Today, more than ever, we need a Community Advocate who tells the truth and cares more about the people than the special interests and the city union bosses who pull the strings of our council members. Mike is a founding member of GLENDALE COALITION FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT.
evening ladies and gentlemen. On the eve of the 4th of July 2013, a
group of concerned citizens met at Glendale Central Library, because Glendale
City Council was planning to raise the electric rates of the people, without
their consent. This action was in violation of Proposition 26 of the State
Constitution. On August 6, 2013, our City Council without the express approval
of the people raised our electric rates 29.1%, over the next five years,
because our politicians since 2000 depleted approximately $250 million from
Glendale Water and Power Company and decided to use that money for non utility
over a year ago a GWP meeting was held at the Glendale Police Station
Headquarters.Our new City Manager, Scott Ochoa, informed the
people’s attorney, Professor Harry Zavos, that the utility company had about
$150 million in 2005.
practically nothing is left in our utility company. Mr. Ochoa and Mayor Weaver,
where did the people’s money go? Why did we need to have another electric rate
increase last year plus another $60 million bond? Why? Did we transfer all that
money to the General Fund to pay for the bloated salaries and pensions of our Union City workforce?
Weaver, why did you have to tell Professor Zavos if he did not like the way GWP
was being run he should sue the city? Mayor Weaver, why did you tell this
speaker a couple of months ago if I did not like the way the city was being run
… I should just leave? Mayor Weaver, in all due respect, did the people elect
you king? I thought we had elected you as a council person accountable to the
week the GLENDALE COALITION FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT fought back and reluctantly
filed a lawsuit against the City of Glendale
for the illegal transfer of millions of dollars from Glendale Water and Power
to the General Fund to be used for non GWP purposes.
Coalition for Better Government welcomes members of the community who are
looking for integrity, accountability, responsiveness, and transparency in city
government. The COALITION is an all volunteer, non partisan, non-profit
organization.Their website is www.GlendaleCaCoalition.Org.
this year, another group of concerned citizens formed THE TAX LIMITATION
COMMITTEE. These citizens are currently circulating a petition, throughout the
city, to repeal the city’s 7% Utility Users Tax on water, electricity, gas,
phone and cell phones. These citizens are upset, because the taxes that
Glendale Water and Power say they need is being transferred to the city’s
General Fund.Last year alone, about $21
million was transferred from our utility company. Subsequently, to add insult
to injury our City Council members claim Glendale Water and Power needs more
money to run its utility company and continues to increase rates on water,
electricity and new bond obligations.
is enough….. enough? Why is GWP being used as a CASH COW in violation of the city
struggling families and small merchants try to survive in this economy the
question being asked is...Where is all that money going?
Prior to the
American Revolution against the British in 1776, the cry heard throughout the
13 colonies was “taxation without representation”. Now, in the city of Glendale
a different cry is being heard when citizens have to reluctantly revolt and sue
their local government or seek a petition to repealmiss -used taxes.
When our elected
officials do not want to listen to the people, but are beholden to the unions
as well as large developers, then a citizens’ revolt is a natural re-action.
A few merchants where
one can sign the Petition to Repeal the City Utility Users Tax are:
Adams Square: Cristi Cleaners, Adams
Kenneth Village: Jerry Armen Realtor, Georges Cucina’s Restaurant
Montrose/Glendale: Trotta Floor Covering, Dominos Pizza, Quiznoz, Twigs and Things
Glendale: Antique Car Wash, Braun
Brakes Chevy Chase Canyon: Boris Auto Repair, Mike
2/6/14- Today, Glendale
residents have an opportunity to repeal the UTILITY USERS TAX by 7% on their Glendale
Water and Power (GWP) utility bill and natural gas bill and 6.5% on their Cable
and telecommunications bill.A petition
is being circulated throughout our city in which the public has a chance to
regain control of their local government from the politicians… enough is enough
in taxes and in fees!
struggling families and businesses are coping with today’s economy, our
politicians lack the fiscal integrity to manage and implement fiscal control
over the city’s expenditures.
2001 through 2012, Glendale’s
population actually declined by 4.5%. During the same period, the city’s
“budget” increased by a staggering 62%, rising from $438 million to over $700
million. Even with this unprecedented increase in the city’s budget, the City
Council is currently proposing further increases in the city’s utility taxes as
well as other taxes and fees.
our city leaders are either unable or unwilling to control spending and manage
resources, the people must take direct action to ensure they do so.Reducing city revenue will force our leaders
to downsize the cost of government, rather than perpetually seeking new
ways to tax the public. The UTILITY TAX reduction is ONLY 4% of the city’s
budget. If our leaders cannot manage a 4% reduction in revenue then we, the
people, must take the initiative.
usual, our politicians will use scare tactics against the uninformed public
when claiming “they” need the money.
ALL OF YOUR UTILITY USAGE FEES BY 6.5% TO 7% …If you would like to place this
initiative on the ballot.SincerelyMikeMohillGlendale818-383-5001
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Weaver, as the longest serving member of our city council you have known for
years of the crumbling and ageing of the Grayson Power Plant. Stand- in Councilman
Quintero and recently re-elected council members Friedman and Najarian have also
known about the ageing power plant long before the April election, beefore the
recently approved 2013 budget made possible by millions of dollars in borrowed
money in the form of municipal bonds, increased fees and taxes.
long before transferring another $21 million from Glendale Water and Power to
the General Fund into the pockets of our city union employees.Transferred money is primarily being used to pay
for our inflated unsustainable salaries, pensions and benefits of our city
2001 GWP ELECTRICAL FUND had over $198million and the WATER FUND had about $46million
totaling about $244million. Today, these funds are virtually gone. Where did
this money go?
GWP Mgr, Glen Steiger, was fired under the pretext of double dipping his
expenses. This was a misleading public statement by management. The truth was
Mr. Steiger, the best employee that money could buy, was fired because he had a
stake in the Commodity Market with GWP’s money. That is, the rate payers
money.Under his leadership, Mr. Steiger,
lost over $120 million of GWP money trading futures in electricity and gas. No
public announcement was made of his actual dishonesty. It was all swept under
the rug just like the missing $244 million that was in the GWP back in 2001.
leadership of GWP is being run by two individuals who have no background in
running a utility company. Mr. Steve Zurn who has a political science degree
and no engineering background.Then, Mr.
Steve Lynn, no engineer, but a lawyer who previously worked under former City
Attorney, Scott Howard. At community forums Mr. Lynn would answer questions
like an attorney, not as an engineer.
2013, at a GWP community meeting being held at our local Police Station our City
Attorney, Mike Garcia, and the people’s attorney, Harry Zavos, debated City
Charter changes A, B and C. People were angry that night when they asked our new City Manger, Scott
Ochoa, where did the $244 million GWP money go?
members continue to act surprised, but they have been cannibalizing GWP for
years and passing so called balanced budgets from borrowed money, new and
increased fees and taxes. Recently, at the 11th hour, our city
manager and council members had the audacity to tell the public we needed to
set aside $5million for emergency plant repairs without any competitive
the April election, even the representatives from the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers (IBEW) came before the council while negotiating and reported
the Grayson Plant needed repairs and they were against the large transfers of
money from the GWP to the General Fund.
of diversion of funds from GWP and the miss-management of city resources,
council now wants to increase our electrical rates approximately 30-70% over
the next five years. Plus, another $60 million bond is in the planning stage to
keep the utility afloat.
a recent staff report according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a
penalty of up to a million dollars per day, per penalty will be assessed if our
utility company does not fulfill its responsibility.
city fathers would be turning over in their graves as they never envisioned the
GWP becoming a “cash cow” for the city unions’ salaries and pensions. As usual lawyers, Ara Najarian, will do his
Dog and Pony Show and suggest council sell GWP to Southern California Edison
for councils many management mistakes.
Let’s hear it for the 2013 DOG
AND PONY SHOW of Glendale Water and Power Company. For the past couple of weeks,
our local utility company has been instructed by our city council to reach out
to the community and explain how council and GWP were going to circumvent proposition
26. Proposition 26 requires 2/3rd
voter approval when a city imposes any rate increases related to property
rights. The proposed electric rate increase
will be approximately 30% compounded over the next five years and only on the
kilowatts used, plus additional fixed costs. In addition, when the variable green fuel
commodity is added to the 30%, plus the fixed cost, the actual electrical rate
increases can be 70% or more over the next five years.Also, from 2007-2015 water rates will have
gone up 51%.
the re-election of council members Friedman and Najarian together with Mayor
Weaver and stand in Councilman Quintero, all are on board for the 2013 Glendale
Water & Power Dog & Pony Show working its way around town.
GWP proposed electric rate increases in 2012 were postponed, because council
members Friedman and Najarian were up for re-election in April.
members Friedman, Najarian, Quintero and Weaver are all beholden to the unions
for “pay to play” politics as the unions have given these council members countless
thousands of dollars in campaign money through the years for their continued
support. (Salary: Parking Mgr. $96,060: Retired Police Chief, Ron De Pompa,
just retired at age 57 with an annual LIFE TIME pension of $197,000).
millions of dollars continue being drained out of the GWP into the GENERAL FUND
to primarily pay for city workers salaries, pensions and benefits, council
approved a $35 million bond last year and another $60 million bond is being
discussed now to keep the utility company afloat.
the April election, Glendale Police and
Fire Fighters Associations, were doing
what unions do best…getting out the vote for their candidates in order to receive
as much salary, pensions and benefits
from the taxpayers as possible.
union supported candidates were well funded and well organized compared to
candidate forums and on campaign mailers it was stated to the voters and local merchants
if they wanted to have their electric and water rates increased, fees and taxes
increased, as well as new bonds, please, by all means, support and vote for the incumbent
candidates…And the voters did!
recourse do the blinded voters have now? NONE! Mission Accomplished.
Councilwoman Laura Friedman recently stated Social Security and city pension benefits should not be compared ("Unions agree to share the fiscal pain,” July 6). She further stated Social Security “was never meant to be the pensions or the savings of this nation. It was meant to be something to keep people out of abject poverty.”
Were the city pensions initially given to city employees supposed to make them millionaires when they retired? Should a Glendale city employee be entitled to a pension after 30 years, receiving 90%, 75% or 60% of their last year of spiked earnings? Do Social Security recipients receive spiked earnings?
Many city employees are leaving Glendale with lifetime annual pensions of from $70,000 to more than $200,000.
Council members continue to receive political action committee funds legally from the city unions and then they approve salaries and pensions that are both unfunded and unsustainable.
The first obligation of all government is to find money to pay for those unsustainable pensions. What money is left over goes toward fixing potholes, dirty parks, dirty streets and libraries.
How does Friedman tell the people on fixed incomes, and struggling working families, that she finds it justifiable to keep supporting city employees first because she feels that Social Security and a government pension should not be compared?
past 14 years, the Quality of Life in our “jewel city”, Glendale has not improved.
decided to change the landscape of our downtown with many mega complexes of
apts and condos. Controlled growth is nowhere to be found.
In a few short
years, this council has helped change the face of Glendale by approving every apartment and
condo development before them, including the corrupt public housing company,
list of apartments and condos approved by this council with minimum parking without
a Traffic Circulation Infrastructure Plan includes:
Lofts208 lofts including 14
low-income housing units on Broadway/Maryland...Inadequate parking provided for
tenants and guests. Developer was given a $3 million parking concession over
the life of the contract, of taxpayers’ money, for tenant usage of the Maryland Street public
600 seat Laemmle Theatres with 42 lofts
on Wilson/Maryland.The City contributed
$1.1 million toward only one level of parking. Developer was given a variance
for 125 parking spaces. Developer saved millions of dollars by not requiring additional
subterranean parking and council again allowed the usage of Maryland Street Public
Central the following properties:
mega apartments on Central/134 Fwy.
Towers80 condos close to Central on
Right across the street from Legendary Towers
close to Central again, Lexington and Orange 307 mega
from the 307 mega condo units at 301 N. Central an 84 unit
Partners Properties located at Central/Wilson 153 mega rental units.
Salem Street near Central, the City allowed
demolishing of two single family properties in order to build 44 low income housing
units. The developer also allowed to use public parking lot #12.
Marriot Hotel 173 rooms on Central and Wilson. Inadequate parking for all the amenities
for a hotel.Additional parking provided
by taxpayers at nearby public garages.Developers save millions of dollars.
street at Wilson Ave.
and Brand a 235 mega apartment complex in the heart of Glendale.
Jo-Ann Fabrics building on the southwest corner of Wilson and Orange, one block west of central 166
mega apartment complex.
Inn at the corner of Brand and Colorado,
five story 94 units with a variance of six fewer parking spaces.
we have South Glendale, at the corner of San Fernando and Los Feliz, right across from Memorial Hospital, the Triangle Project, and a 287
mega apartment complex with 22 low-income units.
next to that, at 435 Los Feliz, the Tropico mega apartment complex with 238
units and 12 low-income housing units. Also with parking variances.
In the last
4-6 years, this council has approved approximately 4,000 new units which will
bring in over 10,000 new residents in downtown and south Glendale.By increasing the density at an alarming rate, we will only accelerate
and worsen an already congested situation.
has absolutely no vision to allow developers to use the public parking spaces
paid by the taxpayers for in the future, when the business climate improves on Brand
and Central, folks who come to shop in Glendale
will not be able to find convenient parking.
needs a new direction and leadership to improve our quality of life that we all