Monday, January 23, 2012

Open Mic Monday

I am laid out with whatever the bug du jour is this week, so today's post is whatever you want to make of it. Comments are all you get today. The money involved in the dissolution of Sierra Madre's CRA might be a good place to start. All the particulars for that one are in the City Council Meeting Staff Reports for 1/24 downloaded on the Chris Koerber for City Council site. Patrick Simcock's comments from yesterday that both loving Sierra Madre and advocating for high density building projects are not mutually exclusive could be another.

Here is another one. What is the role of this blog in this April's City Council election? Is there something positive that can be contributed here, or is our unsentitmental and hard news approach the antithesis of what most people expect in a Sierra Madre election?

You guys decide. I'm sidelined and out of action.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

72 comments:

  1. Good to see our satellite friends can still transmit.

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  2. Good speed getting back to normal.

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  3. "To basically simply say that we are criminals, there are no facts," said Leung

    El Monte officials have countered with a $4 million lawsuit, accusing the developer of fraudulent business activities.

    No mention of Bart Doyle or his recent run in with the FBI...interesting.

    Neuroblast Films

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  4. Please get well soon, we need you. The Tattler is the only source of local news. We'd like to see profiles of the candidates and continued coverage of the issues.

    And it's real simple. "Developing" Sierra Madre is like pimping out your grandmother; profitable or not, it is inappropriate.

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  5. According to a report released on Dec. 23, 2011 by nonprofit research firm the Urban Land Institute, current supply of standard subdivision lots exceeds demand, and will continue to do so for at least through the year 2035, even if supply production halts during that time. And yet we have developers pressuring jurisdictions for even more subdivision sprawl.

    Click on the link above.

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  6. If the successor agency decides to turn over the low income housing to the County of Los Angeles, will the County decide what and where to build? If the City keeps the low income housing, does it have to fund it at the current levels? If so, where will that money come from? See item three on Chris Koeber's campaign sign for council documents.

    That's for the help Chris.

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  7. 8:53, thank you very much for that information. It will be a hard sell to get city hall to hear it, but it's good to have the right facts anyway.

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  8. My understanding of the document (thank you Chris Koeber) was that the property at Highland and Hermosa, the 'low income housing', would be sold at market value.
    And then the neighbors will have to be vigilant because that area is not in Measure V.

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  9. The vast influx of new residents that SCAG projected as coming to Southern California never materialized. This is what happens when government pushes housing rather than allowing the market to dictate what needs to be built. And the last thing people want is stcked boxes packed into a small area. Stack and pack housing is not what buyers are looking for.

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  10. 9:34, right you are - but it was the State Department of Financing that came up with the numbers. I know this because our $50,000 Housing specialist told us so. The State Department of Finance, wizards with calculators and predictions. SCAG is the messenger that wouldn't exist in a better world.

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  11. Agenda item 3.
    Staff's preferred recommendation is always listed as the 1st alternative.
    Staff is recommending that $500,000 (half a million) be taken from the General Fund reserves in order to give the staff that will loose their jobs 4 to 5 moths notice and not cut programs until July. Where do you get 4 to 5 months notice. The cuts must be made now. Our General Fund reserves must not be used for this purpose. The reserve is for emergencies like storm damage. This is financial suicide. Cut Community Service staff, cut City Hall Staff, cut Library Staff, cut the Police force, cut Dev elope Staff. Let the volunteers do the work that they used to do before each department became its own kingdom.

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  12. I would like to know more about the lawsuit against the Hildreths. Where does it stand? The Hildreth's appear to still be there. Why is the City wasting taxpayers money in all the miscellaneous lawsuits and how much has the City spent? How come the City isn't suing the owners of the old VFW, they have a trellis over the sidewalk like the Hildreth's deck. Is it because the Selective Few or the City Manager do not like the Hildreths, or is it because they have a vendetta or have not succumbed to the abusive behavior of the City's power structure and / or the City's Administration and are standing up for their rights, or is it that they want to take away their property for the Homeless Shelter on East Montecito? The City Manager has stated that East Montecito is slated for a Homeless Shelter but never said where. The last thing the City of Sierra Madre needs is a homeless shelter. There must be an ulterior motive for the City to be spending the money it's spending. What is it?

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  13. Neuro, there is a document on the bonds and agreement for 6.5 million dollars, the contractor on the project was not even licensed by the State Contractors license board. He also had a last name, that was one of Leungs middle last names. John S.K. Leung. I got a copy of the application for the seniors that wanted to move into the building, they asked all about their assets, if they had a criminal past, it looked like they were going to dissappear them and seize their assets. Barker who was going to run it had already been sanctioned and ordered out of the business. Glick did not know how to work fraud, the DA Cooley dropped the ball maybe on purpose. I do not know why the San Gab Trib is even giving him any coverage except that perhaps the same blackmail and physical coercion Leung used to get his "investor's" id's to get million dollar loans, that went into default may be being used on them. The FBI, HUD, and DHS all know this, it does not matter what that (very uncivil censorable adjectives to describe his attributes) says. He is so done, it is so over, that people can easily see what a psychopath he is. Remember the charges? Strong arm, Fraud, get him off the damn water board too.

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  14. I am perplexed about people who come on the Tattler to whine about the Tattler.
    They read a blog they don't like.
    They feel a need to avoid the subjects at hand and instead criticize people they do not know.
    They do not think things through well - as in, these posters are using the blogging practice of anonymity, so they could be anyone in town, including people who might be my friends, or people who have given exceptional service to Sierra Madre.

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  15. I agree, 9:46. It really is very passive-aggressive. If I read Mr. Simcock's post correctly it seems he is upset that The Tattler has caused some to feel poorly about their Facebook pages. Which he thinks is wrong because he likes his Facebook page because it helps him to keep up with what his friends are doing without having to call them or meet in person.

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  16. 9:41 you got my vote.

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  17. Sierra Madre News Net has personal profiles of each of the candidates on line so I would like the Tattler to have a different kind of profile -- Have all the candidates answer the main issue questions such as Measure V, Dwelling Unit, CRA,UUT, Budget. Each week have a different issue.

    The rules for blogging would be to not attack the person, but to make a LOGICAL argument for/against an issue.

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  18. Great letter to the editor on SB 375. Click on my name.

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  19. I am wildly distressed about the CRA money Moderator, and really miss your analysis to help me understand. One thing I suspect is that no city council should have ever allowed staff salaries to be paid out of CRA funds, and if we didn't have the money to pay them, we shouldn't have hired them.

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  20. Yes 9:52!
    Puleeze, no more what is your favorite movie, and lots more, where do you stand on Measure V.

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  21. If posters used their real names, the Tattler would not have the access to the information it has. Many Tattlers know who post what.

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  22. We need to know where the candidates stand on current issues. The so called debates tell us nothing. I want to know about their history for taking a stand on important issues. That is far more important that if you have a fancy degree or are in lots of Clubs. What is you 10 year history with issues?

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  23. Some of the "incidents" that occured during the Measure V vote have caused people to be fearful. That the city did not in anyway investigate or even discuss those incidents did not help. Many believe that some elected officials were involved.

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  24. The visitors to this site who complain about seeing "Anonymous" post never talk about what "Anonymous" has said, just that it is "Anonymous." It's kind of a perfect example of the usual PR directed Downtown Investment Club Social Circle's standard approach: do not under any circumstances frankly discuss the issues, and try to shift focus onto personalities instead.

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  25. The real problem for the gripers are the issues that are discussed on this blog. They would prefer they not be discussed.

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  26. Response to the Wistar, looks like she and Bill are buds.

    Lady Wistar,

    I saw your cyberbully report, it says there are three levels of membership, bronze, silver and gold the gold membership is about 999.00. You must pay to post on that site, it is not a free to help people site, but more like a soft porn off shore entity that advertises malware antivirus sites while it attaches malware to the viewer.
    How much did you have to pay? Mr. Coburn you should watch out, the Wistar could turn on you next

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  27. It looks like people have finally realized our vastly bloated city hall has to be downsized. And I agree 9:41 about giving 4 or 5 months notice. That is absurd and unheard of in the business world. The standard? Two weeks. In practice? Anything at all, including immediately.
    We have always known staff has only one priority.

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  28. Hope you get well soon Crawford.

    Coburns interviews with the candidates sound like a match making service. We're not dating them; we are asking them to make decisions that will impact Sierra Madre.

    Candidate interviews that focus on the actual problems would be great.

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  29. 9:43, the city's legal history would curl your hair. Lawsuits are a constant.

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  30. I agree with several of the posters this morning - we need substantive responses from our city council candidates on the very important financial and development issues facing Sierra Madre in the immediate future (issues caused by years of mismanagement of city funds by development industry cronies). If you can provide that kind of forum for candidate discussion, it would be very useful in making elective decisions this April. Thanks, John!

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  31. What the heck is this?
    From Jan 18, SMNN. Lady Wistar
    comment:
    Al Gore invented the internets?Seriously, I think this is a great idea and would be happy to sponsor.

    Online polls are inaccurate because, sadly, we have some cheaters in our town. Here are instructions on how to cheat at online polls:

    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2011/12/cant-we-just-fire-edison.html

    Scroll down to the times between 7:58am and 8:58am for very clear directions on how to cheat. I think the saying “cheaters never prosper” was worded before Al Gore so graciously invented the internets.

    This is a very sick little puppy, she showed up after the Matheson thing,right? her/its facebook page is an MK ultra dream, or a kiddie porn peddlers candy store. I saw a source from one of her/its posts earthlink out of New York.

    Good thing she/it likes Sherlock Holmes, cause the game is on.

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  32. On a completely non-political SM front. How can we get the the powers-that-be to change the time of day that the banner above Baldwin at the square is changed? Whoever is doing it seems to think that 7:30-8 am on a weekday morning is the optimal time, right when everyone is trying to drop off their kids at school and/or get to work. That;'s the one time of day that SM has any traffic congestion, and they end up closing an entire lane at the sqaure to replace the banners. How about moving the task to 9 or 10 am?

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  33. Great idea 11:20.
    11:09., why even look at that tripe? Or post about it?

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  34. Because they have not stopped.
    Because they think they are untouchable. Because they insulted, defamed, and made fun of two of my friends, why do you ask, do you consider it uncivil?

    There are f people who commented on a video by wisteriainwonderland,
    canale di wisteriainwonderland. I just looked at them:

    I searched their channel names
    they are:

    SlowdevelopmentSam Virgin Islands
    SierraMadre2000 US
    Sierra Smith65 US
    JohnCrawfordMA US
    Alimountain2000 US

    I already know what I see, anybody else want to help?

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  35. 12:54, I think that you are inadvertently giving them the publicity that they so desperately need.

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  36. There is no mystery about that site. It is a pay to play. You give them your money they'd go after Mother Theresa if that is what you wanted.

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  37. With the Tattler down, I am going through some serious local news withdrawals....

    I was even going to read the news(I really mean press releases) over at the Tribune, but I will just have to wait for the Tattler to get better.

    Wishing a speedy recovery...

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  38. Me too, 6:03. Sure hope the Mod is up and running for the council meeting!

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  39. It's just past 8 in the morning and there is no new article, so I'm assuming the blog's author is out for another day. Get well soon, take all the time you need and we will have to muddle through without you.

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  40. OK, I now realize I am totally addicted to the Tattler!

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  41. Most likely John Crawford would have written about agenda item #3. It is the CRA. Staff is proposing to take $500,000 out of the General Fund reserves to pay staff and programs through the end of the year instead of laying off people and down sizing right now. Staff wants to give staff 4 to 5 months notice. Read the Staff report at http://www.chrisforsierramadre.com/ under City Documents. Click on the phrase "Documents and Minutes...." under the picture of Chris. Item #3.

    This proposal is absurd and if the City Council passes it they a shirking their fiduciary responsibility. Please comment.

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  42. Still ill, but better. Slept a ton last night. Should have something up tomorrow about tonight's CC party.

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  43. 4 to 5 months to let disillusioned, disgruntled employees shred documents, erase hard drives and cause havoc and mayhem on our dollar? I don't think so.

    Give them 2 weeks administrative leave with pay immediately. Get them out and get on with it. It's not that they're bad, it's that the taxpayers can't afford the unbudgeted hits to the general fund reserves.

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  44. We can't make our house payment and the utilities are being shut off, but let's cash out our IRA and go to Disneyland.

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  45. Susan Clifton needs to be the first one to go. Let the seniors plan their own bingo games. Cut the Special Events Planner. Let the volunteers plan Huck Finn and the 4th of July parade. Just save almost $100,000 for the first year.

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  46. It's a small thing but I would remind 10:32 am that volunteers have been planning the 4th of July Parade for several years, and it was volunteers that made the assinine decisicion to rent an elephant. All volunteers are not created equal.

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  47. Fiscal responsibility is critical right now.
    Sierra Madre like many other cities needs to make sound decisions.
    That is why our upcoming council meeting is so very important.
    Sierra Madre residents must carefully consider which candidates will be the best stewards of our assets, now and in the future.
    Obviously, former 3 time mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray is the most qualified. So is financial expert Chris Koerber, John Capoccia is also qualified to make good financial decisions, having management experience.

    The other candidates are nice men, one of them is even a personal friend of mine. But at this time, they are not the best choices for Sierra Madre.
    Please carefully consider the issues and vote accordingly.
    It really is important. We can't do much about State and National issues, but we sure can do so here in Sierra Madre.

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  48. We all know a couple of departments are way overweight in employees. Let's ask them to tighten their belts and start dieting now. Two or three in the Community Services, one or two in public works, maybe a cop would help as well as one or two from development services.

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  49. 8:27, you are not alone. Someone please call A&E. I think I need an intervention!

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  50. Don't forget to fire the legal team for the city. I am sure other law firms would love the work.

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  51. Thank you 11:07.
    It's an employers' market out there. Lots of law firms would like the job, would take it on for less money, and would do a fine job.

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  52. We are paying premium prices for a lawfirm that works tirelessly to defeat our interests. This is what corruption looks like. Plain and simple.

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  53. 10:19, if only you were on the council. And there were three of you.

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  54. Looks like Blogger has fixed the coments function. I have reactivated it. Let me know if anyone has probelms.

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  55. I concur with 10:46 a.m. No offense to the other candidates but Marianne, Capoccia, and Koerber are my picks. They are truly slow growth.

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  56. I am going to make up my mind about the candidates after I hear the opinions on:

    The death of the CRA
    The need to downsize city staff
    The canyon zone
    The hillside management zone
    Measure V
    The money the city spends on Colantuono and Levin

    That'll be for starters.

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  57. Ignore what they say.
    What have they done in the past 10 years in the City?
    Who are there supporters?

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  58. Any candidate running for City Council will say 2 things:
    1) They are for slow growth
    2) They want to control costs, taxes and fees.

    Somewhere near a half of them will always be lying.

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    1. Yes, they will all be saying this, and 3 will be telling the truth and 3 will be lying.
      I know who will be telling the truth. So do most of you.
      Clue: The one sitting council member who has been our mayor 3 times. She is always for slow growth, has always protected the hillsides, and has always controlled (or tried to against 3 other members) costs. taxes and fees.
      We sure need to return Mrs. MacGillivray to the council.

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  59. I think politicians should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we can identify their corporate sponsors.

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  60. http://www.capoccia4citycouncil.com/

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  61. http://www.maryann4sm.com/

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  62. Oh, 2:00 pm, you are so tiresome. I, too, have chosen my three and I suspect they may be the same three you have settled on! Certainly Councilmember MacGillivray is one of my choices. But to say that the other three are lying is so adolescent, It demeans your choices for Council and does great damage to your otherwise excellent support for slow growth, protection of the hillsides, control of costs, taxes and fees.

    Grow up! Learn how to debate without resorting to name calling, slander, and out and out lies.

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  63. WATER ISSUES!

    I feel that all Sierra Madre residence should vote on a moratorium to STOP ALL BUILDING IN SIERRA MADRE until such time all city council member can agree and prove that we have enough water to provide our residents at a fair price.

    The city council has made statements last meeting that
    1. All Sierra Madre residents must reduce water consummation by 45%.
    2. If not, all abusive water users will be charged a huge fine.
    3. and further more, the City will shut you water off at the curb for failure to comply

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  64. MaryAnn check. Capoccia check. But anyone who supported Cain when he was running shows lack of critical thinking skills and judgment. Not to mention his cumquat precinct captain. More lack of judgment.

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  65. Hey, I think the council managed to spend under a million dollars tonight!

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  66. That was going to be my posting!

    1. The city council has failed to remember that the money they spend belongs to the state of California, and or the residents of Sierra Madre...
    2. If the money belonged to the city council members, they would not be willing to have misappropriated "their CASH" so easily,,
    3. Further more...I think the 6 months of find a new job notice was out of context...
    4. We need the hard workers in the field,
    > the city staff, earning in excess of $65,000 a year, needs a salary reduction,
    > and all city employees being paid with CRA monies, need to find new employment
    5 THE REAL TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, THOSE CITY EMPLOYEES WHO LOOSE THEIR JOB, SHOULD BE MADE AS HELL THAT THE CITY COUNCIL SPENT THEIR SALARIES AGAIN TONIGHT, just under a million dollars!!!!!

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  67. Two out of three - thought it wasn't badJanuary 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    What, you didn't like my votes, so you didn't post them? MaryAnn yes, John Capoccia yes. And you won't post if someone is not voting for Koerber? Seriously, have you gone soft on us?

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    1. Two out of three, don't get your panties in a twist! I'm struggling here and up way past my bedtime. Your post has been released. Show a little compassion!

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  68. President Obama has done a great job.
    Our dedt is approaching 16 trillion dollars...

    Maybe our city staff can help reduce the 16 trillion dollar debt, by writting a check from the Sierra Madre Water District Checking Account....

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  69. I love it that you don't even have to write anything and you still manage to get over 71 comments. Amazing.

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