Monday, July 17, 2017

Selling Sierra Madre's Library and Measure UUT

2016's Measure UUT was once widely believed to be the source for money intended to be used to save Sierra Madre's Library from insolvency. Which is why so many people have been both shocked and surprised by last Tuesday's proposal to sell off the property the Library now sits on to a private developer and move everything to the Youth Activity Center over in Sierra Vista Park. The assumption being that the Library itself would then be razed and replaced by highly profitable condominiums.

Yes, it is always about the money. Please keep your eye on that.

In a troubling article published in this weekend's edition of The Mountain Views News ("Proposed Library Changes Awaken Community") the reaction many have had to the unhappy news is described in this way:


Many issues have been raised by the proposed sale of the property the current version of the Library stands on, but none is potentially more troubling than the growing realization that one of the main justifications pushed by the well-financed campaign in 2016 to raise utility taxes in Sierra Madre, rescuing the Library, has now been exposed as being largely false.

Of course, this disconnect will come as no surprise to the readers of this blog. As we stated often during the run up to the April 2016 election, the real reason driving this city's burning need to pass Measure UUT was not the Library, the Sierra Madre Police Department, or any of the other justifications pushed by the disingenuous "Yes on Measure UUT" campaign. It was 10's of millions of dollars in unnecessary and financially perilous CalPERS and Water Bond debt.

Current Sierra Madre Mayor Rachelle Arizmendi, in a postcard issued during her 2014 run for City Council, admitted just that. Here she states one of her main reasons for running for City Council that year.


Sadly, and even though she obviously knew better, by 2016 Rachelle Arizmendi was lending her credibility to the Yes on Measure UUT campaign, and endorsed just the kind of tax increase she opposed when she originally ran for office. Here is how that one looked.


The individual who ran the "Yes on Measure UUT" campaign through a series of sock puppet organizations and individuals, Pasadena political campaign consultant Martin Truitt, also knew this purported campaign to save the Sierra Madre Library and Police Department through utility tax hikes was not on the level. Back when Martin was still quietly supplying this blog with background information he sent me the following email.


Truitt also managed Rachelle's campaign for City Council in 2014. The rumor is he will not only manage her reelection campaign in 2018, but also the City Council candidacy of Edward Garcia. Garcia is the individual who fronted for Truitt in 2016's Measure UUT campaign. In my opinion Mr. Garcia has a lot to answer for, and hopefully will be forced to do just that when he runs for office here next year.

On March 19 of 2016 many Sierra Madre residents received this postcard:


As we have stated, a large portion of the funds raised by Measure UUT would go on to pay for things like Sierra Madre's many millions of dollars in CalPERS debt. CalPERS is located in Sacramento, not Sierra Madre. The money does not all stay in town as claimed on this less than honest postcard.

This was the elephant in the room that the City Council refused to acknowledge in 2016. Probably because it might cause you to vote "NO" on their tax hike.

The Sierra Madre Library faces the wrecking ball because of funding problems. Despite the passage of Measure UUT. More on this tomorrow.

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57 comments:

  1. Politicians and in this case the Sierra Madre City Council likes to pass tax increases even though they don't say that when they are running for office. Then they don't have to make tough budget decisions and they don't get any trouble from the public employee unions while they are in office. The result is that our public servants get richer and retire at a very young age with a golden parachute while the residents and taxpayers get their services cut and lose their library. The can gets kicked down the road for a future City Council to deal with. This is just a re-run of the same movie.

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  2. First of all, if Rachelle Arizmendi even runs for CC again she will not finish out her term, why you ask? That answer is Sacramento, the lady is being groomed for much more important work than small town USA, she is moving up the political ladder where her intellect and charm will go far as demonstrated by her backing more UUT taxes and moving the Library to a real crowded undesirable location. The next election will be supported by the 3 bad boys, they will pick who is going to run the town next.

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  3. I know some of you still think we will get our good tasting water system back, that is another lie started by Joe Mosca. First thing that "FIRE THE LIAR" did was want to attach to MWD so we could build all we want without the worry of where our next glass of water was coming from, never mind you choke the stuff down because of how terrible it looks and tastes. In fifteen years you wont be able to tell the difference between Glendale and Sierra Madre. What trash company does Glendale use?

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  4. Keep Sierra Madre great. Again?

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  5. Rachelle Arizmendi may know how to run a big company but she didn't take into account that this is a political run organization not a regular company. Looks like she is learning very quickly!

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  6. So reactionary. If you people made any effort to read beyond headlines you would be doing your community a great service.
    The library has problems. It needs major renovations, not because we want a prettier library, but because there are structural and code upgrades needed. That costs money. Lots of it. The proposal is to build a new library at the rear of the rec center. Selling the current library would pay for that. If we were to keep the library in place, we would need to come up with a couple million to pay for the renovation. There is a problem and a solution. If you don't like the solution, come up with a better one. As much as I like the idea, while not perfect. I would suggest two others.
    Make the library completely volunteer. Have it's support be through fundraising. Enact a short term bond to pay for the renovations and pay for it with the librarian salary.
    Or
    Land lease the library to a developer (would require increased density allotment) to build age restricted low income housing. City keeps the land in the long term but accomplished goals in the short term.

    Or continue this asinine "nothing should ever change in Sierra Madre" attitude, continue bashing your neighbors, public servants, and business owners and see where that leaves you.

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    1. Today's message from the Kool Aid Korner. Being unhappy over being lied to by local government about a tax increase is not reactionary, it is sanity.

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    2. You can be unhappy about whatever you want. You're a big boy or girl. That doesn't solve anything though. So put on your big boy pants or big girl mou Mou, and come up with something viable. Don't be a mindless waste of space. By the way, like it or not, those pensions are in fact our responsibility. Outside of insolvency, they are not optional.

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    3. Nobody bashed their neighbors more than the Yes On Measure UUT crowd, 6:52. Stop being such a hypocrite.

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    4. Here's a learning opportunity for 7:54July 17, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      hyp·o·crite
      ˈhipəˌkrit - noun
      a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
      synonyms: pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint

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    5. 6:52 - The Library is being moved because there isn't money enough to pay for needed repairs. There isn't enough money because of the massive CalPERS debt that city hall has saddled the taxpayers with. Why is this so incomprehensible to you? Why can't you deal with facts instead of indulging in stupid name calling and slurs?

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    6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlZOFqceLik

      The solution is easy SELL IT AND SHUT IT DOWN

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    7. Uh oh. 6:52 made a "you people" comment.

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  7. I like where the Library is. How much is it going to cost to move the Library to the YAC? I don't think they can put it upstairs because of all the weight and not to mention how safe it will be in an earthquake. Who's brain child is this anyway?

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    1. Again try reading the proposal. It's to go in the space behind the rec center. New building.

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    2. The Mountain Views News article says the city's on-line proposal supplies the reader with charts. Have you seen charts there?

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  8. Glendale?!! Are you serious? How can anyone take you serious with the stupidities you espouse. Wait you may be right, it's the perfect place for high rise buildings, car dealerships, and massive malls.

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  9. Sierra Madreans are so gullible that most of them believe the lies. Guess it depends on if you belong to a social club and drink the local wine. I will never leave this town as I'm going to be a thorn in the side of the lying politicians. When my kids grow up and leave the nest then look out lairs. For now I want my kids to play free of retaliation.

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    1. Most Sierra Madreans are stupid and they vote.

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  10. 7:06, so new building you say. Guess there will be no parking problem there. My phone has an entire library in it and no one has to cut down a tree to print the book on. Food for thought, do you think writers really want library's where only one book is bought and then people take turns reading it. Library's are a thing of the past and a waste of money now. Preserve what we have and move on to the real world.

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  11. 6:57 just need to stack the buildings higher.

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  12. 7:06 another new building and less park, nice.

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    1. Of course, less park. Green Grass is a dirty word in California. I'm with 7:29.

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    1. No name calling, 7:33. This isn't Facebook.

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    2. Facebook ?😂, Very, very funny Mod!

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  14. Just close the library. Problem solved.

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  15. Just turn the Library over to the County of Los Angeles to run, problem solved..

    P.S. do you ever get the feeling that City Hall has sold the city right from under your feet?

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  16. How can I read the proposal? I hardly have time to respond here. Could I visit the library to read it?

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    1. You'd better get there quick.

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  17. City Hall has to be watched constantly. Few have the time to do that.

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  18. Today's date is 7-1-7-1-7. It is a good luck number.

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  19. 7:54am. This is the type of individual that was elected to city council over the years; the smoke and mirrors representation of; I care, no really I do.
    Poor, poor, poor decision making and a lack of leadership from City Hall, has landed this town where it is today.
    The "clicks" in town have pushed this city into bankruptcy.
    Difficult decisions are facing all of us again.
    Hope to see all of you in the future at City Council meetings.
    The new manager appears to be rolling up his sleeves and has been offering various solutions; a huge change from just shuffling papers.
    The council should take his lead and listen.
    Still time for a forensic audit, it may be worth the expense to clear the air on where over the years did all the money go?
    The fiscal records dont appear to match repairs or paying for Volunteer dinners.
    Move forward with a clean slate.

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  20. Iam off to buy a lottery ticket, I have time to stop a buy a chance Luky number ticket, but just like a sample of people texting here on this blog, I dont have time to care about what goes on down at City Hall; roll the dice!

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    1. I buy mine at Happy's.

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    2. I go to the Bottle Shop for mine cause Billy Jr. needs the income to support his lavish lifestyle

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    3. Your taxes paid for his wine tasting room. You've already given him enough.

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    4. You are dilusional. How exactly did your taxes pay for the tasting room. There's nothing worse than a clueless liar with passion and time. Get a life.

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    5. You are both clueless and nasty. Billy demanded the City Council fork over a few thousand in community redevelopment funds, and thanks to Joe Mosca he got them. Enjoy your wine. You already paid for it.

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    6. 11:17 is a clueless liar with passion and time.

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  21. Happy's has had many millionaires tickets sold, I will spend my UUT savings there.

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  22. Here's the part I don't understand: the proposal said the sale of the library lots would bring in 2 -2.5 million, the new library would cost 3 million. So the people who want to pull this off are planning on raising 1/2 to 1 million to accomplish the move (to someplace where no one will be able to park). Why don't they just raise that money, and do the upkeep on the present library? Sell off the back lot, use that income.

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    1. 11:25, they want a Cultural Center. There is not enough room in the present location for that. It is beyond me why they need a Cultural Center but they want one!

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  23. If the city combines the sale of the cat box park; the Goldberg park on Ramona and Sunnyside; still an IOU on City books; and the lot behind the Library; would that cover the costs of repair and ADA upgrades at the current Library site?
    Maybe for good measure,the park space on Carter One. That would save the City from extra patrolling in the future.
    Re list area in front of the current Library as green space inorder to meet the park space standards.

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  24. 6:48am. The Armenian Mafia,Athens Trash, along with the bad tasting water; all are the products from the City of Glendale.
    Dorn Platz Development along with past Councilmen Joe Mosca were introduced to Sierra Madre by one or two Council members voted into power from SM citizens.
    Beware of shiny expensive election materials being sent to your home; instead ask whats the cover up? What is this individual really trying to sell? A future of bad water and expensive trash pick upgrades?

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  25. They could rent city hall for bingo tournaments.

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  26. Who is putting their name in to buy?

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    1. John Wuo. He is buying the property with Gem Coins.

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    2. They're backed by amber mines.

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  27. Sierra Madre to ban marijuana sales and shops but may reconsider delivery
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170716/sierra-madre-to-ban-marijuana-sales-and-shops-but-may-reconsider-delivery

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  28. After viewing the expensive cards shown above, I expect soon we will be getting some flashy postcards along with the City Propaganda as to why it is soooooo necessary to relocate the Library to the pool area. I'm guessing they had hoped to bypass that step but the Tattler outed them and now $$$$$ must be spent on the Propaganda.!

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  29. This whole relocation shill sounds like a sneaky way to end the library for good. It's already going the way of the horse and buggy, so moving it someplace where people can't get to it, with an elevator no one in their right mind uses, might be a way to just finish it off.

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  30. Every time the City Council meets, two things happen. We lose freedom and it costs us money.

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  31. Gene Goss is the face of Sierra Madre's soul. Bland, slightly put upon and easily manipulated.

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  32. If they have an engineering report on how impossible it would be to upgrade the library in its present location, when was that authorized and the results published? Has a similary study been done on the buidling known as the YAC (YOUTH Activity Center)? Was the expansion done there in past up to today's standard? It may need substantial retrofit as well!

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  33. The city needs to check how it acquired the property the library sets on. It was donated with the stipulation that it always be a library or the land returns to original owners or their heirs. Is the site under Measure V protections?

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