Sierra Madre Edition - April 2018

Sierra Madre Edition – April 2018 2018-06-13T18:47:53+00:00

The Empire Strikes Back!

By | April 5th, 2018|

The Empire Strikes Back! City Attorney Provides Memo to Council Detailing Possible Dis-incorporation of Sierra Madre.  A few weeks ago, we reported exclusively on Radio Free Los Angeles that the City of Sierra Madre is threatening to “disincorporate,” i.e., shut down the city if taxpayers repeal the Utility Users Tax. Apparently, the City Council decided that it just could not – or would not – deal with its spending problem or make the changes necessary to operate within a lower budget. The Council asked the City Attorney, Theresa Highsmith, to prepare a legal memorandum about what is involved in [...]

La Cañada vs. Sierra Madre

By | April 5th, 2018|

La Cañada Taxpayers Are Winning Sierra Madre has a fantastic opportunity to lead the way for other cities facing similar financial crises.  Not all cities are in as  bad shape as Sierra Madre. For example, nearby La Cañada-Flintridge models a thriving community living within its means. Rather than talk bankruptcy and disincorporation, why doesn’t the Sierra Madre City Council consider spending cuts? According to 2016 payroll data from Transparent California, Sierra Madre employs three full-time Fire Captains (w/ annual pay and benefits of $123K, $233K & $150K) and  a full-time Fire Chief (at $160K). Why does a [...]

Measure D: Important Election Facts

By | April 5th, 2018|

Measure D: Important Election Facts Sierra Madre officials claim that if passed, Measure D would force the City to cut critical municipal services, going so far as to consider shutting the city down if  the $2.6 million tax is repealed. It is our opinion that the City requires this tax to keep up with out of control spending. According to the City’s audited financial statements, since 2006 General Fund revenues have risen 82% while expenditures swelled a whopping 89%. Even with massive revenue gains, spending continues to outpace income. In the Mountain Views News (3/17/18), Mayor Rachelle [...]

Sierra Madre Voters Misled in 2014

By | April 5th, 2018|

Sierra Madre Voters Misled in 2014 The Fair Political Practices Commission rained on the Sierra Madre tax hikers’ parade with a $241 fine last September because the 2014 Yes on UUT campaign failed to report a large contribution before the April, 2014 election. What was the large contribution? Why, it was for $1,500 (definitely large by Sierra Madre standards) donated by none other than the Sierra Madre Police Association. And the address is listed as Sierra Madre City Hall! Yes, the Sierra Madre Police Association spent the big bucks. Why? Were they genuinely interested in saving Sierra [...]

A Step in the Right Direction

By | April 5th, 2018|

Measure D: A Step in the Right Direction In a few short days, taxpayers in the City of Sierra Madre will have the opportunity to do something both rare and necessary: reduce taxes and say “NO” to Big Government. Sponsored by local residents Earl Richey and David McMonigle, Measure D would end the obnoxious Utility Users Tax and reduce taxes by $2.6 million a year. Even though City revenues have grown 82% since 2006, spending has kept pace. Obviously, Sierra Madre does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. The City continues to hire [...]

Solutions to Sierra Madre’s Fiscal Crisis

By | April 5th, 2018|

Solutions to Sierra Madre's Fiscal Crisis. Here are some common-sense steps to address and ultimately fix the fiscal crisis in the City of Sierra Madre. Admit You Have a Problem The first step in solving any problem is to admit that you have one.  From all appearances, the City of Sierra Madre and the majority of its residents are either unaware they have a problem or are unwilling to admit it. Like most California cities, Sierra Madre spends too much on too many things, especially employee salaries, pensions and benefits. They have spent so much and incurred [...]