The city staff are very nice and hard working people, just the same old incompetent work ethics.
    The excuse of "i wasn't trained, or did not know", NOT GOOD, does not work, more than just embarrassing.
    My guess is, the Council pushed for saving the stipend, they got that. They also got a hornet nest of very serious trouble.
    What else has not been legally addressed from City Hall.
    Why are the residents asked to have confidence, pay for increased salaries only to get a possible state audit?

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    1. Nice and hard working. Good start before the attack.

      Tell us just what are "same old incompetent work ethics?" And while you're at it state who and how.

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  9. What the h@ll is going on?
    Is this a joke?

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    1. Ask the city of Bell, they’ll explain

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  10. Times like this that Developers, LLC groups, "investor's " file and submit plans, and Opp's, where did all that information go?

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  11. CalPERS, which just rose almost 7% in investments, never gets sidelined.

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  12. 8:23am Attention Councilman or Rob Stockly.
    You cannot cover up for stupidity.
    Well over 25 years not a single form, legal notification, filing, was list or misplaced from the last City Clerk; City Hall on the other hand, absolutely does not have a clean record on accountability and has proven to be very costly in lawsuits that we residents must pay.

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    1. Everything Rob touches fails. DSP, One Carter, water bonds, pensions. Hands off the Library, Rob. We've seen more than enough from you.

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  13. Nah, 7:49am, the records were just bleachbit, the usual government standard.

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  14. Was there an issue with the voting precincts this last election? We received a notice of change on the location, only to be given the same location address from a city issued mailer.
    Not an easy task to make changes in how a city conducts it's business midstream, but this could be a serious problem going forward.

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    1. There were people whose address ended on the cusp of the three princincts organized from previous princints. They had a serious run around to find their name in a new princinct. I am sure several voters voted provisional rather than heading out the door for the "third and final possibility."

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  15. The paperwork must be on file in the library basement, that is where city records are kept.

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  16. No longer contribute to the POA just for the reasons given in todays post, we will not have our donations being spent in support of positions we don't agree on.

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  17. File a complaint with the FPPC. Thye'll figure out if the 460s were even completed or not.

    Reminds me of the "Yes" on UUT folks of 2014. Filed the 460 over six months late and didn't report a $2,000 contrib from the Police Union within 24 hours as required.

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    1. The cop union uses its money to support tax measures that put money and benefits into their pockets. If you oppose taxes and run for City Council they will spend money to hurt your candidacy and promote those that they can control.

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  18. In the Matter of Yes on Measure UUT and Amy Putnam; FPPC No. 16/382 (Streamline Settlement). Staff: Chief of Enforcement Galena West and Political Reform Consultant Teri Rindahl. Yes on UUT was a local primarily formed ballot measure committee. Amy Putnam was the Committee’s treasurer. The Committee and Putnam failed to timely file one pre-election campaign statement covering in the reporting period of January 1, 2014 through March 33, 2014, in violation of Government Code Section 84200.5 (1 count). Fine: $241.

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  19. http://www.fppc.ca.gov/media/press-releases/2017-news-releases/enf-decisions-sept-2017.html

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  20. City Hall has not changed.
    The original plans on City growth are moving forward, with the exceptions of growing the downtown business district.
    The tree removal on Michilinda and sidewalk replacement was scheduled back in the 80's.
    This is your UUT hard at work, along with CalPers and increases for the employees.
    Now a demand for taxing everything is moving forward, again the same old tired play book from the orginal destructive group in town.

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  21. No 8:49am, your turn.
    What improvements in town have the residents seen over these many years?
    Do not include anything recently being paid out of the highest taxes in Los Angeles County.

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    1. Well they added a few stop signs and speed bumps

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    2. How many millions did they pay for that?

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  22. Will we know who contributes money to the "Yes on Parcel Taxes" campaign?

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  23. Walking through the front doors of City Hall.
    Acknowledging that a resident is inquiring about anything and having a courteous and pleasant demeanor, would be a fresh start.

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  24. Deputy AG Rosenstein indictments of 12 Russians.
    Ahh, maybe they will fly over to the United States and turn themselves in!

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    1. Hopefully, a few are on summer vacation in Europe, holed up in their hotels with the drapes drawn, Interpol agents waiting outside.

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  25. "Spearfishing", why has the American public paid millions of dollars for this investigation.
    The outcome of the elections did not change.
    Meddling Happens! Hacking Happens! Protect your Servers!

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    1. Our resident Moscow Mule is suddenly antsy to get out the talking points today

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    2. Maybe he has been indicted.

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  26. Hold out for hope 9:05am, the Community Commission for Art in Public places is reinstalling the Flower Pots down the center meridian of Sierra Madre boulevard.

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    1. Somebody besides me has been around for a long time to remember this poorly thought out plan. So on to the next poorly thoughout plan: the new $8 million library brought to you by the grandiose thinking of the library bord. They are bord if they have nothing to do but think of this approach instead of the creative reuse of the small, modest library as it sits there today, with far less extravagant spending to meet ADA and earthquake standards as needed.

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    2. ...bored, board, or bord (non existent word in English not sure where I, as 11:52, managed to allow spell check ignore that, alas).

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  27. This gives you yet another chance to harass Amy Putnam (treasurer for both the 2014 and 2016 Yes on Measure UUT campaigns) who is now disabled with a stroke. Stay classy.

    On April 7, 2016 you posted a blog entry regarding Yes on Measure UUT's Form 460's claiming you had reviewed them and you made the false claim that the police union had donated $4,000. Why are you pretending now to have never seen these forms? You personally know these forms were filed because you had copies of them but you create this post implying some kind of illegality that needs to be reported to the FPPC. I think this is called "malice".

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    1. Methinks the Lady protests too much
      ~Shakespeare

      Mentioning 2014 and what happened? That's history, I guess 10:04 AM wants to rewrite it...

      BTW, 10:04, why don't you send a copy of the allegedly filed 2016 "Yes on UUT" 460 over to the Mod at sierramadretattler@gmail.com. Sure sounds like you have a copy! Let's get this all cleared up.

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    2. Can you point out anywhere in today's article where it says the Yes UUT campaign failed to file the necessary 2016 financial documents? Nothing like that is claimed. Also the documents in that article you referred to are from the 2014 Yes UUT campaign. If you have the 2016 docs please send them my way. People are looking for them.

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    3. Is that you Nancy? Come back. We miss your interesting speeches.

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    4. 10:04 raises an interesting point. Maybe those documents are not lost. Maybe instead they were never filed.

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    5. Your April 7 2016 blog post claims you reviewed the 2016 forms. You’re the last person known to have seen them after they were filed by Amy Putnam.

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    6. I hate to burst your bathtub bubble, but I did not write that article. It was put together by a guest writer. There are lots of guest writers here. People who want to get the truth out despite knuckleheads like you. I never saw any of Amy's numbers. Do you have them? Please forward them so we can put this all to rest.

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  28. Why is it so difficult in get answers to our questions when calling into City Hall?

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  29. Happy Friday the 13th.

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  30. Witches Are Getting Indicted

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    1. Not seeing Trumpov anywhere among those indicted.

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    2. Patience, Comrade, patience....

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    3. Comrades hate American law enforcement agencies like the FBI. It threatens their agents.

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  31. Maybe Martin Truitt of Pasadena has a copy of the 2016 Yes on Measure 460 filing. I heard that he was the brainchild behind that postcard avalanche.

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    1. Before Truitt started carpet-bombing Sierra Madre & Pasadena with political postcards, the Sahara Desert was known as the Sahara Forest.

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    2. Martin almost singlehandedly saved the library with his wonderful postcards. He must be very upset now that the Trustees are trying to bulldoze it.

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  32. You are talking about Nancy Walsh right?
    Scary, very scary woman.

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  33. Chuckle Schumer calls for President Trump to cancel summit!
    President Trump has a bigger reset button than the last guy, no worries.
    It will sound something like this; President Putin, stop all interference within our official government computers or there will be consequences.

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    1. That sure worked with Kim Jong Un. Well, maybe not.

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  34. Were the recent employee increases in town across the board?
    Where do i find the number of employees that are employed here?

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  35. You wont see that "nasty women" indicted, she used a hammer on her mainframe.

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    1. Whataboutism - the Russian National Argument Technique.

      Years and years of investigations by Republicans on a variety of topics and you got Nuth, Comrade.
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      Crying Hillary won’t stop the ever tightening noose.

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    2. Russian trolls out in full force today as Trump call his own recorded voice ‘fake news’

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  36. It’s been a while but I seem to recall that the very first time the Tattler called out Trump was when he asked Russia during a speech to go after his opponent. Well, today’s indictment reveals:

    Russians Targeted Clinton’s “Personal Office” On Same Day Trump Called on Russia to Find Her Personal Emails, Indictment Says. The Conspirators spearphished individuals affiliated with the Clinton Campaign throughout the summer of 2016. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.

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  37. 2016 Congressional candidate asked for and received hacked/stolen documents.

    Please, please, please let it be Nunes!

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  38. 11:52am. Yes. So very little changes, except the price tag for conducting business.

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  39. 11:26am true, the Council neglected to have an oversight committee.
    From the podium, residents were told how simple the position was, not worth the extra stipend.
    Any bet on how long before legal notices are neglected?
    Oh wait, the Council has devided the position, now more blame to go around.

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  40. Why won't Council members work together on a simplified version of the water billing system?

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  41. How much money did each Councilmember contribute to the YES on UUT?

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  42. Have you seen the video where Dump says an interview of him that was recorded was fake news?

    Are the remaining idiots on here that still support that orange fool still believing he is intelligent? If so, you need some serious mental help. If you had any brain activity you’d be thinking only one thought: impeachment

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    1. Don’t waste your energy...
      They will still follow him blindly

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