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Sierra Madre Public Works Director Inman and Public Safety Director Giannone Announce Upcoming Retirements

Bruce Inman at 4th of July, 2011 event, News Net file photo (Copyright 2011)

Press release posted 9/22/16 –  Sierra Madre Public Works Director Bruce Inman, a 19 year Sierra Madre employee, and Public Safety Director Larry Giannone, a 9 year Sierra Madre employee have announced their December 2016 retirement.

Director Bruce Inman was appointed as the City’s Public Works Director in March 1997, and he is one of the City’s longest serving employees. When giving notice of his retirement, Inman stated, “As I prepare to leave Sierra Madre I am filled with pride over the accomplishments of the Public Works Department over the last twenty years. The remodeling of the Pool House, the Recreation Center, the City Hall Basement EOC, and the Senior Center, the construction of the YAC and the initiation of the process to make improvements to the Library are representative of efforts to update the City’s building facilities. Construction of the award-winning Grove Street Reservoir, the water filtration plant, the water system interconnections with Arcadia and MWD, and the replacement of miles of transmission and distribution water mains show a commitment to supplying dependable, safe drinking water. Lastly, the construction of the 2 replacement reservoirs and pump station at Mira Monte, the City’s largest single public works project ever, demonstrate that no accomplishment is too big for the Department, when the resources and community support are present to get the job done.”

City Manager Elaine Aguilar stated that, “Bruce has always been an instrumental staff member, and he seems to have unending energy and commitment. He has been involved in many of Sierra Madre’s accomplishments. He is one of the most service-oriented, dedicated, and hardworking members of the Sierra Madre team. He possesses a wealth of information and professional expertise and is the consummate professional.” Inman’s final date of employment with the City is December 16, 2016.

Sierra Madre Public Safety Director Larry Giannone has also announced his retirement, effective December 10, 2016. Giannone began his employment with Sierra Madre in March 2007, as a Captain in the Police Department. He was promoted to Chief of Police in 2012, and then was appointed Public Safety Director in November 2014, overseeing both the Police and Fire Departments. Giannone’s public safety career began 44 years ago, as a Police Cadet with the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Public Safety Director Larry Giannone, News Net file photo (Copyright 2015)

When Giannone was asked about his service to Sierra Madre, he replied, “In 2007 I joined the Sierra Madre Police Department with one goal in mind — that was to make it a stronger and more professional police department. As I recently reflected on the Department as a whole, I realized that not only has my goal been met, but the Police Department is strong and in the best position it has been in for many years. The Department will be back to full staffing, providing 24\7 service to the community starting October 30, 2016. I have been involved in the Law Enforcement profession for 44 years; it is now time to pass the torch to my strong management team to continue to move this Department forward and to continue providing the best possible service to the Sierra Madre Community.” City Manager Aguilar added, “Larry is truly amazing; not only is he a great Chief, but he also possesses skills and professional insight that extend beyond his public safety background and he is always ready to step in to help with whatever is needed. But most significantly, he is a true example of a tireless, dedicated public servant, public safety professional, and a leader.”

With Inman’s and Giannone’s upcoming departures, Sierra Madre will lose four executive management staff by the end of the year, beginning with Assistant City Manager Cox’s departure in July 2016 for a position with the City of Rancho Cucamonga, and City Manager Aguilar’s retirement in December 2016. The City Council will be working with an executive recruitment firm to fill the City Manager position and anticipates that the appointment will be made in late December or early January. Mayor Pro Tem Rachelle Arizmendi stated, “The City Council is committed to devoting our immediate attention to the City Manager recruitment process. It is important that the transition be as seamless as possible and that City operations continue without any interruption.” Arizmendi added, “I truly appreciate Bruce and Larry’s dedicated service and wish them the best in their retirements. They will be missed.”
Recruitment will soon begin for the vacant management positions, with appointments to be made shortly after the arrival of the new City Manager. In the meantime, current City staff will be assigned to Interim Department Head or the Chief position until permanent appointments are made.

Regarding the turnover in management staff, City Manager Aguilar stated, “There will always be staff turn-over, as staff move on to advance their careers, or especially as the “baby-boomers” reach retirement age. More than half of the executive management team has changed-over in the past two years because of retirements and staff advancing their careers. I can understand that three people with extensive tenure all retiring at the same time can be a little unsettling, but things are stable in Sierra Madre, and this is a reflection of the City currently being in a good position, compared to the recent past, and the strength of the up-and-coming management staff.”

Additional information will be forthcoming regarding the recognition of the outgoing staff members. For additional information, please contact the Sierra Madre City Manager’s Office at (626) 355-7135.

Thursday August 25 2016

The Scarecrows Are Coming!

The Scarecrows Are Coming!

Posted 8/25/16 – The Creative Arts Group presents its 5th Annual Scarecrow Festival in Sierra Madre, and now’s the chance for you to get involved. Registration for this year’s scarecrow contest is now open!  When you enter the contest, your scarecrow will be given an ID tag, a web page and a post on Creative Arts Group’s Facebook [...]

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Thursday August 25 2016

#PinkPatchProject to Promote Awareness in Fight Against Breast Cancer

#PinkPatchProject to Promote Awareness in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Press Release posted 8/25/16 - The #PinkPatchProject is a collaborative effort between the LA County Police Chief’s Association and over 30 law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Officers from the participating agencies, including SMPD,  will be wearing these pink patches on [...]

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Thursday August 25 2016

Free CERT Emergency Preparedness Classes Begin Sept. 10

Press Release posted 8/25/16 – During the week of September 10th, Sierra Madre CERT will be offering FREE comprehensive emergency preparedness training classes to the public.  Classes involve a mix of lecture and hands on exercises. The final day even includes a comprehensive disaster scenario!  For more information about CERT and about the classes check out [...]

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Saturday July 09 2016

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 2016 – Photo Gallery and Video

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 2016 - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 7/9/16 - Each year, the Spero Foundation hosts the Firecracker 5K Fun Run.  Funds raised are used to benefit the Foundation’s philanthropy.  Enjoy these photos and video from the event. Note – photos are not entirely in chronological order, you will find some pre-race photos even towards the end.

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Monday July 04 2016

Pre-4th Party in the Park, featuring Groovy Lemon Pie – Photo Gallery

Pre-4th Party in the Park, featuring Groovy Lemon Pie - Photo Gallery

Posted 7/4/2016 – Video to follow…eventually

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Saturday July 02 2016

Sierra Madre 4th of July Events Schedule

Posted 7/2/16

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Saturday July 02 2016

2016 Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade Lineup

2016 Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade Lineup

Posted 7/2/16

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Tuesday June 28 2016

Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe Thursday

Reprinted from SierraMadreWeekly.com – A Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe will be held at Sierra Madre Elementary School auditorium on Thursday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at The Japanese Garden on the school grounds. The graveside service at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery will be held that morning at 11:30 a.m. [...]

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Tuesday June 21 2016

Fire Update from the City

Press Release posted 6/21/16 - FIRE UPDATE: The fire remains east of us with no threat at this time to the Sierra Madre Community. City officials will continue to monitor the fire events throughout the day. It is expected to be another hot day with very bad air quality due to the fires. We remind everyone [...]

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Monday May 30 2016

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service – Photo Gallery

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/30/16 – As always, Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 of Sierra Madre held its Memorial Day service at Pioneer Cemetery this morning.  I also have video, and will probably write something up about it, but figured I’d at least get the photos up for now.

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, page 3, Finishers 97 – 122

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, page 3, Finishers 97 - 122

Posted 5/29/16  - I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 2, finishers 45 through 96

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 2, finishers 45 through 96

I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 1, Finishers 1 – 43

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 1, Finishers 1 - 43

I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Saturday May 28 2016

Adrian Diaz Wins 50th Trail Race in 1:01:35, Mireya Vargas Returns as Female Champ

Adrian Diaz Wins 50th Trail Race in 1:01:35, Mireya Vargas Returns as Female Champ

Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results Finisher photo page 1, finishers 1 – 43 Finisher photo page 2, finishers 44 – 95 Finisher photo page 3, finishers 97 – 122 Posted 5/28/16 – Adrian Diaz [...]

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Thursday May 26 2016

VFW to Honor the Fallen Monday

VFW to Honor the Fallen Monday

News Net file photo, click twice to enlarge Press Release posted 5/26/16 - Sierra Madre Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 invites patriots, families and friends to attend our Memorial Day Ceremony honoring our deceased War Veterans at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery, Monday, May 30 at 11:00 A.M. Please arrive early to get a seat. In recent [...]

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