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Inside this Week:

SM Community Calendar:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:

Altadena · So. Pasadena · San Marino:
San Marino Events & Programming

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:

Around The San Gabriel Valley:

Election Results:

Food, Drink & More:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
In the Kitchen
The Tasting Room

Education & Youth:

Best Friends and More:
Christopher Nyerges
Katnip News!
Pet of the Week

The Good Life:
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Now That's Rich
Tom Purcell
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Sports & More:
Huddle Up!
Fitness for Life
The Funnies

Support Your Local Businesses:

Support Your Local Businesses:

Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Susan Henderson
Harvey Hyde
Rich Johnson
Gustavo Lira
Christopher Nyerges
Michele Silence
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

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to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate. If your 
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Photos by Dirk Bolle

The peace and tranquility of Sierra Madre (save a 
Mountain Lion, Bear or nosey Racoon or two, is 
the essence of what makes the town one of the most 
desireable places in the world to live. 

The ability to live in a community knowing that in the 
event of an emergency, Police, Fire and Paramedics 
are available at a moments notice is cherished and has 
motivated a number of residents to take the proactive 
step of making certain that these services continue.

Residents James Walsworth and Ted Saraf recently filed 
a Notice of Intent to "petition within the City of Sierra Madre 
for the purpose of adding sections 3.38.010 through 3.38.150 
to Title 3, Chapter 3.38 of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code, 
to implement a parcel tax to increase funding for personnel 
costs associated with police, fire and paramedic services 
within the City." , 


Sierra Madre has its own police department to serve the 
community and several years ago, the city transitioned 
from an All Volunteer Fire Department to a fully paid fire 
department. Before doing so, extensive research was done 
as to possible alternatives such as contracting with the County 
Sheriff Department and/or neighboring cities. In the end, it 
was revealed that such a move would not be cost effective and 
service to the community would most likely diminish. At that 
time, citizens passed a User Utility Tax to cover the expense of 
the two departments.

Since then, however, times have changed. Although Public 
Safety is the largest porton of the General Fund, additional 
resources are needed to sustain SMPD and SMFD. One major 
issue is the need to keep wages for Sierra Madre's Public 
Safety professionals comparable to other agencies serving 
cities of this size in order to avoid turnover.

Proponents of the tax state, 

"Protecting the citizens of Sierra Madre is the highest purpose 
of the City’s government. Fast emergency response times and 
crime prevention are necessary to maintain the high standard 
of living that Sierra Madre residents have historically enjoyed. 
Without an adequately funded Police and Fire Department, 
the City and its citizens are unnecessarily placed at risk from 
crime, property damage, slow 9-1-1 response times, and 
myriad public safety issues. 

The City’s general fund has historically been insufficient to 
fund a properly staffed Police and Fire Department, leading 
to myriad public safety ills. In order to avoid any public safety 
issues in the future, this measure would create a separate, 
special fund which will allow the City to properly fund its 
Police and Fire Departments, allowing the departments 
to offer competitive pay packages to officers as compared 
to other municipalities, improve recruitment efforts, and 
maintain fully staffed and functioning departments. 

Setting up and funding this special set aside fund will allow the 
City to protect its citizens and maintain the high standard of 
living enjoyed by Sierra Madre residents." 

You can read the complete notice, including the anticipated 
increase in parcel taxes on page 14 of this edition.

S, Henderson/MVNews

As if more rain combined with Flash Flood Warnings and Thunder and 
Lightening weren't enough, our wildlife neighbor pictured above, decided to 
take a stroll down Grand View on Wednesday for the second time in less than 
30 days.

It was reported by witnesses and Channel 5 News, that "Video footage captured 
the big cat as it moved through the shrubbery of a Sierra Madre resident’s home 
near East Grandview and Foothill avenues at around 1 a.m. The animal moved 
up toward the fence before it hopped over a retaining wall into a neighboring 

After a moment, the mountain lion returned the way it had come and was last 
seen walking up the street and into the darkness of another resident’s property. 

On Thursday, rain poured on the city and caused rushes of water down Sierra 
Madre Blvd, the amount of which appeared to overwhelm the newly updated 
storm sewers. At press time, however, there were no reports of flood damage 
or accidents as a result.

Yes, just another week in the perfect little town of Sierra Madre.

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Walking Sierra Madre Page 3

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Around San Gabriel Valley Page 7

Food, Drink & Fun Page 9

 Peter Dills The Tasting Room 

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Education & Youth Page 10

Best Friends & More Page 11

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The Good Life Page 12

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