Sierra Madre News Net logo image and link to News Net home page

A Sierra Madre Community Information Website,

designed, developed, maintained and sponsored by The Coburn Group

More than 4,000 pages of Sierra Madre info, photos and video archives. 

The net might not catch everything, but the fishing's half the fun, right?


"I check two things every morning, your website and the

Wall Street Journal." --  V.E., Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre News Net is online only, we are not affiliated with the

Sierra Madre News print media, old or new

Now in our Thirteenth Year Covering Sierra Madre!!

This site is optimized for newer versions of Internet Explorer.  For best  results, use Internet Explorer.  There will be less scrolling if you set your display resolution at 1024 x 768

Multiple Award Winning Website

To get on the News Net e-mail list and receive notices of updates, click here, then click send.  We don't give away (or sell) your address, and notices are sent bcc: to protect your privacy

Home of




Community Calendar SierraMadreCalendar.Info

Submit your event for the calendar here

SierraMadreNewsNet Blog - Care to share your thoughts?

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, just click on the link:   

Contact Us - Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the site

2010 Archives

2009 Archives

2008 Archives

2007 Archives

2006 Archives

2005 Archives 2004 Archives 2003 Archives 2002 Archives 2001 Archives 2000 Archives 1999 Archives 1998  Archives

Sierra Madre Local Business Web Pages

Sierra Madre Business Directory

Mountain Views News   Pasadena Star News Sierra Madre Patch Sierra Madre Weekly Sierra Madre Chamber Calendar

SierraMadreNews.Net on Facebook
Inside the News Net

Sierra Madre Business Web Pages  ($125/year, with dedicated domain name, add $50 - Sierra Madre businesses only)

Premium Advertiser Web Pages  ($250/year, with dedicated domain name, add $50 - non-Sierra Madre businesses allowed, includes premium link placement and logo)




Annual Sierra Madre Events

Arts in Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Business

Community of Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Real Estate

The Rest of the News Net

Local Business Web Pages

A Better Nanny

A+ Construction

Amperage Electric

Angels Everywear

Arnold's Frontier Hardware & Gifts

Bank of the West

Best Buy Drugs

Bill Traxler's Pool Service

Body Shop Private Fitness Studio

Cafe 322

Carmen Thibault, Sotheby's International Realty

Casa Del Rey Restaurant

Rambo, Century 21 Village Realty

E. Waldo Ward and Son

Epiphany California Realty

Four Seasons Tea Room

Gem Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Gwen Gordon, Fine Art/Graphic Design Solutions

Hands 2 Health Wellness Center, Dr. Teresa Smith, Chiropractor

Harlequin Art Gallery and Restoration

Highlander Jr. Market

Iris Intrigue

Janette Ledea, Tri-City ReMax

Joe Feeney Painting

Julia Rocks, Prof. Skin Care

Leonora Moss

The Louie Lucero Team

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Pub

Mailbox & Postal

Moe's Automotive Service Center

Once Upon A Time

Real Estate Photography

Redstone Commercial Real Estate

Reni Rose, Prudential CA Realty

Rotary Club of Sierra Madre

Ruth Richardson, Fine/Portrait Artist

Savor the Flavor

Sierra Fitness

Sierra Madre Farmer's Market

Sierra Madre Grocery Company

Sierra Madre Homes For Sale

Sierra Madre Playhouse

Sierra Madre Self Storage

The Bottle Shop

The Coburn Group

The Destination Group

The Shabby Dog

Tres Immune, Inc.

Village Pizzeria

Webb-Martin Realtors


Settlement in Case of Ellins and Toribio vs. Sierra Madre Announced by the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Sierra Madre, CA. – January 5, 2010 — The case of Jesse Toribio and John Ellins versus the City of Sierra Madre was settled yesterday by the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority’s (JPIA), against the adamant protestations of the Sierra Madre City Council. "The City Council and I were in unanimous agreement that this case should be fought in court and the City would prevail. Unfortunately, pursuant to the City’s agreement with the JPIA, the decision is ultimately the JPIA’s and not the City Councils’," said Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray.

The JPIA, a risk management pool of which the City is a member, settled to avoid further costs associated with defending the City. Despite the settlement, the California JPIA expressed that this was not an admission of fault on behalf of the City. "This case was settled solely to avoid the high costs associated with defending the City against such litigation," said Liability Program Manager Paul Zeglovitch. The JPIA confirmed that their agreement with the City gives the JPIA control over settlement of cases. "This action is strictly an economic decision, and it should not be construed, in any way, as an admission of fault."

City Manager Elaine Aguilar emphasized that, "From a public safety perspective, Chief Diaz’ actions were appropriate and in the best interests of the community." The facts as alleged by the two Plaintiffs were that upon discovering unlocked lockers in an area accessible to the general public, Sierra Madre’s Police Chief opened the lockers, found a dangerous weapon and other police equipment inside, removed those items and later returned them to their owners with instructions to keep them secured in the future. The Plaintiffs filed suit asking for money damages from the City and claiming that the Chief’s actions were an invasion of their privacy. The City maintained that the Chief’s actions harmed no one, eliminated a serious safety risk and protected the public’s safety by securing dangerous implements that could have been used as weapons to harm officers or private citizens. (Editor's Note: The above is a press release received from the City.  The JPIA has confirmed that the settlement amount was $25,000, to be split between the two officers.)

Copyright © 1998 - 2011 by The Coburn Group, Sierra Madre. All logos, trademarks or product names mentioned or displayed herein are the property of their respective owners. All photographs and videos on this site Copyright 1998 - 2011, by Bill Coburn, Sierra Madre, CA unless otherwise noted Any reference to the City of Sierra Madre or Sierra Madre applies to the community of Sierra Madre and not the city government. The City of Sierra Madre, California government is not affiliated with Sierra Madre News.Net at this time. Any city government information provided herein has been previously published for public dissemination and is shown here as a public service of Sierra Madre News.Net without explicit permission of the government of the City of Sierra Madre.