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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.