Lest We Forget.....20 YEARS AGO......9/11/2001

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Lest We Forget.....20 YEARS AGO......9/11/2001 

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As one travels through life we come across some memorable moments that 
we can't forget. Fortunately at one of those moments for me I had a camera 
and took a picture at the right time. It was January 3, 2003 at a memorial 
celebration for the survivors of the families of the firefighters lost on 9/11/01.
LA County FD and City FD brought all the surviving families to Los Ange-
les for a celebration of life and a trip to Disneyland. The two guys kneeling 
are the Fire Chiefs of La County and LA City. The guy on the left is Chief 
Coleman of the County Fire Department and the one on the right is Chief 
Bamattre of LA City FD. On the two posters being held up are the pictures of 
all the firefighters lost on 9/11. The little girl in the middle is pointing to one 
of the firefighters and said, “Thats My Daddy Right There”. You could have 
heard a pin drop and there was not a dry eye in the place. We will not forget.
Photo and Caption by Gary Hood, Sierra Madre 
Sierra Madre Faces Challenges From the Legislature 
and County That Fly In The Face of Efforts To Main-
tain the City’s Quality of Life and Safety 
As one resident put it, "...if it isn’t one thing, it’s another." 
First Sierra Madre is faced with sweeping changes via a series of laws 
that strip City Hall and the planning commission of their authority 
to plan and regulate the nature of development in the town. That 
might work for larger towns, but definitely not for Sierra Madre and 
many of its neighbors. 
Next, there are SB 9 and SB10, that basically will irradicate areas in 
town that are restricted to single family homes. (Story on Page 3). 
And to make matters worse, the city is also faced with a District 
Attorney that has ‘soft on crime’ policies that are obstacles for small 
town police departments when it comes to prosecuting those who 
commit criminal offenses in Sierra Madre. 
At the next Sierra Madre City Council meeting, the council will take 
a serious look at the impact of Los Angeles County District Attor-
ney George Gascon’s policies and their impact on Sierra Madre. 
Sierra Madre is a town that is fortunate enough to be almost free 
of violent crime. The town is not a haven for murderers, rapists, 
gangs or drug dealers. It is not a hot spot for rapists and since Ar-
malin has been Chief, the number of robberies and burgularies have 
decreased. It is not an area where the habitually criminal element 
want to gather. And that is true primarily because of the city’s out-
standing police department. SMPD officers spend their time dili-
gently patrolling the city and responding to calls for service in order 
to keep the town safe. 
However, their efforts to maintain the safety and security in Sierra 
Madre have been negatively impacted by the actions of Gascon. 
DA Policies Reject SMPD Requests For Prosecution 
Sierra Madre’s city attorney is responsible for the criminal prosecu-
tion of violations of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code but the DA’s 
office is responsible for the prosecution of criminal violations of 
state law and county ordinances. Offenses such as burglary, rob-
bery, drugs. trespassing, etc. have to go to the Pasadena DA’s office 
for prosecution. Since his ascension to the office in late 2020, Gas-
con, through a series of ‘Special Directives’, (See list on page 8) has 
rejected prosecutions of such offenses by Sierra Madre PD in alarm-
ing numbers. 
According to a letter to the council from Chief Armalin, “The Sierra 
Madre Police Department submitted 112 cases to the DA’s Office for 
criminal filing between January 2021 and July 2021……… 71% the 
of cases submitted by the Police Department were rejected for this 
By comparison to the DA’s office under the previous DA, Jackie 
Lacey, SMPD sent 128 cases to the DA’s office for criminal filingbetween January 2020 and December 2020. This period covers both 
Jackie Lacey and George Gascon’s tenure as DA, as Gascon assumed 
office on December 7, 2020. 
In 2020 of the cases in which the DA made a filing decision, 45% of 
cases submitted by the Police Department were rejected, over half of 
which came in DA Gascon’s one month in office.” 
As of August 25, 2021, 89 cases have been rejected under Special 
Directive 20-07 by DA Gascon’s office. 
It is clear to residents of small towns in LA County that a one size 
fits all approach does not work, especially in towns the size of Sierra 
Madre. Pro active law enforcement has been the key to the town’s 
public safety efforts. Without the ability to have cases deemed by lo-
cal law enforcement prosecutable, cities like Sierra Madre are left in 
a vulnerable position. Unfortunately, word spreads fast among the 
criminal element. 
Widespread dissatisfaction with DA Policies; Recall Effort 
Gathering Support 29 Cities CitiesA growing list of other cities are joining forces against Gascon poli-
cies that are impairing their law en-forcement agencies from pro-
tecting their cities. The current list includes: 
1. Arcadia 
2. Azusa 
3. Beverly Hills 
4. Covina 
5. Diamond Bar 
6. Hidden Hills 
7. La Habra Heights 
8. La Mirada 
9. La Puente 
10. La Verne 
11. Lancaster 
12. Manhattan Beach 
13. Norwalk 
14. Monrovia 
15. Palmdale Sep16. Palos Verdes Estates 
17. Pico Rivera 
18. Rancho Palos Verdes 
19. Redondo Beach 
20. Rosemead 
21. San Dimas 
22. San Gabriel 
23. Santa Clarita 
24. Santa Fe Springs25. Temple City26. Torrance 
27. Walnut 
28. West Covina 
29. Whittier 
On Tuesday, the council will review the report from Armalin and 
consider what actions to take. It is possible that a representative of 
the DA’s office be requested attend a City Council meeting to explain 
DA Gascon’s intended course of action and discuss the impact of his 
policies on Sierra Madre. 
It should be noted that in Sierra Madre, 3,299 residents voted for 
Gascon and 3,253 voted for the incumbent Jackie Lacey. 
With the Covid Delta variant raging and the Mu variant now rearing its 
head, the consensus of the East Alegria neighbors as September 9th, is to 
once again hold off on treats and cider this year, as they did last year. 
However,there are plans to close the street to cars at the Baldwin and 
Mountain Trail entrances just as we did last year, so families once again will 
be welcome to walk the street (only). The East Alegria neighbors want ev-
eryone to have a safe and fun Halloween, and now hopes that the Halloween 
of 2022 will see us all return to the East Alegria tradition. 
Sierra Madre one of 27 San Gabriel Valley Cities UrgingGovernor Newsom to Veto Legislation Ending Single-
Family Home Zones in California - Story Page 8 
The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce that their October Best 
Used Book Sale will be held on the library parking lot at the library. It will be 
held Friday, October 1 (3:00-7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 2 (10:00 a.m.-
2:00 p.m.) behind the library at 440West Sierra Madre Blvd. 
Featured will be a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE sale on Cookbooks, Gar-
dening and Decorating books. Buy one book for the marked price, get one 
of equal or lesser value for free! Come and help us clear our shelves and 
get some wonderful books on our two-for-one sale. We also will have some 
beautiful ad interesting “Table Books” on sale, including a number of 2021 
titles, a small Edward Gorey collection and some beautiful Art and Contem-
porary Culture books. 
As always, we’ll have our popular Bargain Books for $1.00 each, Children 
and Teen books from $.25-$1.00, and small paperbacks 5/$1.00. And Satur-
day only will be the $5.00 BAG SALE—everything you can cram into our 
large grocery bags for only $5.00 a bag.
All proceeds from the Friends Book Sales go to programs, services, and 
acquisitions for our wonderful Sierra Madre Library. See you then! 
The Mount Wilson Trail Race is coming and it will 
be here sooner than you think! Saturday, Octo-
ber 16th is just five weeks until our race day! The 
trail looks beautiful and the train-ing program is 
still happening. It is never too late to get yourself 
signed up and ready for the 8.6-mile jaunt up the 
Mount Wilson Trail to Orchard Camp and then it’s 
all downhill from there. Come participate in one of 
the oldest races in California! 
Registration will continue going until Wednesday,
October 13th before the race so come join in on the fun! Check out registra-
tion at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/sierramadre 

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