Posts Tagged City Council

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Friday August 10 2012

Council to Hold Special Meeting with Supervisor Antonovich Wednesday

Posted 8/10/12 – The Sierra Madre City Council will hold a special breakfast meeting at The Only Place in Town, 110 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., at 8am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.  Discussion items on the agenda include the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), Measure R funds and the Gold Line extension, the Santa Anita [...]

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Wednesday July 25 2012

Koerber Issues Statement re: Kensington

Press Release posted 7/25/12 – Following Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Council Member Chris Koerber issued the following statement: After an exhaustive review of the Kensington proposal – nine Planning Commission meetings and three City Council meetings – I am pleased that the city is moving forward with the November vote to approve what will undoubtedly [...]

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Sunday July 22 2012

Revised City Council Agenda and Links to Staff Reports for Tuesday Night, 7/24/12

Posted 7/22/12 – Here is the Revised Agenda for Tuesday night’s Council meeting.  There will be lots of discussion about lawsuits in a closed session prior to the meeting, most (if not all of them) involving former members of the SMPD, or the SM Police Officers’ Association. There will be a presentation by SMRFA President Robert [...]

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Saturday April 28 2012

Buchanan Steps Down from City Council

Buchanan Steps Down from City Council

Mayor Pro Tem Moran presents departing Mayor Buchanan with proclamation from the City Posted 4/27/12 – John Buchanan began by thanking the residents of Sierra Madre, both those who supported him, and “your loyal opposition, governance requires both.”  He thanked colleagues with whom he’d served on the council, as well as staff, department heads and [...]

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Saturday April 28 2012

MacGillivray Says Goodbye to City Council

MacGillivray Says Goodbye to City Council

Pat Alcorn and friends presented MaryAnn MacGillivray with a stock certificate for a defunct Sierra Madre Development company as a parting gift Posted 4/28/12 – At Tuesday’s City Council reorganization meeting, MaryAnn MacGillivray, who was defeated in the April 10th election after serving three split terms on the Council, was recognized by Council and residents, [...]

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Wednesday April 25 2012

John Capoccia Sworn in to Sierra Madre City Council – Video

Posted 4/24/12 - John Capoccia was sworn into City Council at tonight’s reorganization meeting.  After all new Council members were sworn in and seated, Mayor Pro Tem Josh Moran invited each of them to say a few words before accepting nominations for the new Mayor.  Here’s video of John being sworn in, and his first few [...]

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Wednesday April 25 2012

John Harabedian Sworn in to Sierra Madre City Council – Video

Posted 4/24/12 - John Harabedian was sworn into City Council at tonight’s reorganization meeting.  After all new Council members were sworn in and seated, Mayor Pro Tem Josh Moran invited each of them to say a few words before accepting nominations for the new Mayor.  Here’s video of John being sworn in, and his first few [...]

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Tuesday April 24 2012

Chris Koerber Sworn in on City Council – Video

Posted 4/24/12 – Chris Koerber was sworn into City Council at tonight’s reorganization meeting.  After all new Council members were sworn in and seated, Mayor Pro Tem Josh Moran invited each of them to say a few words before accepting nominations for the new Mayor.  Here’s video of Chris being sworn in, and his first [...]

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Tuesday April 24 2012

City Council Reorganizes, Moran Mayor, Walsh Mayor Pro-tem – Photo Gallery

City Council Reorganizes, Moran Mayor, Walsh Mayor Pro-tem - Photo Gallery

Posted 4/24/12 – Mayor John Buchanan and Council member MaryAnn MacGillivray left the City Council Tuesday evening, and Chris Koerber, John Harabedian and John Capoccia joined it.  The new Council then voted unanimously to seat Josh Moran as Mayor and Nancy Walsh as Mayor Pro Tem.  They then also voted unanimously to contract pool services [...]

Tuesday April 24 2012

Council Reorganization to Take Place Tonight

Posted 4/24/12 – From the City’s Facebook page: The City Council will convene this evening at 6:30 in City Hall Council Chambers. Outgoing Mayor Buchanan, Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray, and City Treasurer George Enyedi will be recognized for their service to the City of Sierra Madre. Newly Elected Council Members John Capoccia, John Harabedian, and [...]

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Wednesday April 11 2012

Post-election Statements from All Seven City Council Candidates

Posted 4/11/12 – New Council member John Capoccia, elected to one of two 4-year seats in the regular election last night, has issued the following statement to the News Net following last night’s election: “First, my congratulations to Chris Koerber and John Harabedian for their victories. I’m honored to serve along side them as we [...]

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Tuesday April 10 2012

Koerber, Capoccia and Harabedian Elected to Council, UUT Extension Rejected

Congratulations to Chris Koerber, who beat Colin Braudrick 1403 to 1199 in the special election for Joe Mosca’s vacated remaining two years on the Council, and to John Harabedian and John Capoccia, who were the top two vote getters in the Regular Election for two 4-year seats on the Council, with 1364 and 1327 votes, [...]

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Sunday April 08 2012

Get Out and Vote This Tuesday – Polling Place Locator, New Larger Map

Get Out and Vote This Tuesday - Polling Place Locator, New Larger Map

Posted 4/8/12 – There are three polling locations for the April 2012 election.  Click on the map below to see a larger version to determine where you vote tomorrow.  You may need to click on the image again once it loads to see it full size, depending on your browser.  The following locations will be [...]

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Wednesday April 04 2012

Editorial – This is One Definition of “Affiliated With”

Posted 4/4/12 This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 17-year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. I’ve had several people ask me if I was going to write anything about Chris [...]

Wednesday April 04 2012

Candidate Reception to be Held Saturday

Posted 4/4/12 – Mike and Susan Gallagher will be hosting a reception for City Council candidates John Harabedian, Colin Braudrick, and Gene Goss on Saturday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m. Their home is located at 685 N. Auburn Ave. All are welcome. If you are still undecided as to how to vote on Tuesday, April [...]

Friday March 16 2012

Kiwanis Candidate Forum Photo Gallery

Kiwanis Candidate Forum Photo Gallery

Posted 3/16/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club hosted a candidate forum on Tuesday, moderated by member Clem Bartolai.  Six of the seven candidates were on hand, and they responded to questions written on index cards by people in the audience.  I shot video of the forum, and will post it soon, in the meantime [...]

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Friday March 16 2012

Woman’s Club Mixer a Candidate Meet and Greet – Photo Gallery

Woman's Club Mixer a Candidate Meet and Greet - Photo Gallery

Posted 3/16/12 – The Sierra Madre Woman’s Club hosted the annual March Mixer of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, the 14th.  Six of the candidates were on hand to meet and greet and mingle with the crowd of a few dozen people, and each gave a brief introductory speech.  In addition to [...]

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Friday March 16 2012

Complete Video of Wednesday Night Candidate Forum

Posted 3/16/12 – On Wednesday night at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce hosted a City Council candidate forum moderated by the League of Women Voters, Pasadena Area.  Six of the seven candidates in the April 10th election were on hand.  Below you can view the video of the entire forum.

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Sunday March 11 2012

E-ditorial – SierraMadreNews.Net’s City Council Election Endorsements

Posted 3/11/12 – By Bill Coburn SierraMadreNews.Net’s “Get to Know the Candidates” page This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 17 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Special Election for [...]

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Sunday March 04 2012

Four Council Election Events Coming Soon

Posted 3/4/12 – There will be four City Council election events in the next eleven days, looks like the election cycle is in full swing. Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 will host a candidate forum, open to the public, at the Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday, March 11th. On Tuesday March [...]

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Friday February 24 2012

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Posted 2/24/12 – Click the link to view the entire agenda Tuesday, 2/28/2012 Council Agenda Note – the City Manager’s office communication when I received this agenda pointed out that Item 4 on the agenda, discussion about the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report had a 200 page attachment that would be available on the City website. [...]

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Friday February 17 2012

Letter to Planning Commission re: Kensington Project from Chris Koerber

Posted 2/17/12 Planning Commission City of Sierra Madre RE: Proposed Kensington Assisted Living Development Public comments – meeting of February 16, 2012 Dear Commissioners: Good evening. When my wife, Halcyon, and I walk the dogs in town, and also when I speak to voter groups, the response we get most often is “I support the [...]

Friday February 10 2012

City Council Agenda, Tuesday 2/14/12

Posted 2/10/12 – This week’s full agenda, including descriptions of items and legal notices, can be viewed by clicking here: City Council Agenda, 2/14/12. On the agenda: Payment of City Warrants in aggregate amount of $603,137.19; Sierra Madre Library warrants in the aggregate amount of $4,790.83 and Payroll Transfer in the aggregate amount of $323,852.48 [...]

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Tuesday February 07 2012

Council Candidate Braudrick Schedules Kickoff Party

Colin Braudrick has announced that his Campaign Kickoff Party for the April special Election to fill the remaining two years of Joe Mosca’s vacated City Council seat will take place at Jason and Heather Young’s house at 640 West Alegria Street from 6:30 – 8:30 on Wednesday, February 29th.  (Editor’s note: you might say he’s [...]

Saturday February 04 2012

City Council Candidates Set to Kick Off Campaigns – Corrected Address

Posted 2/4/12 – The April City Council campaign is kicking into high gear tonight, with a Kickoff Party for John Harabedian, candidate for one of the two regular election (4-year) seats, at the home of Tom Brady, at 220 S. Canon, at 6:30pm.   John Capoccia, also a candidate in the regular election, has announced his kickoff [...]

Sunday January 22 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Updated

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 - Updated

Update 1/24/12 – John Capoccia’s website is now up.  We’ve added a link on his candidate page.  You can find a link to his candidate page under his photo, below. Update 1/22/12 – A link to a Facebook page has been added to Gene Goss’s page. Update 1/20/12 – A page has been added for Gene [...]

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Friday January 20 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Gene Goss

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Gene Goss

Gene Goss Election/Seat Sought:Regular Election, one of two 4-year seats Campaign web page: www.GeneGoss.com Campaign Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GeneGoss2012 Campaign Kickoff Party: Sunday, Feb. 26th from 2 to 5pm at his home, 208 Ramona Ave..  RSVPs requested, www.GeneGoss.com Bio: I was born at St. Luke in Pasadena and lived in Altadena until age three.  At that [...]

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Tuesday January 17 2012

Editorial – 88, 84, 83 – What’s Up With Candidate Nomination Deadline?

Editorial, posted 1/17/12 - I was contacted by a reader today who asked me why it is that nominations for our April 10, 2012  election were closed today for races in which an incumbent was running and tomorrow for races in which an incumbent is not running, when the code governing the election calls for five [...]

Saturday January 07 2012

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, Jan. 10., 2012

Posted 1/7/12 – Click here for the Complete Agenda for January 10, 2012 This week’s City Council meeting will start in closed session to discuss pending litigation in the cases of Murphy vs. City of Sierra Madre and Does (Case No. GC047726) and Donald Sipple, et al vs. City of Alameda, et al. (Case No. [...]

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Monday January 02 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Colin Braudrick

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Colin Braudrick

Election/Seat Sought: Special Election, remainder of 2 years of term for seat vacated by Joe Mosca’s resignation Colin Braudrick Campaign web page: www.colin4cc.com Campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colin-Braudrick-for-City-Council/315409945157505 Campaign Kickoff Party: Wednesday, Feb. 29th, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm at 640 West Alegria Street Candidate Bio as provided by candidate: I grew up in Carmel, California, a town [...]

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Monday January 02 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Chris Koerber

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – Chris Koerber

Chris Koerber Election/Seat Sought: Special Election, remainder of 2 years of term for seat vacated by Joe Mosca’s resignation Campaign web page: www.chrisforsierramadre.com Campaign Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/ChrisForSierraMadre Bio Information as provided by Candidate:  Our family, wife, Halcyon, children Dan and Katie, and I moved to Sierra Madre from Lakewood, CA in June of 1997. I was [...]

Monday January 02 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – John Harabedian

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – John Harabedian

  John Harabedian   Election/Seat Sought: One of two 4-year seats   Campaign web page: www.JohnHarabedian.com Campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Harabedian4SierraMadre Bio information as provided by candidate:  John Harabedian was born and raised in Sierra Madre.  His parents John and Joanne moved to Sierra Madre over 36 years ago, and raised John and his three sisters [...]

Monday January 02 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – John Capoccia

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – John Capoccia

Election/Seat Sought: Regular Election, one of two 4 year seats John Capoccia Campaign web page: http://www.capoccia4citycouncil.com/ Campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/capoccia4citycouncil Campaign Kickoff Party: Sunday, Feb. 19th at 2 pm at the Home of Pat and Tim Karamitros, 140 E Alegria, Sierra Madre.  Click to view event flyer Bio information as provided by candidate:� Here’s why I’m [...]

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Monday January 02 2012

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – “Eagle” Bill Tice

Getting to Know the Candidates, 2012 – “Eagle” Bill Tice

“Eagle” Bill Tice Election/Seat Sought: Unknown I will be meeting with Bill later this week to obtain bio information and updated responses to the News Net questionnaire.  In the meantime, here are Bill’s responses from the 2008 campaign.   Here are his responses from 2004.

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Thursday December 29 2011

Retirement Party for Chief Diaz Tonight

A reception will be held this afternoon to recognize Chief Marilyn Diaz upon her retirement.  Chief Diaz has been with the Sierra Madre PD for just over five years, after serving 32 years with the Pasadena Police Dept.  She was the first female police chief in L.A. County when she was named to run our [...]

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Wednesday December 28 2011

Getting to Know the 2012 Sierra Madre Rose Float Princesses

Posted 12/28/11 – On Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, the Sierra Madre Rotary Club had its weekly meeting at Alverno High School, in the historic Villa del Sol d’Oro.  The meeting began with a performance by the Alverno Singers and Concert Choir (click link to view the performance).  Following the singers were oral presentations by three of [...]

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Wednesday December 21 2011

At Least Four Residents Pull Papers for Council Race

Posted 12/21/11 – Colin Braudrick, John Capoccia, John Harabedian and Chris Koerber have pulled papers to run for City Council in the April, 2012 election, the News Net has confirmed.  According to the City Clerk’s announcement regarding the election, the four now have until Jan. 17th, 2012 to file the papers if they choose to [...]

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Wednesday December 21 2011

Council Approves New Terms for POA

Posted 12/21/11 – At a special City Council meeting called for this evening, the City Council approved a unilateral implementation of the City’s last, best and final offer that it had presented to the Sierra Madre Police Officer’s Association (SMPOA) on Dec. 5th.  The only public comment on the issue came from Chris Koerber, who [...]

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Tuesday December 20 2011

City, SMPOA at Impasse, City Likely to Implement Terms Unilaterally

Posted 12/20/11 – A special City Council meeting has been called for Wednesday night at which City staff is recommending that the Council unilaterally implement terms and conditions of employment with the SMPOA, and one of those terms requires an amendment to the percentage paid to CalPERS. According to the staff report, the POA representatives [...]

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Monday December 19 2011

Special City Council Meeting Called for Wednesday Night, re: SMPOA

A special meeting of the City Council has been called for Wednesday night, Dec. 21st, at 6pm.  The only action item on the agenda is titled “SIERRA MADRE POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT” and is described as “Recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution 11-105: unilaterally implementing terms and conditions of employment [...]

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Tuesday December 13 2011

Chief Diaz Says Goodbye

Chief Diaz Says Goodbye

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council recognized retiring Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz, presenting her with the traditional engraved tile of the City seal. Mayor John Buchanan spoke first, followed by Chief Diaz. There will be a City sponsored going away party at the Sierra Madre Room in the Rec. Center, on Thursday, [...]

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Tuesday December 13 2011

Sierra Madre Windstorm Information – Info from Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office

Posted 12/13/11 – The City of Sierra Madre would like to relay some important information from the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office that may affect residents of Sierra Madre that have suffered wind damage to their property.  Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noquez urges property owners who may have been affected by the recent high [...]

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Monday December 12 2011

Council Agenda, Tuesday, Dec. 13th

Posted on 12/13/11 – Among the items on Tuesday’s agenda, which you can download by clicking here, are: Closed Session meeting to discuss negotiations with SMPOA, introduction of 2012 SMRFA Princesses and new Librarian Carolyn Thomas, and recognition of Chief Diaz as she retires from SMPD. Also on the agenda, in the Consent Calendar, is approval [...]

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Friday November 18 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

Posted 11/18/11 – To view this Tuesday night’s complete agenda click on the link.  11-22-2011 City Council Agenda  Here are the headlines: Tuesday night’s Council meeting will begin with a closed session at 5:30pm to discuss negotiations with the Police Officers’ Association and a Personnel Item under CA Gov’t. Code section 54957 – Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release. The [...]

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Thursday November 10 2011

Mosca Steps Down, No Action Taken on Replacement

Mosca Steps Down, No Action Taken on Replacement

Posted 11/10/11 – After some kidding from Mayor pro tem Josh Moran about not mentioning his office hours in Kersting Court or contacting him at Joe Mosca at JoeMosca.com, Joe Mosca served as a City Council member for the last time (this term) at Tuesday night’s meeting.  Mosca resigned because his partner has taken a [...]

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Thursday November 10 2011

City to Host Meeting Re: Downtown Retail Market Demand Study

Posted 11/10/11 – The City of Sierra Madre invites you to a Community Input Meeting regarding a Downtown Retail Market Demand Study.  The Community Input Meeting is November 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  The Downtown Retail Market Demand Study is currently being drafted, and will [...]

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Wednesday November 09 2011

Council Votes to Place UUT Extension on Ballot With Extension Using Rates of Existing UUT

Posted 11/9/11 – The City Council asked to have staff bring back a resolution for consideration that would place an extension of the UUT on the April 10th, 2012  ballot.  The current UUT, enacted in 2008, increased the rate from a base of 6% to a maximum of 12% before sunsetting  and returning to 6% [...]

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Monday November 07 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Posted 2/7/11 – Click to view the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 Tuesday, 11-8-2011 Agenda

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Monday October 31 2011

City Seeks to Fill PUSD Redistricting Committee Opening

Posted 10/31/11 - The Sierra Madre City Council is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Pasadena Unified School District Redistricting Committee, due to a vacancy created with Councilmember Mosca’s upcoming resignation. The Redistricting Committee is responsible for determining the sub-geographic regions which will make up the voting districts within the Pasadena Unified School District. The [...]

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Wednesday October 26 2011

Letter to the Editor re: Palm Tree Danger

October 24, 2011 John Buchanan, Mayor CITY OF SIERRA MADRE 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Re:  Palm Trees – Danger from dead palm tree branches Dear Mayor Buchanan, I am writing to draw attention to something that poses a threat to the residents of Sierra Madre, as well as a liability [...]

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Wednesday October 26 2011

Council Approves GPUSC Vision/Guiding Principles

Posted 10/25/11 – At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council, minus Josh Moran, while taking no formal action, agreed that the Vision and Guiding Principals as laid out for them were satisfactory fot hte General Plan Update Steering Committee to move forward.  The pu rpose of a Vision and Guiding Principles Report is to develop a [...]

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Wednesday October 26 2011

City Attorney Lays Out Council Succession Options

Posted 10/26/11 – At last night’s City Council meeting, the City Attorney spelled out the conditions under which Joe Mosca will be replaced as City Council member.  Mosca’s resignation is effective Nov. 8th, and there will be no action, other than preparatory, taking place before then. The City Council has the option to appoint someone to [...]

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Thursday October 20 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, October 25, 2011

To view the City Council Agenda for Tuesday night, click on the link… 10-25-2011 Agenda.   Some of the items on this weeks agenda: General Plan Update – Vision and Guiding Principles Report, consideration of extension of the UUT, awarding a contract for water main work on Mountain Trail, and replacement of Council member Mosca…

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Tuesday October 11 2011

Mosca to Resign from Council

Mosca to Resign from Council

City Council member Joe Mosca has announced that he will resign from City Council.  Mosca was elected to a second term on the Council in April of 2010, and his term ends in 2014.  Mosca’s spouse, Matt Bosse, who has been the head of the 4th of July Committee the last few years, has been offered [...]

Thursday October 06 2011

City Council Agenda for 10/11/11

Click on the link to download the agenda for Tuesday night. Agenda for City Council Meeting on 10-11-2011

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Tuesday August 23 2011

Special CRA Meeting Agenda

August 23, 2011 – There will be a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Community Redevelopment Agency on Thursday at 5:30pm in City Council Chambers.  The only item on the agenda is a recommendation that the CRA Agency Board adopt RESOLUTION NO. 450:  Approval  of  Community Redevelopment  Agency’s Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule.  Here’s the official agenda: 8-25-2011 CRA [...]

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Sunday August 07 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, August 9, 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, August 9, 2011

8-9-2011 Agenda

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Saturday July 23 2011

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, July 26, 2011

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 City Council Agenda

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Saturday July 09 2011

City Council Agenda, 7/12/11

City Council Agenda, 7/12/11

7-12-2011 City Council Agenda

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Saturday July 02 2011

Dunk Tank Schedule Filling In

Dunk Tank Schedule Filling In

ANOTHER DUNKEE JUST ADDED to the Chamber of Commerce Dunk Tank lineup!!  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR GLENN PUTNAM HAS SIGNED ON TO SIT IN THE DUNK TANK FROM 6 TO 7PM TONIGHT!!  Soooo, tonight’s lineup features Lisa Brandley from 5 to 6pm, Glenn from 6 to 7pm, Nikki Stevens from 7 to 8pm, and Kris [...]

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Friday July 01 2011

City Dedicates New Playground

City Dedicates New Playground

Mayor John Buchanan and a whole host of City employees, department heads in particular, were joined by Council Members Nancy Walsh and Leslee Hinton, Pat Alcorn and Rachelle Pastor Arizmendi of the Community Services Commission on June 30th at a traditional ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new playground equipment at Memorial Park.  $75,000 was allocated [...]

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Wednesday June 29 2011

City Responds to Water Rate Lawsuit

The City of Sierra Madre has responded to the lawsuit filed by John Crawford on May 6, 2011 (which we wrote about here and here) by filing a Notice of Demurrer and Demurrer to the Verified Petition and Complaint on June 20th, 2011. A hearing is scheduled for July 25th at 9:30am in Department 85 of [...]

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Wednesday June 29 2011

City Council Recognizes Retiring Firefighters

City Council Recognizes Retiring Firefighters

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, retiring firefighters Michael Bamberger (Battalion Chief, 22 years), Bill Messersmith (Engineer, 40 years) and Michael Tyler (Engineer, 44 years) were recognized for their years of dedication to the department and their service to the Community.  Enjoy the video… a a a a a a a

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Tuesday June 28 2011

City Council Recognizes Gayle Bluemel Upon Her Retirement

Retiring Sierra Madre School Principal (and 2011 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal) Gayle Bluemel was recognized by the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting for “the dedication and service that she has provided to this community.”  Here’s a video of that…

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Tuesday June 28 2011

VFW Post Thanks Council Member MacGillivray

VFW Post Thanks Council Member MacGillivray

Members of VFW Post 3208 took advantage of Public Comment at Tuesday’s Council meeting to thank Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray for her keynote address at the Post’s Memorial Day service, held in Pioneer Service, in which MacGillivray recognized the remaining World War II veterans of the Post.  MacGillivray was taken by surprise by the recognition, [...]

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Tuesday June 28 2011

Council Leaves UUT at 10%

Despite a recommendation by the UUT Oversight Committee, which recommended that the Council raise the UUT rate to 12%, the Council chose to take no action at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Tuesday June 28 2011

Levin Steps Down as City Attorney

At the beginning of tonight’s Council Meeting, Mayor John Buchanan took a moment at the beginning of the reports by Council Members to announce that after five years, City Attorney Sandra (Sandy) Levin is stepping down as City Attorney and General Counsel to the Sierra Madre Community Redevelopment Agency.  Levin replaced Michael Colantuano when he stepped [...]

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Monday June 27 2011

Council to Discuss RHNA, Consider Action

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council will discuss the 2012 Regional Housing Needs Assessment process at the request of Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray.  Council Member MacGillivray will be providing an update regarding the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Update (RHNA) and Council action may be requested, for example, if the Council would like to submit a letter [...]

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Friday June 24 2011

UUT Likely to Increase to 12% at Tuesday’s Council Meeting

The staff report for Item 3 on Tuesday night’s City Council Agenda includes a recommendation by the UUT Oversight Committee that the Council increase the UUT rate to 12%.  The Oversight Committee voted 3 to 2 to make that recommendation.  According to the staff report, the recommendations state that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, [...]

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Friday June 24 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday, 6-28-2011 City Council Agenda

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Council Approves Two Year Budget

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Biennial Budget. The Budget is the City’s financial plan for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. As part of the Budget adoption, there were seven resolutions considered and approved. The City’s midyear budget review [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Council Approves New Farmers’ Market

The City Council Tuesday approved a 5-year contract to bring a Farmers’ Market back to Sierra Madre beginning in July.  Raw Inspiration, which also manages Farmers’ Markets in Agoura Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Downey, El Segundo, La Canada Flintridge, Old Town Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Westlake Village, Wilshire Center, Sherman Oaks, Larchmont Village, Melrose Place, and [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Council Recognizes Community Foundation

Council Recognizes Community Foundation

The City Council took a few moments to recognize the Sierra Madre Community Foundation for its contributions to the City last night.  Rob Stockly, Chairman of the ten member, all volunteer Board of Directors of the Foundation, was on hand to receive a certificate from Mayor John Buchanan.  Stockly then spoke for a few minutes about what [...]

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Monday June 13 2011

Public Hearing for Consideration of Biennial Budget at City Council Tuesday

At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, City Staff is presenting the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Biennial Budget for approval by the City Council, Redevelopment Agency and the Public Finance Authority. The Budget is the City’s financial plan for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. As part of the Budget [...]

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Monday June 13 2011

Assessment Districts on City Council Agenda Tuesday

In order to comply with the Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972,  the City Council must hold a public hearing to confirm assessments and to notify property owners.  In addition, Section 22566 of the CA Streets and Highway Code requires the City Engineer to prepare a report of the City’s intention to levy assessments for [...]

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Friday June 10 2011

June 14, 2011 City Council Agenda

Tuesday, June, 2011 City Council Agenda Click link above to view agenda.

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Sunday May 22 2011

Follow-up re: Budget on Tuesday Night’s Council Agenda

At the special meeting of the City Council to introduce the draft 2011-2013 budget, City Manager Elaine Aguilar mentioned that the draft being proposed and discussed that night, a copy of which you can find here, would be modified several times before the Council takes action to approve it, now scheduled to take place at the June [...]

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Sunday May 22 2011

City Looks to Protect Properties from (Possible) State Takeover

As the future of Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA) continues to be clouded in uncertainty, the City of Sierra Madre is considering passing a resolution that would protect it from loss of several properties, including City Hall, should the State decide to eliminate the CRAs. At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, the Council will consider Joint Resolution [...]

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Friday May 20 2011

City Council Agenda, May 24th, 2011

Here’s the City Council Agenda for Tuesday night. 5-24-2011Agenda

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Thursday May 19 2011

AT&T Cell Tower on Planning Commission Agenda Tonight

A request for Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) by A T & T so that they can co-locate their cell equipment at an existing tower at Methodist Church to improve cell coverage on the west end of town is on tonight’s agenda.  In April, a similar request was made of the City Council for a cell [...]

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Saturday May 14 2011

Agenda for Special Joint Meeting, City Council and PUSD Board

Click here to view the agenda Special 5-17-11 Joint Mtg with PUSD

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Wednesday May 11 2011

City Council Approves CRA Funds to Reduce Project Costs for Med. Center Expansion

The City Council voted 5 – 0 last night to use more than 75% of the $100,000 in Community Redevelopment Agency Funds (CRA) they had allocated for this year for the CRA’s Business Incentive Program.  The purpose of the Incentive Program is to assist with the development of desirable businesses within the redevelopment area by subsidizing [...]

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Tuesday May 10 2011

Agenda Packet – The Missing Piece

So this morning Sierra Madre Patch announced that it will start posting the Council Meeting Agenda Packets online.  Good for them.  City Hall doesn’t do it, and it would be nice to have all that information available to the General Public, I suppose.  The press has had access to the packets for a long time, but I [...]

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Tuesday May 10 2011

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Monday May 09 2011

Resident Files Suit Against City – Update posted 6:25pm

Resident Files Suit Against City - Update posted 6:25pm

See bottom of article for update…. Sierra Madre resident John Crawford announced on his website today that he has filed suit against the City of Sierra Madre in relation to the recent increase in water rates.  According to Crawford “A “Verified Petition For Writ Of Mandate And Complaint For Declaratory Relief” was filed with the [...]

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Wednesday May 04 2011

Proposed City Budget Now Online – HERE!

Earlier this afternoon, I picked up a press copy of the Budget Proposal, and I’ve scanned it in so you can review and study it.  Please note, this is a preliminary draft, and the final budget will likely have significant differences than what you see here.  Also, I picked up the printed copy of the [...]

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Friday April 29 2011

City Council Agenda, 5/4/11

AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL, COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, & PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY Wednesday, May 4, 2011 6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard John Buchanan, Mayor Josh Moran, Mayor Pro-Tem MaryAnn MacGillivray, Council Member Joe Mosca, Council Member Nancy Walsh, Council Member   Nancy Shollenberger, City Clerk George Enyedi, [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Remembering the Sierra Madre (Santa Anita) Fire

Remembering the Sierra Madre (Santa Anita) Fire

Three years ago yesterday, at about 3pm on Saturday, April 26th, 2008, a fire broke out in the mountains above Sierra Madre.  The fire burned for several days, ultimately burning 584 acres at the time of its containment on May 1st.  Two hundred thirty eight acres were in the Angeles National Forest, and three hundred [...]

Wednesday April 27 2011

Council Reorganizes, Buchanan Mayor, Moran Mayor Pro Tem

Council Reorganizes, Buchanan Mayor, Moran Mayor Pro Tem

Photo gallery below article At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Joe Mosca ended his term as Mayor, and the Council then voted to make John Buchanan the new Mayor, nominated by Josh Moran and seconded by Nancy Walsh.  Moran was then voted in as Mayor Pro Tem, nominated by Walsh and seconded by Mosca.  [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Council Approves Change in SMFD Structure

Council Approves Change in SMFD Structure

City Council voted last night to approve a re-structuring of the Sierra Madre Fire Department that would eliminate the Paramedics Coordinator position and the Fire Marshal position, and add three paid Captain positions to the department.  The current Paramedic Coordinator and Fire Marshal would remain as Captains, and their duties would be incorporated into the [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Council Approves CUP for AT&T Cellular Improvements

City Council last night voted to follow recommendations by Staff and the Planning Commission to approve a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow AT&T to add equipment to an existing T-Mobile cell tower disguised as a pine tree in the City Yards.  AT&T has been notorious in Sierra Madre for poor cell reception, and stated [...]

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Friday April 08 2011

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 AGENDA REGULAR MEETING SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL, COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, AND PUBLIC FINANCE AUTHORITY Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Closed Session 5:30 pm Open Session 6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard Joe Mosca, Mayor John Buchanan, Mayor Pro-Tem MaryAnn MacGillivray, Council Member Josh Moran, Council Member Nancy Walsh, Council Member Nancy [...]

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Friday March 18 2011

City Council Agenda, 3/22/11 and Strategic Planning Retreat Agenda

AGENDA REGULAR MEETING SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL & COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Closed Session 5:00 pm Open Session 6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard You can view the entire Agenda by clicking here. Below are the item titles only.  For the Agenda for the Strategic Planning Retreat [...]

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Wednesday March 16 2011

SMFD Looks to Add Paid Personnel Position(s?)

I have uploaded video of Chief Heydorff’s presentation to the Kiwanis yesterday, with assists from Deputy Chief Pinedo and Battalion Chiefs Mike Bamberger and Bob Burnett.  Chief Heydorff was quite clear that the decision will be made by the City Council, not the Department, and that there is no intention of converting the department to [...]

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Wednesday March 09 2011

City Backs Off Low/Moderate Housing Negotiation Plan

After receiving numerous comments from residents near the former church/YAC at 186 W. Highland that indicated that they were uncomfortable with the speed at which the City has seemingly accelerated the process to construct low to moderate housing at the site, the City Council decided not to allow staff to enter into negotiations with Heritage Housing [...]

Wednesday March 09 2011

Fountain Square Development West Opens Dialogue re: Former SNF

Fountain Square Development West Opens Dialogue re: Former SNF

Posted March 9, 2011 – Billy Shields, Executive Director for Fountain Square Development West began his presentation by reiterating what City Manager Elaine Aguilar had stated in introducing the Agenda item at tonight’s City Council meeting, that no plan has been presented to the City for the property at the site of the former Skilled [...]

Saturday March 05 2011

Public Hearing On Proposed Canyon Zone Tuesday

Item 2 on Tuesday’s City Council meeting agenda is a public hearing of the Proposed Canyon Zone – Ordinance No. 1313, amending portions of the General Plan land use map in and near the canyon, adding Chapter 17.30 to Title 17 of the Municipal Code establishing a residential canyone zone, amending the zoning map and amending [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

City Staff Looks to Open Negotiations re: 186 W. Highland

Item 3 on Tuesday night’s City Council agenda is a request by staff to have the CRA Board authorize staff to enter into negotiations regarding development of low to moderate income housing at the former YAC and Church site on Highland Ave.  Previously, the Board had appropriated $25,000 to hire a consultant to assist with development and [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

Developer to Introduce Self/Proposal re: SNF

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Item 4 on the agenda is discussion regarding a preliminary proposal for an assisted living facility at the site of the former Skilled Nursing Facility at 225 – 245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.   The property is just under 2 acres of land and has been vacant for several years. According to [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

City Council Agenda, 3/8/11

    AGENDA� REGULAR MEETING  SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL & COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Closed Session 5:00 pm Open Session 6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard    You can view the entire Agenda by clicking here.  Below are the item titles only.    CONSENT CALENDAR    Item [...]

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Tuesday March 01 2011

First Official State of the City Speech

First Official State of the City Speech

Photos and video below article The Sierra Madre Room was packed as the first State of the City speech began Monday, and even after the parents of the Sierra Madre School third graders left following their performance, there were still several dozen people on hand to listen as Mayor Joe Mosca spoke for just over [...]

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Friday February 18 2011

City of Sierra Madre to Host State of the City Event on February 28th

City of Sierra Madre to Host State of the City Event on February 28th

On Monday, February 28, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm the City of Sierra Madre will be hosting its first ever State of the City address at the Community Recreation Center in the newly renovated Sierra Madre Room at 611 East Sierra Madre Boulevard. This year’s theme is “Working Together the Sierra Madre Way” and [...]

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Friday February 18 2011

City Council Agenda, Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, 2011

AGENDA     REGULAR MEETING SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL & COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Closed Session 5:00 pm Open Session 6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard   You can view the entire agenda by clicking here 1. a)      ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION NO. 11-14 OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY [...]

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Saturday February 05 2011

City Council Agenda, 2/8/11

City Council Agenda, 2/8/11

AGENDA, REGULAR MEETING SIERRA MADRE CITY COUNCIL & COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY   232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.   You can view the entire agenda by clicking here.   CLOSED SESSION, 5:30pm Item 1 – Performance evaluation, City Manager� Item 2 – Conference w/counsel re: anticipated litigation  REGULAR SESSION, 6:30pm  Presentations:  2010 Paramedic of the Year – Jeffrey [...]

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Sunday November 14 2010

Editorial – Attn: City Council – She’s Not Always Wrong Just Because She’s MaryAnn

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Last Tuesday night at City Council, four members of the Council again rebuffed Council Member MaryAnn [...]

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Tuesday September 14 2010

Editorial – Did Council Members and Administration Withhold Water Bond Debt Information from Other Council Members?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated It was reported yesterday that former City Council Member Don Watts was surprised by the City’s [...]

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Friday July 30 2010

(7/30/10) Editorial – Council Gets Some Things Right, But Not All

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the City Council did the right thing by setting the [...]

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Saturday July 24 2010

(7/24/10) Editorial – All Valid Signatures Should Be Counted, Not Just Some

Date approximate, within a week This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated The results of the verification of resident protest letters regarding the [...]

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Sunday April 18 2010

(4/18/10) Editorial – Post-Election, 2010

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Okay, it’s been a couple days.  Frankly, I think what I posted on my blog more [...]

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Monday April 12 2010

(4/12/10) Editorial – 2010 Election – Can We Please Get a Little More Accuracy?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Candidate John Crawford has had on his website, for some time now, a photo of what [...]

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Wednesday April 07 2010

(4/7/10, 5:56am) Editorial – Crawford Turns Back on Supporters, Leaves FD Out in the Cold

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In a move that is being seen by many as an attempt at damage control, John [...]

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Friday April 02 2010

(4/2/10) Editorial – SMFD Volunteers – Heroes or Hosers? Where Does Your Candidate Stand?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In the days following the Santa Anita Fire in April and May of 2008, the grateful [...]

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Tuesday March 30 2010

(3/30/10) Editorial – 2010 Election Candidate Endorsements – Joe Mosca for Mayor!

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident. It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. I doubt anyone is going to be particularly surprised by my endorsements, but you might be [...]

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Sunday March 28 2010

(3/28/10) Editorial – These People Walk Among You

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t feel that a person is responsible for things that other people say.  However, [...]

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Wednesday August 05 2009

(8/5/09) Editorial – SCAG Decision Should Not be Based on Scare Tactics and Misinformation

Bill Coburn is publisher of the SierraMadreNews.Net website, and a 15-year resident of Sierra Madre. He is also Executive Director of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, however the opinions stated in this article are Mr. Coburn’s alone, and should not be construed in any way as representative of the views of the Chamber of [...]

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Monday March 09 2009

(3/6/09) Editorial – With a Little Consideration and Civility Toward Each Other and Respect for Each Other’s Rights, Sierra Madre Can Handle This Smoking Issue Without Having to Legislate It

First, let me say that I’m writing this editorial as a 15-year resident of Sierra Madre and publisher of SierraMadreNews.Net.  The opinions you will read here are my opinions, and they are not intended to be representative of the Chamber of Commerce, its Board of Directors, or its members. Obviously, as president of the Chamber, [...]

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Thursday May 01 2008

(5/1/08) All Things Considered, It Went Fairly Well, Don’t You Think?

This editorial was originally posted in my coverage of the Santa Anita Fire, and was not posted on my editorial page. Recently, on another blog, a poster stated that I had pulled this editorial down, because as they said, “Bill’s Downtown Investor Club (DIC) friends were furious with Bill for writing anything nice about Kurt, [...]

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Friday March 02 2007

(3/2/07) Editorial – Recalling Joe Mosca Not in City’s Best Interest

City Council member Joe Mosca has been served with recall papers.  In my opinion, anybody that would choose to recall Joe Mosca has an agenda that is something other than who can best represent this City as a Council member.  For me, it’s that simple.  I can not recall anyone who has worked harder and [...]

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