Thursday, December 16, 2010

Arcadia Woodlands Meeting Is Tonight

The Los Angeles County Public Works Department is holding their meeting with concerned area residents tonight at Highland Oaks Elementary School. The time is 7 PM.

The address is 10 Virginia Drive in Arcadia. If you were coming up the 210 it would be the Santa Anita Drive exit that you would want to take. The school is located on the southeast corner of Virginia and Santa Anita Avenue.

If you can't make it and would still like to register your concern about L.A. County's strange need to turn one of the two remaining old growth San Gabriel Valley woodlands into a place to dump dredged mud, you can write to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at: fifthdistrict@lacbos.com.

Be great if you could make it. I will be there along with many other people from Sierra Madre. And not only to help save this irreplaceable natural resource, but also to support our friend Caroline Brown. Her leadership in this cause has been exemplary.

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29 comments:

  1. I'm going. An activist has got to be active!

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  2. There's a real chance of doing something worthwhile at tonight's LACnty meeting as opposed to another evening watching blah blah in City Hall. They're going to do what they've been instructed to do whether we're there or not.

    Highland Oaks! To the rescue!

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  3. I love that Fantastic Planet music!

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  4. Dilemma, do we save the Oaks? or do we attempt to delay the Planning Commission's decision tonight on the new CEQUA regulations. There are many things in the proposal (or not in) that need to be studied. One should note that the most important issue in downtown development is parking, yet on our new checklist for impact of a project, parking has been eliminated. Are we goint to stand for that? This is just another thing that City officials are trying to sneak by us during the holiday season. The Planning Commission meeting tonight is yet another attack by the DSP people to get their projects through by going around and through our planning regulations.

    Remember, the basic reason the Howie's project didn't go through is parking regulations. Winning by stealth is their motto. Call your planning commissioner and ask them to delay their decision until we can read all the material.

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  5. We need to supply the planning commission with "before and after" documents. If CH removed stuff from the paperwork with the intention of hiding uncomfortable truths then we need to scream.

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  6. The Planning Commission has both the red line and the new composite documents. The new document is a copy and paste of the state guidelines. Staff has removed our protection. This meeting must be delayed until everyone can read and reread the documents. Staff should post the redline version on line for everyone. The entire packet is over 100 pages. Too expensive to be xeroxed by staff.

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  7. Looks like the shenaniganners are at work
    again. Is it just me, or does John Buchanan
    have a bug up his south gate over the
    Planning Commission? If staff is witholding
    information, on whose authority are they
    doing that? Gotta be Johnny B.

    Hmm..

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  8. I think the Planning Commission does a good job at looking at all sides of an issue...I suspect they will make the right call ....

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  9. That is true, Ralph. And since they have now all have been alerted to this latest curve
    ball the outcome shouldn't be in doubt.

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  10. The Planning Commission is the best commission we've got.
    It's a good idea to show up so they know you care, but because we trust their integrity, they will make the same measured decisions with or without an audience.

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  11. I'm sure the Commission will make the right decisions but the changes are so subtle that it will take lots of eyes to read the document carefully. There has not been enough time or access to the documents for that. As someone said, it is not what is put in, its what was left out that matters. It looks like some of our protections have been left out and these should be fully discussed to make sure there are no unintentional consequences for the changes. My experience is that staff tends to downplay and minimize concerns so they don't have to do more work to make changes.

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  12. Just a reminder of what's at stake when existing woodlands and riparian habitat are ripped out.

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  13. I just was at the library to go over the staff report, and they don't have it.

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  14. Sir Eric, could you please explain about the CEQUA matter?
    Is this connected to the John Buchanan push to get the Green Comm. to look at it first, or....
    I don't get where this is coming from. SB375? AB32?

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  15. There's a 250+ page document on the state site, called the 2010 guidelines.
    Any suggestions about where to start?

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  16. Understand 2:16. Both meetings are equally important, however the usual attendees of meetings will not be able to attend either meeting tonight so hoping at least one person reading this blog will go to the Planning Commission and ask that this issue be put off until adequate information is available. This is not just a matter of plugging in new CEQUA guidelines, (AB32 and SB375)some Sierra Madre guidelines have beem changed as well.

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  17. This caught my eye, 3:47, under streamlining EIR:

    p. 59
    The Legislature further intends that the environmental review of subsequent projects be substantially reduced to the extent that the project impacts have been reviewed and appropriate mitigation measures are set forth in a certified master environmental impact report.

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  18. So how much of the new and improved cequa rules were dictated by developers and their lawyers.

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  19. My rule of thumb is simple. Development isn't green. So if anyone calling themsleves green claims development is just that, then you know they're working for developers. Be it CEQA, CARB, SCAG, most of the State Capital or John and Joe.

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  20. I can't see it from my houseDecember 16, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    This is how the Barbarians get in the gate:

    "impacts have been reviewed and appropriate mitigation measures are set forth"

    Who reviews, who decides 'appropriate', and who sets forth, to what consequence?

    Give them an inch and they'll sack your city.

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  21. You can pretty much take it to the bank that anything bearing the name CEQA or CARB has been fully vetted by the BIA and their ilk.

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  22. What is with the Green movement. Don't they realize that they have been stupidly naive all the way? Big Daddy Developer charm works on them, or what?

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  23. The whole green thing has been co-opted by just about every big polluting industry in America. Cars, gasoline, development. You know what is a real crack-up? Buchanan. One of the biggest greenhouse producers in California is Edison, his employer. Yet both he and Edison yap about "green" constantly. Judging but what we hear from them, green means polluter.

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  24. I think it's a case of idealists not seeing the darker side.

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  25. You're far kinder than I am. I think they're dumb*sses who will fall for anything.

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  26. OK folks a new bill to become familiar with ...It is SB 97 ....it requires that CEQUA Guidelines incorporate analysis and mitigation of green house emissions.. Unfortunately our staff has done a hatchet job on the version they are submitting to the PC. Staff left out documents.

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  27. I'm hearing it was creative editing.

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  28. Actually they were just being green and saving paper. Saved a lot of paper by not including all the documents.

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  29. I wonder what it's like to live in a town where you don't have to check up all the time on city staff and councils.

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