Saturday, May 6, 2017

Prop 218: Sierra Madre and Arcadia's Los Angeles County Sanitation District Is Raising Their Rates Again

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You probably didn't notice that you recently received a Proposition 218 notice from the county sanitation guys offering you the opportunity to protest their raising your sewage processing rates again. It doesn't go into too much detail because by law they only have to provide you with a minimum amount of information. And what they sent you truly is the minimum amount of information.

However, in the highly unlikely event that enough people do properly fill out and mail in the Prop 218 rate protest ballot provided with this mailer, the rate increase Los Angeles Sanitation District #15 desires won't happen.

As in all things involving the sanitation district, don't hold your breath.

There are actually 24 LA County Sanitation Districts altogether, and 15 of them fervently wish to raise your rates. Sierra Madre is in District 15. So is the City of Arcadia.

If you didn't know that it is OK. Nobody is going to think poorly of you. Believe me, very few people are aware of this stuff.

Los Angeles County Sanitation District #15 feels it needs more money again. And while in that bromidic Prop 218 mailer you received they don't go into much actual detail, I did find a letter online that sheds some light on the situation. If you care to do so you can read it by clicking here.

It is quite a lengthy stemwinder, and I am not certain the justifications for raising rates again are all that substantial or convincing. You might agree with me, or perhaps not.

After many thousands of unpurified gallons of arduous reading you will get to the part of that letter where they spell out what this increase is actually going to be. In order to save you an unpleasant journey through a true dense pack of bureaucratic justification and gibberish, here are the actual rate increase numbers.


JOS stands for Joint Outfall System, something that will have little meaning to most English speakers. However, it does typify the kinds of language used in the letter I linked you with above. I think JOS means your total household cost including the increase.

Special Tattler bonus points for anyone who can shed some light on what "Diversifying Biosolids Management for Reliability" means. It could be a metaphor.

I have discovered another reason why your rates could be going up. One that I believe might be more to the point. Los Angeles County Sanitation District #15 doesn't spell this part out for you, but I will. Here is the name and signature of the person who runs the county sanitation district Sierra Madre and Arcadia swim in.


According to Transparent California (link), here is what Grace R. Hyde makes every year. More or less.


Here is what David Bruns makes.


These numbers seem somewhat excessive to me. Remember, that is for only two employees out of the thousands of results found, and for all 24 county sanitation districts. Go to that Transparent California link and check this out for yourself.

And while you're there, check out what LA County Sanitation District employees make when they retire. The CalPERS gravy train has everything handled (link).

You might want to send in that Prop 218 protest form. Just to show you care.

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54 comments:

  1. I will call and attempt to reach someone in sanitation, that will re issue a 218 ballot.
    would bio-solids be yard waste?
    We receive "free"compost for our contributions, that now, the LA Sanitation District will be increasing costs on this exchange.
    Looking forward to addtional guess work from Tattler bloggers.

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    1. Say What!?

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    2. Bio Solids would be the content of the Prop 218 mailer the LA County Sanitation District sent out.

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    3. Prop 218 is total BS. I bet there hasn't been a single case when a rate increase hasn't passed....

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    4. We came very, very close here in town on one of the water hikes. Then Elaine Aguilar earned her keep and managed to throw out so many protests that we lost.

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  2. Pleasant web journal and totally exceptional. You can improve yet despite everything I say this perfect.Keep striving generally advantageous.

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  3. What language was the 6:14 post translated from?

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    1. Sounds like a fortune cookie.

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  4. It must be nice raising rates in order to fund your personal compensation. Apparently you don't even need to tell the truth to do it.

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  5. Speaking of serial rate increases, it looks like the City of Sierra Madre is going to raise water rates again. How long has it been since the last time they did this?

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    1. Minimal use, maximum charge for water is a genuine hardship for some families. Damn.

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    2. It is all about the money. Got those big pensions to pay.

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  6. Raise water rates again? The drought is over, how about a decrease?
    Can a city be run without a city council?
    More leverage for voters and transparent management.

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    1. They have top start paying the principle on the 2003 water bonds in 2020. They owe around $10 million dollars.

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    2. By "they you mean "we"

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    3. Probably. This time they (and then we) will blame the water rate hike on wood elves or a badger infestation. Anything but tell the real story.

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    4. 7:53, you'll make city hall cry with that "drought is over" stuff.

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    5. Time to make Sierra Madre the medical maijuana capital of LA County. Many cities are turning to pot sales taxes to fund their pension debt.

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    6. Great idea 12:03. It can be a one stop city: buy your weed, and then check into the Dedicato drug rehab up on Carter. The rehabs and the pot shops can open side by side.

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    7. They can use the Wistaria bus to get up to Carter.

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  7. Debths, bonds, principle payments. Why hasn't the council agenda addressed these areas?
    More "studies", code corrections, more money thrown out the window. Where is the leadership? Forget photo oops and the 710 tunnel, get real.
    Where does this city stand? How solvent are the city coffer's?

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    1. Our councils postpone bankruptcy from season to season, and it's been that way since the Building Industry attorney Bart Doyle snaked his way onto the council.

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    2. The kicked can just bounced off the wall.

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  8. Does anyone know if there is a link for a form to fill out and send in the mail? I may have thrown the mailer away.

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    1. I also threw it away, 9:07. Here's the directions page I found. You'll need your property tax bill for assessors number, and there's an email address:
      http://www.lacsd.org/wastewater/wastewater_services/proposition_218/aboutprop218.asp

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    2. Thank you.

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    3. See below - someone posted the link to the form. And no one has to use that particular form - just copy out the info and send in.

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    4. The problem is that the mailer is designed to look like a junk advertisement . Most people toss the mailer and that's what the Sanitation Dept hopes will happen. A person should be mailed a voting card. Mail it back for a yes to increase the costs. A no response is an automatic no increase vote. It's designed to pass knowing the citizens will trash the form.


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  9. Funny how Gene Goss left all that rate and tax hike stuff to Rachelle.

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  10. Thanks, Tattler. This is the kind of information that is important for people to read, and take action on.
    That's why there are so few comments. Citizen fatigue.

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  11. Here's the protest form:
    http://www.lacsd.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=9023

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    1. No way they will get 50% plus 1 of the households to protest. Plus valid signatures are always tossed....at least how that works in Sierra Madre.

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    2. People can do it if they take action.
      Big if.

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  12. How can any residents take all these increases seriously when we see the way-above-average wealth governmental workers retire with?
    Real pension reform is needed, or the frustration and anger of the people who support these parasites will grow too large.

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    1. A good Prop 218 response would go a long ways. Can we get the form printed here, please?

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    2. When will we start getting all of those postcards from Pasadena again?

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    3. As soon as Truitt gets paid. A pro-tax, pro-rate hike pay to play Republican.

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  13. The professor goes down as just another failure. We need a forward thinker and doer to run this city. My vote is for a relative of Trump.

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    1. Donald gave all of his relatives jobs in Washington DC.

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  14. Protesting this will be good practice for protesting the city's next grab.
    It sure seems like the city is only interested in its rich residents, and keeping them.
    There are plenty of old families who have made this city what it is, who are getting priced out.

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    1. I agree the debt we have is the fault of the old families who have been here the longest. It's their fault for voting so poorly all those years. Priced out is their problem because the property tax don't go up

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    2. Astonishing lie.

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    3. 1:32, enjoy the brave new Sierra Madre. Without the old activists, it'll be more to your liking in no time. 4 story buildings lining the boulevard, interspersed with condos with underground parking, and Macmansions everywhere else.

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    4. Protest form link, http://www.lacsd.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=9023 - this then to be mailed or FAXED to this link, http://www.lacsd.org/wastewater/wastewater_services/proposition_218/aboutprop218.asp

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    5. Be sure to dot your i's and cross your t's. The information must be exact or the form will be considered invalid.

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    6. Priced out? Ya, it is called regentrification. Out with the old Prop 13ers, and in with the bigger property tax payers.

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    7. It is called elder abuse.

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    8. I am an old timer, activist and I do not have the prop 13 break. I wish you'd stop throwing the around like it's something everyone who has been here for a while has.

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  15. Some individuals who have been here a long time (i.e. "old" families) have been protesting these increases for a long time, putting in long hours and walking miles to get signatures to curtails these increases. You could say that lots of young families with focus elsewhere than on the city function and have not been payig attention have cause a lot of this. You pay attention when it grabs your wallet.

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    1. Who approved the debt in the first place? Who elected the goons who caused this? Just don't blame the new residents

      Every vote counts always

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  16. I don't think $50. spread out over 5 years is gunna kill anyone that lives in this town? That's 25 cent a week

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    1. Sure. Like I want to contribute to the $400,000 salary of a sewage pumper.

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    2. Added on to all the other tax hikes. It's death by a thousand cuts.

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  17. 7.41 must be a sewer emplotee

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