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VOLUME 11 NO. 41 
VOLUME 11 NO. 41 
Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 



At the last meeting of the Sierra Madre II. POLICY OBJECTIVES 
City Council, City Manager Gabe EngelandThe City recognizes that a fiscally responsiblepresented the council with a revised debt policydebt policy is required in order to: 
aimed at improving the manner in which thecity handles its finances, specifically it’s debt.• Maintain the City’s sound financialThe new policy is as follows: (Excerpts from position.
staff reports) • Ensure the City has the flexibility

to respond to possible changes in future

I. PURPOSE service priorities, revenues, and operating 
The purpose of this Debt Issuance andexpenses.
Management Policy (the “Policy”) is to• Protect the City’s creditworthiness. 
provide written guidelines for issuing debt• Ensure the City’s debt is consistent withand managing outstanding debt and tothe City’s planning goals and objectivesprovide guidance to policy makers regardingand capital improvement program and/orthe timing and purposes for which debt maybudget, as applicable.
be issued, types and amounts of permissibleThe main objectives of this Policy are todebt, and method of sale that may be used.establish conditions for the use of debt: 
Adherence to a debt policy helps ensure the• To ensure debt capacity and 
City’s debt is prudently issued and managedaffordability are adequately considered.
in order to maintain a sound financial • To minimize the City’s interest 
position and optimal credit ratings. Thepayments and issuance costs.
policies and procedures herein are subject to• To achieve the highest practical creditand limited by applicable provisions of stateratings, when applicable.
and federal law and commonly accepted• To provide complete financial 
debt management principles. disclosure and reporting.
• To ensure the City is in complianceThis Policy is intended to comply with thewith all relevant State and Federal securities 
requirements of Senate Bill 1029, codifiedlaws and other applicable laws and 
as part of Government Code Section 8855regulations. 
(i), effective on January 1, 2017. This Policyis applicable to all entities for which theThe new policy includes acceptable uses ofCity Council acts as legislative body. Thesedebt proceeds both Long Term and Shortentities include, but are not limited to, the Term, the types of debt, and the structure andCity of Sierra Madre, the Sierra Madreterm of debt. 
Public Financing Authority, the Sierra Engeland pointed out several loopholes,
Madre Successor Agency, and the City’sshortcomings and problems in the way the cityCommunity Facilities District. When usedhas handle debt management in the past andin this Policy, the term “City” shall refer topresented a convincing case for adopting theeach of such entities and “debt” or “bonds” new policy.
refers to all indebtedness and financing leaseThe council approved the new policy 
obligations of the City. unanimously. You can view the entire policy 
at MVNews 


Sierra Madre, California - October 

community’s best from Sierra 

8, 2017. The Spero Foundation 

Madre Playhouse, Creative 

announced its major fall fund 

Arts Group, Pasadena Adaptive 

raising event for 2017 Hops for 

Arts Program and The Friends 

Hope, a five course gourmet dinner 

of The Sierra Madre Library. 

and California Craft beer pairing 

A member from each group 

will be held at Santa Anita Race 

was nominated by their 

Track in the Mezzanine Sports 

respective organizations as 

Lounge on Saturday November 4th 

ones who give so generously 

starting at 6:00PM.

and make a difference with 

This year’s event will recognize 

their volunteerism in the 

the accomplishments of some of the 


City of Sierra Madre 
Applicant: Wyatt and Jaqueline Renee Sullivan 
Project Location: 49 E. Alegria Ave., in the City of Sierra Madre, County of Los Angeles, 
State of California 

The City of Sierra Madre gives notice, pursuant to State of California law, that the City Council will conduct a 
public hearing to consider a request to designate the Casa de Monte Lado residence, located at 49 E. Alegria Ave., 
as a Historical Landmark and designated in the City’s Register of Historic Resources. The property owners are also 
requesting concurrent approval of a Mills Act contract subject to approval of their request for historic nomination of 
the property. Pursuant to Sierra Madre Municipal Code Section 17.82.050, a property may be designated a historic 
landmark if it meets prescribed historic or architectural criteria. Also pursuant to Code Section 17.80.060, Mills Act 

contracts are one of several benefits available to owners of designated properties in the City. 

At the meeting of October 5, 2017, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing and recommended to the 
City Council the landmark designation and approval of the Mills Act contract. 


City of Sierra Madre City of Sierra MadreCity Council meeting City Council ChambersTuesday, October 24, 2017 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
(Hearing begins at 6:30 p.m.) Sierra Madre, CA 

All interested persons may attend this meeting and the Planning Commission will hear them with respect thereto. 

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The request for designation qualifies for a Categorical Exemption, 

pursuant to Sections 15301 and 15331 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as it involves no 

expansion of an existing structure and pertains to preservation of a historic resource. 

APPEAL: If in the future anyone wishes to challenge the decision of the City Council in court, one may be limited to 
raising the issues that were raised or presented in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or before, 
the scheduled public hearing. For further information on this subject, please contact the Planning and Community 
Preservation Department at (626) 355-7138. 

A Murder of Crows Is In Sierra Madre and Now It's Time To Vote!

 Gentle citizens of Sierra Madre a convention of crows (a murder of crows) have arrived fortheir annual rally in our quiet village. Thus marks the beginning of fall and Sierra Madre’s 6thAnnual Scarecrow Festival with scarecrows appearing throughout town!

 Individuals, families, businesses, civic and religious organizations have provided for a home

for these Scarecrows all over town. Take a good look and then cast you 
VOTE for your favorite by Thursday, Oct. 19. Voting ends at noon. 
On Friday, Oct. 20, there will be an Awards ceremony at Creative Arts 
Group 7pm.

 Go to: to cast 
your vote before it's too late! Let's show our appreciation for these 
Scarecrows so that the crows won't come back until next year! 

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. Andwhat does the LORD require of you? To act justly andto love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” 
Michah 6:8 

That, friends and neighbors, was the life verse andconduct code of my best friend, my walking buddy,
my oatmeal cookie aficionado, my Dancing WithThe Stars critique partner and the one and onlylove of my life, John Davis. John left us Mondaymorning, October 9th at about 6:30 a.m. as a resultof complications of pneumonia coupled with avirulent lung infection that none of us can figureout how on earth he encountered such a thing.

Some years ago when our oldest grandson,
Michael, was born, I took our Texas daughter, Crissy,
who was then 8 years old, with me and we flew toConnecticut where our daughter, Leah, was living...
small side trip here... we loved seeing pictures ofpregnant Leah scraping snow off her windshieldwhile wearing sandals. You can take the girl outof California but you can’t take the California outof the girl! Anyway, I wrote John a note and toldhim then, “You are the other half of my heart.” Thatnever changed. We have been married 50 years asof last April 1st and while I am walking and talkingand doing all the things that one has to do at thissort of time, I am doing it with half of my heart.
So many people, hundreds actually and that’s notexaggerating, have sent me notes on Facebook andother places telling me how John changed their livesand loved them unconditionally. He was, literally,
the kindest, dearest person I’ve ever known.

John did things like taking my hand, looking deepinto my eyes, when I was in my late 30’s and saying,
“It’s really important to me that you floss!” “Fine,” Isaid, “I’ll floss.” Now it’s habitual. He did the same 
thing to our daughter, Patti, made her promise she’d 
floss for a year. John was a gentle soul who lovedserving breakfast to the homeless of Pasadena atChurch in the Park with Pasadena First Church 
of the Nazarene. He was in charge of grits and oftelling people how happy he was to see them andjust generally being a sweet and loving guy.

One of the happiest times of his life, mine too, waswhen we taught the young singles Sunday schoolclass at church. We started with four girls who werein their early twenties and eventually we had over

30. The Jabez Group. How we loved them and howthey loved him. Many marriages and babies havecome out of that group of young singles. Theyspeak of him and the advice he gave, always solid,
always loving.
John was born in the California Hospital in LosAngeles on June 16, 1933. His parents, Jay andLeila, supported him in whatever he needed todo, including drilling holes in the walls to rewirecertain areas to work the way he wanted them to.
Of course, he also let me paint our kitchen brightorange and yellow and our bathroom bright yellowand green without complaining. He attended USCwhere he received his Bachelor of Engineeringdegree in 1955 and his Master’s in Engineering in1959. He loved the radio business and did technical 
work for so many stations. In fact, he loved radioso much that we built and owned our own radio 
station, KROR-FM, The Mighty Roar of the Desertfrom 1988-1994 when we got out by the skin ofour teeth. We always referred to our radio years as,
“The Best of Times and The Worst of Times!” He 
also hosted folk music radio programs starting inthe 1950’s on the first FM station in Los Angeles,
KCBH-FM and later on KPFK-FM, “Heartfelt 
Music.” This song, “My Baby’s Gone,” he played somany times came to me when I knew he was gone:

“Hold back the rushing minutes, make the windlie still. 

Don’t let the moonlight shine across the lonelyhill. 

Dry all the raindrops, and hold back the sun.

My world has ended, my baby’s gone” 

John loved Sierra Madre. When we were going toget married in 1967, there was no question aboutwhere we’d live. Sierra Madre...where you see deerwandering in the street, where people are friendly,
where we found the house of our dreams, a 100 
year old beauty on 2/3 of an acre where we raisedour children, Leah, Patti, John and Crissy. Wherewe’ve had hundreds of parties, barbequed tons ofhamburgers and hot dogs, sat around the pool withso many friends and laughed and talked.

When we knew that John’s days were comingto an end, that’s what we did, the family – whichhas grown to be quite a few wonderful people, 13grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren - and I, we satand stood around his bed and laughed and talkedand told stories, and prayed and wept and huggedand so many people came in and read the 23rdPsalm: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: heleadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth mysoul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousnessfor his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me...” John loved God with all his 
heart and soul and prayed frequently to be a betterdisciple for Him.

Walking Sierra Madre will not be nearly as muchfun without my walking buddy to talk to and laughwith and admire the gardens all over town with, butI will do my best as that’s what he would want. He’sdancing with the angels! And has heard the words,
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Youhave been faithful over a little; I will set you overmuch. Enter now into the joy of your Master!” Mt.

John’s memorial service will be Saturday, November4th at 1:00 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene,
3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 91107. In lieu 
of flowers, donations to World Vision’s Clean Water 
Project would be greatly appreciated. John’s ID/
Pledge Number is D10002667. The address: WorldVision, PO Box 70399, Tacoma, WA 98481-0399. 

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