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The man who saved the Sierra Madre – Pasadena Star News


There are carefully crafted plans, and then there is the reality. When you talk about small town governments, the two don’t always converge into a coherent logical whole. Cities go to great lengths, but the solutions are not always an improvement on the problems they hoped to solve.

And once in place, good luck getting rid of it. An example would be small municipal police departments. Sensible souls would opt for the services of a regional sheriff’s department since they already pay a large portion of the required taxes.

Funding a largely redundant municipal agency is not a cheap trick either. Currently, the Sierra Madre PD has 16 officers on a total annual budget of $ 3,300,000, or $ 207,000 per blue guy. Important pieces of this being ongoing contributions from taxpayers to CalPERS.

Perhaps the dream was to place law enforcement officers in town to help residents deal with the riskier aspects of our imperfect world. However, a more urgent consideration today has become its funding. The question is asked: is there a PD to fight crime or force urban citizens to improve their cheddar cheese?

Sometimes the Sierra Madre city council was made up entirely of people elected on the promise not to raise taxes and rates. None of them, once elected, honored that. A rowdy soul, John Capoccia, went purple as he embarked on a then-fashionable taxpayer revolt. Two terms later, John still hasn’t opposed a single tax increase.

In the city management game, a brave new look has appeared. By committing for relatively short periods of time, today’s modern executive wants to “save the cities”. Which is a nice way to put it to meet the desires of the spendthrift shop communities and maintain their illusions of being pockets of autonomous privilege. Despite the absurd costs.

Gabriel Engeland, who was the manager of the new wave town of Sierra Madre for nearly five years, illustrates this trend well. Deciding now that this is the best time to move on, Gabe will soon begin serving the troubled city of Los Altos, the fifth richest per capita in America.

However, Sierra Madre was not the first town Gabe saved. This honor goes to Trinidad, Colorado. Having lost all meaning in life by abandoning its crown of “America’s Sex Change Capital” and becoming the former home of Pioneer Natural Resources, this mountain-top border town needed help. in cash immediately. They hired England.

The solution? Marijuana. Located near the New Mexico line, not far from the Oklahoma enclave, Trinidad has become an accessible mecca for groovy heads hoping to take advantage of Colorado’s new libertarian pot laws, the first of their kind in the world. The success was so pronounced that CNN reported on T-Dad’s economic miracle.

The Sierra Madre was another kind of misfortune. With the town fathers refusing to manufacture banking by selling ganja to neighborhood teens, Gabe had to find another source of quick cash. This solution ? The few remaining open spaces in the city. Real estate developers virtually cocoon in city hall these days, with the opportunity for millions of dollars in cash and in tax fees, keeping the “full-service city” dream alive and the employees smiling.

For this, England became the man who saved the Sierra Madre.

Los Altos? They’ve just fired their city manager for working on some sort of side deal on Lone Ranger development. Done without the approval or participation of stakeholders. Unauthorized competition, one might say. As the bucolic city is the home of the billionaires of Silicon Valley, once this scandal was known, the anger was deep. Lawsuits are ongoing.

They need someone to save their city. Los Altos could become Gabe’s hat trick.

John Crawford is a writer in San Dimas.


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