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Latest updates regarding Sierra Madre's budgetary issues:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:19 PM

How Sierra Madre’s election results impact the future of its police department

The 100-year-old Sierra Madre Police Department is breathing a sigh of relief after Tuesday’s election.
Unconfirmed results show about 72 percent of voters supported increasing the city’s Utility Users Tax to 10 percent rather than letting it drop to 6 percent in July.
That boost will keep the city from moving forward on major budget cuts to city services that would have included public safety. A reduced UUT would have created a projected $1 million shortfall, according to city officials.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 11:32 PM

Election 2016: Sierra Madre voters support UUT increase

SIERRA MADRE - Voters overwhelmingly support a measure to increase the city’s Utility Users Tax, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 4:57 PM

Who is behind an initiative to repeal utility taxes in Sierra Madre?

TeaPAC, a political action committee that has raised more than $222,000 since 2011, has helped set up small, grassroots groups targeting utility user’s taxes in their cities. One of those groups, the California Tax Limitation Committee (CTLC), successfully got a measure seeking to repeal the utility user’s tax in Sierra Madre on the ballot in that city.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:44 PM

Election 2016: What’s a stake in Sierra Madre’s Utility Users Tax vote

"Once again, residents are being asked to vote on the city’s Utility Users Tax in the April 12 election. And for the small city, losing the funds the UUT provides could be a death blow for many city services."

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:00 AM

Sierra Madre to contract with LA County Sheriff’s for temporary patrol services

"The police department said they have struggled to recruit full-time officers due to lower salaries than other cities and concerns over job security stemming from its contracting talks with the Sheriff’s. Recruiting has also suffered from concerns over the decreased Utility Users Tax, which city staff believes could force department cuts, including police, if voters don’t restore it in the April election."

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Sheriffs May Begin Patrols in Sierra Madre Starting Feb. 28

Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Sierra Madre to discuss hiring sheriff’s department for night patrols

"The Sierra Madre Police Department is woefully understaffed due to budgetary concerns and uncertainty about the department’s future, according to city officials. Nine of the department’s 20 full-time officers have left in recent months."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Sierra Madre should explore policing by the sheriff

"Mayor John Capoccia said if the measure to return the UUT to its previous 10 percent level doesn’t pass in the April election, the city will have to take drastic steps to address a nearly $1 million deficit.

Since, of the city’s $9.5 million in expenses for the 2015-16 budget, 41 percent, or about $3.9 million, goes to police services, it would be hard to see how the police force wouldn’t take a hit from the budget ax.

Fear of cuts is apparently what has almost half the force out the door. With fewer officers, residents are understandably concerned."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Why half of Sierra Madre’s police force suddenly left

"The department worries that more could eventually leave citing concerns over job security because of the decreased Utility Users Tax..."

Friday, January 22, 2016 12:00 AM

Sierra Madre Police Dept. Seeks Outside Help; Dept. has Lost Half its Force

"...the tiny city has little sales tax base unlike neighboring cities like Arcadia. And now a NO UUT ( User Utility Tax) initiative is on the ballot for April. If this initiative” no more UUT “ passes, council will face the toughest decision ever in the history of Sierra Madre council..."

Sunday, December 27, 2015 12:00 AM

How Sierra Madre’s water issues went from bad to worse due to the drought

The council decided in October that it’s time to start replacing some of the city’s worst mains ‑ something that was not possible earlier because of lack of funds, which hasn’t changed much, but now there is an urgency.

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