I received an e-mail yesterday from a Camille Dudley regarding Dorn Platz and their current activities in the neighboring city of Altadena. I wasn't the only one copied on this, people such as Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Michael Antonovich, and Congressman Adam Schiff were also included. As were news organizations like the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CBS TV News, and Channel 4 News. Here's what the e-mail has to say:
Another original Lincoln Crossing tenant facing eviction
Bobby Thompson, owner of BJR Copy Center in Lincoln Crossing in Altadena has received an eviction notice from Dorn Platz. Thompson will be the third of the first original tenants to lose his business in this development. It was on the backs of these minority owned community businesses that the Lincoln Crossing project was able to secure Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the development of this project. Now that the developer no longer needs their eligibility to help, they are being discarded. Will Matts Pharmacy be next? Why has the Supervisor stepped out of the picture? The County Community Development Commission (CDC) was responsible for the mismanagement of this project. Who is accountable for this injustice to people who have put their life savings into a business?
Dorn Platz has had a rein of development terror in California and Oregon for too long. These are not developers, they are criminals that prey on honest people. It is time for Law Enforcement to step in and control these criminals that are ruining the lives of honest hard working people. And as honest people all of you should be MAD AS HELL because this could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, your friend that is being abused by a so-called businessman/developer. This is a development that was meant to be a benefit to the community, to retain Altadena businesses in the community, to invite new businesses into the community, to upgrade the business district along Lincoln Avenue and to encourage new businesses among other things. NOT destroy small business owners and cause division among Altadena residents.
The e-mail ends with a plea to the reader to contact Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Congressman Adam Schiff, among others.
Unfortunately, and I take little pleasure in saying this, the good people of Altadena are about to learn that mainline Democrats in this part of the world are pretty much owned by developers and their lobbyists. After all, didn't Sierra Madre look at least in part to Democrats when just such developers descended on this town? And what happened? They sent us Joe Mosca.
If you think about it, it's a lot like the chicken calling Colonel Sanders with a complaint about frying pans.
As an example of the culpability of Democratic officials, here is a portion of a January 24, 2008 article from the Pasadena Star News entitled "County Official Rips Lincoln Crossing."
In the past year alone, the Lincoln Crossing development has been plagued by leaks, floundering businesses, construction delays and lawsuits. For some county planning commissioners, a persistent and seemingly inexplicable smell of sewage wafting through the shopping center seemed the final straw ... "This is a tremendous developer failure, a lack of monitoring, and I'll go on record with these comments," District 1 Commissioner Esther Valdez said. "The community deserves better and than this, and they are not getting it."
Sounds like someone stood up and took the proper stand here, right? The article continues.
Representatives for the developer and county Supervisor Michael Antonovich say, however, that the shopping center at Lincoln Avenue and Woodbury Drive is less a mismanaged disaster than a fledgling project shaking off growing pains. "Perhaps before Commissioner Valdez disparages a project in the 5th District, she should have all the information," Paul Novak, planning deputy for Antonovich said Wednesday. "I think, overall, my concern is that Commissioner Valdez is only hearing from one segment of the community ... the five or six individuals who regularly complain about the project."
Ah yes, it is always about those regular five or six individuals, no matter where you go. Towards the end of the article it is noted that the sewage smells "persisted for more than a year." I wonder, is that is how they do shopping and dining in Paul Novak's neighborhood? Somehow I doubt it.
So how many of those newspapers and politicians named above do you think will actually act upon what Camille Dudley sent to them? How many will launch investigations into what is going on in Altadena? Issue reports? Take strong actions? Outside of maybe the Pasadena papers, my guess is not a single one. Like I said in another post, we're pretty much on our own now.