Wednesday, June 14, 2017

At Last Night's Sierra Madre City Council Meeting Water Rates and Rent Control Were Discussed

Last night's City Council meeting is exclusively linked here.

Two issues that were jiving people all the way down into the very depths of their souls last night were water rates and rent control. Both led to nowhere in particular, but in their own special ways. The meeting also went on for nearly three hours, so language was not always used economically. And yes, it was a process.

Rent Stabilization: A lot of people turned out to discuss this, much oxygen was consumed and previously ingested groceries burned, but nothing much came of it. It turned out things aren't so bad after all, and in the end this item was merely received and filed by the government agency. No landlord is going to be forced to lower their rents to $750 a month, as some claimed to fear. Great waves of unnecessary paranoia broke upon the rocks of reality, and then slipped back out into the primordial psychic seas from which they had originally flowed. 

Just one more indication that many landlords have way too much time on their hands.

You really have to wonder what people were thinking when this was brought forward for discussion. Was it, as Councilmember Delmar wryly suggested, a way to energize the community and get people to actually attend a City Council meeting? I guess the best that can be said is it kept folks out of the taverns. Or at least until the meeting finally ended.

Water Rate Study: The latest masters of the Sierra Madre Water Company disaster now want to change their bills to two tiers. The first tier, which would be less expensive, will be based on your consumption of the local non-imported stuff. The second tier, which would set you back even more, is what you would then have to pay for consuming that more costly water imported from the gonifs of the SGVMWD. This is supposed to make things simple, create trust, and give people a true understanding of why their costs are as they are.

The shocking claim is this is not being done to raise the water rates of consumers. Rather just pushing around what is currently being charged, then molding it into something more appealing and understandable. 

However, it was also said that none of this can be implemented until the State of California gets around to deciding how much water you should be allowed to consume before any punitive financial consequences are imposed. That has not been worked out yet, and won't be in place until the end of this summer. Or maybe even later. Nobody knows for certain.

Apparently this also involves state planes flying over Sierra Madre and taking photographs of everyone's houses and lots. Do wear your nicest hat so you will represent well.

So is it true? The City of Sierra Madre is going change its water rate tiers, but not in order to ask for more money? That does seem quite out of character for City Hall. I find it hard to believe, but perhaps that's a symptom of my own personal PTSD from previous water rate experiences in the past. I guess we'll know this for certain when the changes are made without a Prop 218 process being initiated by the City Attorney.

It does sound way too good to be true, however. Certainly there must be a catch. You know?

Two things that were not discussed. Sierra Madre's bizarre and troubling water bond debt situation, which is not surprising. We'll have to get back into that some other time. But also, why does this city have to pay the SGVMWD more for their water than other cities do? And why can't that be remedied? 

It seems discriminatory and unfair.

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45 comments:

  1. I don't believe water bills will not go up?

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  2. Just think of it, real news worthy activities happening in Sierra Madre, California http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20170613/sierra-madre-police-arrest-man-with-100000-worth-of-marijuana

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    1. This town is going to pot.

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    2. The person arrested is an entrepreneur who could be paying taxes to the city rather than sitting in the pokey.

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    3. The Planning Commission is working on the marijuana issue Thursday evening.

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    4. Nice try 7:47

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    5. Sierra Madre has a long history of catering to the needs of the sick and ailing. I guess we're just not as welcoming as we used to be.

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    6. Well there was a lot of resistance to the Kensington retirement home.

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    7. A lot of the patients in that place are early hippy generation veterans. I think medicinal marijuana would be a hit in there. So to speak.

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    8. Sierra Madre has a long history of Marijuana distribution.

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    9. Dr. Sami's office building has always had the medical marijuana symbol. So has that office been a marijuana dispensary?

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    10. Yes. It is green. Maybe he is Irish.

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  3. The changing of the guards at old city hall, appears to be promising. The resident's won't suffer from the lack of intellectual decisions that used to come from the past players.
    The city's bond ratings are still questionable, so a higher borrowing rate makes sense on the import water. I am just glad that eventually I won't continue getting the "brown".
    Thanks for the links, the city continues to neglect the taped meetings being downloaded to cable tv and Happy Birthday POTUS!

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  4. Is there a reason why city hall cannot renegotiate rates with the SGVMWD?

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    1. Good question. Then we would only need to have one tier.

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    2. Yes 8:08 that would be great 1 tier than I (who Conserve) could pay the same rate as the rich water wasters who fill their pools,soak lavishly landscaped yards,and water sidewalks.

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    3. Do other cities receiving water from SGVMWD have tiered rates?

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  5. Lower to $750 a month? Damn, I should raise rents!

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    1. Apartments For Rent in Sierra Madre CA | Zillow
      https://www.zillow.com/sierra-madre-ca/apartments/
      $2,045/mo2 bds · 1 ba · 900 sqft. 13 days ago·59 Esperanza Ave APT H, Sierra Madre, CA. 17 photos. 73 Suffolk Ave APT B - Available for $2,400 per month.

      Average Rent In Sierra Madre, Sierra Madre Rent Trends and Rental ...
      https://www.rentjungle.com/average-rent-in-sierra-madre-ca-rent-trends/
      As of May, 2017, average apartment rent within 10 miles of Sierra Madre, CA is $1984.

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    2. We are talking legal liveable accommodations not a cot in your illegally converted garage.

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    3. 8:29, you are foolish to make such an assumption.

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    4. Made more sense than your post.

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    5. Granny flat = stack and pack!

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  6. Is the city attorney giving the city manager fisheye in that picture?

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  7. City Attorney gave plenty of fisheye towards the new City Manager, she's thinking;darn this guys get it going on, our law firms gonna have to focus on work.

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    1. The Colantuono law firm has made a lot of money over water conflicts in this town over the years. I am sure they'd hate to see that revenue stream dry up because of something as stupid as meeting the needs of the residents.

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    2. Maybe she should go back th Barstow. Or Alameda if they'll take her back.

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  8. Colantuono's firm wrote the 218 legislation but lost the rate drive in one small water company in Yuba co last year. Our population too sheepish to fight for their water rights. The whole state has a history of water corruption. Find "Great california water heist"!on line.

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    1. They thought raising water rates would save the Library.

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  9. Should there be a Water Flow Fee on that 10 foot pipeline that runs down Grandview? Seems like there should be. With fees collected maybe we could pay off the water debt. What ever happened to the lawsuit with the City of Arcadia stealing our water? If we win that suit maybe money collected would help pay off some of that water debt? So many questions.

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  10. We need new city attorney. Check out their monthly fees over and above the retainer their paid. Nothing new there! Same old same old at City Hall. Hoping the new CM will be a good choice.

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  11. 3:07 & 4:06pm. Resistance of a starting rate of $5,000.00 a month wealthy hippy retirement housing in the downtown business district when "they" don't sell pot, why was there resistance?

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    1. Often the elderly sell their prescription drugs to make ends meet.

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    2. Because you're prejudiced.

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  12. Hey mod. if traffic is down it may because TW/Spectrum internet has been down all day,at least in my part the Madre......

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  13. As a loyal supporter of the president,and MAGA Sierra Madre should change it name to Mother Mountain. Sounds kinda catchy. No?

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    1. No. But if we don't change the name would you build a wall?

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    2. As a loyal supporter of other inane ideas, Los Angeles should change its Mexican name to "The Angels County, City of Angels." Sounds kinda catchy, like the LA Angeles of Anaheim, no?

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    3. Why don't you start using those names. Then, when people start looking at you like you're a complete idiot, you will discover who you really are.

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    4. "Sometimes I feel
      Like my only friend
      Is the city I live in
      The city of angels
      Lonely as I am
      Together we cry" RHCP

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    5. Yes nobody has ever called L.A "The City Of Angels" how racist and politically incorrect.

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    6. Actually Mexican is a nationality Spanish is a language. Read a book. I live in Sierra Madre I am an American (so is a Mexican) I speak English he speaks Spanish.

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  14. Who gives a rats ass about being politically correct.
    A fat person is fat.
    A person that is in a country without proper documentation is a criminal and an illegal alien.
    If you don't like Obama, you are not a racist.
    Any person that doesn't like a person because of the skin color is a racist.
    Finally.....Jerry Brown is an idiot. Same goes for his followers.

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    1. Wow, I had a totally different opinion, but then I saw your comment and now see the light. It all makes sense now. Thank you so much! (Or it's possible you are incredibly ignorant - one or the other)

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  15. Make Trolls Educated Again

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