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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Are Chevron’s taxes too high?
El Segundo’s shakedown of Chevron under threat of a $10 million annual tax hike must stop, or the city will suffer long-term damage to its reputation. City Manager Doug Willmore used a deceptive, one-sided analysis for the Chevron property, rather than a cost-versus-benefits analysis. It’s dishonest to compare tax revenues generated per acre by the refinery with that of other local businesses. Unlike El Segundo, land use in other South Bay cities is mostly residential. Willmore ignored the cost to provide and maintain infrastructure and services for all the residents and businesses that would otherwise exist on the Chevron property if the refinery never existed. And he reduced Chevron’s tax revenue per acre by failing to account for the area of all the public streets, alleys, parks, and schools that would be needed.
If an accurate analysis shows Chevron’s taxes are excessive, will the City Council reduce Chevron’s taxes and apologize? … Continue reading
Watch the February 27, 2012 El Segundo Residents Association (ESRA) Candidates Forum video here.
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2012 ESRA Candidates Forum (01h 57m)
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Video – Shows Scott Houston and Bryan Partlow urging the El Segundo City Council to enact Measure P into law without an election
This is a very short version video shows excerpts of City Council candidate Scott Houston and El Segundo firefighters’ union member and Measure P proponent Bryan Partlow reading nearly identical scripts at the February 15, 2011 El Segundo City Council meeting.
Both Houston and Partlow strongly urged the El Segundo City Council to immediately enact Measure P directly into law, without letting the voters vote on it. Then they had the nerve to say that if the City Council would not enact Measure P directly into law and thereby deny the voters their right to vote on it, as their second choice, they wanted a special election as early as possible because the voters had a right to vote on it!
An early election in May, June, or July, 2011, as Houston and Partlow requested, as opposed to putting Measure P on the ballot for the April 10, 2012 regular election, would have given the firefighters’ union a huge unfair advantage in winning because the firefighters’ union has much more money to spend and many more campaign workers. The firefighters are on 48-hours shifts and work only two out of every six days. They have four out of every six days off from work, and they get paid to sleep a third of the time during their two work days. This gives the firefighters plenty of time to work on their union’s Measure P initiative campaign.
Scott Houston may claim he changed his mind on Measure P, but he cannot change history and gloss over the fact that he very actively tried to deny El Segundo voters their right to vote on Measure P, the most important item on the April 10, 2012 ballot. … Continue reading
Even if a majority votes “NO” on measure P, as they must to save lives and money, it will take only three union-aligned Council members to unilaterally vote to implement Measure P against the will of the voters.
This is not far-fetched. Candidate Scott Houston spoke at the 2/15/11 City Council meeting, during public communications, urging the City Council to enact Measure P as an ordinance and implement it without allowing the voters to vote on it! Houston read a script closely resembling the script read by Bryan Partlow, the firefighter union member who sponsored Measure P because he is the only union member living in town.
Watch the video at the city web site at ElSegundo.org. Under Links, click on “Video”, then on “City Council Archives”, then on the 2/15/2011 Council Meeting View Video link. Or watch the Houston video at http://www.youtube.com/user/PublicSafetyProject.
Houston has campaigned as a pro-business conservative, yet he is a progressive leftist (ultra-liberal, big tax and spender). Houston was endorsed by … Continue reading
Email – Contact – El Segundo Finance Director Deborah Cullen provided phone/address book (VCF) file for Steve Stark at MuniServices
From: Cullen, Deborah
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 7:07 AM
To: Doug Willmore
Attachments: Steve Stark.vcf; ATT00001..txt
Steve Stark.vcf (695 B)
ATT00001..txt (292 B)
I don’t have Don’s number but MuniServices/Steve Stark would have it.
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In order to pay for 13 Capital Infrastructure Projects the City of El Segundo wants to obtain an approximately $10,000.000 Lease-Revenue Bond using our City as collateral. This $10,000,000 Lease-Revenue Bond over 20 years will cost approximately $15,800,000 with yearly debt service payments of $775,000. Whatever happened to pay-as-you-go?
So why this type of bond? Simple, Lease- Revenue Bonds circumvent Proposition 13’s requirement that taxpayers vote on bonds. These types of bonds are legal gimmicks. … Continue reading
The firefighters’ union has financed a propaganda poll with many false claims to deceive voters into voting for Measure P The pollsters falsely claimed firefighters are paid $100,000 annually.
The firefighters had average total annual compensation of $211,000 (maximum was $342,000), and average annual pension contributions paid by the taxpayers of $42,000 (maximum was $80,000). These figures don’t include Fire Chief Kevin Smith, who had total annual compensation of $358,000 including total annual pension contributions paid by the taxpayers of $84,000.
If Measure P passes, El Segundo will no longer have a Fire Department. L.A. County will provide our fire and paramedic services at a reduced level, without ambulances. … Continue reading
The El Segundo firefighter and police unions are putting our city at risk for their Royal Family sized paychecks and pensions. At the Feb. 7 City Council meeting, City Manager Doug Willmore explained how City Hall will be sold and leased back for twenty years, as collateral for a $10.3 million loan to pay for street resurfacing, other routine infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements.
El Segundo used to be a pay-as-you-go city, paying for infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements with General Fund revenues. But that was before the safety unions became very active in City Council campaigns, hired their own bosses, and ratcheted up their salaries, benefits, and pensions to ridiculous and unsustainable levels. … Continue reading
From: Carol Wingate [email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 5:05 PM
To: *ALL CITY COUNCIL
Subject: Doug Willmore
Mr. Willmore was hired by the council to improve the financial picture of El Segundo. With
fresh eyes and an outside perspective he followed directions. This process uncovered some
unwelcome facts that seem to be hard for the established political entities to accept. If,
as it appears, Mr. Willmore was fired for doing his job; the City Council might reexamine
their hearts to discover if their loyalties lie with the citizens of El Segundo or
I anticipate your response.
Sent from my iPhone
Notes by Michael D. Robbins:
There were many good cause reasons to fire El Segundo City Manager Doug Willmore. However, he was fired without stating any of the good cause reasons, to reduce the City’s exposure to frivolous litigation. Even so, Doug Willmore filed frivolous lawsuits against the City of El Segundo (i.e., the City’s taxpayers), and personally against each of the three City Council members who did their duty and voted to fire him – Carl Jacobson, Suzanne Fuentes, and Don Brann.
Doug Willmore did not follow the direction of a majority of El Segundo City Council members, but instead catered to and followed direction from Mayor Eric Busch on important issues. His habitual lying to City Council members made it difficult if not impossible for them to trust him. His failure to follow direction, his poor negotiation results, and his written offers to the City employee unions with apparently unauthorized terms unnecessarily cost the City many millions of additional tax dollars per year.
References: … Continue reading
… There was an audit performed by MRC back in the early 1990’s. Out of that audit MRC determined Chevron owed unpaid
gas utility users tax of $3,431,600. The City reached a settlement agreement with Chevron for $800,000 and MRC received
25% or $200,000 as a result of its contract with El Segundo. The settlement agreement provided for an annual charge of
$150,000 per year subject to CPI adjustments annually in satisfaction of Chevron’s gas utility users tax liability.
Deborah and I are trying to determine … Continue reading