But here in Sierra Madre we have a different worry. And that would be Black Maseratis. There was one seen at the Skilled Nursing Facility the day after our City Council reorganization. Occupied by burly looking gentlemen with Ross Perot haircuts and wearing nearly identical business clothing. And wouldn't you know it? They were back at the Skilled Nursing Facility again just yesterday. What these dudes have been doing there nobody seems to know for sure. But there is one thing that is very certain. When they got back into that car yesterday, and then sped off to wherever it is they come from, the 'For Sale' signs at the Skilled Nursing Facility were gone.
Now you may recall that those 'For Sale' signs were a pretty big deal not so long ago. After years of watching the SNF falling into disrepair, it was decided by the City Council that an effort should be made to get something happening there. The building had become a symbol that the opponents of Measure V rallied around. To them it was certain proof that the economic viability of Sierra Madre had been forever harmed when the Downtown Specific Plan was voted out of existence. So when actual 'For Sale' signs appeared on the site, it wasseen as the coming of a Sierra Madre renaissance. We were finally moving forward and the building that had become the center of so much local contention would soon be just another prosperous Sierra Madre business again.
But now those signs are gone. And nobody seems to know why. Has the property been sold? Are we finally going to get the Urgent Care Center this town so desperately needs? Or could it be that we're about to witness a less happy outcome. Has Fish Construction taken the Skilled Nursing Facility off the market? Perhaps they've worked out a special understanding with the Moscateers? One that involves a possible return to planning for the kind of high density condominium settlement that was the reason this property had been purchased in the first place?
As of this typing nobody has any answers. But a lot of people are working on this, and as the day goes on we hope to post new information. If you have anything you would like to share, or theories you would want to air out, or just have some questions to ask, then please post them here. Because there are a lot of people who need to know.